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Case Histories - Personal Injury and Others

$3.3 Million Settlement

Clucas vs. City of Joliet

In Feb. 2012, Ed Walsh started trial in the Circuit Court of Will County, Joliet, IL in the case Clucas vs. City of Joliet. He represented a 33-year-old construction laborer and father of four young children.

Before jury selection, the court considered legal motions, and at the request of Ed Walsh, the trial judge ruled that two of the three expert witnesses for the defense would be barred and prevented from testifying on behalf of the defendant, the City of Joliet, during trial.

Following the court's ruling, settlement negotiations resumed and continued throughout the afternoon. Ed was able to secure a settlement on behalf of our client in the amount of $3.3 million.

$1.6 Million Settlement

Franzen vs. Fry's Electronics

18th Judicial Circuit 10 L 34

Ed Walsh secured this record setting premises liability settlement for a 90-year-old client who suffered disabling injuries as a result of the defendant's negligent maintenance of its automatic entrance doors at its Downers Grove store.

$1.9 Million Settlement

Rader v. City of Chicago

Circuit Court of Cook County Case Number 84 L 1937

Ed Walsh and Jim Knippen secured a $1.9 million settlement against the City of Chicago on behalf of a 30-year-old construction worker for internal injuries he suffered when he fell nine feet, impaling himself on a concrete reinforcement bar.

The case was settled out-of-court mainly due to our firm employing an anatomically correct model of our client's lower torso. The injuries to our client were all internal and could not be visualized. In fact, at the time of trial, the client appeared uninjured and in very good health. In order to assist the jury in understanding the nature and extent of our client's injuries, Ed Walsh and Jim Knippen retained an anatomical model maker to construct the model.

$780,000 Settlement

DuPage County Circuit Court 99L 132

Ed Walsh settled a professional negligence case against the nationally renowned adoption agency, The Cradle Society in Evanston, Illinois. Representing the plaintiffs, the parents of an adopted daughter, our attorneys were successful in establishing that the social workers at the adoption agency negligently failed to investigate the mental health history of the birth mother of the adopted baby.

The Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered attorneys amassed a team of expert witnesses, including social workers, a life care planner, and a pediatric neurologist, to establish that the negligence of the Cradle Society adoption agency caused the plaintiffs to adopt a child who needs special life time care.

$2.7425 Million Award

Callahan v. Bernz-O-Matic

Circuit Court of Cook County Case Number 94 L 9949

In this case, A 21-year-old college co-ed died as a result of asphyxiation by a Bernz-O-Matic space heater while on a camping trip. Her case was one of many deaths caused by this brand of heater since its manufacture in the 1960s. A faulty effort at recalling the product by the successor corporation was one of the primary issues raised in this case.

As a direct result of the case, the corporation has improved its recall efforts by adding paper rings to the tops of thousands of propane cylinders to better alert the public as to the recall of the heater. In order to resolve the case, Jim Knippen was able to convince the corporation to agree to help establish a scholarship in the deceased's name at her university for students who display her love for life.

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