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Automobile Negligence - $2,030,362.30

Plaintiff sustained an aggravation of a preexisting condition in his lumbar spine, as well as a pain condition in his foot, leaving him permanently disabled. Defendant, a United States postal worker, drove into the path of plaintiff's vehicle, causing a collsion. This case was brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claims Act, therefore it was filed in federal court and was required to be a bench trial.

Railroad Crossing Collision - $55,000,000.00

Three individuals sustained catastrophic brain injuries when their SUV was struck by a train at a crossing with inoperative lights and gates. Verdict is the largest railroad crossing verdict in Illinois history and was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the top 100 verdicts in the country in 2002.

Boating Negligence - $3,500,000.00

Plaintiff sustained back and elbow injuries as a result of his boat being struck by defendant's boat. Plaintiff underwent a nine level spinal fusion as well as repair of his elbow fractures. Defendant was a twenty-one year old summer camp counselor with eight young campers on his boat. The incident took place on a small lake in upper Wisconsin and the plaintiff and the defendant were the only two boats on the lake at the time.

Medical Malpractice/ Wrongful Death - $900,000.00

Fifty-three-year-old man was admitted to Skokie Valley Hospital with an infection of his left ankle and sepsis. Defendants contended that they provided proper treatment for James Starr's leg infection and that he died of an opportunistic hospital-acquired lung infection. The evidence at trial established that the only blood culture taken during the entire course of his treatment was in the emergency room upon admission to the hospital. The pathologist who performed an autopsy testified that James Starr died of overwhelming sepsis from a necrotizing infection of his left lower leg. The autopsy also revealed that James Starr had severe alcoholic cirrhosis. The pathologist testified that if James Starr had survived this admission he would have had a life expectancy of 5 to 10 years.

Medical Malpractice/ Wrongful Death - $610,000.00

Twenty-two year-old college student as a result of an overdose of psychiatric medication prescribed by her psychiatrist. Plaintiff was originally seen by a psychologist for mental health treatment and was diagnosed with depression and bulimia. She was treated with medication (Prozac) and individual psychotherapy. Plaintiff was seen in defendants' offices on only six occasions. For the next 15 months up until the time of her death she was not seen by either defendant doctor, however, the psychiatrist continued to prescribe psychiatric medications over the telephone. During that period of time, plaintiff received numerous prescriptions which included the addition of another psychiatric medication (Desipramine) and several increases in the dosage of her medication. The autopsy disclosed Desipramine intoxication as the cause of death.

Battery - $100,000.00

A twenty-four year-old woman was sexually assaulted in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn hotel by a priest who had been at a holiday function at the hotel. At the time of the occurrence, the defendant was married and had three children.

Construction Negligence - $5,450,000.00

Forty-three-year-old father of five died when a portion of the I-294 bridge fell on him. Defendant Excatech contracted with the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority to perform demolition work of the 5th Avenue Bridge, which crossed the northbound and southbound lanes of I-294. In order to dismantle the bridge, a crane was located in the southbound lanes of I-294 and the boom was connected to one of the metal girders of the bridge. Robert Meyers was an equipment operator who was sent underneath the bridge to free the girder being removed from its connection. In the process of removing the metal girder, the bridge collapsed and fell on top of Robert Meyers, causing his death.

Medical Malpractice - $2,950,000.00

Thirty-eight year old woman underwent a number of surgical procedures, all of which were performed by defendant, for reconstruction and repair of her left hip. As a result of the treatment, plaintiff was left with a painful left hip, a severe limp, and recurrent dislocations of the hip. During one of the procedures defendant removed too much bone causing dislocation and destruction of the acetabulum which holds the prosthetic femoral head in place. In addition, contrary to defendant's assertions, defendant was not board-certified, having failed his board examinations on five occasions.

Product Liability/ Trucking Negligence - $2,050,000.00

A twenty-six year old truck driver was killed when the pre-stressed, pre-cast concrete bridge beam he was transporting fell over onto the cab of the tractor he was driving. The beam was 72 inches high, 118 feet long, and weighed approximately 50 tons. The pre-cast, pre-stressed concrete beam, as designed and manufactured, was unreasonably dangerous in that it was designed and built without any consideration given to forces that could or would be imposed on it during transportation.

Construction Negligence - $1,275,000.00

A thirty-three year old insulator working on a scaffold was killed when an unlocked handrail came loose. The plaintiff was only 13 feet off the ground when he fell from the scaffold. There were no eyewitnesses to the occurrence and there was no direct evidence as to who unlocked the handrail. In addition, there was evidence regarding prior instances of scaffold tampering by the insulators. Relying on that evidence, the defense claimed that the plaintiff unlocked the handrail and caused his fall.

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