Power Rogers & Smith represented a number of individuals who were
involved in a commercial airplane crash. The firm’s attorneys recovered
over $93 Million on behalf of their clients. Notable settlements included
a $16,900,000 settlement on behalf of a 36-year-old female who suffered
multiple fractures and ultimately required the amputation of her left
leg; an $8,000,000 settlement on behalf of a 32-year-old female who suffered
numerous cervical and lumbar vertebrae fractures requiring a posterior
surgical fusion of C1-C2; a $7,500,000 settlement on behalf of a 54-year-old
male who died as a result of the crash; a $5,800,000 settlement for a
52-year-old female who suffered multiple vertebrae fractures causing nerve
damage and requiring multiple past and future spinal surgeries, pain management,
and rehabilitative therapy; and a $3,750,000 settlement for a 49-year-old
woman who fractured her Th11 and Th12 vertebrae and required a surgical
spinal fusion of the TH11 to L1 vertebrae. Co-counsel, Todd A. Smith and
Result: Over $93,000,000.00
C.F. v. Con-Way Freight, 13 L 8038 (Cook County)
Plaintiff was driving his vehicle eastbound on the Northwest Tollway, I-90.
Driver of a Con-way, Inc. tractor-trailer, was also travelling eastbound
on the Northwest Tollway, I90. The drivers were preceding in stop and
go traffic, at which point, Con-Way’s driver disregarded the stopped
traffic and caused his vehicle to collide with Plaintiff’s vehicle.
Plaintiff suffered multiple injuries including closed head injury with
memory loss, physical lacerations, contusions, and fractured bones. Co-Counsel
with Larry Rogers, Jr.
B.S., Individually and as Parent and Next Friend of A.T, a Minor, and B.C.
v. Complete Fleet Trailer Repair, Inc., 14 L 5405 (Cook County)
A motor vehicle accident which resulted in injuries to 3 Plaintiffs. B.S.
was driving, A.T, a minor, and B.C. were passengers in her vehicle. Complete
Fleet Trailer Repair, Inc.’s driver was traveling in the lane next
to plaintiffs. The driver changed lanes to be traveling directly B.S’s
vehicle. B.S’ vehicle had stopped, however, Complete Fleet Trailer
Repair, Inc.’s driver was unable to hit his brakes prior to the
collision with B.S’s vehicle. The driver was traveling approximately
40 miles per hour at the time of the collision. The minor suffered a traumatic
brain injury, bilateral skull fracture, and cervical nerve root avulsion.
B.C. suffered a traumatic brain injury, had a parietal subgaleal hematoma,
and a disc protrusion. Defendants tendered policy limits for the injuries
sustained in this action. Co-Counsel with Larry R. Rogers.
B.C. Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of S.C., Deceased
v Loyola University Medical Center, 09 L 13128 (Cook County)
Medical Malpractice: 30 year old female presented to Loyola University
Medical Center for a scheduled C-section. The delivery proceeded and was
uneventful and without complication.
Plaintiff’s obesity, prolonged bed rest, and large fibroid tumor
placed her at an increased risk of venous thromboembolism. Despite this
increased risk, only SCDs were provided and they were not consistently
used during Plaintiff’s time in the hospital. Plaintiff developed
a saddle pulmonary embolism, approximately 36 hours after delivery. Plaintiff
died leaving a husband and minor daughter. Co-Counsel with Larry Rogers, Jr.
D.T. as Special Administrator of the Estate of C.T., Deceased, v. Ingalls
Memorial Hospital; Robert Kaiser, M.D., 09 L 15837 (Cook County)
Medical Malpractice: 44 year old male presented to the Emergency Room at
Ingalls Memorial Hospital complaining of abdominal pain. Plaintiff was
placed on routine IV fluids and was admitted to the medical surgical floor
with a diagnosis of acute pancreatitis, and possible small bowl obstruction.
Defendant doctor recommended that pain medications be increased; CT Scan
of the abdomen and pelvis with oral contrast. Plaintiff died the next
day as a result of defendants’ failure to aggressively resuscitate
Plaintiff with fluids and from the CT scan with contrast further which
further compromised Plaintiff’s kidneys. Plaintiff died leaving
a minor daughter. Co-Counsel with Larry Rogers, Jr.
S.L. as Special Administrator of M.L., Deceased v. PI&I Motor Express,
Inc., and D. Construction, Inc.,11 L 9609 (Cook County)
Trucking: Plaintiff, 49 year old female, was travelling southbound on Illinois
Route 394 near Glenwood Lansing Road. Defendant, a driver for P.I.&I.
Motor Express, Inc., was traveling northbound on Illinois Route 394, in
a construction zone, when he lost control of his tractor trailer, veered
into several sand barrels and a concrete barrier in a construction zone
and veered across the left shoulder, into the grassy middle median and
into the southbound lanes of traffic where his tractor trailer struck
Plaintiff’s vehicle in a head on collision. Plaintiff was fatally
injured and died instantly. Plaintiff, a 49 y/o single female, who lived
alone, was survived by four adult siblings who live out of state. Co-Counsel
with Larry Rogers, Jr.
$2,069,567.15 (Received Policy Limits from Trucking Company)
E.B. and B.B. v. Kraze Trucking, LLC, 12-cv-50403 (Northern District of Illinois)
Trucking: Plaintiff was operating his motorcycle in an eastbound direction,
Defendant was operating a semi-tractor and trailer traveling northbound
and approaching an intersection. Plaintiff passed through the intersection
and was continuing eastbound when Defendant failed to stop at the intersection
and turned northbound causing a collision between the two vehicles. Plaintiff
was knocked to the ground and rolled under the tractor and part of the
trailer. Plaintiff suffered hip, lower back, and cervical injuries. Co-counsel
with Joseph A. Power, Jr.
Result: $1,000,000.00 (Policy Limits)
C.L. v. Kennyata Hill
Auto: 62 year old was pedestrian who was struck while crossing Stockton
Street near the intersection of Wrightwood, in Chicago. Plaintiff had
gotten off the bus at the rear door and was crossing the street behind
the bus. As he was crossing, he was hit by a vehicle of an uninsured driver.
Plaintiff fractured skull in multiple places. Plaintiff pursued uninsured
motorist claim. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.
Result: $250,000.00 (Policy Limits)