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Premises Liability: Verdicts And Settlements

Below are brief summaries of premises liability cases that we have resolved for past clients.

  • $67,000,000 verdict for a worker who suffered burn injuries when a grain bin exploded at a ConAgra, Inc. facility in Chester, Illinois.
  • $12,000,000 settlement for a visitor at McCormick Place who fell down stairs that were improperly designed and constructed.
  • $11,700,000 landmark settlement for a client who lost the use of both legs and one arm in a fall while walking down a flight of stairs at McCormick Place. Our firm’s unique strategy on damages involved providing a fully handicap-accessible home for the client.
  • $4,065,000 settlement for an ironworker who suffered a foot injury that developed into reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) when a bar joist fell on him as a result of improper ground conditions.
  • $3,800,000 verdict for a pipe fitter burned in an underground storage-tank explosion.
  • Substantial undisclosed settlement in the traumatic sexual assault of a 79-year old nursing home resident where the parties and the amount of settlement are subject to a confidentiality order.
  • $1,500,000 verdict for a woman injured by a falling paper-plate display at Kmart.
  • $1,250,000 settlement for an ironworker who slipped on conduit that was not properly secured to the deck.
  • $1,200,000 verdict for a dockworker who was struck by a chock which had been thrown up in the air by forklift operator; he was thrown into a pile of steel and suffered a herniated cervical disc.
  • $1,122,000 verdict for a truck driver injured when picking up waste materials from a manufacturer who failed to provide a safe environment for the waste disposal pick-up area. This verdict was upheld through appeals to the Illinois Supreme Court.
  • $1,100,000 settlement for an ironworker who received a fractured ankle when a beam stored on uneven ground rolled onto the worker.
  • $1,052,337.96 settlement in a construction negligence case for a carpenter who slipped on his scaffold after the job site became wet when a water main broke and suffered an aggravation to his low back.
  • $1,050,000 settlement for an ironworker who suffered low-back injuries when he slipped on ice while welding.
  • $792,000 verdict for a painter who injured his knee when he tripped on poor ground conditions at the jobsite; the offer prior to the jury trial was only $70,000.
  • $750,000 settlement for a woman who injured her foot while sitting in a beauty salon chair. Plaintiff discharged her previous attorney who recommended that she accept the insurance company’s $25,000 offer.
  • $650,000 settlement for a dancer with the Joffrey Ballet who injured his neck when a portion of the ceiling in the rehearsal studio fell on him.
  • $407,545 Jury verdict for an accountant who was injured when she tripped over a crack on a city sidewalk. The offer was $4,000.00 prior to trial.
  • Verdict of more than $260,000 for a young teenager whose calf was severely lacerated on the edge of metal bleachers the Chicago Park District placed by an outdoor basketball court. The Appellate Court upheld the verdict and agreed that the Plaintiff proved the Park District’s conduct was willful and wanton.
  • $240,000 Settlement for a pedestrian who fell into a 6ft hole on a construction site because site was not fenced off and the hole was not barricaded.
  • $195,000 Settlement for truck driver injured when dock worker who was operating a forklift to unload our client’s truck dropped a storage bin from the forks of the forklift and the bin struck our client.
  • $100,000 Arbitration Award for water delivery man injured while making a delivery when he fell down a staircase which was in despair.
  • Verdict for the Plaintiff in federal court involving a fall down a stairway. Our client claimed someone left a cardboard tray on the stairs causing him to fall. After the court ruled in our client’s favor on liability issues, the government agreed to settle the case.

Contact any of our Illinois premises liability lawyers all of whom have extensive experience in handling premises liability, to schedule a free initial consultation.

“I just want to let you know between Jennifer and Lisa, you two are awesome attorneys and I will recommend you both till the end! I love your service and positivity throughout the process! Thank you both for all you have done! I honestly felt so comfortable with your service from the start! I can’t thank you both enough! Honestly!”

Joseph H.

“I would just like to say to everyone at the firm, this is about Jeff Alter, I know that you all there have large and much more profitable cases than mine, the people that Jeff and his secretary had to deal with are simply scandals and that is being polite, but Jeff and his wonderful secretary fought for me and my family, I was off work over this for over a year. Medical bills . . . just a lot of uncertainty, fear and just being taken great advantage of, my settlement is only a few dollars, less than $4,000, this is in no way due to lack of working hard and vigorously for me [sic].”

Eddie F.

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Jeremy M.