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.
Jaclyn Ohara v. Nursefinders
Jaclyn, a 12-year-old quadriplegic child was born with a heart problem (double outlet ventricle) and suffered cardiac arrest after undergoing cardiac surgery in 1994, resulting in severe brain damage, cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia, incontinence, cortical blindness and scoliosis.
After residing at two different residential care facilities, Jaclyn returned home to live with her parents and younger sister. The defendant, Nursefinders was hired to provide in-home nursing care and E. Smith L.P.N was her regular nurse. Smith had bathed Jaclyn and then left her alone in a whirlpool tub for five minutes while she went to get linens; when she returned, she found the child face down in the water. The verdict of $12,508,098 is an Illinois high for wrongful death of a minor (prior high $8 million earlier this year in RR 43/1) and is also a record high for death of a severely disabled individual.
Estate of Michael Pleasance, deceased v. City of Chicago, Alvin Weems
Michael Pleasance, a 23-year old male, was fatally shot by Chicago Police Officer Alvin Weems at a CTA Red Line train terminal as the officer was breaking up a fight. Pleasance was shot in the head and died instantly. A CTA surveillance videotape showed Pleasance speaking with the officer and gesturing towards the other individual involved in the fight and Officer Weems pointing his gun and shooting Pleasance in the face without justification. Several eyewitnesses testified in their depositions that Pleasance told Officer Weems to put the gun down. The video showed no evidence of any aggressive, threatening or intimidating actions by Pleasance and Officer Weems admitted in his deposition that the shooting was not justified.The defendants admitted liability for the death of Michael Pleasance, and the case was tried only on the issue of damages. Read More
$12 million for a construction worker seriously injured by faulty safety equipment
State Trooper's Death
Ashe and Kristina K. Green. Just after 11 pm on the night of March 28, Illinois State Trooper James Sauter (28) had parked on the left shoulder of southbound I-294 to monitor traffic when his squad car was rear-ended at high speed by a United Van Lines semi tractor-trailer driven by Andrew Bokelman, who apparently fell asleep. Bokelman had worked 12 hours loading/unloading trucks before getting behind the wheel. Sauter survived the crash but was trapped in his cruiser and was burned alive. Allegedly, he suffered conscious pain for up to 60 seconds. Read more…
Child left brain damaged
$10 million for child left brain damaged by air embolism