Serving Chicago For Over 20 Years

Representative Cases

Below is a list of some of the settlements/verdicts of $100,000 or more (or where only the amount of the settlement is confidential) that Craig M. Sandberg has obtained on behalf of his clients since 2007. This list includes cases which do not involve confidentiality agreements that prevent release to the public. Most settled cases that include a confidentiality clause forbid the publication of the details of the case and the amount of the settlement. Mr. Sandberg has settled many additional cases in which settlements were to remain confidential.


56-year old male has right shoulder hemiarthroplasty due to undiagnosed re-dislocation

In January 2015, M-56, after falling and injuring his right shoulder, went to the emergency department of a Chicago-based hospital. He was diagnosed with a dislocated right shoulder and suspected rotator cuff tear. In the ER, the shoulder was manuall… Read More

68-year old male life-expectancy reduced due to delayed recurrent liver cancer diagnosis

On October 11, 2017, M-68 died as a result of the negligent care and treatment he received at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. The cause of death was hepatocellular carcinoma (“HCC”) (i.e., liver cancer). On or about July 14, 2017, M-68 was told th… Read More

86-year old female develops stage IV pressure ulcers due to nursing home neglect

F-86 was admitted to a nursing home facility. While at the nursing home facility, F-86 developed multiple decubitis (pressure) ulcers. Thereafter, F-86 was transferred to a hospital for treatment, wound stabilization, and healing. After the wound(s)… Read More

37-year old male pre-trial detainee in the King County Correctional Facility denied timely treatment resulting in more extensive injury

Jurisdiction: Superior Court of King County, Seattle, Washington. 37-year old male was a pre-trial detainee in the King County Correctional Facility (“KCCF” or “King County Jail”). On September 27, 2016, M-37 fell and injured… Read More

69-year old female patient dies from unrepaired coronary sinus rupture

On March 5, 2012, F-69 sustained an isolated, first time neurological event, presumably an embolic CVA (cerebrovascular accident) and presented to a Chicago-area hospital with dysarthria, altered gait, and right facial droop. A MRI performed revealed… Read More

50-year old male life-expectancy reduced due to nursing home neglect

In or about January 2014, M-50 was admitted to the nursing home facility. While at the nursing home facility, M-50 developed multiple decubitis (pressure) ulcers, urosepsis, and severe dehydration. During all times relevant, agents and/or employees o… Read More

34-year old male dies of succinylcholine-induced hyperkalemia

Jurisdiction: Circuit Court of the Second Judicial Circuit (Jefferson County, IL) In the evening on Thanksgiving Day (November 27, 2014), M-34 was found unresponsive at his home by a family member and 911 was called. At approximately 5:40 p.m., the a… Read More

46-year old female develops metastatic cancer after physician fails to perform recommended biopsy

On January 19, 2010, F-46 underwent a core-needle biopsy of the left breast based on suspicious calcifications. The biopsy material revealed ductal carcinoma in situ. Thereafter, F-46 underwent segmental mastectomy of a left breast tumor by defendant… Read More

74-year old male develops stage IV pressure ulcer due to nursing home neglect

In or about July 2012, M-74 was admitted to the nursing home facility. While at the nursing home facility, M-74 developed multiple decubitis (pressure) ulcers. During all times relevant, agents and/or employees of the nursing home were responsible fo… Read More

59-year old male glaucoma patient loses remaining eyesight due to hastily performed surgery

On August 2, 2010, M-59 underwent Baerveldt implantation. The stated purpose was to control the patient’s intraocular pressure (“IOP”). A Baerveldt implant is a glaucoma drainage devices (“GDD”) are designed to route flu… Read More

22-year old requires reconstructive surgery due to botched breast augmentation

On December 17, 2011, F-22 underwent a breast augmentation (along with liposuction) at a Chicago-based liposuction & cosmetic surgery center. The plaintiff’s breast implants were 500 cc, silicone (gel) implants. The cost of that original proced… Read More

37-year old becomes pregnant when postpartum bilateral tubal ligation with Filshie clip application fails

Jurisdiction: Superior Court of King County, Seattle, Washington. On March 19, 2012, F-37 underwent a female sterilization procedure performed by an employee of an area health system wherein he applied Filshie clips, bilaterally, one-day postpartum v… Read More

Deliberate indifference to inmate's serious medical need results in loss of vision for 55-year old male

M-55 brought these claims against the Medical Director (Parthasarathi Ghosh, MD) and certain wardens (Terry McCann and Marcus Hardy) at Stateville Correctional Center (“Stateville”) for their deliberate indifference to his serious medical… Read More

61-year old female sustains right posterior leg ulcer due to nursing home neglect

On July 29, 2009, F-61 underwent a right total knee arthroplasty. On May 5, 2011, due to a septic right total knee arthroplasty, F-61 underwent a right total knee resection and insertion of antibiotic spacer at Central DuPage Hospital. On May 14, 201… Read More

40-year old female suffers brain damage following aneurysm repair; wife/mother dies 2 days later

In the morning of August 9, 2011, F-40 went to the emergency department at an area hospital with a severe headache of recent onset. The initial CT scan showed an “[a]neurysm arising from the distal left middle cerebral artery at its trifurcation.… Read More

Flash fire burns 19-year old worker at car wash

This lawsuit resulted from an occurrence on February 28, 2011 at the plaintiff’s place of employment (Snappy Hand Car Wash, 5961 N. Ridge Avenue, Chicago, Illinois). At the time of the incident (flash fire), the plaintiff was pumping tire dressing… Read More

52-year old female awarded monies for botched cosmetic surgery

F-52 was awarded $200,000.00 in damages due to the medical malpractice committed by Dr. M. Vincent Makhlouf. The verdict was rendered Thursday evening, November 12, after four days of trial evidence. The jury’s unanimous verdict was quickly rea… Read More

Improper application of CPAP to 43-year old female worsens underlying esophageal tear

On June 4, 2012, F-43 underwent a laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy with intra-operative endoscopy that was performed by defendant’s physicians that was performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. During the course of the aforementioned procedur… Read More

51-year old Metra employee awarded damages because unsafe work conditions

M-51 was awarded $750,000.00 in damages due to his employer’s failure to provide him with a reasonably safe place in which to do his work, which was reduced by 50% for the plaintiff’s contributory negligence to $375,000.00, by a jury in t… Read More

26-year old male aggravates prior back injury

On March 2, 2013, M-26 was in his vehicle, stopped and intending to exist gas station located north of 123rd Street on South Cicero Avenue in Alsip. The front, left quarter of Claimant’s vehicle was struck after two southbound vehicles collided… Read More

51-year old female dies from delayed resection surgery to treat her diverticulitis

Between June 24, 2009 and August 8, 2009, F-51 was admitted to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital on three separate occasions with diagnosed acute, complex diverticulitis. Over the course of those admissions, Plaintiff’s diverticulitis got worse in that… Read More

51-year old male suffers lisinopril-induced lithium toxicity

Prior to June 1, 2011, M-51 was taking lithium prescribed to him by a non-defendant physician. On June 1, 2011, one of the plaintiff’s other physicians, who was aware that the plaintiff was taking lithium, prescribed lisinopril to treat his recentl… Read More

5-month old male suffers brain damage following failed intubation attempts; child dies 5 months later

On November 4, 2009, then-5-month old, 28-week ex-preemie, male suffered severe respiratory distress while resting with his mother. Upon arrival of paramedics, the child was started with oxygen and Albuterol. Despite the request of EMS to bring the c… Read More

30-year old male aggravates prior left shoulder injury

Defendant rear-ended the vehicle containing the M-30 plaintiff on August 14, 2011, at approximately 5:30 a.m., at or near the intersection of West Addition Street and North Rockwell Street in Chicago. Plaintiff was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle… Read More

Settlement reached from 90-year old's death at Hines VA

On December 5, 2011, M-90 presented to the emergency department at Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital with generalized weakness, dyspnea and emesis. Thereafter, the patient was started on empirical antibiotics and found to have moderate to large bilateral… Read More

22-year old female suffers nerve injury from routine blood draw

Phlebotomist employed by Maxim Healthcare Services was working at ACL Laboratories in the Advocate Southwest Tinley Park Campus when F-22 presented for a routine blood draw. Plaintiff alleged Maxim’s agent negligently probed and twisted the nee… Read More

56-year old female dies from undiagnosed uterine cancer

The facts in this case were not in dispute. Between, at least, August 2006 and July 2008, F-46 was admitted to Sacred Heart Hospital multiple for times for reasons that include, but are not limited to, intractable vomiting, nausea, abdominal pain, an… Read More

Village of New Lenox settles excessive force lawsuit

On November 9, 2007, Village of New Lenox Police Department officer Brian M. Wojowski (Star No. 122) pulled over a vehicle operated by the F-46’s husband. Ofc. Wojowski had followed the vehicle for approximately two miles, but observed no movin… Read More

Law firm settles claim related to its failure to file a timely post-trial motion

On or about October 13, 2011 the Dennis E. Both and the law firm of Brown, Udell, Pomerantz & Delrahim, Ltd. (“BUPD”) (collectively “the BUPD Defendants”) entered into an for legal services wherein the plaintiffs authorized the BUPD Defen… Read More

37-year old man's arm caught in Hobart mixer-grinder

On August 14, 2010, the left arm of M-37 became entangled in the then-moving auger of a Hobart Corporation (ITW Food Equipment Group LLC) MG-1532 mixer-grinder being operated by the plaintiff at the Jewel/Osco located at 443 East 34th Street in Chica… Read More

54-year old woman suffers back injury after slip and fall

This lawsuit results from an occurrence on September 2, 2010 at the Starbucks store located at 210 W. North Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60641. Immediately before the plaintiff’s fall, an unknown Starbucks employee wet-mopped the floor. Immediately af… Read More

53-year old male suffers traumatic brain injury after fall down restaurant stairs

This lawsuit results from a fall down stairs on June 13, 2009, at approximately 1:00 a.m., at La Humita/El Balcon, which is an Ecuadorian restaurant/lounge located at 3466 N. Pulaski Road, Chicago, Illinois 60641. Plaintiff contended that the dangero… Read More

30-year old male stabbed and suffers nerve damage

After the stabbing, the plaintiff was transported by CFD-EMT (No. 61) to Saint Mary Medical Center (2223 W. Division Street, Chicago, IL) and, then, due to the nature of the trauma, was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County. The plain… Read More

46-year old woman dies of a pulmonary embolism due to untreated DVT

On June 17, 2010, Michelle Marshall (“Michelle”) was seen at John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County (“Stroger Hospital”) with altered mental status (AMS) secondary to hypernatremia, acute kidney injury, and diabetic ketoacidosis. Later,… Read More

30-year old male suffers ankle injury after a piece of granite falls off truck

This lawsuit results from occurrence on September 30, 2008, wherein a piece of granite fell out of a tractor-trailer (Container No. MSCU2463947), stuck the plaintiff’s shoulder, which caused him to lose his balance and fall. As a result of the gran… Read More

29-year old male was shot and killed by Chicago Police officer

In the early morning hours of June 7, 2011, CPD Officer Gildardo Sierra and his partner responded to an alleged domestic battery in the Englewood neighborhood. Upon their arrival, Officer Sierra contends he observed the alleged offender, Flint Farmer… Read More

48-year old male dies from blunt force trauma to the head

This case involves the battery of Darrin Redditt by Charles Evans, which resulted in injuries and, eventually, death. On Friday, September 26, 2008, at approximately 11:00 p.m., at 1658 S. Homan Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois, during a verbal altercati… Read More

45-year old man suffers permanent injury to his eye after multiple unnecessary surgeries

Beginning in February 2001 and continuing until, approximately, December 2008, Dr. Kathleen Scarpulla performed approximately 30 procedures on Dennis Moore’s left eye. The original procedure in February 2001 was a clear lens exchange. Dr. Scarpulla… Read More

30-year old female suffers head injury in motorcycle accident

On July 2, 2011, at approximately 1:12 a.m., Adam Morek was driving Tricia Raymond on his motorcycle northbound on Cicero Avenue when he crashed his motorcycle. Adam Morek had been drinking at Cuzin’s Pub & Eatery, located at 17704 Oak Park Avenue,… Read More

64-year old male suffers torn rotator cuff from excessive force of Harvey Police detective

On April 8, 2009, shortly before 11:00 p.m., Alonzo Butler was operating PACE bus No. 6189, but was stopped at the PACE bus stop located on West 154th Street just east of its intersection with Wood Street in Harvey. Detective Jeff Crocker observed Bu… Read More

35-year old male did not receive proper medical care while in government custody resulting in below-the-knee amputation

(Medical Malpractice under the Federal Tort Claims Act (“FTCA”)). On October 26, 2006, Eric McClinton was in the custody of Federal Bureau of Prisons (“BOP”) at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. On October 27th, the “admit”… Read More

53-year old female dies from cancer after physician failed to timely convey a diagnosis of cancer (leiomyosarcoma)

In 2006, Dr. Edouard Coupet was employed by his company, Sante Incorporated d/b/a La Santé Obstetrics & Gynecology, as a gynecologist in Dolton, Illinois. On March 14, 2006, Barbara was admitted to St. Francis Hospital under the care of Dr. Coupet f… Read More

30-year old male suffers back injury in slip

On December 3, 2007, Michael Robertson slipped on ice (but did not fall) in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center, which caused his back to become symptomatic. At the time of the accident, plaintiff was working for Crown Equipment Corpo… Read More

46-year old female injured during replacement of heart surgery resulting in concomitant aortic and mitral valve replacement

On March 4, 2010, claimant underwent replacement of her aortic valve at the University of Chicago Medical Center (“UCMC”) due to aortic insufficiency. This surgery was performed by Shahab Akhter, MD and assisted by John Stepney, PA. According to… Read More

18-year old high school student shot and killed outside of school

This case involves the shooting of Ruben Ivy due to the alleged actions of then 15- year old Defendant Devonte Smith at approximately 3:05 p.m. on March 7, 2008 at Crane Tech Prep Common School a/k/a Crane Tech High School located at 2245 West Jackso… Read More

75-year old male suffers facial fracture and lacerations

On November 12, 2005, at around 7:42 p.m., Philip Paul added air to the pneumatic tire with his Coleman compressor in order to check the site of location of an air leak on the tire of his 5 HP 22-inch Two Stage Craftsman snow thrower (Model No. 247.8… Read More

56-year old tears rotator cuff in slip and fall

On August 27, 2005, Marilyn Parks was visiting her father, who was a new resident at Halsted Terrace Nursing Center on its dementia unit (3-South). When she arrived that morning her father was not in the room, so she took that time to put away his to… Read More

42-year old male suffers ankle fracture in slip and fall

On December 10, 2006, plaintiff slipped and was injured outside the residence located at 809 S. Kedvale Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, which was owned by defendant. The reason for fall was due to the hazardous condition of the residence’s sidewalk appr… Read More

87-year old female found unresponsive in nursing home

On January 22, 2004, 87-year old Gazzell Branch was admitted to residency at The Renaissance at South Shore. The Renaissance is a 248-bed facility that was licensed and classified to provide skilled care. Based upon her periodic Minimum Data Set Full… Read More

44-year old female dies of drug overdose while in custody

Melissa Robertson, Special Administratrix of the Estate of Kelly Collins (“Kelly”), deceased, brought this action for alleged acts and/or omissions by the County of McLean and Sheriff of McLean County, by and through their agents and/or employees… Read More

9-year old female failed to be diagnosed with thyroid cancer

Vanessa Rivera, a then 9-year old girl, first presented at Norwegian American Hospital for evaluation of a right neck mass. On August 18, 1997, Dr. Raphael Camanini, then-Chairman of the Department of Pathology at Norwegian American Hospital, misdiag… Read More

Pediatric endocrinologist's failure to conduct simple test on young girl results in delayed diagnosis of hepatotoxicity

(Failure to Properly Monitor and Timely Discontinue Use of Propylthiouracil (“PTU”)). This lawsuit results from an injury sustained by Latoya Castillo in the course of Dr. Richard Levy (pediatric endocrinologist), and her subsequent death on Dece… Read More

48-year old homeless man struck and killed by construction vehicle while standing outside his vehicle

(Motor Vehicle Accident) On February 13, 2007, shortly after a significant snowfall, on the westbound, Ontario Street feeder ramp, in Chicago, Stanley Thomas was struck and killed by Sean Chapman, who was driving a 1999 Ford F-450 Super Duty owned by… Read More

Interventional cardiologist's failure to timely seek surgical intervention results in death of 74-year old female

(Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Uncontrolled Pericardial Bleed; Failure to Properly Monitor and Ensure Patency of Pericardial Drain; Resulting in Anoxic Encephalopathy and Death) This lawsuit results from an injury, and subsequent death on May… Read More

16-year old male dies in motor vehicle accident

On July 30, 2003, Kevin R. Bailey II was a passenger in a vehicle operated by Edet Miles. At approximately West 71st Street between Green and Peoria, the Miles vehicle was observed by Chicago Police Department officers, Alla Awadallah (Star No. 17199… Read More

Admitting ER physician's failure to timely diagnose pulmonary contusion results in death to 69-year old male

(Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Pulmonary Contusion Resulting in Infection and Death) On September 15, 1999, at approximately 7:00 a.m., Lonnie Brown (“Lonnie”) was involved in a single-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of West… Read More

42-year old male resident of intermediate care facility is attacked and later dies from injuries

(Nursing Home Act) On November 17, 2002, Charles Guy, a schizophrenic (schizoaffective disorder) resident of Sacred Heart Home (a 172-bed intermediate care facility) attacked a co-resident and struck the co-resident in the face with the chair. Therea… Read More

Ophthalmologist fails to diagnose infection that results in the loss of an eye to a 76-year old female

(Failure to Timely Diagnose and Treat Intraocular Infection Resulting in Removal of Right Eye) F-73 underwent cataract surgery (extracapsular cataract extraction by phacoemulsification with implantation of a LI-61AO lens through a shooter) on her rig… Read More

44-Year Old Female Struck by Car While in Crosswalk

Vanessa Stafford was involved in a pedestrian vs. automobile traffic accident on March 3, 2001. At approximately 10:20 p.m., Vanessa was crossing West Ontario Street at North LaSalle Street in Chicago, Illinois. She was crossing Ontario Street on the… Read More

97-Year Old Nursing Home Resident Fractures Femur When Dropped by Employee

On the morning of the incident, 97-year old Gertrude Saddler was finishing getting ready to go to breakfast. One of the defendant’s employees, Denise Harris, CNA, pushed Gertrude’s wheelchair into the bathroom and assisted her onto the toilet. Af… Read More

22-Year Old Male Suffers Displaced Bimalleolar Fracture of the Left Ankle Requiring Open Reduction and Internal Fixation When He was Struck by a Car While Operating His Motorcycle

On May 8, 2004, Isaiah Henderson operated a friend’s 1996 Suzuki motorcycle on North Pulaski Road. At or about 5:15 p.m., Daniel Thompson turned left from a eastbound position on West Thomas Street, which had a stop sign, onto Pulaski. Mr. Thompson… Read More

Car Strikes 13-Year Old Female Pedestrian Causing Brain Damage

In the rainy, evening hours on November 18, 2004, 13-years old Safiya James was crossing Halstead Street when the defendant’s vehicle either ran a yellow/red light or otherwise failed to proceed with the intersection with caution. The defendant str… Read More

32-Year Old Becomes Pregnant When Postpartum Bilateral Tubal Ligation with Filshie Clip Application Fails

On May 19, 2005, Isela Escobar underwent a postpartum bilateral tubal ligation with Filshie clip application that failed shortly thereafter resulting in her pregnancy. In June 2006, Isela Escobar gave birth to a healthy baby boy. Read More

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