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For over 30 years, Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C., has represented plaintiffs in a variety of medical malpractice, personal injury, and wrongful death cases. In addition, the Firm has built a significant commercial practice, that is dedicated to assisting large corporations with “bet the company” type complex litigation matters.

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  • $33.2 Million Jury Verdict - March 05 2009 LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS – Attorneys Patrick A. Salvi and Patrick A. Salvi II of Salvi, Schostok...

    $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.”

  • $17 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement - Chicago, IL (June 23, 2014) Patrick A. Salvi of the law firm Salvi, Schostok &...

    $17 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement

    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.

  • $1.2 Million Settlement - Largest of its kind in Winnebago County WINNEBAGO, IL – Matthew L. Williams of Salvi,...

    $1.2 Million Settlement

    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.

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