Mark McNabola, On Behalf of the Plaintiff …

The idealism that fuels the drive to become a professional working to promote such high-minded principles as justice, truth and fairness transforms into sheer determination that drives a seasoned attorney like me. If only my clients had a window into the work that comprises their representation and the many ways in which we fight for them everyday. The legal profession is fairly unique in that we go to bat for our clients regularly, yet they rarely see us take a swing, let alone hit a home run. I often think that while clients are happy to be shielded from the confrontations that are required to advance their claim, they would feel so gratified by the fervor and the frequency of our efforts as their advocate. It might bridge the gulf between clients’ perceptions of attorneys as overpaid and irascible to the reality that we devote our professional lives to fighting for their cause so if we seem edgy at times it’s because we can’t always turn it off (ask our spouses who yearn for a toggle switch).

I wonder if my clients have any idea how many times I step up to the bench and declare, “Mark McNabola, on behalf of the plaintiff…” Even before filing the complaint, it’s my job to make sure the defendant cannot seek to delay the proceedings, or avoid culpability. Usually the defendants come out swinging so the early battle is fending off dismissal. This is not the first time I raise my voice so the plaintiffs may be heard. And we plaintiff’s attorneys don’t just appear in court, we advocate by grinding out the legal research and argument that support the plaintiff’s case. Once we stave off the initial attacks, most clients don’t realize that there is painstaking study and a variety of maneuvers that are required to get through discovery, the plaintiff’s deposition and that of the witnesses in the case, as well as more motions intended to end the case before it even gets near a jury. All the while we’re working to ensure that the plaintiff’s case is proceeding so that when it comes time to put a value on our client’s damages and suffering, whether at a pre-trial settlement conference or trial, the plaintiff is in the most advantageous position for recovery. Most cases do not go to trial, so the small windows our clients have into our advocacy on their behalf gives them a skewed, and maybe dark, view.

Speaking of bleak views, justice in America today is frequently defined by its catastrophic failures. Yet its true mark is in the unnoticed victories occurring everyday. I can’t help but think that if we wore the equivalent of a bodycam or compiled a YouTube video chronicling our work on our clients’ cases that it would go a long way to restore faith and trust in lawyers, the judicial system serving victims of personal injury and the critical role we play to make sure victims from all walks of life have equal access to justice and full and fair compensation. It is this end result that stokes my passion to fight for those who cannot.

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$27

million

Product Liability - Family man paralyzed in a boating injury when he fell from the upper deck of a yacht. The offer by the insurance company for the defendant was only $3 million before trial and $25 million after three weeks of jury trial, offered after closing arguments.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$20

million

Construction Site Negligence - A man was demonstrating construction equipment known as a “man lift," and was elevated in the air. The lift collapsed, and the plaintiff suffered permanent injuries to his ankle and lower back. McNabola represented one of two seriously injured plaintiffs. Prior to trial, the offer was only $3 million.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$14

million

Medical Malpractice - Following induced labor, the unborn child suffered fetal distress, C-section delivery was delayed. The baby’s mother died from an amniotic fluid embolism during delivery and the baby suffered severe developmental delays.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$12

million

Medical Malpractice - A 52 year old man suffered an anoxic brain injury following routine bowel surgery when doctors and nurses at a suburban hospital failed to properly monitor and treat post-operative metabolic changes. This case concluded after evidentiary rulings at the time of jury selection. The offer before trial was only $3 million.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$10

million

Trucking Negligence - A grandmother who was rendered wheelchair dependent in a motor vehicle incident involving car versus truck. The offer for settlement prior to trial was only $2 million.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$9.2

million

Medical Malpractice - A young woman suffered amputations as a result of complications following surgery at a suburban hospital in a collar county of Chicago. The doctors and nurses failed to develop and implement an appropriate plan to manage blood thinning medications pre and post-operatively leading to severe clotting and tissue death. The case settled after evidentiary rulings at the time of jury selection. Offer before trial was only $2 million.

Trial Attorneys Mark McNabola, Ruth Degnan

$8.8

million

Trucking Negligence - A young girl was killed when she was struck by a vehicle that had previously collided with a bus that was traveling too fast for conditions. After a ten-day jury trial, a Cook County jury returned a verdict in favor of the family. According to the Jury Verdict Reporter, this is a record high verdict for the wrongful death of a minor in a motor vehicle accident. There was no offer for settlement by any defendant.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$7

million

Trucking Negligence - Cook County jury awarded $7 Million to a construction worker who lost his leg working on a City of Chicago site. As a result of the defendant’s failure to safely route traffic in the area the man was pinned against his truck by a driver. The defendant did not offer any money to settle the case.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$6

million

Motorcycle Negligence - A teenager and her father were injured in a motorcycle accident. The 15 y/o suffered a severe fracture of her right ankle and has required multiple surgeries

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$6.8

million

Construction Site Negligence - A young man injured on a construction site received blood thinning medication intended and prescribed for another patient at the defendant hospital. The case was tried to verdict with a jury award of $6.5 million and later settled for $6.8 million.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$7.8

million

Medical Negligence - After presenting to the emergency room on three out of four consecutive days with increasing and worsening symptoms, the plaintiff was diagnosed with bacterial meningitis. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$1.1

million

Medical Negligence - The plaintiff suffered a stillbirth despite having carried her baby to term through a healthy pregnancy as a result of the failure of the nurses and physicians to properly monitor and treat signs and symptoms of significant fetal distress. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$4.8

million

Car Negligence - The plaintiff, a front seat passenger, suffered multiple fractures and spinal cord injuries resulting in quadriplegia when the car she was riding in traveled through a construction zone and off the end of the roadway where the bridge had been removed, plunging into the construction pit, 25-40 feet below.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$5.8

million

Car Negligence -  Two teenage boys were killed when a tire and component parts of the wheel assembly dislodged from the axle of an 18-wheel semi-tractor trailer traveling in the oncoming lane.

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$3

million

Car Negligence - A young man suffered permanent disabling injuries after this care was hit by the defendant’s taxi.  

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$2.7

million

Car Negligence - A 41 year hold husband and father was killed instantly by a driver for a courier service who ran a red light and hit the plaintiff’s vehicle as it passed through the intersection.  

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$2.3

million

Car Negligence - A 51 year old mother was killed instantly when a backhoe on the defendant’s flatbed trailer hit an overpass on I-88 in Downers Grove toppling off of the flatbed and onto the top of her car as it travelled behind the flatbed.    

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$1.2

million

A 20 year old college student sustained 2nd and 3rd degree burns over her face, neck, chest and arms when a bartender’s stunt involving flaming grain alcohol went bad. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$1

million

The defendant landowner allowed an unnatural accumulation of ice and water to collect near the entrance to the loading dock receiving door at Navy Pier. 

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola

$3.6

million

Medical Malpractice - A 12 year old girl was deprived of oxygen for 15 minutes during a routine surgical procedure.  Plaintiffs alleged the surgical residents mismanaged the young girl’s airway and negligently allowed her condition to deteriorate before attempting intubation at the bedside.  

Lead Trial Attorney Mark McNabola