Verdicts & Settlements
This page contains brief descriptions about some of our recent and successful cases. These represent just a few examples of the differences we have made in our clients’ lives. We will continue to add to this lawsuit page so that you can appreciate the experience and talents of our attorneys and support team.
- On February 13, 2015 Phillips Law Offices of Chicago, Illinois received a $25 million verdict in Gary, Indiana on behalf of a widow who lost her husband of 40 years because of the selfishness of a drunk driver and the negligence of two restaurants who served that driver excessive amounts of alcohol. Our client married her husband when she was 19. She had a heartfelt and true partnership with him until a drunk driver drove onto the shoulder of a road where our client’s husband was helping a disabled trucker change a flat. The driver consumed 21 shots at a restaurant and then three glasses of wine at a second restaurant in the hours before the tragedy. The second restaurant was a mere 45-second drive from the accident site.
- Record settlement for a 37 year-old man severely disabled following hernia surgery. This case was rejected by two other plaintiff firms.
- 31 year old Chicago man who suffered paralysis from an undiagnosed spinal infection.
- Settlement in an Accounting Malpractice Case.
- $7,000,000.00 verdict was obtained by Stephen D. Phillips on behalf of a 39 year old woman as a result of negligent medical care she received while in the intensive care unit of a hospital. In July 2000, our client developed symptoms of an abdominal infection. She was placed in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, under the care of intensive care physicians. We alleged that the physicians did not properly monitor and treat her serious condition. Due to the failure to properly evaluate her respiratory status and place her on mechanical ventilation, she developed lack of oxygen which led to severe brain damage. As a result, our client presently requires 24 hour a day care.“The facts of this case clearly show that the physicians were not monitoring her appropriately and did not come to her bedside when she needed immediate care. We a are pleased that the jury reached this result,” said Stephen D. Phillips. This verdict will allow our client the 24 hour a day care that she desperately needs and allow her family members to hire health care professionals to supply that care.
- Settlement for the family of a 56 year-old man who was given an overdose of insulin and died.
- Settlement for the death of a 51 year-old following knee surgery.
- Settlement for the death of a woman following a boating accident.
- Jury Verdict for a 51 year-old man who had a stroke following a heart attack. No offer to settle was made by the defense.
- Our client gave birth to a 9 pound 7 ounce baby. Shortly after delivery, the baby was noted to have a fractured clavicle as well as a limp right arm. We alleged that the doctor used excessive force to deliver the baby. The defense made no offer to settle this case as they contended that the natural forces of labor caused the injury and that the doctor used the appropriate amount of force. We were very pleased that the jury concluded that the doctor caused the brachial plexus injury to our clients’ daughter during birth. The verdict will help pay for her future medical care, surgeries, and therapy which she will require throughout her life.
- Following a heart attack, our client underwent a medical procedure to re-establish blood flow through a blocked heart artery. The physicians performing this procedure used a small device to re-open the artery. The device either broke or came apart during the procedure causing uncontrolled bleeding, which led to bilateral leg amputations before her death a few weeks later. One question motivated our efforts to obtain justice for the family: Why would the manufacturer run the risk of unintentional detachment associated with virtually any two-piece device? In answer to this question, we learned that this was another tragic example of a corporation’s placing “profits over people.” Despite industry standards requiring a one piece design, the manufacturer continued to produce the more dangerous, two-piece design because a small minority of physicians preferred that design, and thus they could sell a few more products.
- Verdict for a 54 year-old man who suffered serious leg injuries following a fork lift accident. The defendant offered $100,000 to settle the case.
- A 32 year old unmarried maintenance worker was killed while performing maintenance on a food refrigeration machine which contained anhydrous ammonia. During routine maintenance, he opened part of the machine that sprayed ammonia in his face and lungs. Once inhaled, the ammonia burned his lungs and ultimately caused his death. We claimed the machine lacked proper warnings and that the operator’s manual was unclear in its instructions on how to maintain the machine. The defense argued that our client did not follow the instructions in the manual, that his employer did not train him, and that warnings would not have made a difference. This case settled one week into trial. It provides us great satisfaction to obtain compensation for the family of a hard working maintenance man, who despite taking the time to read the manual, was subjected to working on an unsafe product.
- Settlement for the death of a 51 year-old woman with no husband or children. The case was rejected by 5 other firms..
- Our client a journeyman ironworker, was working on a construction project that involved putting additional floors on top of an existing building. As part of that task, the iron workers were assigned to weld 600 pound large metal plates onto vertical columns to support the additional weight being added to the top floors. The area in which our client was forced to work was too small to allow scaffolding or proper access to the columns for the iron workers to safely perform their work. The general contractor refused to correct the conditions or increase the size of the work area, because it would cost them too much money. Unfortunately for our client, as an iron worker, if he objects to doing something on a job site, his days of iron working are numbered. Iron workers are expected to “get things done.” Our client injured his shoulder which required two surgeries and thirteen months of physical therapy.
- The Plaintiff, a 32 year old man, was struck broad side in an automobile collision. Our client then underwent surgery on his back, which we contended was performed below the herniated disc that was causing his pain and symptoms. This case settled after three weeks of trial, before closing arguments were scheduled to begin.
PHILLIPS LAW OFFICES INVESTIGATING FOOD-POISONING CASES
Phillips Law Offices is investigating claims on behalf of persons who became ill with Salmonella infections days after eating at the Pars Cove booth at the “Taste of Chicago” festival in downtown Chicago. As of July 23, the City of Chicago Public Health Department had identified 736 people who reported becoming ill after eating food purchased from the Pars Cove Taste of Chicago booth. The Department reported that 124 Salmonella infections had been confirmed through laboratory testing, with 98 of those being identified as Salmonella Heidelberg, the outbreak strain. 32 people were known to have been hospitalized.
Phillips Law Offices is also investigating claims on behalf of persons who became ill with Norovirus Infection in early Spring, 2007, just days after eating at Gino’s East Restaurant in downtown Chicago. Noroviruses are a group of viruses that cause acute gastroenteritis in humans. Most food-borne outbreaks of norovirus illness are thought to arise though direct contamination of food by a food handler immediately before its consumption. Persons with norovirus infection usually experience vomiting, watery non-bloody diarrhea with abdominal cramps, and nausea.
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