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$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.

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

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

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