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Illinois Brain Injury Case Successes

Levin & Perconti has proudly advocated for plaintiffs in brain injury cases in Chicago-area courts for decades now, and the firm possesses over 130 collective years of experience with brain injury cases.

We would like to share the stories of some of our previous clients and their individual successes at seeking justice. All of the following Levin & Perconti cases have been published in the National Jury Verdict Review & Analysis.

Heflin v. Stammich Management

In 2007, a young man, Mr. Heflin, was attending a party at his girlfriend’s apartment in the Lincoln Park district of Chicago, Illinois. While leaning against the balcony railing of the second-story apartment, Mr. Heflin fell and incurred traumatic brain injuries when his head hit the pavement. He passed away seven months later due to the brain injuries. His mother filed a wrongful death suit against Stammich Management, the apartment building’s owner, in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois. Ms. Heflin alleged that Stammich Management violated Chicago building code by installing railings that were only 32 inches high, 10 inches shorter than the required 42 inches. Levin & Perconti represented Ms. Heflin, the plaintiff, and argued that the fall would not have occurred if the rails had met the required height. Levin & Perconti settled with attorneys for Stammich Management during pretrial mediation for $975,000.

Gadomski v. Minnis

A pedestrian female, Ms. Gadomski, was walking through a parking garage when the defendant struck her with his car while backing out of a parking space. Ms. Gadomski incurred a traumatic brain injury, along with a life-long speech impairment and loss of quality of life. Ms. Gadomski sued defendant Minnis for negligence. Levin & Perconti represented the plaintiff in Illinois state court in 2008 and argued that Mr. Minnis failed to keep a proper look out, was negligent while backing out of a parking space, and did not yield to the pedestrian. Levin & Perconti settled with attorneys for Mr. Minnis during pretrial mediation for $1,850,000, including past medical expenses.

Carroll v. Geils Farms

In 2008, the Carrolls were driving on Interstate 47 in Kane County, Illinois. An employee of Geils Farms was also driving a semi-truck on Interstate 47 directly behind the Carrolls’ car. When the Carrolls slowed down to an eventual stop due to traffic, the Geils Farm truck rear-ended the Carrolls’ car.

One Carroll family member died in the crash. Another Carroll family member suffered traumatic brain injuries, including bilateral brain contusions, as well as various fractures, while another Carroll family member suffered a brain injury and fractures.

The Carrolls brough suit against Geils Farms for negligence. Levin & Perconti represented the plaintiffs in this matter. Our team argued that the Geils Farms driver:

· Drove too fast
· Was intoxicated
· Followed the Carrolls too closely
· Did not maintain a proper lookout
· Did not maintain control of his vehicle
· Did not use his horn
· Did not pump his brakes in time
· Did not turn to avoid a crash
· Did not inspect and maintain the brakes

We also argued that Geils Farms was negligent in hiring the driver. The parties settled during pretrial mediation for $5 million for the injuries and wrongful death. This settlement set a Kane County record.

If you or a loved one has incurred a traumatic brain injury due to the negligence of another, please contact Levin & Perconti to discuss your options today.

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