Motherway & Napleton

Developments

$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...
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$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...
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Nicholas J. Motherway Given Lifetime Achievement Award

Nicholas J. Motherway has been awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Jury Verdict Reporter, a Chicagoland publication that for decades has chronicled all jury verdicts returned in the State of Illinois.  Nick earned the award based on a career of success in obtaining verdicts on behalf of his clients. ...
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Appellate Court Rules in Favor of Patient Who Took Generic Darvocet

In 2010, Lewis Guvenoz was given a prescription for the generic version of Darvocet just months before the Food and Drug Administration pulled the drug from the market for a high risk of heart arrhythmias.  While taking the drug as prescribed, Guvenoz suffered cardiac arrest that caused serious brain injuries...
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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.   Ryan Keeping  was driving his semitrailer south on I-294 near the 95th Street exit in Bridgeview when a pickup truck ahead of him changed lanes, moving...
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Robert J. Napleton Named to Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers List for 2015

Illinois Super Lawyers® is a magazine published by attorneys exclusively for attorneys and adheres to an extensive selection process. The only way a lawyer can be listed in Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago magazines is through this selection process. The Top 100 Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multistage...
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$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.  After a long hospital stay, Jeneene needed to have her feet amputated. The amputation procedure went without complication. ...
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Appeals Exhausted – $34 Million Dollar Judgment Paid

In February, 2012, a jury awarded Nancy Hoffman $27.67 million dollars in damages for the injuries she and her daughter sustained during a trucking crash in Cedar County, Iowa on June 21, 2002. The Hoffmans were represented by Robert J. Napleton and Daniel T. Madigan.  The judgment was against Joseph...
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Appeals Exhausted – $1.9 Million Dollar Judgment Paid

In May, 2012, a jury awarded Teodoro Ramirez $1,588,000 in damages for the injuries sustained in a construction accident on a jobsite overseen by general contractor, FCL Builders, Inc.  Mr. Ramirez was represented by Robert J. Napleton.  The judgment was against FCL Builders which had insurance coverage well in excess...
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$5 Million Dollar Maternal Death Settlement

On November 12, 2009, a 31 year old woman, 38 weeks pregnant, was rushed to the emergency room at Highland Park Hospital with abdominal pain and her child was delivered unharmed, but a volume of blood in the abdomen that attending doctors Jeffrey Lerch, M.D. and Erica Smith, M.D., attributed...
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Family Settles Wrongful Death Case for $1.75 Million

In the Estate of John Doe v. ABC Company, plaintiff’s decedent sustained fatal injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident, resulting in a settlement in the amount of $1.75 million.  Robert J. Napleton represented the family.

$4 Million Dollar Award in Medical Malpractice Case

After a total left knee replacement on April 29, 2009, the plaintiff, a 59 year old woman began exhibiting subtle signs of compartment syndrome.  The defendant hospital diagnosed foot drop and potential nerve damage as possible explanation of her symptom complex.  On post-operative day three, the orthopedic nurse documented the...
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Robert J. Napleton Named to Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers List for 2014

Illinois Super Lawyers® is a magazine published by attorneys exclusively for attorneys and adheres to an extensive selection process. The only way a lawyer can be listed in Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago magazines is through this selection process. The Top 100 Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multistage...
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Partners Named to Top Consumer Group

There are more than 85,000 licensed attorneys in Illinois.  In a recent state-wide survey published in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, partners Nick Motherway and Bob Napleton were named as among the top 100 consumer lawyers in the state.

Robert J. Napleton Receives Trial Lawyer Excellence Award

Robert J. Napleton received an award for excellence presented by the Illinois Jury Verdict Reporter for his verdict of $14.6 million dollars in a case involving the serious injuries of a 31 year old woman who suffered an on the job injury while working as a flagger at a road...
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Robert J. Napleton Named to Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers List for 2013

Illinois Super Lawyers® is a magazine published by attorneys exclusively for attorneys and adheres to an extensive selection process. The only way a lawyer can be listed in Illinois Super Lawyers and Chicago magazines is through this selection process. The Top 100 Super Lawyers selects attorneys using a rigorous, multistage...
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$1.6 Million Dollar Settlement to Factory Worker

Confidential 3rd Party Defendant operated a large manufacturing facility on the south side of Chicago where it manufactured steel and other metal parts for the automotive industry.  The manufacturing process would create an extensive amount of metal scrap. Confidential 3rd Party Defendant contracted to sell the metal scrap to Confidential...
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Nicholas J. Motherway Appointed to the Rules Committee

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Nicholas J. Motherway to another three year term as a member of the Rules Committee.  The Rules Committee develops and evaluates proposed changes in Supreme Court rules of procedure and discovery and makes recommendations that a proposed rule be adopted or rejected. “It has been a great honor to have served...
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Nicholas J. Motherway Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

The Illinois Trial Lawyer Association has awarded it’s prestigious Leonard Ring Lifetime Achievement Award to Nicholas J. Motherway.  The award was presented at ITLA’s annual banquet on June 8, 2012.  The award is given to recognize members who have dedicated their professional life to upholding the goals of ITLA in...
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Robert J. Napleton Speaks on Ethics and Professionalism

On April 27, 2012, Robert J. Napleton spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Seminar in Oak Brook Hills on Ethics and Professionalism, “Petitioning for Enhanced Attorney’s Fees in Medical Malpractice Cases”.

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.   Nancy Hoffman, 59, lost use of her lower extremities in 2002 when a semitrailer truck struck her car on Interstate 80 in Iowa.  The truck driver transported steel coils to...
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$1.6 Million Dollar Medical Malpractice Jury Verdict

A Cook County jury awarded a nearly $1.6 million verdict in favor of a woman who suffered nerve injury following reconstructive surgery in 2007.    Don M. Sowers, Jr. and John C. Coyne of Motherway & Napleton, LLP, represented the woman, Catalina Merchan, in her medical malpractice claim against Robert...
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$2,645,000 Million Dollar Award for Truck Driver

On October 4, 2007, plaintiff, Gale Cook, now age 58, was seriously injured while delivering a precast concrete septic tank for his employer, Sebens Concrete Products.    On the day of the incident, Charles Nelson, was operating an excavating machine with a bucket that was attached with a coupling device...
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Robert J. Napleton Speaks at Seminar in California

Robert J. Napleton recently spoke at the 2011 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a 36,000 member organization.  The 2 hour program was entitled “Providing Expert Opinion and Testimony.”  Mr. Napleton gave the plaintiff’s perspective.  The 2011 Annual Meeting was attended by 10,279 orthopedic surgeons from all...
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Nicholas J. Motherway Spoke at Seminar

Nicholas J. Motherway spoke at the seminar on the new Illinois Rules of Evidence presented by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on Dec. 4, 2010, at the Westin Chicago.  Mr. Motherway presented a review on the law related to the admissibility of testimony of expert witnesses.  A copy of his...
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Quadriplegic Case Settles for $6.3 Million

  A distributor of racecar seats that are sold and marketed for regular passenger vehicles has paid the lion’s share of a $6.3 million settlement reached in the case of a woman who was rendered a quadriplegic.   The lawsuit stemmed from an accident that occurred on May 15, 2005,...
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Top One Hundred Trial Lawyers

Nick Motherway and Bob Napleton have both been conferred the “Top One Hundred Trial Lawyers” award by the American Trial Lawyers Association, a national group of prominent attorneys dedicated to the art of jury trial advocacy. The partners said they were proud to have received this recognition and were grateful...
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$6,000,000.00 Settlement for Birth Injury

On March 11, 2010 Judge William Maddux approved a 6 million dollar settlement on behalf of an 11 year old girl who suffered from cerebral palsy due to the defendant MacNeal Hospital’s failure to properly monitor the augmentation of labor with Pitocin.  As a result, the baby was deprived of...
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$1,350,000.00 Settlement for Death of Six Day Old Boy

On January 27, 2010 Judge William Maddux approved a 1.35 million dollar settlement agreed upon prior to a lawsuit being filed for the death of a six day old boy whose death was caused by the failure of the residents and nursing staff of Rush Medical Center to properly monitor...
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Partners Named to Top Consumer Group

There are more than 85,000 licensed attorneys in Illinois.  In a recent state-wide survey published in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine, partners Nick Motherway and Bob Napleton were named as among the top 100 consumer lawyers in the state.

Settlement in Hospital Burn Case

When a three month old baby girl was being prepped for a heart test at Christ Hospital in Oak Lawn, Illinois, she was covered by an electric heating pad which burned her right foot.  Multiple skin grafts were needed to treat the burn, resulting in a settlement achieved by Nicholas...
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Wrongful Death of 86 Year Old Widow Settles for $1.1 Million

On December 23, 2007, Sigismunda Rizzo, age 86, walked across the street to her neighbor’s house to deliver a tray of Christmas cookies.  On her way back from her neighbor’s house she was struck by a vehicle driven by a Salvadore Guzman.  Ms. Rizzo was transported to Northwestern Memorial Hospital...
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Robert J. Napleton Named to Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers List for 2009

Illinois Super Lawyers® is a magazine published by attorneys exclusively for attorneys and adheres to a rigorous selection process.  The only way a lawyer can be listed in Illinois Super Lawyers magazine is through this selection process.  The Top 100 Super Lawyers selection process consists of a statewide survey of...
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Man Wins $4.75 Million Malpractice Award for Neurological Injury

$4.75 Million settlement has been reached on behalf of a 50 year old man who suffered an anoxic event during the performance of a transesophageal echocardiogram at a Lake County Medical Facility.   As a result of the loss of oxygen the plaintiff now suffers from action myoclonus.  This is a...
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Road Worker Wins $14.6M Jury Award for Loss of Leg

A Livingston County jury has awarded a $14.6 million judgment to a woman who lost part of her leg while working as a flagger on a highway construction site. In September 2002, a concrete cutter that had a 9-foot wheel climbed out of its trench and went out of control,...
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Settlement for Infant in Intensive Care Mishap

A three million dollar settlement has been reached on behalf of a four year boy who, at 2 weeks of age, suffered a cardiac arrest in the intensive care nursery at the University of Chicago Hospital ten days after he had undergone surgery to correct a congenital heart defect. Just...
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