Verdicts and Awards

These are just some of the cases I have tried or settled. They may have very large verdicts, or they may have had a very high verdict despite no or a low settlement offer, or may simply be interesting due to the nature of the case. If you would like to know more about any of these cases, please feel free to contact me.


Select Medical Malpractice Verdicts:

  • The improper removal of a catheter in the vein of 39-year-old father of two introduced an air bubble into his vascular system, causing pain and suffering and then his death seven hours later. Asked for $10,000,000, demanded $6,000,000. The defense offered $4,500,000, which was rejected. Estate of Michael Bongiorno, deceased v Dr. Paul Cheng, et. al. 97-L-10065 (Illinois 2000).

       Verdict: $8,212,047

  • A 34-year-old mother of three young children received three consecutive pap smears, all misinterpreted and thus failing to detect cancer before it would take her life. This was at the time the highest-recorded settlement for a misread pap smear.

       Settlement: $7,250,000

  • A 55-year-old mother of seven suffered a ruptured small intestine during a surgical procedure, resulting in peritonitis, necrosis (death) of small intestine tissue, and ultimately a blood infection that lead to her death. The verdict was a record high for medical malpractice cases AND personal injury cases in Will County, Illinois. Demanded $1,000,000. Estate of Arlene Johnson, deceased v Dr. Robert Chambers, M.D., et al. 92-L-5963 (Illinois 1995).

       Verdict: $5,157,614

  • A 48-year-old man was negligently prescribed medication that resulted in chronic kidney failure, requiring dialysis and ultimate a transplant due to the side effects of the medication.

       Settlement: $5,000,000

  • A 41-year-old man was admitted to Cook County Hospital for treatment of facial fractures due to a fall down a flight of stairs and was administered an overdose of medication that left him in a vegetative state.

       Settlement: $3,500,000

  • A 78-year-old woman with diabetes and arteriosclerosis broke her left leg during physical therapy, but a delay in diagnosis caused the broken bone to distort her leg, then gangrene, resulting in below-the-knee amputation of her left leg. Demanded $470,000. Evelyn Diggs v Dr. Raymond Pierson 89-L-11353 (Illinois 1993).

       Verdict: $1,020,385

  • A newborn boy suffered brain damage and cognitive impairment due to a premature C-section performed six weeks early without an ultrasound or preliminary tests, resulting in the birth of a baby with underdeveloped lungs.

       Settlement: $950,000

  • A negligently performed CT scan on a 58-year-old man resulted in neurosurgery on the wrong side of the patient’s head, resulting in death.

      Settlement: $900,000

  • A newborn boy suffered paralysis of his arm and damage to the nerves in the shoulder during delivery.

       Settlement: $650,000

Select Personal Injury Verdicts:

  • The owner of a trucking business was involved in a vehicular accident resulting in multiple injuries, including a concussion and brain damage, and leading to the loss of his business and ability to work. Asked for $3,200,000, demanded $1,000,000. Offered $180,000. Dennis Neill v Fishel Corporation CV-93-4745 (Arizona 1994).

       Verdict: $2,000,000

  • A 10-year-old boy at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field was sitting in the stands on the 3rd base side behind home plate when he was struck in the face by a foul ball that flew over the screening, fracturing his eye socket, causing blood to pool inside his eyeball and permanent double vision. This the only case in the history of American jurisprudence that allowed a verdict for a spectator injured by a foul ball during the course of a game to stand on appeal. Delbert Yates, Jr., a minor v Chicago National Ball Club 83-L-17577 (Illinois 1989).

     Verdict: $67,500

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