Notable Verdicts & Settlements
Kralovec, Jambois, & Schwartz leads all Illinois practices in total number of major injury cases successfully tried in the State of Illinois. Compensatory awards in KJS cases regularly exceed $1 million, and during the last five years, the firm has won more than $200 million in verdicts and settlements on behalf of its clients.
KJS’ shining record of verdicts and settlements reveals what clients want and need to know about their representation before they enter a lawsuit. Because most firms are not equipped to challenge powerful insurance companies, more injury victims are looking to KJS for strong representation.
More and more KJS-represented cases are helping to define and influence personal injury litigation in Illinois.
Albert C. Garner v. Carter Excavating & Grading
A Carter Excavating tractor-trailer dump truck driven by Robert Walton was traveling northbound on the Dan Ryan Expressway (Chicago) when the bed began to rise. The elevated bed hit the Harrison Street overpass, was ripped from the trailer, and landed on top of a northbound City of Chicago cargo van carrying five people. Passenger, Genesis Bryant had numerous injuries including a C1-C2 separation and subarachnoid hemorrhage, which combined to take her life 9 hours after the crash. The jury awarded her estate $3,599,218. Passenger Krystal Powe suffered multiple traumas and died roughly 2 hours after the accident. The jury awarded her estate $8,005,765. The driver, Albert Garner sustained a C6-C7 fracture that rendered him a quadriplegic, plus an epidural hematoma, but he has no cognitive deficits. The jury awarded Garner $51,800,093, the highest Illinois compensatory verdict for personal injury (non-death).
Patients diagnosed with bladder cancer
$2.4 billion global settlement for patients diagnosed with bladder cancer.
Medical malpractice action for a 3 year old boy
A three-year-old toddler underwent outpatient surgery at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital due to an undescended testicle.
Allegedly, hospital staff failed to monitor the child in the post-anesthesia care unit, and did not timely identify his respiratory arrest, leading to cardiac arrest and hypoxic ischemic brain damage when resuscitation was not promptly commenced. The child has severe cognitive and physical impairments (including quadriplegia and limited vision) and needs 24-hour care ($434,448 past medl. expense; lifetime lost income over $2.4 million claimed).
Medical malpractice wrongful death case for the death of a couple’s first child
A Cook County Jury awarded the plaintiff represented by Craig Mannarino and Amanda Brasfield $19.2M in a medical malpractice wrongful death case for the death of a couple’s first child, who died from birth injuries related to meconium aspiration syndrome. For a full description of case, click here. Mannarino-Brasfield Wrongful Death Verdict.
Estates of Lindner et al v. Millis Transfer, Inc., 06 C 5553 (Federal Court-Northern District of Illinois)
This was a commercial trucking case involving multiple deaths from a fiery wreck near Bristol, Indiana. It settled in federal court with the trucking company paying all of its $11 million in insurance coverage and $2 million of its own money.