Verdicts & Settlements


Jury Awards 4.3 million in Wrongful Death/Medical Malpractice - In September 2014, David Rapoport of counsel at Katz Friedman, obtained the largest jury verdict in DeKalb County when the jury awarded $4.3 million dollars in a wrongful death/medical malpractice case. Katz Friedman and Rapoport represented the victim's two children in this case. Previously, the largest wrongful death award in DeKalb County was $2.75 million awarded in 2008.

$1,800,000.00 - A driver ran a red light causing a T-bone collision that resulted in the need for two neck surgeries.

$1,750,000.00 - Katz Friedman obtained a $1,750,000.00 settlement for a bricklayer injured in a construction accident and an additional $587,864.00 in the workers' compensation case.

$1,550,000.00 - Rear-end collision due to a car sliding out of control on a snow covered road that aggravated a pre-existing spine injury requiring the replacement of surgical hardware.

$1,050,000.00 - A tractor-trailer smashed into another tractor-trailer that was sitting on the shoulder of the highway due to engine problems. Our client underwent extensive medical treatment.

$1,000,000.00 - A front-end collision caused by a drunk driver smashing into a car carrying a family. Our client had two low back surgeries.

$850,000.00 - Rear-end collision where a tractor-trailer collided with another tractor-trailer during morning rush hour on I-294 resulting in an aggravation of a spine condition.

$850,000.00 - A truck driver collided with another truck driver on I294.

$775,000.00 - A truck driver fell asleep at the wheel, ran another truck off the road, and caused a violent rollover crash resulting in a spine injury.

$750,000.00 - Rear-end collision where a truck driver who was going too fast for conditions on an icy parking lot, hit our client, which resulted in neck surgery.

$750,000.00 - A driver failed to stop at a stop sign and struck our client's car resulting in back surgery.

$680,000.00 - A pedestrian was injured in a parking lot when a vehicle reversed into his knee and knocked him to the pavement.

$587,864.00 - $587,864.00 in a workers' compensation case.

SETTLEMENTS $66 Million Settlement on a Class Action Case Against AT&T and Western Electric - Katz Friedman lawyers recovered 66 million dollars in settlement of a nation-wide class action claim against AT&T and Western Electric for discrimination against pregnant workers.

$5.6 Million - Katz Friedman lawyers obtained a 5.6 million dollar settlement for a brain injury caused by medical negligence in the labor and delivery room of an Urbana, Illinois Hospital.

$3.7 Million - Katz Friedman lawyers obtained a 3.7 million dollar settlement during the trial of a case for a highway construction worker struck by a truck in Sangamon County. Prior to trial, the highest offer was only 2 million.

$2.8 Million - Katz Friedman lawyers recovered $2.8 million dollars for two Chicago area workers injured by a tire blowout. Careful investigation revealed that conversion van manufacturer failed to properly account for the additional weight caused by the conversion and did not install the proper tire.

$2.4 Million - Katz Friedman lawyers obtained a jury verdict of $2.4 million dollars for two Vermilion County ironworkers who were injured on a construction site.

$1.5 Million - Katz Friedman lawyers secured a $1.5 million dollar settlement for a driver who was rear ended on a snow covered road by the driver of a Utility Vehicle completing a service call.

$1 Million - Katz Friedman lawyers settled a worker's compensation claim for a seriously injured man. In addition to the million dollar settlement, Katz Friedman attorneys required the insurance company to remodel the man's home to make it more accessible.