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Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. Case Results

The personal injury law firm of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., is proud of the work we have done on behalf of clients. Since our firm was founded, we have secured more than $900 million in verdicts and settlements, including 200 cases resulting in awards of $1 million or more.

In 2012, our firm was one of only six law firms to report settlements totaling $25 million or more in the Jury Verdict Reporter / Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Settlement Survey. Our firm had recovered a total of $46.51 million in five cases reported in the survey, including a $22.6 million settlement in a birth injury case that had gone to the Seventh Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals (affirming the verdict) and an $8.25 million settlement of an infant death case that is the largest such settlement in Illinois history. Our firm’s settlements in 2012 also included a $5 million settlement in Stephenson County and a $2 million settlement in McLean County – both medical malpractice cases.

In addition to settlements, our firm has also secured successful results at trial, including a $33.2 million personal injury verdict obtained in 2009 on behalf of a drunk-driving accident victim that, to this date, remains the largest jury verdict in Lake County history.

No matter whether a case is large or small, it is important to us because we know it is important to you. We are dedicated to using the full extent of our skills, resources and experience to help you get the compensation you deserve.

The following are descriptions of the many results we have obtained for clients in Chicago and across Illinois. These results show our experience in handling a wide variety of cases.

However, these cases should not be viewed as the guarantee of a specific result for a potential case. Each case is different and involves unique factual and legal issues.  Many factors ultimately determine the value of a case, including the availability of insurance coverage.

To discuss the specific facts of your case, please contact us through our toll-free number or by submitting our online contact form. We would be pleased to provide a free and confidential consultation about your case.

$5 Million Settlement

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.”

$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.

$33.2 Million Jury Verdict

March 05 2009

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. 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.”