$18.6M wrongful death jury verdict against C.H. Robinson Worldwide and Antioch Transport, Inc. Our client was a 54 year old Canadian truck driver headed westbound on I-80 near LaSalle, Illinois when the Antioch driver headed eastbound fell asleep, crossed over the median, and then blocked all oncoming lanes of I-80 in the dark causing the plaintiff to unavoidably crash into the side of the Antioch tractor trailer. Our client survived for 48 minutes trapped in his truck prior to his death.
This case represents only the second broker liability case to go to jury verdict against C. H. Robinson Worldwide in the United States on agency and is the highest individual death verdict ever obtained. This case is significant because C. H. Robinson is one of the largest freight transportation services and third party logistics providers in North America and places thousands of supposedly “independent contractors” like Antioch and their driver on our highways every day. When one of these motor carriers negligently kills someone C. H. Robinson Worldwide immediately disclaims legal responsibility for their carrier’s conduct by asserting the independent contractor defense which was strongly rejected by this 12 person federal jury.
The verdict amount is over 6X what was ever offered prior to or even during trial before closing arguments. After closing arguments the parties entered a $4M – $15M high/low agreement meaning our client’s widow and daughters received $15M guaranteed.
This case is a perfect example of why jury trials are vital to our legal system in obtaining just results for victims of negligence.
$13.75M settlement for 17 year-old female who was severely burned as a result of a Canadian National train derailment and fire in Rockford, Illinois as she was legally stopped at the crossing with her family in her vehicle. This young woman also lost her unborn child as a result of her injuries.
This settlement was obtained immediately prior to the reading of a $12.95M jury verdict rendered in our client’s favor obtained after a four-week trial.
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$12.75M settlement for a 33 year-old pregnant home maker obtained against a south side medical group and hospital due to defendants’ alleged medical negligence in prescribing an insufficient dose of blood thinner for suspected deep vein thrombosis resulting in a pulmonary embolism and ultimately an anoxic brain injury. Parente & Norem received this case shortly before the time period to file it expired after another law firm turned it down. The plaintiff and her family now have the necessary funds for her care for the rest of her life.
$10.5 million medical negligence settlement for a 12 year-boy against a university medical center who suffered a low oxygen (hypoxic) brain injury following a long surgery where the patient’s breathing tube was removed too quickly after surgery and he was then not properly monitored in the recovery room. This settlement occurred on the third day of trial after we barred the defendant’s medical expert on causation in an amount four times what was offered before trial. Another Chicago law firm dropped this case because they could not locate a medical expert.
Because of our efforts this young man will now be taken care of the rest of his life.
THIS SETTLEMENT WAS RECOGNIZED BY THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL AS A TOP 50 SETTLEMENT IN THE ENTIRE COUNTRY FOR 2014.
$6.65 million jury verdict for 33 year-old female security officer who was a passenger on the O’Hare Blue Line train that derailed and crashed as it was coming into O’Hare Airport. The plaintiff struck her head on a metal pole she was holding onto inside of the train and was initially diagnosed with a neck sprain and back sprain. After conservative care failed she underwent spinal surgery for an aggravation of her previously asymptomatic degenerative disk disease/ arthritis in her spine causing her to have to leave her security officer position and take a sedentary position as an Administrative Assistant with the TSA. This verdict is more than 10X what was offered just prior to trial and the largest jury verdict or settlement from any of the O’Hare Blue Line cases. This verdict received national news coverage and appeared in the Chicago Tribune, the Sun Times, the New York Times, the New York Daily News and the Washington Post, among others.
$6M settlement for motorcycle passenger obtained in Winnebago County, IL against her husband for his negligence in operating a motorcycle owned by his employer House of Harley that caused her to suffer a traumatic brain injury. This settlement represents the policy limits of insurance available to the ejected passenger/wife and was obtained after extensive litigation, use of experts, and putting the insurance carrier in a position where they were potentially subject to an excess verdict claim at trial.
$6 million dollar settlement obtained for 36 year-old union concrete laborer who fell 20 feet when a steel deck collapsed while under construction at the Will County Adult Detention Facility expansion project causing a fractured pelvis and back injury. We recovered from the entity acting as the construction manager for the Will County Building Commission as well as the steel deck supplier and installer for their joint failure to ensure that the deck was installed and shored properly before concrete was poured onto it. We also obtained a complete waiver of the client’s $868,000 workmen’s compensation lien bringing his total recovery to nearly $7 Million Dollars.
$5.445M Net Jury Verdict against Union Pacific Rail Road for injured an railroad worker brought under FELA. 37 year-old diesel mechanic was attempting to loosen a fitting on a fuel pre-heater with a pipe wrench while standing in leaking diesel fuel when the fighting broke free causing him to twist and sustain an inguinal hernia along with a lumbar disk injury. Plaintiff returned to work in a modified duty, but before having back surgery was unfortunately in a serious car accident which fractured his right ankle. We obtained a $2.95M settlement for this man for his ankle injury. Once he healed from the ankle fracture he returned to a spine surgeon and underwent a two-level lumbar fusion surgery on his back. Union Pacific offered $50K during the start of the trial. The jury awarded the entire $9M we requested of them and reduced it by 39.5% contributory negligence on the part of the mechanic, resulting in the Net Verdict of $5.445M or more than 100x the settlement offer at trial.
This matter settled for $6.1M, including $700K in post judgment interest, after the verdict was affirmed by the Appellate court.
Settlement for 34 year-old man who was rear-ended by a drunk driver in his company issued van on St. Patrick’s Day. The injured plaintiff had a back surgery and a knee surgery as a result of the accident and returned to his regular job duties. The defendant regularly drank at the bar across the street from his job site, including on the date of accident, allowing us to plead punitive damages against his employer since they knew or should have known of his prior DUI history and drinking before the accident. This case settled just before the start of trial.
Settlement for 35 year-old union carpenter who fell 30 feet off the top edge of the back wall of a house while landing on a truss bundle suspended from a crane. We sued the truss company that supplied the crane for not having the correct rigging and the general contractor/developer for not ensuring that the carpenter’s employer had an OSHA compliant fall protection plan or that the they were working off of a proper work support. This case settled during trial for more than five times what was offered prior to trial. We also obtained a complete waiver of the $1.66M workmen’s compensation lien bring the carpenter’s total recovery to $6.5M for a moderate TBI, fractured wrists, and a neck fusion surgery.
$4.3 million dollar award (present cash value) at trial for severly injured 35 year-old union carpenter. This is believed to be a state workmen’s compensation record.
$3.975M settlement (Cook County Circuit Court) for dump truck driver M-57 who was injured at an O’Hare Airport construction project when his truck flipped over while dumping excess dirt “spoils” at an airport designated stockpile that was not in a reasonably safe condition for dumping. He sustained knee, shoulder, and spine injuries requiring surgery. We sued and collected money from 11 different construction defendants in this complex case.
$3.5M settlement and waiver of a $1M workmens’ compensation lien for a 54 year-old union construction laborer that slipped on snow covered ice while working at One Museum Park East and suffered a back injury. The settlement was paid by the General Contractor on the project (Bovis Lend Lease) and came after a 4 week trial in an amount 4 times what was offered before the trial.
$3.5 million settlement for a 17 year old non-union construction laborer who fell through an unbarricaded shaft covering by Styrofoam fracturing his cervical vertebrae (no surgery, no paralysis) causing a head injury and tearing his rotator cuff with surgery. This money was paid by the general contractor, HVAC contractor and masonry contractor on the job site.
$3.35M Will County record wrongful death settlement for a 26 year-old union oiler (Local 150) who was married with no children caused by his fall into a gravity feed bin at an asphalt plant. We contended that the “cat walk” and the bin itself did not comply with OSHA or the National Safety Council recommendations for such bins. Parente & Norem received this case one month before the time period to file it expired and after several law firms advised the decedent’s widow there was no case to pursue. We also obtained a complete waiver of the $262K workmen’s compensation lien as part of this settlement.
$3.025M for Truck Driver Seriously Injured During Delivery
$3,025,00.00 settlement for 59 year-old Independent truck driver seriously injured while making a delivery of steel tubing at a facility in northern Wisconsin.
Forklift driver at receiving tubing company caused two bundles of steel tubing to become unstable and fall onto driver fracturing his foot and pelvis
while the driver was wrapping up his cargo straps. This case was litigated in federal court in Milwaukee, WI.
$3 Million settlement for 61 year-old retiree who was present at an auto auction when an auction valet lost control of a vehicle and ran him over injuring his shoulder and spine. Multiple people were seriously injured in this event and our client obtained the highest settlement amount of all of the injured plaintiffs.
$3.0 million settlement for 35-year-old machinist who was rear-ended by a tractor trailer in a construction zone and suffered an aggravation of a previously asymptomatic cervical degenerative disc disease requiring surgery. There was no offer prior to trial and only $500,000 offered once trial began. At the close of evidence, after a two-week trial, the $3.0 million dollar settlement was obtained.
$2.95M settlement for 37 year-old male who sustained a pilon fracture in his ankle as a result of a van making a left-hand turn in front of him. Defendants alleged plaintiff was speeding and on his cell phone at time of collision. This is believed to be a Cook County record settlement for an ankle fracture.
$2.8M settlement for family that fell off apartment balcony due to inadequate maintenance of the iron railings on their balcony. We alleged violation of International Property Maintenance Code and punitive damages to obtain this settlement figure which represents 93% of the available insurance coverage. Female ( 28 ) received $1.6M for unoperated T5 fracture; Male ( 26 ) received $950K for arm fracture with surgery and Male (36) received $250K for disk injury with no surgery;
$800K for plaintiff F-61 was a passenger in a vehicle, when it was involved in an intersectional collision with a left hand turning vehicle. This plaintiff suffered a partially torn lateral meniscus (arthroscopic surgery), non-displaced fracture to her right fibular head, and compression fracture to her T4 vertebra (kyphoplasty). $1,734,500.00 for M-63, also a passenger in same vehicle, who suffered a comminuted compression fracture at T2 and a fracture at C1. Plaintiff underwent a fusion from C5 to T5 with laminectomy of C7 to T3.
$2.5 million jury verdict ($2,533,538) against a trucking company for the death of a 15-year-old male struck and killed as he was passed by a truck.
$2.5 million settlement for a 48-year-old woman who was already totally physically disabled prior to her fall due to chronic hypertension, vascular disease, and end stage renal failure. She sustained a subdural hematoma requiring surgery when she slipped and fell using an interior concrete stairwell at her Section 8 Housing building on the South Side of Chicago due to its lack of lighting, missing handrail, and garbage on the surface of the steps. This case settled after a week of trial in an amount five times what was initially offered to settle the case immediately before trial.
$2.4 million jury verdict against Knight Transportation Company for 59 year-old truck driver who was hit at 5 mph while asleep in his truck at a truck stop and suffered an aggravation of pre-existing degenerative conditions of his back requiring surgery. This jury verdict is more than seven times what was offered prior to trial.
$2.3M Jury Verdict against First Student, Inc. bus company for 42 year old self-employed carpenter that was rear ended by a school bus while stopped at a red light. He was caused to suffer a disk injury in his neck that required surgery. He returned full duty no restrictions to his work as a carpenter within 3 months of the surgery. He did not claim ANY wage loss. This jury verdict was for nearly five times what was offered prior to trial and included a $1M future pain and suffering award for the plaintiff.
$2.2M medical negligence settlement for a new born girl that suffered an IV infiltration injury to her non-dominant hand causing the loss of parts of her fingers while in a university neonatal intensive care unit. This case settled just prior to the start of trial.
$2.1M settlement for 34 year-old unemployed woman obtained against Chicago Department of Aviation Police for aggravation of her pre existing C4-5, C5-6 disk herniations that were made worse following this crash with a department officer and eventually requiring surgery. She was originally diagnosed with the disk injuries in 2007 following an unrelated injury but Illinois law allows a claim for any condition that is made worse by the negligence of another or because of the person’s pre-existing conditions they are more susceptible to injury from an accident. We obtained this settlement shortly before trial in an amount many times what was originally offered.
$2 million jury verdict for injuries suffered as the result of a police pursuant.
$2.0 million settlement for 43-year-old union laborer who had multiple prior back surgeries and knee surgeries who was ordered to move 4×8 sheets of plywood on the 40th floor “top deck” of a down town building then under construction when the wind caught the plywood and caused him to fall onto a pile of joists. Plaintiff claimed aggravation of preexisting degenerative conditions to his back and knee requiring additional surgery. The case settled at trial after opening statements.
$2M settlement for the drowning of a 14 year old female Boy Scout member during a Boy Scout sanctioned canoe trip in Edgerton, WI. This $2M settlement was obtained on behalf of her family without having to file a lawsuit.
$1.95M settlement against Will County Sheriff for rear end auto collision. Plaintiff was a 29 year-old diesel truck technician who sustained a herniated disk in his low back but never underwent any surgery. After the accident he became a welder/pipefitter earning substantially more money than before the accident. We claimed his ability to work in his trade was shortened by 10 years due to the back injury and achieved this result just two weeks before trial for an amount ten times what was previously offered. Based on our research this is the highest verdict or settlement ever in Will County, IL for an unoperated disk injury.
$1.9 million settlement for a 14-year old special needs student who already had a rare type of brittle bone disease and sustained compression fractures of his spine (no surgery) when the special needs school bus he was passenger in ran over a road defect. His settlement was paid into an interest-bearing annuity, which will pay him more than $8 million over the course of his life. We contended that the bus company should have correctly outfitted their special needs bus and should have trained their drivers more appropriately to handle the transportation for these types of children.
$1.8 million settlement for a 33-year-old factory worker who was injured in a three-car collision with a home health care nurse and ultimately required back surgery. The settlement agreement was reached shortly before trial, and we are currently pursuing one of the insurance companies in a separate court action for a portion of the settlement money.
$1.75 million settlement for death of 9-year old boy in a case against University Hospital where the pediatric hematologist and oncologist failed to properly manage a central catheter and subsequent candida infection resulted in this young cancer patient’s death. This matter was settled when the trial began.
$1.75 million gross verdict for a union carpenter apprentice who broke his leg and injured his knee on a downtown jobsite. The apprentice has since returned to work and became a journeyman. The apprentice has since returned to work and became a journeyman. The verdict was reduced by the apprentice’s contributory negligence.
$1.675 million settlement for 37 year-old iron worker who was hit with a piece of plate steel when it came off of an electric hoist he was using that did not have a safety catch or “mouse” on the hook. This settlement was obtained at trial along with the assignment of contribution claims against the plaintiff’s employer which were then tried to jury verdict finding 95% fault on the employer. This finding by the jury effectively wiped out the $600K workmen’s compensation lien on the settlement.
$1.5M settlement for 42 year-old barber who was struck in his vehicle by tractor trailer causing him to strike median on highway. He sustained a lumbar fracture and aggravation of his preexisting lumbar degenerative condition (spondylolisthesis) requiring a lumbar fusion surgery.
$1.5 million for two construction laborers who were injured when the Defendant demolition company’s workers knocked down a brick wall on top of them. One plaintiff underwent neck fusion and shoulder surgeries while the other plaintiff underwent bilateral clavicle resection surgeries. Both plaintiffs received workers’ compensation settlement in addition to these results, and the workers’ compensation liens were reduced 75% through our efforts.
Settlement was $950,000 for first plaintiff and $550,000 for second plaintiff.
$1.4 million settlement for 38 year-old salesman struck in driver door by a company truck causing an aggravation of his preexisting asymptomatic degenerative disc disease in his neck. He underwent surgery at C5-6 and C6-7.
$1.325 million mediated settlement of construction site wrongful death.
$1,225,000 Settlement + $200,000 Lien Reduction for construction laborer who fell approximately 9 feet onto his back while handing up sheets of plywood. We argued that the work practice of sheathing the roof with no fall protection of any kind violated OSHA and safe trade custom. This matter, which was tried in Will County, settled three days into trial for an amount nearly four times the amount that was offered prior to trial.
$1.2M settlement for middle aged woman resulting from nerve injury while undergoing spinal surgery. A fixation cage was improperly placed during the surgery.
$1.15 million settlement and complete waiver of a $400,000 worker’s compensation lien for a 41-year-old Illinois state trooper who was rear-ended by a drunk driver and required back surgery. The defendant’s insurer paid their $1million policy limit just prior to trial, and the defendant personally contributed $150,000 of his own money to the settlement.
$1.1 million jury verdict for 52 year-old woman who sustained a torn bladder and ureteral injury during a routine vaginal hysterectomy performed by Dr. Karen Druzak, M.D. There was no settlement offer from the doctor at any time prior to or during trial.
$1.1 million settlement for a 31-year-old construction worker who fell through an overhang when he stepped on a piece of wood blocking he had previously nailed and sustained a serious right heel fracture. We sued the general contractor and owner and shortly before trial obtained not only a settlement amount of $1.1 million but reduced his worker’s compensation lien by $273,000. The defense in this case contended that the plaintiff and/or his employer were solely responsible for his injuries, as they had been the ones that actually nailed the board he fell through.
$1 million premises liability settlement (insurance policy limits) for family of 43 year-old man who was overcome by smoke inhalation and died in a home fire as a result of numerous building code violations at the rental property they were living in.
$1M ($500K to each estate) for a retired couple that was killed as a result of a propane gas explosion that occurred at their Wisconsin summer cottage. We determined that a brass flexible connector had not been tagged for replacement and/or removal at the time a new gas service was installed resulting in the leak and explosion. These flexible connectors were recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission in the early 1990’s and MUST be replaced immediately if found in your home. This settlement exceeds Wisconsin’s wrongful death cap by $300K total.
$1 million jury verdict against the City of Chicago Police Department, where our client was traveling through an intersection on the south side of Chicago with a green light when struck at a high rate of speed and killed by another vehicle fleeing from multiple Chicago police squad cars at the time of the event. The decedent was unemployed and unmarried; however, he was survived by a 2-year-old son who collected for loss of society of his father. Our use of accident reconstruction testimony and police procedures testimony against the City of Chicago helped to secure this verdict.
$970,000.00 settlement achieved on the second day of trial for death of 64 year-old woman survived by two adult children who was being transported via a medi-car van that was in an automobile accident with another vehicle while she was being transported for minor surgery. She sustained a non-paralysis cervical fracture from the accident and died several days later due to a stress related cardiac event.
$925,000 settlement for an 80 year-old woman who sustained non-surgical fractures after being struck by a vehicle while walking to church.
$912K settlement (plus complete workmen’s comp. lien waiver of $775K) paid by property owner for a 45 year-old union carpenter, employed by the general contractor on the project, who was setting steel panels when he twisted his knee in the mud on the job site and aggravated his underlying degenerative conditions in his knee requiring several surgeries.
$890,000.00 settlement for 57 year-old woman who was rear-ended and sustained cervical disk injury requiring a surgical fusion. Defendant’s insurance company claimed to have only a $500K policy and after a trial and appeal on the insurance coverage issue plaintiff prevailed in having the court find there was actually $1M of coverage on the vehicle that struck her.
$875,000 Will County medical negligence settlement for 52 year -old woman that suffered an eye injury during routine nasal surgery.
$850K settlement by trucking company for disk injury that required disk replacement surgery for 27 year old logistics worker. This settlement was paid after plaintiff prevailed in separate law suit filed by insurance company attempting to deny insurance coverage for the truck driver that caused the accident.
$850,000 settlement, no suit filed, against hospital and neurosuregeon for death of 55 year-old woman who died during the placement of a brain cathater to treat her terminal brain cancer. She was estimated to have 6 months to live at the time of her death.
$850,000.00 medical negligence settlement for 33 year-old male resulting from improper abdominal surgery.
$803,000.00 jury verdict for a union roofing apprentice against the Chicago Board of Education for a serious leg injury sustained when he fell from an interior iron ladder at a school he was working at.
Client rear-ended in snow while stopped for red light. Client sustained aggravation of underlying cervical degenerative disk disease.
$750,000.00 settlement for 46 year-old male who was rear-ended in a low speed impact causing an aggravation of his pre-existing degenerative disk disease in his neck requiring surgery.
$750,000.00 settlement against nursing home for woman who drowned in bathtub while a patient at nursing home.
$735,000.00 settlement plus complete waiver of $350,000.00 worker’s compensation lien for a 28-year-old construction laborer who fell approximately two feet off of an A-frame ladder onto his right wrist sustaining a distal radial fracture. We sued the general contractor and a sub-contractor alleging that the defendants negligently exercised their control over safety on the project and should have given plaintiff a proper support to work from. The defendants alleged that the plaintiff did it to himself. This case settled the second day of trial during motions. No offer was ever extended prior to the start of trial.
$727,741.00 Products liability settlement for 50 year-old woman who sustained heart damage and mitral valve repair due to results of Fen-Phen ingestion for weight loss.
$710K settlement for a retired iron worker who was rear-ended by a school bus resulting in an aggravation of his prior work related injuries necessitating additional surgery to his knee and shoulder. This same client previously received $1.675M for the work injuries.
$705,000.00 Medical negligence settlement for 69 year-old retired man who sustained bowel perforation during a routine colonoscopy resulting in partial removal of his colon.
$700,000.00 settlement for a 49-year-old woman for injuries she sustained as a result of an automobile accident wherein a car spun out across her lanes of traffic and struck her vehicle on I-88 while claiming a “phantom vehicle” caused defendant’s vehicle to lose control. Plaintiff sustained an aggravation of a previously asymptomatic degenerative cervical disc disease that ultimately required a two-level cervical fusion.
$700,000.00 settlement obtained for 19 year-old laborer who sustained a lis franc fracture of his foot and an arm fracture when he struck a dump truck broadside that pulled off of a stop sign. This case settled at trial immediately before opening statements for an amount nearly three times what was offered prior to trial.
$650,000.00 settlement for 24 year-old school teacher who suffered a fractured heel and an “pylon fracture” of his other ankle when an elevated deck collapsed at an apartment building where he was attending a get together with friends. No wage loss claim was presented. This is the highest known settlement in the county where the accident occurred for this type of injury.
$600,000 settlement for 55 year-old salesman that was rear ended while working. He sustained cervical disk herniations and a left shoulder injury requiring surgery. We recovered $150K from the person that caused the accident, $450K from the underinsured motorist coverage carried by his employer, and from the workmen’s compensation coverage carried by his employer. This is a good example of exhausting all possible avenues of recovery by hiring the right attorney.
$600K settlement for 36 year-old woman who sustained a labral tear in her shoulder that required surgery as a result of an intersectional collision.
$600,000.00 settlement for an 18 year-old female car passenger who sustained a fractured femur with rod insertion and a moderate traumatic brain injury. This occurred because the driver of the automobile fell asleep and crashed along the highway in downstate Illinois. Defense contended through an expert that any cognitive deficits were not related to the subject automobile accident.
$600,000.00 settlement for 30 year-old male who was rear-ended and sustained two lumbar disk herniations. Plaintiff did not have a recommended spinal fusion procedure.
$557,211 Uniderinsured arbitration award for self-employed painter that sustained a recurrent disc herniation requiring an additional back surgery.
$565K Jury Verdict for Independent trim carpenter against general contractor, Father and Sons Home Improvement, on a home remolding project for their failure to ensure proper hand rails on a stairwell leading to the work area. This is more than double what was offered before trial.
$537,000.00 jury verdict against a developer for a carpenter’s helper who sustained a serious knee injury when a joist he was standing on gave way, and he fell into the basement of a building he was constructing.
$520K Settlement for a 47 year-old medical delivery driver who was rear-ended in traffic, thereby aggravating his pre-existing cervical degenerative disk disease. He underwent a three -level cervical fusion to address his injuries. This money was recovered from his employer’s underinsured motorist coverage in addition to his successful workmen’s compensation claim.
$500,000.00 settlement for a 50 year-old truck driver who fell in a rut in a parking lot where he was working, this in bilateral rotator cuff tears that required a job change. We also obtained a complete waiver of a $215,000.00 workers’ compensation lien for our client raising his total recovery to $715,000.00 for his injuries.
$500,000.00 settlement for a 45-year-old Albanian immigrant welder whose arm was crushed when a trailer of a tractor trailer he was working on fell onto his arm, causing numerous fractures. This settlement was paid after a week of trial and was nearly seven times the defendant’s initial settlement offer in the case.
$500,000 settlement for 26-year-old single mother who was sideswiped by a pickup truck and underwent a very minor neck surgery.
$500,000 settlement for a 51 year-old over-the-road truck driver that who was rear ended by a Rush Intermodal tractor-trailer while stopped in traffic on westbound I-80 near the Route 30 exit. Despite multiple epidural injections, a functional capacity evaluation determined that the our client could perform only light duty work and could not resume his career as an over-the-road truck driver.
$475,000.00 settlement (other driver’s policy limits) for spleen rupture sustained by bank employee when other driver made improper left hand turn. This settlement was reached shortly after the lawsuit was filed.
$475,000.00 settlement for 29 year-old male who was rear-ended by a semi truck. He sustained herniated disks in his neck with no surgery.
$460,000.00 settlement for 70 year-old woman who was in an inter-sectional collision with a City of Chicago squad car and suffered a non-operated cervical fracture and a surgically repaired ankle fracture. This case settled before the assigned trial judge for more than double the original offer.
$450,000 for 50-year-old union pipefitter who underwent neck and back surgeries.
$410,000 settlement (plus complete workmen’s compensation lien of $334,951.00) for 50 year-old landscaper who was thrown from his tractor at a construction site while trying to dump dirt onto a river bank causing a back and shoulder injury that required surgery. We sued the general contractor on the project for failing to exercise their control over safety with reasonable care and failing to remove the dangerous piece of equipment when they knew or should have known it had bald tires;
$405,000 settlement for 46 year-old maintenance worker who was injured when a large commercial air compressor rented by his employer lost its wheel on the highway causing his coworker to crash into a ditch. He underwent a L4-5 micro discectomy. He had three prior surgeries on that level of his back.
$405K settlement for a 39 year-old union carpenter with hip, back, and pelvic fractures.
$400K settlement for male and female students rear-ended on Interstate 94 by a semi-tractor trailer in Michigan causing them to suffer neck and back injuries without surgery. Under Michigan law these plaintiffs also received a life time medical benefit for their injuries.
$400,000.00 wrongful death settlement for a 68 year-old grandmother who fell down a flight of stairs and died as a result of a 1/4” defect in the nosing of the stairs she was descending while visiting a private school. A memorial at the school was also erected in her memory as part of the settlement.
$400,000.00 settlement for 42 year-old union pipe fitter who fell at a job site and fractured his foot. During rehabilitation for his foot injury he developed a burning sensation in neck and was later determined to have a cervical disk injury requiring a fusion surgery from his crutch use for the foot fracture. Plaintiff returned to work full duty no restrictions within 11 months of injury.
$365,000.00 settlement for the death of a 63-year-old union construction worker with a history of throat cancer and who had no wife or children, and his closest living relative was a 79-year-old uncle living in another state. This case settled at the start of trial.
$350,000 settlement for 62-year-old office worker who underwent two back surgeries.
$310,000 settlement for a 58-year-old union laborer who underwent two back surgeries.
$302K lump sum settlement for 47 year-old union laborer
$300K settlement for union pipefitter with back injury.
$300K settlement for union pipefitter with neck injury.
$295K settlement for union brick layer with knee injury.
$285K for 55 year-old grain elevator worker with a back injury.
$250,000 settlement for a 38-year-old youth counselor who underwent a surgical revision of a previously injured shoulder.
$250K settlement for union carpenter with non-operated back injury.
$250K lump sum settlement for 37 year-old union iron worker.
$242,378 for a 60 year-old union laborer with shoulder and neck injuries.
$230K settlement for a 35 year-old union truck driver with back injury.
$201K settlement for a 36 year-old union laborer with a torn rotator cuff.
$200K settlement for union pipefitter with back injury, returned to work.
$191,417.54 settlement for a 53 year-old truck driver with shoulder and back injuries.
$185K settlement for union truck mechanic.
$184K settlement for a 43 year-old union truck driver with neck & shoulder injury.
$180K settlement for a union carpenter with shoulder injury.
$175,000 settlement plus coverage for impending back surgery for a 51-year-old delivery driver.
$175K settlement for a union electronics installer.
$171K lump sum settlement for 47 year-old union electrician.
$151,000 award plus $440.00 per week awarded for life for a 51-year-old union carpenter with multiple shoulder injuries.
$150,000 for 22-year-old union electrician who had 2 ACL repair surgeries.
$137,000 settlement for a 44-year-old delivery driver who underwent two minor back surgeries.
$130K for a 54 year-old roofer with a neural arm injury.
$120K settlement for a 32 year-old salesperson with a neck injury.
$119K settlement for a 55 year-old truck driver with a back injury.
$113,000 lump sum settlement for 35 year-old union equipment operator
Confidential settlement for terminally ill 80 year old woman that was resident in an independent living senior apartment who fell asleep while smoking on nasal oxygen causing a significant fire and ultimately resulted in her death. This case was settled during trial for amount more than four times what was offered prior to trial.
Confidential settlement for homeless man run over by commuter train after he fell asleep on tracks near pedestrian platform and suffered a bi-lateral leg amputation when the train entered the station and ran him over. Using extensive expert work including recreating the accident with the use of an actual commuter train we obtained a favorable settlement for this man.