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Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

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Phone: (312) 236-9381

Three First National Plaza
70 West Madison Street, 55th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60602

Larry R. Rogers, Jr. has committed himself to being an advocate for victims and victims rights. Unfortunately, in our society, public safety and caution are often cast aside in favor of financial gain or expediency, resulting in innocent people being harmed. Even worse, where this occurs, negligence is rarely admitted, leaving the victims with the burden of proving how the failure to follow safe practices resulted in their injury or loss. Mr. Rogers has represented victims against negligent parties who, all too often, place personal or business interests above the safety of their customers, consumers and patients.

As a trial attorney, Mr. Rogers has successfully settled or tried to verdict a variety of cases, obtaining multi-million dollar results for his clients. Where the issue centers on sacrificing safety and placing citizens at risk of harm, Mr. Rogers’ successes have resulted in justice for his clients, in particular, and a safer community at large. Most notably, Mr. Rogers and managing partner, Joseph A. Power, Jr., obtained a record $100 million dollar settlement in a case in which a Reverend and his wife were severely burned and their 6 minor children killed when their Chrysler minivan’s fuel tank was pierced by a piece of road debris and the vehicle erupted in flames. While this was the largest settlement to a single family in the country, the significance of the case was even greater. As a result of Messers. Power and Rogers investigation, it was discovered that employees of then Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan’s office were selling Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) to unqualified truck drivers, leading to the re-testing of thousands of truck drivers making the roadways safer for the citizens of Illinois and beyond. Similarly, in the medical field, Messers. Power and Rogers represented the family of an innocent young boy who was refused medical treatment by hospital emergency room personnel, because he collapsed at the foot of the emergency room ramp and could not make it inside its doors and ask for treatment. Tragically, by the time a police officer commandeered a gurney and brought the young teen inside, he had lost too much blood and he died a short time later of his injuries. While the $12.5 Million settlement recovered for the parents and siblings of the minor boy was an acknowledgment of the medical error, the case also stirred debate in the medical profession regarding what constitutes presentation to a medical facility. The result was changes to the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA) requiring medical practitioners to go a reasonable distance to victims in need of medical treatment when treatment has been requested. A sample of his other results are listed on the pages that follow.

In addition to his trial law practice, Mr. Rogers serves as one of three Commissioner on the Cook County Board of Review. On November 4, 2008, Mr. Rogers received over 520,000 votes (over 80% of the votes cast in a three person race) and was re-elected to a second 4-year term as Commissioner. In 2004, after being fed up with unreasonable property tax increases, Mr. Rogers decided to do more than complain: he ran for public office. With no support from mainstream politicians, he entered a hotly contested primary election against a long time, entrenched politician, and with the support of his family, friends and the people, he won. Since that time, Mr. Rogers has been applauded for his work at bringing government services to the constituents, most notably through community outreaches aimed at reducing excessive property tax assessments for homeowners and businesses.

Mr. Rogers has been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to the Board of Directors of the Lawyers Assistance Program, where he has served since 2003. In 2009, he was appointed by United States District Court Chief Judge James Holderman to the Magistrate Judge Merit Review Panel and he has served as a judicial evaluator for the Illinois State, Chicago, and Cook County Bar Associations. He has been a contributing author and lecturer on subjects ranging from negligence to medical malpractice as well as presented on topics important to the practicing trial attorney. He has been voted a "Super Lawyer" by his peers, and is a member of the American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, National Bar Association, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Cook County Bar Association. In 1999, he was elected Vice-President of the National Bar Association (YLD) for 2000-01 and he was elected to serve as chairperson of various committees within the bar and community at large. Mr. Rogers is also a member of the NAACP and other civic and community organizations. He obtained a B.S. degree in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis in 1990 and J.D. of Law from IIT-Chicago Kent College of Law in 1993 where he was the recipient of the American Jurisprudence Academic Award for Trial Advocacy II, the area in which he concentrates his practice today.

Power Rogers & Smith has recovered over $3 billion dollars in verdicts and settlements. Power Rogers & Smith has achieved the #1 spot in the Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Survey again in 2013, meaning the firm obtained more dollars in settlements than any other Chicago personal injury law firm. In fact, Power Rogers & Smith has finished first in the settlement survey in eight of the last fourteen years and has held the first place spot for the past four consecutive years, surpassing its next closest competitor by more than $400 Million in total settlement awards since 2000.

Settlements & Verdicts

Examples of settlements or verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.00 obtained in cases handled by Mr. Rogers include:

$100 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for a Reverend and his family who lost six minor children in a van fire which occurred when a improperly trained and illegally licensed truck driver failed to properly inspect and identify a defective weld on a 90 lb. taillight housing which later fell from the trailer onto the roadway in front of the family’s van, piercing its fuel tank, and causing a horrific fire that killed the minor children, ages 6 months to 13 years. (1999)

$15.7 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for a woman who was horribly brain damaged during a neuro-endovascular procedure where a cardiac stent was used in a non-FDA approved procedure to treat a brain aneurysm. Mr. Rogers established that the neurosurgeon and institution placed their desire to increase the number and type of procedures performed over the efficacy, appropriateness, and necessity of the procedure and that the patient’s signs and symptoms of intra-cerebral bleeding were not timely recognized. (2009)

$13.5 Million
Verdict as co-counsel in a case involving a swimmer who was horribly disfigured when a commercial boat road over her as she swam in Lake Michigan, severing her leg. (2005)
Defense: Denied liability, claimed the swimmer was swimming outside the designated swimming area, and denied the severity of the injury.
    Settlement Demand:
        $8 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $6 Million
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $13.5 Million, reduced to $10.4 Million for 20% contributory negligence

$13 Million
Settlement as co-counsel in a medical negligence claim which resulted in a child rendered brain damaged as a result of negligence by a midwife and obstetrical nurse. In each of these cases, negligence was denied until proofs were put forth on behalf of the victims and their families. (2006)

$10.4 Million
Verdict as co-counsel representing a 71 year old gentlemen who was rendered a walking-quadriplegic following a trucking accident. (2002)
    Settlement Demand:
        $5 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $1.6 Million
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $10.4 Million

$7 Million
Verdict as lead trial counsel on behalf of the wife and children of a 49-year-old man who died as a result of the negligent failure to review his known and documented medical history of deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism. That negligence resulted in the patient not receiving life-saving anti-coagulants resulting in the gentleman developing a new onset of deep vein thrombosis, experiencing a pulmonary embolism and dying two days later. (2007)
Defense: Denied that standard of care required anticoagulants, denied that patient was at risk of suffering a pulmonary embolism, denied that prescribing anti-coagulants would have made a difference and, and denied degree of loss to family.
    Settlement Demand:
        $3 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $1.2 Million
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $7 Million

$6 Million
Verdict as co-counsel against a German manufacturing company on behalf of two spouses of factory workers who were burned about their bodies as a result of the manufacturers failure to place shielding on the workers platform to shield the workers from molten steel which was known to "splash" and "spill" from overhead, and which had injured workers on prior occasions at other facilities where the manufacturer had installed its equipment. (2006)
    Settlement Demand:
    Settlement Offer:
        $150,000
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $6,000,000, $3,000,000 each for each worker killed in occurrence

$5.5 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for a young boy who suffered a disfiguring skull injury and brain injury when he was struck by a moving van as he road his bicycle. (2007)

$5 Million
Verdict as lead trial counsel on behalf of the wife and children of a 60-year-old man who died as a result of the a negligently maintained traffic control system that provided motorists a green light to turn right onto the train tracks during the approach of a 60 mph train. In the wake of the deaths of multiple children in a school bus accident in the Fox River Grove Community, the municipality involved had been informed that an engineering study commissioned by the State determined the need to prohibit right-turning vehicles from turning toward the tracks during "pre-emption" when a train was approaching. The municipality, despite being informed that its system created a hazard, declined to address it claiming such signs were "ignored" by motorists. The municipality further claimed that the motorist should have been able to see the railroad gates and lights before he turned toward the railroad grade crossing, and that the motorist ran into the railroad gate while it was completely down. Mr. Rogers established that the municipality had prohibited turns toward crossings at other intersections, that turning motorists, such as the decedent, had no warning of the crossing, or the approach of a 60 mph train before turning, and that after turning, motorists had less than two car lengths to perceive and react if they made the turn, which was insufficient for such a significant and known hazard. (June 29, 2009)
    Settlement Demand:
        $5 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $0
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $5 Million

$3.75 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for

$3.5 Million
Settlement as lead counsel on behalf of a woman who underwent what turned out to be an unnecessary radical neck dissection surgery. The woman tragically lost facial tissue, muscle and nerve function at the hands of an otolaryngologist who provided an inadequate tissue specimen for pathological analysis and a pathologist who misdiagnosed the specimen as cancer when, in fact, it was not cancerous. (1996)

$3.117 Million
Verdict against a hospital for failure to timely diagnose and treat adenocarcinoma following a biopsy which confirmed the diagnosis, but was mixed up with the diagnosis for another patient resulting in a delay in the patient receiving life-saving treatment.
    Settlement Demand:
        $1 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $250,000
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $3,117,100 Million

$3 Million
Settlement as lead counsel for the death of a woman whose artery was punctured in the hospital following the insertion of a dialysis catheter, and who subsequently bled to death without the puncture and bleeding being diagnosed and treated.

$3 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for a woman who suffered a below-the-knew amputation as a result of a failure to recognize signs and symptoms of a vascular circulation problem resulting in the limb becoming gangrenous and dying. (2007)
    Settlement Demand:
        $3 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $1.2 Million
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $7 Million

$2.5 Million
Settlement as lead counsel for a woman who died as a result of a delay in diagnosing and treating breast cancer. (2001)

$2.08 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for a press operator whose foot was crushed resulting in amputation of the limb. (1999)

$2 Million
Settlement as lead counsel for the surviving child of a man killed by an officer who chased him by car into a vacant lot and collided with him, crushing him against a wall. (2006)

$2 Million
Settlement as lead counsel for the surviving family of a gentleman who died as a result of a pulmonary embolism when his healthcare providers failed to properly assess his risk of developing a pulmonary embolism.

$1.7 Million
Verdict as lead trial counsel for the family of an 83 year old gentleman who was struck and killed by a truck as he crossed the street. (2007)
Defense: Denied that the pedestrian had the right-of-way, claimed decedent ran in front of the truck, denied the nature and extent of the relationship between the decedent and the decedent’s heirs.
    Settlement Demand:
        $900,000
    Settlement Offer:
        $600,000
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $1.7 Million, paid $2.029 Million (verdict + interest) after appeal denied

$1.55 Million
Verdict as lead trial counsel for the family of a minor boy who drowned in a pool as a result of an inattentive life guard.
Defense: Denied a duty to do more than be present on the deck of the pool, denied that the life guard was inattentive, and denied the nature and extent of the relationship between the decedent and the decedent’s heirs.
    Settlement Demand:
        $1 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $0
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $1.5 Million

$1.5 Million
Settlement as lead counsel for the adult siblings of a woman who died as a result of her health care providers’ failure to timely recognize, monitor and treat the newly diagnosed diabetic’s blood sugar levels and electrolyte levels.

$1.5 Million
Settlement as lead counsel on behalf of the heirs of a young adult struck and killed by a suburban ambulance that entered an intersection on a red light at over 80 m.p.h. while transporting a non-fatally injured victim to the hospital. The ambulance struck a left-turning vehicle that had the traffic light a the time of the collision. (2006)
Defense: Denied that the decedent had the right-of-way, claimed the ambulance was being chased, and denied the nature and extent of the relationship between the decedent and his heirs.

$1.2 Million
Settlement as co-counsel on behalf of a surviving minor child against an airline for the death of her father in an O’Hare airport incident.

$1.2 Million
Settlement as lead counsel on behalf of a disabled adult on against an airline for injuries sustained as a result of a failure to supervise a known disabled passenger resulting in amputation of the 1st metatarsal. (2000)

$1.14 Million
Settlement as co-counsel for the survivors of a building engineer who fell down an elevator shaft to his death. (1998)

$1.1 Million
Verdict as lead trial counsel for a young woman who developed an esophageal perforation as a result of a negligent intubation, resulting in an infection and near death for the patient who was left with "suicide-like" scars about her neck from surgical scarring. (2005)
    Settlement Demand:
        $1 Million
    Settlement Offer:
        $750,000
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $1.103,413

$1.07 Million
Settlement as lead trial counsel against private sector child welfare agency for failing to screen a temporary foster home for safety, resulting in a 3 month old child being beaten to death 5 days after being removed from DCFS custody and placed in the temporary foster home. (2003)

$1.05 Million
Verdict as co-counsel against a hospital for failing to properly monitor a 71 year old woman, with no prior mental health history, who developed and was diagnosed with hospital-induced psychosis and, despite an Order for close monitoring, was allowed to roam the hospital to an isolated location where she hung herself. (2005)

$1 Million
Settlement as co-counsel against a psychiatrist who failed to properly diagnose and treat a young adult’s mental condition, resulting in him sustaining permanent injuries. (2003)

Examples of settlements or verdicts less than $1,000,000.00 obtained in cases handled by Mr. Rogers include:

$925,000
Settlement as lead trial counsel for the death of a gentleman who presented with signs and symptoms of a heart attack and was misdiagnosed as having gastritis. (2008)

$725,000
Verdict as co-counsel against a drinking establishment for the parents of a single woman who died as a result of the establishment over-serving a patron, the patron becoming intoxicated and striking and killing the woman. (1994)

$700,000
Settlement as lead counsel on behalf of a gentleman whose 7th cranial nerve was severed by an otolaryngologist during the surgical repair of a ruptured eardrum. (2000)

$492,631
Verdict as lead counsel against the operator of a utility truck that struck a pedestrian crossing the street with the mirror of his vehicle fracturing his jaw. The verdict was reduced by 25% to $369,473.94 for the contributory negligence of the plaintiff. (2006)

$400,000
Settlement for the surviving heirs of a woman who choked to death after being left unsupervised at a nursing home facility. (2009)

$350,000
Verdict as lead counsel for a gentleman struck by the mirror of a passing utility truck as he crossed the street. (2006)

$217,065
Verdict as lead counsel for a woman who tripped and fell on a city sidewalk as a result of the sidewalk being in a state of disrepair. The woman died of unrelated causes before trial. (1995)

$100,000
Settlement for policy limits for automobile collision that resulted in lumbar spine injury and surgery. (2009)

$80,000
Verdict against a driver who negligently injured a young woman in an automobile accident resulting in soft tissue back, neck and shoulder injuries. (2000)
    Settlement Demand:
        $50,000 policy limits
    Settlement Offer:
        $5,000
    Jury Trial Verdict:
        $80,000 (insurer paid more than the policy limits)