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Larry R. Rogers Jr.


Larry R. Rogers, Jr. is a husband, father of four, and trial lawyer with over 23 years of experience advocating for victims. Mr. Rogers has successfully settled or tried to verdict a variety of cases including medical negligence, police-misconduct, trucking and premises liability cases, obtaining multimillion-dollar results for his clients against defendants and their insurance companies. In 2013, Mr. Rogers was recognized by Crain’s Chicago Business as one of the top personal injury lawyers, which described him as “unruffled, articulate” and “eager to try big cases.” He was described as “probably the most politically connected among a new generation of trial attorneys,” and has developed a reputation for handling national civil rights and police misconduct cases, frequently appearing on local and national radio and television shows.

Mr. Rogers, Jr. and the attorneys at Power Rogers & Smith have represented victims against some of the most powerful interests in the country and have consistently come out on top. They have been ranked at the top of their field, with 6 consecutive 1st place rankings from 2010 to 2015 in the Chicago Lawyer Annual Settlement Survey, based upon their results. In 2015, when defendants denied his clients justice, Mr. Rogers took the matters to trial and obtained 3 jury verdicts, winning awards in excess of $13 Million. In the first half of 2016 alone, he resolved over $27 Million in cases, including $8 Million in a police misconduct case, $7.75 Million in a trucking negligence action, and $11.5 Million in medical malpractice actions.

Mr. Rogers, Jr. has been involved in a number of high-profile matters, including the investigation of what happened to Sandra Bland, who was found dead in a Texas jail cell after an unlawful traffic stop. He represents families in civil rights and police misconduct cases including the December 26, 2015 police-involved shooting death of Bettie Ruth Jones on the west side of Chicago, and Diamond Reynolds, who live-streamed on Facebook the police-involved shooting death of her boyfriend, Philando Castile, in Minnesota in July, 2016. He and managing partner, Joseph A. Power, Jr., obtained a nationwide 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, more importantly, the litigation revealed that employees of then Illinois Secretary of State George Ryan’s office were selling Commercial Driver’s Licenses (CDLs) to unqualified truck drivers. As a result, thousands of truck drivers were re-tested making the roadways safer across the country.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Mr. Rogers gives back to the community through his many philanthropic activities, board activities, and his work as an elected Cook County Commissioner on the Board of Review where he has been applauded for his community outreach program.

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

W. v. Transamerica, et al.

Settlement: $100,000,000.00

(1999) Products Liability/Trucking Negligence: 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. Co-counsel, Joseph A. Power, Jr.

H. v. Dr. Lopes and Rush University Medical Center

Settlement: $15,707,050.19

(2008) Medical Negligence/Brain Injury: The Plaintiff 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. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers Jr.

R. v. Seadog Ventures, Inc., et al.,

Verdict: $13,500,000.00

Reduced 20% to: $10,800,000.00

Offer prior to Trial: $3,000,000

Offer after Jury Selection: $5,000,000

Final Offer Prior to Verdict: $6,500,000

(2001) Negligence: The Plaintiff was run over by a commercial boat named the Sea Dog near Oak Street Beach in Chicago, Illinois. It was almost six weeks after the swimming season was over and the beaches were closed. Prior to this case the highest verdict for a below the knee amputation was $5,350,000.00. This verdict more than doubled the previous high in the State of Illinois for a below the knee amputation. Co-counsel, Joseph A. Power, Jr.

C. v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., et al.

Verdict: $10,430,617.92

Offer before trial: $ 1,600,000.00

(1998). Automobile Negligence: A 71 year old African-American man was injured on July 25, 1995 when a semi-tractor trailer owned by Chicago & Northwestern Railway Co. and Union Pacific Railroad Co. pulled from a stop sign at a T-intersection in Northlake in front of a truck traveling eastbound in which Plaintiff was a passenger. He suffered a spinal cord injury which left him with incomplete paralysis in his arms and legs. Co- Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Sr.

C. v. University of Chicago Hospitals

Settlement: $10,000,000.00

(2010) Medical Negligence: The mother of the deceased minor child delivered twins at 34 weeks at MacNeal Hospital by C-section. One of the twins was diagnosed with a respiratory problem known as esophageal artesia with lower tracheoesophageal fistula. They diagnosed the condition on 11/15/06, ran tests on 11/16/06 and told family that on 11/17/06 they were going to attempt to reattach the esophagus to the stomach and address a fistula between the esophagus and lung. The family was told it would be 2-3 hours surgery, but after waiting 6 hours, they still had not heard anything. Finally they were told the problem was more difficult than anticipated and that they were waiting a specialist. Plaintiff’s investigation revealed that in fact a medical error occurred during the procedure. Instead of incising the fistula as intended, the surgeon transected the child’s bronchial tube to the lung and caused the lung to collapse. After the surgery, the child was on a ventilator and hospitalized until he ultimately died from his injuries. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

A. v. Woodharbor Millworks, et al.

Settlement: $7,750,000.00

(2016) Trucking Negligence: The Plaintiff was struck and partially run over by a right-turning truck as she began to cross the street while on her bicycle. The Plaintiff suffered injuries to her pelvis and abdomen, requiring the use of a diverting colostomy which may or may not be permanent. Additionally, the Plaintiff suffered from symptoms of PTSD. The Plaintiff was unmarried and not working at the time of the collision. Lead counsel Larry R. Rogers, Jr. and second chair Kathryn L. Conway.

J. v. Dr. Carlton West, Michael Reese Hospital

Verdict: $7,000,000.00

Offer before trial: $1,600,000.00

(2007) Medical Negligence: July 10, 2000 orthopedic surgeon, Dr. West, performed left quadriceps tendon repair surgery on Glenn Jonson at Michael Reese. Mr. Johnson developed a pulmonary embolism after surgery and died two days later. He was survived by his wife, and four children. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

T. v. Unnamed Cement Truck Company

Settlement: $5,500,000.00

(2014) Trucking Negligence: A 60 year old African-American woman was injured in killed while crossing Pershing Road southbound at Wells Street in her motorized wheelchair when she was struck by a cement truck whose driver was distracted by a young female pedestrian crossing from the opposite side of the street. Plaintiff was able to secure video footage and cellular telephone records to establish that the driver did not make a complete stop at the Stop sign and received text messages at the time of the collision. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

S. v. City of Chicago

Verdict: $5,000,000.00

Offer before trial: $ 0

(2009) Transportation Negligence: The plaintiff’s decedent died when he was struck by a METRA train at a railroad crossing at 111th Street. Plaintiff alleged that the traffic control system did not function properly and authorized and directed the decedent to make a right turn onto the tracks when unbeknownst to him, a 60+ mph METRA train was approaching. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

J.M. v. Advocate Illinois Masonic, 14 L 10562

Verdict: $4,600,000.00

(2018) Medical Malpractice: A 70-year old female went into Advocate Illinois Masonic for a planned thyroidectomy due to the development of a massive goiter. During surgery, she suffered a stroke. Plaintiff alleged that the stroke was caused by deep anesthesia and resultant hypoperfusion to her brain. Defendants maintained that the stroke was embolic and caused by dislodged plaque due to manipulation of the right carotid artery in order to remove the massive tumor. The Plaintiff suffered weakness on her left side as a result of the stroke and required the use of a cane and/or walker to get around. She was already retired at the time of the stroke. There was a $100,000 offer prior to trial. The $4.6 Million verdict, included an award of $2 Million for emotional distress. Lead counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

P. v. MacNeal, et al.

Settlement: $4,350,000.00

(2011) Medical Negligence: A woman underwent bariatric surgery for weight loss. Following the procedure, her clinician failed to identify signs and symptoms of infection associated with a failed anastomosis. The Plaintiff almost died as a result of developing sepsis but recovered with minimal mental deficits following exploratory surgery and repair of the gastric leak. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

D. v. CTA

Settlement: $4,000,000.00

(2011) Motor vehicle Collision: Plaintiff’s decedent was killed when a CTA bus failed to yield and made a left turn into a bus turnabout in front of the decedent as he operated his motorcycle northbound, allegedly at a high rate of speed. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

C. v. Unnamed Hospital

Settlement: $3,950,000.00

(2014)Medical Negligence: A 31 year old woman died a day and half following giving birth to her first child as a result of a pulmonary embolism. Plaintiff alleged that the decedent was at high risk for developing a pulmonary embolism and that the defendant physicians failed to provide anticoagulation medication to address her risk of developing a clot. The decedent was survived by her new born daughter and a husband who remarried after 3 ½ years. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

H. v. Airport Distributors, Inc., et al

Settlement: $3,750,000.00

(1997) Trucking/Automobile Negligence: On April 19, 1994 at approximately 12:05 a.m., the Plaintiff, age 56, was driving her car north­bound on Inter­state 94, the Dan Ryan, going to work at the United State Post Office. The Defendant, Preston Traylor, was driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer owned by Defendants, Bootleggers Transport Truck Leasing, Inc., and operated by Airport Distributors, Inc., north­bound on Interstate 94, the Dan Ryan, to deliver the trailer to a warehouse in Elk Grove Village. At or near the point where the Dan Ryan crosses over 26th Street, the Defen­dant Preston Traylor collided with the rear of Delores Harris's vehicle. As a result of the collision, Delores Harris sustained the following injuries: cerebral vascular accident, right hemiplegia secondary to left sided vascular lesion on the brain and brain stem ischemia from either traumatic vertebral artery dissection, acceleration-deceleration due to blunt trauma or both. Plaintiff is confined to a wheelchair and re­quires assistance with mobility and all aspects of daily care and her speech remains impaired and unintel­ligible. Co-Counsel, Joseph A. Power, Jr.

M. v. County of Cook and Charles Orsay, M.D.

Verdict: $ 3,117,100.00

Offer at trial: $ 250,000.00

(2000) Medical Negligence/Wrongful Death: The Plaintiff sought medical treatment on July 28, 1994, at Cook County Hospital for a mass of tissue in his anus that was causing him pain and discomfort. At that time, he was diagnosed by a resident as having a sebaceous cyst, a benign, non-cancerous condition, and he was scheduled for surgery on August 12, 1994. On August 12, 1994, he underwent a surgical excision or removal of the “cyst,” which was performed by Dr. Charles Orsay and a resident physician who was on a two month rotation through Cook County Hospital for training in colon-rectal surgery. In recording the procedure performed, the resident mistakenly confused Gerald Morley’s procedure with that of another patient. When the pathology results from the microscopic analysis of the tissue came back indicating that Gerald Morley had cancer, the colon-rectal clinic employees relied upon the resident’s mistake and attempted to inform the wrong patient that he had cancer. As a result, Gerald Morley did not learn that he had cancer for approximately five and one half (5 ½) months. The 5 ½ month delay in treating Gerald Morley’s cancer allowed, what was described as a curable cancer to grow and spread to such an extent that it could no longer be cured. Mr. Morley died March 25, 1996. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

V. v. Positive Connections

Verdict: $3,100,000.00

Offer at trial: $1,000,000.00

(2012) Pedestrian/School Bus, Wrongful Death: On 2/12/2007, Plaintiff was struck and killed in a hit and run collision. She was walking in crosswalk when the school bus struck her in the intersection, and dragged her body under the bus for approx. 500 feet. She died at the scene. The actual accident was unwitnessesed, but a post-occurrence, a pastor heard a scream and aw the body come out from under the rear of the bus. Surveillance video from an ATM camera two blocks away was captured by police and used to identify an unnamed yellow school bus and then correlated through time records with defendants bus company’s route. Co-Counsel, Joseph A. Power, Jr.

J. v. Voest-Alpine, et al.

Jury Verdict: $ 3,000,000.00

Offer Before Trial: $ 150,000.00

(1996) Product Liability/Wrongful Death: Plaintiff’s Decedent was a 61-year-old worker for the U.S. Steel plant operating a continuous caster manufactured by Defendant, Voest-Alpine. A 235 ton ladle of molten steel erupted showering him with molten steel causing his death. The continuous caster lacked overhead protection to prevent molten steel from coming in contact with workers in the event an eruption occurred. Plaintiff’s Decedent was survived by his 59-year-old wife, Phoebe Joseph. Co-Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Sr.

H. v. Homewood Flossmoor Medical Associates

Settlement: $3,000,000.0

(2014) Medical Negligence: This case involves the death of a mother and her full term fetus on March 17, 2009 from undiagnosed pre-eclapmsia. Plaintiff’s Decedent was a 34-year-old single woman, who was never married and was 39 weeks pregnant with her first child, who she planned to raise alone. Plaintiff alleged that at her March 10, 2009 prenatal visit, Decedent had abnormal findings of 2+ protein in her urine, 1+ edema, and a blood pressure of 130/82, the highest of her pregnancy. Plaintiff maintained that Dr. White was negligent for failing to order a 24 hour urine study and urine culture, failing to order pre-eclampsia labs and failing to monitor Ms. Harvey more closely. Plaintiff alleged that as a direct and proximate result of Dr. White's negligence, Decedent and her full term fetus died. Decedent was survived by her mother, who resides out of state, and her adult brother. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

T. v. Ingalls Hospital and Robert Kaiser, M.D.; South Suburban Gastroenterology, S.C.

Settlement: $ 2,700,000.00

(2014) Medical Negligence: On January 4, 2008, Mr. Traylor presented to the Emergency Room at Ingalls Memorial Hospital complaining of abdominal pain. Mr. Traylor 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. Dr. Kaiser was the gastroenterologist who consulted and assed Mr. Traylor. Dr. Kaiser recommended that pain medications be increased; CT Scan of the abdomen and pelvis with oral contrast. Additionally, Laboratory studies from the Emergency Room reflected an elevated BUN and creatinine levels before performing the CT scan with rapid IV contrast infusion was completed, however, Dr.Kaiser ordered the CT scan with contrast despite the abnormal laboratory values.

On January 5, 2008, Mr. Traylor’s lab results came back with “Panic” low calcium; “Panic” high potassium level, and severely elevated BUN and creatinine levels. Mr. Traylor was never provided aggressive intravenous fluid resuscitation, was never closely monitored as his “panic” level potassium level was not timely reported to a physician or treated. Mr. Traylor expired while on the commode in his hospital room. Plaintiff alleged that the admitting internist, Dr. Ibrahim, and the gastroenterologist, Dr. Kaiser, failed to aggressively resuscitate Mr. Traylor with fluids and that Dr. Kaiser ordering a CT scan with contrast further compromised Mr. Traylor’s kidneys. Plaintiff also alleged Ingalls’ staff failed to timely report the ‘Panic” level potassium level. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

D. v. University of Chicago Hospitals

Settlement: $ 2,500,000.00

(2016) Medical malpractice/wrongful death: In June of 2014, Decedent was treated at the University of Chicago Medical Center's emergency room and was discharged without being informed that she had a mass in her right lung. 9 months later, in March of 2015, Decedent was diagnosed with a large right lung mass and ultimately died on July 28, 2015 at the age of 80. Decedent is survived by her husband and three adult children. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

H. v. County of Cook

Settlement: $ 2,500,000.00

(2001) Sandra Hamilton, was a 58-year old woman who died from breast cancer when Cook County Hospital and Provident Hospital failed for 71/2 months to notify her of her disease and failed to timely institute the chemotherapy and radiation treatment necessary to cure her of her disease. Mrs. Hamilton is survived by a 30-year old son who is married and has resided in California for the last ten (10) years. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

G. v. Rush St. Lukes, et al.

Settlement: $2,500,000.00

(2012) Medical Negligence: Plaintiffs allege medical negligence by the Defendants in their failure to diagnose and treat super-imposed pre-eclampsia in Decedent resulting in her death, one day after discharge from Rush University Hospital and the premature birth of her son. Despite clear signs of pre-eclampsia, and evidence that her elevated blood pressure was not adequately responding to medication, Decedent’s condition was not diagnosed and she was discharged on September 8, 1997 with instructions to home monitor her blood pressure and fetal well-being. She collapsed at home, in her bathroom on September 9, 1997, was rushed to Little Company of Mary Hospital by ambulance, where her son was delivered, prematurely, after her death. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

F. v. City of Chicago

Jury Verdict: $2,118,000.00

Offer: None

Demand before trial: $2,000,000.00

(2015) Police Chase/Wrongful Death: Decedent, a 78 year-old female, died after her vehicle was struck by a SUV being pursued by Chicago police officers following a simple, non-violent home burglary. On July 3, 2008 the police were flagged down and informed of a residential burglary that had just taken place at 7702 S. Langley Street. The officers saw a white SUV exit the alley way and proceed westbound down 78th Street, a one-way eastbound street. The officers made a U-turn and activated their lights and siren and chased the white SUV westbound down the one-way street, then northbound on State Street where the white SUV ran a red light and struck Decedent's vehicle which was proceeding eastbound on State Street. Decedent suffered injuries resulting in her death 2 1/2 hours later. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

C. v. Labor World, et al.

Settlement: $2,082,000.00

(1999) Product Liability. The suit arose out of an industrial accident occurring August 4, 1992 at the Chicago Cardboard Product Co. in Schiller Park, Illinois. At the time of the occurrence the Plaintiff was a 40-year employee at the Chicago Cardboard facility working on a die cutting machine. When the machine became clogged with cardboard debris, he stopped it and stood on the die cutting bed to remove the excess cardboard. At that time, a temporary labor employee, supplied by Defendant Labor World, Inc., pressed the start button on the machine, apparently not knowing that Plaintiff was on the die cutting platform. The Plaintiff’s left foot was pulled into the die press, causing a crushing injury which later required amputation. Co-Counsel, Todd A. Smith.

L. v. P.M.I. Trucking

Settlement: $2,069,567.15

(2014) Trucking Negligence: A 49 year old single, unmarried woman from the south suburbs was killed on Route 394 when a semi-tractor trailer struck a construction zone barrier, crossed the center line, and hit her vehicle head on. Plaintiff alleged that the truck driver was negligent in his operation of the semi-tractor trailer and that the construction contractor improperly placed barriers on the highway contributing to the driver striking the barrier and crossing the center line and median. The decedent was survived by 4 adult siblings. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

C. v. James Hickey and City of Chicago

Settlement: $2,000,000.00

(2006) Police Negligence/Wrongful Death: Decedent was with friends near his residence when police officers from the Chicago Police Department pulled up and began chasing the men. Decedent ran from the officers and was pursued by one officer on foot and another in his squad car. The offices followed Decedent into a vacant lot and the officer in the squad car struck Decedent, pinning him against the wall of an adjacent building and killing him. The officers alleged that Decedent made a sudden change indirection in front of the vehicle and upon applying his brakes, the vehicle slid due to the mud and water form a recent rain. The Plaintiffs alleged that the officers were reckless and acted with a conscious disregard for Curtis’ safety by pursuing him so closely with a vehicle. Decedent was unemployed at the time of his death and was survived by a 7 year-old daughter. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

C. v. University of Illinois Hospital

Settlement: $2,000,000.00

Medical Negligence: Failed to properly assess and evaluate the condition of Plaintiff’s Decedent, including his risk of developing thrombophlebitis, properly assess the risk of developing thrombo embolism, to provide Decedent with anticoagulation medications, failed to provide Decedent with TED stockings, and/or with alternating pressure boots, failed to provide Decedent other medications or devices to address the risk of developing trombophebilis and/or pulmonary embolism. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

M. v. Advocate Health & Hospitals

Settlement: $2,000,000.00

(2014) MedicalNegligence: Decedent (a 71 year old man) presented to the University

of Illinois Medical Center to have his bladder removed because of a diagnosis of bladder cancer. His surgery was October 14, 2004. Plaintiff alleged that the anesthesiologists who placed the catheter failed to remove the guidewire during the catheter placement procedure. From October 14, 2004 through February 8, 2008, radiology studies were taken and interpreted by various physicians of the area where the central venous catheter was placed that revealed the retained guidewire but it went undiagnosed by physicians. Once it was finally diagnosed on February 8, his clinicians planned an interventional procedure to remove the retained guidewire. On February 11, 2008, during a negligently performed attempt to remove the guide wire, it fractured and punctured the heart causing bleeding into the pericardial sac surrounding the heart resulting in a cardiac tamponade that ultimately death. Decedent is survived by a wife and a son in his mid 50’s. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.;

T. v. Gierczyk Construction

Verdict: $3,500,000.00 Reduced 50% to $1,750,000.00

Offer Before Trial: $500,000.00

(2009) Automobile Negligence/Wrongful Death: On December 23, 2005, Decedent was walking across Kedzie Ave at 184th Street when she was struck and killed by Defendant’s southbound vehicle. Decedent was properly walking in an unmarked crosswalk at an uncontrolled intersection when she was struck, she had crossed four lanes of Kedzie before she was hit. Decedent was survived by her husband and 4-year-old son. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

R. v. Chicago Park District

Verdict: $1,550,000.00

Offer before trial: None

(1999) Negligent Supervision: This case involves the drowning of 13-year old Ralph Robinson in the afternoon of June 16, 1993 at Carver Park Pool. At the time of the occurrence, there were two lifeguards at the pool complex. However, one lifeguard was on the telephone with his back to the pool and the other lifeguard was located at the shallow end of the pool, engaged in conversation. Neither lifeguard was in a position to see the pool and neither lifeguard was actively managing, overseeing or directing the pool. The jury found that there was an absence of supervision in rendering its verdict in favor of the Plaintiff and against the Defendant. Lead counsel, Larry Rogers, Jr; Co-Counsel, Devon Bruce.

C. v. Medley Moving & Storage Inc., et al.

Verdict: $1,725,000.00 Reduced 15% to $1,707,750.00

Offer before trial: $ 900,000.00

(2006) Trucking/Wrongful Death: Decedent was crossing the street at the intersection of 95th and Michigan when he was struck by defendant’s left turning vehicle. Decedent (an 83-year old man) suffered a fractured skull, collapsed lung, and open leg fracture resulting in his death 3.5 hours later. He was survived by four adult children. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

M. v. City of Chicago

Verdict: $1,500,000.00

(2015) Police Shooting: On March 10, 2009, Decedent was at his home when 2 plain clothes officers arrived to arrest him pursuant to an investigative alert for a domestic incident. Decedent fled into his bedroom and attempted to exit a 2nd floor bedroom window when he was grabbed by the officers. The officers alleged that Decedent pulled a gun on them while he was attempting to jump out of the 2nd floor window, while the officers held him by his feet. The defense further alleged that the police officers shot Decedent twice when he refused to drop the weapon and were justified in the use of deadly force in doing so. Plaintiff established that Decedent was not shot at the window as the defense contended in a struggle with the police officers, but was shot in the gangway below where he did not pose a threat to the police officers or others. Mr. Rogers introduced forensic evidence found at the scene, and testimony from a forensic pathologist regarding the downward and forward trajectory of the bullet wounds to the back of the head and the leg, to establish that Matthias was shot from a distance, and not at close range as the officers suggested. Mr. Rogers also alleged that the lack of fingerprints or other evidence tying the weapon found at the scene to Decedent fit the profile for that weapon being a “drop gun” that was dropped at the scene to explain the unjustified shooting. The forensic evidence in this case established that Decedent was shot from above, from his 2nd story bedroom window after he had made it down to the gangway. The jury awarded $1.5 million dollars for the loss that Decedent’s three minor children suffered due to his death. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

M. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital

Settlement: $1,500,000.00

Medical Negligence: On or about March 7, 2000, deviated from the standard of care failed to recognize the significance of the signs, symptoms and laboratory values with which Plaintiff presented on March 7, 2000 regarding acute ketoacidosis, their failure to properly treat acute ketoacidosis, initiate prompt interventions for Plaintiff’s ketoacidosis, including, but not limited to, admission to the hospital and IV fluid management, failed to properly work up a newly diagnosed diabetic, monitor the blood sugar and electrolyte levels. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

H. v. American Airlines

Settlement: $1,200,000.00

(2000) Common Carrier Liability: Plaintiff, a 34-year old man with cognitive disabilities and a casted foot developed osteomyelitis in the first metatarsal of his right foot when American Airlines allowed him to deplane unattended and unassisted at O’Hare Airport and he became lost in the airport. As a result of walking around O’Hare Airport for 2-3 hours, Plaintiff’s foot became swollen in its cast, he developed osteomyelitis in his great toe and the first metatarsal had to be removed. Plaintiffs alleged that the airline was negligent in allowing Billy to deplane unassisted and unattended when its own itinerary indicated he needed assistance “all the way through” his flight. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

M. v. LaSalle Partners, et al.

Settlement: $1,141,941.48

(1998) Premises Liability: This case involved the death of a 26-year-old building engineer who took a freight elevator to the 9th floor to retrieve a broken passenger elevator. Upon retrieving and parking the passenger elevator at the lobby level, Plaintiff returned the freight elevator doors at that level and, forgetting the freight car was on the 9th floor, manually opened the freight elevator doors and stepped into the freight elevator shaft backwards, falling to his death. Plaintiff alleged that the building owner failed to equip the elevator shaft doors with door locking devices to prevent the doors from being opened if the car is not present. Lead Counsel, Todd A. Smith; Co- counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

B. v. City of Rockford

Settlement: $1,115,000.00

(2104) Police Shooting. Plaintiff alleges excessive use of force and wrongful death claims brought against the City of Rockford and Rockford Police Department Officers Stanton North and Oda Poole which occurred on August 24, 2009 when the officers shot and killed the unarmed Decedent. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

M. v. Aunt Martha’s Youth Services

Settlement: $1,075,000.00

On Thursday, September 3, 1998, an eight week old minor and his siblings were removed from their maternal grandmother’s home by Aunt Martha's Youth Services, Inc. M. and his sister were placed in the foster home of Neil Riley and Tyra Riley. Their remaining siblings were placed in another foster home. Four days later, on September 7, 1998, M. was found with injuries to his head and torso and taken to the hospital. On September 8, 1998, he died of his injuries. The plaintiff claimed that M. was injured and died as a result of the wrongful conduct of Aunt Martha’s Youth Services, Inc. and Neil Riley and Tyra Riley. Lead Counsel, Larry R. Rogers, Jr.

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