$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, [...]

Jail construction worker win settlement

Download Article By Brian Stanley // CHICAGO  -  Two construction workers who were injured years ago when a floor collapsed at the Will County jail each will receive a $6 million settlement. On Oct. 9, 2007, Ramiro Zavala and Joshua Comer had just started pouring concrete on the third-floor level of the jail expansion project when the steel deck they were standing on col- lapsed. The two men fell more than 20 feet, along [...]

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