Larry R. Rogers Sr.

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A native of Chicago and one of the founding partners of Power Rogers, Larry R. Rogers, Sr. has dedicated more than 37 years of his career to representing the most difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases. Mr. Rogers has excelled as a trial attorney, winning numerous multimillion-dollar personal injury settlements and verdicts for his clients in many types of cases, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, and aviation accident cases.

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Biography

A native of Chicago and one of the founding partners of Power Rogers, Larry R. Rogers, Sr. has dedicated more than 37 years of his career to representing the most difficult personal injury and wrongful death cases.

Mr. Rogers has excelled as a trial attorney, winning numerous multimillion-dollar personal injury settlements and verdicts for his clients in many types of cases, including wrongful death, medical malpractice, motor vehicle negligence, and aviation accident cases.

His impressive record of success started early in his career. After conducting his very first trial in Cook County, Mr. Rogers won $27 million in a product liability case for his client, which in 1985, was the largest personal injury verdict in Illinois. Since then, Mr. Rogers has recovered many multimillion-dollar personal injury verdicts and settlements, including recently winning $55 million for a brain-damaged woman, Illinois’ largest medical malpractice verdict in the last decade.

Mr. Rogers has recovered many multimillion-dollar personal injury verdicts and settlements, including recently winning $55 million for a brain-damaged woman, Illinois’ largest medical malpractice verdict in the last decade.

A leader in the personal injury field, Mr. Rogers was elected president of both the Cook County Bar Association and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, serving as the latter’s first African American president. Recognized nationally as a highly skilled personal injury litigator, he was named one of the Ten Most Influential Illinois Lawyers by American Lawyer Media, and one of the nation’s top 10 litigators by the National Law Journal.

During his distinguished career, Mr. Rogers has been honored with numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Xavier University; the DePaul University College of Law Alumni Award for Outstanding Service to the Legal Profession; and awarded Honorary Doctorate degrees from DePaul University College of Law and St. Xavier University. He is listed in Harvard Law Graduates Naifeh and Smith book, The Best Lawyers in America every year since 2001, and is a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Larry was named one of the 2019 Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year for Personal Injury Litigation in Chicago and also recieved this honor in 2016. Additionally, he was selected as one of the top trial lawyers by LawDragon, a group which selects the top 500 trial lawyers in the country. He was also selected by his peers for the Leading Lawyer Network as a leading lawyer in personal injury law. Mr. Rogers is a member of the Advisory Board for Leading Lawyers Network.

Results

$3.9 Million Recovery – Dental Malpractice

– Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Carolyn S. Daley

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.

Settlement: $3,900,000.00

 

$7,012,000 Verdict – Medical Malpractice / Motorcycle Accident

No. 81 L 25078
– Joseph A. Power Jr.,Larry R. Rogers Sr.



After sustaining numerous injuries in a motorcycle accident, including a C-2 “hangman’s” fracture and bruising of his spinal cord, student ended up paralyzed as a result of the failure to adequately replace his blood lost in the accident and appropriately intubate him.

Affirmed on Appeal 91-1742, 269 Ill.App.3d 37, 645 N.E.2d 319 (1994)

$10 Million Verdict – Medical Malpractice

No. 10 L 5087
– Larry R. Rogers Sr.



Medical Malpractice: The mother of the deceased minor child delivered twins at 34 weeks at MacNeal Hospital by C-section. D., one of the twins, was diagnosed with a respiratory problem known as esophageal atresia with lower tracheoesophageal fistula. They diagnosed the condition on 11/15/06, ran tests on 11/16/06 and told family that on 11/17/06 they were going to attempt to reattach the esophagus to the stomach and address a fistula between the esophagus and lung. The family was told it would be 2-3 hours surgery, but after waiting 6 hours, they still had not heard anything. Finally they were told the problem was more difficult than anticipated and that they were waiting a specialist. Plaintiff’s investigation revealed that in fact a medical error occurred during the procedure. Instead of incising the fistula as intended, the surgeon transected the child’s bronchial tube to the lung and caused the lung to collapse. After the surgery, the child was on a ventilator and hospitalized until he ultimately died from his injuries.

$10.3 Recovery – Medical Malpractice

– Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Larry R. Rogers Jr.,Carolyn S. Daley



(2014) Medical malpractice. On September 4, 2007, Plaintiff presented to Advocate South Suburban Hospital after experiencing several days of diarrhea. He was admitted and taken to surgery on September 15th and during the surgery, he was administered the vasopressor medication Levophed for a drop in his blood pressure. Post-operatively, a consulting cardiologist ordered that the Levophed be weaned off and he be given Neosynephrine if his systolic blood pressure dropped below 100. Plaintiffs maintained that from September 15 – 17, the ICU nursing staff failed to perform dynamic response testing on the arterial line that was being used to evaluate Plaintiff’s blood pressure and as a result it was falsely reading systolic blood pressures below 100 when his true blood pressures were higher. As a result the nursing staff was administering maximum doses of vasopressors when he needed little if any. The excessive vasopressors caused vasoconstriction in his blood vessels and poor perfusion to his extremities causing them to become ischemic from lack of blood flow. As a result of the poor perfusion caused by the vasopressors, Plaintiff ‘s left hand, and the toes on both of his feet became ischemic, necrotic, gangrenous and needed to be amputated. The defense maintained that Plaintiff was a very sick man who was in septic shock with 5 system multi-organ failure and the poor perfusion was the result of a coagulopathy cascade caused by the sepsis and the body’s native shunting of blood to vital organs for survival. The defense maintained that Plaintiff desperately needed the vasopressors to survive his life threatening condition and but for the high doses of vasopressors, he would have died.

$10.4 Million Verdict — Motor Vehicle Negligence

C., et al v. Transport Carriers, Inc., et al.
– Larry R. Rogers Sr.,Brian LaCien



Trucking/Wrongful Death: The accident involved an International tractor which lost control on the ramp exiting the Chicago Skyway leading to the Day Ryan on July 1, 1999. The International tractor was being driven by Jesse Blackmon of Transport Carriers, Inc. After Mr. Blackmon lost control on the ramp, the Nissan Van being operated by plaintiff, attempted to avoid striking the Blackmon tractor and was rear-ended by a truck operated by Robert Lachowski of American Shipping and Packing. C. was traveling with his wife and children, 9 years old, 3 years old, and 9 months old. C. died as a result of his injuries.

Jury Verdict: $10,400,000.00

Offer before trial: $500,000.00

Offer during trial: $1,700,000.00

Education

  • DePaul University College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. – 1983
  • St Xavier College, Chicago, Illinois
    • B.A. – 1974
    • Major: Philosophy

Practice Areas

  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 1988
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1983
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2007
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois Trial Bar, 1985

Classes & Seminars

  • Trial Advocacy Workshop, Harvard Law School, 00/00/1993
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