Case Results for The Deratany Firm

Learn more about the settlements and verdicts reached on behalf of our clients.

At The Deratany Firm, our clients come first. We strive to provide each of our clients with the personalized attention necessary to obtain the compensation and closure necessary after an accident or the loss of a loved one. We leave no stone unturned to provide clients with the best legal representation in Illinois courts.

Our success is measured not by our words, but by our work on behalf of clients and the results we are able to get for them. Learn about some of our firm's verdicts and settlements below. For more information or a free case consultation, do not hesitate to contact our firm today.

$23.3 Million Dollar Award

A Lake County jury awarded the parents of a brain injured child $23.3 million due to the negligence of the hospital employees responsible for monitoring his fetal heart rate prior to birth.

The Deratany Firm was able to prove that had the baby been delivered just 15 minutes earlier, he would not have sustained such devastating injuries. This case accounts for the highest medical malpractice verdict in Lake County to date.

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$19.55 Million Dollar Settlement

The Deratany Firm has settled all claims in a foster care abuse case against nine defendants, all contractors or subcontractors in the Illinois social services system, for a total of $19.55 million dollars.

The final phase of the settlement was with the foster parent individually and as agent of the foster care agency she contracted with. The plaintiffs claimed that a foster mother allowed an unlicensed man into her home and he injured the foster child.  The foster care agency claimed that the foster parent failed to advise them appropriately and terminated its contract with the foster parent for improper conduct.

"With the case being settled, I'm pleased that my client received justice and that the foster parent is no longer acting as a foster parent. I hold her primarily responsible," said Jay Paul Deratany.

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$14.75 Million Settlement

The Deratany Firm obtained a $14.75 million settlement on behalf of an 8-year-old girl who suffered permanent brain damage at birth due to a delay in ordering blood for the baby when she was born severely anemic. As a result of the delay, the baby went 4.5 hours before receiving a blood transfusion causing severe brain damage.

The settlement money will go toward accommodations for the 8-year-old girl's disabilities at her home and for rehabilitation. Her parents hope that one day she will be able to walk with some assistance.

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$14 Million Dollar Settlement

Jay Paul Deratany recently obtained a $14 million settlement on behalf of a family that had been abused due to negligence of a social services agency.

The Deratany Firm has several cases of "adoption negligence" wherein they represent foster families or adoptive families who suffered injury due to a foster care agency, adoption agency or social service agency making misrepresentations, which causes injury or disruption to the family unit.

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$10.7 Million Dollar Award

A jury awarded the estate of a deceased toddler $10.7 million, agreeing that a water heater manufactured by the American Water Heater Company was unreasonably dangerous.

Lawyers for the Deratany Firm argued that the water heater could produce water at a temperature that can cause scalding and death within a matter of seconds and that the thermostat did not accurately control the temperature. They also argued that a simple valve could have prevented the tap water from reaching dangerous temperatures.

The 18-month-old girl was badly burned when scalding water suddenly flowed into the bathtub where she was being bathed. She suffered second-degree burns over more than 50 percent of her body. Six weeks later, she died.

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$9.6 Million Dollar Award

A jury awarded the estate of an infant $9.6 million as a result of the injuries she sustained after being born in a Cook County Jail cell after the doctors and staff ignored her mother's pleas that she was in labor.

Attorney Jay Paul Deratany argued that in the evening before her delivery, the mother, nine months pregnant, complained of cramps to jail officials and was given Tylenol for what they believed were withdrawal symptoms. The infant was later born in the jail cell and fell two feet during the delivery, hitting her head on the concrete floor. The infant died the following day.

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$8.7 Million Dollar Award

The Deratany Firm attained an $8.7 million verdict against an Erie County, Pennsylvania foster care division for a boy who was sexually terrorized by an older boy placed in his home.

The boy said he suffered years of sexual abuse at the hands of a deeply disturbed foster teen who was placed in his home when he was a 9-year-old. He was adopted in 2004.

Implicated in this award are former Erie County OCY caseworkers, whom the jury believes violated the boy's civil rights in 2001, by placing a teen with a known history of sexual offenses in a home in which a juvenile resided.

The boy had to be hospitalized numerous times for debilitating psychiatric conditions stemming from the trauma of these sexual assaults.

The head attorney for the boy and his parents, Jay Paul Deratany, told a reporter for News:

"The foster-care system in this entire country is broken," Deratany said. "There are too many kids who are placed too quickly without enough thought. In defense of Erie County Office of Children and Youth, they need reform, but they also need help for making those reforms. We need legislation to guide it. It goes all the way up the chain."

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$8 Million Dollar Award

A Cook County jury, on April 26, 2016, found in favor of Ronald Willis Jr., plaintiff in a medical malpractice lawsuit brought against Mount Sinai Medical Hospital of Chicago in the amount of $8 million.  The case lasted nine days in front of the Honorable Elizabeth Budzinski, and the jury deliberated for nine hours.

Attorneys Jay Paul Deratany, Michael Kosner and Megan O’Connor of The Deratany Firm represented Mr. Willis, who was able to obtain justice for untimely and preventable death of his mother Joya Pipkin. Ronald Willis Jr's mother, Joya Pipkin, died at the age of 41 as a result of failed code blue system after she was given sedation on January 16, 2009.

The jury found that Mount Sinai Hospital was negligent in failing to have a proper code blue protocol in place for resuscitating patients who suffer adverse consequences from sedation.  In Ms. Pipkin's case, over seven minutes passed before an anesthesiologist was present and proper resuscitation was initiated.  Those seven minutes contributed to irreversible brain damage, from which Ms. Pipkin passed on February 09, 2009.  She left behind her 14-year-old son, Ronald Willis Jr.

Attorney Jay Paul Deratany stated, "This was the right outcome.  It is unacceptable for a hospital to not have an organized code blue system to provide for the timely resuscitation of its patients.  The jury listened closely and worked hard."

"It was an incredible honor to represent Mr. Willis.  He is an upstanding young man and we feel honored that he allowed us to obtain justice for him," added Michael Kosner.

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$6.2 Million Dollar Award

A 2-year-old Hispanic child was awarded $6.2 million when she was caused to be brain damaged because of a surgeon's negligence. Deratany and his co-counsel obtained expert witnesses from as far away as New Zealand, who testified that the doctor's failure to follow protocol was a direct cause of the child's severe injuries.

Certainly the efforts of the counsel to obtain an expert who was in fact knighted by the Queen of England for his contribution to medicine was a significant factor in allowing The Deratany Firm to settle this case.

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$5 Million Dollar Award

An Illinois jury verdict of $5 million in Gary Eskew, etc. v. The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Company, etc., 2011 IL App. (1st) 093450, was affirmed Friday by the Illinois First District Appellate Court. The original personal injury lawsuit involved a train accident involving a Metra train that occurred in 2004, killing a blind man.

On January 22, 2004, Scott Eskew, a legally blind man, married to a mentally and physically challenged wife, was standing at the northeast corner of the METRA/BNSF (Burlington Northern Santa Fe) Railway platform at the Berwyn Station, to go to his job at the Chicago Art Institute.

Jay Paul Deratany, attorney for the plaintiff alleged that BNSF and METRA were negligent for failing to have an adequate P.A. system and for giving an improper message to commuters, which created confusion. The Plaintiff also alleged that the conductor of the train, who had told the ticket agent she would "wait," was negligent because she did not wait and in fact proceeded through the intersection killing Scott Eskew, and that the engineer and conductor should have sounded the horn to warn passengers given their knowledge that people were crossing.

"Unfortunately, even with all of the train accidents we are seeing, BNSF and METRA have not adopted proper measures to protect their commuters," plaintiff's attorney Jay Paul Deratany said. "In this case, BNSF failed to have even the most basic policies in place to guide their employees, so that they do not tell passengers to cross the tracks while the gates are down. We hope that this case sheds some light on further safety measures that must be taken. Had strict guidelines been in place, Scott's death could and should have been prevented."

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$4 Million Dollar Award

This case arose out of a medical malpractice action brought by the decedent's wife against a Chicago Hospital. The plaintiff was awarded $4 million by a Cook County Jury for the death of her husband. Her attorneys, The Deratany Firm, argued that the hospital failed to diagnose her husband's abdominal aortic aneurysm and failed to obtain his test results in a timely manner.

The Deratany Firm argued that her husband's death was a result of the delay in obtaining test results and reaching the correct diagnosis.

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$1.875 Million Settlement

The Deratany Firm recently settled a multi-defendant construction negligence case in which over one hundred roofing trusses collapsed onto the Plaintiff as he was installing them, causing him severe injury. Plaintiff argued that the general contractors supervising the construction site failed to properly plan the project and inspect the site during construction.

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$1.75 Million Dollar Settlement

Recently attorneys Jay Paul Deratany and Megan O'Connor reached a settlement agreement in a medical malpractice case involving the death of a 65-year-old man with Parkinson's Disease for $1.75 million.

A 65-year-old man with severe Parkinson's Disease went to Northshore University for the surgical placement of a Deep Brain Stimulator ("DBS"), which is a device implanted into the brain that can control the tremors associated with Parkinson's Disease and give patients a "new lease on life."

The surgery was successful and the placement of the DBS was textbook.  In the twenty-four hours following the procedure, the plaintiff began to develop nausea, abdominal swelling and abdominal pain. He had not moved his bowels in three days. This is a condition called an ileus, which is the failure of the bowels to start moving following a surgery. The plaintiff's symptoms continued over fifteen hours without being treated, when the patient began vomiting profusely.

Being a Parkinson's patient, the plaintiff had less control over the muscles in his neck and mouth. The plaintiff choked on his vomit, "aspirated" and a code blue was called.

The plaintiff did not recover and died the next day.

The Deratany Firm argued that the hospital should have identified the condition and treated it over the course of fifteen hours, especially knowing that the plaintiff was at greater risk for being unable to handle the effects of vomiting given his medical condition.

The plaintiff left behind a widow and three adult children who recalled what a wonderful man he was, and how he always had jokes for his family and the doctors.

Attorney Jay Paul Deratany said that, "this case presented such a tragedy of extremes. The family walked into the hospital with so much hope for a new life, and walked out of the hospital with extreme devastation. This death was absolutely preventable and the hospital should have acted sooner. A patient should never die this way after a successful surgery choking on his own vomit."

“It was an incredible honor to represent this family. We feel honored that they allowed us to walk with them on this journey and to obtain justice for their family. They wanted to ensure that this did not happen to other patients, and other families.” added Megan O'Connor.

This case has been pending since 2012 in front of the Honorable Moira Johnson.

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$1.275 Million Dollar Award

A Lee County jury awarded a crash victim $1.275 million in damages after a four day trial. A bee farmer who owns Walker Farms in North Fort Myers, was injured in an accident Sept. 14, 2005, while driving on Del Prado Boulevard in North Fort Myers. A truck driver swerved over the line and hit the plaintiff and his wife causing severe and permanent damage

"The Law Firm of Deratany, Skorupa and O'Hara in conjunction with The Deratany Firm are grateful to the good citizens of Lee County who gave their time and served as jurors in this case. The right result was achieved in this case. Mr. Walker is forever changed as a result of this horrific accident but justice was served and the defendants were held accountable for their gross negligence," said Jay Paul Deratany.

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$850,000 Dollar Settlement

The Deratany Firm obtained an $850,000 settlement on behalf of a family that had been abused due to the negligence of an Illinois adoption agency and its employee.

This case arose from an Illinois adoption agency's failure to disclose the physical and mental well-being of two children in a foreign orphanage who were being adopted by the plaintiffs. After repeated inquires by the plaintiffs regarding the well-being of the children they were planning on adopting, the Illinois adoption agency's employee represented to the plaintiffs that the children were in good health and had no history of violence or any sexually inappropriate behavior.

After the adoption agency's reassurance, plaintiffs adopted the two children and brought them into their home with their three young biological children. A few months later, plaintiffs learned that one of the adopted children was sexually abusing one of their biological children and their other adopted child. The Illinois adoption agency's employee knew about the adopted child's history of inappropriate sexual behavior and falsely represented to the plaintiffs that the child had no such history.

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$800,000 Dollar Award

The Deratany Firm succeeded in obtaining an $800,000 award for a child because the doctor failed to diagnose and treat her for meningitis.

The Deratany Firm, on attorneys arguing on behalf of the mother, argued that the physician and employees of the medical group, who were first responsible for evaluating the little girl, failed to adequately evaluate her condition, failed to advise her mother of worrisome signs and symptoms, and failed to rule out meningitis. The attorneys further argued that the child's illness could have and should have been arrested before it attacked her central nervous system.

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