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Personal Injury & Wrongful Death

Overview

When you or a loved one are injured or killed because of the negligence of another, you may have a personal injury or wrongful death action. For more than 60 years, we have represented plaintiffs in a wide range of cases who have been injured or killed:

Since the requirements for filing, pleading, preparing and trying a personal injury or wrongful death case can differ depending on the state or county in which the negligence occurs or where the lawsuit is filed, it is best to consult a Chicago personal injury lawyer who is qualified, experienced and successful to determine if you have a meritorious case.

The Chicago personal injury lawyers at Corboy & Demetrio have represented hundreds of individuals injured or killed as the result of the negligence of others. Our team of lawyers consists of highly experienced and successful Chicago personal injury lawyers dedicated exclusively to the evaluation, preparation and trial of personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Our success in representing victims in personal injury and wrongful death cases has been exceptional - our Chicago personal injury lawyers have acquired over $4 billion in settlements and verdicts, of which nearly 600 were in excess of $1 million.

Our Record of Success in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death:

*A $75 million global settlement for the 10 victims injured or killed when a scaffold collapsed and fell from the John Hancock building in Chicago.

*A $29.6 million record-setting verdict for a passenger injured when a Metra train derailed. It is the largest verdict in Illinois for a person injured in a mass transit crash.

* A record-setting $25.2 million settlement for the death of a passenger in an airplane crash. The previous top record, a $25 million settlement, was also acquired by Corboy & Demetrio.

*A $22 million verdict for the death of a young mother who died after childbirth because a doctor and nurse failed to properly treat her high blood pressure. It is the largest verdict in Illinois for the death of a woman.

*A record $40 million verdict for a woman, who was seriously injured, and her husband, when the woman’s car was hit by a truck.

To consult with a personal injury lawyer at Corboy & Demetrio, call 312.346.3191. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Personal Injury & Wrongful Death Areas of Representation 

Accidents Hospital Liability
Amputation Hospital Negligence

Automobile Collisions

Airplane Crash                                 

Industrial Accident

Medical Malpractice

Aviation Accident Motorcycle Accident

Birth Injury

Bicycle Collision

Bike Accident

Car Accident

Cab, Taxi Accident

Construction Accident

Defective, Dangerous Product

Discrimination Litigation

Doctor Negligence

Explosion Injury

Healthcare Negligence

Home, Business, Work Injury

Motor Vehicle Collisions

Head & Brain Injury

Nursing Home Litigation

Nursing Home Negligence

Off-Road, Recreational Vehicle

Premises Liability

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Railroad Accident

Scar & Burn Injury

Spinal Injury & Paralysis

Train Accident

Vehicle Accident

Successes

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News

Attorney-Authored Articles

  • 03.28.2017
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, 09.20.2016
  • 04.26.2014
  • Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: $1.6M Settlement Entered for Police Crossing Guard
    12.27.2013
  • Chicago Lawyer, 10.2011
  • Illinois Causes of Action, 2011
  • Medical Malpractice, 2010
  • Medical Malpractice, 2010
  • Trial Magazine
  • Illinois Bar Journal, 07.2008
  • Chicago Tribune, 05.08.2008
  • Your Witness: Lessons on Cross-Examination and Life from Great Chicago Trial Lawyers: Cross-Examination and Its Impact on Credibility
    Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2008
  • Trial Journal, 01.2008
  • Defamation, Illinois Causes of Action
    IICLE, 01.01.2008
  • The Federal Tort Claims Act, Illinois Causes of Action
    2008
  • Trial Journal, 2007
  • Trial Magazine, 04.2006
  • Medical Malpractice, 2006
  • Trial Journal, Winter 2005
  • The Federal Tort Claims Act, Illinois Causes of Action
    IICLE, 2005
  • Negligent Issuance of a Life Insurance Policy
    IICLE, Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms & Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Supp., 2005
  • Caps on Damages will Penalize Victims of Medical Malpractice
    Chicago Sun-Times, 11.2004
  • Making the Independent Medical Examiner Your Expert Through the Use of a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet
    ATLA, 2004
  • Making the Defense Medical Expert Your Expert in a MIST Case Using a Ben Franklin Balance Sheet
    Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Reference Publication, 2004
  • Litigating Tort Cases, 2nd Edition, 2004
  • Illinois Motions in Limine
    Litigation Publishing, 2004
  • Litigating Tort Cases, 2003
  • Aviation Causes of Action, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002, 2008, 2011
    IICLE, 06.2002
  • The Liability of Non-Operator Defendant
    Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 04.2002
  • Principles of Illinois Discovery: An Overview, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education (IICLE) - 1983, Supp. 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002), 2002
  • Motor Vehicle Actions - Railroad, 2002, 2008
    IICLE Publication: Illinois Causes of Action - Elements, Forms and Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Handbook, 2002, 2002
  • Medical Malpractice Discovery, Illinois Civil Discovery Practice
    Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1983, Supp. 1984, 1992, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002
  • Defamation, Illinois Causes of Action
    IICLE, 2002
  • Intentional Infliction of Emotional Distress
    Elements, Forms & Winning Tips: Tort Actions, Illinois Causes of Action, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2002
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Daubert: Its Early Years
    CBA Record, 04.2001
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Attorney-Client Privilege - Oh, Really?
    CBA Record, 10.2000
  • Trial Magazine, 09.2000
  • Structured for a Reason
    ABA Journal, June 2000, 2000
  • More Cases We Remember - A Lesson In Credibility
    Trial Magazine, 04.2000
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Offers of Proof, Why, When & How
    CBA Record, June/July, 2000
  • Packaging Forensics: Package Failure in the Courts - A Shattered Bottle...a Shattered Life
    Lawyers and Judges Publishing Company, Inc., 2000
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Striving for Excellence
    CBA Record, 12.1999
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Opening Statement: Some Initial Thoughts and Bullet Points
    CBA Record, 11.1999
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Motions In Limine: Why, When and How to Use Them
    CBA Record, 10.1999
  • Abolishing Jury Awards Takes a Step Backwards
    Illinois Legal Times, 1999
  • Holding Managed Care Accountable
    Chicago Tribune, 1999
  • Trial Journal, 06.1999
  • Illinois Courts: Vital Developers of Tort Law as Constitutional Vanguards, Statutory Interpreters, and Common Law Adjudicators
    Illinois Judicial Conference Symposium, Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, Winter 1999, 1999
  • Demetrio on Trial Practice - Batson: A Black and White Issue - Or Is It?
    CBA Record, June/July, 1999
  • Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1999
  • Illinois Courts: Vital Developers of Tort Law as Constitutional Vanguards Statutory Interpreters, and Common Law Adjudicators
    Loyola University Chicago Law Journal, 12.1998
  • Proving and Disproving Damages in Personal Injury Cases
    Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 12.1998
  • How to Try a Personal Injury Case - Strategies and Techniques from the Experts
    Practicing Law Institute, 10.1998
  • Look for the Silver Lining - An Analysis of Weather-Related Air Crash Disasters
    Trial Magazine, 08.1998
  • Fighting the Elements
    Trial Journal of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 08.1998
  • Liability May Get Through to HMOs
    Chicago Tribune, Voice of the People, Section 1, page 24, Friday, July 31, 1998, 1998
  • The National Law Journal, 06.1998
  • The Use of Demonstrative Evidence in Trial: The Millennium and Beyond
    American Bar Association Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1998
  • Illinois Bar Journal, 04.1998
  • The Key to Final Argument? - Persuasion
    The CBA Record, 03.1998
  • Proof of Damages in Illinois
    Institute for Continuing Education of the Illinois Bar, reprinted from Negligence Law Forum, 1998
  • A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation
    Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996; Supp. 1998), 1998
  • How I Solved My Evidence Problem
    ABA Journal, 1997
  • Malpractice Trial Notebook, 1997
  • Trial Magazine, 1996
  • Positive Thinking
    Chicago Bar Association (CBA) Record, 05.1996
  • The Challenge of Merit Selection
    CBA Record, 04.1996
  • Pretrial Trade Secrets of the Pros - Those Precious Few Interrogatories
    ITLA, 02.01.1996
  • President’s Page
    CBA Record, February/March, 1996
  • A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation
    Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1996, 1996
  • Applause for the Court
    CBA Record, 11.1995
  • Looking Back, The Lessons of the Simpson Trial: Beleaguered Jurors Did Their Job Well; the Police Did Not
    Chicago Tribune, October 10, 1995, 1995
  • Trial, 10.1995
  • Trial, 1995
  • The Human Element
    CBA Record, 09.1995
  • Corporations Afraid of the Light
    Chicago Tribune, 1995
  • Tort Reform No Friend to Consumers
    Chicago Tribune, May 8, 1995, 1995
  • The Common Sense of American Juries
    Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, April 20, 1995, 1995
  • Streamrolling Tort Reform
    Legal Times, Points of View, Opinion and Commentary, pp.20, 24, week of March 27, 1995, 1995
  • Cervical Insufficiency
    Operative Obstetrics, 1995
  • Closing Arguments, The Art of the Law
    Clark, Boardman, Calahan, 1995
  • Going the Distance, How to Perfect the Trial Record and Win on Appeal
    American Bar Association Journal, Volume 76, 04.1990
  • Final Argument
    Anatomy of a Personal Injury Lawsuit, 3rd Edition, 1990
  • Practical Approach for Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Claims
    Professional Education Systems, Inc., 1990
  • Wrongful Death Cases - Procedural Aspects
    Chicago Bar Association, 1990
  • How to Direct Examine the Economist
    Chicago Bar Association, 1989
  • A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation
    Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987; Supp. 1989, 1989
  • The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules
    Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987, Supp. 1989, 1989
  • The Art & Science of Jury Selection
    IICLE, 1988
  • Finding and Using Experts
    ABA - Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, 1988
  • A Practical Guide to Discovery in Medical Negligence Litigation
    Illinois Civil Discovery Practice, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 1987, 1996; Supp. 1989, 1998)
  • Video Depositions: How and When to Use Them
    Chicago Bar Association - Tort Litigation Committee, 1987
  • The Practical Application of Illinois Discovery Rules
    Illinois Civil Discovery Practice (IICLE, 1987, Supp. 1989, 1987
  • The Due Process Clause of the Fifth Amendment Mandates that the Right to Trial by Jury, Guaranteed by the Seventh Amendment, be Preserved
    ABA - Tort and Insurance Practice Section Manual, Trial Magazine, 08.1985
  • Trial, 08.1985
  • Comparative Fault in Illinois: Its Past, Present and Future
    Illinois Trial Lawyers Journal, 1983
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