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Judgments & Settlements

$33 Million | Railroad Worker Suffers Double Leg Amputation

$33 million for a railroad worker in Rock Island, Illinois. On the morning of Easter Sunday, the plaintiff was working as a conductor for the defendant, Iowa Interstate Railroad, switching cars in the railroad’s Rock Island yard, when he was struck by a train. He sustained massive degloving to his upper thighs and lower abdomen, fractures to both legs and multiple areas of his pelvis, and subsequent surgical amputation of both legs. The plaintiff contended the railroad was negligent in that it violated numerous safety rules while switching cars; the train cars involved did not uncouple because of a non-responsive pin lifter, unsafe yard conditions caused him to trip on a hole near a newly installed railroad tie, and the railroad violated federal communication regulations governing train operations. The $33 million award is a record verdict for a single plaintiff in Rock Island County as well as the highest F.E.L.A. verdict in JVR’s records. (Read more from The Cook County and Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter)

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$22.47 Million | Amputation of Left Heel

In a verdict that was upheld in August of 2017, Cogan & Power P.C. attorneys secured $22.47 million for a railroad worker on the 51st Street yard, who was reorganizing railroad cars on several tracks. The complaint alleges that less than two months earlier, the railroad replaced switches and track, creating a safety hazard for workers in the yard. In making changes to the configuration, the railroad turned previously parallel tracks into an unsuspecting trap because they converged too closely for safe passage. The jury ultimately agreed that the railroad was responsible for creating the dangerous condition and failing to properly inform employees at the 51st street yard, including the plaintiff.

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$16.3 Million | Baby suffers Cerebral Palsy, Seizures and Blindness

16.3 Million The two-year-old plaintiff underwent skull surgery for separate premature skull sutures at ACMC. After a successful surgery, she was then transferred to the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU).

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$15.1 Million | Failure to Diagnose Leads to Stage IV Terminal Cancer

$15.1 Million for an Adler College professor who, at the age of 56, was seen at Edward Hospital, and underwent a CT angiogram ordered by her cardiologist to rule out a cardiac aneurysm. She did not know that her cardiologist’s partner at Midwest Heart Specialists, Ltd. would be interpreting the study. This doctor did not report a suspicious 1.4cm mass present in the left lung. Over time the woman developed slurred speech, headaches, and gait changes and underwent tests at Edward Hospital which ultimately resulted in a diagnosis of lung cancer that had metastasized to the brain. She underwent craniotomy and Gamma knife procedures to remove the three brain mets and then was begun on standard chemotherapy. Further tests revealed that her cancer had numerous mutations including a rare EGFR Rad-51 mutation/fusion. She is currently living with stage IV terminal cancer with a life expectancy of 2-4 years. (Read the Jury Verdict Report)

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$13 Million | Commercial trucking disaster

$13 Million in a commercial trucking accident case in Bristol, Indiana that resulted in the deaths of a mother and […]

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$11.4 Million | Cervical Fusion Revision – Defective Pin Tip Device

$11.4 Million for the surviving family of a man who died as a result of injuries sustained during a cervical fusion […]

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$11.1 Million | Van Collision Results in Spinal Injury

$11.1 Million for a man who sustained a spinal injury in a van collision with a semi-trailer. Jacob Eitel sued his […]

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$9.85 Million | Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

$9.850 Million for a medical student who was injured when she was a patient in a clinic run by her […]

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$8.75 Million | Medical Malpractice

$8.75 Million for 32-year-old female who presented for a dilation and curettage during which Fentanyl and Propofol were administered. Immediately after […]

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$7.65 Million | Low APGARS and seizures

$7.650 Million in a birth injury case where the baby sustained a global brain injury was after an obstetrical nurse […]

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