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Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Verdicts & Settlements | Romanucci & Blandin

Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, is more than just a law firm – it is a litigation firm. We litigate all cases in a court of law to ensure maximum compensation for clients and their families. Our extensive experience, knowledge and dedication to helping the catastrophically injured have helped us recover more than $450 million for our clients, with dozens of cases exceeding $1 million.

Listed below is a representation of the verdicts and settlements we have obtained on our clients’ behalf:

$30,000,000 Settlement-medical malpractice.

A family was awarded $30 million dollars in a settlement reached with Mark J. Holterman, MD. and a Major Chicago Area Teaching Hospital after their son was left permanently disabled and brain injured as a result of 25 experimental surgeries. This is the fourth largest medical malpractice suit for a minor in the state of Illinois, and is the largest settlement for a child born with esophageal atresia in Illinois.

$22,300,000 verdict- medical malpractice

A Cook County jury awarded the parents of a ten-year-old boy with a tens of millions of dollars verdict in a medical negligence case arising out of the care and treatment on May 29, 1999 at Advocate Christ Medical Center/Hope Children’s Hospital, in the Chicago suburb of Oak Lawn. The negligence resulted in the loss of the boy’s left leg and other disabilities.

$17,600,000 verdict- police car chase

A police car chase on the expressway leaves a bystander with quadriplegia.

$7,500,000 settlement- construction accident

As a result of an industrial accident, a 45–year–old boiler maker suffered crush injuries when an object fell on Plaintiff. His injuries included: A right orbital blow–out, multiple facial bone fractures, a thoracic burst fracture and multiple rib fractures.

$5,550,000 settlement- construction accident

A female construction worker suffered incomplete paraplegia when a more than five foot trench collapsed on to her body.

$5,348,750 verdict- bus accident

A self-employed roofing contractor, who was heading home on the Dan Ryan expressway, suffered multiple injuries, including leg, pelvis and rib fractures, lung contusions, ruptured spleen and a mild brain injury, when his vehicle was cut off by a CTA bus, and he struck another bus which was stalled in the middle lane.

$4,850,000 settlement-brain injury – construction accident

A male carpenter sustained a traumatic brain injury, facial trauma and a torn rotator cuff among other injuries while working at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium when an improperly secured fish tank, weighing thousands of pounds, fell on him, pinning his head between the tank and a concrete wall. He needed two repair surgeries and subsequent rehabilitation and was unable to return to work. A construction company was found guilty of failing to provide proper protections to ensure the safety of the worker.

$4,500,000 settlement- police shooting

In this wrongful death case filed against the city of Chicago, involved a shooting death of an unarmed man and the subsequent cover-up by the police department.

$4,000,000 settlement- premises liability

Wrongful death occurred while man was on premises of area retailer.

$4,000,000 settlement- medical malpractice

In a wrongful death case, the family of a 38-year-old man received restitution upon his untimely death following a post-surgical complication related to a routine gastric bypass surgery. A CT scan revealed a partially obstructed bowel but the hospital physicians failed to follow up. The man became septic and died.

$3,850,000 settlement- construction accidentpremises liability

An 85-year-old woman who survived the collapse of a supermarket roof received a record settlement for her injuries that included a traumatic brain injury, crushed right eye and fractures. This was the highest award on record for an accident involving a survivor over age 80.

$3,689,733 verdict- medical malpractice

In a record chiropractic malpractice verdict, a man suffered a sudden onset of paralysis from the chest down due to a growth in his thoracic spine which completely compromised his spinal cord. The chiropractor ignored x-rays of his lumbar spine which revealed this progressive, degenerative disease and performed chiropractic manipulations on that area of his back.

3,350,000 settlement-construction accident

A 50-year old male died as a result of an alleged failure to provide the worker with fall protection in an industrial accident. His family received a settlement for $3,350,000 plus a workers’ compensation lien waiver.

$3,500,000 verdict- bus accident

A male, who was intoxicated at the time, suffered severe injuries to his left leg when he was knocked down and his leg run over by a bus. The bus driver violated standard CTA operating procedures by failing to maintain a three-foot clearance between the bus and the pedestrian.

$3,500,000 verdict- trucking accident

A truck driver fell and sustained brain injuries while exiting his semi-tractor cab. The trucking company owner had failed to replace a missing driver’s side safety grab bar, which the plaintiff contended would have prevented or lessened the severity of the fall.

$3,375,000 settlement- trucking accident

The plaintiff, a 36-year-old truck driver, was helping to unload steel off his truck, when his right hand and wrist were crushed by a load of steel after the straps from the crane broke. The defendant in the case was a steel company.
Appellate Court Ruling.

Appellate reverses trial court and reinstates wrongful death case against City of Peru, Illinois. A 14-year-old boy was killed while riding a dirt bike when his neck struck a cable. City workers had strung the cable neck high along a path owned by a railroad. The trial court ruled that the City was immune from prosecution and dismissed the case. The Appellate court reversed the ruling because the cable was not on the City’s property and they were not authorized to string the cable. The boy is survived by his parents and siblings.

$3,000,000 settlement-medical negligence

Negligence Lawsuit Settled with Major Area Hospital: Lawsuit alleged negligence in Level 3 neonatal intensive care unit. 

The complaint alleged physicians, nurses, and staff at the facility had failed to provide efforts and standard care reasonably expected for the treatment of the infant son of the plaintiff during and after he was admitted in June 2000, less than 24 hours after his birth.

$2,750,000 settlement-car accident

A 35-year-old male worker suffered aggravation of his prior spinal injury after being rear-ended by a semi-truck. Prior to the collision, plaintiff had undergone two spinal fusions. At the time of the subject collision, he was asymptomatic. As a result of the collision, plaintiff aggravated his prior back conditions and developed chronic pain syndrome. As a result of the chronic back pain, he has undergone three surgical procedures for a spinal cord stimulator, one temporary, one permanent, and one repair.

$2,500,000 settlement- motorcycle accident / brain injury

A motorcyclist lost control of his bike at an intersection, resulting in orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury. Our investigation uncovered improper warning signals and raised manhole covers at the intersection.

$2,500,000 verdict- construction accident

The plaintiff, a 50-year-old Bosnian immigrant working as an iron worker, fell while on the job at a construction site. He suffered bi-lateral pelvic fractures and underwent surgery for the insertion of plates and screws to stabilize the pelvic rim.

$2,250,000 verdict- automobile accident

A 42-year-old man, who was stopped in his car, was rear-ended by a commercial truck, aggravating a pre-existing back condition.

$2,500,000 settlement – construction accident

A certified elevator mechanic was working to install two elevators at a commercial construction project in downtown Lake Bluff, Illinois when the project manager ordered a change in the direction of the work. Subsequently he twisted his leg and tore the meniscus in his left knee while carrying a 20-foot long, 100-pound hydraulic pipe on his shoulder. The plaintiff underwent surgery to repair the meniscus and afterwards, developed complex regional pain syndrome in the leg – which he continues to receive treatment for to this day.

$2,500,000 settlement- construction accident (fall protection) – premises liability

A 20-year old window washer who suffered extensive injuries, including a below the knee amputation of his left leg, after falling 30 feet from a hospital roof where he was working in 2002, received a settlement. As part of the settlement, the window washer’s employer waived $500,000 of its workers’ compensation lien and agreed to fund the plaintiff’s future medical expenses, which will exceed $1 million, increasing the settlement value to more than $4 million.

$2,281,000 verdict- police brutality

An unarmed man was unlawfully shot by two police deputies and then tasered. We prosecuted the two deputies as well as the Sheriff for ratifying the shooting.

$2,000,000 settlement- motor vehicle accident

In a wrongful death suit, a deliveryman’s decedents received compensation for his death, resulting when he was hit by a street sweeper’s vehicle as it improperly merged from a highway median.

$2,000,000 settlement – medical negligence

A 41-year-old female complaining of shortness of breath and chest pains that radiated from her chest wall, down the left arm and abdomen lost her life following a delayed diagnosis of an abdominal aortic aneurysm. She died while waiting to undergo surgery to repair the aortic dissection at University of Chicago Medical Center, after spending over eight hours in the hospital.

$1,900,000 settlement- pharmaceutical error

Prior to litigation commencing, the wife of a 50-year-old man received restitution upon her husband’s untimely death after he was a prescribed a lethal dosage of morphine. Her husband, who was recently given a good prognosis after finishing rounds of chemotherapy for treatment of his tongue cancer, died after being given six times the normal dosage of morphine by the pharmacy.

$1,750,000 settlement- brain injury / bus accident

A pedestrian suffered a traumatic brain injury when he was hit by a side-view mirror of a left-turning bus.

$1,516,000 settlement- bicycle accident

The plaintiff, a 10-year-old bicyclist, was struck by a school bus as she rode to school, causing her to fall and sustain fatal brain injuries.

$1,500,000 settlement- construction accident

While working at a construction site on Chicago’s North Michigan Avenue, our client – a 50-year-old male laborer – sustained a crushed leg when a stacker was improperly loaded onto a delivery truck. His leg became entangled in a loose cable, and the stacker rolled back, pulling the cable taut and causing numerous leg fractures.

$1,500,000 settlement- construction accident

While working on the Elevated Train Tracks downtown, our client, a laborer, fell 22-feet from the elevated train tracks to the ground causing serious injuries including multiple lacerations, a depressed right frontal skull fracture with underlying hematoma causing mass effect/pressure on adjacent brain tissue causing permanent encephalomalacic change in his right frontal lobe and permanent dead brain tissue, multiple lower and upper body fractures and a rotator cuff injury. As a result of his injuries, our client was hospitalized for approximately two weeks. Following his release, our client required 24 hour home nursing care for over a month, and required periodic home nursing care. Since the accident, he has undergone seven surgeries to treat his injuries, and will likely have to undergo future surgeries as a result of his injuries.

$1,477,000 verdict- construction accident

A union carpenter was on a job site and carrying a doorway header beam when the ladder he was on gave way. The beam caused a severe gash on his neck which required surgery. He tried to return to work but was bothered by persistent migraines, headaches, neck pain, ringing in ears and other injuries that left him permanently disabled. We successfully argued that the general contractor failed to remove inadequate, medium-duty ladders for the required work and that other safety requirements were not followed.

$1,450,000 settlement- automobile accident

Our client sustained career-ending shoulder injuries when the car he was driving was side-swiped by a light truck in a motor vehicle collision. The defendant’s insurance policy covered $1 million of the settlement, and the remainder was paid out of pocket by the defendant himself.

$1,385,000 settlement- auto accident / premises liability

A restaurant patron was struck and killed when a car driven by an 85-year-old man crashed through the window of a sandwich shop. We argued in court that the restaurant, part of a national chain, should have installed protective barriers in front of its parking lot spaces which directly faced the windows. The deceased man was survived by his parents and three sisters.

$1,300,000 settlement- trucking accident

A 24-year-old man’s vehicle was stalled on the expressway when he was rear-ended by a Coca Cola truck traveling at high speed. The family was compensated for the loss of the male head of household and breadwinner.

$1,250,000 settlement- medical malpractice

Our client died from inoperable prostate cancer as the result of a doctor’s failure to take a sufficient tissue sample during a biopsy. The doctor continued to rely on a negative test, despite the plaintiff’s persistence of high PSA levels.

$1,125,000 settlement- motor vehicle accident

In a wrongful death case, the family of a pregnant teenager received death benefits after she was struck and killed in the middle of the street by a speeding car. The 26-week-old fetus also did not survive. All insurance limits were exhausted in the case.

$1,000,000 settlement-medical malpractice.

Our client suffered a stroke as a result of the doctors’ failure to follow up with his transitory ischemic attacks. He is now permanently impaired.

$1,100,000 settlement- car accident (head-on car collision).

We represented the unrestrained passenger in the not-at-fault van in this car collision case.

$1,000,000 settlement-medical malpractice.

The family of a deceased man received a settlement of $1 million, arising out of the failure by his physician to perform a cystoscopy that would have diagnosed late-stage muscle invasive bladder cancer.

$925,000 settlement- construction accident

A male HVAC worker sustained extensive injuries to his wrist, shoulder and ankle, which required a total of 13 surgeries, after falling from a hospital roof where he was working. As part of the settlement, the HVAC worker’s employer waived $787,452 of its workers’ compensation lien, increasing the settlement value to about $1.69 million.

$925,000 settlement – medical negligence

A dedicated 51-year-old electric worker and family man lost his life after his aortic dissection was allegedly not timely diagnosed by Ira Asher, MD and La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange, Illinois. According to the American Heart Association, aortic dissection is a life-threatening condition that occurs when blood leaks from the aorta. The leak is often caused by a tear in the inside wall of the aorta. The most common symptom of aortic dissection is sudden and severe chest pain or upper back pain. The mortality rate is as high as 80% if untreated, and increases 1-5% per hour over the first several hours, making early diagnosis and treatment critical for survival. His family received a settlement of $925,000.

$900,000 settlement- premises liability

As our client and his wife were crossing the street under the “el” tracks in Chicago’s Loop, a 16-foot-long piece of fiberglass angle guard, weighing approximately 25 pounds, fell from the track, striking the man in the occipital region of the head and the left shoulder, causing a traumatic brain injury and partial rotator cuff tear.

$900,000 settlement- medical malpractice

A 59-year-old woman died when her physician misdiagnosed the patient’s paralysis as Bell’s palsy when, in fact, she was suffering from a stroke.

$800,000 settlement- trucking accident

Our client, a truck driver, was driving eastbound on Interstate 70 near Greenfield, Indiana, when the left outside tire on his fifth axel blew out, causing him to pull off the road and exit the cab to address the emergency. Another truck driver – the defendant in the case – was also traveling eastbound on Interstate 70. As the defendant approached the disabled semi-tractor trailer, his vehicle drifted to the right, across the white fog line, striking our client and killing him instantly.

$800,000 settlement- construction accident

A worker for Nicor Gas Company suffered injuries and traumatic arthritis due to an injury caused by an explosion resulting from an improperly marked gas line.

$775,000 settlement- automobile accident

The plaintiff was injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered foot and ankle injuries resulting in multiple surgeries.

$750,000 settlement- nursing home negligence

While recovering from a stoke, a 73-year-old female developed decubitus ulcers to her spine, necessitating debridement and skin grafts.

$700,000 settlement – wrongful death

A new mother lost her life following childbirth after experiencing postpartum hemorrhaging and suffering from an amniotic fluid embolism. In rendering their care and treatment of the patient, the physicians and a Chicago-area hospital failed properly and timely to recognize, diagnose, and treat the symptoms of amniotic fluid embolism; to properly monitor the patient’s post-partum condition; to properly communicate the patient’s medical care needs; to properly hand-off the medical care of the patient, and more which denied the patient from receiving the appropriate medical care.

$650,000 settlement- auto accident

Wrongful death occurred when plaintiff’s car was struck by an arrow board which was left too close to roadway.

$645,000 settlement- auto accident

Our client, a 22-year-old female pedestrian, was struck by a taxi while standing in front of a restaurant. She suffered a skull fracture, facial fractures, and other injuries resulting in vertigo, dizziness, post-concussion syndrome, hearing loss in both ears, insomnia and a left knee fracture which resulted in a bone graft and insertion of two screws.

$610,000 settlement- premises liability

In a wrongful death case, the family of a 14-year-old boy whose neck was broken in 2001 after running into a neck-high wire while riding his dirt bike, received a settlement.

$500,000 verdict- nursing home liability

An elderly nursing home resident, undergoing rehabilitation following a stroke, fell and fractured his hip. He was taken to a local hospital for treatment of the fracture where he began early stages of skin breakdown. He was transferred to a nursing home, where, over six weeks, he became malnourished and dehydrated. Ultimately, he died. The nursing home and physician were found guilty of neglect.

$495,000 settlement- motorcycle accident

A 37-year-old motorcyclist was struck and killed instantly on a northern California freeway during morning rush hour when a taxi-van came to an abrupt stop, pushing him into another vehicle which caused him to be thrown from the bike. He was survived by a mother and brother.

$425,000 verdict- auto accident

While driving his car, a 27-year-old graphic artist was hit and pinned in his car by a trailer which became detached from its truck. Our client sustained an inoperable lumbar disc herniation and suffered numerous other injuries including facial lacerations, numerous cracked teeth requiring repair and root canal work, post-concussion syndrome and post-traumatic stress disorder.

$325,000 settlement- nursing home negligence

The family of a 47-year old man received restitution upon his untimely death following a fall off the stairs of a nursing home. The man suffered multiple fractured ribs, left shoulder fracture, facial and skull fractures, wrist fractures, vertebrae fractures, multiple contusions, and closed head injuries, which caused his death.
Many other settlements are “confidential” and therefore not listed on this page.

$325,000 settlement- premises liability (injury in a restaurant).

A 9 year old was injured when a waiter dropped a glass, and a piece of glass struck our plaintiff’s eye.

$125,000 settlement- car collision.

A family of four in the back of a limousine were involved in a car collision on 1-88.

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