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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers with Over $4 Billion Recovered

Chicago Lawyer 2018 Settlement Report Success Record

When looking for an accident lawyer, Illinois residents should call Powers Rogers & Smith, L.L.P. After dozens of years representing clients in various personal injury matters, the Chicago lawyers of Power Rogers & Smith have built a reputation by recovering significant personal injury settlements and verdicts. Our team has achieved numerous personal injury settlements and record-setting verdicts. Our trial experience not only helps us win in the courtroom but around the negotiating table as well. As our personal injury settlements and verdicts demonstrate, our lawyers are very adept at navigating Illinois accident law.

Setting Records for Personal Injury Recoveries

Some of our successes have included recovering $100 million in a wrongful death suit under Illinois accident law. This recovery was the largest personal injury award for a single family in Illinois.

Our Chicago firm has recovered multi-million dollar personal injury settlements and verdicts under Illinois accident law. Our team of skilled personal injury lawyers puts all of our resources and energy into fighting to win each and every case for our clients. And whether a settlement from a negligent physician or a verdict against a hospital, we always seek the maximum recovery allowable under Illinois accident law.

  • $100M Recovery

    Truck Accident,Car Accident,Wrongful Death,Product Liability

    $100 Million Recovery- Product Liability, Motor Vehicle Negligence, Trucking

    No. 98 L 3127 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    Trucking/Products Liability: Joseph A. Power, Jr., as lead counsel, with the assistance of Larry Rogers, Jr. represented a Chicago family that lost six children in a fiery Wisconsin car crash in 1994 caused by an unqualified truck driver. Investigations prompted by the tragedy and lawsuit revealed widespread corruption, whereby the Secretary of State’s staff exchanged licenses for bribes that went to the campaign of George Ryan. These federal investigations triggered Operation Safe Road, which required retesting for over 2,000 drivers using tainted licenses and netted 76 convictions, including that of former Governor of Illinois George Ryan. Joseph Power and Larry Rogers, Jr. obtained a record $100 million settlement for personal injury and wrongful death for a single-family.

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  • $95.4M Verdict

    Truck Accident

    $95,477,464 Million Verdict - Personal Injury, Double Leg Amputee

    - Joseph A. Power Jr.,James Power

    Power Rogers & Smith attorneys Joseph A. Power, Jr., as lead counsel, and James Power recently secured a $95,477,464 million jury verdict for our client who suffered massive leg injuries that required a double above-the-knee amputation in 2014. Our client, a truck driver, was transporting carbon steel tubing. The crane operator at the delivery location attempted to unload the cargo, but because the tubing was improperly stacked and configured for unloading, one bundle of the tubing rolled out and crushed his legs, lacerating his right popliteal artery and fracturing his fibula and tibia. His right knee was amputated above the knee, and after his left leg developed a fungal infection, the doctors had to amputate that one above the knee as well. The jury awarded the Plaintiff $83,477,464 and his wife $12 million for a total of $95,477,464. This award was reduced 10% for the Plaintiff’s liability, making the total recoverable amount $86,429,717.60.

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  • $93M Recovery

    Aviation Accident,Brain Injuries,Product Liability,Drug Liability

    $93 Million Recovery - Aviation Accident

    - Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien,Jonathan M. Thomas

    Todd A. Smith, Brian LaCien and Jonathan Thomas teamed up with Kreindler & Kreindler LLP of New York, NY to provide representation to a number of individuals who were involved in a commercial airplane crash. The litigation team 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.

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  • $55.4M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $55.4 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury

    No. 96 L 05681 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    Medical Malpractice/Brain Injury: This case involved the failure to properly give oxygen or intubate and give oxygen to a 54-year-old-lady undergoing a bronchoscopic procedure and biopsy for possible tuberculosis which resulted in brain damage. This is the largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of the State of Illinois. Additionally, the loss of consortium of $15,000,000.00 to the husband is also the largest such award in the history of Illinois for that type of damage.

    JURY VERDICT: $55,439,269.59

    Offer prior to trial: $ 10,500,000.00

    Offer prior to verdict: $ 13,500,000.00

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  • $47.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $47.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    14 L 12147 - Devon C. Bruce

    S. v. Undisclosed Defendants

    This medical malpractice case was the largest reported settlement in Cook County in 2016. The plaintiff was a 4-year-old child who suffered serious injured after his physicians failed to diagnose and treat a bacterial infection. Mr. Bruce is continuing to pursue the case against the remaining defendants in this case. Not only is this the largest medical malpractice settlement for any case in 2016 in Cook County but one of the largest medical malpractice actions ever obtained.

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  • $40M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $40 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 2017 L 10109 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    12-year-old girl presented to a Local Community Hospital on October 18, 2016. The employed hospitalists involved in her care and treatment failed to diagnose neck abscesses by CT scanning, failed to recognize her clinical deterioration and organ dysfunction due to infection and failed to timely transfer her to a children’s hospital. The employed interventional radiologist and otolaryngologist failed to perform a sedation assessment, failed to recognize a class IV airway, failed to recognize developing sepsis, failed to protect her airway before giving inappropriate sedation and failed to timely transfer her to a children's hospital. These providers failed to recognize deep neck abscesses when treating mononucleosis and streptococcal infection leading to continued clinical deterioration. As a result, the minor suffered catastrophic irreversible neurologic injury due to a cardiorespiratory arrest. This is the largest settlement for a brain injured-minor in the history of the State of Illinois. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

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  • $40M Recovery

    Contingent Commercial Litigation

    $40 Million Recovery - Accounting & Banking Malpractice

    No. 12 L12 - Devon C. Bruce

    Contingent Commercial Litigation: This case involves the embezzlement of $53 million dollars from the City of Dixon. by Rita Crundwell, who served as comptroller and treasurer of Dixon, Illinois, from 1983 to April 2012. This was reported to be the largest embezzlement of a municipality in the history of the United States. Plaintiff, the City of Dixon, brought a negligence action against Clifton, Larsen, Allen, Fifth Third Bank and Janis Card & Associates. Clifton, Larsen, Allen was the accounting firm hired by the City of Dixon to perform the City’s annual audits throughout the time period of Rita Crundwell’s theft. Plaintiff alleged that Clifton was negligent in that it failed to discover the theft of the money during the performance of their annual audits. Clifton was further negligent in not reporting and/or investigating numerous irregularities in Rita Crundwell’s tax returns. Fifth Third Bank and its predecessor banks held multiple City of Dixon. accounts as well as a “secret” account improperly opened in the City of Dixon’s name by Rita Crundwell which she used to deposit the stolen City of Dixon’s funds. Rita Crundwell then used the account to pay for numerous personal items such as jewelry, automobiles and to finance her equestrian business. Plaintiff alleged that Fifth Third Bank was negligent in allowing Rita Crundwell to open the secret account and also failed to disclose the existence of this account in annual bank confirmations to the City’s accountants. Plaintiff alleged that Janis Card & Associates was negligent in failing to identify the theft and by entering into a joint venture with Clifton, Larsen, Allen to perform the City of Dixon audits after 2005.

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  • $39.9M Recovery

    Truck Accident,Car Accident,Wrongful Death

    $39.9 Million Recovery — Wrongful Death, Motor Vehicle Negligence, Trucking

    No. 00 CV 8448 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Trucking/Wrongful Death: L., 43, was driving with his wife and children as passengers when he slowed down due to construction on the highway in Lafayette, Indiana. A truck struck him from behind, causing his car to burst into flames. L. sustained fatal injuries. He is survived by his wife and two minor children. His wife sustained facial fractures, a concussion, bone bruising, lacerations, and sprains. His daughter suffered second and third degree burns, requiring amputation of her left leg and the toes of her right foot. She also fractured multiple broken bones in her pelvis and fingers. L.’s son suffered second and third degree burns to his legs.

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  • $35M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $35 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    No. 2008 L 7156 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Devon C. Bruce

    Medical Malpractice/Brain Injury: Minor plaintiff at three months of age was intubated by defendant physician. Plaintiff alleges that defendant doctor and undisclosed hospital were negligent in the failure to intubate Dalian causing subglottic stenosis. The subglottic stenosis subsequently required the plaintiff to have a tracheostomy. In September of 2006, the minor plaintiff was hospitalized at a separate hospital when the tracheostomy tube occluded and caused an anoxic event. Plaintiff did not receive proper oxygenation for approximately 12-15 minutes. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to monitor the plaintiff while hospitalized.

    As a result of the anoxic event, plaintiff sustained permanent damage and is a spastic quadriplegic. He suffers from cortical blindness and requires a gastrostomy tube.

    This is one of the largest settlements in Illinois history.

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  • $35M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $35 Million Recovery – Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

    14 L 2727 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri,Kathryn L. Conway

    Medical Malpractice/Birth Injury: On December 18, 2011, the Plaintiff Mother presented to the hospital for labor and delivery. Pitocin was administered at 7:30 p.m. to augment labor contractions. Fetal heart rate monitoring began at 7:30 p.m. and was normal and reassuring through 10 p.m. Plaintiffs’ alleged that the fetal monitoring tracings became non-reassuring and abnormal after 10:00 p.m. through delivery at 12:28 a.m. the following morning. Plaintiffs contend that had Mom delivered between 10:30 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on December 18th, A. would have been neurologically normal. Because of the delay in delivering A., she suffered brain damage and resultant spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy and seizures. This settlement is a state record for a child injured at birth.

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  • $33.4M Verdict

    Wrongful Death

    $33.4 Million Verdict - Wrongful Death, Negligent Security

    - Joseph A. Power Jr.,James Power,Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    The Plaintiffs worked for a law firm in the large office building located at 500 West Madison Street. Allied Barton provided Security Services to the building. On December 8, 2006, a former client of the firm’s entered the 500 West Madison office building armed with a revolver, chain, padlock, hunting knife, and hammer in order to seek out and kill one of the attorneys who he mistakenly believed had wronged him. After loitering in the building’s lobby and being turned away by the security desk, the former client was permitted access to the law firm, located on an upper-level floor, by Allied Barton security. Once he had gained access to the law firm, he shot and killed three individuals and injured the fourth. Joseph A. Power, Jr. represented the Estate of M.M. and recovered $14.6 million for his client. Larry R. Rogers, Jr. represented the Estate of A.H. and secured an $11 million verdict for his client. James Power represented R.L. and secured a $5 million verdict.

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  • $30M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $30 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice

    No. 11 L 10860 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: 46 year old male presents for a laparoscopic nephrectomy due to kidney cancer. During the procedure, aortic transection and ligation occurred with a stapling device which was not recognized by the healthcare practitioners until the patient’s transfer to an outside institution. Additionally, injuries to the right kidney were caused by a stapling device which had transected and ligated arteries to the right kidney. As a consequence, the Plaintiff is a paraplegic and requires permanent dialysis.

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  • $27M Recovery

    Product Liability

    $27 Million Verdict — Product Liability

    D. and S. v. Syntex - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    Product Liability: This product liability case involving children who suffered brain damage as a result of baby formula.

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  • $23M Recovery

    Product Liability

    $23 Million Recovery — Negligence, Product Liability

    No. 08 L 2333 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Brian LaCien

    Negligence: On February 22, 2008, Plaintiff AG’s legs became crushed in a paper baler at a factory owned and operated by Defendant factory owner and Defendant factory operator. Prior to injury, AG entered a large chute/tube, which feed the baler from above, to clear a jam by using the weight of his body. When the jam cleared, AG was caused to fall into the baler. He did not have fall protection at the time of the incident, nor did he have training on OSHA lockout/tagout procedures. After AG fell, the baler’s ram crushed his legs

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  • $23M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Brain Injuries

    $23 Million Recovery — Birth Injury, Brain Injury

    No. 11 L 3900 - Thomas G. Siracusa,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: Failure to treat high blood pressure caused by brain damage to mother.

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  • $23M Verdict

    Truck Accident

    $23 Million Verdict – Trucking Accident

    No. 08 L 6731 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    Trucking: Plaintiff was stopped at the Edens Spur ramp at the beginning of a construction zone back up on the Edens Expressway. He was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer owned by the defendants and operated by an employee and/or agent of the defendants who was traveling at least 65 m.p.h. The driver testified he applied his brakes prior to the collision, but did not have time to stop. He claimed he had just exited a curve. The collision occurred after 3,000 feet of a straight roadway near the tail end of the Edens Spur. He sustained a C5-C6 tetraplegic injury.

    Prior to jury selection the Defendants admitted liability. This was accepted by the plaintiffs. Prior to trial, the defendants offered $10,000,000 to settle. During the trial the defendants incrementally increased their offers to $15,000,000 and then $20,000,000. After closing arguments the defendants offered a high/low agreement of $25,000,000 - $50,000,000.

    JURY VERDICT: $23,000,000.00

    After a jury verdict of $23,000,000 the case settled under a high/low agreement entered into after closing arguments for $25,000,000.00.

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  • $21M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Wrongful Death,Brain Injuries

    $21 Million Recovery — Wrongful Death, Birth Injury, Brain Injury

    No. 99 L 6539 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    Birth Injury/Medical Malpractice: Decedent was admitted to Trinity Hospital on February 8, 1998 at approximately 5:30 a.m. at term. She was given an epidural anesthetic at approximately 6:49 a.m. when her blood pressure dropped into the 70s and then into the 50s. Fetal bardycardia was shortly thereafter detected on the fetal monitor and Decedent was place in Trendelenberg position. Dr. Jiha, the attending anesthesiologist, was paged at approximately 7:30 a.m. for low blood pressure. The nurse anesthetist continued to administer fluids including Ephedrine in order to correct the hypotension. A house doctor and obstetrician, Dr. Moreland, was called because of the fetal bardycardia on the monitor but she determined that a cesarean section was not necessary. Thereafter Decedent complained of being dizzy, vomited several times, became confused and cyanotic. At 7:45 a.m. Decedent’s blood pressure again dropped into the 70s and more fluids, including the Ephedrine, were given.

    According to Plaintiff’s experts Decedent’s blood pressures were abnormal for almost two hours. According to Plaintiff’s experts intubation was required much earlier and her oxygen status should have been monitored more closely. Additionally, earlier intubation was required and her oxygen status should have been monitored more closely along with a cesarean section operation at least an hour earlier. Decedent died after being in a coma for twelve weeks and her son was left permanently brain damaged and unable to care for himself.

    The case for the disabled minor son settled for $11,250,000.00 and the wrongful death action for his mother settled for $10,025,000.00.

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  • $20M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $20 Million Verdict — Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury

    No. 98 L 5560 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: An immigrant woman underwent open heart surgery at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center in 1997. It was alleged that the surgeon did not properly remove air from her heart after performing a bypass, causing her heart to suffer an air embolus that left her severely brain injured. She is now fed through a tube and communicates by writing on a chalk board.

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  • $19.2M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $19.2 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury

    No. 98 L 12545 - Thomas G. Siracusa,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice/Brain Injury: While recovering from burns to 35% of her body, the minor plaintiff (11 months) was negligently provided two boluses of a medication called Albumin resulting in brain damage.

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  • $19M Verdict

    Truck Accident,Wrongful Death

    $19 Million Verdict - Wrongful Death, Trucking Accident

    - Todd A. Smith,Sean M. Houlihan

    Trucking: On September 13, 2011, on Interstate 80 westbound, 5 miles east of Grinnell Iowa, the plaintiff, a wrecker and tow truck driver for the for the Hanifen Company, Inc. of Des Moines, Iowa, was working to attach a disabled tractor trailer, a sequence of events with collisions of vehicles on the road’s edge/shoulder resulted in his death from being crushed between the disabled tractor and the rear of his tow-wrecker.
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  • $18.85M Recovery

    Aviation Accident,Brain Injuries,Product Liability,Drug Liability

    $18.85 Million - Product / Aviation

    - Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien

    Aviation/Product Liability: 20 year old male passenger in a small aircraft being piloted by a 20 year single male. Both individuals were traveling in the plane as part of the Aviation Program at their University. The aircraft became unflyable and crashed when the right cabin door completely opened during flight. The 20 year old pilot was burned over nearly 50% of his body due to the crash. The 20 year old passenger was severely burned and died days later. Due to jurisdictional concerns, causes of action had to be filed in several venues. Plaintiffs alleged that the locking system on the aircraft doors was defectively designed.

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  • $18.75M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $18.75 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    No. 07 L 7771 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: The Plaintiff, 51 year old man, experienced quadriplegia following cervical disc surgery due to failure of nurses to communicate post-operative neurologic changes due to spinal cord compression to his neurosurgeon in a timely fashion.

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  • $18.5M Recovery

    Car Accident,Brain Injuries

    $18.5 Million Recovery – Car Accident

    No. 10 L 11309 - Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien

    Car Accident: G.C. was an extra in the movie production of Transformers: Dark Side of the Moon. On September 1, 2010, G.C. was driving her own car along with 70-100 other vehicles on Cline Avenue in Hammond, Indiana during filming of the aforesaid movie. During filming, a stunt was performed in which an explosion followed by a stunt car being violently flipped over. The cable pulling the car broke free from the stunt car along with a large iron bracket, which was propelled across lanes of traffic into G.C.'s car windshield and then her head.

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  • $18.5M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $18.5 Million Verdict — Medical Malpractice

    No. 85 L 3581 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Medical Malpractice: A 36-year-old man became paralyzed on his left side as a result of a stroke. His family physician and emergency room doctor were found to be negligent in failing to diagnose subacute bacterial endocarditis. This is the largest medical negligence verdict in Illinois history and the largest in the U.S. in 1991 according to the National Law Journal. This verdict was reduced $2,238,141.00 for economic damages awarded above the present cash value of lost earnings and future attendant care needs found in the evidence or requested by plaintiff at trial. At the time this case was the largest verdict ever affirmed on appeal in Illinois.

    JURY VERDICT: $18,500,000.00

    Offer: $200,000.00

    Affirmed on Appeal 92-2262 268 Ill.App.3d 1051, 645 N.E.2d 284 (1994).

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  • $18M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $18 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury

    No. 99 L 13178 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    Birth Injury/Medical Malpractice: This case involved a pregnant mother who presented to Trinity Hospital shortly after midnight on January 1, 1995, with an elevated systolic blood pressure, edema and protein in her urine. The nurses as well as the physician, Dr. Everett A. White, failed to diagnose preeclampsia. She labored from approximately midnight on January 1st until 12:45 p.m. when she had an eclamptic seizure. Her child, R., was delivered at 1:19 p.m. with very low APGARS and a cord blood gas indicating she suffered from hypoxia and ischemia. She remained depressed for approximately thirty-six more minutes due to the failure to adequately resuscitate her. As a result, R. sustained brain damage and is currently institutionalized.

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  • $17.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $17.5 Million Recovery- Medical Malpractice

    08 L 5522 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Minor Plaintiff was born with a heart that was not formed properly. Doctors picked up an irregular heart beat prior to her birth. Plaintiff alleges Defendant doctors failed to properly admit her into the hospital and failed to properly monitor her resulting in her death at approximately 8 months of age.

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  • $17.25M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $17.25 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    00 L 3444 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice/Brain Injury: Doctors at Christ Hospital Medical Center did not monitor M.’s anticoagulant treatment closely enough during rehabilitation treatment in 1998. She suffered a heart attack, which left her permanently brain damaged.

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  • $17M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $17 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    98 L 13165 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    On March 27, 1997, 8 month old K. had a malfunction of his ventricular shunt in place since one month of age for congenital hydrocephalus. He had undergone shunt revision in January. The revision was performed by a resident despite the family’s request for an attending neurosurgical physician. Upon surgical intervention in March, a portion of the shunt was found to have broken away and lodged in the frontal lobe. The shunt failure was attributed by Plaintiff to an improper surgical technique resulting in a cut and separation of the shunt. The child suffered severe brain damage as a result.

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  • $16.9M Recovery

    Aviation Accident,Drug Liability

    $16.9 Million Recovery– Aviation

    - Jonathan M. Thomas,Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien

    A 36-year-old female passenger who suffered multiple fractures and ultimately required the amputation of her left leg after a commercial airplane crash.
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  • $16MRecovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $16 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 2014 L 012688 - Joseph W. Balesteri,Kathryn L. Conway

    Mom’s active phase of labor was less than two hours when Dr. Thorpe placed a vacuum on the baby’s head in an effort to extricate him without maternal or fetal threat. The initial cup used was a Kiwi Pro Cup, which is designed for occiput anterior positioning, however the fetal head position was occiput posterior. The cup popped-off and Dr. Thorpe next applied a Kiwi Omni cup which also popped-off after traction. The cups were placed at 0 to +1 station (mid-pelvis) and were not properly positioned at the flexion point. Because of vacuum use, the baby suffered a focal arterial stroke due to occlusion of blood flow in the right middle cerebral artery. The minor plaintiff is disabled and has permanent and severe injuries.

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  • $16M Recovery

    Truck Accident,Wrongful Death

    $16 Million Recovery — Wrongful Death, Trucking

    07 L 1922 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Sean M. Houlihan

    The case involved the wrongful death of S., who was a 47 year old auto worker, who was returning home from work on the evening of October 16, 2004, when he was killed while operating his motor vehicle southbound along Indiana’s I-465 within the city limits of Indianapolis, Indiana. A tractor-trailer operated by Tadeusz Strojny was also traveling in the middle lane of the southbound traffic along I- 465. Mr. Strojny’s tractor-trailer struck S.’s vehicle from behind, propelling and pinning it along the I- 465's median wall. S. was unable to escape his vehicle and died as a result of his injuries.

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  • $15.7M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $15.7 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    03 L 9289 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    On February 13, 2002, H. presented to Dr. Lopes at Rush University for a second opinion on treatment of an unruptured, small (3x5 cm), left internal carotid artery aneurysm. Dr. Lopes recommended that H. undergo a neuro-interventional coiling procedure whereby a micro-catheter would be inserted. H. agreed and on February 20, 2002, Dr. Lopes performed the procedure at Rush University. Within an hour of the procedure, H. was documented as experiencing nausea, vomiting and headache. She subsequently arrested and after being resuscitated was taken for an emergent CT scan where an intracerebral hemorrhage was diagnosed. Despite emergency surgery, H. was left profoundly brain damaged.

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  • $15M Settlement

    Truck Accident,Car Accident,Bus Accident,Brain Injuries

    $15 Million Recovery - Car Accident

    87 L 649 - Todd A. Smith

    12-year-old Plaintiff suffered a severe head injury when he was struck by a bus.

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  • $15M Recovery

    Wrongful Death

    $15 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    10 L 14666 - Thomas G. Siracusa

    Power Rogers & Smith recover $15 million for radiation overdose.
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  • $14.9M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $14.9 Million Verdict — Medical Malpractice

    05 L 1137

    On April 8, 2003, Plaintiff underwent a radical open anterior and posterior slovenectomy for a rare knee disease. She underwent the surgery at VHS Subsidiary Number 3, Inc. d/b/a Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital. The surgery was performed by the attending physician, who was not an employee of VHS Subsidiary Number 3, Inc. d/b/a Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital. The Plaintiff and her expert did not contend that the attending was liable for compartment syndrome, which was a risk of the procedure. Upon examination immediately following surgery, Plaintiff had no complications and a normal neurovascular status. Into the night of April 8, 2003 and morning of April 9, 2003, Plaintiff repeatedly complained of pain below her knee and in her foot and had an abnormal neurovascular status. In response to her complaints, she was given repeated doses of pain medication and her dosage of medication was increased. The attending Physician was never contacted about Plaintiff’s complaints or abnormal neurovascular status. Upon examination by the attending physician, at around 6:30 AM, Plaintiff was diagnosed to have compartment syndrome. Shortly thereafter, the attending physician performed a fasciotomy surgery to treat the compartment syndrome by relieving the pressure caused by the compartment syndrome. In the weeks following the initial fasciotomy surgery, Plaintiff required several debridements due to necrotic muscle and tissue below her knee. As a result of the debridements and prolonged compartment syndrome, Plaintiff lost approximately 90% of the muscle in her lower extremity, has foot drop and severe nerve dysfunction.

    Last Offer: $2,500,000.00

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  • $14.2M Verdict

    Wrongful Death,Construction Accident

    $14.2 Million Verdict — Wrongful Death, Construction

    No. 00 L 4797 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    On December 22, 1999, United/Goedecke Services, Inc. was lifting a 25 foot I-bar utilizing a hoist called a tugger when the 25 foot I-bar fell 110 feet, striking and killing R. R. was the signalman, directing a 25 foot I-bar up the tugger bay. The plaintiff alleged the defendant was negligent in failing to more securely attach the I-bar as it was lifted up the tugger bay. The defendant claimed that R. never should have been in the tugger bay, under a load, while it was being lifted and should have used a radio next to the tugger operator and outside the bay as a safer, more effective means of communicating. They also claimed R. adjusted the sling, altering the cinch point which was responsible for it falling upon him.

    Reduced 35% to: $9,250,000.00

    Offer prior to Trial: $1,500,000.00

    Offer after Closing Argument: $2,500,000.00

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  • $13.5M Verdict

    Car Accident,Motorcycle Accidents

    $13.5 Million Verdict — Motor Vehicle Negligence

    97 L 16158

    On October 12, 1997, R. 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.

    The plaintiffs argued the vessel came too close to shore, failed to keep a proper look-out and that the defendant failed to properly train its captains in the rules of the U.S. Coast Guard as well as its own rules.

    The defense argued that with the swimming season over and the Chicago beaches had been closed for almost six weeks it was unforeseeable that there would be a swimmer in the water over fifty yards from shore, with a 60 degree water temperature, three to five foot waves and a small craft advisory. A Chicago Park District rule prohibits swimming over 50 yards off shore.

    Prior to the trial commencing the defendants offered $3,000,000.00. During jury selection the defendants offered $5,000,0000.00. It was suggested the offer would never exceed that amount which was equal to the largest amount ever awarded for a below the knee amputation. After opening statements and after three witnesses testified for the plaintiffs the defendants increased their offer to $6,500,000.00. This was the figure the trial judge recommended to settle the case. These offers were rejected by the plaintiffs.

    Reduced 20%: $10,800,000.00

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  • $13M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $13 Million Recovery— Medical Malpractice

    No. 00 L 008622 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    The defendants allegedly hyperstimulated a pregnant woman’s uterus with labor-inducing medication and failed to recognize signs and symptoms of fetal distress, causing the woman’s newborn girl to suffer brain damage due to an inadequate flow of oxygen and blood to the brain, resulting in cerebral palsy.

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  • $13M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $13 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    - Thomas M. Power,Joseph W. Balesteri

    This medical malpractice case involved the failure to test for tuberculosis.

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  • $12.8M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $12.8 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose

    This medical malpractice cause involved the failure to diagnose Compartment Syndrome.

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  • $12.5M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $12.5 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    04 L 4942 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    This case involved the failure to diagnose bradycardia of an in-P., a term mother, was inadequately monitored by hospital personnel during her labor and delivery course and bradycardia in her baby was not timely detected. The delay in delivery of her daughter resulted in her suffering permanent severe choreoathetoid cerebral palsy.

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  • $12.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $12.5 Million Recovery — Wrongful Death, Hospital Negligence

    98 L 14847 - Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    As a result of a shooting, S., a minor, sustained a puncture to his aorta, mesenteric vein as well as the colon. He walked as far as he could on to Ravenswood Hospital Medical Center property. S. was within fifty (50) feet of the Ravenswood Hospital door, when security of Ravenswood Hospital was notified of his need of assistance. A nurse employed by Ravenswood Hospital opted to leave Christopher untreated, as their policy was not to go outside the hospital building to assist the injured. He was left to bleed from these injuries for approximately 25 minutes and after he had been transported to the Emergency Room by the police officers he had a barely palpable pulse. Within two minutes of arriving in the Emergency Room he arrested.

    This is the record settlement in Illinois for the wrongful death of a minor involving hospital negligence.

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  • $12.25M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $12.25 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    98 L 0081 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Thomas G. Siracusa

    This case settled for a Lake County record of $12,250,000.00 prior to closing argument before Judge Terrence Brady on Friday evening after the jury instruction conference.

    On March 29, 1996, C. paged her obstetrician complaining of a splitting headache at 4:00 p.m. He told her to go the emergency room. She and her husband arrived at 4:45 p.m. and saw the emergency room physician at 5:15 p.m. He diagnosed preeclampsia and spoke to the obstetrician between 5:25 and 5:50 p.m. The emergency room physician testified she needed an anti-hypertensive for preeclampsia with hypertension but the obstetrician told him to send her to Labor & Delivery and he would call in his orders. The obstetrician ordered over the phone magnesium sulfate at 5:50 p.m. which is a prophylactic for seizures and reduces blood pressure transiently but did not order hydralzine, an anti-hypertensive. According to one of the plaintiffs’ expert, C. hemorrhaged into her brain between 6:00 to 6:20 p.m. when she started to become less coherent. In addition to suffering from preeclampsia with hypertension C. had HELLP syndrome which made her blood difficult to clot. According to another expert it was negligent not to give C. an anti-hypertensive in the E.R. The baby, Shane, was born healthy, without any medical problems.

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  • $12M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $12 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    99 L 746 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    In February 1997, O., following the birth of her daughter, was diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopat­hy, a condition which could result in blood clot formation in the heart leading to embolic stroke(s). O. was provided Coumadin, a blood thinner, as her ejection fraction was less than 35%. The Defendants were responsible for blood work monitoring (INR assessment) and management of Coumadin. On August 20, 1997, O. suffered a stroke from a hemorrhagic bleed. Plaintiffs alleged that O. was over anti-coagulated (her INR was 3.8 after the bleed) and argued that the standard of care required lesser levels of anticoagulati­on (INR 2 to 3) than the range established by the defendants (INR 2.5 to 3.5). O.’s hemorrhagic stroke caused left-sided hemipares­is. The defense contended, because of an earlier presumed embolic attack in May, the defendant physicians were permitted by the standard of care to have a higher INR than the standard 2 to 3, to prevent another emboli. Additionally, they contended in Europe the INR is typically as high as 5.

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  • $12M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $12 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury

    04 L 13358 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    D. is a 44 year old female who went into the hospital to be treated for left ankle pain. At approximately 11:45 a.m., during an elective biopsy procedure, the patient was turned from the supine position to the prone position. She became hypoxic and her heart beat slowed to a bradycardic level with no pulse. The anesthesiologist, Dr. Rashidi Gani Loya, noticed the patient was turning blue. This is a late sign of hypoxia. She had the patient flipped back to the supine position and started ambu bagging her. The orthopedic doctor started chest compressions on the patient. He then started to perform manual ventilation with the ambu bag as well as chest compressions. Unfortunately, the patient had gone so long without oxygen she had sustained anoxic encephalopathy and permanent brain damage.

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  • $12M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $12 Million Recovery— Medical Malpractice

    04 L 306 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    R. was admitted to Provena Covenant Medical Center for labor and delivery. She had an epidural injection performed for pain control during labor by Ted Dziadek, MD, an anesthesiologist. The epidural test dose contained Sufenta and was therefore an improper test dose since Sufenta can result in respiratory compromise if administered in the subarachnoid space (a risk of an epidural injection). The test dose was administered in the subarachnoid space as evidenced by air bubbles present on CT imaging of R.=s brain after the injection. R. experienced immediate post-injection signs of respiratory deterioration and her healthcare team (labor and delivery nurse and anesthesiologist Ted Dziadek) failed to timely respond to her respiratory deterioration. She was not ambu-bagged for 15 minutes after the epidural, CPR was not started for 17 minutes following her epidural. There were varying opinions between the healthcare providers regarding whether or not needed resuscitation equipment was present in the room to assist in resuscitation. Tim’s baby was born without neurologic injury. Tim Ravanh was left catastrophically brain damaged.

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  • $11.9M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $11.9 Million Verdict — Medical Malpractice

    90 L 411 - Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    A 29-year-old employee of UHS of Bethesda, Inc. a/k/a Mount Sinai Hospital-North, was diagnosed as having migraine headaches and returned to work by a physician who examined him at the hospital on two separate occasions. A week after the last visit he had suffered a thrombosis which resulted in a stroke and left sided hemiplegia from polycythemia rubra vera which went undiagnosed. The jury found the defendants negligent for not performing a CBC on either visit which would have led to the diagnosis and that the physician was an agent of the hospital. This is the highest personal injury verdict in Illinois for 1995.

    Offer before trial: $1,000,000.00

    Offer during trial: $1,600,000.00

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  • $11.5M Recovery

    Aviation Accident,Brain Injuries,Product Liability,Drug Liability

    $11.5 Million Recovery — Airplane Accident

    No. 95 L 2685 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Todd A. Smith

    Aviation: J., 28, wife and mother of two small boys, was on USAir Flight 427 when it crashed in Aliquippa, PA on September 10, 1994, killing 127 passengers and five crew members. Extensive discovery uncovered a defect in the rudder system of the Boeing 737-300.

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  • $11.5M Recovery

    Truck Accident,Wrongful Death

    $11.5 Million Recovery — Wrongful Death, Motor Vehicle Negligence

    No. 91 L 8492 - Todd A. Smith

    The plaintiff-decedent was struck and killed in an accident caused by a CTA bus.

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  • $11M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $11.5 Million Recovery - Birth Injury, Medical Malpractice

    No. 05 L 2876 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Thomas G. Siracusa

    Birth Injury/Medical Malpractice: This case involved a water birth in which just prior to delivery shoulder dystocia occurred. Shoulder dystocia is where due to the large size of the D. M.’s shoulders his mother, C. M., was unable to deliver the baby vaginally without various maneuvers. This occurred when C. M. was still in the tub. Because they were unable to empty the tub as quickly as needed they attempted to deliver the baby in the tub. As a result, she was unable to perform the appropriate maneuvers that were recommended for shoulder dystocia. Due to the delay in delivery Plaintiff contended that D. M. became brain damaged and has suffered severe and significant injuries.

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  • $11.5M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $11.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    05 L 2876 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Thomas G. Siracusa

    This case involved a water birth in which just prior to delivery shoulder dystocia occurred. Shoulder dystocia is where due to the large size of the D. M.’s shoulders his mother, C. M., was unable to deliver the baby vaginally without various maneuvers. This occurred when C. M. was still in the tub. Because they were unable to empty the tub as quickly as needed they attempted to deliver the baby in the tub. As a result, she was unable to perform the appropriate maneuvers that were recommended for shoulder dystocia. Due to the delay in delivery Plaintiff contended that D. M. became brain damaged and has suffered severe and significant injuries.
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  • $10.6M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $10.6 Million Recovery — Psychiatric Medical Malpractice

    No. 91 L 8492 - Todd A. Smith

    Medical Melpractice/Psychiatric Malpractice: 29-year-old Plaintiff was admitted to Rush-Presbyterian on a diagnosis of Multiple Personality Disorder. She was hospitalized there for two and a half years and then out-patient for an additional four years. During the course of her therapy, she was caused to believe that she had been involved in satanic ritual abuse, sexual abuse and cannibalism. This represented a record settlement nationally in a psychiatric malpractice case.

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  • $10.43M Verdict

    Truck Accident,Car Accident,Motorcycle Accidents

    $10.43 Million Verdict — Motor Vehicle Negligence, Paralysis

    C. v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., et al. - Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    Trucking: 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.

    Jury Verdict: $10,430,617.92

    Offer before trial: $1,600,000.00

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  • $10.4M Verdict

    Truck Accident,Car Accident,Motorcycle Accidents

    $10.4 Million Verdict — Motor Vehicle Negligence

    C., et al v. Transport Carriers, Inc., et al. - Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Brian LaCien

    Trucking/Wrongful Death: The accident involved an International tractor which lost control on the ramp exiting the Chicago Skyway leading to the Day Ryan on July 1, 1999. The International tractor was being driven by Jesse Blackmon of Transport Carriers, Inc. After Mr. Blackmon lost control on the ramp, the Nissan Van being operated by plaintiff, attempted to avoid striking the Blackmon tractor and was rear-ended by a truck operated by Robert Lachowski of American Shipping and Packing. C. was traveling with his wife and children, 9 years old, 3 years old, and 9 months old. C. died as a result of his injuries.

    Jury Verdict: $10,400,000.00

    Offer before trial: $500,000.00

    Offer during trial: $1,700,000.00

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  • $10.3M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $10.3 Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    - Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    (2014) Medical malpractice. On September 4, 2007, Plaintiff presented to Advocate South Suburban Hospital after experiencing several days of diarrhea. He was admitted and taken to surgery on September 15th and during the surgery, he was administered the vasopressor medication Levophed for a drop in his blood pressure. Post-operatively, a consulting cardiologist ordered that the Levophed be weaned off and he be given Neosynephrine if his systolic blood pressure dropped below 100. Plaintiffs maintained that from September 15 - 17, the ICU nursing staff failed to perform dynamic response testing on the arterial line that was being used to evaluate Plaintiff's blood pressure and as a result it was falsely reading systolic blood pressures below 100 when his true blood pressures were higher. As a result the nursing staff was administering maximum doses of vasopressors when he needed little if any. The excessive vasopressors caused vasoconstriction in his blood vessels and poor perfusion to his extremities causing them to become ischemic from lack of blood flow. As a result of the poor perfusion caused by the vasopressors, Plaintiff 's left hand, and the toes on both of his feet became ischemic, necrotic, gangrenous and needed to be amputated. The defense maintained that Plaintiff was a very sick man who was in septic shock with 5 system multi-organ failure and the poor perfusion was the result of a coagulopathy cascade caused by the sepsis and the body's native shunting of blood to vital organs for survival. The defense maintained that Plaintiff desperately needed the vasopressors to survive his life threatening condition and but for the high doses of vasopressors, he would have died.
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  • $10M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $10 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: 55 year old married female presented for removal of her esophagus due to difficulty swallowing and regurgitation. During the procedure, Surgicel was utilized but was not removed ultimately migrating into her spinal canal compromising her spinal cord, which resulted in paraplegia and a neurogenic bladder and bowel. When imaging was ordered due to symptoms, the imaging was delayed, thereby delaying spinal cord decompression. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power Jr.

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  • $10M Recovery

    Product Liability,Drug Liability

    $10 Million Recovery — Drug Product Liability

    No. 99 L 6794 - Todd A. Smith

    Products Liability: Although blindness and vision loss had been associated with the drug Cordarone since 1985, Defendants failed to alert the medical community of the risk and in February 1997 K.K. was prescribed Coradone for a heart rhythm disturbance. K.K. lost his vision in the summer of 1997.

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  • $10M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $10 Million Verdict — Medical Malpractice

    No. 01 L 11847 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: Two day old infant with Down Syndrome underwent surgery for bowel obstruction. A central venous catheter was incorrectly placed and allowed administered fluid to penetrate the heart wall resulting in cardiac arrest and permanent and severe brain injury.

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  • $10M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $10 Million Verdict – Medical Malpractice

    No. 10 L 5087 - Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    Medical Malpractice: The mother of the deceased minor child delivered twins at 34 weeks at MacNeal Hospital by C-section. D., 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.

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  • $9.8M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $9.8 Million Verdict — Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice, Failure to Diagnose

    No. 85 L 11905 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Medical Malpractice: 39-year-old lady died as a result of the failure of a physician to perform a spinal tap which would have resulted in the diagnosis and treatment of a subarachnoid hemorrhage and aneurysm. At the time, this was the largest wrongful death verdict in Illinois history. The decedent left a husband and two children.

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  • $9.75M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $9.75 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Paralysis

    No. 00 L 013478 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, a former professor at Loyola University of Chicago, on April 20, 1999, went into Evanston Hospital for a decompressive laminectomy for severe cervical stenosis. Prior to the surgery he ambulated with a cane. On April 20th, there was an attempted C6 vertebrectomy for decompression of the spinal cord at the C5-6 level and the C6-7 level. Plaintiffs contended osteophytes left behind created internal stress to the spinal cord which affected the blood flow to the cord and its function. The large osteophytes left behind at C5 on the right side tethered the cord at the exit point as well as at C6-C7 leaving persistent compression and quadriparesis. The defense experts claimed it was within the standard of care to leave the osteophytes because removing them often leads to paralysis with someone with a severe stenosis as the plaintiff had.

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  • $9.55M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $9.55 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice

    No. 97 L 16705 - Todd A. Smith

    Medical Malpractice: In December of 1996, C.B. was awakened by a sudden onset of upper back pain which kept him from sleeping. He presented to the Defendant Hospital's emergency room, was examined and a chest x-ray was taken. He was discharged with a diagnosis of back pain, only to return later that evening with an advanced aortic dissection. He dies shortly before the completion of emergency surgery.

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  • $9.5M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $9.5 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

    G. v. West Suburban Hospital, et al. - Todd A. Smith

    Medical malpractice/Birth Injury: T.G. was admitted to the hospital and medical personnel attached a fetal monitor and started induction of labor with Pitocin on October 22, 2001 because she was pre-eclamptic. T.G. began dilating in the early hours of October 23, 2001 and had an epidural administered. Tanisha was fully dilated at approximately 10 p.m. on 10/23/01, began pushing, after hours of inadequate progress of labor a C-section was done at 2:51 a.m. on October 24, 2001. During labor episodes of hyper-stimulation of the uterus occurred and decelerations of fetal heart tones. The fetal monitor also malfunctioned and failed to accurately record contractions. During T.G.=s labor, her fetal heart rate monitoring tracings revealed signs of and were consistent with fetal stress and/or distress. Drs. Lopez, Smith, Tarpey and Macumber failed to recognize the significance of changes in the fetal heart rate as evidenced on the fetal monitor strips from October 23rd through October 24th 2001. D.G. was delivered by emergency caesarean section on October 24, 2001. Upon birth, D.G. was not breathing and depressed and shortly after birth transferred to Children=s Memorial Hospital where she was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia and seizure disorder.

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  • $9M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $9 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Paralysis

    No. 00 L 7745 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff went to outpatient Midwest Medical Center for a spinal injection of an anti-platelet drug to alleviate neck pain caused by an earlier car accident. The injection caused a blood clot in his spinal cord, causing tingling and numbness in lower limbs. Three hours later an ambulance was called to take him for emergency surgery, but by the time he arrived at the hospital, he was permanently paralyzed.

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  • $9M Recovery

    Train Accident

    $9 Million Recovery — Railroad Accident

    No. 02 L 00194 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Train Accident: Plaintiff, a minor, was struck by a train on August 26, 2000, at the intersection of 123rd Street and Lombard Lane in the Village of Alsip, Cook County, Illinois. Plaintiff was walking in a westerly direction on 123rd Street when a southeast bound train passed the crossing. Plaintiff began to walk in a westerly direction when a train traveling in a northwesterly direction struck him while his friend tried to pull him out of the way. Plaintiff suffered a brain injury and is currently suffering from an incontinent bowel and bladder. He is permanently disabled and attending public high school in an effort to obtain a high school diploma.

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  • $8.5M Recovery

    Contingent Commercial Litigation

    $8.5 Million Recovery — Professional Malpractice, Corporate Litigation

    No. 13 L 4011

    Professional Malpractice/Corporate Litigation: K. Corporation is a manufacturer of microphones and other electronic equipment. Sjuata Sachdeva was a senior officer at K. Corporation and fraudulently converted several million dollars for her personal use. She was found out, convicted and sentenced to a prison term of 11 years. Grant Thornton was hired by Koss Corporation to perform audits for Koss. It was alleged that Grant Thornton, through its team of auditors, should have discovered the fraud being perpetrated by Ms. Sachdeva and timely reported it to Koss.

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  • $8.5M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $8.5 Million Verdict - Brain Injury, Medical Malpractice

    No. 11 L 3640 - Devon C. Bruce

    On June 23, 2010, the Plaintiff suffered an arrest and subsequent lack of oxygen resulting in a brain injury. Plaintiff alleged that the cause of her arrest and oxygen deprivation was an occluded tracheostomy tube which was not addressed in a timely fashion by the Defendant Hospital staff. Plaintiff suffered a severe brain injury. Plaintiff's past medical bills at the time of settlement were approximately $1.8 Million.

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  • $8.1M Recovery

    Car Accident

    $8.1 Million Recovery — Motor Vehicle Negligence

    No. 98 L 4793 - Todd A. Smith,Devon C. Bruce

    Car Accident: A Barrington Hills police officer stopped suddenly on Route 63, purportedly to chase a speeder going in the opposite direction. The sudden stop caused another vehicle to swerve and strike Plaintiff’s car head-on. Plaintiff was 8 months pregnant and despite an emergency c-section, the fetus suffered brain damage.

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  • $8.05M Verdict

    Product Liability

    $8.05 Million Verdict - Product Liability

    No. 06 L 11181 - Thomas G. Siracusa

    Product Liability: Defective/improperly maintained elevator hoist ropes caused orthopedic injuries.

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  • $8M Recovery

    Car Accident,Motorcycle Accidents

    $8 Million Recovery - Motorcycle Accident

    - Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien

    Attorneys Todd A. Smith and Brian LaCien represented a Barrington Hills couple in a motorcycle collision case and obtained an $8,000,000 settlement. Read more.
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  • $8M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $8 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice

    No. 96 L 03539

    Medical Malpractice: This involved a 69 year old former attorney who went into Northwestern Memorial Hospital on June 1, 1995 for triple bypass surgery. On June 4, 1995, his chest tube was removed which resulted in a pneumothorax. This pneumothorax resulted in him becoming short of breath and eventually led to a cardiac arrest and brain damage. The defense claimed his injuries were from a heart attack from his underlying cardiac disease.

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  • $8M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $8 Million Verdict — Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice

    No. 94 L 16986 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: 11 year-old girl being treated for cardiac rhythm disturbances suffered an arrhythmia while showering at home and passed away on April 29, 1994. Defendants University of Chicago Hospitals and Dr. J. Deane Waldman failed to address Amy=s condition with appropriate medication and failed to provide Amy, through her family, with information and recommendation of an implantable cardiac defibrillator during the 18 months she was under their care. Co-counsel with Todd A. Smith.

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  • $8M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $8 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    No. 02 L 13309 - Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: 37 year old female had surgery for an ectopic pregnancy at Illinois Masonic Medical Center. During the procedure her bladder was perforated resulting in infection. The infection was not diagnosed and she was discharged. She re-presented to Illinois Masonic for further care in a comatose state. The infection became necrotizing resulting in loss of lower abdominal skin, muscle and tissue and numerous surgical interventions.

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  • $8M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $8 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice, Brain Injury

    No. 09 L 5749 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: 53 year old female was transferred by helicopter to Advocate Christ Medical Center from another institution after being involved in an automobile accident. About two and a half hours after arrival she suffered a respiratory arrest followed by a cardiac arrest. Her chest cavity injuries should have been treated by elective chest tube insertion and intubation to avoid possible respiratory deterioration. She suffered permanent severe brain damage and the need for 24 hour care over her lifetime due to these failures.

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  • $8M Recovery

    Motorcycle Accidents

    $8 Million Recovery - Motorcycle Accident

    - Todd A. Smith

    A motor vehicle collision arising out of a left turning vehicle that was struck from behind and caused to strike an oncoming motorcycle in the opposing lane carrying Plaintiffs, who are husband and wife. The case settled mid-trial. (Cook County 2015)
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  • $8M Recovery

    Aviation Accident,Drug Liability

    $8 Million Recovery – Aviation

    - Jonathan M. Thomas,Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien

    A 32-year-old female passenger suffered numerous cervical and lumbar vertebrae fractures requiring a posterior surgical fusion of C1-C2 in a commercial airplane crash.
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  • $7.75M Recovery

    Truck Accident

    $7.75 Million Recovery - Trucking Negligence

    - Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Kathryn L. Conway

    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.
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  • $7.6M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $7.6 Million Recovery — Medical Malpractice

    No. 03 L 14889 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: 39 year old female with a history of Chrohn=s Disease underwent exploratory surgery for a suspected small bowel obstruction and a bowel resection. Defendants failed to diagnose and treat post-operative bleeding in her peritoneal cavity leading to her death.

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  • $7.6M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $7.6 Million Recovery — Wrongful Death, Medical Malpractice

    No. 92 L 4210 - Todd A. Smith

    Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death: Significant delay in treating massive hydrocephalus condition, which resulted in irreversible brain damage for a five year period until plaintiff’s death.

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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $7.5 Million Recovery — Psychiatric Malpractice

    No. 03 L 12779 - Todd A. Smith

    Plaintiff sought treatment for mild depression from Dr. Braun at Rush-Presbyterian. It was alleged that the doctors used improper techniques to convince her that her depression was caused by sadistic child abuse that was too traumatic for her to recall consciously.

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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $7.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 15 L 000728 - Todd A. Smith,Joseph W. Balesteri

    40-year-old female delivered twins at Northwestern Memorial Hospital on February 13, 2014. Despite evidence of lower extremity clotting and high-risk status for DVT development, no therapeutic anticoagulation was initiated, nor was a lower extremity venous doppler performed. Additionally, telemetry monitoring previously in place for post-partum cardiomyopathy risks was prematurely discontinued on February 21, 2014. The decedent experienced pulmonary embolism from her lower extremities, cardiopulmonary arrest and was pronounced dead on February 22, 2014 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The decedent was survived by her husband and newborn twins.
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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $7.5 Million Recovery - Birth Injury

    No. 08 L 5859 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Sean M. Houlihan

    Birth Injury/Medical Malpractice: On March 10, 2004, Plaintiff was pregnant with her first child. Plaintiff presented to the emergency room at Lutheran General Hospital at approximately 6:00am due to the onset of active labor. Her daughter’s gestational age was 40 weeks and 5 days. Her daughter was delivered vaginally via vacuum extraction at 3:31pm by Isabel Gomez, M.D. Upon delivery, the baby was noted to have several serious health issues, namely the presence of meconium; neonatal depression; hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy and seizure disorder. The baby spent three weeks in the pediatric intensive care unit before being discharged. Her daughter sustained a brain injury. As a result of her brain injury, Plaintiff’s daughter has speech problems; attention deficit hyperactivity disorder; deficits in fine motor and gross motor skills necessitating braces (AFO) for walking.

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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Construction Accident

    $7.5 Million Recovery - Construction Accident

    No. 00 L 004450 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Thomas G. Siracusa

    The defendants failed to warn the plaintiff, a 28-year-old man, to use a lowering hook when placing explosives in a hole, rather than dropping them down. The resulting explosion caused him to sustain serious injuries to his arm, leading to its amputation, and the loss of an eye.
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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $7.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 97 L 196 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    This case settled on the eve of trial in Lake County, Illinois for $7,500,000 for the negligent failure to diagnose and treat bacterial meningitis. This is the largest settlement in the history of Lake County, Illinois, and the largest sum of money ever paid in the history of Illinois involving bacterial meningitis.

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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Aviation Accident,Drug Liability

    $7.5 Million Recovery – Aviation

    - Jonathan M. Thomas,Todd A. Smith,Brian LaCien

    A 54-year-old male passenger died as a result of a commercial airplane crash.

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  • $7.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $7.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 13 L 010443 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    D.S., Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of E.S., Deceased v. NorthShore University HealthSystem d/b/a Highland Park Hospital, No. 13 L 010443 (Cook County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 29 year old female was prescribed Desmopressin because of a possible bleeding risk associated with Von Willebrand’s Disease prior to ophthalmologic surgery. This means that sodium levels will fall and can, if unmonitored, become significantly decreased. Surgery was performed and a second dose of Desmopressin was provided prior to discharge. Shortly after her discharge, she was returned to Highland Park Hospital’s ER. Staff in the ER realized her sodium was severely elevated. She was intubated and transferred to the ICU. Her pupils became dilated and fixed. Later a CT showed transtentorial herniation with brain stem compression. She passed away on December 10, 2012, survived by her husband and one year old daughter. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

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  • $7.45M Recovery

    Wrongful Death,Product Liability

    $7.45 Million Recovery — Product Liability, Wrongful Death

    No. 05 L 9376 - Thomas G. Siracusa

    The plaintiff-decedents, a married couple, were driving a used car when a tire blew out, causing the car to flip over. The accident occurred due to manufacturing defects in the car's tires and also due to the negligence of the car dealer who sold the vehicle with worn tires. Both the husband and wife died as a result of the accident, leaving two minor children.

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  • $7.3M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $7.3 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice / Brain Injury

    No. 97 L 16428 - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    On August 29, 1996, The Plaintiffs were visiting their daughter in Lyle, Illinois when D. began complaining to severe back pain. An ambulance was called and he was transported to Edwards Hospital in Naperville, Illinois. After an initial diagnosis of descending aortic aneurysm with dissection, D. was transferred to Loyola University Medical Center on August 30th. During this hospitalization, D. was further evaluated and scheduled for cardiac surgery. On September 3rd, while hospitalized and awaiting surgery, D. experienced cardiac arrest and an anoxic episode that rendered him comatose. As a result of not being properly monitored while on Propofol. He is now 68 years old, lives with his wife, but suffers from permanent brain damage.

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  • $7.25M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $7.25 Million Verdict - Wrongful Death / Medical Malpractice

    No. 2007 L 9820 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Plaintiff’s Decedent was diagnosed with breast cancer. During a biopsy of her breast she experienced an anaphylaxis attack according to the defense and medical examiner or a pulmonary embolus according to plaintiff. The plaintiff further alleged a DVT or pulmonary embolus was never ruled out.

    During the hospitalization she was placed on Heparin prophylaxis which was later discontinued because of a suspected adverse reaction (HIT) without ordering an alternative anticoagulant. She experienced a fatal pulmonary embolus two days later.

    She was a school teacher who left surviving a husband and daughter.

    JURY VERDICT: $7,250,000.00
    Last Offer: $2,000,000.00

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  • $7.012M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice,Motorcycle Accidents

    $7,012,000 Verdict - Medical Malpractice / Motorcycle Accident

    No. 81 L 25078 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.

    After sustaining numerous injuries in a motorcycle accident, including a C-2 "hangman's" fracture and bruising of his spinal cord, student ended up paralyzed as a result of the failure to adequately replace his blood lost in the accident and appropriately intubate him.

    Affirmed on Appeal 91-1742, 269 Ill.App.3d 37, 645 N.E.2d 319 (1994)

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  • $7M Verdict

    Contingent Commercial Litigation

    $7 Million Verdict - Defamation / Libel

    No. 04 LK 000013 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Todd A. Smith

    This case involved the trial of a defamation case on behalf of an Illinois Supreme Court Justice. This is the highest defamation verdict and the highest subsequent settlement for a judge in the United States history.
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  • $7M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $7 Million Recovery - Wrongful Death / Medical Malpractice

    No. 05 L 5817 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    On April 27, 2004, K., a 57-year-old medical malpractice defense lawyer with the law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, underwent a stress test at an office location near his home. The stress test was ordered by his internist at Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation. The stress test results were faxed and mailed to the Faculty Foundation. However, the test results were not reviewed due to an administrative error and K. was never advised that the results were abnormal and required cardiac catheterization. He experienced sudden cardiac death on August 9, 2004.

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  • $7M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $7 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice

    No. 03 L 8437 - Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    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.

    VERDICT: $7 Million
    Settlement Demand: $3 Million
    Settlement Offer: $1.2 Million

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  • $7M Recovery

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $7 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 10 L 304 (Winnebago County) - Devon C. Bruce

    Plaintiff was born at 25.5 weeks. At 11 days of life, plaintiff contracted three blood borne infections. Plaintiff deteriorated and ultimately suffered a hypoxic event as a result of the infection. Plaintiff developed periventricular leukomalacia or PVL. Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in performing the hygiene and sanitary procedures in the NICU unit which led to plaintiff’s infection. Plaintiff further alleged that the defendant Dr. Siddiqui, a neonatologist, and the nursing staff failed to respond timely to identify and treat the infections. Plaintiff alleged that the cause of plaintiff’s PVL was the hypoxic event arising from the infection and not the plaintiff’s prematurity. Plaintiff has been diagnosed with permanent brain damage and requires 24 hour care. Plaintiff’s medical bills to date exceed $1,000,000.00. Defendant contended that the risk of infection is common in neonates, that the PVL was caused by the plaintiff’s prematurity of 25.5 weeks and not the infection and that the plaintiff has a substantially reduced life expectancy.

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  • $7M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Brain Injuries

    $7 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 92 L 6143 - Todd A. Smith

    Improper placement of a central venous catheter resulted in cardiac arrest and brain damage to the minor Plaintiff.
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  • $5.7M Verdict

    $5.7 Million Verdict - Unpaid Legal Fees

    - Joseph A. Power Jr.

    Unpaid Legal Fees: Ron Gidwitz, President Donald Trump’s Finance Committee Chairman in Illinois, and his family were ordered to pay $5.7 million in unpaid legal fees to their former attorneys after the family breached contract with Ungaretti & Harris through their refusal to pay reasonable and fair legal fees.
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  • $5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    11 L 007000 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    L.S. v. Susan Ruda, et al., No. 11 L 007000 (Cook County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 58 year old female underwent a total left knee replacement procedure at a suburban hospital. Post procedure arterial insufficiency was not recognized until three days later. L.S. was transferred to Northwestern Memorial Hospital where it was discovered that the popliteal artery and popliteal vein had been transected during the knee replacement surgery. It was too late to repair the damage and an above knee amputation resulted. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

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  • $4.6M Verdict

    Medical Malpractice

    $4.6 Million Verdict – Medical Malpractice

    14 L 10562 - Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Kathryn L. Conway

    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.

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  • $4M Verdict

    Brain Injuries

    $4 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice

    14 L 008156 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: After receiving a history of a patient falling out of a cab going 25-35 miles an hour, hospital staff, including trauma, neurosurgeons and nurses, provided inpatient care to Decedent. On the sixth day of hospitalization, the neurosurgical service and the nursing staff failed to do timely neuro checks, obtain CT scanning, and failed to diagnose increasing intracranial pressure, which had occurred in a delayed fashion following head trauma. That resulted in brain stem herniation and death. The patient was 46 years old at the time of his passing. He is survived by his wife, who remarried prior to trial, and their two minor children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power Jr.

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  • $4M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $4 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

    17 L 001342 - Joseph W. Balesteri

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: 42 year old male underwent successful bilateral lung transplant on December 27, 2015. On January 11 and 12, 2016, while his tracheotomy tube was capped for the first time overnight, his vitals were inadequately monitored and he experienced respiratory arrest that led to cardiac arrest which resulted in his death on January 12, 2016. He is survived by his wife and 3 children.

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  • $3.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $3.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No Lawsuit Filed - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: 61 year old male underwent a colonoscopy, and a possibly palpable nodule was identified within the colonoscopy report. The report was reviewed by the ordering primary care physician; however, no further workup was obtained, whether by urologic consultation or a PSA testing. Approximately, one year later, the primary care physician did order a PSA and urologic consult, which revealed abnormalities, prostate cancer and lymph node involvement. Due to increased risks of mortality associated with delayed diagnosis, this case was settled without the need for filing. Co-counsel was Joseph A. Power, Jr.

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  • $3M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $3 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

    - Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Kathryn L. Conway

    Wrongful Death/Medical Malpractice: The minor Decedent was born with a congenital heart defect. Plaintiffs allege that the Defendant did not obtain their consent before converting a diagnostic procedure to an interventional procedure and negligently elected to place a plug in an attempt to occlude the minor’s collateral vessel. After failing to obtain total occlusion, the Defendant placed a second, larger Plug and caused perforation of the vessel and for the minor Decedent to exsanguinate and die.

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  • $2.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $2.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

    - Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Kathryn L. Conway

    Wrongful Death/Medical Malpractice: In June 2014, Decedent was treated in the University of Chicago Hospital's emergency room, but was discharged without being told that she had a mass in her right lung. In March 2015, Decedent was diagnosed with cancer in her right lung. She succumbed to the disease on July 28, 2015 at age 80 (survived by her husband and three adult children). Lawsuit alleged delay in diagnosis/treatment of her lung cancer.

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  • $2.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $2.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

    - Larry R. Rogers Jr.

    D. v. University of Chicago Hospitals

    (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.

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  • $2.3M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $2.3 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 13 L 171 - Joseph W. Balesteri

    (2017) Medical Malpractice: A 47 year old female presented to the emergency department at MacNeal Hospital and her evolving heart attack was not timely recognized nor treated. Instead, she was treated for GERD resulting in an approximate seven hour delay in diagnosis, ultimately leading to significant heart muscle damage and her death. She was survived by her husband, who passed away during the pendency of the case, and two adult children. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.
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  • $2.25M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $2.25 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    No. 2018 L 004473 - Joseph A. Power Jr.,Joseph W. Balesteri

    (2018) Medical Malpractice: Baby boy was born April 29, 2016. He returned to a local community hospital on May 5, 2016 with fever, not feeding well and appearing lethargic. Agents/employees of a local pediatric hospital failed to recognize and treat Herpes Simplex Virus with a medication called Acyclovir. Acyclovir was eventually administered 42.5 hours after his initial presentation. He was later transferred to a pediatric hospital where he passed away on May 13, 2016. He is survived by his parents and his minor brother. Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

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  • $2M Verdict

    Birth Injury,Medical Malpractice

    $2 Million Verdict - Medical Malpractice, Birth Injury

    - Kathryn L. Conway

    Medical Malpractice/Birth Injury: Plaintiffs’ alleged that the decedent physician failed to recognize the presence of a shoulder dystocia, despite numerous risk factors including the application of a vacuum at a high station, and applied excessive downward traction in order to effectuate the delivery, thereby causing the baby to supper a permanent brachial plexus injury. Defendants disputed the presence of a shoulder dystocia and maintained that Plaintiff’s injuries were the result of the internal forces of labor.

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  • $2M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $2 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

    - Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Kathryn L. Conway

    Medical Malpractice/ Wrongful Death: The Decedent died from a pulmonary embolism eight days after undergoing surgery at Westlake Hospital allegedly because she did not receive appropriate anticoagulation medication post-operatively. Plaintiff alleged that the Defendant care providers failed to appreciate the patient's risk factors for developing deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism. Defense argued that pharmacologic intervention was not necessary because the patient was ambulating adequately post-operatively
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  • $2M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $2 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    16 L 010392 - Joseph W. Balesteri

    H.C. and H.S., as Co-Executors of the Estate of P.B., Deceased, v. Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, d/b/a The Northwestern Medical Group, No. 16 L 010392 (Cook County)

    (2016) Medical Malpractice: 63 year old female passed away as a result of squamous cell carcinoma of the lung with metastasis to the liver, bones and skull. On May 29, 2013, a surveillance chest CT scan was ordered by a Northwestern Faculty Foundation employee. The May 29, 2013 CT result revealed a 10 mm right upper lobe speculated nodule documented as suspicious for primary lung cancer per interpreting radiologist. Another annual CT scan was performed on September 11, 2014. The 2014 scan revealed that the 2013 mass had grown to 19 mm and a new mass in the middle of the right lung was now present. A broncoscopy followed on September 29, 2014 which revealed the diagnosis - squamous cell carcinoma. Over the next three months, P.B. suffered the painful and disabling consequences of metastasis and passed away a couple of days short of Christmas 2014. She was survived by seven brothers and sisters. Co-Counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.

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  • $1.5M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice,Wrongful Death

    $1.5 Million Recovery - Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death

    - Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Kathryn L. Conway

    Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death: Plaintiffs allege that Decedent was admitted for a routine hip replacement surgery. During his post-operative, inpatient treatment, his care providers failed to recognize the presence of an ileus and, after Decedent began to experience difficulty breathing, the anesthesia service attempted an intubation but failed to protect Decedent's airway, which caused Decedent to go into cardiac arrest and pass away
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  • $1.175M Recovery

    Premises Liability

    $1.175 Million Recovery - Property Damage

    13 cv 3453 - Kathryn L. Conway

    City of Marseilles v. Ingram Barge Company, 13 cv 3453 (2016 – Cook County)
    Maritime: The City of Marseilles experienced significant property damage after the tow of Ingram Barge Company’s vessel, the Dale A. Heller, allided with the Marseilles dam and canal wall. Claimant the City of Marseilles alleged that the Heller should not have been in a position where it was unable to tie up its tow during high water in light of the weather forecasts that had been publicly available for days leading up to the allision, and that the allision caused the flood event. Ingram Barge Company argued that its vessel acted reasonably in light of specific river stage hydrographs and that the flood event was not the result of extreme rainfall.
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  • $1M Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $1 Million Recovery- Medical Malpractice

    No. 14 L 9073 - Joseph W. Balesteri

    Medical Malpractice: Pathologist under-reported findings contained within a tongue lesion during biopsy interpretation leading to a delay in diagnosis of tongue cancer and progression of disease leading to metastasis and death. The patient was 79 years old at the time of the misdiagnosis and was survived by her husband and children
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  • $900K Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $900,000 Recovery - Nursing Home Negligence

    No. 15 L 010589 - Joseph W. Balesteri

    (2016) Nursing Home Negligence: 64 year old male passed away on June 14, 2014, after staff at a long-term care facility failed to provide him with Klonopin medication that had been prescribed to prevent him from experiencing seizures. No Klonopin was given to Mr. Mayfield from March 19, 2014 through March 24, 2014 when he suffered a seizure requiring his hospitalization at Ingalls Memorial Hospital from March 24 through April 8, 2014. Thereafter, he was transferred to Ingalls Hospice where he remained, mostly unresponsive, until his death on June 14, 2014. Decedent was survived by two sisters, who were found to be his dependents.
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  • $450K Recovery

    Medical Malpractice

    $450,000 Recovery - Medical Malpractice

    - Joseph W. Balesteri

    L.N. and T.N. v. RUMC, No Lawsuit Filed (Cook County)

    65 year old female presented for a minimally invasive left total knee arthroplasty. Prior to closure of the incision, the knee was inadvertently injected with rubbing alcohol instead of saline. Blisters developed post-operatively requiring antibiotic administration leading to Steven-Johnson Syndrome and hospitalization which was not billed. This matter was settled without the need for filing.

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