Record of Results 2017-08-18T15:32:44+00:00

DWYER & COOGAN, P.C.

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$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.

$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).

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

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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 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 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 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 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 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.

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