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Christopher J. Johnson

cjohnson@katzfriedman.com
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Toll Free: 800-444-1525
Phone: 312-263-6330
Phone: 888-626-5556
Fax: 312-372-5555

161 N Clark St 18th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60601

Christopher Johnson has litigated across the State of Illinois against various employers such as: Advocate Health Care; AT&T; Chicago Public Schools; City of Chicago; Chicago Transit Authority; Cook County; and State of Illinois. As the grandson and son of nurses, he also takes great pride in representing nurses across Illinois who are injured at work. Mr. Johnson is also a Certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT-B). While many of the injury cases that he has litigated have involved torn ligaments, cartilage, and tendons in the shoulders and knees, he also has years of experience handling cases involving disc injuries to the low back and neck. On less common occasions, he has worked on cases involving irreparable eye and brain injuries. Currently, Mr. Johnson is investigating injuries related to doctors, nurses, health care workers, and other essential workers due to contracting Covid-19 from patients and co-workers.

Much of Mr. Johnson’s career has focused on obtaining compensation for the harms and losses that result as a consequence of basic safety rule violations outside of the work place that cause injuries to innocent people. He has trial and appellate experience in personal injury cases across Illinois, many of which have involved: tractor-trailer crashes; car wrecks; motor vehicle to bicycle collisions; motor vehicle to pedestrian collisions; safety rule violations on construction sites; wrongful death; and negligent maintenance by businesses. He is also investigating cases where a work injury has taken place due to employment at Rush University Medical Center; University of Chicago Hospital; UIC Hospital; Uber; Uber Eats; Rasier LLC; Lyft; UPS, Amazon Flex; Amazon; Whole Foods Market; GrubHub; DoorDash; Postmates; and Instacart. He is also investigating car accident cases concerning State Farm Insurance Company; Chubb; Geico; Erie; Progressive; Travelers; AIG; Aon; and Allstate. He currently works on cases in Chicago; Peoria; Bloomington; Effingham; Quincy; East St. Louis; Madison County; St. Clair County; Granite City; and Belleville.

He is admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Illinois and the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Illinois. He obtained his J.D. with Honors at Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology and his B.A. in History with Honors in the Major at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyer’s Association, and Workers’ Compensation Law Association. Less than 2% of attorneys in each state have received the distinction of Emerging Lawyer, which he has received since 2016.

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Education

J.D., Chicago-Kent College of Law, Institute of Technology
Graduated with honors.

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Graduated with honors.

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice Supreme Court of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Chicago Bar Association

Illinois State Bar Association

Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association

Workers' Compensation Law Association

Personal Injury Case Results
  • $1,800,000.00 - A driver ran through a red light and crashed into our client's car that led to the need forspine surgery to help fix the damage done to the discs in the neck. Our client also suffered a substantial loss of income.
  • $1,550,000.00 - A driver decided to go fast for conditions on a snowy road, slid out of control, and crashedinto our client's car while he was waiting for a stop light to change, which aggravated a condition in a discthat required neck surgery
  • $1,300,000.00 - A rear-end collision led to neck and back surgery for a delivery driver.
  • $1,050,000.00 - A semi driver was not paying attention and smashed into another tractor-trailer that wassitting on the shoulder of the highway due to engine problems near the Quad Cities. Our client underwentextensive medical treatment including surgeries to the back and shoulder.
  • $1,124,148.84 - Fedex Ground claimed that: (1) our client was exaggerating his symptoms; (2) his injurieswere caused by everything but the crash; and (3) his doctors just made too much money.
  • $1,000,000.00 - A drunk driver did not yield the right-of-way to a father, who was driving his family homefrom the library in Wheeling. Our client aggravated a condition in the discs in his low back that requiredextensive pain management and surgery
  • $850,000.00 - A tractor-trailer driver was not paying attention while sharing the road with others when herear-ended a truck during morning rush hour in Cook County, which resulted in a serious and permanentlow back injury that was inoperable.
  • $775,000.00 - A truck driver, who falsified his logs, fell asleep at the wheel, ran our client's truck off theroad, and caused a violent roll over resulting in a chronic low back injury that was inoperable
  • $750,000.00 - A semi driver, who was going too fast for conditions on an icy parking lot, rear-ended ourclient while he stopped at a gas station near Joliet, which resulted in the need for neck surgery.
  • $750,000.00 - A driver failed to stop at a stop sign in a residential neighborhood in Evanston and struckour client's car resulting in back surgery.
  • $706,550.68 - A driver was looking at his coffee instead of the road and struck our client's truck nearSchaumburg resulting in the need for extensive pain management.
  • $680,000.00 - A pedestrian, who was shopping for his mother in Chicago, was struck in the leg by a carreversing out of a parking stall. He needed several surgeries to help fix the damage in his knee, elbow,and shoulder
  • $650,000.00 - Confidential
  • $650,000.00 - Confidential
  • $590,000.00 - A client with years of chronic back and leg pain with pain management recommended wasinvolved in a crash on I-55 near Pontiac requiring 2 back surgeries.
  • $590,000.00 - A client with years of chronic low back pain and prior pain management was rear-ended onthe way home from work. She required spine surgery.
  • $500,000.00 - A client's vehicle was struck when a teenager made a dangerous and unnecessary u-turn.She had to have hip surgery due to this easily preventable incident.
  • $475,000.00 - A drunk driver ran a red light and wrecked our client's vehicle. At the time of the crash, our client was driving his son's home from playing soccer in Berwyn. Our client had to have neck surgery to help fix the damage done to his neck.
  • $460,000.00 - Confidential
  • $407,500.00 - Our client was involved in a crash and then her vehicle was stuck by a semi. She had ICU treatment for almost 2 weeks.
  • $400,000.00 - A drunk driver caused a crash which lead to a recommendation for neck surgery.
  • $390,000.00 - A careless driver was not paying attention and caused a client to need back surgery in Lake County.
  • $350,000.00 - A poorly trained truck driver was not following the basic safety rules for backing up a flat bed trailer when he smashed into our client's car while she was on the way to work in Will County, resulting in the need for back surgery.
  • $310,000.00 - An elderly driver caused a t-bone collision in Quincy, Illinois that aggravated a disc injury that had been painful just months before. The accident led to a disc replacement surgery
  • $307,500.00 - An insurance salesman was not paying attention on the way to a meeting and rear-ended another vehicle in which Plaintiff was a passenger, resulting in surgery to fix torn cartilage in the knee.