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Timothy John Cavanagh

Timothy Cavanagh’s Legal Cases

15 total


  • Czapski v. Maher

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Outcome:
    $13.7 Million Verdict
    Description:
    On April 20, 2009, Tim Cavanagh and Matt Rundio of Cavanagh Law Group obtained a $13.7 million verdict on behalf of the Estate of Roger Czapski against Christopher Maher arising from a deadly automobile crash. After a two week long trial and 3 hours of deliberation, the jury returned the verdict finding Maher was 98% responsible for the wrongful death of Czapski. On August 4, 2004, Czapski, age 22, was a salesman for Motor Werks of Barrington, Inc. That afternoon, Maher, a 20 year old from Inverness, Illinois, took a BMW 530i on a test drive, with Czapski riding as the front seat passenger and Maher's two friends seated in the back seat. The BMW violently collided with a left turning vehicle at the intersection of Algonquin Road and Willow Creek Church Drive. The BMW then ricocheted into a light post and exploded on impact. At trial, witnesses to the collision, including the two back seat passengers in the BMW, testified that the BMW was traveling at 95 mph at the time of impact. The posted speed limit on Algonquin Road is 45 mph. Czapski was pronounced dead at the scene. Czapski is survived by his father, mother and brother. At the time of his death, Czapski was living in Crystal Lake, Illinois. He graduated from Lane Tech College Preparatory High School in Chicago, Illinois on the honor roll and attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana for a brief time. He worked as a Motor Werks salesman for approximately 18 months before his death.
  • Ajmeri v. Canadian National Railroad

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Nov 22, 2000
    Outcome:
    $9.1 Million Settlement
    Description:
    Passenger of car injured when train and car collided on March 9, 1998. Case settled on third day of trial for state record amount according to the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.
  • Taylor v. Salvation Army

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Outcome:
    $4.5 Million Settlement
    Description:
    On Friday, October 17, 2003, Timothy J. Cavanagh settled a wrongful death case for $4.5 Million. The case arose out of the January 26, 2001 Salvation Army van crash that killed 10 passengers and the driver. Jill Henry, age 49, was one of 11 people killed when the Salvation Army van in which she was a passenger crossed the center median of I-55 and collided with an oncoming tractor trailer. The van was en route to two downstate correctional facilities. Mrs. Henry, who was divorced, was survived by her two adult children, Carmen Taylor, age 31, and Michael Taylor, age 33. The settlement was reached before Judge Donald M. Devlin. Judge Devlin had spent nearly two weeks ruling on Motions in Limine when the settlement was reached. Of significance, Judge Devlin ruled that the Salvation Army was a “common carrier” in the case. That ruling entitled the plaintiffs to a presumption of negligence against the Salvation Army. Mr. Cavanagh stated: “The ruling was significant. In addition, we were prepared to call numerous witnesses who would have testified that the vehicle was travelling too fast for conditions.” Fred E. Schulz of Wildman, Harrold, Allen & Dixon represented the Salvation Army and the Estate of the Garneal Matthews, the driver. Manuel Sanchez and Paige C. Donaldson of Sanchez & Daniels and Brian W. Bell and Arthur J. Reliford, Jr. of Swanson, Martin & Bell represented Daimler-Chrysler Corp. The case is entitled Michael Taylor, Special Administrator of the Estate of Jill Henry v. The Salvation Army, et. al., No. 01 L 1747.
  • Velarde v. Canadian National Railroad

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $55 Million Verdict
    Description:
    On November 8, 2004, the Illinois Appellate Court affirmed a $54 million Cook County jury award for three members of a west suburban family. The verdict was reached on February 8, 2002. The case arises out of a train/car collision on January 9, 2001. The injured family members were Fidel Velarde, 76, and his wife, Francisca Velarde, 75, and their daughter, Lilia Apulello, 43, who was the driver of the car. Each of the family members suffered traumatic brain injuries as a result of their Ford Explorer being struck by an eight-million pound freight train that crossed Army Trail Road on January 9, 2001. Subsequent investigation of the crash revealed that the crossing’s lights and gates hadn’t been operational for a two-week period of time. The Illinois Central admitted at trial that a dispatcher from its Homewood, Illinois Network Operations Center had mistakenly told the train’s crew that the crossing had been repaired, leading to the freight train passing through the unprotected crossing at 50 m.p.h. Mr. and Mrs. Velarde were represented by Timothy J. Cavanagh and Matthew Rundio. This is believed to be the largest railroad crossing verdict in Illinois history. The two-week trial was held in front of Circuit Court Judge Leonard L. Levin. Evidence at the trial revealed that each of the three occupants of the Explorer suffered severe, permanent brain damage that has left each in a debilitated state. The jury found Illinois Central 60% liable and found that the crew of the train, employed by Chicago Central & Pacific Railroad was 35% liable. The remainder, 5%, was charged to Lilia Apulello. Mr. Cavanagh, lead counsel for the Velardes, said: “This verdict will send a message to the railroad industry that its policies and procedures must be followed at all costs. More importantly, the verdict will enable Mr. and Mrs. Velarde to seek optimal medical care to improve the quality of their lives.” This crossing accident was eerily similar to one handled earlier by Mr. Cavanagh. On March 9, 1998, the same IC dispatch office failed to alert train crews of a non-operational crossing gate only a mile from the Army Trail crossing where the Velardes and Mrs. Apulello were injured. In that case, Hanifa Ajmeri received more than $9 million in September, 2000, just three months before the Army Trail crash. “These railroads seem to have a lax attitude about the safety of the motoring public,” said Cavanagh. “Our clients only hope that they are the last people who suffer because of the railroads’ failure to properly maintain its crossings,” he added.
  • Santillana v. City of Chicago

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Dec 22, 2003
    Outcome:
    $2 Million Verdict
    Description:
    On December 12, 2003, Cook County Circuit Court Jury awarded Elizabeth Santillana $2 million in a hotly disputed wrongful death case. The case arose out of a “police pursuit” on July 18, 2000 that resulted in Dalia Santillana’s death when her vehicle was struck by a car driven by a man fleeing a Chicago Police Department squad car engaged in a "police pursuit." Evidence was presented by Tim Cavanagh that the police officers “rammed” the Gomez vehicle causing it to lose control and cross the center line. City of Chicago rules on “police pursuits” outlined in General Order 97-3 specifically prohibit “ramming” by squad cars. A Cook County jury rejected the City of Chicago's position that it was not engaged in the pursuit at the time of the fatal collision. Because the City was found 25% at fault, it is responsible for the entire verdict amount. The City declined to make a settlement offer prior to trial.
  • Imhof v. Loyola University Medical Center

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Date:
    Sep 16, 2009
    Outcome:
    $1.45 Million Settlement
    Description:
    This wrongful death case arises after a man was brought to Loyola for burn injuries but died when the doctors failed to treat him correctly.
  • police officer v. IRMA

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Feb 11, 1997
    Outcome:
    $5.7 Million award
    Description:
    A Mundelein police officer removing a dead cat from the roadway was struck by an uninsured limosine driver and pinned between her squad car and the limosine. She suffered a traumatic amputation of a leg and other severe orthopaedic injuries. Her attorney, Tim Cavanagh obtained a $5.7 Million uninsured arbitration award---reportedly a state record in Illinois.
  • Barnes v. Berry Electric

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $4.1 Million Settlement
    Description:
    Barnes v. Berry Electric Contracting Company, Inc., et al. Settlement: $4.1 million A 70-year-old grandmother was driving to the store when her vehicle was broadsided by a truck driven by an employee of Dennis Svec, an employee of Berry Electric. Svec was lost and looking at his Blackberry device when his vehicle entered the intersection. Witnesses testified that Svec ran the red light although one witness disagreed. Mrs. Barnes suffered multiple traumatic injuries including a C4-5 distraction injury and dura tears requiring anterior and posterior fusion surgeries, multiple pelvic fractures requiring external fixation surgery, punctured heart, rib fractures, closed head injury and cranial nerve palsy. The case settled immediately before opening statements one year to the day of the crash. The case was advanced to trial after Mr. Cavanagh took over 30 depositions in 12 months
  • Munoz v. Mack Trucks

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Outcome:
    $3 Million settlement
    Description:
    Munoz v. Mack Trucks, et al. Settlement: $3 million A thirty-two year old employee at Waste Management suffered amputation of leg below the knee after his leg was caught in between the arm and cab of a dump truck. A product liability lawsuit was filed alleging that the truck was designed defectively because the pinch point was not protected.
  • Hopkins v. Westlake Hospital

    Practice Area:
    Medical Malpractice
    Outcome:
    $7.5 Million settlement
    Description:
    Hopkins v. Westlake Hospital Settlement: $7.5 million A forty-two year old mother of three presented at emergency room with chest pain. The hospital staff failed to provide an EKG immediately and provided a drug that sped up the heart. Plaintiff suffered a myocardial infarction and suffered brain damage.