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Bradley M. Cosgrove

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Medical Malpractice Attorney in Chicago, IL

Clifford Law Offices PC
120 North LaSalle Street, 36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
Phone: 312-899-9090
Fax: 312-251-1160
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016
Licensed in Illinois Since: 2006
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Attorney Profile

Bradley M. Cosgrove is a Chicago medical malpractice attorney, personal injury attorney, and partner at Clifford Law Offices. He is an experienced trial attorney in the areas of medical malpractice, trucking accidents, automobile collisions, personal injury, and wrongful death who believes that results speak for themselves.

As a young Chicago personal injury attorney, Brad began his career as a trial lawyer. As a matter of fact, he undertook his first jury trial just one day after he received his law license on behalf of a woman permanently injured as a result of being hit by a car as she legally crossed the street within a crosswalk. Within five months after being sworn in as an attorney in Illinois, he gave the closing argument in a case that resulted in a $3 million gross verdict on behalf of a family who lost their father in a trucking accident. As he worked to establish himself as a leading Chicago medical malpractice and personal injury attorney, Brad was reported to be the youngest lawyer in Illinois to obtain a verdict in excess of a million dollars. This verdict was affirmed by the Illinois Appellate Court in U.S. Bank v. Lindsey, 397 Ill. App. 3d 437 (1st Dist. 2009), and the case solidified logo liability in trucking cases throughout Illinois.

After Brad’s record-setting start, he continued to obtain numerous million-dollar settlements in Illinois as well as in other states. He was the lead trial counsel for a grandmother who died at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago as a result of medical malpractice, and his attorney experience benefited the client. In that case, a chest x-ray was improperly read by a resident physician and a timely surgical consultation was not requested, which caused a terrible infection that spread throughout the patient’s body causing major organ failure and death. After a two-week trial, a jury returned a verdict for one million dollars.

Brad has received numerous accolades recognizing his superior trial skills. The National Trial Lawyers named him one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the country. The Law Bulletin Publishing Company named him one of the Top 40 Under 40 attorneys in Chicago in 2014. He was named as an Illinois Rising Star from 2006-2016. He also gives back to the profession and to the community through his work as a leader of the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association as an elected Assembly member, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association serving on its Board of Managers, as well as through the Wounded Warrior projects that helps veterans and their families.

Prior to joining Clifford Law Offices in 2013, Brad was the lead trial lawyer in excess of two dozen trials in various areas of the law. In his first week at Clifford Law Offices, he immediately appeared before a jury trial at the Daley Center on behalf of a brain injured child. Brad is extremely intense and focused, two characteristics that influence his performance as a nationally recognized personal injury attorney. He is a man who knows how to prepare for trial with a sense of purpose and organization while keeping the client’s best interest at the forefront of his thoughts. He has handled cases throughout Illinois including Cook, Champaign, DuPage, Will, Lake, Kankakee, Winnebago, Williamson, Ford, and Kendall Counties. Brad has also handled cases outside of Illinois including Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona, and Minnesota. He has argued several cases on appeal before the various Illinois appellate districts on catastrophic injury and death, and he has argued before the 7th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals. Brad has lectured at the John Marshall Law School on expert witnesses and trial practice, topics of which he has experienced numerous times as a Chicago medical malpractice attorney. He also has been invited to speak many times before the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association on a variety of trial preparation topics.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 30%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Selections

6 Years Super Lawyers
7 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2010 - 2016

About Bradley M. Cosgrove

First Admitted: 2006, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://www.cliffordlaw.com/attorneys/bradley-m-cosgrove/

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chicago Chiefs Softball Association, Sponsor
  • Annual Chicago Fire Fighters Picnic
  • Wounded Warrior Project

Educational Background

  • John Marshall Law School, 2006
  • Grand Valley State University, B.S., Bachelor of Science, Major: History, Minor: Philosophy, 2002

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Bradley Cosgrove spoke on "Special Interrogatories" at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Update & Review Seminar on October 22, 2021., Speaker, Update & Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2021
  • Sarah F. King and Bradley M. Cosgrove, partners at Clifford Law Offices, presented at the Arizona Association for Justice’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference. They spoke on The Power of Visual Persuasion on Friday, September 24, 2021., Speaker, The Power of Visual Persuasion, Arizona Association for Justice's Advanced Trial Advocacy Conference, 2021
  • "Select Protection," Summer Global Business Edition 2020, Best Lawyers, September 2020., Author, "Select Protection", Best Lawyers, 2020
  • This Update and Review Seminar discussed dealing with cases during the COVID-19 pandemic including conducting depositions with Zoom and new ways to negotiate cases with insurance companies., Speaker, Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Brad Cosgrove addressed on “Economic Damages/Present Cash Value.”, Speaker, "Economic Damages/Present Cash Value", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Brad Cosgrove, partner at Clifford Law Offices, and Charles R. Haskins, associate at the firm, spoke at the Chicago Bar Association Friday, Jan. 11, on “10 Things You Need to Know Before Picking a Jury.”, Speaker, "10 Things You Need to Know Before Picking a Jury", Chicago Bar Association, 2019
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Update and Review Seminar Oct. 11. His topic was “Overcoming Governmental Immunities.”, Speaker, "Overcoming Governmental Immunities", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Medical Malpractice Seminar on “Demonstrative Exhibits.” , Speaker, "Demonstrative Exhibits", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association Blockbuster18 seminar. Blockbuster featured two days of "nationally recognized experts" sharing new ideas, tactics and techniques to win cases. , Speaker, "Dealing with Defense Experts", Colorado Trial Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Brad Cosgrove addressed the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association (ITLA) at its annual Damages Seminar. He spoke about “Pre-Existing Conditions.", Speaker, "Pre-Existing Conditions", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) annual Update & Review Seminar. His topic was “Dealing with Defense Experts.” , Speaker, "Dealing with Defense Experts", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2017
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke on his $8.25 million verdict at a program entitled “Amazing Verdicts.” The program’s goal was to have trial lawyers explain to others the many moving parts of a trial and how to manage them., Speaker, "Amazing Verdicts", Levinson and Stefani, 2016
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Update and Review Seminar., Speaker, Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Brad Cosgrove spoke at the Annual Medical Malpractice Seminar sponsored by the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). Cosgrove spoke on “Utilizing Demonstrative Exhibits to Prove the Case.” , Speaker, "Utilizing Demonstrative Exhibits to Prove the Case", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2015
  • Brad Cosgrove was Planning Co-Chair and Moderator of the 2014 Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Update and Review Seminar., Speaker, Update and Review Seminar, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Brad Cosgrove moderated a panel of judges at a Chicago Bar Association (CBA) program entitled, “Overlooked Aspects of Trial: Pointers and Pet Peeves from the Bench.” The program is sponsored by the Young Lawyers Section of the Tort Litigation Committee., Moderator, "Overlooked Aspects of Trial: Pointers and Pet Peeves from the Bench", Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, 2014
  • Brad Cosgrove was Program Planning Chair and Moderator of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Medical Malpractice Seminar., Moderator, "Informed Consent", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, 2014
  • Brad Cosgrove was asked to lecture at the John Marshall Law School regarding the use of expert witnesses and trial practice., Speaker, John Marshall Law School, 2009

Verdicts/Settlements

  • $18.15 million settlement on behalf of a 17-year-old who sustained a traumatic brain injury and serious internal injuries when a truck driver, driving for a large trucking company and under the direction of a national shipper, lost control and crashed onto the shoulder of a highway. The plaintiff requires a lifetime of future therapy and caretaking services. , 2021
  • $3.6 million settlement on behalf of a 7-year-old boy who suffered a significant traumatic brain injury, broken ribs, and lacerations after being ejected from the rear-seat of his family's vehicle when their car was t-boned by a truck. , 2021
  • $3.35 million verdict on behalf of a woman who suffered permanent brain damage following an undiagnosed brain tumor. , 2021
  • $2.9 million settlement on behalf of a 64-year-old man who underwent an unnecessary endovascular repair of the AAA with an endograft stent resulting in bowel and bladder incontinence and ultimately a premature death. , 2021
  • $2 million settlement on behalf of a an infant who hemorrhaged to death due to a pediatric surgeon who inappropriately performed surgery for a congenital diaphragmatic hernia and bronchopulmonary sequestration.  , 2020
  • $10.7 million settlement on behalf of a 41-year-old woman experiencing a sudden onset of chest pain, suffered permanent brain injury due to failure to timely recognize the signs and symptoms for a ruptured aortic aneurysm, failure to prompt and accurately interpret a chest CT angiogram and failure to timely perform an emergent cardiothoracic surgery. , 2020
  • $101 million verdict on behalf of a baby who was brain damaged at birth at West Suburban Medical Center in Oak Park, Illinois., 2019
  • $51 million settlement on behalf of a baby who sustained brain damage at birth. , 2019
  • $5.4 million settlement on behalf of a plaintiff who went into shock and died when health care providers, at two different hospitals, failed to timely recognize the signs and symptoms of a bowel perforation and failed to timely take the plaintiff back to surgery after the client underwent a hernia repair. , 2019
  • $7.15 millions settlement for the negligent failure to perform a timely emergency delivery, resulting in serious and permanent brain injury to the newborn. , 2019
  • $8.5 million verdict was obtained when a Williamson County man died when a certified registered nurse anesthetist and hospital employees allowed the patient to become dangerously hypotensive and was later declared brain dead, 2019
  • $6.2 million was obtained due to workplace negligence, a union construction worker sustained serious orthopedic injuries from a fall, 2019
  • $21.5 million record verdict for a 6-year-old boy who drowned while at a public pool during summer day camp. This is the largest verdict for a drowning victim in the State of Illinois, 2019
  • $4.225 million settlement involving the failure to diagnose and treat cancer of the spine, resulting in the death of a 21-year-old man. , 2019
  • $4.65 million settlement on behalf of a husband and father who suffered a debilitating stroke caused by a complete occlusion of the man's internal carotid, which could have been prevented by recommended follow-up testing and surgical intervention. , 2018
  • $4.75 million settlement for medical negligence that caused a man to lose his dominant arm as a result of a failure to timely diagnose and treat compartment syndrome, 2018
  • $6.5 million settlement for medical malpractice that caused a young woman to have permanent injury as a result of a failure to timely diagnose and treat cauda equina syndrome, 2018
  • $2 million settlement for a woman injured by a negligent truck driver, 2017
  • $941K record verdict for a dog bite injury to the thumb of a child. This is the largest verdict resulting from a dog bite in the history of Illinois, 2017
  • $3 million verdict on behalf of a husband and father of two who died as a result of doctor's and physical therapist's failure to recognize obvious signs and symptoms of deep vein thrombosis (DVT) which ultimately led to a fatal pulmonary embolism. , 2017
  • $3.5 million settlement for the sudden cardiac death of a husband and a father as a result of medical negligence of an emergency room team, 2016
  • $7.75 million verdict against a Chicago neurosurgeon on behalf of a widow, son, and daughter who lost their father and husband due to medical malpractice following a spine surgery, 2016
  • $1.675 million settlement on behalf of a woman who suffered cognitive impairment after doctors failed to diagnose and treat pulmonary embolism. , 2016
  • $3.157 million record verdict in Winnebago County for the amputation of a man's left leg due to a doctor's negligence. This verdict is the largest verdict for a leg amputation in Winnebago County, 2015
  • $8.25 million verdict against a Chicago hospital on behalf of a family who lost their father and husband due to medical malpractice following a total knee replacement surgery, 2015
  • A $2 million settlement on behalf of a 73-year-old man who committed suicide in a Chicagoland Hospital as a result of the hospital's negligence in supervising the patient while on suicide watch. , 2015
  • $20 million settlement on behalf of a man who was severely injured when a tractor carrying hazardous materials t-boned his vehicle. , 2015
  • $1 million settlement on behalf of a 33-year-old mother who committed suicide as a result of the negligent mental health treatment of post-partum psychosis. , 2015
  • $14 million record verdict on behalf of a woman who suffered a debilitating stroke after taking Yasmin birth control for 13 days. This is the first and only Yasmin case tried in the United States. This was the largest medical malpractice verdict in Illinois in 2014, 2014
  • $2.75 million settlement for medical malpractice that led to the death of a patient as a result of a pulmonary embolus. (Record settlement in DeKalb County), 2014
  • $4 million verdict in a medical malpractice case for the estate of a 51-year-old man who died from hypoxia, obstruction of airway and hematoma following a carotid endarterectomy, 2014
  • $4.5 million verdict for a woman injured by a door closer that fell and injured her neck. This was a DuPage County record for a non-medical malpractice case. 
  • $5 million verdict for a woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury as a result of a truck driver's negligence on I-65.
  • $1.26 million verdict for a woman who sustained an aggravation of pre-existing degenerative disease in her neck as a result of a truck crash.
  • $1 million verdict for the family of a woman who died as the result of medical resident's malpractice. 
  • $6.5 million medical malpractice settlement for the failure to diagnose an aortic aneurysm that lead to the death of a young man. (settled after jury selection)
  • $5 million settlement for the medical malpractice of a neonate that led to the amputation of a child's leg. 
  • $4.85 million settlement for the wrongful death of a 30-year-old man who died as a result of medical malpractice due to mismanagement of an allergic response to medication. 
  • $4.65 million settlement for the death of a man at a South Side hospital's negligence. 
  • $4.65 million settlement for a man who suffered a stroke due to medical negligence involving the medical mismanage of carotid disease. 
  • $4 million settlement as a result of medical negligence by a cardiothoracic surgeon who improperly performed a mitral valve repair. 
  • $4 million settlement for medical negligence that caused a severed brachial plexus nerve complex during shoulder surgery.
  • A record $4 million settlement for the death of a mother during childbirth due to medical malpractice. (settled after jury selection)
  • $2.55 million settlement for a man who suffered severe and permanent injuries that resulted from the failure of an emergency room doctor to diagnose diverticulitis. 
  • $2.5 million settlement for a man who committed suicide at a hospital. 
  • $2.5 million settlement for a stroke victim who was seriously injured as a result of medical negligence. 
  • $2.4 million settlement for the wrongful death as a result of medical negligence related to a postoperative neck hematoma following spinal surgery. 
  • $2.2 million settlement on a wrongful death due to medical negligence pertaining to the failure to amputate a leg following a traumatic industrial accident. 
  • $2.125 million settlement on behalf of a young man who died as a result of a sickle cell crisis that was improperly managed following hip surgery. 
  • $2 million settlement against a hospital for the death of a man following neck surgery.
  • $2 million settlement on behalf of a man who lost his leg as the consequence of a surgeon's malpractice. 
  • $1.85 million settlement for the suicide death of a young mother as a result of medical negligence. (settled during jury selection) 
  • $1.625 million settlement on behalf of a family who lost a small child due to a drowning death at a private pool. 
  • $1.535 million settlement for the wrongful death of a woman due to medical malpractice for the failure to timely diagnose and treat abdominal sepsis. 
  • $1.5 million settlement for a man who was electrocuted as a result of a power company's negligence. 
  • $1.5 million settlement due to medical negligence which caused lymphedema as a result of performing excessive surgery.
  • $1.5 million settlement for a woman who suffered severe injuries following the improper medical management of sepsis. (settled during trial)
  • $1.3 million settlement on behalf of a woman who was injured as a result of medical negligence following knee surgery.
  • $1.25 million settlement for injuries that resulted from a trucking collision. (settled during trial)
  • $1.2 million settlement for medical negligence during an aortic abdominal aneurism surgery. 
  • $1 million settlement with a Hospitalist group following the death of a patient who underwent knee surgery. 
  • $1 million settlement for a woman who suffered permanent injuries due to improper administration of a medication. (settled during trial)
  • $1 million settlement for the wrongful death of a man due to medical negligence in the failure to screen for liver cancer. 
  • $3 million verdict for a family of 14 children who lost their father as the result of a trucking company's negligence, 2009
  • 1.2 million dollar settlement for a man who was hit by a truck and herniated two thoracic discs in his lower back.1.0 million dollar verdict for a failure to diagnose a rupture in large intestine. CONFIDENTIAL settlement for a woman who lost the majority of her fingers and toes due to nursing negligence.3.0 million dollar verdict (reduced by 50% contributory negligence) for the estate of man who was crushed to death by a slow moving truck, 2009

Honors/Awards

  • Illinois Super Lawyer, 2017- Present, Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers, 2022
  • Best Lawyers® in America, 2019 – Present, Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2018 – Present, Leading Lawyer, Law Bulletin Media, 2022
  • National Trial Lawyers – Top 40 under 40 Civil Plaintiff, 2014 – 2020, Top 40 Under 40, National Trial Lawyers, 2020
  • National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Lawyers in the Country, Illinois Emerging Lawyer, 2015-2019, Emerging Lawyer, National Trial Lawyers, 2019
  • Illinois Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2016, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2016
  • 40 Under 40, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2014, 40 Under 40, Law Bulletin Publishing Company, 2014
  • Illinois Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2009 - 2013, Rising Star, Super Lawyers, 2013
  • Youngest lawyer in Illinois history to receive a million dollar verdict (26 years old) Youngest lawyer in Illinois to receive two verdicts of a million dollars (28 years old), On information and belief, 2007

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Brad Cosgrove was inducted into the International Academy of Trial Lawyers., 2022
  • The National Law Journal has featured Bradley Cosgrove’s $14 million verdict involving the inappropriate prescription of Yasmin as the number one verdict in Illinois in 2014. It also represents the top 40th verdict in the country, according to the publication. Zapalski v. Resurrection Health Care Corp. involved a two-week trial against a doctor who negligently prescribed Yasmin to a 37-year-old woman who suffered a debilitating stroke after taking it for less than two weeks. She now requires round-the-clock care. Sarah King, associate at the firm, second chaired the trial that took place in April and partner Susan Capra prepared the case for trial. Cosgrove reached a $2.5 million settlement in the same case about a month before trial against the hospital involved, Resurrection Medical Center., 2014
  • Youngest lawyer in Illinois history to receive a million dollar verdict (26 years old) Likely the youngest lawyer in Illinois history to receive two verdicts of a million dollars (28 years old), 2006
  • Youngest lawyer in Illinois history to receive a million dollar verdict (26 years old) Likely the youngest lawyer in Illinois history to receive two verdicts of a million dollars (28 years old), 2006

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Illinois State Bar Association, Assembly (2016 - present), Tort Law Committee (2016 - present), 2022
  • The International Society of Barristers, 2020
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Managers (2015 - present), 2019
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Program Planning Co-Chair, 2015, 2015
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Program Planning Co-Chair, 2014, 2014
  • Chicago Bar Association, Co-Chair Torts Committee YLD (2014), 2014
  • American Bar Association, Member, 2006
  • National Trial Lawyers Association, Member, 2006

Industry Groups

  • Medical Malpractice and Hospital Negligence
  • Personal Injury
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Office Location for Bradley M. Cosgrove

120 North LaSalle Street
36th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602

Phone: 312-899-9090

Fax: 312-251-1160

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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