Results - Personal Injury Lawsuit Verdicts & Settlements

$6,063,115 Illinois Jury Verdict - Truck/Motor Vehicle Collision Lawsuit

Two teenage passengers were riding in a vehicle when it was broadsided by a semi-tractor trailer. Both teenagers suffered closed head brain injuries. After the trucking company refused to settle the case, a jury verdict was entered against the trucking company in favor of the teenage boys. The million dollar award was one of the largest verdicts in the history of DuPage County, Illinois, a historically conservative county.

Confidential Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlement - Product Liability

M&S filed suit against a well-known SUV manufacturer and tire manufacturer, when a tire tread separation caused a SUV to lose control and rollover in Ghana, West Africa, causing the driver to be ejected and sustain closed head brain injury. Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid spent one month in West Africa over two trips and successfully secured the physical evidence, videotaped trial testimony, and aerial crash scene video and photos using an international reconstruction expert. M&S retained nationally recognized tire experts, obtained "whistleblower" statements from former tire factory workers and utilized innovative demonstrative videos to secure a very favorable settlement for the client at mediation.

$4,250,000 Lawsuit Settlement - Product Liability/Negligence

M&S attorney played supporting role in a case where elderly couple was killed when their home exploded due to a defective natural gas connection in a kitchen appliance.

Confidential Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlement – Medical Malpractice

M&S filed suit against a well-known St. Louis area hospital and its physicians for their failure to timely diagnose the signs and symptoms of acute stroke from a dissected internal carotid artery condition in a 25 year-old mother of two resulting in over 13 hours of unnecessary delay in providing her with standard medication treatment that prevents subsequent debilitating strokes. As a result of the unnecessary delay, the patient suffered a very large debilitating stroke that caused hemiparesis in her arm and injury to her brain causing her to be unable to work in the future. M&S retained nine (9) nationally renowned experts and used sophisticated technology to maximize a very favorable settlement for the client shortly before trial was to begin.

$2,000,000 Settlement - Fatal Truck Accident

M&S obtained a $2,000,000 settlement recovery for a family whose two children were killed in a crash involving 2 semi-tractor trailers on I-57 near downstate Effingham, Illinois. A semi-truck merged from the shoulder onto the highway at roughly 30 mph directly in front our clients, who were travelling 62 mph in the right highway lane. Our clients were riding with their three children in their own semi-truck. The semi-trucks collided in a massive impact and two children (age 8 and 5) were ejected and died at the scene. We hired 2 of the best accident reconstruction expert engineers in the country to determine how the crash occurred and the case was won using the data from the trucks' Electronic Control Module (ECM). The ECM data proved how fast the trucks were going before impact and showed that the other driver was driving too many hours in violation of the Federal Hours of Service Regulations. The case settled at a pre-trial settlement conference with a prominent Judge in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois, well before the trial was scheduled to start.

$1,700,000 Settlement - Infant Wrongful Death from Dangerous Prescription Medication

M&S obtained a $1,700,000 settlement for a family whose 2-month old son died due to side effects of a prescription medication that was prescribed by his pediatrician. After a brief hospitalization, the pediatrician wrote a prescription for medication to be taken at home. The parents took the written prescription to a local retail pharmacy where the pharmacist dispensed a version of the prescription medication that contained different active ingredients than the intended medication. The dispensed prescription medication was never proven to be safe and effective and was never approved by the FDA for sale in the U.S. The active ingredients in the dispensed prescription medication caused the infant's death. M&S worked with multiple high-profile expert witnesses who were dedicated to the truth in the case, including a nationally recognized forensic toxicologist, forensic pathologist, pediatrician, pharmacist, FDA regulatory consultant and a psychologist specializing in family grief counseling. The case settled two months before trial.

$1,362,499 Jury Verdict – Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

In Louisville, Kentucky, a jury found in favor of Micheatria Donelson, represented at trial by Mark W. Mathys, with the help of local counsel. Five years after her son's decapitation, the jury awarded nearly $1.4 million to Ms. Donelson for pain and suffering. Ms. Donelson still suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and depression as a result of this horrific event. Prior to delivery of the child, the evidence showed that the baby's legs were kicking but stopped before the doctor arrived. Unfortunately, because the baby boy was only 21 weeks old and not viable, he was not entitled to any independent recovery for wrongful death under Kentucky law. Local and national news outlets followed the entire closely. Read Full Story & News Coverage and Watch News Videos .

$1,250,000.00 Settlement - Motorcycle Accident

M&S obtained a $1,250,000 recovery for a 60 year-old man who was injured in a motorcycle accident. A trained and certified motorcycle rider, our client was enjoying a Sunday morning ride on his Harley Davidson motorcycle when a driver of a mini-van pulled away from a stop sign and moved directly in front of him, forcing him to lay the bike down and slide into the side of the mini-van. Our client sustained serious head and spinal cord injuries that required multiple surgeries and a long recovery.

$1,131,000.00 Settlement - Motor Vehicle Accident / Distracted Driving

M&S obtained a driver's cellular phone records to determine the driver of the SUV was engaged in distracted driving while using his cell phone. As a result, his SUV collided with a stopped car and injured our 58 year-old female client who suffered a herniated disc in her lower back with permanent nerve injury. M&S used innovative computer animations and customized digital exhibits to explain the severity of the injuries suffered by their client to secure this settlement just two weeks prior to trial. This was a record settlement for a non-paralyzing spinal injury in DuPage County, Illinois, a historically conservative county.

$1,075,000.00 Settlement - Medical Malpractice

Using state of the art digital courtroom technology and retaining nationally known medical experts, M&S obtained a very favorable settlement during jury trial for the defendants' failure to diagnose bacterial meningitis in a 10 year-old boy resulting in permanent damage to his hearing, although he is still able to hear through the use of Cochlear implants.

$942,000.00 Personal Injury Settlement - Premises Liability

M&S filed suit against a well-known national bookstore for a 45 year old woman who tripped on several improper placed overlapping floor mats, causing her to fall and sustain injuries to her shoulder and neck requiring several surgeries. M&S retained a nationally recognized safety expert and a highly credentialed orthopaedic physician to maximize this exceptional settlement at mediation prior to trial.

$871,639.00 Settlement - Auto Accident Lawsuit

A 34 year old woman was thrown from the vehicle and sustained a degloving scarring injury to her right arm, fracture of a vertebra in her lower back, fractured ribs and a bulging disc in her lower back.

$750,000.00 Settlement - Medical Malpractice

Failure to diagnose an invasive fungal lung infection in a 48 year-old woman who required a lung removal and ultimately resulted in her death at the age of 51.

$731,123.79 Jury Verdict - Medical Malpractice Lawsuit

Using sophisticated digital courtroom technology and a nationally recognized expert physician, Mark W. Mathys and Mark T. Schneid successfully prosecuted a difficult ten day OB/GYN medical malpractice trial in Cook County, Illinois after the defendant doctor made no offer of settlement. Three weeks after the plaintiff delivered her first baby; the defendant failed to properly manage plaintiff's post-partum bleeding and performed an unnecessary surgical procedure that left the plaintiff unable to have any more children.

$690,232.41 Jury Verdict - Car Crash Lawsuit

A 30 year old man was a passenger in a vehicle when the driver lost control, ran off the road and hit a tree. The man had fractures to his right leg, right foot, left leg and collar bone and incurred $90,000 of medical expenses.

$546,000.00 Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlement - Construction Accident

A 50 year-old man sustained leg fractures at a construction site when a unique piece of heavy construction equipment failed and fell onto the client's leg. The case involved over 10 defendants initially with 4 defendants ultimately contributing to the settlement at mediation prior to trial.

$450,000.00 Illinois Personal Injury Settlement - Premises Liability

A 70 year old woman stepped in a pot hole in the parking lot of a restaurant causing her to fall and land on her left hip, resulting in a fracture of her left femoral head. Using a sophisticated digital presentation, the defendant's fault was clearly presented, enabling the case to be settled early in the litigation during mediation.

$380,000 Illinois Accident Settlement – Premises Liability

A 60 year-old man was injured when the handrail leading down a neighbor's basement stairs gave way causing him to fall down the stairs. During the fall he fractured three ribs and his ring finger which required surgery. M&S hired a highly credentialed expert to prove the handrail was inadequate in strength and not attached to the wall properly in violation of building codes, which allowed the case to settle with maximum results.

$335,000 Settlement - Trucking Accident Lawsuit

A 39 year-old man was injured when a semi-tractor trailer slammed into stopped traffic on a highway causing the client's work van to roll down an embankment. The client sustained shoulder injuries, a closed head injury and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).

$330,000 Illinois Lawsuit Settlement - Automobile Accident

A retired 81 year-old man was injured when another vehicle rear-ended his car as he was slowing to stop for traffic. Although the client had a prior surgery and significant pre-existing spinal conditions in his lower back before this accident, M&S was able to secure a significant settlement for their client when his lower back condition was aggravated during the automobile condition requiring another surgery.

$240,000 Personal Injury Lawsuit Settlement – Construction Accident, Product Liability

A 56 year-old man was injured when the hydraulic cylinder of a dump truck failed and fell through the cab of his truck where he was sitting resulting in a spinal injury. This settlement was recovered for the client in addition to a sizable Workers' Compensation award.

$225,000 Settlement - Car Accident Injury Lawsuit

A 45 year-old man was injured when a vehicle improperly changed lanes and struck his car. The client sustained a spinal injury requiring surgery.

$225,000 Accident Injury Lawsuit Settlement - Truck Accident

A retired 66 year-old man was injured when a semi-tractor trailer slammed into his stopped vehicle from behind. The client sustained tears of the rotator cuff tendons in his shoulder requiring surgery.