- (Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014 Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of...
(Golconda, IL) June 30, 2014
Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., of Chicago, IL and Mark D. Prince of the Prince Law Firm of Marion obtained a $1.2 million verdict on behalf of the family of 13-year-old Brett McDaniel, who was hit and killed by an ambulance while riding his bicycle. The verdict of $2 million was reduced by a 40% contributory negligence. The trial began on June 17, 2014 at the Pope County Courthouse in Golconda, IL and the verdict was approved by the Honorable Judge Joseph M. Leberman on June 27. The verdict is believed to be a Pope County record for an injury or death case.
On October 8, 2007, Brett McDaniel was riding his bicycle with a friend on Rosalie Street in Golconda, a block from his home , when he was hit and ran over by a Mercy Regional Emergency Medical Service ambulance traveling south on Adams Street in Golconda, IL. The plaintiff alleged the ambulance was going over the speed limit and failed to exercise care to avoid colliding with a person riding a bicycle.
The ambulance was returning to Kentucky after transporting a patient to Hardin County Hospital when the accident occurred. It did not have its lights or sirens on and was speeding. Brett was transported to the hospital where he died as a result of his injuries from the collision.
“The jury’s verdict demonstrates the substantial loss that Brett’s mother, father, and two brothers went through,” said Patrick Salvi II. “No amount of money will bring Brett back. But the verdict demonstrates just how substantial the family’s loss was, and it sets the record straight on what happened that day. When children are around, drivers need to slow down and be careful.”[CALVIN MCDANIEL, as Administrator of the Estate of BRETT MCDANIEL, Deceased, Plaintiff, v. MERCY REGIONAL EMERGENCY MEDICAL SYSTEM, L.L.C., a Kentucky Limited Liability Company; and JAMES RATTA, Individually, Defendants. Case No. 08 L3]
- March 11, 2015 – Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Brian L....
March 11, 2015 – Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Brian L. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $17.9 million verdict on behalf of a 47-year-old Lombard, Illinois woman following a two-week jury trial before Judge Clare Elizabeth McWilliams.
Just before a Cook County jury awarded the woman a $17.9 million verdict, Patrick Salvi and the defense lawyer reached a settlement of $14 million. The verdict would have been decreased by 30 percent, due to contributory negligence of the Plaintiff, cutting the total to $12.6 million. By reaching a settlement in this case, the Plaintiff was able to receive an additional $1.4 million for her injuries!
“It was a win-win!” said lead counsel, Patrick A. Salvi.
On October 23, 2012, the Plaintiff, a 47-year-old school teacher, was on her way to work, driving westbound on Cermak Road, at the intersection of Wolf Road in Hillside, Illinois, when she collided with a semi-trailer truck. The Plaintiffs alleged the truck driver failed to yield to the right-of-way vehicle before making a left turn.
The Plaintiff suffered a C6 incomplete spinal cord injury, leaving her unable to return to work. The Plaintiffs claimed that she would require attendant care due to her injuries. The Defendants alleged the Plaintiff did not need as much attendant care as was claimed and could return to work with accommodations.
“The money will help our client move on with her life and help take care of all her medical needs,” added Patrick Salvi.
- (January 26, 2015) Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Kathleen Naughton-Sparks of...
(January 26, 2015) Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Kathleen Naughton-Sparks of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $6 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a downstate Illinois family whose baby suffered brain damage near the time of birth.
On the morning of January 16, 2010, the plaintiff’s mother arrived at the hospital in labor. Soon after, the fetal monitor showed signs that the baby was in distress. Unfortunately, the doctor and nurses failed to appropriately respond to a non-reassuring fetal monitor strips and waited too long to perform a C-section. A fetal maternal hemorrhage caused the baby to lose blood into her mother’s circulation which led to the baby having diminished red blood cells and hypoxia. The doctor failed to consider the baby would be anemic at the time of delivery and did not recognize a sinusoidal fetal heart rate pattern, which delayed the transfusion of blood to correct the baby’s anemia. The hypoxia ultimately led to irreversible brain damage. The child is permanently disabled and will need around-the-clock nursing care and ongoing therapy for the rest of her life.
“The settlement will help provide this little girl with the care she needs and will help her family with the daily work necessary to keep her healthy,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Managing Equity Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.
- Patrick A. Salvi, Aaron D. Boeder and Brian L. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard...
Patrick A. Salvi, Aaron D. Boeder and Brian L. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $1,265,000 medical malpractice verdict, which was a federal tort claim against government-employed physicians in United States District Court – Northern District of Illinois Eastern Division. Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard lawyers represented a Chicago mother and father whose first born baby boy was a stillborn.
On November 23, 2011, the mother went into labor at a Chicago hospital. Doctors failed to recognize signs of fetal distress and failed to deliver the baby in a timely manner, resulting in a stillbirth of the baby, who was a full term fetus at the time of his death.
- Chicago, IL (October 16, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of...
Chicago, IL (October 16, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi II and Jeffrey J. Kroll of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $2 million verdict on behalf of a bicyclist hit by a pizza delivery driver on July 6, 2011 in Deerfield, IL. The trial started on October 2, 2014and the Honorable Donald J. Suriano approved the verdict in Circuit Court of Cook County.
The plaintiff, 20-years-old at the time of the accident was riding her bicycle, when she was hit at the intersection of Carlisle Avenue and Lake Cook Road in Deerfield, IL. The plaintiff had made it halfway through the crosswalk in the eastbound lanes before she was hit by a pizza delivery driver. The driver was working for NRJM Inc., the franchise owner of Domino’s Pizza.
The plaintiff suffered serious life-changing injuries including breaking her pelvis in four places. She has permanent pain and disability in work, recreation, and activities of daily living.
- Cook County, IL (January 27, 2014) – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok &...
Cook County, IL (January 27, 2014) – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $2.4 Million settlement on behalf of a four-year-old Chicago boy who suffered a severe burn injury in 2011 due to excessively hot water in his apartment. The boy was burned when he jumped into a bathtub filled with hot water. The plaintiff alleged the building management group did not adequately maintain the premises in a reasonably safe condition by allowing the water temperature to rise to unsafe levels.
- June 30, 2014 Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Matthew L....
June 30, 2014
Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II and Matthew L. Williams obtained a $7.25 million Wrongful Death settlement on behalf of the estate of a 56-year-old man, who died of transfusion associated circulatory overload while a patient at a suburban hospital. The settlement was approved in Cook County.
Following hip surgery, the decedent developed an infection that lead to kidney failure. As a result of kidney failure, he received periodic dialysis to control his volume. On January 1, 2010, the plaintiff received two separate blood transfusions while in the hospital. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff alleged his physicians failed to appropriately monitor the patient’s volume status after receiving two blood transfusions without dialysis. The decedent also showed signs and symptoms consistent with volume overload after receiving the transfusions.
The additional blood volume caused him to experience significant pulmonary edema, which lead to respiratory arrest and his death in the early morning hours the day after the blood transfusion. The autopsy, done by the hospital’s pathologists, attributed the cause of death to transfusion associated circulatory overload (TACO).
The plaintiff was a devoted husband and father. He is survived by his wife and two adult sons.
- February 14, 2014 Jeffrey J. Kroll obtained a birth injury settlement in Kane County...
February 14, 2014
Jeffrey J. Kroll obtained a birth injury settlement in Kane County on behalf of a girl that suffered shoulder dystocia during labor and delivery, and was left permanently disabled and disfigured.
- January 3, 2014 Jeffrey J. Kroll of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained an...
January 3, 2014
Jeffrey J. Kroll of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained an $800,000 settlement for baby boy that suffered shoulder dystocia during labor and delivery at a Cook County facility, that left the child permanently disabled and disfigured.
- Baby suffers birthing injuries.
Baby suffers birthing injuries.
- High School football player rendered a quadriplegic.
High School football player rendered a quadriplegic.
- Man severely burned by low-hanging wire.
Man severely burned by low-hanging wire.
- Truck accident kills man and seriously injures woman.
Truck accident kills man and seriously injures woman.
- September 19, 2013 In September of 2013, Jennifer Ashley obtained a personal injury settlement...
September 19, 2013
In September of 2013, Jennifer Ashley obtained a personal injury settlement of $987,000 on behalf of a driver and passenger injured in a motor vehicle accident with a semi-truck. The settlement included $967,000 for the injured driver and $20,000 for the injured passenger.
- Injured Bicyclist Awarded $700,000 Settlement in “Dooring” Crash Vernon Hills man suffered serious injuries...
Injured Bicyclist Awarded $700,000 Settlement in “Dooring” Crash
Vernon Hills man suffered serious injuries after being “doored” while on rented tandem bicycle in Chicago
Chicago, IL (November 5, 2013) – Attorney Jeffrey J. Kroll of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., recently obtained a $700,000 settlement on behalf of a man who suffered serious brain and leg injuries while riding his bicycle near the intersection of West Webster Avenue and North Hudson Avenue in Chicago last summer.
On July 21, 2013, Winfield Cohen of Vernon Hills rented a tandem bicycle from Lakeshore Bicycle N’ Tune, Inc., and while leisurely riding, he was “doored” or knocked off the passenger seat of the bike when a driver illegally parked and opened his door. Mr. Cohen was knocked into the path of a trailing eastbound SUV. Before Mr. Cohen struck the pavement, he was hit in midair by the eastbound SUV. The impact propelled Mr. Cohen twenty to thirty feet down the roadway. The SUV left the scene of the accident.
The impact of the crash caused Mr. Cohen to hit the back of his head on the ground, knocking him unconscious. Mr. Cohen required hospitalization for treatment of a large hematoma to the back of his head as well as a fracture to his lower right leg. The accident left Mr. Cohen with permanent scars and he still experiences pain and numbness in his knee.
“We see “dooring” accidents like Winfield Cohen’s happen far too often,” said Jeffrey Kroll, Partner at Salvi, Schostok & Prichard P.C. “Winfield’s life is forever changed all because a driver did not look before opening their door. He can no longer run or even kneel for an extended period of time. He is left with a titanium rod and screws between his knee and ankle.”
Employees at Lakeshore Bike N’ Tune failed to offer Mr. Cohen a helmet and failed to provide Mr. Cohen with instructions and information regarding safety while riding on public roadways and bike paths, violating the company’s own policy.
- October 4, 2013 Kane County, IL – Matthew L. Williams obtained a total settlement of...
October 4, 2013
Kane County, IL – Matthew L. Williams obtained a total settlement of $1.25 Million for the victim of a medical negligence case. A remaining portion of the case was settled today for $625,000, bringing in a total of $1.25 Million.
- August 21, 2013 Lake County, IL – Patrick A. Salvi and Aaron D. Boeder obtained a $3,000,000...
August 21, 2013 Lake County, IL – Patrick A. Salvi and Aaron D. Boeder obtained a $3,000,000 settlement in a medical malpractice case where the client suffered long-term memory loss. The client was rushed to the hospital by ambulance after experiencing confusion and having difficulty with her speech. At the hospital, the client’s CT scan results showed she had a clot, but the staff failed to prescribe a clot busting drug in a timely manner. The delay in care led the client to loss hundreds of millions of neurons impacting her memory.
- August 20, 2013 – Patrick A. Salvi and Jennifer L. Ashley reached a $2,425,000.00 settlement...
August 20, 2013 – Patrick A. Salvi and Jennifer L. Ashley reached a $2,425,000.00 settlement in a medical malpractice case against a hospital for the wrongful death of a 10-year-old girl.
- Largest Verdict Reported for a Dog Bite in Illinois Lake County, IL (July 29,...
Largest Verdict Reported for a Dog Bite in Illinois
Lake County, IL (July 29, 2013) – Patrick A. Salvi and Jeffrey J. Kroll of the personal injury firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $1.125 million settlement today on behalf of a 17-year-old Zion boy who was viciously attacked by a dog while riding his bike. The settlement was approved by the Honorable Judge Diane E. Winter in the Circuit Court of Lake County. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, this is the largest dog bite settlement published in Illinois history. Previously, the largest dog bite settlement reached in Illinois was $835,000.
On June 29, 2011, the Plaintiff, then 15, was riding his bike home with a group of friends, when a 120 pound Bullmastiff named Kong escaped from a fenced-in-yard in Zion. Kong violently pulled the Plaintiff off his bike and onto the street. The dog continued to attack The Plaintiff until a neighbor rushed to the scene and removed the dog by burning a lit cigarette on the dog’s nose. The Plaintiff was rushed by ambulance to the emergency room and spent a week in the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
The attack left the Plaintiff with traumatic lacerations and puncture wounds to legs, thigh, buttocks, arms, shoulder and head. The bite wound on his right arm was roughly five inches deep and the young teen had to undergo surgery for his injuries.
“This was an alarming incident that should not have happened,” said Patrick Salvi. “Dog owners need to be responsible for the animals they own, and this owner was extremely negligent on several levels. Since this horrific incident, our client no longer feels safe being outside or around dogs.”
The defendant in the case is Eddie Diaz. He received four citations from the Zion Police Department for the dog attack. According to the Lake County Animal Control records, Diaz’s dog had bitten another person and another dog before this attack occurred. The dog was euthanized following the attack. Records also show there had been eight 911 calls made for animal complaints involving Diaz.
- Cook County court approves settlement for family of child who sustained brain damage Attorneys David...
Cook County court approves settlement for family of child who sustained brain damage
Attorneys David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi represented a family that alleged that the hospital failed to recognize and react to multiple warning signs showing that their baby was in trouble during delivery. (February 2004).
- Appeals court affirms verdict for family who lost child due to alleged negligence After...
Appeals court affirms verdict for family who lost child due to alleged negligence
After waiting nearly three years for their case to be resolved on appeal, final judgment and disposition was entered in Lake County Circuit Court for the family of a 12-year-old boy who died on the operating table during what was considered to be minor surgery to repair a cut on his arm. (December 2008).
- Medical malpractice alleged Michael P. Schostok and Patrick A. Salvi reached this settlement on...
Medical malpractice alleged
Michael P. Schostok and Patrick A. Salvi reached this settlement on behalf of a male patient who was injured in Illinois. (March 2010).
- June 28, 2013 Cook County, IL – Jennifer L. Ashley of Salvi, Schostok &...
June 28, 2013
Cook County, IL – Jennifer L. Ashley of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $1,000,000.00 settlement on behalf of a woman who fell down a dangerous staircase at a Chicago apartment building.
In August of 2010, 31-year-old Brenna Coleman of Minnesota slipped and fell down a spiral staircase at 900 N. DeWitt Place in Chicago. The spiral staircase was connected to a rooftop lounge for guests. The staircase was poorly lit and had no railing. The steps were slippery, painted with glossy paint and had no treads.
Brenna’ injuries were severe and permanent. She suffered a closed head injury and fractures of the cervical spine. Brenna has difficulty walking and must use assistive devices. She has been working as a nurse at the Mayo Clinic for nearly a decade, but since the accident can only work four hours a week due to her injuries.
“The spiral staircase my client fell down was extremely dangerous,” said Jennifer Ashley. “It is a building owner’s responsibility to make sure areas open to the public are safe and maintained. Due to the negligent conditions at 900 N. DeWitt Place, my client can no longer lead a normal life.”
- Driver Killed in Trucking Accident Chicago, IL (June 18, 2013) – Patrick A. Salvi and Matthew L....
Driver Killed in Trucking Accident
Chicago, IL (June 18, 2013) – Patrick A. Salvi and Matthew L. Williams of the personal injury firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $3.75 million settlement today on behalf of a 22-year-old Chicago man killed in a truck accident on Interstate 57 near Rantoul in Champaign County. The settlement was approved by the Honorable Judge Susan M. Coleman in Circuit Court of Cook County.
On November 16, 2012, the Plaintiff was headed from Chicago to Champaign to visit his girlfriend, who was a student at the University of Illinois. While traveling on southbound on I-57, the Plaintiff lost his life when his Dodger Charger was crushed by a semi-tractor trailer. The semi-tractor trailer slammed into his car and pushed it under the trailer of another truck
“This was a tragic accident that cut a young man’s life short way too soon,” said managing partner Patrick Salvi. “I hope the settlement can bring some closure to the family who had to deal with this terrible accident.”
The 22-year-old deceased Plaintiff leaves behind his parents and several siblings. He graduated from high school from Richards Career Academy in Chicago and pursued some additional graduate course work at Moraine Valley Community College. At the time of his death, he was working at Champs Sporting Goods trying to earn money to eventually enroll in EMT school. His career ambition was to become a fireman or paramedic.
Driver William Michael Weaver of Lebanon, Missouri was operating the truck at the time of the accident. The truck was owned by ATS Specialized of Gary, Indiana. Weaver failed to slow down and rear-ended Terry’s car.
- On August 16, 2012, attorneys David J. Pritchard, Aaron D. Boeder and Colin M....
On August 16, 2012, attorneys David J. Pritchard, Aaron D. Boeder and Colin M. Jones recovered a $2.35 medical malpractice settlement. In October of 2007, Inez Guadarrama was in labor with twins, which Plaintiffs’ experts opined required a “lower threshold” for moving to C-section, due to the high risk associated with twin deliveries. The parties disputed whether the fetal monitoring strip showed worrisome changes requiring a C-section.
- 29-Year-Old Man Recovers $2.5 Million for Injuries from Motorcycle Collision Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi...
29-Year-Old Man Recovers $2.5 Million for Injuries from Motorcycle Collision
Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Jennifer L. Ashley of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $2.5 million settlement today on behalf of their client who was injured when another vehicle was making a left turn in front of him.
On August 31, 2012, 29-year-old Oscar Moreno of Chicago, IL, was traveling northbound on his motorcycle on Western Avenue in Chicago. The defendant, 84-year-old female Rita Madden, was coming from 8:30 a.m. mass and pulled out to make a left turn off of a stop at Argyle St. Oscar attempted to brake, but struck the side of Rita Madden’s 1999 Mercury Grand Marquis. As a result of the accident, Oscar suffered multiple injuries, including a spinal cord injury, paraplegia below the waist, a head injury and multiple fractures. Despite wearing a helmet, Oscar suffered a closed head injury. Oscar continues to have some cognitive deficits and occasional memory loss. Prior to the collision, Oscar was an EMT, which he will never be able to do again due to his cognitive impairments.
“Vehicles must be more aware of motorcyclists on the roadway, as motorcyclists are far more likely to suffer debilitating injuries in an accident that those in passenger vehicles,” said Plaintiff’s attorney Jennifer L. Ashley.
- Hospital Negligence Results in Brain Damaged Infant STEPHENSON COUNTY, IL – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi...
Hospital Negligence Results in Brain Damaged Infant
STEPHENSON COUNTY, IL – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi II and Patrick Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., recovered a $5 million medical malpractice settlement on December 10, 2012. Judge David L. Jeffrey of the Stephenson County Circuit Court approved the settlement [No. 07 L 44].
Andrianna Guider was born on July 6, 2007. Her mother, Bettina Guider, was carrying twins and had gestional diabetes, which made the pregnancy high-risk. Andrianna was born after her twin brother. Andrianna has profound brain damage, spastic quadriparesis, a feeding tube, and a tracheostomy.
The Plaintiffs alleged that Andrianna was injured due to the negligence of the obstetrician, Dr. Andrew Weiss, and the obstetrical nurse, Tamisha Verner. Both Dr. Weiss and Nurse Verner were employees of an undisclosed hospital in Stephenson County. The Plaintiffs alleged that Dr. Weiss failed to consult with a perinatologist given the high-risk nature of the pregnancy, failed to deliver Bettina Guider’s twins when she was in the hospital at 38 weeks gestation (6/23/07) and in labor, failed to appropriately manage the labor and delivery on 7/6/07 leading to a delay in performing a c-section, and failed to have a pediatrician at delivery. Nurse Verner was alleged to have failed to provide continuous fetal monitoring, failed to advocate for a c-section in light of bradycardia (fetal heart tones were in the 50s and 60s for several minutes prior to the decision to move to emergency c-section), and failed to call the pediatrician in a timely manner. The defense asserted that they were not negligent and that the baby’s condition was due massive perivillous fibrin deposition in the placenta in combination with a nuchal cord immediately before delivery. The defense also offered the opinion that Andrianna has a life expectancy of 17 more years.
Andrianna Guider is now over 5 years old and living at the Walter Lawson Home for children with disabilities.
“Andrianna has been through a lot in her life,” said Patrick A. Salvi II, attorney for Andrianna. “Even though she has certain severe limitations, with this settlement, Andrianna can spend more time with her family. She can receive the therapy and care that she needs to maximize her quality of life and reduce her pain. Most importantly, she will live a long and healthy life.”
- February 5, 2014 Patrick A. Salvi and Tara R. Devine of Salvi, Schostok &...
February 5, 2014
Patrick A. Salvi and Tara R. Devine of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $4.5 million settlement involving personal injuries sustained by a 31-year-old female pedestrian struck by a commercial vehicle. The case was amicably resolved with undisclosed defendants.
- Matthew L. Williams obtained a $1.5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a...
Matthew L. Williams obtained a $1.5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a newborn who sustained a permanent brachial plexus injury following a shoulder dystocia complication during delivery. The terms of the settlement are confidential.
- McLean, IL – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced a $2 million settlement...
McLean, IL – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced a $2 million settlement in McLean County today, September 6, 2012, on behalf of the estate of a man who died due to medical malpractice. Judge Drazewski of the McLean County Circuit Court approved the settlement [No. 09 L 13].
On February 2, 2007, Henry Etter, 66, was admitted to BroMenn Medical Center for treatment of nephrotic syndrome. Defendant, Dr. Horinek was one of the attending physicians taking care of the nephrotic syndrome and overseeing Mr. Etter’s medical care during the hospitalization. Nephrotic syndrome is a kidney disorder in which the kidneys are damaged, resulting in the leakage of large amounts of protein from the blood into the urine.
While in the hospital, Mr. Etter developed upper and lower extremity weakness, a potential sign of deteriorating neurological functioning. On February 13, 2007, Dr. Horinek ordered a neurological consult at approximately 8:00 a.m. However, the neurologist did not see Mr. Etter until 7:00 p.m. the following day, at which point he was immediately taken into surgery to treat a cervical abscess near his spine.
Plaintiff alleged that the delay in treating the spinal abscess caused Mr. Etter to suffer permanent paralysis, leaving him with severe physical deficits. On March 13th, 2009 Mr. Etter passed away, survived by his wife, Bernadine, and five adult daughters.
According to research of the Law Bulletin’s Verdict Reporter, this settlement is the largest reported settlement in McLean County for an adult male death due to medical malpractice.
- Largest of its kind reported in Illinois outside of Cook County August 20, 2012,...
Largest of its kind reported in Illinois outside of Cook County
August 20, 2012, Lake County, IL – David J. Pritchard and Aaron D. Boeder obtained a $3,200,000 medical malpractice settlement for an alleged failure to diagnose lung cancer in a 53 year old woman, who was a pack-a-day smoker from age 18.
It was alleged that the Defendants failed to identify and follow-up on a mass shown in a lumbar spine x-ray of May 18, 2007. Three and a half years later, it was discovered that this mass was lung cancer. By that time the cancer had spread to the bone, essentially preventing any chance for a cure.
The Defense disputed both liability and causation. Regarding liability, their Radiology Expert opined that the x-ray was a study of the lumbar spine which was properly interpreted; and that the “vague density” (which later turned out to be cancer) could reasonably have been interpreted as artifact which would not require comment by the radiologist. Regarding causation, their Oncology Expert opined that the lung mass remained unchanged in density, size, and appearance during the three and a half years; and that the current metastasis was due to microscopic spread of cancer to the mediastinal lymph nodes prior to the time of the alleged misdiagnosis.
According to the Law Bulletin Jury Verdict Reporter, this settlement is not only the largest such settlement recorded in Lake County, but also a record amount for the state of Illinois outside of Cook County.
- Matthew L. Williams recently obtained two separate $1 million settlements. The first settlement was on...
Matthew L. Williams recently obtained two separate $1 million settlements. The first settlement was on behalf of a 52-year-old man, who suffered injuries due to the negligent removal of the wrong adrenal gland during a surgical procedure at a Northshore University Hospital on September 24, 2010. The gland had a benign adrenal tumor, which caused the secretion of excessive amounts of aldosterone. The second $1 million settlement involved the wrongful death of a 16-year-old boy.
- Chicago, IL (June 23, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi of the law firm Salvi, Schostok &...
Chicago, IL (June 23, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi of the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. obtained a $17 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of two-year-old boy from Waukegan, Illinois, who suffered severe and irreversible brain damage during a surgery to remove a cyst on his throat. The settlement was approved in Cook County.
The plaintiff had a condition known as a thryoglossal duct cyst. This condition was to be corrected on October 18, 2013 with the Sistrunk procedure, where the surgeon removes a portion of the hyoid bone (small bone in the throat) along with the cyst. During the procedure, the plaintiff alleged the thyroid membrane and larynx were injured. As a result, swelling and a hematoma developed in the plaintiff’s throat.
A second emergency surgery was ordered and staff attempted to intubate the plaintiff unsuccessfully on three occasions. An emergency tracheostomy was performed, but the plaintiff had already been without oxygen. The plaintiff suffered a prolonged cardiac arrest and permanent brain damage.
- Largest of its kind in Illinois History – Baby’s Death at Lutheran General Hospital...
Largest of its kind in Illinois History – Baby’s Death at Lutheran General Hospital
CHICAGO, IL – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and SS&P attorney of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., won a record-breaking $8.25 million wrongful death settlement in Cook County on behalf of a Chicago couple who suffered the loss of their infant son at only 40-days of life due to pharmacy error that resulted in excessive sodium dose which caused his death. The Law Division of the Cook County Circuit Court approved the settlement this morning, April 5, 2012.
On September 6, 2010, baby boy Genesis Burkett was born at 24 3/7th weeks gestation weighing only 1 lb, 8 oz at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, Park Ridge, to parents Fritzie and Cameron Burkett of Chicago. Although born severely premature, Genesis was doing well, and was gradually improving every day. His progress abruptly ended, however, when he was given an IV bag on October 15, 2010, that contained a fatal dose of sodium chloride – approximately 60 times the dose of sodium ordered by the physician. Genesis went into cardiac arrest and died due to the miscalculated IV solution.
“This unfortunate loss to a wonderful couple like the Burketts could have been avoided,” said attorney Patrick Salvi. “Thankfully, Genesis did not suffer at all before he died, but the Burketts will always feel the pain for his very avoidable death. It should be noted the Hospital promptly investigated Genesis’s death and learned of the error and advised the family. To the hospital’s credit, they changed their policy to avoid future such occurrences and finally agreed to pay an amount of compensation to the Burketts that recognized in some small way the value of his life.”
According to research of the Law Bulletin’s Verdict Reporter, this settlement is a record for an infant death in all counties of Illinois. A search was conducted of all settlements obtained in all counties of Illinois involving the death of an infant (defined as under 12 months of age) for the past 10 years. Of those 59 settlements, the average settlement amount obtained was $1,284,745.76. The previous record settlement was $4,000,000, less than half of the result obtained in the Burkett settlement.
- Largest of its kind in Winnebago County WINNEBAGO, IL – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi,...
Largest of its kind in Winnebago County
WINNEBAGO, IL – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced a $1.2 million settlement in Winnebago County today on behalf of the estate of a man who died due to medical negligence. Judge Edward Prochaska of the Winnebago County Circuit Court approved the settlement [No. 09 L 76].
On February 27, 2007, David Harris, 61, was taken to the Emergency Room at Kishwaukee Community Hospital for a heart attack. Dr. Schulze, one of the Defendants, was the emergency physician. Dr. Schulze claims that she consulted with Dr. Kilaru, interventional cardiologist and also a Defendant, about Mr. Harris’s recent surgery for single parathyroid gland resection just five days prior to the ER visit. Dr. Schulze claimed that Dr. Kilaru was in agreement that a “clot-busting” drug was appropriate for this patient. Dr. Kilaru denies that he would have agreed to the use of the drug because of the prior surgery. Dr. Schulze initiated the “clot-busting” therapy and had Mr. Harris transferred to the cardiac cath lab at Rockford Memorial Hospital, under the care of Dr. Kilaru.
During the angioplasty procedure at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Mr. Harris complained of pain in his neck with visible swelling in the area of the prior surgery. Shortly after Dr. Kilaru completed the angioplasty procedure, Mr. Harris went into respiratory distress. Physicians taking care of him determined that the bleed in his neck compromised his airway, cutting off the oxygen supply to his lungs. As a result, Mr. Harris passed away within a few days.
“The physicians taking care of Mr. Harris gave him medication that caused him to suffer internal bleeding into his neck, which compressed his airway and cut off the oxygen supply to his lungs,” said attorney Matthew Williams. “This was certainly an avoidable outcome under the circumstances.”
David Harris was survived by his three adult children, Joe Harris (46), Christine Harris (42), and Michael Harris (33).
According to research of the Law Bulletin’s Verdict Reporter, this settlement is a Winnebago County record for an adult male death due to medical negligence.
- Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard wins $1 Million settlement in Boating Collision March 05 2012...
Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard wins $1 Million settlement in Boating Collision
March 05 2012
Women Trapped and Injured Under Vessel
LAKE COUNTY, IL – Attorney Tara R. Devine of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., won a $1 million settlement on behalf of a 55-year old woman who was trapped under a capsized boat on August 15, 2009.
Brenda Schmid, a Palatine (IL) resident, was a passenger on a boat driven by Mark Holmquest of Fox Lake traveling on Nippersink Lake near Fox Lake, Illinois, when it was struck by another boat driven by David Caplan of Glenview just after 6:30 p.m. on August 15, 2009. It is believed that at the time of the collision, both boats were navigating at intersecting angles on Nippersink Lake (Chain O’ Lakes) and the boat driven by Caplan did not take reasonable measures to avoid impact. It was later determined that both Holmquest and Caplan were intoxicated while operating their watercrafts.
Holmquest’s boat capsized, throwing Schmid, Holmquest and the owner of the boat, Richard Alexander into the water. Holmquest and Alexander surfaced, but Schmid did not come up, according to the Lake County Sheriff’s Department. Multiple witnesses saw the accident and two witnesses actually jumped in the water to help search for her. After several minutes, Schmid was found pinned underwater near the stern of the boat, trapped in the mud, and was pulled to safety by bystanders. Lake County Sheriff Marine Unit Deputies helped resuscitate Schmid and rushed her to shore, where she was taken to Northern Illinois Medical Center. Schmid had several facial fractures and eventually underwent case-resultsful neck surgery.
“This collision was a tragedy because it was so avoidable,” said lead Plaintiff’s attorney Tara Devine. “Operating a boat while under the influence is just as dangerous as driving a car while under the influence. There can be devastating consequences.” The settlement was approved on February 23, 2012, by the Honorable Judge Ortiz, of the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court, Lake County.
Brenda Schmid currently resides in Palatine.
- October 26 2011 Patrick A. Salvi II announced a $3.5 million personal injury settlement...
October 26 2011
Patrick A. Salvi II announced a $3.5 million personal injury settlement in Cook County on October 26, 2011. On May 2, 2008, the plaintiffs were crossing the street at a stop sign and within a crosswalk when the bus struck both of them while making a left turn.
- Family Recovers $1.25 Million for Fatal McHenry County Crash October 19 2011 McHenry County,...
Family Recovers $1.25 Million for Fatal McHenry County Crash
October 19 2011
McHenry County, IL – Attorney Patrick A. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $1.25 million settlement on October 19, 2011, on behalf of the estate of a 48-year-old man who died from a collision on April 29, 2011, involving a motorcycle and two cars.
According to the police investigation, the deceased Plaintiff of Sycamore, was driving a Harley-Davidson motorcycle westbound on route 120 when the 86-year-old defendant, driving eastbound, failed to yield while turning left. The defendant was ticketed for the accident. The defendant, driving a PT Cruiser then hit a Chevrolet Colorado pickup truck. According to the law suit, the innocent plaintiff died of injuries sustained at the crash.
“This horrific death was a tragedy and could have been avoided if the defendant had been more careful,” said lead Plaintiff’s attorney Patrick Salvi.
- September 09 2011 CHICAGO – Patrick A. Salvi and Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., attorney announced a $3.1...
September 09 2011
CHICAGO – Patrick A. Salvi and Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., attorney announced a $3.1 million wrongful death settlement in Cook County on September 9, 2011. On the evening of April 2, 2011, the minor Plaintiff, deceased, and his twin brother were riding in the front car of a children’s roller coaster (the Python Pit) during a family visit to Go Bananas indoor family theme park in Norridge, Illinois. When the coaster was on its second lap around the track, the Plaintiff came loose from the car’s restraint system, fell out of the car between the tracks, and was fatally struck as the coaster continued its path around the track without stopping. Plaintiffs’ alleged that the Defendant failed to have adequate height requirements, restraint devices and also alleged negligent maintenance, supervision and operation of the ride.
- September 06 2011 CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the...
September 06 2011
CHICAGO, IL – The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit today affirmed a $29.1 million medical malpractice verdict.
On April 2, 2010, attorneys David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., secured the $29.1 million verdict on behalf of Christian Arroyo. Judge Amy St. Eve of the Northern District of Illinois rendered the verdict for Christian and against the United States of America after a week-long bench trial. The government-employed doctors were found guilty of negligence having to do with their obstetrical and neonatal care. The attorneys of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard proved that prophylactic measures to prevent infection should have been taken prior to Christian’s birth and that the signs and symptoms of a neonatal infection were missed, causing profound brain damage.
The government appealed the verdict based on the statue of limitations. The government said that the suit was untimely because it was brought more than 2 years after the baby was discharged from the hospital following birth. Attorneys case-resultsfully argued that the lawsuit was timely filed because the Arroyos did not know and had no reason to know that the brain injury had any sort of doctor or government cause.
Today, Christian Arroyo is a spastic quadriplegic with cerebral palsy. He cannot walk, talk or eat through his mouth.
Attorney Patrick Salvi II said: “We are very pleased that the Court of Appeals has affirmed this verdict on behalf of Christian, and rejected the government’s attempt to avoid responsibility for the misconduct of the doctors involved by asserting that they should have been sued sooner. The money will be essential in giving this young man a chance in life given his severe and permanent disabilities.
For more information on the Arroyo case [07C4912], or the Law Firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., please contact Patrick Salvi II at (312) 372 -1227 or email@example.com.
- August 26 2011 MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick Salvi II and Sarah Ferrill, of Salvi, Schostok &...
August 26 2011
MCHENRY COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick Salvi II and Sarah Ferrill, of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $1.275 million verdict late this afternoon on behalf of the estate of Sylvia Krawiec, formerly of Cary, Illinois, who was tragically killed in a head-on collision.
On October 10, 2007, 25-year-old Sylvia Krawiec was traveling into work north on Illinois Route 31 near Centegra Hospital in Crystal Lake. The defendant, Lucinda Slensby, 67-years-old at the time of the incident, was traveling south also on Route 31 when Lucinda crossed the centerline and collided with Sylvia in a head-on collision, killing Sylvia.
Sylvia is survived by her parents, Walter and Marolia and her younger sister, Angie Krawiec.
The four-day trial was on damages only because Lucinda admitted fault, so no facts of the crash were heard. During the trial, the jurors heard testimony from family members and friends and were asked to consider the loss of society of each family member and the family member’s grief, sorrow and mental suffering. Criminal charges had been filed against Lucinda because on the day of the crash she had an alcoholic beverage at lunch and was taking medications that were not to be mixed with alcohol. The criminal charges were eventually dropped.
“The verdict demonstrates the substantial loss the Krawiec family suffer when they lost Sylvia,” said lead Plaintiff’s attorney, Patrick Salvi II. “Sylvia was a wonderful young woman, just months away from completing her nursing degree.”
The trial was conducted in the Law Division of the McHenry County Circuit Court before Judge Thomas Meyer. It took the jury two and a half hours of deliberation before reaching its verdict.
For additional information on the verdict or the law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, contact Patrick Salvi II at 888-616-4329 or firstname.lastname@example.org.[WLADYLAW KRAWIEC and MARIOLA KRAWIEC, as Independent Administrators of the Estate of SYLVIA KRAWIEC, Deceased, Plaintiffs, vs. LUCINDA SLENSBY, Defendant.]
- August 23 2011 On August 23, 2011, in Macon County, Patrick A. Salvi announced an $9...
August 23 2011
On August 23, 2011, in Macon County, Patrick A. Salvi announced an $9 million wrongful settlement. Plaintiffs claimed that ProMark, Mining & Industrial Systems, and Custom Air Products & Services, Inc., designed, manufactured, and fabricated a defective air handling system designed to “scrub” sulphur dioxide from air that was delivered to a laboratory at Archer Daniels Midland. As a result of a fire in the air handler, carbon monoxide was delivered to the laboratory, causing the deaths of two Plaintiffs who were Archer Daniels Midland employees. Plaintiffs further alleged that Defendants were negligent in their maintenance of the air handling unit.
- April 21 2011 On April 21, 2011, Michael Schostok, Patrick Salvi and Salvi, Schostok &...
April 21 2011
On April 21, 2011, Michael Schostok, Patrick Salvi and Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., attorney resolved a law suit filed in the Circuit Court of Kane County for $1.75 million. The settlement was reached at mediation. The minor Plaintiff suffered severe and permanent injuries due to the Defendant’s failure to comply with appropriate standards of care.
- February 09 2011 Matt Williams and Patrick Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard...
February 09 2011
Matt Williams and Patrick Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., secured an $800,000 settlement on behalf of their client on January 26, 2011. The Plaintiff was riding his bicycle in a marked bicycle lane on the Northside of Chicago in October of 2007. The driver of a parked vehicle on the right-hand side opened his door into the Plaintiff, forcing him into traffic. The Plaintiff was struck by a van, sustaining serious and life-threatening injuries. The Plaintiff had a 4-week stay the hospital for multiple rib fractures, two fractures in his spine, scapula fracture, and ankle fracture. The Plaintiff has since made a good recovery with the exception of ongoing ankle problems due to post-traumatic arthritis.
“We are very happy that the wrongdoers in this case stepped up to the plate and compensated our client for his injuries,” said Patrick Salvi II. “Our client spent significant time in an induced coma due to terrible injuries from this crash. He had a mountain of medical bills. The settlement allows those medical bills to be paid and fairly compensates the client for all the pain he has endured and will endure into the future.”
- October 05 2010 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok &...
October 05 2010
LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., obtained a $1.7 million personal injury settlement on behalf of a Lake Forest woman. On September 22, 2008, the Plaintiff was traveling eastbound on her bike on a pedestrian path toward the intersection of E. Westleigh Rd. and Western Ave in Lake Forest, IL. The Defendant was driving a Jeep Cherokee southbound on Western Ave. and stopped for a red light at the intersection of Western Ave. and Westleigh Rd. Plaintiff then proceeded into the crosswalk on Westleigh Rd. on a walk signal. While she was in the crosswalk, the Defendant proceeded to make a right-hand turn on a red light onto Westleigh Rd. and struck the Plaintiff on her bike. She sustained a fractured wrist and ankle, developed CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) in the left leg and has undergone lumbar epidural injections.
- March 26 2010 On March 10, 2010 Matt Williams resolved a lawsuit filed in...
March 26 2010
On March 10, 2010 Matt Williams resolved a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County for $725,000. The settlement was reached at mediation. The case involved personal injuries sustained by the plaintiff when a forklift struck the plaintiff while she was working as a temporary employee at a local manufacturing plant.
- March 26 2010 On March 25th, 2010, Matt Williams secured a product liability settlement...
March 26 2010
On March 25th, 2010, Matt Williams secured a product liability settlement for a Cook County minor due to an eye injury sustained by an allegedly defective clothes hamper. A wire piece from the hamper broke causing a corneal laceration to the three year old child. The $665,000 settlement was reached at mediation.
- August 04 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS: Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi II and Patrick A....
August 04 2009
LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS: Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi II and Patrick A. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $1.28 million verdict late Friday, July 31st on behalf of Megan Venturi, 20, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable David Hall who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois. This is the second jury trial the father and son Salvi legal team has tried – in their first trial back in March, they secured a $33 million verdict which exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.
On December 22, 2005, Megan, then 16-years-old, was involved in a motor vehicle accident on Grand Ave., in Lindenhurst, Illinois, when the Defendant Jake Dorman who was working for Midland Realty, crossed the center line and struck her vehicle. As a result of the impact, Megan suffered a broken patella, tibia, and fibula in her right leg. Prior to the accident, Megan was a vibrant high school student who participated in a number of extracurricular activities. She now has a pre-arthritic condition in her knee, which has limited Megan’s ability to do many of the things she once enjoyed.
This trial was only on damages because Jake Dorman and Midland Realty and Development admitted liability. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about Megan’s past and future medical needs as well as the pain she will experience throughout her life.
“This verdict reflects the ongoing pain Megan will have in her right leg for the rest of her life. She will be reminded of this violent collision daily with the pain and disability she must now endure. I am very glad many of Megan’s future needs will be taken care of with the money from this verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi II.
- June 10 2009 COOK COUNTY, IL – David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi...
June 10 2009
COOK COUNTY, IL – David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., announced a $6.5 million medical negligence partial settlement and was approved by the Honorable Judge St. Eve of the Northern District Illinois Federal Court on June 10th.
It is alleged that there was a failure to timely diagnose and treat a group beta strep infection in the newborn baby which developed into meningitis resulting in cerebral palsy. The obstetrician and pediatrician involved were employed by Erie Family Health Center which is federally funded clinic that must be sued in Federal Court under the Federal Tort Claims Act. The labor, delivery and newborn care occurred at Northwestern Memorial Hospital; and it was alleged that the nursing personnel failed to invoke the chain of command when the obstetrician and pediatrician failed to recognize continuing and increasing signs and symptoms of neonatal infection. Northwestern and its employees have now settled out of the case, and the case continues against the US Government.
- Largest Reported in Peoria County May 12 2009 PEORIA COUNTY, IL—David J. Pritchard and Patrick A....
Largest Reported in Peoria County
May 12 2009
PEORIA COUNTY, IL—David J. Pritchard and Patrick A. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced a $12.5 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a family whose newborn child suffered brain injury as a result of the improper placement of a feeding tube.
On October 5, 2003 the infant was born several weeks premature, but in stable condition. The baby was placed in a special unit in the hospital so that he could grow and further develop prior to discharge. At around three weeks of age, a feeding tube was inserted so that the baby could receive his routine two hour feeding. Unfortunately, the tube was placed into the lung space rather than into the stomach, and the next three feedings were each given into the lung space.
After the third such feeding, the baby suffered respiratory arrest. Emergency resuscitation measures were immediately begun, but were initially uncase-resultsful because no one suspected the real cause of the arrest. During the course of the resuscitation, a chest tube was placed into the lung for a possible pnuemothorax, and milk immediately began to flow out of the chest tube. With this knowledge the resuscitation team was able to revive the infant, but oxygen deprivation had already caused brain damage.
The child, now 5½ years old, suffers from brain damage and spastic quadriplegia. These injuries are permanent, and will have a profound effect not only on the child, but on his parents who have had to provide 24-hour care for their child since the time of this incident.
“This tragic situation is only made worse by the knowledge that this could have been totally avoided if routine tube placement verification procedures had been followed by the nursing staff,” said attorney David J. Pritchard, “Nonetheless, the family is grateful that the hospital has stepped forward to settle this case and to make sure the child receives the best of care.”
For more information on this case, David Pritchard, Patrick Salvi or the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., please contact Christina Solomon at 312-372-1227 or email@example.com.
- April 30 2009 LOGAN COUNTY, IL – Patrick A. Salvi and SS&P attorney of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard,...
April 30 2009
LOGAN COUNTY, IL – Patrick A. Salvi and SS&P attorney of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., obtained a $2.8 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a 16-year-old patient on Isoniazid medication (INH). This is the highest reported medical malpractice settlement in Logan County.
The Plaintiff was receiving Isoniazid (“INH”). Over the next several months Plaintiff complained of experiencing numerous side effects, yet continued to receive INH treatment from the nurses. The nurses failed to communicate Plaintiff’s complaints to the physician treating her, even when those complaints were listed as indicative of liver toxicity. The Health Department’s written policy expressly called for the nurses to communicate such complaints to the physician.
Plaintiffs alleged that as a direct result of the nurses’ negligence and violation of the standard of care, the Plaintiff suffered INH-induced liver toxicity, causing liver failure and requiring two liver transplants. Plaintiff will require ongoing medical care and treatment for the rest of her life
- LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C.,...
LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced they obtained a $33.2 million verdict last night on behalf of a 22-year-old young man, who was injured in a car accident. The trial was heard before the Honorable Christopher Starck who entered judgment on the jury’s verdict in Lake County, Illinois on March 05 2009. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter (Law Bulletin Publishing Company), the father and son Salvi legal team—in their first jury trial together – exceeded the previous Lake County verdict record by nearly $10 million.
On November 19, 2006, William Klairmont, then 18-years-old, was driving intoxicated on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, when he lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, Plaintiff, then 19-years-old, from the chest down. Tests later showed that Klairmont had a blood-alcohol level of 0.146, well above the legal driving limit of 0.08 for adults. The ‘black box’ in Klairmont’s car indicated that seconds before the accident, the vehicle was traveling at 120-miles-per-hour. The trial was only on damages because Klairmont admitted fault. The Plaintiff was not accused of doing anything wrong. During the trial, jurors heard testimony about the Plaintiff’s past and future medical needs, the difficulties of his day-to-day life, and his employability.
“Fortunately for our client, the vehicle Mr. Klairmont was driving was borrowed by his father’s employer from a second family corporation. Insurance-wise, this should allow our client the opportunity to collect much, if not all, of the verdict,” said Patrick A. Salvi, Sr. and Jim Nyeste, another member of the plaintiff’s legal team.
In February, the Plaintiff settled with Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest, for her $2.5 million homeowner’s insurance policy limit. Mrs. Pfeifer owned the home at which William Klairmont became intoxicated.
“The outcome in this case is the recognition by a Lake County jury that our client has suffered a tremendous loss. The jury did the right thing,” said Patrick A. Salvi II. “This verdict will take care of our client’s medical needs for the rest of his life so that he can live as full a life as possible in the face of physical disabilities.”
- February 11 2009 MOM WHO ALLOWED UNDERAGE DRINKING AT LAKE FOREST PARTY PAYS MILLIONS...
February 11 2009
MOM WHO ALLOWED UNDERAGE DRINKING AT LAKE FOREST PARTY PAYS MILLIONS IN CIVIL SUIT
LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Parents who provide a safe-haven for underage drinkers should take note of the $2.5 million partial settlement approved by Judge Christopher Starck in the Law Division of the Circuit Court of Lake County on February 11, 2009. Plaintiff lawyers Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi Schostok & Pritchard P.C., alleged that Lauralee Pfeifer of Lake Forest (IL) allowed a chain of events to occur that ultimately led to a car accident that forever changed the life of Lake Forest teenager, George Baldwin, now 22-years-old.
During the late afternoon of November 19, 2006, Baldwin’s lawyers claimed that Lauralee Pfeifer had a duty to supervise the activities occurring in her home after her daughters, ages 16 and 17, invited teenage friends over for a party. Despite numerous opportunities to step in and stop the beer drinking occurring in an upstairs bedroom, Mrs. Pfeifer did nothing to prevent the teenagers’ intoxication. When her husband, Brandt arrived at their house, the teenagers in the home scrambled to leave.
Two of those who were asked to leave the party were William Klairmont and George Baldwin, then ages 18 and 19, respectively. William had driven to the party earlier in the day and after consuming a number of alcoholic beverages at the Pfeifer residence, was forced to drive home. While traveling north on Route 43 in Lake Bluff, William lost control of the vehicle he was driving—crashing into a utility box. The accident paralyzed the vehicle’s passenger, George, from the chest down. The remaining case against the driver, William Klairmont, and his insurance companies will proceed to trial on March 2, 2009 in Waukegan. In the upcoming trial William has admitted fault and George is not accused of any wrong doing.
This case is similar to the Deerfield (IL) parents, Jeffrey and Sara Hutsell who made national news when they were found criminally guilty of allowing their son’s friends to drink in their home – resulting in the death of two teenagers.
“The growing trend in society is to hold parents accountable when serious injury or death results from otherwise preventable underage drinking,” said Patrick Salvi II. “As one can see with this settlement, the consequences for parents can be civil liability. The case was brought under a relatively new Illinois law entitled, ‘Drug or Alcohol Impaired Minor Responsibility Act’ which allows for severe civil penalties for serving alcohol to minors under 18-years-old,” said Salvi.
“The $2.5 million payment represents the entire amount of Lauralee Pfeifer’s homeowner’s insurance. George could have insisted on pursuing Mrs. Pfeifer’s assets beyond her insurance limit but decided against it,” Salvi added.
- December 10 2008 After waiting nearly three years for their case to be resolved...
December 10 2008
After waiting nearly three years for their case to be resolved on appeal, the Muno family has won their case and will receive over $9 million. The case garnered media attention back in late 1999 when 12-year old, Andrew Muno died on an operating table during what was considered to be minor surgery to repair a cut on his arm. It was announced yesterday afternoon that Judge Raymond McKoski of the Circuit Court of Lake County approved the final judgment and disposition of the case for the Plaintiffs.
On December 14, 1999, Andrew Muno was taken to the Emergency Room at Condell Medical Center in Libertyville (Illinois) for treatment of a cut on his left arm that he sustained after falling at his home. Andrew’s parents, Barton and Darlene Muno alleged, through their attorney Michael P. Schostok of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., that their son Andrew developed respiratory difficulties after he received an antibiotic that he was allergic to. Despite these breathing difficulties, the surgeon started the operation. Soon after the surgery ended, Andrew redeveloped severe breathing difficulties and died on the operating table. The Plaintiffs alleged that the surgeon, and the anesthesiologist, Dr. Dale S. Gordon, M.D., should have stopped the operation so that Andrew Muno’s breathing difficulties could have been controlled. On February 17, 2006, a Lake County jury rendered a verdict for the Muno family in the amount of $7.5 million for the wrongful death of their son, Andrew.
The defendants Dr. Gordon and Lake County Anesthesiologists appealed the verdict after the co-defendants settled with the Munos. On June 20, 2008, the Appellate Court affirmed the verdict of $7.5 million. On November 26, 2008 the Supreme Court of Illinois denied defendants final petition to appeal the jury’s decision. The $9 million paid to the Muno family included interest on the judgment earned during the appeal process.
“After 9 years of waiting for justice to be rendered for the death of their son, the Muno family is relieved to finally have closure of this horrible chapter in their lives,” said attorney Michael Schostok.
- October 30 2008 LAKE COUNTY, IL – Michael P. Schostok of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., announced...
October 30 2008
LAKE COUNTY, IL – Michael P. Schostok of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, P.C., announced a $6 million personal injury settlement on behalf of a 43-year-old woman who suffered a brain injury when her bicycle collided into a warning sign placed and maintained by a utility service provider. The Honorable Raymond J. McKoski, Law Division, Circuit Court of Lake County (Illinois) approved the settlement.
On June 22, 2004, the Plaintiff, Michele Coulson, a clinical pharmacist and mother of two, was riding her bike on a sidewalk in Libertyville, when her handlebars collided with the warning sign, causing her bike to flip. Michelle landed on the concrete with the back of her head hitting first. She was immediately transported by ambulance to Condell Hospital. Doctor’s later determined that she had suffered a severe traumatic brain injury that caused cerebral edema and brain stem infarction. Michele currently has memory loss, cognitive deficits, and vision problems.
“This accident was a terrible tragedy because it was so avoidable,” said David Pribyl. “The sign was simply too close to the sidewalk and posed a danger to Ms. Coulson and other persons. If the owner of the sign had merely inspected it, they could have moved the sign just a few feet and the tragedy would have been avoided.”
No. 05 L 527, STEVEN COULSON, Individually and as Plenary Guardian of the Estate of MICHELE COULSON, a disabled person, Plaintiff, v A UTILITY SERVICE PROVIDER, an Illinois Corporation, et al, Defendants.
- October 01 2008 BUREAU COUNTY, IL – David J. Pritchard of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced...
October 01 2008
BUREAU COUNTY, IL – David J. Pritchard of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., announced a $4.1 million medical malpractice settlement on behalf of a mother whose newborn child suffered brain damage as a result of the hospital’s alleged negligence.
On September 3, 1999 James Tornow was born to a mother who had undiagnosed Group Beta Strep colonization. It was alleged that, prior to discharge from the hospital, the baby developed problems feeding and a high bilirubin count; and that further investigation of these symptoms would have led to the diagnosis and case-resultsful treatment of early onset GBS infection. It