$3.8 Million Jury Verdict for Botched Spinal Surgery

Plaintiff, Edith McFarland was a 50-year-old woman who suffered from right foot drop and severe pain after a spinal surgery performed by Dr. Anthony Rinella.  In March of 2016, Dr. Rinella performed a spinal fusion and placed the L4 right pedicle screw through the pedicle wall and breached the spinal canal.  Edith woke up with...
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$4.75 Million for the Death of a 50-year-old Mexican American

On May 27, 2018, the decedent, age 50, presented to a Chicago hospital with some mild neurological symptoms.  A CT scan was done on the morning of May 27, 2018.  The reported findings on the CT scan were a facet fracture at the C6-7 region of his cervical spine.   There was no report of any...
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$2.25 Million for Sterility Lawsuit

Plaintiff, age 32, was having difficulty conceiving a child, so she consulted with an ob/gyn at Cook County Hospital. A hysterosalpingogram (HSG) was ordered to determine if the plaintiff’s fallopian tubes were obstructed. The HSG study, performed in April 2017 by an interventional radiology resident, identified the presence of bilateral hydrosalpinx (blocking of her fallopian...
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$1.5 Million for Left Eye Vision Loss

The plaintiff, a 60-year-old male, entered defendant hospital in January 2018 with liver and cardiac-related issues. A full workup was done, including a brain scan, which showed an incidental finding of a possible pituitary macroadenoma. The patient received treatment for his cardiac issues and was discharged, but there was no follow-up on the pituitary gland...
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$1,250,000.00 Settlement in a Motor Vehicle Collision

On May 20, 2020, a 37-year-old, Chicago, IL resident was killed while riding his bicycle heading in an easterly direction across Taylor Street in Chicago, IL, when he was struck by a motor vehicle traveling northbound on Ruble Street. The collision ultimately caused the death of the bicyclist. The defendant paid their policy limit. Daniel...
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$1.25 Million for Failure to Diagnose Cancer Leading to Delay in Treatment

A forty-year-old man settled his claims against a Chicago area hospital for a failure to timely diagnose bowel cancer. The plaintiff went to the hospital for acute abdominal pain in February of 2020. A CT scan revealed appendicitis and he was admitted for surgery. A secondary finding on CT that showed a potentially cancerous area...
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Record $2.1 Million Verdict for Pulmonary Embolism Case

A Grundy County jury awarded more than $2.1 million in its first known medical malpractice verdict for a plaintiff. This is the only recorded plaintiff medical malpractice verdict, compared to 11 defense verdicts reported in Grundy County, according to John L. Kirkton, editor of Jury Verdict Reporter, a product of Law Bulletin Media. Plaintiff Paul...
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$1,075,000.00 Settlement in a Motor Vehicle Collision

On September 19, 2019, a 57-year-old St. Charles, IL resident was driving his motorcycle eastbound on Peck Road in St. Charles, IL, when he was struck by a bus driver that pulled in front of him. The driver of the bus contended that the plaintiff was speeding while he was driving his motorcycle. The plaintiff...
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$1 Million Settlement for Botched Tommy John Surgery

In 2014, Plaintiff presented to a local area orthopedic surgeon for a Tommy John surgery which involves harvesting the palmaris longus tendon and transplanting that tendon into the elbow to stabilize the elbow. The Chicago area surgeon harvested the median nerve instead of the palmaris longus tendon. Plaintiff suffered injuries in the median nerve distribution...
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$3.5 Million Settlement for 79 Year Old Complete Paraplegic

On September 27, 2017, Jean Lipps presented to Central DuPage Hospital with recurrent hemoptysis. Hemoptysis is the coughing up of blood from the lungs. During her stay, it was recommended that she have a bronchial arterial embolization performed. Bronchial arterial embolization is a procedure to stop hemoptysis. Plaintiff alleged the interventional radiologist at Northwestern failed...
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Motherway & Napleton Lawyers Selected to 2021 Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selection to Super Lawyers is a prestigious honor, and the result is a credible, comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys. The Super Lawyers list...
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$3.03 Million Award for Pharmaceutical Negligence

Motherway & Napleton lawyers obtained a $3,035,126. verdict for Annette Mineo against Rock Valley Compounding Pharmacy. The pharmacy neglected several safety and labeling inspections, causing it to mis-fill Ms. Mineo’s thyroid medication by dispensing a drug that was 1,000 times more potent than prescribed. Ms. Mineo consumed the prescription drug and was caused to be...
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Robert J. Napleton Named to Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers List for 2021

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 process in which peer nominations...
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$1.6 Million for Improperly Installed Stop Sign

The family of Lauren Mallory Elder has settled a lawsuit in regard to an automobile crash that took place in Grundy County and resulted in the tragic death of this 28-year-old woman. The crash took place at an intersection controlled by a two-way stop sign. The stop sign controlling the direction of travel of the...
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$1.6 Million Dollar Settlement for Brachial Plexus Birth Injury Lawsuit

The mother presented to the local area hospital for the birth of her daughter. During the delivery, a shoulder dystocia was encountered, and maneuvers were made by the obstetrician to free the impacted shoulder and to deliver the baby. She was born with a brachial plexus injury. Plaintiff alleged that excessive traction was used to...
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$1.1 Million Dollar Settlement for Cardiac Death

A twenty-seven-year-old woman presented to an Illinois hospital with acute pancreatitis. She was unmarried and had no children. She had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. The patient was placed on a telemetry floor, where she was recovering nicely. On the day of discharge, she developed bradycardia (a low heart rate) and her QTC...
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$2.3 Million Dollar Settlement for Death of a 54-year old

On September 6, 2015, paramedics responded to a 54-year old New Lenox resident who was having an anaphylactic reaction after being stung by a bee.  Their first attempt to intubate the patient was unsuccessful.  Although the Standard Medical Orders required that they immediately establish an airway by cricothyrotomy, the paramedics attempt another unsuccessful intubation.  The...
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$44 Million Dollar Settlement for I-65 Crash Victims

In October 2017, a jury awarded Jim and Theresa Denton $54.15 million dollars in damages for the injuries Jim Denton sustained during a trucking crash in Jasper County, Indiana on February 8, 2011. According to John Kirkton of the Jury Verdict Reporter, the total verdict is higher than any Illinois auto personal injury verdict that...
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$1,200,000 Settlement for Arm Injury Following Spinal Surgery

In June of 2015, a man with severe stenosis in his cervical spine underwent a surgical procedure to relieve pressure on his spinal cord and nerve roots. Instead of relieving the problem, the surgical procedure complicated his problems, resulting in severe and ongoing weakness in one of his arms. The defendants contested liability, claiming the...
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$3,458,000.00 Settlement in a Pedestrian Collision Case

On February 20, 2018, a 56-year-old Chicago resident was walking across Green Bay Road in Winnetka, IL when she was struck by a driver.  The driver contended that the plaintiff was walking in the dark while it was raining and against the walk light. Plaintiff was a banker who sustained a closed head injury, facial...
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$3 Million Dollar Award for the Death of an Unmarried 29-year-old

On July 20, 2014, the decedent presented to a local area hospital for the reversal of her stoma. In the immediate postoperative period, she began having some non-specific signs of an infection. A CT Scan without Contrast was performed and revealed no acute significant findings. The decedent continued to worsen and a CT Scan with...
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Cook County Board Approves $1.5 Million Settlement in Jail Beating Case

Cook County Commissioners approved a $1.5 million settlement in a lawsuit brought against the county over a 2013 jail beating.  The lawsuit stemmed from a 2010 arrest in which a woman diagnosed with bipolar disorder returned to what had once been her family home in Wilmette.  The woman forgot her parents had sold the home,...
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$5,225,000 Million Dollar Award in Garbage Pick Up Mishap

On February 23, 2017, a garbage man loaded a large couch/bulk waste item from the curb onto his front-loading garbage truck while a customer was near the truck.  Without making sure the customer was in the clear, the driver then began an operation to throw the couch over the top of the truck, into the...
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Motherway & Napleton Lawyers Named in Leading Lawyers List for 2018-2019

Motherway & Napleton lawyers Nicholas J. Motherway, Robert J. Napleton, Daniel T. Madigan, and Nicholas T. Motherway were again named as “Leading Lawyers” in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury law and medical negligence. Brion W. Doherty moved from “Emerging Lawyers” to “Leading Lawyers” this year.  The distinction of being a “Leading Lawyer” is given...
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$1.65 Million Settlement After Fatal Automobile Accident

In John Doe v. ABC Company, Plaintiff brought an action regarding a fatal automobile accident which resulted in the settlement amount of $1.65 Million. Brion Doherty and Robert Napleton of Motherway & Napleton represented the family of the decedent.

Medical Malpractice Case Settles for $3.6 Million Dollars for a Disabled Adult

On November 10, 2011, a neurosurgeon attempted to clip an aneurysm that his female patient, age 49, was diagnosed with in October, 2011. During this procedure the patient sustained a subarachnoid hemorrhage. Intraoperative angiography suggested a probable shearing of the aneurysm at the vessel neck. Following the procedure, a neurosurgeon continued to monitor the aneurysm....
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$2.5 Million Dollar Settlement for 18 Month Old Malpractice Victim

An 18-month old female was brought to the emergency department with nystagmus (rapid involuntary movements of the eyes) and increased intraocular pressure. Defendants diagnosed her with infantile glaucoma and treated her with medication.  After a second opinion 5.5 months later, she underwent surgery on both eyes to lower the intraocular pressures.  However, by that time...
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Anesthesia Malpractice Award for $4.5 Million After Cook County Jury Trial

Kathy Arient suffered from chronic pain and underwent a celiac plexus block at the L1 level of her lumbar spine.  Kathy was not a good candidate for the procedure when other less risky treatments were available.  Among other things, the defendant anesthesiologist did not place the needles anteriorly, which created a risk of vasospasm of...
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Brion Doherty makes Illinois 40 Attorneys Under 40 and Super Lawyer Lists

Brion Doherty was recently featured in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 Years Old to Watch. This publication solicits nominations from attorneys throughout Illinois. There were over 1400 nominees, and Mr. Doherty was chosen from that group. The nominators are asked to give stringent consideration to a nominee’s lawyering skill, and...
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Robert J. Napleton Named to Top 100 Illinois Super Lawyers List for 2017

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 process in which peer nominations and evaluations are combined with...
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$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.

Motherway & Napleton Lawyers Named in Leading Lawyers List For 2015-2016

Motherway & Napleton lawyers Nicholas J. Motherway, Robert J. Napleton, Daniel T. Madigan and Nicholas T. Motherway were again named as “Leading Lawyers” in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury law and medical negligence. The distinction of being a “Leading Lawyer” is given only to five percent of all lawyers licensed to practice in Illinois....
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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. Dr. Schaer failed to keep a proper lookout while executing a right hand turn from a stop sign and struck decedent, Marilyn Williams.

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.  Commenting on the award he...
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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 and ultimately his death.  ...
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