The Chicago Firm Protecting the Rights of

Plaintiffs for Over 30 Years.

Nick Motherway and Bob Napleton have obtained many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements over the years. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have handled claims and suits not only in Illinois, but in many other states from New York to California. The lawyers at Motherway & Napleton pride themselves on their commitment to keep their clients informed and communicate with them frequently to apprise them of the progress of their cases.

We handle wrongful death cases, catastrophic personal injury and medical negligence cases exclusively on behalf of plaintiffs. On November 1, 1982, the firm was founded on the belief that victims of negligence should have access to highly ethical, compassionate lawyers who will vigorously fight for justice on their behalf. The firm remains committed to that philosophy. Thirty-three years and thousands of clients later, Motherway & Napleton has risen to one of the most respected and recognizable plaintiffs’ personal injury and medical malpractice law firms in Illinois.

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Recognized by the City of Chicago

Motherway and Napleton, a top rated personal injury law firm in Chicago, focuses on civil litigation, personal injury, tort, and medical malpractice.

Our Chicago lawyers have handled a gamut of cases including incidents from automobile collisions and premises liability to professional negligence cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, construction accidents, train crashes and commercial aviation disasters.

The firm has been recognized and honored for its work by the City of Chicago.

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Recent Awards

  • Jury Awards Nearly $8 Million in Medical Negligence Case

    A Cook County jury awarded more than $7.88 million to the estate of a woman who died after suffering complications from a nerve block procedure. The verdict came in plaintiff, Terry Arient’s wrongful death and negligence case, which alleged his wife Kathy’s pain physician incorrectly performed an unnecessary procedure without possessing the proper privileges to do so. “Needle placement is important in the procedure because physicians could damage nerves around the spinal cord as well as the arteries that supply oxygen to it”, said Robert J. Napleton, a partner at Motherway & Napleton.  Robert J. Napleton and Bradley Z. Schulman represented Arient’s estate. Arient became paralyzed shortly after the procedure and remained in that condition until she died 20 months later in June 2014. He alleged Yasser Alhaj-Hussein, M.D. was negligent for performing the pain-management procedure without first trying more conservative treatments, like a fentanyl patch or intrathecal spinal pump; failing to properly place the needle; and failing to possess the proper privileges that would have allowed Alhaj-Hussein to inject absolute alcohol. After three hours of deliberation, the jury awarded Arient’s estate $684,761 for her necessary medical care and treatment, $1.5 million for her disability, $200,000 for disfigurement, $1.5 million for pain and suffering, $3 million for loss of society and $1 million for grief, sorrow and mental suffering. The case is Terry Arient v. Yasser Alhaj-Hussein, M.D., et al. 12 L 14249.

  • $7.5 Million for Injured Motorcyclist

    In a partially confidential settlement, our client has settled a lawsuit in regard to a motorcycle accident in which he became a paraplegic when he encountered a speed hump at night on a residential street in Chicago and lost control. The hump was not properly marked and there was no speed hump warning sign in place.   The defense alleged that our client was impaired by alcohol and marijuana and was performing a stunt on his bike when he lost control. The City of Chicago and three private corporations settled in negotiations with Nicholas J. Motherway and Nicholas T. Motherway. (more…)

  • $1.1 Million Dollar Settlement Against Rush Physician

    On September 27, 2012, defendant, Gary Schaer, M.D., was driving his vehicle to Rush University Medical Center where he is employed as professor of medicine. At the intersection of North Park Avenue and North Avenue, Dr. Schaer failed to keep a proper lookout while executing a right hand turn from a stop sign and struck decedent, Marilyn Williams. (more…)

  • Trucker Receives $2.3 Million Dollar Jury Award Following Crash

    A Cook County jury awarded more than $2.36 million to a truck driver injured in a collision on the Tri-State Tollway in 2008. (more…)

  • $2 Million Dollar Wrongful Death Settlement

    On July 12, 2011, Jeneene Hook was bit by a dog that she was walking in the park.  That night, Jeneene Hook became septic and was rushed to Advocate Good Shepard Hospital.  (more…)

  • Cook County Jury Awards $27.67 Million to Car Crash Victims

    A Cook County jury awarded $27,672,152.15 to a woman who suffered paralysis below her chest in a car accident. (more…)

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