Carolyn Daley joined Power Rogers as an associate in 2006. Ms. Daley concentrates her practice in the areas of personal injury and wrongful death, including medical malpractice, automobile negligence, bicycle collisions, aviation negligence, products liability, premises liability, and defamation. Ms. Daley also prosecutes qui tam, commonly known as “whistleblower,” actions for fraud committed against the United States, State of Illinois, and City of Chicago.
Ms. Daley is an active member of various professional organizations, including the Chicago Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Bar Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Association for Justice. Since 2014, she has served as an officer in the Qui Tam Litigation Group in the American Association for Justice and has been active in the Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus and the Protecting First Responders Litigation Group. In addition, Ms. Daley has served on the Judicial Evaluation Committee for the Chicago Bar Association since 2013. Ms. Daley is also a fellow with the Pound Civil Justice Institute which is a national legal “think tank” dedicated to ensuring access to justice for ordinary citizens.
Ms. Daley received her bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University in 2002 and her Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law in 2006. While at DePaul, Ms. Daley clerked for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office where she represented defendants in murder cases as part of the Public Defender’s Murder Task Force. She also clerked for Power Rogers throughout law school.
In addition to her dedication to justice for her clients, Ms. Daley also devotes her time to Special Olympics Chicago serving as the President of the charity which provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities. Ms. Daley also serves on the Advisory Board of Chicago Children’s Advocacy Center which is the city’s only not-for-profit organization that coordinates the efforts of child protection staff, law enforcement professionals, family advocates, medical experts, and mental health clinicians under one roof respond to reports of child sexual abuse, child physical abuse, witness to violence, and other serious maltreatment. She also devotes her time to Georgetown University serving the students of the Georgetown Scholarship Program as their Chair for the Chicago Region to provide programmatic support for undergraduates, the majority of whom are first generation college students.
Examples of settlements or verdicts obtained in cases handled by Ms. Daley include:
Calbert v. Advocate Healthcare, et al
Medical malpractice verdict. 9/4/07 – Our client, C. Calbert, visited Advocate South Suburban Hospital because he had diarrhea for several days. Eleven days later, he was taken into surgery. To compensate for the drop in blood pressure he was experiencing, the patient was administered Levophed, a vasopressor medication. After surgery, he was instructed to slowly be taken off Levophed and switched to Neosynephrine, but only if his blood pressure dropped below 100. According to the plaintiffs, in the days immediately following his surgery, the ICU nurses did not perform the necessary testing on the arterial line – the line being used to monitor blood pressure. Because they were not testing the correct lien, there was a false read of low blood pressure. Because they detected low blood pressure, the staff gave the patient maximum doses of vasopressors, which he did not actually need. The overdose ultimately caused ischemia that necessitating amputation of his left arm and all of his toes.
Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers, Sr., and Larry R. Rogers, Jr.
D.W. individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of C.A, deceased v. Apex Mortgage Corporation, et al, 11 L 8438
Wrongful death settlement. This cause of action arose from the injuries and subsequent death of C.A., a 34 year old City of Chicago Firefighter, resulting from a building collapse at 1738-1744 E. 75th Street in the City of Chicago on December 22, 2010. The Property was purchased by Defendants CHUCK DAI and RICHARD DAI and Defendant APEX MORTGAGE CORP., held the Mortgage Security Agreement for the Property. In 2008, the mortgage on the Property was in default and APEX MORTGAGE CORP. began discussions with the Dais to accept a deed in lieu of foreclosure. After receiving the signed deed in lieu of foreclosure documents from the Dais, Apex hired a real estate broker to assess the Property, change the locks, clean out the Property, and board up the Property.
Upon inspection, the real estate broker determined that the Property was in poor condition. Apex subsequently made a Property loss claim with its insurance company that it had force placed insurance for a partial roof collapse. The Property loss claim was subsequently denied and Apex was provided with an engineer's report of the Property from the insurance company which stated that the condition of the roof was a result of chronic lack of maintenance and total rotting having occurred of the roof beams. Throughout this time period, Apex was a defendant in a City of Chicago Housing Court case for the Property and was aware of the numerous code violations, including structural concerns with the roof and the walls at the Property.
On December 22, 2010, at about 6:52am, a small rubbish fire occurred in the Property and the Chicago Fire Department responded. Firefighters, including C.A., forced entry into the Property to determine there were people inside the Property. While inside the Property, the east wall failed causing a total collapse of the timber truss roof onto firefighters, including C.A. As a result of the collapse of the timber truss roof, C.A. suffered severe and permanent injuries resulting in his death on December 22, 2010.
Plaintiff alleged that Apex had taken possession and control of the Property beginning in 2008. Apex was aware of the severe and dangerous structural problems and code violations at the Property, but it failed to do anything to remedy any of the conditions at the Property putting every person who walked into the Property in harm's way, including Firefighter C.A. on December 22, 2010.
Firefighter C.A. left surviving him his wife, D.W., and their son, who was one years old at the time of C.A.’s death.
Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.
D.E. v. Service Partners, LLC, et al – 09 L 23 (Ogle County)
Wrongful death and vehicular negligence verdict. On April 23, 2008, Plaintiff’s decedent was operating a motorcycle eastbound on Rte. 38 with his wife, Plaintiff, D. E., as a passenger on their way to work at Northern Illinois University at approximately 7:45 a.m. when Defendant, Gerald W. Hemker, who was operating a semi-tractor trailer, as an employee and/or agent of Defendant, Service Partners, LLC, westbound on Rte. 38 attempted to turn left off of westbound Rte. 38 onto the southbound ramp for I-39 in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck near the middle of the semi-tractor trailer on the passenger side of the truck. The decedent sustained multiple blunt trauma to his head, chest, and pelvis which led to his death that day. The Plaintiff sustained multiple open pelvic fractures with disruption of the pelvic circle, closed fracture of eight or more ribs, acute pulmonary collapse, closed fracture of sacrum or coccyx, contusion of genital organ, pneumothorax and contusion of lung. She has had a number of surgeries. She also has drop foot and is required to use support devices.
The jury returned a verdict of $5,000,000.00 to the Plaintiff for her disfigurement, loss of normal life, pain and suffering, emotional distress, services received, and present cash value of future services. The jury returned a verdict of $1,000,000.00 reduced by 50% contributory negligence for the wrongful death of the decedent.
Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr., and Todd A. Smith.
N. A., as Independent Administrator of the Estate of R. R., Deceased v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 13 L 9055 (Cook County)
Medical malpractice settlement. The decedent presented to Northwestern Memorial Hospital for labor and delivery. She was delivered by caesarian section at 10:30 p.m., delivering her first child and the sole heir to this cause of action. The decedent experienced intraoperative and postoperative bleeding and passed away in the early morning hours of November 13, 2012. The defendants failed to properly monitor her labor and delivery, failed to timely perform a caesarian section and failed to timely monitor and treat blood loss following caesarian delivery. The decedent’s sole heir was hours old at the time of her passing.
Co-counsel with Joseph Balesteri.
H.J., Individually and as Special Administrator of the Estate of G.W. v.
Feldman, et al, 07 L 14237 (Cook County)
Dental malpractice settlement. On December 17, 2007, G.W., a 46 year old female, went to Defendant Feldman to undergo a root canal. Defendant Feldman gave G.W. intravenous sedation in an excessive amount and failed to monitor G.W. adequately. As a result, G.W. suffered cardiac arrest and subsequently died. G.W. was survived by her son.
Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers, Sr.
M.L. as Special Administrator of the Estate of M.L., deceased v. Northwestern
Medical Faculty Foundation, 09 L 004942 (Cook County)
Medical malpractice settlement. 16 day old male survived by his parents, experienced brain injury at birth due to a failure to respond to late decelerations in fetal heart tracings resulting in his death.
Co-counsel with Joseph W. Balesteri.
J.K and N.K., Individually and as Special Co-Administrators of the Estate
of J.K., deceased v. Harmon Grain, et al, 07 L 00009 (Ogle County)
Vehicular negligence settlement. On September 22, 2005, the J.K. was a 24 year old male who was driving westbound on Route 64 near Chana Road in Ogle County, Illinois when the Defendant driver who was operating a tractor trailer for Defendant Harmon Grain failed to stop at the stop sign on southbound Chana Road and struck the motor vehicle being operated by J.K. who died as a result of the injuries sustained in the motor vehicle accident. The Defendant driver was driving under the influence of drugs and was cited for numerous violations on his tractor trailer. At the time of his death, J.K. left surviving him his parents and his sister.
Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.
D.N, individually and as special administrator of the Estate of J.N., deceased, v. Unnamed Apartment Complex, 11 L 005686 (Cook County)
Premises settlement. On January 19, 2011, J.N. was a 63 year old sub-contractor working at the defendants’ apartment complex when he slipped and fell on an unreasonably dangerous icy parking lot. Plaintiff alleged that the defendants were negligent in their maintenance of the parking lot, including plowing and salting, resulting in unreasonable dangerous conditions. As a result, J.N. fell and suffered severe injuries resulting in his death.
Mayhorn v. City of Chicago, 09 L 13503 (Cook County)
Wrongful death verdict. On March 10, 2009, Matthias Mayhorn was at his home when 2 plain clothes officers arrived to arrest him pursuant to an investigative alert for a domestic incident. Mr. Mayhorn fled into his bedroom and attempted to exit a 2nd floor bedroom window when he was grabbed by his legs by the officers. The officers alleged that Mr. Mayhorn pulled a gun on them while he was attempting to evade arrest through the 2nd floor window and while being held by his feet by the officers. The defense further alleged that the police officers shot Mr. Mayhorn twice when he refused to drop the weapon and were justified in the use of deadly force in doing so. The Plaintiff established that Mr. Mayhorn was not shot at the window as the defense contended in a struggle with the police officers, but more likely than not was shot in the gangway below where he did not pose a threat of imminent death or serious bodily harm to the police officers or others. The Plaintiff introduced forensic evidence found at the scene, and testimony from a forensic pathologist regarding the downward and forward trajectory of the bullet wounds to the back of the head and the leg, to establish that Matthias was shot from a distance, and not at close range as the officers suggested. The Plaintiff also alleged that the lack of fingerprints or other evidence tying the weapon found at the scene to Matthias Mayhorn fit the profile for that weapon being a “drop gun” that was dropped at the scene to explain the unjustified shooting. The jury awarded $1.5 million dollars for the loss that Mr. Mayhorn’s three minor children suffered due to his death.
Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers, Jr., and Sean Houlihan
R.F. v. Gercek, et al, 08 L 002975 (Cook County)
Vehicular negligence settlement. On September 12, 2007, the Plaintiff, R.F., was a 74 year old female who was a pedestrian crossing Delaware Street near 175 E. Delaware in Chicago, Illinois when she was struck by the van the Defendant, I.G., was operating in reverse on Delaware Street while attempting to make a delivery at the John Hancock Building. The Plaintiff sustained a traumatic brain injury, oral injuries necessitating multiple oral surgeries, and knee and hip injuries as well.
Co-counsel with Joseph A. Power, Jr.
Roberts v. Superior Air-Ground Ambulance Service, et al., 12 L 2978 (Cook County)
On May 27, 2011. Plaintiff Roberts, a 68 year old woman, was admitted to Crestwood Care Centre for rehabilitation following a successful above the knee amputation on her right leg at Little Company of Mary Hospital. On June 7, 2011 Plaintiff appeared “gray” in color and was “cold” to the touch. A Nurse Practitioner for Crestwood instructed a nurse from Crestwood to call for an ambulance to take Plaintiff back to Little Company of Mary Hospital. Plaintiff alleged Ms. Roberts was not properly monitored during transport; the paramedics took an unreasonable amount of time to transport a woman who had an acute change in mental status and abnormal vital signs; and the paramedics should have taken her emergently to the better and closer hospital. Plaintiff further alleged that the paramedics altered Mrs. Roberts ambulance run report, even two days after her death.
Settlement: $ 800,000.00
P.T. v. Hirota, et al, 08 L 004492 (Cook County)
Vehicular negligence settlement. On January 22, 2008, the Plaintiff, P.T., was a 47 year old female who was driving eastbound on Dundee Road in Arlington Heights, Illinois proceeding through the intersection of Dundee Road and Wilke Road when the Defendant, S.H., turned left from westbound Dundee Road and struck the Plaintiff’s vehicle. The Plaintiff sustained right tibula and fibula fractures requiring an open reduction internal fixation.
Co-counsel with Larry R. Rogers, Sr.
- J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 2006
- B.A., Georgetown University, 2002
- Admitted to the Illinois State Bar, 2006
- Admitted to the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2007
- Chicago Bar Association
- Illinois State Bar Association
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
- Women's Bar Association of Illinois
- American Bar Association
- American Association for Justice
- Pound Civil Justice Institute
- 2019 selected as one of Lawdragon’s 500 Leading Lawyers
- 2018-Leading Lawyer, recommended by peers to be among the top lawyers in the areas of practice, a title bestowed on less than 5% of all lawyers licensed in Illinois
- 2017, 2016 Emerging Lawyer, identified by peers as the top lawyers, a title bestowed on less than 2% of all lawyers licensed in Illinois.
- Recognized as Illinois Super Lawyer 2021-Present and 2016-2020 (Rising Star)
- 2016 Irish Legal 100 Rising Star
- 2016 selected as one of the Top 40 Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois