Verdicts & Settlements

Below are some settlements/verdicts of $400,000 or more which Jeffrey J. Kroll has been actively involved with and which do not involve confidentiality agreements and can be released to the public.



Athletic / Sport Injury

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
04/13/2005 $12,500,000 A Rolling Meadows High School football player was rendered a quadriplegic after he was tackled by a teammate and came into contact with an unpadded, 25-foot-high steel post that was located 11 feet 5 inches from the sideline of the Rolling Meadow's football practice field. Plaintiff contended that by permitting an unpadded pole so close to a practice field violated the Rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations .
12/21/2010 $5,000,000 A pool incident involving a serious personal injury to a high school student.

Bus Accidents

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
05/14/2000 $6,500,000 A Chicago resident and Chinese immigrant had her legs crushed by a CTA bus which was making too tight a turn at a downtown Chicago intersection. The 55-year old woman was within the crosswalk at the time of the accident.
02/21/2003 $2,775,000 A Greyhound bus making a tight right hand turn pins a 34-year old Art Institute worker against a construction barrier. Her leg is degloved. The accident occurred in downtown Chicago at an intersection in which construction was taking place.
12/15/2008 $1,250,000 An 18-year old University of Illinois student was struck and killed by a bus operated the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). The Deerfield resident was within the crosswalk while walking home from class.

Car Accidents

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
05/07/2004 $15,504,000 64-year old man was killed and 62-year old woman suffered a below-the-knee leg amputation, fractured ribs and several broken bones in her legs and arms when they were involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on the Interstate. A multiple vehicle pile up on the interstate involved several commercial trucks who were allegedly driving too fast under adverse conditions. The adverse condition which existed was large amounts of smoke on the roadway which was caused by a fire at Union Pacific Railroad. It was alleged that the Union Pacific Railroad failed to contain a fire that they purposely set. An 18-wheeler then rear ended the stopped vehicle, thereby causing the injuries and death to the Charleston, Illinois couple.
11/20/98 $5,250,000 A Lake County woman traveling eastbound on the Kennedy Expressway from O'Hare International Airport was injured when a Yellow Cab taxi driver drove his cab across three lanes of traffic in an attempt to reach an exit. The woman suffered a brain injury and had difficulty with walking. At the time, the settlement was the largest with a cab company in the State of Illinois.
8/12/97 $5,000,000 A 31-year old Hoffman Estates woman was struck by a Schaumburg Township bus in May of 1994 while jogging across Huntington Boulevard at Higgins Road in Hoffman Estates, suffered permanent brain damage.
01/05/2011 $3,065,000 A River Forest police officer sustained a left ankle fracture and a fracture of his left knee in a serious auto accident in an intersection when his vehicle was struck in an intersection accident.
03/31/2008 $2,900,000 A 43-year old LaGrange Park man was killed in a motor vehicle collision when a drunk driver crossed over the center line on Route 83 near Bluff Road in DuPage County. He was survived by a wife and two adult children.
06/30/2008 $2,800,000 A 22-year old female college student was rear-ended by a Jewel Foods truck and killed in Kendall County.
06/18/1999 $2,583,000 Verdict - Two adult women were involved in a catastrophic car accident; one was killed, the other suffered post-traumatic stress in witnessing her best friend's death. It was a hit and run collision which occurred on the Kennedy expressway in Chicago, Illinois.
07/01/1996 $2,450,000 Verdict An unemployed Wauconda woman was struck by a car crossing the center line and suffers orthopedic injuries, including a fractured leg. A Lake County jury awarded $2.45 million dollars, mostly for physical pain and mental suffering. The jury also found a Lake Barrington gravel company partly liable for causing, although not directly involved in the head on collision.
6/4/93 $2,005,000 A single mom from the south side of Chicago was struck and killed by a taxicab at the intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Green Street in the City of Chicago.
04/23/2007 $1,500,000 A 72-year old north suburban woman seriously injured requiring extensive surgery and rehabilitation when car crosses center line, striking plaintiff head on.
02/05/2009 $1,450,000 A motorcyclist in a "Toys for Tots" fundraiser was struck by a motor vehicle and killed while riding in the parade along Western Avenue.
09/03/2008 $1,005,000 Plaintiff was standing on the back of a parked pick-up truck when the truck was rear-ended by another vehicle. Plaintiff sustained an amputation of the left leg.
05/01/1998 $1,000,000 A non-English speaking Hispanic pedestrian crossing within the crosswalk is struck by a corporate vehicle thereby causing a closed head brain injury.
11/02/2000 $607,204 Verdict - 35-year old postal worker delivering mail was struck by a car backing up and suffers erectile dysfunction.
09/30/2003 $400,000 A 52-year old hairdresser was crossing the street when a vehicle driven by a nun hit her, breaking her leg and fracturing her cheek bone.

Construction Liability and Negligence

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
01/02/2002 $6,850,000 A 37-year old mother of two boys was looking at a home under construction in the Fox Run Estates subdivision in Schererville, Indiana when she fell 11 feet through an unsecured and unbarricaded hole and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
04/30/2002 $4,750,000 A 42-year old construction worker shatters right leg after falling 20 feet when the steel beam he was working on collapsed. Plaintiff argued that neither welder confirmed that the steel beam had been welded prior to allowing other trades to work on the steel beam.
09/21/2006 $2,850,000 A 39-year old construction worker suffers a crushed right foot after 1,600 pound steel beam was dropped from a magnetic lift while he was working at a steel plant.
02/21/2003 $2,775,000 A Greyhound bus making a tight right hand turn pins a 34 year old Art Institute worker against a construction barrier. Her leg degloved. The accident occurred in downtown Chicago at an intersection in which construction was taking place.
11/01/1999 $2,000,000 A Chicago construction worker was impaled and died from a metal rebar dropped by another subcontractor at a Chicago construction site.
06/26/2006 $1,200,000 A Contractor did not follow proper safety precautions during demolition of a wall; bricks fell on to a north-suburban 59-year old construction worker that led to a torn rotator cuff and frozen shoulder. He was unable to return to work.
12/08/2008 $1,100,000 An ironworker fractured his left ankle and right heel after the scissors lift he had been operating toppled into a snow-covered excavation. Two other construction companies working on the jobsite participated in the 1.1 million dollar settlement.
05/07/1999 $1,000,000 Mother and son die in truck/auto accident in a newly opened construction zone. Plaintiff contended the signage was inappropriate to warn the motoring public and the Defendant's truck was traveling too fast for conditions.

Medical Malpractice

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
04/25/2004 $10,000,000 A four year old boy suffers birthing injuries including permanent brain damage, after doctors failed to perform a timely c-section on his mother.; $10 million annuity is expected to yield $54 million over the course of the child's lifetime. The boy is now 12- years old.
03/11/2000 $3,500,000 Verdict A Greenville, South Carolina 40-year old anemic man died of colon cancer. A jury awarded $7 million dollars, which was reduced by 50%, for a net verdict of $3.5 million dollars. The Greenville, South Carolina jury determined that the doctor should have detected the colon cancer earlier.

03/15/2007

$3,000,000
Verdict - A Country Club Hills woman died after doctors at St. James-Olympia Fields Hospital sent her home without the diagnosis or treatment of a pulmonary embolism.
02/10/2000 $2,600,000 Verdict A 44-year old Quincy man died after back surgery from blood clots in his lungs. The Adams County jury awarded a record $2.6 million dollar verdict to the family.
04/14/2003 $2,500,000 A 49-year old Indiana resident dies of medical negligence due to improper post operative care at a Chicago hospital.
06/14/2006 $1,200,000 An unnecessary surgery is performed on a 31-year old woman who broke her right leg a subsequent infection sets in requiring amputation of the leg.
07/26/2005 $975,000 Verdict - 40-year old woman suffers debilitating leg injury when gynecologist compresses nerve during routine surgery to remove fibroids.

Premises Liability
Electrocution

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
06/30/1998 $15,000,000 A 34-year old property adjuster investigating hail damage on roof suffered severe burns when he comes into contact with low-hanging wire. Texas Utilities had received complaints about the low hanging electrical wire but failed to correct the problem. This case was pending in Dallas, Texas.

Premises Liability and Negligence

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
06/30/1998 $15,000,000 A 34-year old property adjuster investigating hail damage on roof suffered severe burns when he comes into contact with low-hanging wire. Texas Utilities had received complaints about the low hanging electrical wire but failed to correct the problem. This case was pending in Dallas, Texas.
04/13/2005 $12,500,000 A Rolling Meadows High School football player was rendered a quadriplegic after he was tackled by a teammate and came into contact with an unpadded, 25-foot-high steel post that was located 11 feet 5 inches from the sideline of the Rolling Meadow's football practice field. Plaintiff contended that by permitting an unpadded pole so close to a practice field violated the Rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations .
01/02/2002 $6,850,000 A 37-year old mother of two boys was looking at a home under construction in the Fox Run Estates subdivision in Schererville, Indiana when she fell 11 feet through an unsecured and unbarricaded hole and is now paralyzed from the waist down.
11/30/2004 $3,000,000 Verdict A graduate of Marist High School and a senior at Northern Illinois, was killed when a fellow Evans Scholar threw a cinder block from the 3rd floor balcony at Northern Illinois University.
06/01/2005 $2,600,000 24-year old Plainfield truck driver was killed in a heptane gas explosion in Des Moines, Iowa, leaving his wife and a three-year-old daughter.
02/17/2009 $1,300,000 Individual slips and falls on a wet floor which was caused by a leak in the roof of the Oglivie train station, shattering his kneecap.
03/31/2005 $400,000 64-year old father of two suffered fatal head injuries after falling down a flight of unsafe stairs at a car dealership.

Premises Liability and Negligence
School Injury/Accident

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
04/13/2005 $12,500,000 A Rolling Meadows High School football player was rendered a quadriplegic after he was tackled by a teammate and came into contact with an unpadded, 25-foot-high steel post that was located 11 feet 5 inches from the sideline of the Rolling Meadow's football practice field. Plaintiff contended that by permitting an unpadded pole so close to a practice field violated the Rules of the National Federation of State High School Associations .
12/21/2010 $5,000,000 A pool incident involving a serious personal injury to a high school student.

Train
Accidents/Derailment/Train Crossing Accident

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
05/07/2004 $15,504,000 64-year old man was killed and 62-year old woman suffered a below-the-knee leg amputation, fractured ribs and several broken bones in her legs and arms when they were involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on the Interstate. A multiple vehicle pile-up on the interstate involved several commercial trucks who were allegedly driving too fast under adverse conditions. The adverse condition which existed was large amounts of smoke on the roadway which was caused by a fire at Union Pacific Railroad. It was alleged that the Union Pacific Railroad failed to contain a fire that they purposely set. An 18-wheeler then rear ended the stopped vehicle, thereby causing the injuries and death to the Charleston, Illinois couple.
01/04/2011 $1,500,000 A Lockport railroad worker required the amputation of five toes and part of his foot when the outrigger pad on a crane slipped on to his foot.
12/14/2009 $135,000 Verdict - First case to go to trial after July 2006 Blue Line derailment. The 29-year old Chicago man suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and a nerve damage to his lower leg, which he suffered when he struck his leg on the catwalk when he jumped from the train.

Trucking Accidents & Negligence

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
05/07/2004 $15,504,000 64-year old man was killed and 62 year-old woman suffered a below-the-knee leg amputation, fractured ribs and several broken bones in her legs and arms when they were involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on the Interstate. A multiple vehicle pile up on the interstate involved several commercial trucks who were allegedly driving too fast under adverse conditions. The adverse condition which existed was large amounts of smoke on the roadway which was caused by a fire at Union Pacific Railroad. It was alleged that the Union Pacific Railroad failed to contain a fire that they purposely set. An 18 wheeler then rear ended the stopped vehicle, thereby causing the injuries and death to the Charleston, Illinois couple.
06/30/2008 $2,800,000 A 22-year old female college student was rear-ended by a Jewel Foods truck and killed in Kendall County.
06/01/2005 $2,600,000 24-year old Plainfield truck driver was killed in a heptane gas explosion in Des Moines, Iowa, leaving his wife and a three-year-old daughter.
07/01/1996 $2,450,000 Verdict An unemployed Wauconda woman was struck by a car crossing the center line and suffers orthopedic injuries, including a fractured leg. A Lake County jury awarded $2.45 million dollars, mostly for physical pain and mental suffering. The jury also found a Lake Barrington gravel company partly liable for causing, although not directly involved in the head on collision.
03/08/2004 $1,750,000 A 61-year old man suffered a subdural hematoma and later died when his car was rear-ended by a Pepsi owned vehicle while stopped at a red light.
12/12/2006 $1,500,000 A 26-year old road maintenance worker for the Illinois Toll Highway Authority is killed when a tractor-trailer drove around a rolling construction zone and struck him on the highway.
03/10/2009 $1,495,000 A 49-year old Danville, Illinois woman was struck and killed by a Dayton Freight Line semi-tracker trailer in downtown Danville, Illinois. A lawsuit was also brought against the City of Danville for inadequate signage to alert motorists of a non-functioning traffic control device.
05/01/1998 $1,000,000 A non-English speaking Hispanic pedestrian crossing within the crosswalk is struck by a corporate vehicle thereby causing a closed head brain injury.
05/07/1999 $1,000,000 Mother and son die in truck/auto accident in a newly opened construction zone. Plaintiff contended the signage was inappropriate to warn the motoring public and the Defendant's truck was traveling too fast for conditions.
10/09/2003 $900,000 A Lake County motorcyclist had the right of way when a truck proceeded with a left hand turn directly in his path, causing him to fly over the truck and sustain short term memory loss and hearing loss in one ear.

Workplace Accident and Negligence

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
04/30/2002 $4,750,000 A 42-year old construction worker shatters right leg after falling 20 feet when the steel beam he was working on collapsed. Plaintiff argued that neither welder confirmed that the steel beam had been welded prior to allowing other trades to work on the steel beam.
09/21/2006 $2,850,000 A 39-year old construction worker suffers a crushed right foot after 1,600 pound steel beam was dropped from a magnetic lift while he was working at a steel plant.
06/01/2005 $2,600,000 24-year old Plainfield truck driver was killed in a heptane gas explosion in Des Moines, Iowa, leaving his wife and a three-year-old daughter.
01/04/2011 $1,500,000 A Lockport railroad worker required the amputation of five toes and part of his foot when the outrigger pad on a crane slipped on to his foot.
06/14/2006 $1,200,000 An unnecessary surgery is performed on a 31-year old woman who broke her right leg a subsequent infection sets in requiring amputation of the leg.
12/08/2008 $1,100,000 An ironworker fractured his left ankle and right heel after the scissors lift he had been operating toppled into a snow-covered excavation. Two other construction companies working on the jobsite participated in the 1.1 million dollar settlement.

Wrongful Death

DATE VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS FACTS
05/07/2004 $15,504,000 64-year old man was killed and 62-year old woman suffered a below-the-knee leg amputation, fractured ribs and several broken bones in her legs and arms when they were involved in a multi-vehicle pile-up on the Interstate. A multiple vehicle pile up on the interstate involved several commercial trucks who were allegedly driving too fast under adverse conditions. The adverse condition which existed was large amounts of smoke on the roadway which was caused by a fire at Union Pacific Railroad. It was alleged that the Union Pacific Railroad failed to contain a fire that they purposely set. An 18-wheeler then rear ended the stopped vehicle, thereby causing the injuries and death to the Charleston, Illinois couple.
03/11/2000 $3,500,000 Verdict A Greenville, South Carolina 40-year old anemic man died of colon cancer. A jury awarded $7 million dollars, which was reduced by 50%, for a net verdict of $3.5 million dollars. The Greenville, South Carolina jury determined that the doctor should have detected the colon cancer earlier.

03/15/2007

$3,000,000
Verdict - A Country Club Hills woman died after doctors at St. James-Olympia Fields Hospital sent her home without the diagnosis or treatment of a pulmonary embolism.
11/30/2004 $3,000,000 Verdict A graduate of Marist High School and a senior at Northern Illinois, was killed when a fellow Evans Scholar threw a cinder block from the 3rd floor balcony at Northern Illinois University.
03/31/2008 $2,900,000 A 43-year old LaGrange Park man was killed in a motor vehicle collision when a drunk driver crossed over the center line on Route 83 near Bluff Road in DuPage County. He was survived by a wife and two adult children.
06/30/2008 $2,800,000 A 22-year old female college student was rear-ended by a Jewel Foods truck and killed in Kendall County.
02/10/2000 $2,600,000 Verdict A 44-year old Quincy man died after back surgery from blood clots in his lungs. The Adams County jury awarded a record $2.6 million dollar verdict to the family.
06/01/2005 $2,600,000 24-year old Plainfield truck driver was killed in a heptane gas explosion in Des Moines, Iowa, leaving his wife and a three-year-old daughter.
06/18/1999 $2,583,000 Verdict - Two adult women were involved in a catastrophic car accident; one was killed, the other suffered post-traumatic stress in witnessing her best friend's death. It was a hit and run collision which occurred on the Kennedy expressway in Chicago, Illinois.
04/14/2003 $2,500,000 A 49-year old Indiana resident dies of medical negligence due to improper post operative care at a Chicago hospital.
11/01/1999 $2,000,000 A Chicago construction worker was impaled and died from a metal rebar dropped by another subcontractor at a Chicago construction site.
03/08/2004 $1,750,000 A 61-year old man suffered a subdural hematoma and later died when his car was rear-ended by a Pepsi owned vehicle while stopped at a red light.
12/12/2006 $1,500,000 A 26-year old road maintenance worker for the Illinois Toll Highway Authority is killed when a tractor-trailer drove around a rolling construction zone and struck him on the highway.
03/10/2009 $1,495,000 A 49-year old Danville, Illinois woman was struck and killed by a Dayton Freight Line semi-tracker trailer in downtown Danville, Illinois. A lawsuit was also brought against the City of Danville for inadequate signage to alert motorists of a non-functioning traffic control device.
12/15/2008 $1,250,000 An 18-year old University of Illinois student was struck and killed by a bus operated the Champaign-Urbana Mass Transit District (MTD). The Deerfield resident was within the crosswalk while walking home from class.
03/31/2005 $400,000 64-year old father of two suffered fatal head injuries after falling down a flight of unsafe stairs at a car dealership.