Kralovec, Jambois & Schwartz
60 W. Randolph St., 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 782-2525 www.kjs-law.com
John Kralovec, one of the firm’s founding partners, brings a strong record of success in the practice of medical negligence and personal injury. Mr. Kralovec’s 30 plus years of practice and trial experience has resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements.
Mr. Kralovec obtained a record-breaking $51 million verdict on behalf of a client who was severely injured in an automobile collision. The verdict is the highest Illinois compensatory verdict for personal injury.
Mr. Kralovec obtained a record high verdict of $12,508,098.00 on behalf of the family of a quadriplegic child who drowned in a bathtub after being left unattended by her home health care nurse. The verdict is an Illinois high for death of a child and is also a record high for death of a severely disabled individual.
Mr. Kralovec has been appointed to various committees and offices throughout his legal career, including: Board of Managers, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chairman, Board of Advocates Committee, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association; Chicago Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Committee; Ad Hoc Advisory Committee to Law Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County; Illinois Supreme Court Committee for Pattern Jury Instructions.
Mr. Kralovec has lectured extensively for various bar groups and associations including; Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, University of Illinois College of Medicine, Loyola University Medical Center, Evangelical Health Care Systems, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Institute of Technology Kent College of Law, Loyola University College of Law, Chicago Bar Association, National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
View All Verdicts & Settlements Selected Verdicts 51.8 million Albert C. Garner v. Carter Excavating & Grading A thirty-two year old high school teacher was rendered quadriplegic when the bed of a tractor-trailer dump truck disengaged from the truck and landed on Plaintiff’s van. The verdict is the highest Illinois compensatory verdict for personal injury (non-death).
12.5 million Jaclyn Ohara v. Nursefinders Estate of Jaclyn O'Hara, deceased minor v Nursefinders Inc. A home care nurse left a 12-year-old quadriplegic child with cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia, incontinence, cortical blindness and scoliosis unattended in a tub of water at her south suburban home, causing her to drown. The verdict is an Illinois high for death of a child and is also a record high for death of a severely disabled individual.
5.2 million Estate of Bozena Bajaj v. Kenneth Moore, M.D. Danuta Eriksen, Special Administrator of the Estate of Bozena Bajaj v. Kenneth Moore, M.D. Plaintiff sought neurological treatment from Defendant doctor for headache. Defendant misdiagnosed Plaintiff's condition as migraine headache. After three years of treatment, Plaintiff entered hospital with severe headache, and six hours later Plaintiff died of brain herniation. Subsequent CT scan showed hydrocephalus.
5.2 million Estate of Carol A. Bullaro v. Daniel A. Pacella, M.D. Thomas Bullaro, Individually and as Independent Administrator of the Estate of Carol Ann Bullaro, Deceased v. Daniel Pacella, D.O., and Daniel Pacella, D.O., P. C., an Illinois Corporation Plaintiff was diagnosed with diverticulitis and underwent surgery. During the procedure, Defendant doctor failed to perform a Hartmann's colostomy after identifying an abscess in the colon, rectum and vagina leading to septic shock and the death of a fifty year old wife and mother of one.
4.1 million Roger Stillwell v. Dr. Theodore A. Fox, and Lakeview Orthopedics Roger Stillwell v Dr. Theodore A. Fox, and Lakeview Orthopedics Ex-Chicago Bear defensive end awarded the first verdict by an NFL football player against a team physician for allowing a player to play after it was clear that he should have retired. Plaintiff received several corticosteroid injections to the knee and surrounding area to keep him playing causing him to suffer from severe arthritis requiring the use of a cane to walk, and had six knee surgeries.
4 million Harry Bonfiglio v. Soo Line Railroad, Inc A thirty-eight year old car-man for Soo Line was injured when his loading machine was rear-ended by a co-worker. Plaintiff developed an asymptomatic hydromyelia in his spinal cord. This was the largest verdict for this injury in Cook County.
4 million Estate of Kathleen Duffy v. Little Company of Mary Hospital & Healthcare Centers Death of a forty-five year old wife and mother of two. A Type 1 diabetic was brought by paramedics to the emergency room with an extremely elevated glucose level. Plaintiff contended the emergency room nurses failed to properly triage the patient as "urgent" and failed to properly monitor her physical condition with advance warning alarms. As a result, Plaintiff suffered a cardiopulmonary arrest in the emergency room due to undiagnosed and untreated diabetic ketoacidosis.
3.8 million Brent v. All Truck Transportation Plaintiff was working on a sound barrier wall on I-294 when a salt truck lost a wheel and struck him. As a result, he suffered multiple leg and pelvic fractures.
3.5 million Estate of Genesis Bryant, deceased, v. Willie Carter A twenty-two year old single female was killed when the “bed” of a tractor-trailer dump truck hit an overpass, was ripped from the trailer, and landed on top of a van in which she was a passenger. She sustained numerous injuries including a C1-C2 separation and subarachnoid hemorrhage, which combined to take her life 9 hours post-crash.
2.1 million Estate of Mary Poltroch v. Chicago & Northwestern Railroad A married mother of one was struck and killed by a commuter train while attempting to cross the tracks. Plaintiff was a pedestrian at the time, and the defense contended that the train was clearly visible. Appellate Opinion created new law regarding post-accident changes and expert testimony in presence of eye witnesses. Record verdict at that time for loss of a wife and mother.
Settlements 6 million Near drowning in the presence of thirty adults A four year old boy was attending a backyard swimming pool party at the home of his mother’s employer. The child suffered a near drowning in the presence of thirty adults.
6 million Work accident resulting in amputation Plaintiff was assisting a co-worker in unloading angle iron steel from a barge. When Plaintiff attempted to climb down from the stack of steel he was standing on, the dunnage (wood) supporting the steel cracked, causing a 5000 pound bundle of steel to fall on Plaintiff's legs. The cause of the accident was Defendant’s improper stacking of the steel bundles creating a hazardous and dangerous condition. Plaintiff’s injuries led to an above-the-knee amputation of left leg.
6 million Elevator door collapsed Plaintiff was killed when he stepped back into an elevator hoistway door. The elevator door collapsed and he fell seven stories into the elevator shaft.
5.6 million Plaintiff crushed during construction of the off track betting parlor Plaintiff, a bricklayer, was killed when an inadequately braced wall collapsed, crushing decedent during construction of the off track betting parlor.
4.5 million bleeding was not recognized or diagnosed and therefore not treated Plaintiff experienced a recurrence of a malignant gastrointestinal stromal tumor which had previously been diagnosed. Plaintiff went to Defendant for a liver biopsy and resection. Plaintiff suffered post-operative bleeding which was not recognized or diagnosed and therefore not treated, resulting in his death (survived by wife, two adult children and one minor child).
3.4 million $3,400,000 spinal cord decompression surgery Plaintiff was admitted to a rehabilitation facility following spinal cord decompression surgery. The patient was receiving post-operative antibiotics, including Gentamicin. Defendants failed to properly monitor Plaintiff's Gentamicin levels causing him to develop severe ototoxicicity.
3 million undiagnosed and untreated spinal abscess for several days Pretrial settlement of a pending case for a paraplegic whose spinal abscess went undiagnosed and untreated for several days.
2.6 million Plaintiff sustained ruptured spleen, fractured Plaintiff sustained ruptured spleen, fractured ribs and clavicle. Plaintiff’s 8 month old son suffered traumatic brain injury with severe developmental regression, gross and fine motor impairments, hypertonia, multiple skull and rib fractures from multiple-vehicle accident.
2.5 million Case involved an automobile accident with a truck This case involved an automobile accident with a truck and was a record breaking settlement in Grundy County, Illinois
Education J.D., Loyola University Chicago Law School, 1981 B.S., University of Illinois, 1978
Bar Admissions Illinois Supreme Court United States District Court, Northern District United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar
Associations American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow. American Association for Justice, Member. American Bar Association, Member Chicago Bar Association, Member Illinois State Bar Association, Member. Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member. South Suburban Bar Association, Member. The TLPJ Foundation, Member
Awards and Recognitions Highest Reported Verdict, Jury Verdict Reporter, Law Bulletin, 2012. Super Lawyers, 2005-Present, Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney. Leading Lawyers, Advisory Board Member, Chosen top 5% of Illinois Lawyers. Top Attorneys in Illinois, Chicago Magazine Leading Personal Injury Lawyers, Crain’s Chicago Business AV Overall Peer Rating, Martindale Hubbell, 5.0 out of 5.0 A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau