We can lose a loved one as a result of many kinds of negligence -— medical malpractice, dangerous products, automobile negligence, and other negligent conduct.
If you or your family has lost a loved one, then the attorneys at Lloyd Law Group, Ltd. can help you recover the compensation you will need to recover from your loss. We handle various types of wrongful death claims arising from cancer misdiagnosis, birth injury, surgical errors, hospital or nursing errors and more. We also handle wrongful death claims arising from dangerous products, trucking accidents and auto accidents.
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Morris v. University of Chicago Hospitals $8 Million Settlement
Valerie Morris had surgery to remove an abdominal abscess. After surgery, she developed swelling in both of her legs. The next day Valerie was found in cardiac arrest on the floor of her hospital room. Despite resuscitation, Valerie suffered brain damage and lived in a vegetative state for many years before she died.
After many attorneys had declined the case, Plaintiff's counsel Kurt Lloyd was asked to investigate the cause of Valerie's arrest. The cause of the arrest was still considered unknown at the time of her death. The PRG test had not been used by physicians since 1985. After research, Plaintiff's counsel retained the vascular surgeon who had invented the PRG test. This surgeon reviewed the PRG test and concluded that it had been misinterpreted as negative. Instead, the test demonstrated evidence of a blood clot ("DVT") in Valerie's large veins, near the site of her original surgery, which had broke off and traveled to her heart.
At the time of settlement, this was the largest wrongful death settlement for a medical malpractice case that had ever been obtained in Illinois.
Estate of Taylor v. Salvation Army $4.5 Million Settlement
The plaintiffs brought a wrongful death case for the loss of their mother who was one of twelve passengers on a Salvation Army shuttle van. The driver of the van was traveling southbound in a snow storm on Interstate 55, when he lost control of the vehicle, rolling it over and killing all the passengers and himself. The deceased's woman's family alleged that the driver was travelling too fast in snowy conditions vehicle causing the crash. The Taylor family obtained the largest individual settlement of any of the 12 cases filed in court.
Estate of Moore v. Wrona, M.D. $2.475 Million Settlement
This maternal death case arose as a result of a necrotizing fasciitis infection to the mother's episiotomy wound which was contracted at the time of delivery of her first child. The obstetrician repaired the wound and ordered a narcotic medication for pain in the mother's wound. However, despite continued pain in her wound and an increased white blood cell count two days after delivery, the obstetrician discharged the mother home. This single mother, age twenty, was re-admitted to the hospital four days later with an advanced infection in her body. The plaintiff's obstetrical expert with a specialty in maternal infections testified to the negligence of the defendant and demonstrated that, even though the overall death rate for this infection was 70%, the mother should have survived with timely diagnosis and treatment. Based on national statistics, Plaintiff's counsel Kurt Lloyd obtained a rare victory among maternal wound infection cases.
Estate of Baries v. CNA Insurance Co. $1.25 Million Settlement
A family brought an underinsured motorist claim against CNA Insurance for the wrongful death of their 14 year old teenage daughter who had been a passenger in a one-car crash. The defendant driver only had a $100,000 insurance policy. The daughter was a freshman in high school without any income. The case arose shortly after the Illinois General Assembly had passed into law in l996 a new wrongful death limit of $500,000 for non-economic damage awards. This is the only reported case to settle in excess of the limit before the Illinois Supreme Court struck down the limit as unconstitutional.
Estate of Greenblatt v. Poor, M.D. $1.195 Million Jury Verdict
This was a delay in diagnosis of lung cancer case representing one of the few jury verdicts recorded in favor of the plaintiff. This verdict is also noteworthy for being in excess of one million dollars for the wrongful death of a widowed woman over the age of sixty-five.
Plaintiff's counsel Kurt Lloyd retained one of the world's leading lung cancer surgeons, who testified that a person with a malignant lung tumor less than 3.0 cm in size has a seventy percent chance of survival with timely diagnosis and treatment.
Estate of Lucas v. Roper, M.D. $1 Million Settlement
A surviving widow and her two children filed a wrongful death case against a surgeon for not doing a timely exploratory surgery to determine the cause of the patient's diarrhea, cramping, and lower abdominal pain for past three days. The defendant claimed that he delayed the surgery, because the patient weighed 350 pounds making him to large for abdominal CT-scan to be performed and refused surgery, but no documentation of a refusal to accept medical treatment against medical advice was charted. The patient died of peritonitis which had resulted from an undiagnosed perforation to his bowel. The defendant only had a $1 million insurance policy.