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.

$3,150,000- Worked with co-counsel to resolve a sex abuse lawsuit against the Archbishop of Chicago in regards to acts committed by former Rev. Daniel McCormack. The identity of the plaintiff, who was a minor at the time of the abuse, remains confidential.

$800,000 - Confidential Settlement

$112,000 - Dog Bite. Plaintiff was injured by a loose dog that bit her, causing a fracture and an infection to her wrist. She required surgical repair to her wrist to treat the injury caused by the dog.

$410,000 - Work Injury Settlement. Plaintiff struck his back on a step while working, requiring surgical fusion to repair his injuries. His post-accident restrictions prevented him from returning to his prior job in the capacity he was able to before the incident occurred.

$375,000 - Motorcycle Accident. Our client was injured when riding his motorcycle and striking an uneven portion of an expressway. The uneven road surface was caused by milling during road construction in the area and it led to our client flying off his bike, injuring himself. He sustained multiple fractures including a broken arm, leg, and a fractured skull.

$80,000 - Mini-bike Accident. Resolved a claim on behalf of our minor client who was participating in a mini-bike program. He was on a ride led by another minor when the leader made an abrupt turn without signaling. When our client tried to follow, he lost control of his bike, leading to injuries including a broken leg.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.