Most Illinois injury lawsuits result in nothing or next to nothing. Some cases are negligence that result in catastrophic results. Here are the biggest ones in Cook County that we found from 2009. Trust us when we tell you that you wouldn’t want to trade place with any of these families. Coming tomorrow are the biggest ones from outside Cook County. The ones below are all of the cases we saw above $7 million.
Award for Plaintiff: $25.00 Million
Case Cite: Payton White, etc. v. Eileen Murphy, M.D.,
Brief Description: Child now 8 is a quadriplegic as a result of doctor not properly interpreting results of a non-stress test and ultrasound which was performed during the day of his birth therefore child suffered oxygen loss at the time of his birth.
Award for Plaintiff: $20.67 Million
Case Cite: Rusty Wallace, et al. vs Grove Worldwide Inc., et al, consolidated with Michael Masching, et al. vs Alexander Equipment Rental, et al.
Brief Description: Platform collapsed causing the men to be thrown 30 feet. 44 year old sustained fractured ribs and hip causing low-back myofascitis and ruptured ankle. The 41 year old suffered multiple thoracic and lumbar vertebrae fractures as well as bilateral heel fractures. The result of this is severe and permanent back pain and loss of mobility.
Award for Plaintiff: $19.95 Million
Case Cite: Jerelyn Yoder, et al. vs James N Ferguson, et al.,
Brief Description: Multi-vehicle accident on I-90 caused by white-out condition has left 36 year old woman permanently deformed, 2 year old with brain injury causing spastic quadripledia, and 4 year old died.
Award for Plaintiff: $18.00 Million
Case Cite: Irving Nogoy, et al vs Hospira, Inc., et al.,
Brief Description: Explosion at Abbott Lab caused a security guard to have burns on 38 percent of his body.
Award for Plaintiff: $17.30 Million
Case Cite: Herminia Guerrero, etc. Vs Alltown Bus Service, et al.,
Brief Description: A 51 year old woman struck by a bus leaving her with traumatic brain damage, speech deficit, physical disabilities which require 24 hour care.
Award for Plaintiff: $15.71 Million
Case Cite: Elda Heng, etc. vs Rush University, et al.,
Brief Description: A 51 year old woman was left in a vegetative state after a doctor performed a neuroendovascular coiling and stenting procedure which he used a device which was not FDA approved.
Award for Plaintiff: $12.50 Million
Case Cite: Lourdes Perez, etc. vs St. Francis Hospital of Evanston
Brief Description: Woman left with choreoathetoid cerebral palsy due to the nurse failing to properly monitor patient and leaving the patients side causing her heart rate to drop. Woman could not be resuscitated in utero so emergency cesarean was perform.
Award for Plaintiff: $12.07 Million
Case Cite: Marguerite Forsythe, et al. vs Clark USA, Inc.,
Brief Description: Explosion at Clark Refining & Marketing oil refinery left 2 dead. The explosion was caused by untrained workers. Both left families behind.
Award for Plaintiff: $11.00 Million
Case Cite: Mark Bentivenga, etc. vs. Pamela Good win, M.D., et al.,
Brief Description: Patient had a brain hemorrhage and died after being induced due to doctors failure to monitor blood pressure knowing the patient had severe preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome.
Award for Plaintiff: $10.20 Million
Case Cite: Shawn Luera, et al. vs. Northwestern Memorial Physicians Group, et al.,
Brief Description: 34 year old man left with physical, language and cognitive deficits from doctors failure to diagnose infective endocarditis. This caused the patient to have a embolic stroke.
Award for Plaintiff: $9.80 Million
Case Cite: Robert Dickerson, etc vs. Cook County
Brief Description:27 year old woman admitted for preterm labor. Emergency cesarean was performed and he anesthesia team was not informed that the woman was hypovolemic. The women died when the epidural was administered.
Award for Plaintiff: $9.75 Million
Case Cite: Rosa Lopez, et al. vs Leeber Cohen, M.D., et al
Brief Description: Pitocin was improperly managed by hospital staff after being administered. Which in turn caused abnormal fetal heart tones. Baby suffered hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy as well as numerous other problems.
Award for Plaintiff: $9.00 Million
Case Cite: Mia Barragan, etc. vs Antonia Watrobka, et al.,
Brief Description: Midwife failing to obtain proper emergency care when there were obvious signs of fetal distress caused the infant to sustain catastrophic brain damage. The child 5 now is feed out of a tube and requires 24/7 care.
Award for Plaintiff: $9.00 Million
Case Cite: Christopher Ballog, etc. vs University of Illinois Medical Center
Brief Description: 39 year old woman suffered hypoxic brain damage and died as a result of being over sedated during a routine procedure to remove or replace a stent in her biliary tree.
Award for Plaintiff: $8.34 Million
Case Cite: Raymond Smith, Jr. vs Titan Steel Wheels Limited
Brief Description: 47 year old man suffered traumatic brain injury with quadriparesis due to a inflated multi-piece wheel with rim exploding.
Award for Plaintiff: $8.25 Million
Case Cite: Payton White, etc. vs Eileen Murphy, MD, et al
Brief Description: Baby boy suffered hypoxic encephalopathy and severe cerebral palsy due to the doctor failing to appropriately respond to test which in turn caused a delay in delivery.
Award for Plaintiff: $7.90 Million
Case Cite: Elizabeth Frankenfield vs Loyola University Physician Foundation, et al.,
Brief Description: Physician failed to respond to in utero distress and continued delivery vaginally rather than by cesarean which caused the baby girl to suffer from hypoxic ischemia and moderate cerebral palsy.
Award for Plaintiff: $7.75 Million
Case Cite: Luca Vaia, etc. vs Elmhurst Memorial Hospital, et al.,
Brief Description:2 days after infant was discharged he was brought back into the ER he was found to have jaundice and lethartgic. Exchange transfusion took place but was too late to prevent injuries. As a result the child suffers from spastic quadriplegia and other problems.
Award for Plaintiff: $7.55 Million
Case Cite: Vincent Donnellan vs First Student, Inc.,
Brief Description: 31 year old suffers from mild traumatic brain injury with legt leg dystonia and various other permanent problems as a result of being rear-ended by a school bus while waiting to turn left.
Award for Plaintiff: $7.50 Million
Case Cite: Jean Walters vs Advocate Trinity Hospital,
Brief Description: 53 year old woman was hospitalized and hospital failed to diagnose DVT/pulmonary embolism which resulted in her death.
Award for Plaintiff: $7.00 Million
Case Cite: Sharyn Kelly, etc. vs Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation,
Brief Description: Failure to review the results of an abnormal stress test due to an administrative error resulted in the death of a 57 year old attorney.
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