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Dean James Caras

Personal injury Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   8 reviews
  • State Years
    New York - NY 37 years
    Illinois - IL 38 years
    Indiana - IN Licensed
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1987
    Currently Registered No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 38 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1985
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IN
    Acquired N/A
    Temporary Admission Excluded No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Dean

Learn Dean’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Dram Shop Case Bar Fight Injury Electric Shock Injury Assault and Battery Injury Carpal Tunnel Injury CTA Accident/ Injury Wilful and Wanton Conduct Fibromyalgia Injury Uninsured Motorist Injury Underinsured Motorist Injury Brain damage Injury Herniated Disc Injury Broken Arm Injury Broken Leg Injury School Bus Accident Bus Accident Boating Accidents Amputations Automobile Accidents Back & Neck Injuries Brain Damage Brain Injuries Burns & Scars Wrongful death Slip and fall

    38 years

  2. Medical malpractice
    Abrupted Placenta Absence of Screening Anesthesia Accidents Anesthesia injury Birth Defects Birth Injuries Cancer Misdiagnosis Cerebral Palsy Critical Care Delayed Diagnosis of Cancer Doctor Negligence Erb's Palsy Fetal Distress Head Injuries Hospital Malpractice Hospital Negligence Mesothelioma Misdiagnosis Nursing Home Abuse Liability Pharmacy Malpractice Surgical Center Malpractice Misdiagnosis Injury Surgery Error Injury Laproscopic Injury Medical Mistakes Bowel perforation

    38 years

  3. Workers compensation
    Workplace injuries,Temporary Total Disability (TTD), Partial Permanent Disability (PPD), Permanent Total Disability (PTD, Wage Loss Differential, Car accidents while working,

    38 years

  4. Sexual harassment

We often obtain large verdicts or awards for clients that have been advised by other attorneys that they have no case.  We recognize the frustration that people feel when they know they have been injured or lost their jobs as a result of someone else’s actions, yet cannot find a voice to represent them.  Recently, we obtained a record verdict in the State of Illinois for an individual who was wrongfully terminated from his job for filing a worker’s compensation case.  His employer terminated him the day before he was to have surgery, leaving him disabled with no money coming in to support his family.  We recognized the hardship that was caused by his employer and fought his case through to a successful verdict providing him with justice and a financial award.  In that instance, our client often reminded us that it was as important to him that a jury hear his case and rule in his favor as it was the financial award that he received.




Surgery Center / Medical Malpractice: $5,200,000 record verdict against the Surgery Center for negligently discharging plaintiff without providing instructions on how to take care of herself and symptoms to watch for.  The doctor had provided orders that he see his patients before release and the unqualified staff failed to follow the doctor's strict orders. 

 Medical Malpractice/Brachial Plexus Birth Injury:  $1.4 Million recovery for young girl that received a right arm brachial plexus injury at birth.  The Obstetrician claimed the proper maneuvers were used and the proper amount of traction was applied.  However, during discovery it was proven that the Obstetrician used a maneuver that was not a proper maneuver and it was this maneuver that caused the injury.  The matter settled during trial.

Police Misconduct: $2,300,000 verdict for a police officer who was falsely and maliciously prosecuted based on a personal grudge.  Plaintiff worked part time as a security guard at a bank and was accused by a fellow police officer of clocking in at the bank and then leaving.  However, bank representatives denied that the officer had done anything wrong.  The police department went ahead with arresting and charging this officer as well as suspending him without pay.  Plaintiff was acquitted of all criminal charges in October 2007 but the police department would not allow him to return to his job.  Through our efforts we were able to uncover that in fact, it was one officer who falsely accused our client due to a personal grudge against him.
Slip and Fall: Woman wins appeal and gets new trial - Plaintiff fell on a patch of ice in a parking lot and broke her ankle.  She sued the owner of the parking lot and the contractor responsible for snow removal.  While the owner of the parking lot settled quickly, the contractor refused responsibility and the case proceeded to trial.  An error in the instructions given by the judge to the jury lead to a not guilty verdict.  Through our review of this case we uncovered that the instructions given to the jury by the judge were not applicable to this particular defendant. The Appellate court agreed and awarded the plaintiff a new trial.
Medical Malpractice: $1,000,000 settlement from surgeon for 38 year old woman who experienced septic shock as a result of small bowel perforation and unsterile surgical instruments during laparoscopic gynecological procedure performed at a surgery center which rendered her a quadriplegic. This amount represented all of the insurance coverage that the surgeon carried for this type of case. The surgeon claimed that the Surgery Center where the procedure was performed was at fault for sending the patient home while he was performing another surgery, depriving him of any opportunity to examine her or give her proper instructions.
Railroad Injury / Wrongful Death: $1,000,000 F.E.L.A. rail car hazardous materials chemical leak blamed for death of 55 year old railroad switchman. Defendant railroad denied any knowledge of the leak and we discovered through our investigation that the leak had been going on for over a week and had been reported on the same railcar the week before in Wisconsin. 
Nursing Home Malpractice: $1,000,000 verdict for a violation of the "Illinois Nursing Home Care Act" 68 year old nursing home patient died as a result of nursing home's failure to administer medication in a timely fashion. 
Retaliatory Discharge: $1.5 million dollar jury verdict award for a worker injured on the job and fired in retaliation for making a worker’s compensation claim. 
Paramedic Malpractice / Wrongful Death: $1.5 million dollar verdict for family of woman who died when local paramedics willfully and wantonly failed to administer treatment. Through our investigation, we determined that paramedics arrived on the scene with empty oxygen tanks, which were crucial in the treatment of someone with asthma.  
Birth Injury / Medical Malpractice: $900,000 settlement obtained during trial for a child that experienced meconium aspiration during delivery as a result of the physician and nurses failure to properly assess the fetal monitor strip that demonstrated that the child was in fetal distress.
Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death: $850,000 settlement for the family of a 63 year old man who died as a result of the emergency room physicians failure to timely diagnose an acute hemothorax which resulted in his death the same evening after he was discharged from the hospital.
Medical Malpractice / Loss of an eye: $700,000 verdict after 2 week jury trial. A Cook County jury awarded our client $700,000 for the loss of vision in one eye as a result of the opthamologist's failure to timely diagnose herpes simplex keratitis and the opthamologist's improper prescription of steroids in the face of herpes simplex keratitis. Our expert testified that prescribing steroids in this instance was like throwing gasoline on an already burning fire.
Railroad Injury: $675,000 award for railroad worker who injured shoulder on the job. 
Railroad Injury: $650, 000 award for a railroad employee that sustained a torn rotator cuff when a cable fell on his shoulder.  
Construction Accident: $800,000 verdict for a television cable installer who fractured his ankle when he fell from an unsafe ladder.  
Medical Malpractice/ Brachial Plexus Birth Injury: $850,000 recovery after the plaintiff had rested its case where a young girl received a left arm Brachial Plexus injury at birth that was proven to have resulted from a medical resident attempting a posterior arm sweep for the first time.  The plaintiff proved that the injury resulted from the resident inappropriately applying traction during the maneuver she had never attempted before.  
Construction Accident: $500,000 award for a 54 year old sheet metal worker that required a knee replacement surgery after a fall at an un-safe construction site. 
Pedestrian / Car Accident: $350,000 settlement during jury deliberations for a 28 year old pedestrian that was struck by a vehicle making a left turn.  The pedestrian suffered a tibial plateau fracture when he was struck by the vehicle.
Bicycle Car Accident:  A jury verdict rendered on behalf of our client on February 23rd, 2012 in the court room the honorable judge Patrick Lustig wherein our client was struck while riding his bicycle in the bike lane on Milwaukee avenue and sustained a broken leg.  The defendant who made a left turn and struck our client in the bike lane tried to argue that our client did not have a light on his bike in accordance with the applicable bike laws of the City of Chicago.  The jury not being swayed by the defendants argument rendered a verdict on behalf of our client.  
Construction Accident: $400,000 award for steel worker who separated his shoulder while working on a local downtown high rise.  
Dog Bite: $450,000 verdict for an 11 year old boy was attacked by a pitbull and suffered a fractured arm that required numerous stitches.  
Slip and Fall: $450,000 verdict in a matter where a 65 year old grandmother fractured her hip when she fell on a defective ramp at O’Hare Airport. 
Automobile Accident: $550,000 award for a automobile accident where a 17 year old driver sustained a fractured tibula when an oncoming vehicle failed to yield when making a left hand turn and collided with his vehicle. 


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Caras Law Group has served Chicago for over 30 years, digging deeper & finding answers. Specializing in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights and more, Dean J. Caras & Associates takes pride in helping those who have nowhere else to turn!
Caras Law Group has served Chicago for over 30 years, digging deeper & finding answers. Specializing in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Civil Rights and more, Dean J. Caras & Associates takes pride in helping those who have nowhere else to turn!


Attorney Dean Caras
320 West Illinois
Suite 2312
Chicago, IL, 60654-7835

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Posted by anonymous | April 28, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Best attorney ever!
Dean Caras represented me for m,y car accident while driving for Lyft He settled my case for the maximum amount he was extremely professional throughout the whole process I could not give him a higher recommendation
Posted by LADETRA | May 5, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Best Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago!!!
My family members and I are very please with all of the help and services that we have received from Mr. Dean Caras; i would highly recommend him as a medical malpractice attorney.
Posted by anonymous | March 31, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Recommend Caras Law Group to anyone without hesitation.
Caras Law Group represented me after a was rear ended on LSD in Chicago. Dean’s knowledge and professionalism is truly beyond compare. He has always been very responsive to my needs and in my opinion is one of the best attorneys that I have worked with. I would recommend Caras Law Group to anyone without hesitation.
Posted by Linda | November 24, 2014
Are other attorneys afraid to take your case?
Are other attorneys afraid to take your case? Then you need to have Dean Caras as your attorney. Atty Caras took a case for that other attorneys wouldn't touch. Why? Because of whom the company was. I had other attorneys hang up as soon as they heard the company's name. Other told me that the case would be unwinnable. I was disappointed and frustrated to say the least. I got out the yellow pages looking for any attorney, when I saw Attorney Dean Caras' ad that said "He takes the cases that other refuse." I knew then that I had found the right attorney. Dean was very successful in representing me against the supposed unwinnable company. That was the first time dean represented me. The 2nd time He took on a large well-known insurance company on my behalf. Again he represented me to the best of his legal abilities and won for me. I have recommended several family and friends to Attorney Caras and will continue to do so. He is fair, honest and knowledgeable. He works for you the client and no one else.
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Posted by Dimitri | October 1, 2014
Dean Caras Law group
Dean Caras represented my wife in a slip and fall case in a major supermarket . The case ended up in a jury trial where the jury awarded my wife with an amount ten times what was been offered by the supermarket. Dean and his staff were extremely supportive though out the long process always focused on the well being of my wife. Great practice that we highly recommended .
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Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2014
Best Attorney in Chicagoland bar none!
Dean took on my person injury case more than four years ago . Dean is a true professional, a real master of his craft . He ' walks the walk" and he stood by my side fighting unrelentingly until the end. He won me ALOT of money! Thank you Dean! You changed my life! You're a class act! Thank you! adk
Posted by Steve | August 13, 2014
An Excellent Attorney for Personal Injury
I was very appreciative that Mr. Caras took my case after other attorneys refused to do so. He did an excellent job in preparing me for my deposition (such as showing me the scene of the bike accident on the computer) and was quite thorough in the deposition of the defendant. Much to my delight Mr Caras was able to negotiate a settlement with the defendant's legal team in only two and a half months after the depositions.
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Posted by Violet | June 25, 2014
Highly recommend Caras Law Group
After my daughter died after surgery I went to a number of lawyers and no one would help me. Caras Law Group took my case and not only delivered a fair settlement, they also found answers for me as to the real reason my daughter died. I highly recommend Caras Law Group to anyone who has lost a loved one due to medical malpractice.
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Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Caras Law Group
  • 1985 - Present


  • Southern Methodist University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1985
  • American University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • $5,200.000.00


  • National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • The Board of Managers of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • St Ignatius Law Society
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Super Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Judicial Evaluator
  • 2000 - Present
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish
  • Greek
  • Russian
  • Bulgarian
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Honors and Awards

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorney Award
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Selected Attorney
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2007
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Unknown Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Workers compensation Attorney | Mar 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Dean is a superb advocate for his clients."
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Dean James Caras
Personal injury Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 38 years
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