Plaintiff Claims

Settlement - $4.5 million

In this medical malpractice claim, a boy was born prematurely and developed an E. coli infection. The physicians and nurses failed to timely treat the infection, which resulted in osteomyelitis, brain dysfunction, and visual impairment. The boy was born in 2004 and receives special education.

Settlement - $2.7 million

The father of two teenage boys turned left in an intersection and was broadsided by a semi-tractor trailer. The claim was brought by the boys against the semi-tractor trailer company; the boys sustained closed head injuries and other injuries as well. The defendant offered $150,000 to settle the case and the jury awarded one of the largest verdicts in the history of DuPage County. Subsequent to appeal, the case settled for $2.7 million.

Settlement - $1.25 million

A 55 year old male was proceeding eastbound at an intersection in DuPage County, Illinois, when an individual turned left in front of him. He sustained an injury to his ankle which required a fusion. Medical bills were in the area of $75,000.00 with potential future lost earnings. This case was settled for $1,250,000.00.

Settlement - $1.1 million

An eighteen year old boy was ejected from a car and suffered a closed head injury, affecting his cognitive abilities. The defendant denied liability. The case was settled for $1.1 million.

Settlement - $977,455

A male drywaller, age 33, claimed that defective scaffolding caused an injury which resulted in a herniated disc at L5-S1 with fusion and discectomy. Medical bills totaled $53,480.00 with a potential lost wage claim. The matter settled for $977,455.00.

Settlement - $950,000

The male claimant age 57 a suburban city employee brought suit against the manufacturer of a company that made salt spreaders, alleging the device was defective and caused him a partial loss of a limb. On the eve of trial, the defendant went from an offer of nothing to settle, to increasing offers, which eventually settled the case for $950,000.00.

Settlement - $900,000

A 72 year old female plaintiff was broadsided by another vehicle at an intersection in DuPage County. She sustained a left rib fracture, liver and spleen lacerations, pelvic fractures, and descending aortic dissections. Plaintiff recovered within sixty days of the occurrence, and the case settled for $900,000.00.

Settlement - $630,000

The claimants entrusted their 15 month old daughter to the defendant for day care. On the day at issue, the baby became non-responsive. The defendant denied any liability, and there were no witnesses. The parents brought the claim for Shaken Baby Syndrome. The insurance carrier for the defendant settled for $630,000 for this wrongful death suit.

Settlement - $500,000

In this matter, a 60 year old retired male was riding his sports bicycle to join friends for a morning ride. The defendant, who was operating a company pickup truck, did not see the plaintiff and turned left and struck him. As a result, the plaintiff suffered head trauma, arterial injury, pulmonary contusions, rib fractures, fracture of the left scapula, and a cerebral contusion. The matter was settled for the policy limit.

Settlement - $500,000.00

A 12 year old boy got into a scuffle with a 14 year old, and the 14 year old threw a baseball bat toward the 12 year old. The bat struck the 12 year old in the eye resulting in enucleation and prosthetic care and treatment. The case settled for the minor in the amount of $500,000.00.

Settlement - $475,000

The 62 year old female client exited her vehicle in the parking lot of her employer's business. While walking to the front door of the building where the employer was located, the plaintiff slipped on ice. The allegations were that she could not see the ice due to the lights in the parking lot being in disrepair. The injuries included that of an aggravation of a pre-existing neck injury.

Settlement - $250,000

The 58 year old female was involved in a collision whereby a vehicle turned left in front her. She incurred leg and back injuries. She required surgical intervention that resulted in loss of her employment. The matter was settled with the defendant's insurance carrier for $100,000 and settled with the plaintiff's underinsured policy limit for an additional $150,000, yielding the total insurance available.

Verdict - $8 million

A 49 year old man was killed in a head-on collision where the driver of a semi-tractor trailer crossed the center line. The client's estate claimed the semi-tractor trailer was not adequately maintained. The defendant's insurance carrier, when all coverage was exhausted, provided $1.5 million of coverage. The coverage was denied, and due to the tractor-trailer's insolvency, the matter was actually tried before the bankruptcy court to determine value. The bankruptcy court rendered a value of $8 million, and subsequently, the underlying insurance carrier and the underinsured carrier paid their maximum limits.

Verdict - $940,000

In this matter, a minor child suffered a dog bite to her hand as a result of a dog that got strayed from a veterinary clinic. The veterinarian sued her parents for negligence. Mr. Rice represented the minor's parents for protection of their assets and prevailed.

Verdict - $450,000

A fifty year old divorced woman brought suit for soft tissue injuries from an automobile collision. The claimant had suffered from rheumatoid arthritis since her teens, and the defendant blamed her injuries upon her arthritis, not the accident. The defendant offered to settle for $150,000.00, so the case went to trial. The jury awarded the plaintiff $450,000.

Verdict - $271,437.44

The plaintiff, a 54 year old woman, slipped on black ice in a parking lot of her employer's business. The allegations were that the ice was due to an unnatural accumulation, as the downspouts for the building dumped out in the parking lot. Her injuries included knee and shoulder injuries, requiring surgeries.

Verdict - $250,000

The plaintiff, an 84 year old woman, was a resident of a nursing home. She was placed in a wheelchair by one of the aides at the nursing home and left in the hallway. She fell out of her wheelchair, which resulted in an orbital fracture to her eye. Her medical bills for the occurrence totaled approximately $20,000. The jury awarded the plaintiff $250,000 plus attorney fees and costs, which totaled more than $225,000.