Successful Cases - Part 2

G.R. and D.R. v. a Local Municipality and its Paramedics and Hospital:

$1.1 million settlement against a village, its paramedics and a hospital for failing to timely transport a 55-year-old asthmatic to the hospital and to provide necessary resuscitative measures, causing cardiac arrest.

J.A., a minor, et. al v. CB, M.D.:

$1.03 million verdict against a doctor for improperly performing the McRoberts maneuver in the delivery of a baby who developed shoulder dystocia during birth, resulting in a crippling brachial plexus arm injury.

C.M., administrator of the estate of H.M. v. Winchester House: $1 million record Lake County settlement for an 83-year-old nursing home resident who fell several times while a resident at the nursing home, with the last fall contributing to her death.  Despite her risk for falls, the nursing home neglected to implement changes in her care plan to prevent further falls from occurring.P.G., administrator of the estate of R.G.. v. Lee Manor Nursing Home: $1 million Cook County Jury Verdict for the family of a 54-year-old nursing home resident who exited a window on the fifth floor of the nursing home and died from fall-related injuries.  The jury found that the nursing home was negligent in failing to prevent the resident from exiting the window.
J.S. , a minor v. Dr. R.T.:

$1 million settlement against a pediatrician for failure to diagnose meningitis in an 18-month-old boy.  The physician's error led the boy to suffer hearing loss and brain damage.

C.A. as administrator of the estate of W.R. v. Mercy Health Care Rehabilitation Institute:

$1 million settlement against a nursing home for a 75-year-old resident who suffered malnutrition, dehydration and Stage IV pressure sores, resulting in death.

J.W. v. Alden Northshore Nursing Home:

$1 million settlement on behalf of a quadriplegic that developed severe pressure sores that his nursing home claimed were unavoidable. After leaving the home, it took one year for the sores to heal and they have not returned.

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C.W. as administrator of the estate of L.D. v. Stanley Sims and Humana Health Plan:

$1 million settlement against an HMO doctor for failing to diagnose and treat a failing artificial heart valve, which resulted in the patient's death.

J.W. v. Digby's Detective and Security Agency:

$1 million settlement for a teenager who was shot by gang members outside of a Chicago Housing Authority building while visiting his girlfriend, because a security guard agency failed to provide proper security.

E.L. v. Sunrise Assisted Living:

$1 million verdict against assisted living facility who admitted liability for failing to give a proper mechanical soft diet due to understaffing and poorly trained staff resulting in choking and death of a 67-year-old man.

C.P. v. Unidentified Nursing Home:

$1 million settlement for failure to properly care plan for and monitor a wheelchair bound resident's risk of strangulation resulting in death.

D.Y. v. Alden Naperville Rehabilitation and Health Care Center and Dr. Seema Gupta:

$1 million settlement for the family of a 78-year-old nursing home resident against a Naperville nursing home and doctor for failure to prevent and treat seven stage IV pressure ulcers which caused the resident's death.

O.W. v. Hillcrest Healthcare Center:

$995,000 settlement against a Joliet nursing home for the mother of a 45-year-old nursing home resident with schizophrenia and alcoholism who died as a result of a gastric ulcer which perforated a vein and caused a hemorrhage. Signs and symptoms of the gastric ulcer, present two weeks prior to the resident's death, were not reported to the resident's physician.

C.H. v. LGH:

$975,000 settlement for a 58-year-old female who suffered permanent ulnar nerve damage due to defendant hospital's staff failure to properly position, pad, and monitor the condition of her dominant right upper extremity during a prolonged surgical procedure under general anesthesia.

C.B. v. American Baptist Homes of the Midwest:

$950,000 settlement against a nursing home for allowing an 85-year-old woman with dementia to wander outside the nursing home, where she froze to death.

T.S. v. Kamen:

$950,000 settlement against a physician for failing to biopsy a known breast tumor, resulting in the delay of diagnosis of breast cancer, causing death.

E. V. v. Emerald Park Health Care Center:

$950,000 settlement against an Evergreen Park nursing which has subsequently been shut down by the State of Illinois for a 91-year-old nursing home resident who over a three year period suffered from malnutrition and dehydration sustaining a body loss of 1/3 of her total weight within the last three months, causing a hospitalization and death.

A.B. v. Unidentified Chicago Area Nursing Home:

$950,000 settlement for the family of an 81-year-old nursing home resident in a wheelchair who fell down a flight of stairs and suffered a subdural hematoma and died seven months later.

A.C. as special administration of the estate of L.C. v. Manorcare Health Services Inc., et al.:

$925,000 settlement on behalf of the family of an 86-year-old nursing home resident who was so badly neglected that she became malnourished and dehydrated, and developed severely infected bed sores that caused an infection in her bone and in her blood, and resulted in her death.

I.L. for R.L. v. Lincolnwood Place:

$914,000 nursing home lawsuit settlement for the daughter of an 84-year-old who died as a result of stroke caused by a medication error.

R.B. as administrator of the estate of J.P. v. Kenwood Healthcare Center, Inc.:

$900,000 settlement against a Chicago nursing home whose failure to monitor a 58-year-old wheelchair- bound resident's unauthorized smoking caused the resident to sustain severe burns, resulting in death.

A.J. as administrator of the estate of S.J. v. Regency Nursing Center Inc.:

$900,000 settlement against a nursing home that failed to appropriately feed and hydrate a 76-year-old resident, leading to his malnutrition, dehydration and death.

D.R. v. Northern Illinois Gas:

$900,000 settlement for a mentally handicapped pedestrian who was struck by a gas company vehicle and suffered severe leg fractures.

O.A. v. Columbus Park Nursing and Rehabilitation Center and Pavilion of Forest Park:

$900,000 settlement for the family of an 81-year-old nursing home resident against two nursing homes. One Chicago nursing home failed to prevent the resident from falling and sustaining a hip fracture. The other Forest Park nursing home failed to prevent the formation of and worsening of multiple pressure ulcers, including multiple stage IV pressure ulcers.

O.P. for L.W. v. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO HOSPITAL et al:

$900,000 medical malpractice settlement for the wrongful death of our 37-year-old client who died following a hysterectomy. She lost her airway when the anesthesiologists attempted to extubate her at the conclusion of her hysterectomy surgery and required a tracheotomy to breathe. Several weeks later she developed an infection and died.

A.P. v. DR. MICHAEL POURTABIB:

$850,000 settlement against a physician for failing to diagnose and treat diabetes during pregnancy which resulted in diabetic ketoacidosis in the death of a 26-week-old fetus.

K.T. v. Chevy Chase Nursing Home:

$850,000 settlement against a nursing home for a woman who fell from her bed, resulting in a subdural hematoma and death.

R.T. for R.K v. Jiffy Lube International:

$850,000 premises liability settlement for the family of an Edison Park man who died from injuries he sustained in a fall at a Chicago Jiffy Lube.

D.R. v. Midwest Welding:

$840,000 verdict for a man who sustained a workplace back injury resulting in multiple spinal surgeries.

C.T., special administrator of the estate of D.F. v. Manorcare Health Services, Inc., et al.

$825,000 settlement for a 75-year-old nursing home resident with dementia and a history of wandering who died of hypothermia after exiting the facility in bitter cold temperatures resulting from the home's failure to verify if his tracking bracelet was functioning, properly supervise him, and promptly notify the police.

L. E. v. Ferrara:

$820,000.00 settlement for a 33-year-old plaintiff was passenger in auto hit by defendant auto causing car to flip over and extensive injuries to her arm requiring multiple orthopedic and plastic surgeries.

I.R. v. Halsted Terrace Nursing Center:

$800,000 settlement against a Chicago nursing home for failing to appropriately monitor an 88-year-old patient's hydration levels after a fall causing severe pain, appetite loss, severe dehydration and death.

I.P. for N.P. v. Riverside Foundation:

$800,000 settlement against a Lincolnshire, Illinois intermediate care facility for failing to appropriately supervise a 32-year-old mentally disabled woman on a  facility outing where she choked to death.

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N. J. v. Undisclosed Property Owner & Mgmt Co.:

$775,000 settlement for the family of a 3-year-old boy who fell out of a 3rd story window to his death 10 days after his mother removed a broken window from their apartment and covered the opening with plastic. The landlord/managing company failed to have the window repaired in a timely manner.

C.W. as administrator of the estate of L.E. v. Burnham Terrace Nursing Center:

$760,000 verdict against a nursing home doctor who failed to respond to signs and symptoms of a bowel obstruction, leading to the death of a 67-year-old resident with Alzheimer's disease.

L. S. v. Glenview Terrace Nursing Center:

$750,000 settlement against a Glenview nursing home for the family of an 80-year-old Parkinson's nursing home resident with dementia who developed Stage IV pressure sores, dehydration and malnutrition resulting in hospitalizations and death.

C.G. v. Avenue Care:

$750,000 settlement against a nursing home for an 86-year-old who developed pressure sores resulting in an amputation.

P.H. v. Countryside Care Center:

$750,000 settlement for a 77-year-old nursing home resident who fell, suffered a subdural hematoma, and died.

J.P. v. John Doe doctor:

$750,000 settlement for a doctor's failure to test a mother for HIV, which resulted in her baby being born with HIV.

L.S. v. Glenview Terrace Nursing Home:

$750,000 settlement against a nursing home for an 80-year-old who was malnourished and developed pressure sores, resulting in death.

P.S. v. S.G.:

$750,000 settlement against an attorney for failing to file a medical malpractice action within the Statute of Limitations.

D.M. for D.M. v. Prairie View Care Center:

$700,000 record Coles County nursing home settlement for a 43-year-old man who died after suffering a serious Stage IV pressure ulcer while living at the nursing home.

D.C. as executor of the estate of J.C. v. Balmoral Home, Inc.:

$700,000 settlement against a nursing home for a 63-year-old resident who suffered a fractured femur, malnourishment, dehydration and a Stage IV pressure ulcer.

E.P. as administrator of the estate of A.P. v. Oak Lawn Pavilion:

$700,000 verdict awarded when an 82-year-old resident with Alzheimer's disease wandered out of the Oak Lawn nursing home and was struck by a car, sustained a leg fracture and ultimately died.

L.M. for A.J. v. Mercy Health Care Rehabilitation Center:$690,000 nursing home settlement on behalf of the family of a 87-year-old resident who suffered a right femur fracture, skin breakdown and a bone infection which led to her death.R.H. v. The Renaissance At 87th Street:

$650,000 settlement for the family of a 76-year-old nursing home resident against a Chicago nursing home for failure to appropriately prevent and treat pressure ulcers resulting in gangrene, bilateral leg amputations and death.

B.C. v. HRC Manorcare at Libertyville:

$650,000 settlement for a 64-year-old McHenry County woman who developed infected pressure sores and a bone infection that required prolonged long term care stay and surgery

C.S. v. Rush Presbyterian - St. Luke's Medical Center and Dr. Nguyen:

$650,000 settlement against Rush Presbyterian and a doctor who administered a 17-year-old plaintiff brachytherapy for a cancerous tumor on the back of her leg and during the brachytherapy caused serious burns which took two years to heal.

R.W. v. Defendant Doctor and Defendant Pharmacy:

$650,000 settlement against a pharmacy and a doctor who failed to provide the victim with new medication dosing instructions after the doctor changed the dose of his regular medication.  As a result, he suffered toxicity and died as a result of this negligence.

R.P. v. Leimbach:

$630,000 settlement against a physician for failing to perform an annual pelvic exam, which resulted in the untimely diagnosis of ovarian cancer.

S.J. v. Dawson Nursing Home:

$600,000 settlement against a nursing home and hospital for a 71-year-old man who developed Stage IV heel pressure sores, resulting in amputation.

B.H. v. Alden Wentworth Rehabilitation and Health Care Center:

$600,000 settlement against a nursing home in death of a 46-year-old disabled woman who developed multiple infected pressure sores, resulting in death.

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S.N., Individually and as Mother and next friend of A.N., a minor v. James A. Huskey:

$600,000 settlement for an 8-year-old girl who was struck by a boat, partially severing her foot and leaving her permanently disfigured with ongoing emotional and physical pain. The boat driver negligently failed to keep a lookout and maintain a safe speed.

M.H. v. Pickus Construction and Equipment Company, Inc. et al.:
$600,000 settlement for a 47-year-old heating and air conditioning foreman who suffered a severe back injury after he tripped over a piece of structural steel lying in a passageway of a construction site.
Maloney V Community Physical Therapy & Associates, Ltd.:

$552,000.00 verdict against Community Physical Therapy & Associates, Ltd for the wife of a 67-year-old male with a neuromuscular disorder which causes progressive muscle weakness over time. The patient was attempting to ambulate in physical therapy took steps, fell and fractured his ankle.

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$530,000 settlement against a doctor for a 36-year-old male who suffered a serious second bout of pancreatitis and developed chronic pancreatitis due to psychiatrist's negligence in prescribing Depakote.

J. C. v. Rose Garden Restaurant:

$510,000.00 settlement against a restaurant which caused patrons to wait in area too close to steps leading to downstairs banquet area leading to a fall down the stairs resulting in a fractured hip and foot, causing the foot to become severely infected requiring a skin graft.

J. P. v. Lexington Health Care Center of Streamwood:

$510,000.00 settlement against a Streamwood nursing home for the family of a 78-year-old resident who repeatedly took off her personal alarm, fell on her way to the bathroom and fractured her hip and died four months later from heart problems.

R.C. for N.C. v. ManorCare at Palos Heights:$500,000 bedsore settlement for the family of a nursing home resident who developed a Stage IV bedsore as a result of nursing home negligence and required continued wound care for the remainder of her life. J.S. v. ManorCare at South Holland:

$500,000 settlement against a South Holland nursing home for a nursing home's failure to treat corneal abrasion and dental problems of 74-year-old resident which resulted in the loss of eye and multiple tooth extractions.

K. C. v. Bernstein, M.D.:

$500,000 settlement against a physician who incorrectly interpreted a 59-year-old's prostate hormone levels and failed to refer patient to a urologist causing a nine month delay in diagnosis of prostate cancer resulting in a more invasive surgery causing impotency and a recurrence of the cancer requiring radiation therapy.

P. O. v. The Catholic Bishop of Chicago:

$500,000 settlement against property owner for an 83-year-old woman who tripped and fell on plywood planks at cemetery while visiting her husband's grave and fractured her right hip, post-operative infection requiring the removal of her prosthesis.

L.M. v. Gerald Adelman & Associates:

$500,000 settlement against insurance broker for negligently advising client that the purchase of certain replacement life insurance policies was appropriate for client's situation and for guaranteeing that such policies could be paid for entirely by the stream of cash value in earlier policies.

M.M for D.J. v. Glenshire Nursing Home:

$500,000 settlement for the family of a 47-year-old nursing home resident who choked to death after the nursing home failed to provide him with a proper diet or supervise him during meal time.

J. M. v. South Shore Care Center:

$475,000 settlement against a Chicago nursing home for its failure to obtain final lab report for urine culture of 82-year-old resident and notify the doctor of sensitivity findings resulting in patient remaining on an antibiotic which was resistant to infection, urosepsis developed and the resident died.

S.K. v. Sullivan and UIM:

$450,000 settlement for a 6 persons (2 adults and 4 children) who sustained multiple injuries with one child sustaining fatal injuries as result of a driver crossing the center line and hitting their van head on in DuPage County on Thanksgiving night 2002.

A.C., independent administrator of the estate of B.S. v. Country Lanes, Inc., et al.:

$412,500 settlement for a 69-year-old man who fell after missing a step at a bowling alley due to inadequate lighting. He suffered an aggravation of his cervical myleopathy and his injuries resulted in surgery; he died after developing post operative complications.

J.L. v. Board of Education of City of Chicago:

$400,000 settlement for a student against the Board of Education and the student's teacher arising from being sexual abused by the teacher for several years.

J.C. v. William A. Mohs, D.P.M. and Forest View Foot & Ankle Center

$400,000 settlement against a podiatrist who deviated from the required standard of care in treating a 54-year-old woman mild bunion by selecting an unnecessarily invasive procedure involving cutting through bone, a Hohmann osteotomy, using inadequate fixation, and allowing premature weight bearing, which necessitated six subsequent remedial procedures and resulted in permanent pain, disfigurement, and disability.

T.H. for A.H. v. Avenue Care Center Inc.

$400,000 nursing home negligence settlement against a Chicago nursing home for the family of a 50-year-old man who died as a result of the nursing home staff's failure to properly monitor his blood sugar levels or notify his physician when his condition changed.


Successful Cases - Part 1