Bradley M. Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices, will be receiving the Plaintiff Attorney Achievement Award at the Jury Verdict Reporter’s Trial Lawyer Excellence Awards on October 25, 2022. He is being recognized for his numerous multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements last year, in particular first-chairing five Illinois verdicts of $5 million or more. This year, he obtained more than $100 million in verdicts and settlements. Here are some of his verdicts in excess of $5 million dollars:
- $101M: A 24-year-old female was 37 weeks pregnant with her first child when she was admitted to West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park for high blood pressure and monitoring. As a result of obstetrical and hospital malpractice, the fetus was subjected to hours of oxygen deprivation, causing profound brain damage, global developmental disabilities, motor delays, spastic cerebral palsy, speech and language impairment, cortical blindness, profound intellectual disability, epilepsy, and dysphagia/feeding difficulties requiring a gastrostomy tube. This is the largest medical malpractice verdict in the history of Illinois. For more information about this case, click here.
- $21.5M: A 6 -year-old boy drowned while attending the Justice Park District summer camp when camp counselors took the group to swim at the Bridgeview Park District pool. He did not know how to swim and could not stand anywhere in the general pool with his head above water. The boy, who should have been in the wading pool, was found unresponsive in the main pool, and rescuers and hospital personnel were unable to revive him. This is the largest drowning verdict in the history of Illinois. For more information about this case, click here.
- $18.15M: A 17-year-old sustained a traumatic brain injury and serious internal injuries that necessitated an airlift to Stroger Hospital when a truck driver, driving for a large trucking company and under the direction of a national shipper, lost control and crashed onto the shoulder of a highway. At the time of the crash, the plaintiff was lawfully on the shoulder of a highway determining if the brake lights and tail lights on his trailer were working. The plaintiff requires a lifetime of future therapy and caretaking services. For more information about this case, click here.
- $14M: A 37-year-old female suffered a stroke as a result of being negligently prescribed Yasmin birth control by her obstetrician. She is currently dependent on a wheelchair and requires 24-hour care due to her left-sided paralysis and brain damage. This was the largest medical malpractice verdict in 2014. For more information about this case, click here.
- $8.5M: A Williamson County man from Marion, Illinois died when a certified registered nurse anesthetist and hospital employees allowed a patient to become dangerously hypotensive and was later declared brain dead. This was the record verdict for a wrongful death in Williamson County.
- $8.25M: Verdict against a Chicago hospital on behalf of a family who lost their father and husband due to medical malpractice following a total knee replacement surgery. For more information about this case, click here.
- $7.75M: A 56-year-old man dies from cardiac issues due to the negligence of a neurosurgeon who failed to recognize the man’s previous heart issues and cleared him for surgery. For more information about this case, click here.
- $5.5M: A 40-year-old pregnant mother lost her 16-week-old fetus as a result of Obstetrical malpractice. The obstetrician failed to properly interpret a transvaginal ultrasound leading to a dilatation and curettage procedure which introduced bacteria into the sterile uterus leading to infection and ultimately miscarriage. For more information about this case, click here.
- $5 million: A woman suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a truck driver’s negligence on I-65. For more information about this case, click here.