Thomas M. Power, a partner of Power, Rogers & Smith since 1992, brings
extensive experience as an Illinois trial lawyer to the law firm and to
the plaintiffs he represents in all aspects of Illinois accident law and
personal injury law, including wrongful death, automobile negligence,
product liability, and medical malpractice.
Prior to joining the leading personal injury law firm in Illinois, Mr.
Power was an Illinois trial lawyer for the Cook County Public Defender
Murder Task Force. Handling an impressive 300 trials during his seven-year
tenure as a public defender, he successfully represented individuals accused
of various crimes ranging from simple misdemeanor cases to very serious
felony cases, including numerous capital cases. A talented Illinois trial
lawyer, Mr. Power taught trial practice as an adjunct professor at DePaul
College of Law.
Some of his notable recoveries include the largest knee injury verdict
in Indiana history. He achieved this in 1994, when together with his brother,
senior partner Joseph A. Power, he represented a Polish immigrant who
sustained a knee injury after his disabled truck was struck. The truck
accident case was tried in Federal District Court in Hammond, Ind., where
the jury returned a verdict of $1,500,000.00.
In December, 2001, Tom Power negotiated a $2,500,000.00 settlement for
a 33 year-old iron worker who, while working on a bridge which crossed-over
the Stevenson Expressway, was knocked off the bridge by a crane operated
by an employee of the general contractor. The iron worker suffered two
In July 2003, Mr. Power, along with Tom Siracusa, represented the family
of a terminally ill lymphoma patient who developed bedsores during his
hospitalization. The jury awarded the family $2,500,000.00 after a two-week
trial. In November 2002, Mr. Power and Mr. Siracusa settled a medical
malpractice case on behalf of the family of a patient in whom the defendants
failed to diagnose and timely treat a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm.
One and one half weeks into trial, the defendants offered $1.5 million,
a substantial increase over their pretrial offer of $200,000.00. Education
In December, 2005, Mr. Power obtained a $5,000,000.00 settlement on behalf
of the Estate of a 52 year-old man who was a beloved English teacher and
swim coach at an elite school despite being a quadriplegic for over 30
years. The man was discharged from the ER with a diagnosis of gastroenteritis,
when in fact he had a perforated ulcer, which would have been detected
had the staff employed additional diagnostic tools given his state as
a quadriplegic. By the time he returned to the ER approximately 24 hours
later, he was septic. He battled the infection for nearly a month before
passing. He left a surviving spouse.
In March, 2007, Mr. Power obtained a $4,000,000.00 settlement on behalf
of a 41 year-old man who was seriously injured when he fell approximately
25 feet to the ground while installing duct work during a hospital renovation.
Plaintiff suffered, among other things, a fractured skull, deep head lacerations
resulting in indentation, permanent eye damage (severe double vision),
permanent partial hearing loss, seizure disorder, permanent right arm
weakness, short and long-term memory problems and frontal lobe atrophy.
Plaintiff is married with 3 children, two of whom are minors.
In April, 2007, Mr. Power obtained a $3,000,000.00 settlement on behalf
of the family of a 15 year old boy who suffered an asthma attack at home
and was brought to a medical care center. While there, the boy's condition
worsened and it took several attempts to intubate him. As a result of
the delay, he coded and, ultimately, became comatose, dying four days
later. At the time of settlement, this was the largest settlement on behalf
of a minor in Will County.
In November, 2007, Mr. Power was successful in persuading a Cook County
jury to award $2.7 million to an 80 year-old man whose car was rear-ended
by a semi-tractor trailer then flipped in the air, causing it to land
on a nearby vehicle. The defendant claimed the plaintiff cut him off and
slammed on his brakes. A police officer at the scene testified the plaintiff
admitted that he stopped to avoid hitting a vehicle in front of him.
In December, 2007, Mr. Power, together with Joe Power and Joe Balesteri,
obtained a $13,000,000.00 medical malpractice settlement on behalf of
a now 14 year-old boy whose physician failed to test for tuberculosis
after the boy, then 21 months old, was brought to him with complaints
of fever, runny nose and lethargy. The physician had been informed that
the boy's grandfather had recently been diagnosed with tuberculosis.
As a result of the physician's negligence, the boy developed meningitis
and suffered brain damage. Subsequently he was required to attend Special