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Jeanette Kiekbusch November 15, 2012
Chicago Firm Horwitz, Horwitz, and Associates Wins One of the Largest Personal Injury Verdicts in US History for Quadriplegic Iron Worker
Almost half of $64 million verdict allocated to future medical expenses caused by unsafe work conditions
On Wednesday, November 14th at approximately 4:00 pm, a Cook County jury awarded one of the largest personal injury verdicts in the nation. The case is Ronald Bayer vs. Panduit Corporation 07 L 9877. Ronald Bayer, 41 years old from Monee, Illinois was awarded $64 million dollars for future medical expenses, pain and suffering, and related damages. Mr. Bayer was represented by Clifford Horwitz, Jay Luchsinger, and Michael Carter of the Chicago law firm of Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. Defendant Panduit Corporation was represented by John W. Patton and Michael Vranicar of Patton & Ryan.
Bayer was a union iron worker from local 393 who fell head first 15-20 feet from a beam. Bayer suffered a C1 burst fracture, C7 dislocation fracture and C6 spinal cord injury. Bayer requires non-stop nursing care and lives with chronic pain. Bayer lost the functional use of his hands and complete use of his body from the chest- down.
Clifford Horwitz, owner and co-lead trial attorney states, “It was an honor and a privilege to represent Ron Bayer. Ron was known to his friends and co-workers as a hardworking, diligent and cautious union ironworker, before his life was shattered as a result of Panduit’s alleged carelessness.”
“Panduit was represented by one of the largest insurance carriers in the country, with virtually unlimited resources and highly skilled attorneys. But after carefully reviewing all the evidence, the jury recognized that Panduit maintained an unsafe jobsite in violation of OSHA regulations, ANSI safety standards, and internal safety rules. As a result, Ron suffered horrifying injuries, including quadriplegia and a traumatic brain injury with many complications.”
“No amount of money could possibly compensate this man for what he has been through and what is in store for him over the remainder of his life. Ron’s past and future medical bills alone are projected to reach approximately $30 million -- nearly half of the jury’s award.”
“While money alone can never make him whole, it’s reassuring to know that the jury’s verdict will enable Ron to obtain the quality medical treatment he will require over the remainder of his life.”
Trial attorney Michael Carter explained, “The jury heard four weeks worth of evidence and heard from seven different doctors and two Phd’s about Ron’s 30 million dollars’ worth of care, which he will need throughout his life. He suffered severe spinal cord and brain injuries and the results of this case prove that the system works. Twelve people from different walks of life came to a determination that this man should be fully taken care of and he should receive complete compensation for his injury.”
At Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, our attorneys represent clients who have been injured due to a wide variety of situations including workplace accidents, construction accidents, auto accidents, defective products, and nursing home neglect and abuse. For more information about Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, including a free consultation, please visit HorwitzLaw.com or call (800) 594-7433.