Personal Injury and Others
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Case Histories - Personal Injury and Others

Clucas vs. City of Joliet - $3.3 Million

In Feb. 2012, Ed Walsh and Adam Kruse started trial in the Circuit Court of Will County, Joliet, IL in case Clucas vs. City of Joliet. They are representing a young 33 year old construction laborer and father of 4 young children.

Before Jury selection, the Court considered legal motions and at the request of Ed and Adam the Trial Judge ruled that 2 of the 3 defense expert witnesses would be barred and prevented from testifying on behalf of the defendant City of Joliet during trial.

Following the Courts ruling settlement negotiations resumed and continued throughout the afternoon. Ed and Adam were able to secure a settlement on behalf of their client in the amount of $3.3 Million dollars.

Franzen vs. Fry's Electronics - Premises Liability $1,600,000

18th Judicial Circuit 10 L 34. Ed Walsh and Adam Kruse secured this record setting settlement for their 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.

Rader v. City of Chicago

Case Number 84 L 1937
Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
$1.9 Million Award

Wheaton Press March 1, 1990 - According to legal experts, the success of the model is expected to have a tremendous impact on the legal world. The use of the model will open the door for personal-injury cases where the damage is primarily internal.

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 9 feet impaling himself onto a concrete reinforcement bar.

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

The model was used in pretrial hearings to demonstrate the construction workers agonizing fall and the injuries he suffered when the scaffolding he was working on collapsed and he fell.

The reenactment of the fall was the first time such a model was used in a personal injury lawsuit and set a precedent for future use of such medical testimonial exhibits.

The creation of this demonstrative evidence/model is, again, another example of the creativity used by the attorneys in their focused area of assisting catastrophically injured clients. The lawyers at the firm pride themselves as being leaders in innovative and creative pre-trial and trial technique and technology. As they constantly strive to improve their trial lawyer skills, they do so knowing that their efforts will positively affect the lives of their needy clients.

$780,000 Wrongful Adoption Case Settlement

Ed Walsh & Partner settled a professional negligence case, DuPage County Circuit Court 99L 132, against the nationally renowned adoption agency, The Cradle Society, Evanston, IL . Representing the Plaintiffs, parents of an adopted daughter, these attorneys were successful in establishing that the social workers at the Cradle adoption agency negligently failed to investigate the mental health history of the birth mother of the adopted baby.

The Walsh firm 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.

After more than 30 pretrial discovery depositions of social workers, physicians and health care professionals, the Cradle Society deemed it to be in its best interests to reverse its arrogant steadfast defense attitude and settle this powerful case against it. This decision was made so that a jury verdict in excess of its insurance coverage would not be entered against it.

A detailed explanation of the facts and law of this professional negligence case of national interest can be reviewed from the summary judgment pleadings which the Plaintiffs successfully argued, during two separate hearings, before the Honorable Kenneth L. Popejoy, Circuit Judge. The firm is extremely pleased with the results achieved in this case since there have only been an extremely small number of cases of wrongful adoption prosecuted nationally.

Callahan v. Bernz-O-Matic

Case Number 94 L 9949
Circuit Court of Cook County, IL
$2.7425 Million Award

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, Partner and Jim Knippen were able to convince the corporation to agree to help establish a scholarship in the deceaseds name at her university, for students who display her love for life.

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