Settlements & Awards

Our attorneys are responsible for obtaining millions of dollars in settlements, awards and verdicts for our clients over the years, and are firmly committed to obtaining proper compensation for our clients. Below is a list of some of our successful settlements and verdicts.

Joliet Bicyclist Injured by Hit and Run Driver Receives $60,000.00

An area man was riding his bicycle along the shoulder of Hollywood Drive in Joliet, Illinois when he was struck by a vehicle from behind.  The driver of the vehicle sped away from the scene and the cyclist was unable to make an identification.  The accident resulted in various injuries, including a fracture of the cyclist’s T-1 (thoracic) vertebrae.  Tom Polacek of McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC was retained to pursue a claim for the cyclist’s injuries through the uninsured motorist provisions of his own auto policy.  Mr. Polacek negotiated a $60,000.00 settlement for the client, compensating him for his injuries, medical treatment and lost wages.

Motorcycle Accident Results in Settlement for Diamond Man

A Diamond pipefitter suffered a SLAP tear to his right shoulder as a result of a 2017 motorcycle accident with another driver.  After retaining McNamara Phelan McSteen to represent him in his claims against the other driver, and after achieving a full recovery from his injuries, our client settled his claims for $100,000.00.


New Lenox Auto Accident Results in Settlement of $100,000.00

A local woman received significant injuries as a result of an auto accident in New Lenox, Illinois last summer.  After being retained to handle her claims, attorney Tom Polacek of McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC secured payment of $100,000.00 as compensation for the woman’s injuries.  

Arbitration Award in Will County Auto Accident

McNamara Phelan McSteen attorney Thomas Polacek recently won an arbitration award for a client injured while driving in her residential neighborhood in Joliet, Illinois.   Following a hearing, a panel of three Will County arbitrators ruled against the other driver and awarded the Joliet woman $26,304.69, including her costs of suit, as compensation for her neck and low back strain, as well as various contusions resulting from the other driver’s negligence.

Channahon Woman Settles Auto Accident Claim for $305,000.00.

A local school social worker injured her shoulder in an auto accident caused by a truck driver exiting a Channahon, Illinois gas station parking lot.  Her injuries required surgery and physical therapy, and, after filing a lawsuit on her behalf, Tom Polacek of McNamara Phelan McSteen negotiated a settlement in the amount of $305,000.00 for the woman.

Local Mechanic Obtains $310,000.00 After Accident During Diagnostic Test Drive

Our client was injured in an auto accident when he was forced to come to an abrupt stop and an unsecured load in the rear of a delivery truck he was driving slid forward and struck the wall of the cab.  After McNamara Phelan McSteen secured a workers’ compensation settlement for the mechanic, who took the truck out for the purpose of diagnosing mechanical difficulties, the firm was also able to secure a personal injury settlement with the customer/owner of the vehicle after filing suit against that company for failing to properly secure the dangerous load of scrap metal and failing to warn the driver of the hazard.

Joliet Woman Receives Policy Limit Plus as Settlement Following Auto Accident

With the help of McNamara Phelan McSteen, a Joliet woman settled her claims arising from an auto accident for $45,000.00, including $25,000.00 from the other driver’s insurance company plus another $20,000.00 from her own underinsured motorist coverage.  Our client suffered neck and back strains requiring medical treatment and physical therapy.

Will County Truck Driver Settles Injury Claim for $175,000.00

Our client, a semi-retired truck driver, was diagnosed with a tear of his rotator cuff following an accident involving his semi and two other vehicles in central Will County.  After undergoing surgery and physical therapy, our client received a settlement payout of $175,000.00 from the at-fault driver as compensation for his injuries, including pain and suffering and his temporary loss of normal life.

Temp worker receives $170,000.00 settlement.

A temp agency employee sustained a crush injury when a 5,000 lb. counter-weight used on a crane fell on him. His injuries required approximately 18 months of treatment including surgery and physical therapy. He was eventually released with a 50 lb. lifting restriction.  MPM partner Ron Fladhammer negotiated $170,000.00 settlement to compensate him for his injuries.

Nurse slips on diaper, receives settlement in excess of $216,000.00.

A New Lenox nurse who sustained a back injury when she slipped on a patient’s diaper resulted in a lumbar spine fusion procedure. After making a workers’ compensation claim, she was determined to be physically unable to return to her occupation of nursing.  As a result, a permanency settlement in excess of $216,000.00 was negotiated by MPM.  In addition to the settlement, future medical in an amount in excess of $33,000.00 was added to cover any possible future medical care.

Joliet accountant settles shoulder injury for $150,000.00. Employer agrees to pay for his Bachelor’s Degree.

A Joliet accountant who injured his shoulder while at work was determined by the Illinois Industrial Commission to be unable to return to his previous occupation. Thanks to McNamara Phelan McSteen, the employer agreed to pay for his Bachelor’s Degree, which allowed him to work in a different industry.  In addition to medical and vocational rehabilitation, a settlement in the amount of $150,000.00 was negotiated.

Slip and Fall on High School Sidewalk Results in $58,000.00 settlement

An Elgin woman fractured her ankle after slipping on ice on her way to attend her son’s junior wrestling tournament on the premises of a local high school.  Despite early denials that the school district was liable for her damages, attorney Tom Polacek eventually settled our client’s claim in exchange for payment of $58,000.00.

Sox Fan Settles Auto Claim for Policy Limits.

A Chicago White Sox fan was injured while sitting in traffic after exiting stadium parking and heading home on the Dan Ryan Expressway.  Our client, a passenger, hurt her back and neck when the vehicle being driven by her sister was rear-ended by another driver.  The case was settled by MPM for the negligent driver’s insurance policy limits of $50,000.00 after suit was filed.

Joliet Auto Accident Results in $45,000.00 settlement

Our client suffered soft-tissue injuries and cervical radiculopathy following an auto collision caused by the other driver’s illegal left turn.  Her injuries required approximately five months of treatment, after which MPM partner Tom Polacek negotiated a $45,000.00 settlement to compensate her for her damages.

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Illegal Left Turn Results in Personal Injury Settlement

Our client was unable to avoid a collision when another driver made a sudden left turn in front of her in Will County, Illinois.  She suffered a chest wall contusion and various soft tissue injuries to her neck and back, as well as rib pain and damage to her front teeth.  Following completion of her treatment, including physical therapy and fillings to repair her chipped teeth, MPM’s attorneys settled her claims in return for payment of over $28,000.00. 

Shorewood Woman Settles Auto Negligence Claim for $80,000.

She underwent physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for various soft-tissue injuries before settling her claims with the other driver for his insurance policy limits.  MPM then negotiated an additional $60,000.00 settlement from her own carrier under her underinsured motorist provisions.

Trip and Fall in Resale Shop Results in $90,000+ Settlement

A  61-old woman fell down a single step in a Will County resale shop, suffering a fractured ankle and ligament damage.

Despite the fact that signs were posted, MPM filed suit on behalf of the woman, alleging that the shop failed to take sufficient additional steps to warn its patrons of the hazard posed by this low step, concealed down one of its many shopping aisles.  Following a pretrial settlement conference, the parties agreed to a settlement payout of $92,500.00, payable by the owner of the resale shop and the owner of the shopping plaza containing the shop.

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Shorewood resident settles dog bite claim for $100,000.00

A Shorewood woman and her dog were attacked by a pair of vicious dogs directly in front of her own home. Our client was treated for injuries to her arms and hand and also required treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder.

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