28 year old freight handler at O’Hare was on the tarmac unloading a semi-tractor trailer for an air freight company when the truck driver began backing up his truck while our client was still unloading the freight onto the forklift. He was pinned between the truck and the forklift and suffered a crushing injury to his mid-section resulting in an obstructed bowel that necessitated surgery, fractures to his pelvis, and post-traumatic stress disorder. He was in a drug induced coma for three weeks after the injury to allow his body to heal. Fortunately, he was able to return to work. In addition to obtaining all of his Worker’s Compensation Benefits, including an Award for his permanent partial disability, we instituted a third party lawsuit against the driver of the truck, his employer and the owners of the truck. The third party lawsuit settled just before trial for $710,000.00.

69 year old widow on her way to her daily work out at the Y was crossing the street to catch a bus and was in the crosswalk when struck by a van owned by a transportation company. She suffered a fractured bone in her leg that was repaired surgically with plates and screws. She required months of nursing home care before she was able to return home. The van’s owner contended they were not liable as our client was running across the street against the light. The case settled before trial in the amount of $300,000.00.

22 year old woman employed by a community services agency was walking on a sidewalk leading a group of children on a field trip downtown when a board from a new high-rise under construction was sheared off by a hoist that was being moved. The wood fell over 50 stories before hitting a scaffold and then careened across the street striking our client in the head. She suffered a concussion and head and neck injuries as well as post-traumatic stress disorder from nearly escaping death. She underwent medical and psychological treatment. We successfully gained for her all of her Worker’s Compensation medical and temporary disability benefits as well as a settlement of 20% Man as a Whole for her job injury which mainly consisted of the Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Further, we prosecuted the Third Party claim against the General Contractor and the Hoist Company and obtained a settlement just prior to trial of $165,000.00.

41 year old flight attendant for a major airline tripped on the jetway and injured her back. Her first back surgery failed and she had a second back surgery. She was not able to return to her previous employment due to her light duty restrictions. The case was settled based upon a Wage Loss Differential as she was earning less in her new job than she would have in her flight attendant position in the amount of $150,000.00.

42 year old woman was on her way back from the store at night and was crossing the street in the crosswalk when she was struck by the Defendant vehicle. She suffered injuries to her leg necessitating surgery to repair the fractures and the use of metal plate and screws. Her medical expenses were over $100,000.00. Unfortunately, the Defendants insurance policy limit was $50,000.00 and our investigation of the Defendants demonstrated they did not have any assets from which to recover any further monies. The medical lien was reduced by our negotiations with the medical provider and the case was settled for the policy limit of $50,000.00.

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