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Doe(s) v. Municipality
Case Sealed

Child Sexual Abuse
This case involved the sexual assaults of children by a volunteer/employee of a municipality. The municipality failed to notify to contact the Department of Child and Family Services (“DCFS”) pursuant to the Children Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act 325 ILCS 5/4 (2003) after allegations were initially made regarding their employee. Moreover, the municipality failed to have any policies and/or procedures in place with respect to the identification of child sexual predators or how to handle instances of alleged sexual abuse. In addition, the municipality did not have any training in place with respect to identifying and dealing with child sexual predators.

The assailant was a volunteer with an after-school program (the “program”). The volunteer was seen sitting children on his crotch, was known to be alone with children and was suspected to have made inappropriate comments to children. A father of one children in the program, even came to the facility where the program was held, met with the director of the program and complained that the volunteer made inappropriate comments to the child.

Despite such obvious warning signs and allegations, the municipality failed to notify DCFS in violation of the Children Abused and Neglected Child Reporting Act. When a full-time position became available at the facility where the program was held, volunteer was considered for the position. The volunteer provided the municipality with his resume and other documents required in the application process. Despite the fact that the volunteer listed references, the municipality failed to check even a single reference provided. If it had, the municipality would have discovered that even the volunteer’s references had concerns about the volunteer’s interaction with children. Nevertheless, the volunteer was hired in the full time position. It was primarily during his employment with the municipality that the volunteer turned employee molested the Plaintiffs – conduct for which he was later convicted.

Estate of Sheila Jones v Advocate Health and Hospital Corporation
Case No. 06-L-1924

Medical Malpractice – Wrongful Death
Ms. Jones, was a forty- nine year old woman employed with the Chicago Board Of Education on Thursday, December 9, 2004. She had been so employed for over twenty-five years. In the afternoon hours of December 9, 2004, Ms. Jones was taken to Advocate Christ Hospital from her place of work via ambulance due to chest pains.

Advocate failed to treat and notify physicians of the deteriorating condition of Plaintiff, which resulted in her death. When Shelia Jones entered the hospital with pains in her chest, she was conscious. Her symptoms were consist with that of a Stanford Type B descending thoracic aorta dissection and should have been diagnosed and treated. Yet while in Defendant’s care, Ms. Jones expressed being in pain for two days, Defendant did nothing to lessen the pain. Ms. Jones ultimately passed away, and was survived by five children

$1,779,349.00 – Policy Limits
Lynnette Williams v. Bodine Electric Co.
Case No. 02-L-8231

Wrongful Termination
The Plaintiff was employed by the Defendant Bodine Electric for 21 years beginning on October 31, 1979. On December 16, 2000, the Plaintiff was injured while operating a drill press. She filed a claim for compensation with the Industrial Commission pursuant to the Illinois Worker’s Compensation Act 820 ILCS 305/1 et seq. The Defendant sent Lynette Williams to Dr. Goldflies, whom diagnosed Lynette Williams with a complex regional pain syndrome which rendered Lynette Williams with a permanent injury and or long term disability under the Workers Compensation Act. In retaliation for filing a Worker’s Compensation Claim, Plaintiff was fired.

Estate of Bradford v. Durable Medical Equipment Company
Case No. 09-L-15302

Products Liability
Mr. Bradford age 66, and the father of 6 adult children, was admitted to the hospital with past cardiac disease and decreased respiratory function. His cardiac disease made him more susceptible to cardiac arrest. Mr. Bradford underwent heart valve replacement surgery while at the hospital. Mr. Bradford remained at the hospital approximately 9 days after his surgery. During that time, he was on “wall oxygen” which is a form of oxygen that is delivered by “continuous flow” supplied via nasal cannula from the wall near the patient’s bed.

Mr. Bradford was expected to do well after surgery, but was still in need of oxygen upon discharge. After being given an “Easy Pulse 5” portable oxygen tank, he was discharged home. Unlike a continuous flow oxygen tank Mr. Bradford had been using, Mr. Bradford was instead given an oxygen tank that had what is known as a “conserver device” on it. Unlike a “continuous flow” device, oxygen on a conserver device delivers oxygen by “intermittent flow,” or discharges oxygen only when the patient inhales. This type of oxygen can drastically effect oxygen saturation levels in a manner that is different and lesser than, continuous flow oxygen delivery systems.

Defendant’s representative delivered the tank with a conserver device on it to Mr. Bradford. During delivery Walker met with Mr. Bradford for about 5 to 10 minutes. During that time, Defendant showed Mr. Bradford how to turn the device on and off, how to put it on the appropriate setting, and how to put the cannula around his nose. No other information was conveyed to Mr. Bradford by Walker about the oxygen system he was providing Bradford at any time by anyone before Mr. Bradford’s discharge from Ingalls.

Approximately 1:45 minutes after discharge and while at his home, Mr. Bradford began showing signs of respiratory distress, and died. When the EMT’s arrived a few minutes later, the Easy Pulse 5 was empty. According to the physician who performed Mr. Bradford’s autopsy, Mr. Bradford died of ventricular arrhythmia brought on by the lack of oxygen.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Grocery Store

Wrongful Death
The plaintiff arrived at the defendant’s grocery store and exited that store without paying for certain products valued at under $100. The store supervisor noticing that the plaintiff had hidden stolen products in his coat paged another Grocery Store employee to retrieve the taken products from the plaintiff. The other Grocery Store employee chased the plaintiff down the alley until he got a hold of him and strangled him to death.

$1.441 MILLION
Doe v. Municipality

Childhood Sexual Assault
Equal Protection
Illinois Domestic Violence Act
Plaintiffs were sexual assault victims who reported the crime to the Municipal Police Department. From 1997 through 2012, the municipality failed to properly train and implement police procedures with respect to investigations of sexual assaults. This included:

  • Systematically failing to send and follow-up on DNA Evidence.
  • Systemically failing to assign sexual assault Cases to investigators. 36% of sexual assaults cases reported to the Municipal Police Department were never assigned to an investigator. Of the total 859 sexual assault cases reported from 1997 to 2012, a total of 312 were not assigned.
  • The Municipal Police Department obstructed and discouraged Minor Female Sexual Victims from reporting sexual assault crimes.
  • The Municipal Police Department systemically failed to interview female Sexual Assault Victims.
  • Female sexual assault victims were met with hostility and indifference by the Municipal Police Department.
  • The Municipal Police Department systemically failed to track female sexual assault cases and evidence.
  • The Municipal Police Department systemically underreported female Sexual Assault Crimes to the Illinois State Police.
  • The Municipal Police Department failed to document female sexual assault investigations.
  • The Municipal Police Department failed in its investigation easy statutory cases.
  • The Municipal Police Department knowingly and intentionally hired officers with a bias.

As a result, sexual assault victims’ cases were being ignored. In 2007, the Municipal Police Department was raided, wherein 200 uninvestigated rape kits were found. As a result of these untested rape kits, suspects – pedophiles and rapists – were allowed to go free.

Due to the audit, sexual assault victims, including some of the plaintiffs, were notified of the failures of Municipal Police Department. The six Plaintiffs in this case filed a civil lawsuit against this muncipality, and their officers, alleging that Defendants violated their state and constitutional rights, including plaintiff’s right to equal protection rights pursuant to the Fourth Amendment and under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act,  750 ILCS 60/301.1.

Hill-Jackson v FAF, Inc, et al.

Negligence – Wrongful Death
Plaintiff, 21 years old student, was killed when Defendants’ tractor-trailer failed to reduce speed for the inclement weather. A multiple vehicle accident occurred on the interstate in Indiana, causing Plaintiff to stop. Defendant seeing the accident could not reduce speed in time, striking the Plaintiff who was on the side of the road and killing him. Plaintiff was survived by his mother and brother. The case was filed in Illinois but removed to Southern District of Indiana. Indiana law applied.

Fletcher McQueen v. Pan Oceanic Engineering Co. Inc. et. al.
Case No. 2014-L-1050

Truck accident
The case was about a construction company whose truck driver failed to properly load and secure a Bobcat skid steer to its trailer pursuant to Federal & State Safety Rules. The Verdict on compensatory damages was $163,227.45 for nerve damage. The jury as a deterrence against future reckless acts of this construction company Pan Oceanic Engineering Co. Inc. and other entities, that don’t follow basic safety rules entered a verdict on punitive damages for a million dollars.

Estate of DOE v. ABC 24 Hour Treatment Center

Wrongful Death – Medical Malpractice, Allergic Reaction, Anaphylactic Shock, Failure to Intubate
ABC 24 Hour Treatment Center advertised itself as an emergency treatment center. Relying on that representation, Plaintiff presented to the ABC 24 Hour Treatment Center complaining of a sore throat and choking sensation that was caused by an allergic reaction to medication. Plaintiff could not talk – because her airways started to close. Plaintiff was in respiratory distress. ABC was not prepared to care for her and delayed intubation. As a result, Plaintiff died.

$1 MILLION – Policy Limits
Eugene Taylor v. Total Facility Maintenance, Inc.
Case No. 05-l-4681

Premises Liability – Slip and Fall
On October 13, 2004, Eugene Taylor slipped on an improperly waxed floor at Carter Elementary School, one of the elementary schools where Total Facility provided janitorial services. Mr. Taylow suffered quadriceps tears, requiring surgery.

This is a case involving the lack of enforcement of policies and procedures by Total Facility Maintenance, Inc. Total Facility is a company with longstanding roots in the janitorial industry. The Defendant and their agents showed a failure of oversight and overall negligence in the conduct and acts that lead to the injuries suffered by Eugene Taylor.
Total Facility Maintenance, Inc is a corporation that has over 950 employees that reports to one Humans Resource Administrator. Over their twenty year period as a corporation, they have had numerous slips and falls on properties they maintain.

$1 MILLION – Total Policy
Milburn v. Willis, et al

Tractor-trailer accident
An Illinois Plaintiff, Milburn was a passenger in a passenger driven by Willis, for the company. They were driving in Missouri when Willis fell asleep. As a result, the tractor trailer veered off course and Milburn was severely injured. According the agreement with the Company, Willis and Milburn were independent contractors. The case was settled for the total policy of $1,000,000.

Collin v. Defendant Hospital & Defendant Doctor

Dental Malpractice
Collin was injured in an altercation and was taken to the Hospital wherein Defendant Doctor was assigned to plaintiff’s care. Defendant Doctor did a closed reduction of the mandible and, put simplistically put a bridge on the chin and screws and wires throughout the mouth. Defendant Doctor plated the chin fracture despite it being contraindicated.

The reason the surgery was contraindicated, was because the fracture was at a severe angle and the tooth- according to a subsequent treater the patient fracture was in a “unfavorable position.” That is to say, the wisdom tooth in the fracture line was set in the gum in an anomalous manner. Defendant Doctor denies this tooth positioning, but this tooth setting was confirmed by the first of many subsequent treating physicians.

The rule is that the safest choice is the proper choice. Reduced to its simplest terms, Defendant Doctor had far more viable and safe choices regarding the Plaintiff’s surgery. The standard is, according to the AAOMS Parameters of Care, is that an unstable fracture needs to be treated by open reduction and internal fixation. Instead of the surgery chosen, Defendant Doctor should have opened the fracture site of the mandible and actually visualized it instead of aligning the bone with a “closed reduction” and going by “feel.”

After visualizing the fracture site, Defendant Doctor should have used a heavier plate to attach the chin fracture. Alternatively he could have used the same plate on the chin as the one he used, but also used arch bars, which are, essentially  heavy wires placed above the gum line that laterally go across the teeth to ensure proper fixation.

Finally, Defendant Doctor should have used heavier plates at both fracture sites and no Erich Arch bars. Instead, he simply went by “feel” to place the jaw bone in proper position during a procedure known as a “closed reduction”. He then just wired the mouth shut, without the reinforcing appliances necessary to ensure good continuing alignment and fixation. He used a comparatively weak bridge on the chin fracture.

On July 18, 2011, Defendant Doctor took a post-surgical Panorex of the Plaintiff’s bone  structure which shows that the bone is misaligned and effectively cannot heal in that position. Optimal bone healing occurs within 6 weeks after a fracture occurs.  The longer you wait to do corrective surgery-this time an open reduction—the less likely it is that the Plaintiff’s jaw would be saved, or the higher the likelihood of success. At the same time, Defendant Doctor never told Collin that he was in need of care at the July 11, 2011 meeting nor at the August 28, 2011 follow-up compounding the problem. His notes reveal no such conversation. In turn, Collin relied on Defendant Doctor’s silence, and didn’t seek the needed surgical treatment in a timely way.

As a result, Collin sought a number of risky surgeries with poor outcomes and likely long-term sequalae of disfigurement and TMJ.

The Estate of Doe v. ABC Agency
Case No. 02-L-3106

Wrongful Death
The decedent and Berline Stokes were clients of Defendant receiving various services including independent living services. The services provided were described as assisting their clients adjust to the independence of not living in a foster home. The decedent and Stokes had a history of altercations between each other while clients of Defendant, which included an altercation involving decedent and Stokes that resulted in the confinement of Stokes in a correctional facility for battery.

Stokes upon her exit from confinement in a correctional facility returned to the Defendant’s premises and received the keys to the decedent’s premises from the Defendant. Stokes subsequently took the keys provided to her by Defendant and went to decedent’s apartment. Stokes gained access to decedent’s apartment and stabbed decedent until she succumbed to her injuries and died.

The Estate of Williams Wilson v Wilson Care Inc.
Case No. 01-L-1162

Nursing Home Negligence – Suicide
The decedent William Wilson was a resident at an ICF Nursing Home Facility Wilson Care Inc. for the Mentally Ill. The decedent was a resident at this facility since 1991. On August 12, 1997 the decedent was readmitted to the Defendant Nursing Home after an involuntary committal to a Psychiatric Hospital at Loretto Hospital because of suicidal ideations. Upon return to Wilson Care, Inc. the Defendant was found faced down. The Defendant Wilson Care, Inc was monitored for 3 days by the Nursing staff and was not monitored for the subsequent eight days. The decedent committed suicide on the eighth day by jumping out the window. The Nursing home had 4 previous suicides – all who did so by jumping out a window.

Patricia Wilson, et al. v. Chicago Housing Authority, et al
Case No. 08-L-836

Gas Explosion
Plaintiffs in this case are Patricia Wilson, Lovalle Dorris, Marguerite Jacobs, and Ashley Allen. Plaintiffs have filed a lawsuit against defendants, Chicago Housing Authority and East Lake Management & Development Corporation. The plaintiffs have alleged that on October 17, 2005 the defendants negligently caused a gas explosion in crawl space of the tenants Patricia Wilson, Marguerite Jacobs, and Ashley Allen that caused damage in each tenant’s apartment and injured all of the plaintiffs. As a result of the occurrence, plaintiffs Patricia Wilson, Lovalle Dorris, Marguerite Jacobs, and Ashley Allen, suffered injuries as a result of the explosion. Ms. Wilson, the most injured, suffered 2nd and 3rd degree burns on her leg.
The Chicago Housing Authority and East Lake Management Development at trial admitted negligence, but denied that their negligence was a proximate cause of the injuries of the plaintiffs. The case was settled during trial, after Ms. Wilson showed her scarred leg, moving the jury.

Reese v. City of Chicago
Case No. 07-L-11998

Excessive Force – Police
On July 16, 2007, Plaintiff was shot by City of Chicago police officer. Plaintiff alleged that the Officer was reckless by not following proper police procedures when he unintentionally shot an unarmed minor. The Defendants denies the officer was reckless and responsibility for plaintiff’s injuries. The case was settled prior to trial.

Policy Limit
Plaintiff  v. Defendant Intoxicated Driver

Car Accident
The plaintiff was injured as a result of an intoxicated driver. His car was hit head-on and the impact was so great that he was rushed to the nearest emergency room. The accident caused a number of fractures, including a femur and ankle fracture. The plaintiff had to go through many surgeries and required an extensive stay at a nursing/rehab facility, both of which resulted in a burdensome level of medical expenses. The matter settled for the maximum amount available on the policy limit.

The Estate of Sanderson Rayford v. Renaissance at 87th
Case No. 04-L-7189

Nursing Home Negligence – Bed Sores
Mr. Rayford was a resident of Renaissance at 87th, a nursing home. Defendant Nursing Home Renaissance at 87th failed to properly turned Mr. Rayford to be free from bed sores. Moreover, Renaissance at 87th failed to clean his trach, and forced Mr. Rayford to lie in his own bodily excretions.
Due to the neglect and improper care he received at Renaissance at 87th, Mr. Rayford underwent hospitalization for injuries which resulted from neglect, which included, decubitis ulcers, contractures, malnutrition, leukocytosis, and hypoalbuminemia.

Elbert Johnson v. Holy Cross Hospital

Medical Malpractice
Plaintiff Elbert Johnson went to Defendant Holy Cross Hospital after a car accident, where Defendant Doctor ordered a CT scan with Contrast Dye. Defendant Nurse placed the initial IV for contrast dye in Elbert Johnson’s left dorsal hand. The IV infiltrated sending contrast dye into the tissue of his hand. Elbert Johnson suffered an extravasation, leading to compartment syndrome. Elbert Johnson’s compartment syndrome required surgery and physical therapy.
Mr. Dinizulu filed a Summary Judgment motion and the court determined that the Defendants Nurse and Holy Cross Hospital through the conduct of Defendant Nurse breached the standard of care and was liable for those breaches as a matter of law. The case was settled during motion practice with the trial court.

$380,000 – Policy Limits
Nwaeke v. Roscoe’s Tavern, et al.
Case No. 2009-L-1026

On July 31, 2009, Antonio Hernandez arrived at Roscoe’s Tavern at about 10:30 pm at night, where he consumed two 64 oz pitcher of Lemonade and Vodka. Visibly intoxicated, he left the bar at about 1:00 a.m. As Mr. Hernandez left the bar, he proceeded to drive under the influence. Mr. Hernandez ended up driving the wrongway (southbound) on Northbound I-55. Unable to control his vehicle, Mr. Hernandez struck the vehicle driven by our Plaintiffs head on.

After the accident, Mr. Antonio Hernandez blew a .220 on a preliminary breath test administered by the Illinois State Police on the scene. At the scene he appeared, to have difficulty balancing and failed both the horizontal gaze nystagmus test and field sobriety test.

Both Prince and Margaret were severely injured. Margaret died on August 1, 2009 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Jimmie Smith v. Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church
Case No. 10-L-8545

Slip & Fall
Plaintiff Jimmie Smith was injured at Greater Faith Missionary Baptist Church when, after being asked, he went into the rafters in order to empty a condensation pan on the air conditioning unit, the joist collapsed. Because of Defendant’s negligence, the joists collapsed and Jimmie fell through the drop ceiling, ultimately landing in the sanctuary on the wooden steel arm chairs. Jimmie Smith sustained injuries, which included a broken arm and frozen shoulder. Jimmie Smith’s arm was broken in three places and his humerus was crushed.
Mr. Smith wore this brace for approximately six months. After trying three different braces, Jimmie underwent 2 shoulder surgeries. Mr. Smith, who’s job was to lift and transport patients, was restricted from ever returning to work.

Terry Butler v. Municipal Entity
Case No. 09-L-10216

Discrimination – Wrongful Termination
It was alleged that Terry Butler was discharged from his position because of his race, in violation of the Illinois Civil Rights Act and Section 1983.

Butler and a Caucasian co-worker committed similar acts of self-defense when confronted with a physical altercation. Mr. Butler was terminated as a result of acting in self-defense. His similarly situated white co-worker was never disciplined. The Municipal Entity had a history and reported Affirmative Action Plan wherein the Municipal admitted that African American workers were disciplined at a higher rate than their white counterparts.

The case was filed in Northern District of Illinois, and settled on the eve of trial, after successfully overcoming Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment.

John Doe v. ABC Corporation

Personal Injury – Car Accident
Defendant ran a red light. As a result, Plaintiff suffered multiple disk herniations, and a closed head injury with seizure, loss of consciousness and subarachnoid hemorrhage. Because of the closed head injury, Mr. Robbins suffered from personality changes, high degree of anxiety, vertigo, dizziness, a feeling of disjointedness, memory loss, loss of spatial reference, and short-term paralysis.

Because of the closed head injury, Doe was out of work from May 21, 2009 to July 9, 2009. When he returned, Doe’s closed head injury caused him to face numerous challenges both in his responsibilities and the stigma he faced at work.

Estate of Slyvia Lowe v. ABC Nursing Home

Nursing Home Abuse
Ms. Lowe was a resident of ABC Nursing Home. On admission, Ms. Lowe had a history of falls. Defendants failed to guard Ms. Lowes against those falls. Defendants did not protect against falls, when Defendants failed to use sufficient fall risk preventive measures, including but not limited to alarms for fall prevention, to re-evaluate her fall risk assessment, to update her care plan, to implement a care plan, to properly record. Moreover, Defendants failed to have sufficient staff for her care, failed to train staff for fall risk, and failed to have policies and procedures for fall risk
In addition, Defendant failed to provide proper nutrition. Ms. Lowe required assistance and set-up help for eating. Yet, Sylvia Lowe did not receive proper nutrition and hydration as a resident of Defendants’ Nursing Home.
As a result, Sylvia Lowe was admitted to St Joseph’s Hospital, suffering from dehydration secondary to anorexia. According to the ICU evaluation, Mrs. Lowe was in respiratory distress, obtunded, and was diagnosed with LLL Pneumonia, which the doctor’s noted was community acquired. With a poor prognosis, Sylvia Lowe died shortly after her admission to the hospital on December 29, 2010.

Hayes v. Family Dollar
Case No. 09-L-107

Premises Liability – Slip and fall
Ms. Hayes was shopping at Family Dollar in Decatur, Illinois. As she was shopping ,she slipped and fell on a broken bottle of lotion. Ms. Hayes immediately felt excruciating pain to her back and right ankle. As a result of Defendant’s negligence, Ms. Hayes sustained a torn rotator cuff that required surgery, resulting in extensive medical expenses.

Adan Martinez v. Municipal Corporation and John Doe Police Officer

Civil Rights – Due Process
After returning home from a trip to visit family in Mexico, Adan Martinez was arrested by Police Officer John Doe and detained. The arrest of Mr. Martinez for pedophelia and subsequent conduct by the Municpality and Officer set in motion a course of humiliating, emasculating and horrible events. In the end, Mr. Martinez was detained for nearly one month, transferred between three to four police stations/correctional facilities, and suffered both physical and emotional, before it was determined he was the wrong individual, because the real perpetrator was missing a finger.

Estate of Paul v. Home Health Provider

Slip & Fall – Hip Fracture
While under the care of Defendant Paul was negligently dropped after Defendant lifted him to assist him to the commode. As a result of the negligent drop, Paul suffered a broken femur. Paul incurred significant medical expenses as a result of the broken femur. He was an elderly man at the time of the incident and lived only six short months following the injury. He spent his final days in excruciating pain as a result of the broken femur before he died.

Durueke v. Naqui, et al.
Case No. 06-L-10501

Negligence – Car Accident
Plaintiff was stopped at a red traffic light when he was rear-ended by a cab. The impact was hard. Plaintiff sustained right sciatic and central disc herniation of the lumbar spine.

Estate of Lucille Graham v. Crestwood Care Center
Case No. 10-L-13959

Nursing Home Negligence
Lucille Graham entered Crestwood on referral from her doctor, for the very purpose of wound care. Unfortunately, as result of Crestwood’s negligence, Lucille Graham contracted MRSA infection. As a result, her leg had to be amputated and she died.

John Porter v. Ifeanyi Ochuba and Royal CCC
Case No. 09-L-14909

Personal Injury – Car Accident
John Porter was injured in a motor vehicle accident on February 21, 2008, when he was rear-ended by Ifeanyi Ochuba, a taxi driver for Royal 3 CCC, driving a taxi, owned by Lucky 7. Mr. Porter was seriously injured, sustaining cervical and lumbar sprains, as well as a left shoulder rotator cuff tear that required surgery.

Coburn v. Glenshire Nursing Home
Case No. 7-L-2987

Nursing Home Negligence
Ms. Coburn was a 55 year-old female was admitted to Glenshire Nursing Home for rehabilitation from heart surgery when she fell from her bed. Glenshire Nursing Home failed to adequately supervise her activity, failed to respond to her request for assistance, and failed to provide adequate and appropriate care upon recognition that she had fallen and was injured.
As a result of improper nursing care of Glenshire Nursing Home, Plaintiff fell sustaining a nondisplaced intertrochanteric fracture of the left hip.

Taylor v CKE Restaurant
Case No. 01-L-5254

Premise Liability – Fractured Ankle
Plaintiff was walking into defendant’s premises, when she fell on a slick improperly shoveled walkway. Plaintiff fractured her leg. Witnesses heard Defendant’s employees arguing over who was responsible for finishing the shoveling of the walkway. Defendant was aware of the dangerous conditions in front of their store (others fell in the exact same spot that day) but failed to correct the unnatural dangerous condition.

McLeod-Smith v. Peterson

Negligence – Car Accident
Plaintiff was driving on I-355 northbound in lane 4, when he was rear-ended by Lisa Peterson’s vehicle. Ms. Peterson stated “she was not paying attention and was looking down when the collision occurred.” Substantial damage was done to Allen’s vehicle. Plaintiff sustained injuries which included an acute closed head injury and an aggravation of his previous ankle injury that previously required surgery.

Jones v. Golasweski
Case No. 09-L-132

Negligence – Car Accident
Melvin Jones, a passenger, was injured in a motor vehicle accident, when he was rear-ended by Laura Golawszewski. As a result, Melvin Jones was injured, sustaining injuries to his lumbar and cervical spines.

Richardson v. Salem Baptist Church

Premise Liability – Fall
Richardson was a nine (9) year old student in the Sunday school class . On the day of the incident, Richardson and another young man was asked by their teacher to go up two (2) flights of stairs and bring additional chairs to the classroom. Initially, Richardson followed her request and once retrieving the chairs and returning to the classroom, the teacher indicated she did not need all of the chairs and asked Richardson to go back up the stairs. Upon returning Richardson along with another student has testified that he got on the banister of the stairwell and attempted to slide down the stairs and doing so, fell three flights of stairs and broke his left femur bone, ruptured right tympanic membrane (ruptured ear drum), a bruised and lacerated liver, a fracture of the left temporal bone (skull fracture) and various other injuries. The client had a complete recovery

Herstard v. Mercer
Case No. 02-LK-458

Negligence – Truck Accident
Mrs. Herstard’s was seated in her 18-wheeler truck parked in a lot at Rochelle, IL. A semi-truck driven by Mr. William Mercer pulled around the front of Carol’s truck and struck the driver’s side of Carol’s truck. As a direct and proximate result of the accident, Mrs. Herstard suffered the following injuries: back and neck pain, right leg, shoulder, and arm pain, and headaches.

Thomas v. Cook County

Discrimination – Hostile Work Environment and Wrongful Downsizing
Thomas, a nurse, was wrongfully terminated because of her age and race. Ms. Thomas was a nurse of 32 years, and was 75 when she was constructively discharge. During Ms. Thomas’ employment with the Defendant, she received performance reviews in the 90th percentile, had no attendance problems and aided in the implementation of a new computer system for her unit.

Prior to the constructive discharge, Defendant made rude comments, to Ms. Thomas about the color of her skin, including one comment in front of The Defendant Nursing Director, telling Ms. Thomas that she “didn’t know that she could tan, but that she shouldn’t get any darker.”

Plaintiff reported the hostile work environment, and the devastating impact that it is having on her physically and emotional health. Yet Plaintiff received no response. Instead, the Defendant Nursing Director informs Ms. Thomas that someone will need to oversee the call center and that she would be assigned to this position.

The call center did not need an Office Manager, and had not had an Office Manager in over 2 years prior. Ms. Thomas protests telling the Nursing Director that she does not want to work in the call center because it is not a Nursing Position, it would isolate her from other nurses, she would not be able to use her professional skill set, and she would like to keep her current position.

Ms. Iris D. Thomas suggested that both she and the Consultant take turns overseeing the call center. The consultant objected and informs the Defendant Nursing Manager that she will quit if she has work in the call center, a unit of the hospital that is staffed primarily by blacks and Hispanics.

The Consultant, white and with only 2 years of experience, was allowed to stay in the Ambulatory Unit, and Ms. Iris D. Thomas is transferred to the Call Center.

Porter v. Decker Truck Line, Inc.
Case No. 10-CV-5765

Negligence – Truck Accident
Ms. Porter was traveling south on the I-55 at approximately 40 mph. Ms. Porter was driving a 2001 2-door Toyota MRX Spyder. She was in the right lane, driving with the flow of traffic, which was moving somewhat slowly. She saw the driver approaching in her rearview mirror just before he hit her. He was driving an 18 wheeler truck. The driver who, looked tired, apologized and told her that he did not see her.
As a result of the accident, Porter sustained a rotator cuff tear. Prior to Ms. Porter’s accident, she had issues with her left rotator cuff which required cortisone injections. The doctor, who had been treating Ms. Porter since 2004 has evaluated her and acknowledged that she had this prior existing injury indicating that the accident that Ms. Porter was involved in aggravated the injury that she already had to her left rotator cuff which at that point had progressed beyond conservative treatment and required surgery.

$100,000 – Policy Limits
Estate of Webb v Lopez
Case No. 09-L-10857

Negligence – Car Accident
The decedent was driving through an intersection with the right of way, when your Defendant made a left turn into his path, cutting him off and causing him to hit her vehicle head on. Webb was killed, leaving a young son.

$100,000 – Policy Limits
Johnson v. Pate

Negligence – Pedestrian struck by car
Mr. Pate was turning left on King Drive and 81st street. As Mr. Pate made his turn, he struck pedestrian Ms. Johnson. Ms. Johnson was seriously injured, and sustained injuries to her back, right shoulder, left arm and left hip pain.

$100,000 – Policy Limits
Johnson v. Uninsured Motorist

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Johnson was injured in a motor vehicle accident, when he was rear-ended by Mr. Russo, who was uninsured. Mr. Johnson was seriously injured, sustaining cervical, lumbar and thoracic sprains, as well as a protrusion at the level of C5 and C6 with obstruction of the foramina at the level of C6. Mr. Johnson required surgery and missed 40 days of work.

Davis v. Malzon
Case No. 03-L-7651

Negligence – Car Accident
Davis was walking south bound on the east side of Lagrange Rd when Mr. Malzone failed to yield to Davis and struck Davis traveling about 5 mph. As a result, Davis was diagnosed with a torn Patella resulting in the Reconstructive surgery.

Estate of Butler v. Chevy Chase Corp

Nursing Home Negligence
From about October 21, 2008 through March 7, 2009, Butler resided at a nursing facility known as Bronzeville Park Skilled Nursing and Living Center. Butler was admitted as a resident for the purpose of receiving nursing, rehabilitative, and personal care. At the time of her residency at Bronzeville, Butler required the assistance of oxygen tanks to keep her comfortable and maintain her physical well-being.

On March 4, 2009, at about 9:00 a.m., Butler had an appointment at Lakeshore Eye Physicians. An agent of Bronzeville Nursing Home arrange to have Lorraine Butler transported via medivan without adequate oxygen supplies. As a result of the depleted oxygen tank, Lorraine Butler’s lungs were extensively damaged.

On March 4, 2009, Lorraine Butler returned to Bronzeville. Bronzeville failed to recognize and care for her labored breathing. She was exhibiting signs of pneumonia, which included cough with sputum production, and increased oxygen use. Bronzeville should have returned her to the hospital. Unfortunately three days later, on March 7, 2009, Lorraine Butler died as a result of a cardiac arrhythmia brought on by respiratory distress and pneumonia.

Doe v. Corporation

Sexual Harassment
Doe worked for the Corporation as an Administrative Assistant. During that time, Doe alleged that her boss sexually harassed her. She reported the harassment. Instead of disciplining the supervisor, Doe was systematically stripped of her responsibilities and privileges, and ultimately terminated. The case was settled prior to filing.

Boone v. Cage
Case No. 03-L-5631

Negligence – Car Accident
Plaintiff was struck by Defendant’s vehicle. As a result of the accident, Brenda has missed approximately 41 weeks from work and sustained closed head injury, as well as neck, back and wrist pain.

Watson v. Hispanic Housing Development

Premise Liability – Slip and Fall
Ms. Watson, a mail carrier on foot, was delivering mail in Chicago, Illinois. An unnatural accumulation of ice had built up from overflow of water dripping from a bent gutter on the east side of building. As she entered the gate from the north side of the building, there was an accumulation of ice built up on top of the snow that was not visible unless one was closely looking to specifically find it. The gutters were packed with snow and had small icicles hanging from them. The gutter appeared to be poorly maintained and were bent to one side. It appeared as if the snow had never been removed from the gutters. The snow that had built up in the gutters had began to run over had created the unnatural ice build-up on top of the snow as evidenced by the slight discoloration of the snow indicated in the pictures.
The ice surrounded the snow and had accumulated directly below the gutters and the mailboxes which was directly underneath the gutter. The ice and snow had froze all around the mailboxes such that there was no way to put the mail in the mailbox without stepping onto the ice (which was not readily visible). After stepping on the ice, which appeared to be plain snow, Elizabeth slipped and fell, breaking her right ankle in three (3) places.

Brown v. McGrath
Case No. 08-L-11389

Premise Liability – Slip and Fall
Carlotta Brown slipped and fell on a wet epoxy cement floor at Defendant’s premise on March 29, 2008. As Ms. Brown went to the service desk, she encountered a floor mat that was ripped, raised approximately 6 inches x 1 foot wide. Because it was too difficult to step over, Ms. Brown attempted to go around it. Unfortunately as she stepped on the wet floor, she slipped and fell on her back.
As a result of the fall, Carlotta Brown sustained injuries to her cervical and lumbar spine, which resulted in surgery.

Estate of Pruitt v. Crestwood Care Center
Case No. 08-L-7162

Nursing Home Negligence
As a result of the nursing home’s negligent care, decedent was admitted to St. Francis Hospital with a serious infection and dehydration. He was determined to be suffering from sepsis, and consequently died.

Estate of Davis v. Forest Park, LLC

Nursing Home Negligence
Ms. Davis developed multiple decubitus ulcers while receiving treatment at Pavillion of Forest Park. The negligent care by Pavillion and its staff led to Ms. Davis’death

Thornton, et al v. METRA
Case No. 06-L-8958

Premises Liability – Slip and Fall
Plaintiff, Dona Thornton, was a passenger on a Metra train and slipped while coming down the stairs between the upper level seating area to the main level. As a result of Metra’s actions, Dona Thornton underwent sustained serious and permanent injury to her ankle, which required surgery that consisted of implanting a screw to place the bone. Plaintiff Byron Thornton, claims that as a result of the injuries of his wife, Dona Thornton, he sustained a loss of consortium.

Willoughby v. Nelson
Case No. 12-L-5427

Premises Liability
Willoughby slipped and fell in the stairwell, which failed to have a handrail. As a result, Willoughby’s ankle was fractured.

Martin v. Mercy Hospital and Medical Center
Case No. 10-L-9130

Premises Liability – Slip and Fall
Martin slipped and fell on the wet floor of her hospital room at Defendant’s premises on March 16, 2010. The floor was wet because there was water leaking from the pipes in her bathroom which created an unreasonably dangerous and slippery floor. Martin sustained injuries, which included a torn ligament in her left shoulder.

Nwazota v. Magit

Negligence – Car Accident
Nwazota was traveling Northbound on Kedzie, entering the intersection at 183rd Street having a steady green light. A vehicle driven by Ms. Avent was traveling southbound on Kedzie proceeded to turn left onto eastbound 183rd failing to yield to ongoing traffic. Ms. Avent’s action caused a collision with Nwazota’s vehicle. Nwazota sustained injuries, including swollen lips pain in her jaw, multiple facial lacerations and contusions, fracture of the 5th metacarpal of the right dominant hand, chest wall contusions, nose contusion, hypersensitivity, bruise of the clavicular area and left 2nd rib on the medial side.

Jackson v. Dialysis Centers of America

Ms. Jackson went to Defendant’s facility for the purposes of dialysis. According the medical records, Ms. Jackson reported feeling dizzy during the dialysis treatment. As a result, the treatment had to be temporarily stopped. After the dialysis treatment ended, no patient assessment was recorded. Trying to leave, Ms, Jackson fell and fractured her hip. It was argued that Plaintiff, who reported as dizzy during treatment, should have been transferred via wheelchair.

Smith v. Great Lakes Bank

Premises Liability – Slip and Fall
Plaintiff Arnold Smith went to Great Lakes Bank to make a withdrawal for Christmas, when he slipped and fell on black ice that had formed in the cracks in the parking lot. As a result of Defendant’s negligence, Smith sustained was diagnosed with a left quadriceps tendon rupture.

Ogunti v. Nettles

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Ogunti was traveling southbound on Racine Avenue. Along with other cars in her vicinity, Ms. Ogunti obeyed the stoplight and came to a gradual halt. Suddenly, Mr. Nettles, crashed into the rear end of Ms. Ogunti’s car causing her to be violently thrown around the front interior of her car. The impact of the crash forced Ms. Ogunti’s car into the rear end of the vehicle in front of her. Mr. Nettle’s reckless and neglectful driving led Ms. Ogunti to sustain serious physical injuries, which included cervical strain and lumbar sprain/strain injury.

Davis v. Upmann

Negligence – Truck Accident
Kenneth Davis was traveling eastbound on Lake Street approaching the intersection at Western Avenue and Lake Street. Mr. Davis, who was plowing snow in his 2000 Chevy Silverado pickup-truck at the time, had a green light and maintained his speed of 25 mph as he entered the intersection. Meanwhile, Mr. Upmann was traveling northbound on Western Avenue. Mr. Upmann was driving a 2006 Mac Tractor Trailer Truck.

Mr. Upmann had a red light approaching the intersection at Lake Street and Western Avenue. He failed to stop for that red light and as a direct consequence; Mr. Upmann began to “jack-knife” and slammed into the passenger side of Mr. Davis’ vehicle. The impact of Mr. Upmann’s truck forced Mr. Davis off of the road and sent both vehicles careening into a traffic sign. After which, Mr. Davis’ pickup-truck plowed through a 10 foot fence, knocked down a utility pole, and crashed into a CTA building due to the force of the impact. The window in Mr. Davis’ truck shattered in the collision and glass struck him leaving multiple cuts and pieces of glass stuck in his face and on the left side of his upper body.

The live electrical wires involved in the collision due to the fallen utility pole, made recovering Mr. Davis from his mangled vehicle difficult. The rescue team arrived on the scene and an immediate Hazmat plan went into effect to protect the rescue team from being harmed in their efforts to help Mr. Davis. Firefighters were eventually able to pull Mr. Davis from the wreckage and transported him to the emergency room.

Mr. Davis left the scene of the accident with cuts and lacerations to his face, head trauma, amnesia, a broken nose, cervical spraining and strains, and bulging discs in his lumbar spine.

Campbell v. Ortho-McNeil
Case No. 1:11-CV-625

Discrimination – Constructive Discharge
Campbell was discriminated against due to his race. His employer made racially charged remarks and refused to treat him as he treated other non-African American Employees. For example, Campbell’s employer refused ride along in the same vehicle as Mr. Campbell, and refused Mr. Campbell a transfer when Mr. Campbell was threatened at a sale because of his race.

Walker v. Fastline Trucking
Negligence – Truck Accident

Mr. Walker was traveling southbound on I-90/94 Expressway around 69th Street. Mr. Walker was driving in the left lane when a vehicle owned by Fastline Trucking Company, started to quickly get over across four lanes in order not to miss the exit. As the vehicle proceeded to cross over the four lanes, the truck slammed into the side of Mr. Walker’s vehicle, causing a T-bone effect. Mr. Walker’s vehicle was thrown into the air by the impact. His vehicle landed on the driver’s side and slid into a median. The vehicle had to be cut open to get Mr. Walker out. The reckless and neglectful driving by Defendant caused Mr. Walker to sustain serious physical injuries, which included blunt head trauma, a left knee strain, and abrasions to his forehead and left leg.

Olisa v. Abe
Olisa was injured in a head-on collision caused by a drunk driver. The Dramshop Act was a claim his prior attorney failed to pursue.

Brown Lewis v. Uninsured Driver

Negligence – Car Accident
Mrs. Lewis was in her vehicle traveling south on Pinecrest Road. Mrs. Lewis drove into the intersection of Boughton Road and Pinecrest. Beckett, the other driver who had been traveling north on Pinecrest also approached the intersection at Boughton Road and Pinecrest Road and attempted to turn left in front of Mrs. Lewis. Instead of turning left, Ms. Beckett, panicked and collided head on with Mr. Lewis’ vehicle. The negligence of the defendant caused Mrs. Lewis to be violently thrown around the interior of the car. As a result, Mrs. Lewis was diagnosed with an injury to her back, neck strain, a knee contusion, and a contusion/concussion to her head. The Defendant did not have insurance and so the Plaintiff filed an uninsured claim.

Plaintiff v. Defendant ComEd

Personal Injury
The plaintiff, a 72-year-old-woman, accessed the alley gate on her property to dispose of her trash. ComEd placed an unauthorized electrical wooden pole on the edge of her property right outside her alley gate. This pole obstructed the plaintiff’s pathway when she needed to dump her trash. When the plaintiff asked ComEd for the pole to be removed, the request was never carried out. A few weeks after this request, the plaintiff fell at or near the pole owned and controlled by ComEd. Her injuries included a fracture to the radial on her left elbow, and an injury to her left wrist. As a result of these injuries, the plaintiff needed physical therapy and medical treatment for which she faced medical bills.

Harris v. CHA

Premise Liability
Ms. Harris, a tenant, was sitting at her kitchen table when a light fixture cracked and fell from the ceiling onto the Ms. Harris. Ms. Harris was severely cut by the light fixture when it fell from the ceiling.

Okolo v. Heg & Herberg, Inc.

Negligence – Truck Accident
Ms. Okolo was driving eastbound along I-80 near Pulaski Street in the far right lane. At around this same time MR. Hays was also driving eastbound along I-80 in the center lane. Mr. Hays was operating a truck on behalf of Hedge & Herberg, Inc. Mr. Hays attempted to change from the center to the right lane when he struck the rear end of Ms. Okolo’s car. Ms. Okolo’s car then spun out of control and was struck by a third vehicle which was also proceeding eastbound on I-80. Ms. Okolo suffered injuries, including a head injury (with post traumatic migraine), herniations, as well as sprain/strain of the cervical and lumbar spine, and a chest contusion.

Brown v. Correctional Center

Premises Liability – Slip and Fall
Mr. Brown was working in the kitchen at the Correctional Center. He was helping with Christmas dinner when he slipped and fell on a slick, wet, kitchen floor. Mr. Brown was wearing boots that had leather soles instead of ridged soles for slippery surfaces, despite the fact that he had requested rubber soles on more than one occasion. The rubber mat that was previously put in place in the kitchen to prevent falls like Mr. Brown’s, had been rolled up and placed to the side of the room at the time that Mr. Brown fell. The State of Illinois’ failure to have the mat laid out on the kitchen floor caused the dangerous condition that caused Mr. Brown to slip and fall.

Mr. Brown had complained about the conditions of the floors, indicating that they were slippery and had further indicated that he needed different footwear in order to work in the kitchen without getting hurt. Mr. Brown asked for different footwear on more than one occasion but each time was told that there were not any and that the correctional facility could not afford it. Mr. Brown was never given adequate footwear and the mats needed to prevent falls were not put in place. As such, Mr. Brown was seriously hurt as a result of the State of Illinois’ failure to provide safe conditions under which Mr. Brown could work.
As a result of his fall, Mr. Brown suffered trauma to his left elbow, and pain to the ulnar surface of his left arm. His injury has left him with permanent limitations including diminished strength and capability in his left arm as well as the inability to readily use his left hand.

Plaintiff v.  Defendant Security Company

Hate Crime Act – 720 ILCS 5/12–7.1
The plaintiff was repeatedly harassed and physically assaulted by a security guard who worked at an apartment complex. The plaintiff, a lesbian woman, would visit her domestic partner at this apartment complex. Unprovoked, the security guard attacked her. A resident of the apartment complex witnessed that the security guard had struck her with a flashlight. As a result of the injury, the plaintiff was taken to the hospital for an injury to her facial bones (sphenoid fracture) that healed on its own.

Before, during, and after the attack, the security guard stated that the plaintiff “looked like a boy.” She was attacked due to her sexual orientation.

$40,000 – Policy Limits
Newell and Ray v. Martinez

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Newell was driving south on Kostner near the intersection of Kostner and 55th in Chicago, with Ms. Ray as her passenger. In this case, Mr. Martinez ran a red light striking Ms. Newell’s car on the passenger’s side. Newell’s head struck the insider side window of the car. Mr. Martinez was ticketed. Ms. Newell sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders, and right middle finger that resulted in physical therapy. Ms. Ray also was injured, sustaining injuries to her chest and sternum. The case was settled for the total available policy.

Ward v. O’Donnell

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Ward was stopped at a traffic light facing eastbound on 75th Street at Woodward Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois, when she was rear-ended by Ms. O’Donnell. Ms. O’Donnell told police officers that she had looked away from the road, and when she had looked back, traffic had stopped in front of her, and she struck the rear of Ms. Ward’s vehicle. Ms. Ward sustained injuries to her knee, neck and back.

Clark v. Kate’s Detective and Security

Worker’s Compensation
Clark was injured when he was struck by a car, while working. He suffered a meniscal tear/knee injury that required surgery.

Whitt v. Kwasigroch

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Whitt was stopped in rush hour traffic on Stony Island, in Chicago, Illinois, when she was rear-ended by Ms. Kwasigroch. The impact was so great that Ms. Whitt was forced into another vehicle and knocked into the left lane of traffic. Defendant proceeded to hit a second vehicle which was, again, thrown into a third vehicle. Ms. Whiit sustained extensive damage to her vehicle including airbag deployment, wherein estimated repairs were beyond the value of the vehicle and it was totaled with a cash value. Frances sustained injuries to her legs, neck and back resulting in required physical therapy.

Carlock-Calhoun v. Uninsured Driver

Negligence – Car Accident
On February 9, 2011, Carlock-Calhoun was in an automobile accident caused by the uninsured driver, Bobbie Talley, Jr. Carlock-Calhoun was headed westbound on Cermak, near Wabash, in Chicago. Bobbie Talley failed to yield to the right of way as he turned northbound onto Wabash. Bobbie Talley was given a ticket. Carlock-Calhoun sustained injuries to her back, and contusion of her knee. She underwent a series of physical therapy seasons.

$25,000 – Policy Limits
Mayes v. Uninsured Motorist

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Mayes was struck from behind and pushed into a concrete barrier by an uninsured driver. Mr. Mayes sustained a torn rotator cuff. The case was settled for the total available policy.

Funches v. Dunbar

Premise Liability – Slip and Fall
Ms. Funches, a tenant, was watering the grass at the complex pursuant to her lease contract when she slipped and fell in a partially open catch basin on Defendants’ property. Ms. Funches was seriously injured. She sustained a SE-IV deltoid fracture of lateral malleolus left ankle. Surgery was necessary and performed. After the accident, Ms. Funches underwent physical therapy. The Defendant was not insured.

Larkin v. Huling

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Larkin was injured while lawfully driving a motor vehicle westbound on 79th Street in the turning lane. Mr. Larkin was in the left turning lane awaiting an opportunity to make a left turn when he was violently rear ended by the defendant’s vehicle driven by Mr. Huling. Mr. Larkin was injured. As a result of the accident, he suffered a neck, shoulder and back injury that resulted in required medical care.

$20,000 – Policy Limits
Crawford v. Williams

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Crawford was traveling eastbound on 69th Street. Another vehicle traveling northbound on Martin Luther King Drive, driven by Mr. Williams, collided with the Plaintiff’s vehicle as he proceeded into the intersection. From the impact, Mr. Crawford’s vehicle slid into the front of a store located on 69th Street.

Mr. Crawford sustained injuries which included a frontal bone fracture through inner and outer plate with pneumocephalaus, right medial orbital wall comminuted fracture, right anterior maxillary sinus wall non displaced fracture, left sphenoid sinus simple fracture, right forehead and upper eyelid swelling/contusion, multiple facial abrasions, decreased vision in right eye, right midshaft comminuted fracture (tibia pinned for traction), and left proximal fibula fracture. Moreover, Ira Crawford sustained traumatic optic neuropathy and was rendered 80% permanently blind in his right eye as a result of the accident.

The case was settled for the total available policy.

Pedraza v. Restaurant

Premise Liability – Slip and Fall
Pedraza slipped and fell on a “wet floor” sign in the lobby of a Restaurant located at Navy Pier. The sign was lying flat on the floor of the Restaurant’s Store lobby. At the time of the accident, Pedraza was walking through the store Lobby with family. He was carrying food and step on the sign. Mr. Pedraza slipped and fell, causing him to fall on his left side, and injure his back.

Hawthorne v. Hospital

Medical Malpractice
Defendant failed to properly treat, diagnose and care for Hawthorne. Plaintiff unable to ambulate with the walker, fell in the bathroom, and was more painful as a result fo her existing bilateral tendon rupture.

Plaintiff  v. Defendant Dog Owner

Premise Liability–Dog Bites
The plaintiff was walking on a public sidewalk in front of the defendant’s property. The defendant had a dog which was fenced-in on the front yard of the property. While the plaintiff was peacefully on the sidewalk without provoking the dog, the dog broke through the fence and lunged at her. While the dog never touched the plaintiff, in order to avoid the attack, she retreated awkwardly, spraining her MCL (medial collateral ligament) of the knee.

The law states that animal attacks don’t require physical contact. The fence was insecure and failed to keep the dog properly harbored.

$20,000 – Policy Limits
James, Jr. v. Outten

Negligence – Pedestrian struck by a Car
James Jr. was walking back from breakfast with friends. He was waiting at the corner of Cottage Grove and 75th Street for his turn to cross. As he began to cross on the green light, Outten cut him off sideswiping him. Outten sustained a partial thickness tear involving the suprarpinatus portion of the rotator cuff, a bucket handle tear of the medial meniscus in his left knee. The case was settled for the total available policy.

$20,000 – Policy Limits
Pump v. Murray

Negligence – Car Accident
Pump was driving southbound on I-94 and at about 200 feet north of 87th street the traffic started to slow down. A semi-truck driven by Mr. Murray failed to slow down thereby hitting a minivan in front of him, and then the minivan slammed into the rear of Ms. Pump’s vehicle. Ms. Pump sustained injuries to her lower back and hip.

$20,000 – Policy Limits
Wesley, Jr. v. Young

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Wesley was headed eastbound on 142nd Street at Cottage Grove, when Mr. Young, tried to cut in front of him by making a left onto Cottage Grove. As a result, Mr. Young and Mr. Wesley’s vehicles collided head-on at approximately 40 mph. The airbags deployed. Mr. Wesley hit his head and chest on the airbag and seatbelt. Mr. Young was cited for failure to yield at the intersection. Both vehicles had to be towed. As a result of the accident, Mr. Wesley sustained a nondisplaced fracture of the facet joint in his neck. The case settled for the policy limits.

$20,000 – Policy Limits
Washington v. Chepilevskaya

Negligence – Car Accident
Defendant drove onto the sidewalk and slammed into the Plaintiff as he walked to work. As a result of the accident the Plaintiff was taken to the emergency room and placed in intensive care.

Washington v. Ingam

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Washington was driving westbound on 16th street. Ms. Washington had a green light at the intersection of 16th and Kostner. As Ms. Washington proceeded through her green light, Ms. Ingram, who was driving south on Kostner, disregarded her red light, and struck the passenger side of Ms. Washington’s vehicle. Ms. Washington suffered injuries to her neck and back.

Vaughn and Petty v. Wordlaw

Negligence – Car Accident
Vaughn was a belted passenger of a car driven by Petty. The streets were wet and slick. On the 300th block of 33rd Street, your insured lost control of his vehicle and slammed into the driver’s side of Mr. Petty’s vehicle. Both Vaughn and Petty were injured. Vaughn sustained injuries to her low and mid back. Mr. Petty sustained injuries to neck and shoulder that lead to headaches.

Rocquemore v. Police Officers

Excessive Force – Police
Ms. Rocquemore was walking into the lobby of her residential building and then was stopped by an Officer. The Officer informed Ms. Rocquemore that only residents/lease holders were allowed into the building. Ms. Rocquemore retrieved her sisters to prove to Officer that she does in fact live in the building. The Officer insisted on Ms. Rocquemore not being permitted into the building because she was not listed as a resident. Ms. Rocquemore verbally stated her dislike for police officers.

Subsequently, The Officer pushed Ms. Rocquemore on her shoulders and and violently threw her to the ground. The Officer then shouted to other nearby officers that “She just assaulted a police officer!” The Officer, then violently punched Ms. Rocquemore twice on her face and then was forced to the ground by two other officers who grabbed her from behind. Ms. Rocquemore stated that she was punched approximately six times on her face and that all three officers punched her using their fists about ten times on her body. Additionally, Ms. Rocquemore was kicked and hit with batons in her head and body.

Ms. Rocquemore was violently handcuffed and transported to the 011th District Station where she was processed. While in custody, Ms. Rocquemore was unable to receive medical attention. However, after being processed, Ms. Rocquemore sought emergency medical attention as a result of the brutal incident.

As a direct and proximate result of the incident, Ms. Rocquemore arrived to the ER with two areas of soft tissue swelling and tenderness the left side of her upper forehead (two “knots”), slightly blurred vision, lower back pain, right wrist pain (from handcuffs) and a headache. After a series of examinations and tests, Ms. Rocquemore was diagnosed with the following injuries: lumbar spine strain, concussion headaches, and right wrist sprain/strain.

Wright v. Grant

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Wright was driving a Chevy Aveo west on 75th street. At the same time, at the intersection of 75th and Kimbark, Mr. Grant was traveling northbound on Kimbark. Mr. Wardell failed to yield to impeding traffic, and went to turn west onto 75th. Mr. Wardell slammed into Ms. Wright on the driver’s side door. Ms. Wright suffered injuries to her shoulder and back. She was unable to work as of February 19, 2009 which continued through April 27, 2009.

Lane and Claude v. Garner

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Claude and Ms. Lane were waiting to leave a parking lot at the Shell Gas Station at 10258 South Kedzie, Evergreen Park, Illinois 60805, when Mr. Garner, who was also leaving the parking lot just ahead of them, suddenly backed up and struck the front of Mr. Claude’s van. Both Ms. Lane And Mr. Claude sustained back injuries as a result of the accident.

Davis v. Dutcher

Negligence – Car Accident
Davis was head East on Bode Rode in Schaumburg, Illinois, Cook County. When at the intersection of Bode and Braintree, Dutcher struck Davis head on. Mr. Dutcher was cited as driving under-the-influence and ticket. The front-end of Davis’ car was smashed in. Both vehicles were towed. Davis sustained injuries to her neck and back that resulted in physical therapy.

Smith v. Novakovic

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Smith was headed west on Addison near Central Park, in the City of Chicago, when she was rear-ended by Ms. Novakovic. As a result of the accident, Smith suffered a neck injury resulting in eleven weeks of physical therapy.

Hoskins v. Dominick’s

Premise Liability – Slip and Fall
Ms. Hoskins was injured when she slipped and fell on Ice Cream at Dominick’s. Ms. Hoskins sustained a right shoulder sprain, chest wall muscle strain, and a contusion to the right tibia.

Bee v. Davis

Negligence – Car Accident
Ms. Bee was stopped on Prairie in Chicago, Illinois. The vehicle, driven by Davis and owned by Sun Times Newspapers, had stopped in front of her. Mr. Davis was delivering Sun Times Newspapers, and got out of his car to put the newspapers on the client’s porches. When he returned to his car he backed-up and backed into Ms. Bee. Ms. Bee was injured, sustaining injuries to neck and back that resulted in physical therapy.

Plaintiff  v. Defendant C. P. S

Workers Compensation
The plaintiff was hurt while lifting heavy boxes on the job for a Chicago Public School event. As a result, the plaintiff’s lower back was injured, resulting in sharp pain and throbbing in the lower back area. The plaintiff had difficulty standing, sitting, and carrying out basic daily activities. He required medical attention and was unable to work for a couple of weeks.

Barango v. Spearman

Negligence – Car Accident
Mr. Barango was traveling south on State Street in Chicago in his 1995 Nissan Maxima. Mr. Spearman was driving behind him in a 2004 GMC Yukon sports utility vehicle. As they reached the intersection of State and 87th Street, Spearman’s vehicle struck Mr. Barango’s vehicle from behind. The force of that impact forced Mr. Barango to slam into the back of the vehicle in front of him and “sandwiched” him between the two vehicles. Mr. Barango struck the steering wheel of the car. Both the front and rear of Mr. Barango’s vehicle was damaged and had to be towed. The car was totaled. Mr. Barnago suffered a right knee contusion and strain/sprain, sprain/strain injuries to his cervical and lumbar vertebrae, and bruising at his right hip.

King v. Lexington Logistics

Negligence – Truck Accident
Ms. King was driving in rush hour traffic eastbound on Roosevelt Road in Berwyn, Illinois. While sitting in traffic on Roosevelt Road, a semi-truck slammed into the rear end of her vehicle. The impact caused her to swerve into next lane. He did not stop after the accident and continued to make his way through traffic. Ms. King suffered neck strain and a back strain, requiring medical attention and 12 weeks of physical therapy.

Plaintiff v. Defendant Van Driver

Car and Van Accident
The plaintiff was hit on the passenger side of the vehicle she was in by a U-Haul van. The Defendant Truck Driver was coming out of a lot, and he hit the gas instead of the brakes. He was cited for failing to reduce speed. As a result of the accident, the plaintiff was diagnosed with a left ankle sprain, left knee sprain, and lumbar sprain.

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