Our Record of Results

$517,000

Fall at Work Ends Career (Neck Injury)

The Incident

A Waste Management worker in his mid 40’s injured himself while pushing a garbage tote to his garbage truck.  He was pushing the tote when a heavy load slid forward and tipped backwards, causing him to fall backward and hit his head on the pavement.  Initially, he felt pain in his neck, but tried to finish his route.  Over the next few hours, pain worsened in his neck and arms.  He eventually got neck surgery and as a result of the injuries was unable to return to work as a garbage truck driver.  After five years of benefits and medical treatment for his injuries, a settlement was reached.

The Result

The final settlement, including money for future medical treatment, totals $517,000.

$1,250,000

Para-transit Injury Results in Death

The Incident

A 94-year-old who needed a wheelchair to get around while outside the house was using a public Transportation System which would send specially-outfitted buses to pick him up.  The buses would use a lift to raise him in his wheelchair into the vehicle.  However, the driver failed to connect all of the straps that were part of the required procedures to secure the wheelchair in place.  As a result, when the bus hit a bump, the passenger fell violently backwards, hit his head, and suffered a severe spinal contusion.  This led so severe pain and paralysis that began to worsen over the next several days while he was in the hospital.  Surgery to decompress his spine was eventually done.  However, the quadriplegia, sores, and general trauma to his system led to his death approximately 2 1/2 months following the incident.  He left behind a widow and five adult children (and several grandchildren).

The Result

For their losses, the family was able to settle the liability claim against the transport company for $1,250,000.

$450,000

Storm Window Smashes Neck

The Incident

A 50-year old woman was working as a laborer as part of a City of Chicago crew installing new street lights on the Southeast Side of Chicago.  On the date of the occurrence, her duties involved unloading and loading of materials and tools for the crew doing the installations.  As she was walking across the parkway next to a 3-flat apartment building, an object suddenly swung around the corner of the building and struck in her hard hat and down into the side of her neck.  The object was determined to be a storm window (with glass in the frame).  Investigation by our attorneys and a Glass & Construction Expert determined that the window frame had been poorly maintained and there was a failure to meet basic building code requirements for regular inspections.

The Result

The failure to inspect and maintain their property meant that the owner of the apartment building was liable for the Plaintiff’s injuries, including cervical (neck) spinal fusion surgery.  The matter was settled for $450,000.

$3,050,000

Construction-Electrical Injury

The Incident

37-year-old electrician was injured when equipment he was working on as part of a construction project at a telecommunications plant failed due to poor maintenance and caused an electrical shock and explosion. It left him with serious, permanent injuries to his right hand and arm, and unable to return to gainful employment.

The Result

This case proceeded through extensive investigation, involving over a dozen factual witnesses, family member witnesses, and several medical doctors.  The parties also engaged multiple experts in electrical engineering and construction site safety.  The Plaintiff was able to successfully settle with the owner of the building where the work was being performed as well as a facilities/property management company responsible for ongoing building management and maintenance for benefits totaling $3,050,000.

$5,000,000

Surgery Negligence–Wrongful Death

The Incident

A 39-year-old woman had gastric bypass surgery at MacNeal Hospital and developed signs of infection, indicating a leak in the abdomen. The attending physician failed to come to the hospital for nearly 5 hours following the first signs. By the time she was taken to surgery, the infection in her bowel had caused so much damage that her system began to shut down. Rescustative efforts failed and she died.

The Result

Her family was able to recover a settlement with the Hospital, and then settled on the eve of trial with the surgeon’s group, Suburban Surgical Associates, totaling $5,000,000.

$480,000

Fall in Medical Transport–Death

The Incident

A 68-year-old woman with diabetes and end-stage renal disease was living in an assisted-living facility on Chicago’s Southeast Side.  Her medical treatment included transportation by a ‘medicar’ to her regular dialysis appointment (this was a retro-fitted ambulance specifically designed to transport a wheelchair-bound patient). In heavy traffic, the driver had to stop suddenly and hard due to a merging vehicle.  However, the straps that held the wheelchair in place were not properly secured, which was the responsibility of the company through its driver.  The Plaintiff was hurled forward onto the bed of the ambulance and sustained a broken leg.  Following surgery to repair her leg, she developed a severe infection that ultimately led to her death.

The Result

Our attorneys filed a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s son against the ambulance transportation company.  Despite the fact that the deceased had serious and terminal medical conditions at the time of the incident, the settlement totaled $480,000.

$475,000

Failure of Circular Saw–Loss of Thumb

The Incident

A 58-year-old man was using a circular saw purchased from a national retailer at his home.  He was in the process of doing some home-improvement in his backyard that required sawing of wood planks.  In the process of doing the work, he reached forward to place the saw on his workbench when the saw blade teeth grabbed the plywood of the bench and ‘kicked back.’ It moved several inches back in an instant and severed his thumb, which could not be reattached surgically.  Ultimately, investigation of the saw proved that it failed because the spring-action blade guard did not engage when the saw blade was disengaged from a cut.  Close inspection revealed that the spring that snapped the guard into place was not properly attached during manufacture of the saw.

The Result

Our attorneys engaged a power tool expert to thoroughly inspect the saw and discover the manufacturing flaw.  We sued the seller of the saw and investigated the source of where the saw came from and proved the flaw, settling the matter with them for $475,000.

$145,000

Construction Site Fall–Two Knee Surgeries

The Incident

A single 38-year-old Electrician, no dependents, was working as part of a construction project for a new Chicago Police Department station on the near South Side of Chicago.  The building was still only roughly-finished and had a tarp covering the doorway to keep heat in the work area.  When the Plaintiff was exiting the building one day at work, he tripped over construction debris that was strewn about the exit-way.  The general contractor, FHP Tectonics, Inc. was responsible for removing such debris with the laborers they supplied to the work site.

The Result

This case was tried before a Cook County jury who awarded the plaintiff over $250,000.00.  However, because the jury decided the Plaintiff was partially to blame for his fall & injuries, the Verdict was reduced by law.

$116,816

Fall in Doorway–Fractured Hip Joint

The Incident

A 72-year-old woman was entering her regular hair-dresser’s shop.  She had rheumatoid arthritis that made it difficult to walk without assistance.  The salon was notified that she was coming because she had made an appointment.  When she tried to walk through the doorway, the floormat was out of place and rumpled.  The owner admitted that she had been cleaning in the area earlier in the day and the tripping hazard would have been visible from the front desk for the salon.  As a result of the fall, the Plaintiff fractured the “head” of her femur (where it attaches to the hip socket), and she required surgery and painful rehabilitation to regain her mobility.

The Result

This was tried before a private Arbitrator, who awarded the Plaintiff $116,800 (after a partial reduction for the Plaintiff’s responsibility for the fall).

$600,000

Suicide–Failure to Treat

The Incident

A man in his twenties was on suicide watch at Chicago Lake Shore Hospital.  While he was there, based upon the “watch” status, the staff was required to regularly observe him and be mindful of any rash actions he might take to attempt to end his life.  It was clear that he was able to take his life due to the failure of the staff to execute their observation duties.

The Result

Our attorneys brought a on behalf of his mother for the wrongful death, which settled for $600,000.

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