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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A Social Security client of McNamara Phelan McSteen who was wrongly denied Social Security Disability Benefits settled his federal civil claim for an amount in excess of $70,000.00. The federal court found that the claimant should have been approved benefits as of his 50th birthday and therefore, was wrongly denied by the Social Security Administration.
Our client was a forklift driver who sustained a neck injury requiring surgery, including a cervical fusion procedure. Our client received a permanency award of $140,000.00, in addition to $33,000.00 to pay for any future medical.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Gentleman injured in Cook County accident when other driver runs a red light settles claims for $750,000.00
Our client eventually required shoulder surgery and ongoing pain management for his injuries. His compensation included the other driver’s policy limit of $100,000.00, as well as underinsured motorist coverage.
A passenger in her friend’s vehicle, the woman suffered from elbow fractures and ligament damage to her right arm, which required surgical repair.
$225,000.00 in total compensation received by City of Joliet employee injured when rear-ended in 3-car collision
Our client required cervical fusion surgery and physical therapy before being able to return to work. The settlement included the other driver’s policy limit of $20,000.00, as well as a $205,000.00 underinsured motorist settlement.
Our client lost $385.00 in wages, but required shoulder surgery and physical therapy before entering into settlement with the other driver.
A Grundy County physical therapy provider reached the agreement after our client suffered aggravation of the shoulder injury which required therapy in the first place.
Elderly woman receives $105,000.00 for injuries suffered after slipping and falling in the lobby of a doctor’s office
Medical practice settles after MPM argues that mats were improperly placed in entry alcove to satellite doctor’s offices.
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.
City of Joliet police officer settles claim against other driver in on-the-job accident for policy limit of $100,000.00
The officer was responding to a call when the tortfeasor made an illegal turn in front of him, causing serious injury to our client
Sheet metal worker receives settlement of $100,000.00 from construction site owner/general contractor for injuries suffered from a fall
MPM attorneys argue that subcontractor did not properly maintain stairway during early stages of construction of strip mall.
Little girl received lacerations and puncture wounds to her face from dog bite attack when invited to dog owners’ home to play with her friend.
A woman injured when the other driver made an illegal turn in front of her settled her claims for the other driver’s policy limit of $50,000.00, as well as her own $50,000.00 underinsured motorist policy limit.
Our client was a passenger in his friend’s vehicle who received numerous injuries, including various abrasions and cuts, when the vehicle rolled over.
A woman driving through a Joliet parking lot was injured when the defendant backed out of her parking stall without looking. She received the award after MPM litigated the case before an independent arbitrator.
She fractured a finger and suffered various soft tissue injuries, resulting in physical therapy as treatment.
MPM client receives jury verdict against truck wash company of $71,051.34 following injuries suffered while filling chemical tank for employer
The verdict was reached after a 3-day trial when the jury concluded that the company responsible for preparing a chemical tank trailer before delivery breached its duty to our client, who was responsible for filling the tank at a different facility.
MPM client injured by splinter of wood at grocery store suffers subsequent infection and settles claim for $70,000.00
The settlement was reached after presentation of the store’s security video, discussion of the store’s responsibility to maintain a safe sales floor, and medical confirmation that the infection was a direct result of the splinter.
Client was middle car in a 3-car accident; she settled claims after physical therapy, pain injections and eventual surgery to repair her rotator cuff.
Our client received a lip abrasion, lumbar strain and right hip strain after rear-end accident.
A lady rear-ended in Orland Park, Illinois settled her personal injury claims after suffering headaches and neck and back pain.
Rear-end auto accident on Route 30 in Plainfield results in soft tissue injuries and $50,000.00 settlement
Client did not miss work, but did require physical therapy before recovering from his injuries.
Joliet resident receives $50,000.00 settlement after her vehicle is backed into in grocery store parking lot
A Joliet woman received back and neck injuries from a low-speed accident in a grocery store parking lot. The settlement compensated her for ongoing pain and suffering, as well as pain injections and physcial therapy.
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