Recent Chicago Personal Injury News

A Melrose Park woman who was hit by a speeding police vehicle will receive $1 million from the Village of Melrose Park and a former part-time village police officer. The settlement was secured on January 4, 2011 by Richard Pullano and Mathew Siporin of the law firm Pullano & Karnezis.

On September 15, 2006, part-time police officer Christopher Calloway wrongfully engaged in a high-speed chase that originated in neighboring Franklin Park. While in pursuit, Officer Calloway entered the intersection at North Avenue and 15th Street against a red light and at a speed of up to 70 miles per hour, according to transportation experts involved in the case.

John Theodore Karnezis, partner in the Chicago law firm Pullano & Karnezis, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 24, 2010 at LaGrange Memorial Hospital in LaGrange.

“John was a highly skilled lawyer, but what made him an outstanding attorney was his compassion and empathy for his clients. He always put his clients first and would do whatever was necessary to make sure they received the best result,” said Richard Pullano, partner, Pullano & Karnezis. “John loved his work, but the one thing he loved most in life was going home at the end of the day to his wife, Dena, and his twin boys, Michael and John. We will miss him greatly.”

John was born July 23, 1966 and grew up in the Beverly neighborhood where he attended Christ the King Grammar School (1980), Marist High School (1984), University of Illinois (1988) and Loyola University Law School where he earned his J.D. in 1991. John had attended a 30th class reunion at Christ the King the night before he died.

John Karnezis and Richard Pullano both have been named Illinois “Super Lawyers” for 2010. Illinois Super Lawyers are outstanding attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Super Lawyers is published as a special supplement in leading newspapers and city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazine, featuring articles about attorneys named to the Super Lawyers list, is distributed to all attorneys in the state or region, the lead corporate counsel of Russell 3000 companies and the ABA-approved law school libraries.

A Cook County Court judge today approved a $6.5 million settlement for a medical malpractice victim represented by Chicago attorney Richard L. Pullano.

In 2003, Michael Corbitt of Glenview, Illinois sought treatment for lower back pain and numbness in his legs. He was eventually referred to a neurosurgeon and neurologist who both worked for Evanston Northwestern Healthcare.

An MRI film was ordered, which clearly showed a cancerous growth on his spine. However, the neurosurgeon failed to see the growth and the neurologist did not even look at the MRI film prior to reaching the wrong diagnosis.

Richard Pullano earned headlines in 2008 when a Cook County jury awarded $2.5 million to the family of a 90-year-old Elmwood Park woman who was struck and killed by a van while crossing the street. According to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, the “verdict is the largest ever in Illinois for someone 90 or older.” Verdicts for nonagenarians’ personal injury cases rarely exceed $800,000.

Mr. Pullano achieved similar success in 2007 when he earned a $927,000 settlement for an 89-year-old man who was fatally injured after being hit by a CTA bus while crossing the street.

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