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$1.8 Million Awarded to Client in Wrongful Death Case Involving a Suburban Bus Company

Student, M-12 was struck and killed at a Joliet corner because a Suburban Bus did not employ safety procedures or equipment such as a “stop arm” in violation of federal school bus regulations. The suburban bus route had been created specifically to take children to and from Washington Junior High School, and was a “de facto” school bus according to the estate. Child is survived by his parents, a twin brother, and 3 sisters.

$990,000.00 Awarded in Wrongful Death Case Involving the Death of a Child in Apartment Complex Swimming Pool

Plaintiff’s decedent, M age 6, was playing with his siblings and a 5 year-old girl outside the front of the apartment his mother and stepfather had leased from Defendant, two weeks earlier. Although the children were instructed by their mother to stay in front of the apartment building, Plaintiff’s decedent, his 4 year-old brother and the 5 year-old girl left the vicinity and walked within the fenced apartment complex.

Behind the last apartment building they came upon a pool which either the Plaintiff’s decedent nor his parents knew existed. Said pool was enclosed by a fence and a gate which was supposed to be chained and locked. However, the lock had been cut off earlier at the direction of Defendant by his workers who had been unable to find the key. Rather than replace the lock, Defendant instructed his workers to merely wrap the chain around the gate. As the pool had not been opened for use or maintained since the end of 2002, it had partially filled with black septic water to a depth of 5 feet in the deep end which normally would be filled to a depth of 9 feet. The shallow end was totally empty. The depth and opaqueness of the water in the deep end prevented visualizing that it had steep inclines on all sides which had become covered in slime which would severely impede anyone who might try to get out of the pool. Additionally, multiple debris, such as leaves, garbage cans and equipment were hidden beneath the surface of the pool by the water’s lack of clarity. Apparently, the children entered the pool area and subsequently the 5 year old neighbor girl walked into the empty shallow end of the pool by way of the concrete steps. She thereafter allegedly was caused to slip on the slime covered concrete incline, where the deep and shallow ends met, causing her to not only fall into the water, but also to be unable to extricate herself. Upon seeing this, Plaintiff’s decedent went to her aid and pulled her from the water. However, in so doing, he was himself caused to fall into the deep end of the pool from which he was unable to escape. Within minutes, a tenant in the adjacent building, who heard the commotion, entered the pool in an attempt to rescue Plaintiff’s decedent. However, he was unable to locate his body due to the condition of the water and being further hampered by debris and poor footing.

Ultimately Plaintiff’s decedent was found by paramedics who likewise were severely impeded in their rescue efforts resulting in his being submerged for over fifteen minutes. He was rushed to Christ Hospital suffering from severe anoxic encephalopathy where he remained in intensive care for seven days until his death.
Comments: Policy limits of $1,000,000.00

$750,000.00 Awarded to Family in Medical Malpractice Wrongful Death

Plaintiff with a family history of heart disease was brought to the E/R, complaining of bilateral arm pain, nausea, and light-headedness – but was sent home. He returned via ambulance 4 hours later, in full cardiopulmonary arrest, and died shortly thereafter. Autopsy found 99% arterial occlusion.

$500,000.00 Awarded to Ozmon Law Client in Personal Injury Construction Negligence

Plaintiff was working inside a coal chute. His job was to change the shafts & gears. Plaintiff was working on a ladder (using it as a platform) propped at an angle to keep chute door open. While moving down the ladder to view another area, the ladder gave way. The plaintiff dropped and his ankle got jammed between ladder and chute resulting in a tri-malleolar fracture.

Joliet Automobile Accident Client Awarded $502,132.00

Plaintiff, age 43, was stopped at a stoplight northbound on Rte. 59 in Joliet, IL, when she was rear-ended by a vehicle which had also been rear-ended. Plaintiff suffered a low-back and neck injury which progressed into a myofascial pain syndrome/fibromyalgia.

$500,000.00 Awarded to Client In a Medical Malpractice Case

Plaintiff’s husband, age 65, underwent a mitral valve repair and was scheduled to be discharged. On the morning he was to be discharged, he began experiencing abdominal pain and was transferred back to the ICU where he died approximately 8 hours later. Prior to his admission for surgery, Plaintiff’s husband had been diagnosed at the same hospital with a history of peripheral vascular disease and iliac aneurysm. At no point during his time in ICU was an abdominal CT scan ordered. An autopsy was performed which determined the cause of death to be a ruptured iliac aneurysm.

$490,000.00 Awarded in Automobile Accident When Defendant Failed to Yield the Right of Way

Plaintiff, (F-42), was driving a Ford E-150 van, headed east on Black Road at or near its intersection with Frontage Road in Joliet when Defendant, who was headed west on Black Road, failed to yield the right of way to Plaintiff and turned left in front of her. After impact, Plaintiff’s van flipped and rolled over several times in an end to end fashion. While Plaintiff was using her seatbelt at the time of this accident and her air bag did deploy, her van windows were down, and her left arm/elbow became pinned under the van at some point during the rollover process causing extensive injuries.

Surgery was performed the same day and consisted of irrigation and debridement of the open wounds, repair of muscle lacerations, application of external fixator, repair of open wounds, closed reduction and percutaneous pinning of the left middle finger. A second and third procedure were necessitated by the non-union of the bone. It became necessary for Plaintiff to use a bone stimulator which must be worn for ten hours a day. She has attended over 121 physical therapy sessions in addition to regular doctor visits. Plaintiff’s treating physician has opined that Plaintiff has developed post-traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome which is directly related to the initial injury. While the condition is tolerable at this time, it will worsen and, ultimately, will require carpal tunnel release at a cost of approximately $12,000.00, including six weeks of physical therapy. Plaintiff has permanent loss of rotation of her forearm and flexion and extension of her wrist, as well as decreased flexion and extension of her index finger. Plaintiff’s physician opined that she has a 25% loss of use of her upper left extremity resulting in permanent pain, disability and weakness.

$485,000.00 Awarded in Truck and Car Accident Case

M-Pltf was driving car northbound Rte. 41. Dft was driving semi dump truck Southbound on Rte. 41. Dft made a left hand turn in front of Pltf blocking the road. Pltf struck Df at rear tires. Plft suffered head injuries, back and neck pain and shattered left knee cap requiring surgery.

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