Other Case Results

$4.6 Million Verdict - Wrongful Burial of Infant's Remains

A Cook County jury awarded a young mother $4.6 million after a local hospital permitted the burial of her deceased infant without the mother's consent. The baby tragically died in the hospital approximately 30 days after birth. The mother's request for an autopsy was ignored, and her child was buried in an unmarked cemetery plot. This is the largest-ever verdict in Illinois for the wrongful disposition of a next of kin's remains. This verdict broke the previous record verdict in Illinois for this type of case, which was also achieved by Winters Salzetta O'Brien & Richardson, LLC.

$3.25 Million Settlement - Commercial Fraud Litigation

This commercial litigation settlement was on behalf of a seller of a business against the buyer, who reneged on the purchase price, alleging seller fraud. Document investigation and discovery, including business valuation experts, established that the seller sold valuable goods and inventory and that the purchaser was attempting to raid the business and force the seller to accept a lower offer.

$1.3 Million Settlement - Police Misconduct/Civil Rights Violation

Partner John F. Winters, Jr. secured a settlement on behalf of the family of a young man who passed away when police officers tased him and then refused required medical care. The man was taken into custody under suspicion of engaging in a narcotics transaction and was later found unresponsive in the back of the police vehicle following the tasing. Winters Salzetta O'Brien & Richardson, LLC utilized the police department's own patrol unit cameras and station house surveillance videos to display the department's misconduct and failure to abide by its own policies and procedures.

$610,657 Verdict - Slip and Fall on Ice

The plaintiff slipped and fell on an ice-covered threshold step leading to the stairwell of her apartment complex. She suffered a lumbosacral strain, bulging disc, Chronic Pain Syndrome, and aggravation of degenerative disc disease. Attorney John F. Winters, Jr. showed the jury via expert testimony that the ice was an unnatural accumulation caused by defective placement of a downspout, which created an ice dam and distributed water on the sidewalk before freezing, and that the sidewalk slope and sun angle created a shadow line which hid the icy condition.

$387,213.15 Verdict - Baby's Death at Day Care

A jury in DuPage County found in favor of a couple whose young child tragically passed away at an in-home day care center. The verdict obtained by attorney John F. Winters, Jr. was achieved despite a finding by the DuPage County Coroner's Office that the child's death was a result of SIDS and therefore unable to be explained. Winters Salzetta O'Brien & Richardson, LLC displayed to the jury, partly through pathology evidence, that the baby's death resulted from suffocation caused by being placed in an unsafe sleeping environment consisting of toys, dolls, blankets, and loose bedding. It is believed that this is the first case in Illinois in which a coroner’s determination of SIDS has been disagreed with by a jury in a civil trial.

$108,000 Verdict - Sexual Discrimination

The female plaintiff won a trial against trucking giant Yellow Freight Systems for failure to hire a woman trucker. Yellow Freight appealed the verdict to the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and again to the United States Supreme Court. All courts affirmed the plaintiff’s verdict.

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