Cook County Personal Injury Settlements & Case Values

Cook County Personal Injury Award CasesLawyers fervently study the peculiarities of state and federal courts. Yet, in practice, their most frequent battlegrounds are more local in nature: counties. Counselors must be competent to advocate in these settings as well. Also, clients will ask you to paint an in-depth picture of the type of recovery that would be likely through litigation. This is only possible if you have a strong grip of county practice and trends. Below, our attorneys have compiled information on Cook County personal injury and medical malpractice case settlements and verdicts for your review when it comes to valuing your case.

Hopefully, the following sections will give you a good sense of what is going on in Cook County Courts headquartered in Chicago. They are the most heavily tested courts in Illinois, hearing more cases than any other county. Thus, we have laid some information that we thought would useful including comments on their procedures, trends, and common case outcomes. If you have any other questions concerning Cook County personal injury cases, feel free to contact us. Someone from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would be happy to help you!

Cook County Court Procedures

Though nestled in the Northern nook of Illinois, surrounded by friendly and civil counties, Cook County does not share that reputation. In fact, it is widely viewed as one of the most combative and litigious counties in the nation. Thus, some comment on its procedures would be appropriate. 

First of all, for all personal injury claims under $30,000, Cook County Courts require arbitration. If either party disagrees with the outcome of these proceedings, then they can pay a $200 fee and seek a trial as long as they file within 30 days of the arbitrator’s decision. If the case does go to court, then the attorney must file an appearance prior to addressing the court unless it is for a motion to appear by intervention. With regards to motions, all parties must be given notice of them unless they are on the daily call or in the course of trial. According to Cook County Court rules, the motion’s content must include the following:

“The notice of hearing shall show the title and number of the action, the name of the judge before whom, the time and date when, and the place where the motion will be presented. If the motion is made orally, the notice shall state the nature of the motion. If the motion is presented in writing, a copy of the motion or a statement that it previously has been served, shall be served with the notice. Copies of all papers presented to the court with the motion shall be served with the notice or the notice shall state that copies have been served.”

For additional information on Cook County courts, including rules related to discovery, jury instructions, and settlement negotiations, visit the Court’s website: http://www.cookcountyclerkofcourt.org/

Cook County Court Contact Information

Courthouse:
Richard J. Daley Center, Room 1001
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, Illinois 60602
312-603-5031

Courthouse:
1500 Maybrook Dr,
Maywood, IL 60153
708-865-6000

Courthouse:
2121 Euclid Ave,
Rolling Meadows, IL 60008
847-818-3000

Courthouse:
2452 W Belmont Ave,
Chicago, IL 60618
773-404-3316

Courthouse:
555 W Harrison St #1,
Chicago, IL 60607
312-325-9500

Courthouse:
16501 South Kedzie Parkway,
Markham, IL 60428
708-232-4551

Courthouse:
10220 S 76th Ave,
Bridgeview, IL 60455
708-974-6500

Sheriff’s Office:
50 W. Washington
Chicago, Illinois 60602
(312) 603-6444

http://www.cookcountysheriff.org/contact/contact_main.html

Cook County Statistics

While past figures and statistics should not entirely control your prediction of what any other Illinois personal injury case will be worth, they are still a good barometer if used appropriately. They are most efficient when indexed by injury and accident type. Look at the following returns (jury award and settlement amount) for Illinois plaintiffs. They are broken down by accident type and their corresponding injuries.

COOK COUNTY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
35%
7%
1%
2%
5%
8%
9%
14%
19%

For additional information on medical negligence cases view our section here.

COOK COUNTY CAR ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
18%
32%
4%
8%
5%
4%
11%
6%
12%

For more information on injuries related to car accidents view our practice area here.

COOK COUNTY TRUCK ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
13%
22%
10%
10%
12%
5%
13%
8%
7%

For additional information on truck accident cases, view our practice area here.

COOK COUNTY BIKE ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
25%
35%
7%
7%
7%
3%
7%
4%
5%

Learn more about bicycle accident injury cases via our practice center here.

COOK COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
25%
29%
7%
8%
10%
4%
5%
7%
5%

Understandably, this is an overview of motorcycle accident cases in Cook County, IL, for more in depth discussion view our practice area here.

COOK COUNTY DOG ATTACK AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
28%
33%
7%
11%
8%
2%
3%
0%
8%

For a comprehensive discussion of dog bite attack cases check out our practice center here.

COOK COUNTY NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
21%
21%
6%
5%
12%
14%
8%
5%
8%

Have more questions about nursing home abuse cases? View our practice area here.

COOK COUNTY PRODUCTS LIABILITY AWARD RANGE
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
23%
14%
2%
4%
7%
9%
13%
11%
17%

COOK COUNTY PROFILE

Now, we want to review some information that should give you a good sense of the nature of Cook County courts. They are only highlights but they still should give you an idea of what you could recover in court through litigation.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • Median recovery for medical malpractice victims in Cook County was approximately $500,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered almost $450,000 more
  • Cook County had 51% of all Illinois medical malpractice cases
  • Within these Cook County medical malpractice cases, approximately 57% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate of about 10% more.

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CAR ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for car accident victims in Cook County was approximately $50,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered nearly $15,000 more.
  • Cook County had 30% of all Illinois car accident cases
  • Within these Cook County car accident cases, approximately 38% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate of about 10% less.

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TRUCK ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for truck accident victims in Cook County was approximately $150,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately twice as much as their statewide counterparts.
  • Cook County had 28% of all Illinois truck accident cases
  • Within these Cook County truck accident cases, approximately 31% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate of about 7% less.

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BIKE ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for bike accident victims in Cook County was approximately $38,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 20% more.
  • Cook County had 28% of all Illinois bike accident cases
  • Within these Cook County bike accident cases, approximately 19% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 9% less.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for motorcycle accident victims in Cook County was approximately $45,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 12% more.
  • Cook County had 29% of all Illinois motorcycle accident cases
  • Within these Cook County motorcycle accident cases, approximately 21% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 11% less.

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DOG ATTACKS
  • Median recovery for dog attack victims in Cook County was approximately $33,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 3% more.
  • Cook County had 16% of all Illinois dog attack cases
  • Within these Cook County dog attack cases, approximately 18% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 28% less

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NURSING HOME ABUSE
  • Median recovery for nursing home victims in Cook County was approximately $110,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 33% more.
  • Cook County had 28% of all Illinois nursing home cases
  • Within these Cook County nursing home cases, approximately 38% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 9% less.

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PRODUCTS LIABILITY
  • Median recovery for product liability victims in Cook County was approximately $500,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately five-times more than their statewide counterparts.
  • Cook County had 40% of all Illinois product liability cases
  • Within these Cook County product liability cases, approximately 48% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 6% more.

COOK COUNTY CASE SUMMARIES

Amount: $1,136,111 JURY AWARD
Year: 2014
Case Type: Medical Malpractice

This Cook County medical malpractice action involved a police officer in his early forties. He suffered an elbow injury on the job so he went to see a doctor. His treating physician, in consultation a radiologist and other doctors, decided to perform an embolization procedure once they discovered a vein deformation was the cause of the perform. Unfortunately, the operation did not go smoothly and he suffered atrophy and ischemia as a result of the surgery. He brought a medical malpractice action against the treating doctors as well as the hospital to recover for the injuries he sustained and the damages they incurred. The doctors flatly denied all wrongdoing and said that these outcomes were beyond their control. The matter went to trial where the jury found that the doctors were negligent in their care and responsible for his injuries to the tune of $1,136,111:

  • Pain & Suffering:
  • Medical:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $500,000
  • $71,608
  • $64,503
  • $500,000
  • $1,136,111

Amount: $4,200,00 JURY AWARD
Year: 2015
Case Type: Medical Malpractice

This sad tale started when an attorney attempted suicide by overdosing on prescription medication. He was taken to a hospital for emergency care and treatment. Eventually, his condition stabilized and he was placed in a psychiatric ward for further review. A few weeks later, he stole a knife from the ward staff and again attempted suicide by repeatedly cutting himself. Doctors were able to save him again but he lost so much blood that he developed significant brain injuries. Through his representatives, he sued the hospital and his treating providers for medical malpractice. He argued that they did put in place proper procedures and safety measurements to prevent this and that he could no longer work as an attorney. He sought damages for his medical bills, future lost wages, pain, and suffering. The trial took a few weeks but the jury only deliberated for a few hours before returning for the troubled man in the amount of $4,200,000.

Amount: $4,804,457 JURY AWARD
Year: 2014
Case Type: Medical Malpractice

This was an extremely complicated dispute. The patient in question was set to undergo a laparoscopic ileocecectomy. This is a remote procedure to correct the appendix. However, in the course of this treatment, she suffered bowel complications and sepsis. To correct these side effects, she had to go back into surgery numerous times. The incident caused her great pain and suffering. It also was very expensive and cost her a lot of money to pay for all of the operations. She sued her providers for medical malpractice. She alleged that they did not provide her with the appropriate level of care, did not conduct proper testing prior to the operation, did not take into account her medical history including the fact that she had Crohn’s disease, and did not have proper experience. The defendants flatly dismissed all of these contentions. They countered that this outcome was foreseen and that the plaintiff assumed the risk after signing the informed consent documentation. Thus, the matter proceeded to trial on the issue of fault and causation. The jury decided that the treating doctors were negligent and responsible for the woman’s injuries in the amount of $4,804,457:

  • Pain & Suffering:
  • Medical:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Other Compensatory:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $2,000,000
  • $909,457
  • $895,000
  • $250,000
  • $750,000
  • $4,804,457

Amount: $1,913,000 JURY AWARD
Year: 2001
Case Type: CAR ACCIDENT

This car accident involved three young men. They left a party together and the driver was driving at speeds in excess of seventy miles per hour. At some point, one of the passengers grabbed the wheel causing the car to rollover. The other passenger sustained a broken radius and ulna. Both injuries required surgery and the implantation of screws and rods. The victim sued the driver of the car and alleged that his negligent operation of the vehicle caused his injuries. The defendant claimed that the other passenger who grabbed the wheel was at fault. Consequently, the latter was brought in as a co-defendant in the trial. The jury found that both the driver and co-defendant were responsible and required them to give the plaintiff a combined $1,913,000. The driver had to pay 35% of that amount and the co-defendant had to pay 65% of that figure.

Amount: $48,345 JURY AWARD
Year: 2004
Case Type: CAR ACCIDENT

This car accident was a he-said, she-said situation. Two cars collided going in opposite directions. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant did not have proper brakes, did not give adequate attention, and, consequently, was responsible for the crash and the injuries sustained. He requested $30,000 for his medical, property, and other damages. The defendant replied that the plaintiff was responsible for the accident be did not keep a careful lookout, could have evaded the crash, and was otherwise negligent. Refusing to find a compromise, they went to trial over who caused the crash. After hearing the facts of the case, the jury found that the defendant was entirely at fault and awarded the plaintiff $48,345.

Amount: $1,000,000 SETTLEMENT
Year: 2013
Case Type: Truck Accident

In this truck accident, a motorist was rear-ended and killed by a truck driver. The decedent was survived by his wife and two children. Representatives for the victim sued the truck driver for wrongful death. Their complaint alleged that he was intoxicated while driving, driving on a suspended license, and negligently operating his vehicle. Without admitting responsibility, the defendant truck driver offered to settle. The decedent’s estate received $1,000,000.

Amount: $2,386,000 JURY AWARD
Year: 2013
Case Type: Truck Accident

The victim of this truck accident was a passenger. He was sleeping in the cabin of a semi-truck when another truck rear-ended his vehicle. He suffered an aggravation of a previous spinal injury and had to undergo surgery to correct the complication. To recoup his losses, he brought a negligence lawsuit against the defendant truck driver. His suit alleged that the defendant should have kept his brakes in better shape and operated his truck sufficiently to avoid the accident. The defendant admitted he may have been negligent in the affair but denied that the actually caused the plaintiff’s injuries or that they were as severe as he claimed. Unfortunately for him, they believed the plaintiff’s version of the events and awarded him $2,386,000 with the following damages breakdown:

  • Medical:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Pain And Suffering:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $781,000
  • $180,000
  • $875,000
  • $550,000
  • $2,386,000

Amount: $650,000 SETTLEMENT
Year: 2014
Case Type: Bike Accident

The perpetrator in this dispute was a police officer. He parked his car on a busy Cook County street then swung his door wide open. Just at that moment, a bicyclist was riding by and was struck and knocked off of his bike. The man fell down and aggravated a previous disc injury he had suffered near the C5-C7 region of his spine. The victim sued the cop and the cop’s employer for negligence. He alleged that the driver was responsible for his injuries because he should have checked before opening the door and generally exercised more care. The defendants refused to admit they were at fault. However, both sides were able to enter into a private settlement prior to trial for $650,000.

Amount: $1,616,871 JURY AWARD
Year: 2013
Case Type: Bike Accident

An adult male suffered a serious spinal injury after he was thrown from his bike in Cook County, Illinois. He tried riding over a trench that intersected the sidewalk but the road was so uneven that he could not maintain control of his bicycle and he fell down. He sued the company responsible for the construction site for negligence. His argument was that they should have maintained the area better, put up signs to warn bikers, and otherwise ensure that bicyclists and pedestrians were not injured. They did not and he argued this contributed to his injuries. The defendant company responded that there were signs as well as an additional path that he could have taken to avoid going over the trench if he desired. The matter proceeded to trial over the issues of fault and causation. The jury found that the company was irresponsible and legally negligent in the way it failed to secure the construction site. They awarded the man $1,616,871 for the following damages:

  • Medical:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Pain And Suffering:
  • Other Compensatory:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $358,391
  • $5,480
  • $700,000
  • $53,000
  • $500,000
  • $1,616,871

Amount: $360,000 SETTLEMENT
Year: 2015
Case Type: MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT

In this accident, a 52-year-old walked into a repair shop and got more than he asked for. As he was waiting to be served, a motorcycle fell off of its stand and ran over both of his feet. He was rushed to the emergency room for medical care. Eventually, several of his toes on both feet had to be amputated and he also developed gangrene. He sued the owners of the repair shop for negligence. He argued that they insufficiently secured the bike, let it come off of its block, and did not warn clients about the possible dangers of getting run over by a bike. The defendant counter that the plaintiff was contributorily negligent by being careless, should have mitigated damages by seeking medical attention earlier than he did, and that his prior illness, a circulatory disease, was the real reason he needed the amputations. Thus, both sides had wildly different versions of what led to the plaintiff’s injuries. However, they never clashed in court because the parties settled for $360,000 prior to the trial’s commencement.

Amount: $35,000 JURY AWARD
Year: 2009
Case Type: Motorcycle Accident

Here, a motorcyclist was rear-ended by a truck and the force actually flipped his bike over and sent him spinning out hundreds of feet. He tore his rotator cuff and also sustained a severe spinal injury, both of which required extensive surgeries. He sued the truck driver for negligence to recover for his damages. The defendant had a pretty strong answer. He countered that the motorcyclist cut him off and was driving so slow that he could not avoid hitting him. These arguments were probably persuasive because the plaintiff only received a $35,000 jury award, far below his claimed medical bills (over $400,000) and demand (over $1,000,000).

Amount: $60,000 JURY AWARD
Year: 2006
Case Type: Dog Attack

A child was invited to a friend’s house and the hosts’ dog attacked him. The child was seriously injured and suffered various lacerations and injuries. He sued the owners for negligence to recover for this attack. In the course of the plaintiffs’ investigation, they discovered that the dog had previously attacked another person. Thus, they added a claim of strict liability to their action under the Illinois Animal Control Act because, in their opinion, the defendant owners knew of the dog’s dangerous character and it attacked him without being provoked. The defendants rejected that they had knowledge of the dog’s dangerous character or that it attacked him in the first place. The jury did not believe them and they gave the plaintiffs $10,000 more than they asked for: $60,000 ($50,000 for pain and suffering; $5,000 for disfigurement; $5,000 for loss of normal life).

Amount: $185,538.37
Year: 2010
Case Type: Dog Attack

The victim in this dog attack was a middle-aged woman. She was staying at a friend’s house when a Rottweiler jumped up and attacked her. Most of the damage was on her face. She sued the host for negligence and sought damages for the medical bills she incurred and the wages she lost. The defendant host denied that the Rottweiler was hers though she admitted it was the dog that attacked the plaintiff. Thus, the issue went to the jury. After a short deliberation, it returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $185,538.37.

  • Medical:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Loss of Normal Life:
  • Disfigurement:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Total:
  • $39,250.37
  • $1,288
  • $40,000
  • $50,000
  • $55,000
  • $185,538.37

Amount: $3,000,000 SETTLEMENT
Year: 2005
Case Type: Nursing Home Accident

The victim in this controversy was in his mid-sixties. He was admitted into a nursing home after he had a stroke but also had a history of aneurisms and paralysis. His doctors reported that he was a high risk for pressure sores. When he entered the nursing home, however, he did not have any of them. It was not more than three months after he was admitted, though, that he developed pressure sores on his spine, ankles, and feet. He had to be transferred to the hospital for emergency care and treatment. Consequently, he sued the nursing home for malpractice. His suit alleged that since the patient was declared to be a high-risk for sores, they should have put in place policies and procedures to prevent this. The defendants made no real attempt to combat any of these allegations and the plaintiff received approximately $3,000,000 in various settlements.

Amount: $1,410,586 JURY AWARD
Year: 2005
Case Type: Nursing Home Accident

This Illinois nursing home case involved the bullying of a 90-year-old man. He died from injuries he received from the attacks of his nursing home co-residents. His estate sued the facility and argued that they should have better protected the elderly resident from these vicious attacks some of which include hits to the face. Denying liability and claiming that the perpetrators should be responsible for their own actions, the defendant refused to settle. A jury heard the arguments of both sides and reached a verdict for the decedent in the amount of $1,410,586.

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