Verdicts & Settlements

At Abels & Annes, P.C., we handle many cases involving various types of personal injury claims, such as car accidents, work injuries, slip & fall, nursing home abuse, and wrongful death cases. We have recovered millions of dollars for our clients and their families. The following is a list of some of the settlements made by our law firm.


$3,200,000 - Sex Abuse Lawsuit. Worked as co-counsel to resolve a claim against the Archdiocese of Chicago, Cardinal George, and the Catholic Bishop of Chicago involving sexual abuse of a minor boy by former Rev. Daniel McCormack in the amount of $3.2 million, $300,000 of which was placed in escrow for services. The identity of the plaintiff and his family are confidential.

$1,475,000 - Confidential Settlement involving a worker seriously injured on a construction site.

$825,000 - Illinois Truck Accident. Resolved case for a Chicago area resident who was rear-ended by a commercial truck. She sustained low back injuries and underwent surgery as a result of the accident.

$800,000 - Confidential Settlement

$225,000 - Trip and fall, premises liability.  Resolved lawsuit for a customer who sustained serious back injuries when he tripped and fell on a rolled up floor mat in a fast food restaurant.

$600,000 - DuPage County Pedestrian Accident. Settled lawsuit for a pedestrian who was severely injured while crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk at night.

$330,000 - Work Injury Settlement. Petitioner required surgeries for both of his knees. Before settlement, attorneys secured payment of his medical bills and 33 months of disability pay for his time off work.

$250,000 - Dog Attack Lawsuit.  Settled case for plaintiff who was injured while being chased by a large dog.  While trying to get away he jumped over a fence and fell down.  He broke his arm and dislocated his elbow.  

$190,000 - Sex Abuse Settlement Against Nursing Home.  A nursing home resident was taken to a hospital emergency room. There ICU nurses found evidence of sexual abuse on the victim's body.  The victim was elderly and had limited mental capacity, but she was able to indicate to her granddaughter that she had been abused.

$135,000 – Car accident that was caused by a driver that failed to yield while making a left turn.

$125,000 - Settled car accident claim for a client who sustained a shoulder injury after getting rear-ended.

$100,000 – Bicycle accident settlement. Our client was hit by a vehicle as the driver attempted to pass him on the left.

$100,000 - Motorcycle accident.  Our client sustained significant road rash and we obtained an insurance policy limits settlement on her behalf.

$100,000 – Car crash lawsuit that settled for the defendant's insurance policy limits.

$150,000 - Premises Liability Settlement.  Settled case for worker who fell off a defectively designed built in ladder at a store in Arizona.  The plaintiff fractured his knee and had to have surgery.

$145,000 - Workers' Compensation Settlement.  The petitioner fell from a ladder and injured her shoulder, requiring surgery and leaving her with permanent restrictions that prevented her from returning to her job.

$125,000 - Premises Liability Settlement. Resolved case for a woman who tripped and fell on defective stairs, breaking her ankle.  The client had to undergo surgery to repair the fracture.

$300,000 - Nursing Home Abuse Settlement. Reached a settlement on behalf of a woman who was neglected in a Chicago area nursing home.  Due to improper care, our client developed significant bedsores.

$152,000 - Chicago Bicycle Accident. Obtained a good result on behalf of the bicyclist who fractured her wrist. She was hurt riding her bike past a construction site when wind blew an unsecured windscreen into her path.

$460,000 - Chicago Car Accident. A driver failed to yield coming out of a stop sign, hitting our client's vehicle. The plaintiff had to undergo surgeries to repair a herniated disc.

$95,000 - Chicago Pedestrian Accident. Settled lawsuit for a plaintiff who sustained injuries after being hit by a vehicle in a crosswalk. The claim was resolved at a non-binding mediation.

$600,000 - Wrongful Death Auto Accident. A passenger was killed in a contested liability auto accident. Insurance policy limits of $500,000 was collected from one defendant, and the victim's uninsured motorist coverage of $100,000 was collected for the liability of the other defendant who was uninsured.

$200,000 - Chicago Car Crash. Resolved accident claim for local resident who sustained two herniated discs after being struck by a drunk driver.

$220,000 - Chicago Auto Accident. Reached a policy limits uninsured motorist claim settlement for two minor children that were fatally injured in a north suburban car accident. The at fault driver was DUI and crossed the center line.

$250,000 - Illinois Car Accident. Resolved a case for a Chicago Area resident who was hit by an uninsured driver. The plaintiff suffered a herniated disc and had surgery. Our law firm made an uninsured motorist claim for him and we were able to collect the insurance policy limits.

$255,000 - Chicago Pedestrian Accident. Settled case for a woman who sustained head injuries when she was hit by a car while in a crosswalk. The defendant was only insured for $50,000, and we successfully pursued an under-insured motorist claim for our client against her own auto insurance carrier, collecting an additional $205,000.

$275,000 - Premises Liability. Settled case against a building owner when a minor child sustained severe eye injuries when she was pushed into a defectively designed lock box on an apartment door.

$100,000 - North Suburban Car Accident. Resolved negligence lawsuit for a defendant's auto insurance policy limits. We are now pursuing an under-insured motorist claim against the client's own insurance policy to obtain additional money on her behalf.

$100,000 - Illinois Bicycle Accident. Secured a policy limits settlement for a medical student after he was hit by a driver who failed to yield while turning left.

$80,000 – Hit and run auto accident settlement. Our client sustained back injuries after her vehicle was struck on a Chicago area expressway.  The defendant fled the scene of the accident.

$55,000 - Work Injury Settlement.  Claimant hurt his left bicep, right arm, and left ankle while pulling a dumpster.  In addition to the settlement we helped our client recover over $46,000 in disability pay.

$50,000 - Uninsured Motorist Claim. The plaintiff was injured when his vehicle was T-boned by another car. The at fault driver had no insurance, and we were able to obtain a policy limits settlement against our client's own auto insurance carrier.

$25,000 - Chicago Motorcycle Crash. Collected the defendant's $20,000 insurance policy, plus an additional $5000 on an under-insured motorist claim. Our client was hurt when the driver failed to yield while making a left turn.

$72,500 - Chicago Trip and Fall Injury. Settled Cook County premises liability lawsuit for client who sustained a fractured ankle after tripping on an uneven playing surface at a Chicago indoor soccer facility.

$100,000 - Chicago Hit-And-Run Accident. Settled a case for insurance policy limits for a passenger that sustained multiple facial fractures in an accident where the at fault driver fled the scene.

$64,500 - Illinois Arbitration Award. Obtained a binding arbitration award for a Chicago area medical doctor who sustained injuries in an auto accident.

$25,000 - Chicago Pedestrian Accident. Resolved case for Chicago resident who sustained soft tissue back and neck injuries after getting struck by a car while crossing the street in a crosswalk.

$50,000 - Chicago Bike Accident. Obtained an insurance policy limits settlement for a Chicago bicycle rider that sustained head injuries after being knocked of his bike by an opening car door.

$195,000 - Chicago Workers Compensation Claim. Resolved case for a semi-truck driver who was injured while moving a refrigerator at work. He sustained a herniated disc in his lumbar spine. Beyond the final settlement, his medical bills were paid and he received over $28,000 disability pay for time off work.

$74,000 - Wisconsin Car Accident. Settled case for a Chicago resident who was injured as a passenger in a single vehicle accident in Wisconsin. She sustained a fractured wrist and post traumatic stress due to the collision. The case settled at non-binding mediation.

$55,000 - Chicago Car vs. Skateboard Accident. Settled case for a Chicago teen who was hit by a car while crossing in a crosswalk. The client sustained a broken nose and dental injuries.

$28,000 - Illinois Workers' Compensation Claim. Settled claim for a Waukegan woman who sustained a right arm injury while working as a pastry chef in Wilmette, Illinois. The claimant also received just under $10,000 in disability wages while off work, and her medical bills were paid.

$27,680.25 - Illinois Work Injury Settlement. Resolved case for a Com Ed meter reader who had surgery to fix bunion deformities on his feet. The bunions developed due to constant walking on the job. In addition to the settlement, his medical bills were paid and he received four months disability pay for time off work.

$35,000 - Chicago Bicycle Accident. Settled case for Chicago resident who was hit by a car on the North Side. Our client sustained left knee and shoulder injuries and incurred just over $8,000 in medical bills.

$150,000 - Chicago Premises Liability. Settled case against a local store where a security guard used excessive force to detain a customer and our client sustained facial fractures.

$20,000 - Illinois Car Accident. Recovered insurance policy limits for a client who suffered arm scaring and lacerations when her SUV was hit hard enough to flip it over. We are now pursuing an under-insured motorist claim for her.

$15,000 - Chicago Pedestrian Accident. Settled a case for client who was standing in front of his house when a car accident occurred and one of the vehicles spun out onto the sidewalk and hit him. He sustained a broken left clavicle that healed without complication.

$19,000 - Chicago Bike Accident. Settled case for a bicycle rider who was hit by an opening car door as he passed by. Our client sustained left shoulder injuries.

$21,000 - Cook County Truck accident. Reached settlement for client who was hit from behind by a commercial truck. She incurred soft tissue neck and back injuries.

$95,000 - Pedestrian Auto Accident. A pedestrian was hit in a crosswalk and sustained ankle injuries from a car that was speeding in a parking lane while passing other stopped vehicles on the right.

$85,000 - Premises Liability. A child incurred a facial laceration from a small nail protruding from a couch in a local coffee shop.

$25,000 - Workers' Compensation. A phone repairman injured his shoulder while lifting a heavy object at work. He suffered a small tear to his supraspinatus tendon that will not require surgery.

$17,000 - Auto Accident. Plaintiff incurred back and leg injuries when a car turning left failed to yield and struck his vehicle.

$20,000 - Premises Liability. Settled case against a grocery store where a Chicago resident cut his hand on glass that was protruding from a grocery cart handle.

$50,000 - Pedestrian Auto Accident. A pedestrian was hit by a car while standing in the street next to his stalled vehicle. He sustained a deep laceration to his leg and the case settled for insurance policy limits.

$235,000 - Premises Liability Wrongful Death. A woman called 911 while having a seizure in her apartment. When police and paramedics arrived, they were delayed several minutes because front desk security personnel were not present to let them in the building. The delay may have contributed to her passing away.

$45,000 - Workers' Compensation. Plaintiff lost his balance and fell off the back of a truck, injuring his back and left arm.Resolved claim for Chicago resident who sustained back and neck injuries in a car crash.  The case settled without having to litigate, saving the plaintiff the expense of going to court.

$50,000 - Resolved claim for insurance policy limits for Chicago resident who sustained back and neck injuries in a car crash.  The case settled without having to litigate, saving the plaintiff the expense of going to court.

$25,000 - Settled case for insurance policy limits for a passenger that was injured when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in crossed the center line and hit a passing vehicle.  We also recovered an additional $5,000 in medical payments for the client.

$25,000 - Reached settlement for insurance policy limits for west suburban resident who sustained upper back injuries when her husband failed to yield while turning left in an intersection.  We settled the claim under their uninsured motorist policy.  We further recovered an additional $10,000 in medical payments for the client.

$19,000 - Auto Accident. Plaintiff sustained neck and back injuries when his vehicle was struck by a drunk driver. The defendant fled the scene, our client called 911, and the defendant was caught after a police chase.

$10,000 - Pedestrian Auto Accident. The following is a very odd case. A woman was at home in bed when her elderly neighbor lost control of her car, drove through a wall of the house, and struck our client's bed. Our client only incurred minor injuries. The $10,000 settlement was in addition to the cost of property damage repairs.

$150,000 - Nursing Home Abuse. Our client, while in a coma, was neglected and not properly cared for. As a result he developed large bedsores all over his body that led to sepsis.

$95,000 - Premises Liability. A woman slipped and fell in front of an office building on an unnatural accumulation of ice. She fractured her ankle and had to have surgery.

$63,000 - Auto Accident. Our client was hospitalized with a leg fracture and severe chest pain in a contested liability auto accident case. The collision occurred while merging at the junction of the Kennedy and Edens Expressway. The $63,000 was awarded at a binding arbitration.

$115,000 - Premises Liability. Client sustained a herniated disk (un-operated) when she slipped and fell on water from a leaking pipe in a restaurant bathroom. The restaurant had notice of the condition and failed to act.

$76,000 - Premises Liability. Plaintiff tripped and fell and injured her knee on a cracked wooden stair leading to a parking lot of an apartment building. Our firm retained an expert to testify regarding inadequate lighting in the parking lot.

$40,000 - Pedestrian Auto Accident. Plaintiff struck by a car while crossing at a T-intersection in an un-marked crosswalk.