of G.W., a minor, v. Good Samaritan Hospital, et al
Settlement Amount: $2,300,000.00
a minor, alleged that he suffered from injuries at birth as a result of
the failure to timely diagnose fetal distress and failure to timely perform
a caesarean section. G.W. currently suffers from moderate mental retardation.
Estate of M.S. v. Smith, et al
Settlement Amount: $2,250,000.00
a 56 year old motorcyclist, was killed in Northwest Indiana after he was
struck by a turning vehicle at an intersection and then run over by a
semi-tractor trailer. M.S. was survived by his wife and three adult children.
Case settled during trial.
Estate of K.K. v. Swedish Covenant Hospital
Settlement Amount: $1,000,000.00
an 82 year old man, was admitted to the defendant hospital after he fell
in his garden and injured his neck. During the first night he was at the
hospital he developed difficulty breathing, however the nursing staff
failed to notify a physician of K.K.s problems. The next morning
K.K. suffered from a cardio-respiratory arrest which led to a coma and
K.K.s eventual death. K.K. was survived by his wife and two adult
children. Case settled during the first week of trial.
Estate of C.L. v. Loyola University Medical Center, et al
Verdict Amount: $2,700,000.00
C.L., a 58 year-old retired engineer underwent heart transplant surgery
at the defendant hospital. Unfortunately, due to medical errors C.L. received
the diseased heart of a 46 year-old smoker, drinker and recreational drug
user and died three days later as a result of the diseased donor heart.
C.L. was survived by his wife of 37 years and their three adult children.
Estate of W.T. v. Preferred Unlimited, Inc.,
Verdict Amount: $19,200,000.00
W.T., a 28-year-old tool-and-die maker, was a passenger in a car that
was rear-ended by a semi-tractor trailer, driven by a truck driver who
later tested positive for cocaine and marijuana. As a result of the impact,
the car in which W.T was riding was thrown into the oncoming lane where
it was struck by another semi-tractor trailer. W.T. died at the scene
and was survived by his wife and two sons, ages four and five.
T.A. v. Rush Presbyterian St. Luke's Medical
Center, et al
Verdict Amount: $22,565,618.98
The plaintiff, a 49-year-old taxi driver, arrived at Rush Presbyterian
St. Luke's Medical Center after undergoing open-heart bypass surgery at
another Rush hospital several days prior. During the course of the next
several days the plaintiff developed compartment syndrome, a condition
affecting the circulation in his legs, and subsequently had to undergo
above-the-knee amputations of both of his legs. Several defendants settled
during the course of the trial and the verdict was awarded for T.A. and
his wife and against the hospital and several staff physicians.
Estate of R.B. v. confidential Chicago hospital
Settlement Amount: $5,000,000.00
R.B., a 50-year-old electrician, underwent elective shoulder surgery at
the defendant hospital on July 1, 1999. On July 2, 1999, R.B. developed
a slow heart attack that resulted in his death 14 hours later, but the
heart attack was mistakenly diagnosed as septic shock. R.B. was survived
by his wife and two adult children. The case was settled during the third
week of trial.
Northern Trust Company for Estate of D.V.
v. Ro-Mar Transportation, et al
Settlement Amount: $7,100,000.00
D.V., an overnight security guard, was walking from his place of employment
to Kedzie Avenue to catch a bus home during the early morning hours of
January 25, 1998, when he was struck, dragged and killed by a semi-tractor
operated by an employee of the defendant trucking company. D.V. was survived
by his wife and two teenage children. The case was settled during trial,
one day prior to closing arguments, for the extent of the available insurance
coverage plus a $100,000 contribution from the trucking company.
J.K. v. Murphy, Otto & Associates, et al
Settlement Amount: $2,750,000
J.K., a 65-year-old man with heart disease, underwent open heart bypass
surgery at Northwest Community Hospital by defendant physicians. Postoperative
circulation problems in J.K.'s right leg were mismanaged, leading to an
J.S. v. J.E.
Verdict Amount: $2,081,600
J.S., the chief financial officer for a Chicago-area telecommunications
company, brought suit against the company's former CEO, alleging slanderous
statements made about him during merger negotiations with a rival telecommunications
company. The verdict amount includes $2 million in punitive damages.
Estate of T.C. v. Heilig Meyers, et al
Verdict Amount: $2,506,000.00
T.C., a 56-year-old man, was struck and killed by a Heilig Meyers delivery
van during the early morning hours of July 10, 1998, at the intersection
of Racine and Webster streets in Chicago. T.C. was survived by three adult
Northern Trust Company for estate of R.D.
v. Larry Mitchell, M.D., et al
Verdict Amount: $9,000,000.00
R.D., a single mother, died of a blood clot that traveled from her leg
to her lungs in the emergency room at Roseland Community Hospital. R.D.
exhibited several signs and symptoms of such a blood clot prior to her
demise, but the defendant emergency room physician mistakenly made a diagnosis
of sepsis instead of pulmonary embolism.
R.C. v. OSI, Inc., Columbus Hospital, et al
Verdict Amount: $3,461,524.00
R.C. a 40-year-old electrical salesman, underwent a back surgery at the
defendant hospital by the defendant neurosurgeon upon a table manufactured
and distributed by the defendant surgical table manufacturer. After the
eight-hour surgery, the plaintiff developed painful swelling in his right
calf, which was misdiagnosed as a temporary nerve disorder. In fact, the
plaintiff had developed a compartment syndrome, which was treated too
late, causing the plaintiff to suffer a permanent dropped-foot condition.
The plaintiff settled with the defendant hospital and table manufacturer
prior to trial and received the verdict against the defendant neurosurgeon.
Estate of A.S., deceased v. Jay Medi-Car,
Settlement Amount: $6,000,000.00
A.S., a 42-year-old homemaker, was crossing California Avenue when she
was struck and killed by the driver of the defendant medical-transport
service. She was survived by a husband and six children. The case settled
immediately prior to opening statements for the extent of the available
J.K. v. University Anesthesiologists, S.C.,
Verdict Amount: $2,300,000.00
J.K., a 55-year-old nursing teacher, underwent an injection procedure
to her back for irritable bowel syndrome and subsequently developed an
infection of the L2 disk space, which required stabilization with hardware
and four back surgeries. The plaintiff had back surgery prior to the alleged
negligent needle placement and, as a result, was fused from T12 to her
D.B., a minor v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital,
Settlement Amount: $3,300,000.00
D.B. suffered injuries to his brachial plexus (Erb's Palsy) during his
delivery at the defendant hospital in 1993. The plaintiff contended that
the resident who performed the delivery inappropriately applied forceps
and used unnecessary and excessive traction during the delivery by pulling
on D.B.'s head and injuring the nerves in D.B.'s left arm. At the time
of this settlement it was the largest in Illinois history for an Erb's
Palsy birth injury.
A.J. v. A.S.
Verdict Amount: $1,913,000.00
A.J., a 19-year-old maintenance worker, was a rear-seat passenger in a
car driven by A.S. on the Edens expressway when the driver lost control
of the car. The car left the roadway and flipped several times before
landing in a ditch. A.J. suffered multiple fractures and a degloving injury
of his left arm requiring surgery. The defendant's insurance company offered
$100,000.00 to settle prior to trial.
Estate of M.M., deceased v. Loyola University
Medical Center, et al
Verdict Amount: $3,050,000.00
M.M., a 52-year-old woman, underwent an abdominal hysterectomy at the
defendant hospital for persistent uterine fibroids. M.M. died in the hospital
the day after surgery and an autopsy revealed that she died of undiagnosed
internal bleeding near the site of the surgery. M.M. was survived by her
husband and four adult children. The verdict was affirmed by the Illinois