Jamie M. Trapp

Top rated personal injury attorney in Chicago, Illinois

Trapp & Geller
Jamie M. Trapp
Trapp & Geller

Practice Areas: Personal injury, Medical malpractice; view more

Licensed in Illinois since: 1981

Education: DePaul University College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2023
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Trapp & Geller

205 W. Wacker Dr.
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606 Visit website


Jamie M. Trapp is the founder and principal attorney of Trapp & Geller, a Chicago-based personal injury firm. As a personal injury lawyer, he has represented plaintiffs statewide in cases involving auto accidents, medical malpractice, unsafe products, construction accidents and other injuries caused by the negligence of others. Due to his perseverance and superb trial skills, he has won several million and multimillion dollar verdicts and settlements on his clients' behalf.

Mr. Trapp is an AV-rated* attorney and has been selected by his peers as an Illinois Super Lawyer each year since 2006. An active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he has served as the seminar planning chairman and received the "President's Award" in 2002 for his dedication and service to the organization. He is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Association for Justice.

A lifelong Chicago native, Mr. Trapp graduated from DePaul University College of Law in 1981. He is currently licensed to practice in the state and federal courts of Illinois, as well as the U.S. District Court of Illinois, Northern District.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff

Focus areas

Animal bites, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Slip and fall, Wrongful death, Construction accident, Brain injury, Trucking accidents, Premises liability - plaintiff, Dental malpractice, Medical malpractice, Birth injury, Delayed or incorrect diagnosis

  • 90% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 10% Personal injury - medical malpractice: plaintiff

First Admitted: 1981, Illinois

Professional Webpage: https://trapplaw.com/jamie-m-trapp/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Editor, "Automobile Litigation in Illinois", Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
  • AV Rating - Martindale Hubble
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers awarded the President's Award Jamie M Trapp in 2002 in recognition for Outstanding service to that organization.
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • United States District Court for the Federal District of Illinois
  • American Association for Justice
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
  • Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association
  • State of Illinois, 1981
  • Settled with a hospital and physician for $10,000,000.00 for injuries to a newborn infant
  • $100,000 - this is a policy limits settlement on behalf of client injured in a car accident, 2014
  • $8,000,000.00 - settlement for client seriously injured, 2014
  • $2,250,000 - settlement for client in medical malpractice matter with serious injuries that were heavily disputed, 2015
  • $12,000,000.00 - MOTHER GIVEN EXCESSIVE PTIOCIN DURING LABOR CAUSING BRAIN DAMAGE TO HER NEWBORN CHILD Chicago area mom, expecting her first child, was admitted to a suburban Chicago hospital.  During labor, the doctor ordered Pitocin, which is a drug used to stimulate contractions in order to move the labor process along.  Excessive amounts of Pitocin, administered contrary to the hospital's own policies, were administered by the nurses.  It was alleged that the doctor failed to monitor the amount of Pitocin given to the mother.  The baby was born brain damaged and requires lifelong 24-hour care.  Shortly after filing the lawsuit, the hospital and doctor offered $12,000,000 to settle the case.  This money will be used to take care of the child and give her a full life as possible under the circumstances. $10,000,000.00 - MISREAD ULTRASOUND RESULTS IN BRAIN INJURY TO NEWBORN "First time mom was ecstatic to learn she was having twins.  A routine ultrasound taken just prior to her due date showed that the twins were in fetal distress and emergency procedures needed to be undertaken.  The radiologist misread the ultrasound noting it was normal.  One of the infants was stillborn at birth and the other infant suffered profound brain damage until the time of his death at the age of 7.  The hospital and doctor settled the case for $10,000,000.  $8,000,000.00 - WOMAN MISTAKENLY GIVEN DEATH PENALTY DRUG IN EMERGENCY ROOM A 46-year old woman with a stomach ache goes to the emergency room.  The doctor ordered Pepcid, which is a common drug prescribed to relieve minor stomach ailments.  Instead, the nurse on duty gave the woman one of the three drugs previously used in Illinois for lethal injection.  This drug, which is a paralytic agent, caused the woman to stop breathing.  She went into cardiac arrest and although she was rescued by the emergency room doctor, she suffered brain damage.  $2,000,000.00 – WORKER CLEANING RAILROAD TRACKS GETS HIT BY TRAIN An 18-year old man, on his first day working as a laborer for a construction company was struck by a train while cleaning debris from an overhead construction project on an interstate which stands over the railroad tracks.  The railway complained to the construction company of the debris falling on the tracks and ordered the construction company to clean the debris on a daily basis.  Despite the fact that the railroad knew there were workers in the vicinity, it issued no warnings to its conductors to slow down or to take precaution when approaching the vicinity.  The case settled for $2,000,000.  $1,200,000.00 – YOUTH KILLED BY A TRAIN A family of a youth killed by a train filed suit against the railroad for failing to take precautions when the railroad knew the children frequently played on the tracks in the area.  In fact, the railroad tracks were adjacent to a park where a big hole had been cut into a fence which the children would use to cut across the railroad tracks.  On the day of the occurrence, other trains had warned the dispatcher of the presence of youngsters in the vicinity of the railroad tracks.  The dispatcher failed to alert the trains and two children were killed.  Jamie M. Trapp represented the estate of one of the children and received $1,200,000.   STORE SECURITY TACKLES ALLEGED SHOPLIFTER Jamie M. Trapp & Associates successfully represented a man who was tackled as he attempted to leave a big box hardware store in Chicago, Illinois.  An employee of the hardware store, a security trainee, suspected that the man had stolen a fuse.  Upon leaving the hardware store, the man was tackled by the security guard.  During the attempted apprehension, the man suffered a shoulder injury which required surgery.  Police were later summoned to the hardware store and found a used fuse in the man's pocket, which the man was using to compare with fuses in the store.  The security guard trainee assumed that the man was stealing a fuse, when in fact he was putting the used fuse back into his pocket.     $3,500,000.00 – TRUMP TOWER BEAM FALLS ON WORKER'S HEAD In 2012, Jamie M. Trapp & Associates settled a case against the general contractor and others in the amount of $3,500,000 for negligence in allowing a support beam to fall and strike a laborer's head.  The laborer suffered herniated discs to neck.   $2,300,000.00 – THREE MILE PER HOUR COLLISION A 26-year old woman, while waiting in the drive through line at a fast food restaurant, was struck from behind injuring her shoulder.  The injury developed into a rare nerve disorder called reflex sympathetic dystrophy or complex regional pain syndrome.  She was unable to continue working as a result of her injuries.  Jamie M. Trapp recovered $2,300,000 at trial.  $500,000.00 – FIREMAN INJURED IN PORCH COLLAPSE A Chicago fireman responding to a fire in the Chicago area was seriously injured as he was climbing the rear porch of a multi-unit building when it collapsed fracturing his ankle.  The fireman was a Captain for the Chicago Fire Department.  The fireman recovered $500,000 for his injuries.   $750,000.00 – MOM HIT IN THE HEAD BY BASKETBALL A young mother was shopping for her child at a Chicago area toy store when youngsters, in the adjacent aisle, were shooting baskets when an errant shot attempt struck her in the head causing a herniated disc.  This case settled for $750,000.   $525,000.00 – BICYCLEST GETS "CLOTHESLINED" BY ROPE AT SHOPPING MALL A civil engineer riding his bicycle to work was "clotheslined" by a rope in a shopping mall which was not flagged or otherwise marked.  The bicyclist did not see the rope, which had been placed by mall employees so that they would have choice parking spots at the mall.  The engineer suffered a herniated disc to his neck.  He recovered $525,000.90-YEAR OLD BUS DRIVER RECEIVES $1,000,000.00 A school bus driver, with an impeccable safety record, was injured when a boom of a crane on the back of a truck swung striking the front of the bus and causing head and brain injuries to the bus driver.  This case settled at trial for $1,000,000.$500,000.00 – ADULTS PLAYING WITH FIREWORKS INJURE A CHILD A neighborhood Fourth of July party ended badly when various adults at the party lit dangerous fireworks.  One of the fireworks exploded and injuring an 8-year old girl 100 feet away.  The child received $500,000 for her injuries.$2,000,000.00 – CHAIN FALLS FROM CRANE STRIKING CONSTRUCTION WORKER A carpenter was injured during construction of a local hospital when a chain attached to a crane fell striking a carpenter as he was cleaning his worksite.  The man suffered a herniated disc to his neck and received $2,000,000 in settlement of his case. $800,000.00 – WOMAN TRIPS OVER A PARKING BARRIER A woman on her way to church tripped over a parking barrier, which had been pushed onto the sidewalk by vehicles using a nearby parking lot.  The parking lot had been cited on previous occasions for obstructing traffic on the sidewalk.  Despite the fact that the property owner had received numerous complaints, warning, and citations regarding these parking barriers, nothing was done to prevent the parking barriers from being moved.  The woman suffered injuries to both shoulders and her neck.  Just before trial, the woman received $800,000.   $230,000.00 – VENDING MACHINE EMPLOYEE ATTACHED BY JANITORIAL SUPERVISOR A part-time employee of a vending machine company was filling the candy machine at a rest area.  An employee working at the rest area allegedly became insane for no reason and beat the 62-year old, 5'4", 150 pound man into unconsciousness.  Although the toll-way employee was found criminally insane at the time of the hearing, there were sufficient warnings to his employer that the toll-way employee was delusional and violent.  The case settled for $230,000.  $475,000.00 – STORE DISPLAY FALLS ONTO CUSTOMER While shopping at a local big box retailer, a 26-year old man suffered serious injuries to his back when part of a display fell on to him, which required back surgery.  Investigation of the case showed that the display was set up contrary to the manufacturer's recommendations.  The client received $475,000.$3,100,000.00 – CAR ACCIDENT VICTIM DIES NEEDLESSLY DUE TO BLOOD CLOTS THAT TRAVELED TO HER LUNG – WHO WAS LYING, THE DOCTOR OR THE NURSE? A 56-year old woman who fractured her legs in a car accident but was expected to recover developed blood clots while bedridden in the hospital.  The doctors were aware of this and were monitoring the condition of the blood clots with radiological imaging.  These clots ultimately moved from her legs into her lungs resulting in her death.  This was entirely preventable, especially since the doctors were watching for the development of these blood clots.  The case came down to the credibility of the doctor and the nurse.  The nurse claimed she telephoned the doctor with test results showing that the clots had moved.  The doctor denied that the nurse had informed him that the clots had moved.  The issue was not resolved until jury trial commenced.  The family received $3,100,000.  $1,000,000.00 – FEDERAL EMPLOYEES LIABILITY ACT (FELA) Metra paid $1,000,000 to settle a case involving back injuries to a carman who suffered a herniated disc.
  • $100,000 - a policy limits settlement on behalf of a client seriously injured in a vehicular accident, 2015
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Litigators Award for Top 1% of Attorneys across the United States, 2014
  • Jamie M. Trapp was named by the Chicago Tribune as one of the leading personal injury attorneys in Illinois., 2013

Office location for Jamie M. Trapp

205 W. Wacker Dr.
Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60606

Phone: 773-900-7650


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2013, 2015 - 2023

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