$6.6 Mil awarded for O’Hare L crash

Download Article CHICAGOLAWBULLETIN.COM // In the News Volume 163, No. 31 // WEDNESDAY, MAY 10, 2017 BY LAURAANN WOOD Law Bulletin staff writer A Cook County jury has awarded $6.65 million to a woman who suffered several injuries when a Blue Line train derailed at the O’Hare station. Plaintiff Yolanda Montes sued the Chicago Transit Authority in 2014, alleging it negligently failed to operate its rail system safely and ensure its train operator was not [...]

$5.4M Award for slip, fall on fuel spill

Download Article DOWNLOAD NOW CHICAGOLAWBULLETIN.COM // In the News Volume 163, No. 31 // TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2017 BY LAURAANN WOOD Law Bulletin staff writer $5.445M net jury verdict against Union Pacific Rail Road for injured an railroad worker brought under FELA. 37 year-old diesel mechanic was attempting to loosen a fitting on a fuel pre-heater with a pipe wrench while standing in leaking diesel fuel when the fighting broke free causing him to [...]

Plaintiff Receives $1.45M; High-Low Deal Settles Suit

Download Article BY LAURAANN WOOD Law Bulletin staff writer A construction worker received a $1.45 million settlement after a high-low agreement was reached shortly before a Cook County jury returned with a verdict. The jury’s $2.3 million award came Friday. Though that’s $850,000 more than the settlement amount, the agreement ensured the plaintiff would walk away with compensation had the jury gone with a smaller award or none at all. Plaintiff William Rosignal’s attorney, [...]

Slip on Ice Nets $3.5M settlement

Download Article BY LAURAANN WOOD Law Bulletin staff writer A man who severely injured his back after a construction accident has settled his suit against the project’s general contractor for $3.5 million. The agreement came earlier this month, the day before a Cook County judge was scheduled to rule from the bench on 62-year-old Kevin Montgomery’s negligence and premises-liability case. He sued Bovis Lend Lease Inc. alleging the company should have corrected or halted [...]

Winnebago Co. Motorcycle Suit Settles for $6M

Download Article BY JOHN FLYNN ROONEY Law Bulletin staff writer A woman who suffered a serious brain injury after being ejected from a motorcycle driven by her husband will receive $6 million in a settlement that stems from a tactical decision to sue her husband instead of his employer. On May 20, 2012, Lori Hepner was riding as a passenger on the motorcycle operated by her husband, James H. Hepner Jr. At that time, [...]

Brain-damage suit settles for $10.5M

BY MARC KARLINSKY Law Bulletin staff writer Three days into a trial, Loyola University Medical Center agreed to a $10.5 million settle- ment with a man who suffered brain damage as a boy following leg surgery. The agreement Wednesday came after a Cook County judge barred testimony from one of the hospital’s experts, the man’s lawyer said. The lawsuit stemmed from events beginning in May 2005, when 12-year-old Henry Craig went to the hospital for surgery on both [...]

Broken-ankle case settles for $2.95M

Download Article BY JOHN FLYNN ROONEY Law Bulletin staff writer A Chicago man who suffered a severely broken ankle in a vehicle accident has received a $2.95 million settlement. On Aug. 22, 2012, Andreas Bakopoulos was driving his Mitsubishi Eclipse near 4350 W. Ohio St. He was on a lunch break from his job as a mechanic for the Union Pacific Railroad. At the same time, Scott Lee Ridenour, an employee of Grand Warehouse [...]

Jury awards $2.4M for back injuries from truck crash

Download Article BY JENN BALLARD Law Bulletin staff writer A Cook County jury awarded $2.4 million to a man who suffered back injuries when his parked truck was hit by a semitrailer truck. Clanton Pitchford slept at a truck stop in Tuscon, Ariz., in 2006 when a Knight Transportation Inc. truck, traveling at about 5 mph, struck the left corner of his vehicle. Pitchford, then 59, was tossed around in a raised bed behind the driver’s seat, but he did not fall out. The accident caused him [...]

Company settles death suit

Download Article Joliet asphalt maker to pay widow more than $3 million By Janet Lundquist // Joliet Herald News //  A Joliet asphalt manufacturer has agreed to dish out more than $3 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the widow of a Channahon man who died at the company's plant in 2004. Gallegher Materials Corp. agreed to pay most of the $4.45 million settlement, with $225,000 paid by the manufacturer of the bin, [...]

Settlement gives widow $3.15 million

Download Article BY MARY KATE MALONE Law Bulletin staff writer An Illinois asphalt manufac- turer agreed to pay $3.15 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the widow of an oiler who died while working at a Joliet asphalt plant in 2004, her attorney said. Approved by Will County Circuit Judge Michael J. Powers on Oct. 11, the settlement repre- sents the largest in Will County for an adult male in a wrongful death case, [...]

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