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Brain Injury and Death of Newborn at 11 days old

Verdict: $2,750,000 versus Dr. Merry Demko, and Chicago Family Health Center, Inc., F/K/A Claretian Medical Center of South Chicago, Inc. (U.S.A.) Hospital Defendant settled for  $750,000 during 1st week on trial.

Type of Case:   Medical Malpractice:  Failure to deliver baby timely, Failure to properly assess the baby’s fetal heart monitor strips, failure to perform emergency C-Section timely and other deviations from the standard of care.

Judge: John F. Grady. U.S. Dist. Ct. Northern Dist. of Ill Eastern Div.:  The case having been removed from Cook County State Court under the Federal Tort Claims Act.

Pltf Atty : Craig L. Manchik of Law Offices of Craig L. Manchik & Associates, P.C.


Verdict:  $1,139,801 after 35% off $1,753,540 v Village of Skokie and Officers Gramins and Glad.
Special Interrogatories: Was conduct of Officer Gramins wilful and wanton? “Yes.” Was conduct of Officer Glad willful and wanton? “Yes.”
Judge: Irwin J. Solganick (Law Division)
Pltf Attys: Craig L. Manchik of Law Offices of Craig L. Manchik & Associates, P.C.
Deft Attys: Aldo E. Botti, Jean M. Lasics and Thomas Haught of Botti, Marinaccio (Oak Brook) for Village of Skokie, Gramins and Glad (SELF-INSURED) OFFER: $300,000 (withdrawn)
Pltf Medl:  Dr. Thamrong Chira (Pathologist)
Pltf Experts: Dr. Marcelline Burns, Ph,D., Southern California Research Institute, (Psychologist); Jack Juciewicz, Chicago Police Academy (now retired) (Police Procedure); Dr. Daniel Brown, Ph.D. (Toxicologist); Dr. Eugene Saltzberg (Emergency Medicine)


Verdict: $400,000 v. all defts
Judge: Elizabeth M. Budzinski (IL Cook-Law)
Pltf Atty: Craig L. Manchik and Lynne Plum Duffey of Law Offices of Craig L. Manchik & Associates, P.C., Demand; $100,000
Deft Attys: Philip G. Heitz of Garretson, Santora (State Farm) Offer: $50,000
Pltf Medl: Dr. Frederick A. Luchette (Trauma Surgeon), Dr. Melvyn Harrington (Orthopedist) and Dr. Juan Angelats (Plastic Surgeon)
July 15, 2006, pltf was walking westbound on the north side of Washington Blvd., in Oak Park when she crossed the street at Ridgeland with a “Walk” signal, but was struck in the crosswalk by deft's van as it made a left turn from eastbound Washington onto northbound Ridgeland. Pltf F-72 sustained left leg abrasions and scrapes requiring skin grafts, a head contusion, and loss of two teeth ($49,915 medl. bills).

Verdict:   $240,000 v all defts
Judge:  James P. McCarthy (IL Cook-Law)
Pltf Atty:  Craig L. Manchik of Craig L. Manchik & Associates
Deft Attys:  Heidi A. Smith of Dale J. Sherman for Mustafa (Allstate) Offer: $5,000 withdrawn; Kirsten A. Fraus of C.T.A. Law Dept. for Chicago Transit Authority, Reed (Self-Insured) Offer: CTA $2,000 withdrawn
Pltf Medl: Dr. John B. Logan (Orthopedist)
Nov. 5, 2005, pltf was a passenger on an articulated CTA bus traveling southbound on Michigan Ave. when the bus made a left turn at Balbo and collided with a northbound car driven by deft Mustafa. Pltf F-38 sustained a herniated disc at C6-7 (unoperated) causing pre-existing cervical degenerative changes to become symptomatic, requiring ongoing treatment (9,870 past medl., $605,000 future medl. for 41.2 years).

  • 3.75 Million after 1 week on trial in Medical Malpractice action, alleged the physician/surgeon and hospital staff were negligent in the post operative period of care resulting in injuries and damages to a 25 year old young man;
  • 1.6 Million Dollar Settlement in Construction Negligence Case where middle aged man was caused to fall through a hole in the roofing as a result of OSHA and other violations on the part of the Contractor and Owner.
  • 675,000 Settlement after a week on trial in motor vehicle versus pedestrian case;

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Since 1997, Law Offices of Craig L. Manchik & Associates, P.C., have recovered Millions of Dollars in Compensatory Damages for Client Injuries, Including, but not limited to:

  • $3.75 Million dollar settlement, after one week on trial, in medical malpractice case;
  • $2.7 Million dollar verdict in medical malpractice case, in Federal District Court, for the failure to delivery a Client’s baby timely;
  • $1.2 Million dollar verdict in Willful and Wanton case versus the Village of Skokie and two of its Police officers; and
  • 950,000 dollar settlement in Nursing Home Injury Case.

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Attorney profiles

Lynne Plum DuffeyLynne Plum Duffey comes from the north side of Chicago and attended Mundelein College, then obtained her law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law in 1989. She has over 20 years of experience representing injured people not only in automobile and premises liability cases but also against negligent doctors, hospitals, clinics and nursing homes as well as manufacturers of consumer, industrial and medical products.

Lynne has successfully pursued claims involving complex medical issues such as children brain-injured at birth, delays in diagnosis of cancer, cardiac care, emergency medicine, organ transplants, drug toxicity, spinal cord injuries, and proper hospital and nursing home care of the elderly.


Craig L. ManchikCraig L. Manchik was born in Chicago and grew up in Highland Park, Illinois. He attended the University of Kansas, where he graduated with Honors with a degree in Business Administration. Craig was a member of Zeta Beta Tau Fraternity and was awarded the coveted Sobal Cup for  excellence in academics.

Craig attended DCL Michigan State University College of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. He was a member of the Student Senate, and was elected Vice President of the Senate during his third year of law school.


Jaime C. SheetsJaime C. Sheets, Esq. received a bachelor’s degree in Strategic Management from Dominican University of California, where he graduated in the top fifteen percent of his class.  While at Dominican, James was awarded membership into Alpha Chi National College Honor Scholarship Society and Alpha Sigma lambda National Honor Society.  Before attending law school, Jaime worked in commercial banking.

Jaime earned his law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.  While at Loyola, he was named a dean’s scholar, achieved his certificate in tax law and studied international law at Loyola’s Rome Center.  Jaimealso was a judicial extern to Cook County Circuit Court Judge Brigid M. McGrath. Both during and after law school, Jaime gained valuable knowledge and litigation experience working at prominent plaintiff’s firms that specialized in civil litigation.  These opportunities provided him with trial preparation experience and inspired his passion for representing clients’ best interest.

Lawyers Who Win

[An MSU article featuring Craig Manchik]

Craig Manchik, ’94, managing partner in the Chicago-based firm of Manchik & Romaker, has been arguing his position since he was a child. Manchik recently won a jury verdict of more than $1.1 million on a difficult liability case against an Illinois municipality and its police officers. He agrees that you win cases by doing a thorough and complete investigation that includes lining up appropriate experts early so they can advise you in discovery.

Manchik’s firm concentrates on medical malpractice, nursing home negligence, catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death cases. To him, successful litigation hinges on the ability to be a good listener. Manchik believes “you must be in a position to feel your client’s pain. You must bring forth the passion necessary to convince a jury of the wrongs that have been done to the client. If you can do that, you have a good start.”

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