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Clifford Horwitz’s Legal Cases

19 total


  • Ironworker vs. Construction Company

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Date:
    Nov 14, 2012
    Outcome:
    $64,000,000
    Description:
    Our Plaintiff was a union iron worker from local 393 who fell head first 15-20 feet from a beam. Plaintiff suffered a C1 burst fracture, C7 dislocation fracture and C6 spinal cord injury. He requires non-stop nursing care and lives with chronic pain. Our Plaintiff lost the functional use of his hands and complete use of his body from the chest- down.
  • Local 1 ironworker recovers over 1,100,000.00

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Date:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Outcome:
    1,000,000
    Description:
    Local 1 ironworker recovers over 1,100,000.00 as a result of injuries sustained due to stepping into an uncovered three foot deep excavation on a construction project. The Ironworker suffered a herniated disk in his back. He stepped into the excavation due to a storm that suddenly hit. He and other co-workers were trying to escape from a sudden storm. We alleged that the excavation should have been barricaded and that that general contractor James McHugh Construction Company should have known of the upcoming storm which packed 80 mile per hour winds. There had been storm warnings issued and McHugh had a responsibility stop the job due to inclement weather. McHugh argued that the danger was open and obviously the ironworker should have looked where he was going.
  • Jury Awards Local 93 Plumber $11 Million After 30-ft Fall From Catwalk

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Outcome:
    11,000,000
    Description:
    At forty-nine, he had been a union plumber spanning over twenty years on the job until a brisk February day in 2003 when a thirty-foot fall left him in critical condition with a fractured heel, fractured ankles, multiple severe fractures to both legs, three fractured vertebrae in his back and a herniated disc in his neck. He fell because a general contractor and the consulting engineer permitted metal grating to be installed contrary to the jobsite’s plans and specifications. He fell because a general contractor and the consulting engineer permitted metal grating to be installed contrary to the jobsite’s plans and specifications. The job site was a wastewater treatment plant add-on for the City of Woodstock. A digester was to be installed within a large, empty, 30-foot deep tank; an airflow piping system at the center of the tank that supplies oxygen to healthy aerobic bacteria, which in turn, “digest” harmful bacteria. Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates trial attorneys, Clifford Horwitz and Jay Luchsinger, tried the case before a twelve person jury in the Circuit Court of Cook County. After a six-week trial involving multiple defendants, all but one settled before the jury was selected. The consulting engineer Baxter & Woodman Engineering refused and went to trial. Baxter and Woodman argued that an engineer who was hired to make sure the plans and specifications were complied with had no obligation during the construction phase of the project despite being on the job site. Horwitz and Luchsinger argued successfully that the engineer permitted the catwalk grating to be used as a walkway by union plumbers when he knew that the grating on the catwalk was missing “banding” and was unsecured with necessary clips. Both of these measures were contained in specifications that the engineer itself had mandated as necessary for the grating. The engineering company had attempted to utilize a provision of law whereby the defendant would have had limited liability if the jury found the engineer less than 25% at fault. This tactic backfired as Horwitz attorneys proved that the engineer knew of the unsafe condition before the accident. As a result, the jury found the engineer 70% at fault and the general contractor 30% at fault. Commenting on the importance of working men and women having access to court and a jury of their peers to decide such cases, Horwitz trial attorney Jay Luchsinger stated: “When told the undeniable facts surrounding this tragic case in which a good man suffered grievous injuries and had his hard earned trade taken from him, the jury did the right thing for this union plumber. Thanks to the right to jury trial, our client will have the resources necessary to provide for his lifelong healthcare and disability needs.”
  • $16.4 Million Dollar Verdict Following Tragic Automobile Accident

    Practice Area:
    Car accident
    Date:
    May 28, 2008
    Outcome:
    $16.4 million
    Description:
    Had defense attorneys and the insurance company negotiated in good faith within a reasonable time frame to arrive at a just settlement on behalf of an injured youth, they would have saved their clients millions. Instead, they gambled with the life of another. While critics of personal injury attorneys often cite large jury verdicts as proof of a legal system gone to the dogs, a recent case heard in Cook County reinforces the truth behind the lie coming out of the kennel. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thomas R. Chiola entered judgment in favor of our plaintiff. The complaint alleged that on October 2, 2002, the defendant negligently drove a “loaner car” from an automobile dealership causing our plaintiff to sustain severe brain and spinal cord injuries. The defendant and two other occupants died in the single-car crash. Our client was seventeen at the time of the accident. “Our client was a 3 on Glascow Coma Score, a gross measure of neurological deficit, when the paramedics arrived” stated attorney, Michael Carter of the Chicago law firm, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates. “A deceased person will score a 3 on that test” Carter added, stating, “our client has worked very hard in his recovery, but the injuries are severe.” According to Carter, the court further determined that the defendant was a permissive user of the automobile, so the dealership’s carrier should satisfy the judgment. Carter gave the dealer’s insurance carrier an opportunity to settle the claim for the one million dollar policy limit, but the carrier refused. “Now we must pursue collection action, including a bad faith claim against the carrier.” Managing partner of the Horwitz firm, Clifford Horwitz, cites this as another example of how difficult it is to obtain justice for injured people. “This was a young man with a bright future”, said Horwitz, adding, “Our firm is dedicated to pursuing every opportunity to give our client the best chance at a normal life.”
  • Grundy Woman Receives $1.4 Million Plus Future Medical Payments

    Practice Area:
    Slip and fall accident
    Date:
    Feb 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    $1.4 million
    Description:
    A Grundy County women tripped over unlevel ground in a parking lot causing injuries to her back. Defendant, Amergen, claimed that it was only a tiny one to two inch lift in the ground and that the plaintiff was not looking where she was going. The women suffered significant back injuries, resulting in L5-S1 radiculopathy and fusion. Amergen argued that these injuries were not all due to this fall. The evidence demonstrated that Amergen created the defect through prior construction work they did and didn’t provide a designated pathway from the parking lot to the facility until after the accident. After many depositions and years of litigation, the matter resolved and Horwitz helped her recover a settlement and were able to pay her medical bills.
  • Local 444 Iron Worker Recovers $2.7 Million After Arm was Crushed

    Practice Area:
    Construction and development
    Date:
    Feb 01, 2010
    Outcome:
    $2.7 million
    Description:
    Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates represented a local 444 iron worker whose left arm was severely fractured and crushed when an operator negligently retracted a crane outrigger while the plaintiff was located near a pinch point. The ironworker was taking the crane apart when this accident occurred. Horwitz argued that the crane operator was responsible for making sure that the area was clear. The defendant argued that the ironworker should have known that the outrigger was going to be retracted and should not have placed his arm on the outrigger. Horwitz won the case for the iron worker.
  • Local 11 Roofer Recovers $2 Million

    Practice Area:
    Construction and development
    Date:
    Jul 24, 2008
    Outcome:
    $2.7 million
    Description:
    After falling through a hole in a roof causing multiple fractures to both wrists (requiring surgical placement of pins and screws), a local 11 roofer lost his career due to the restrictions caused by his injuries. Defendants, International Contractors and Admiral Heating claimed that the union roofer was on a part of the roof that he was not supposed to be on, and further charged that the plaintiff was intoxicated at the time of the accident. Plaintiff’s counsel, Horwitz, Horwitz & Associates, Ltd., proved that neither claims was accurate. In addition to conducting extensive video surveillance of the Plaintiff after the accident, the Defendants also claimed that the roofer didn’t make a diligent effort to find a job to replace his union earnings. Horwitz attorneys demonstrated that the Defendant’s use of inferior materials to cover the hole was the sole cause of the roofer’s career ending injury and successfully won his case.
  • Apprentice Plumber Injured on New Construction High Rise Recovers $1.3 Million

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Outcome:
    $1.3 million
    Description:
    An apprentice plumber was injured when entering a new construction high rise to begin her work day. She stepped on a loose pipe that was on the floor being stored in the hallway awaiting distribution to other areas. When the plaintiff fell she tried to catch herself with her hands resulting in a broken right arm. She had been required forced to work in an area with no lighting in the hallway. The general contractor was held liable for not providing a safe work place by not installing temporary lighting in the main work area. Defendant argued that she didn’t look where she was going and that her own employer left the pipe there. Horwitz attorneys reached a settlement amount of $1.3 million dollars for the plaintiff.
  • Union Laborer Recovers $1.9 million for Head Injury

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Outcome:
    $1,900,000
    Description:
    A union laborer in Chicago was working near an excavation for a footing for the CTA’s elevated tracks. An independent contractor hired by the CTA to assist in the excavation was operating a backhoe while digging the excavation. The man operating the backhoe swung the boom and bucket in the wrong direction violently striking the laborer in the chest. It knocked him forcefully to the ground and he suffered a severe head injury.
  • Lack of Scaffolding Results in $1.45 million settlement

    Practice Area:
    Personal injury
    Outcome:
    $1,450,000
    Description:
    A carpenter recovers a settlement after suffering a neck injury. He was caused to fall off a foundation wall due to lack of scaffolding and the existence of an anchor bolt trip hazard on the wall. The general contractor, through its insurance carrier defended the case claiming that this was the manner that carpenters did the work for decades and therefore they didn’t do anything wrong. They also claimed that the carpenter wasn’t watching where he was going.