The Plain Truth About the Practice of Personal Injury Law

Rick Grossman

As a trial lawyer for more than 36 years, Richard J. Grossman has long been recognized for the extraordinary results he has achieved for his clients. Richard J. Grossman has achieved a Preeminent  5.0 AV-rating for superior legal ability and ethical standards under the Martindale-Hubbell's peer review system and Mr. Grossman was named as one of the top personal injury attorneys in Illinois in, Illinois Super Lawyer, by a survey of his peers, which was published by Chicago Magazine. He has also been honored as one of the top 100 trial lawyers by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Mr. Grossman represents people who have been wrongfully killed or seriously injured through the fault of individuals and corporations. He has recovered a remarkable number of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts for his clients in a variety of personal injury and wrongful death cases, including medical malpractice, products liability, motor vehicle, aviation and railroad negligence. Mr. Grossman's most recent victory was the recovery of $8.3 Million for a tire serviceman who was seriously injured as a result of the explosion of a multi-piece rim.

His relentless pursuit of case facts, discovery, and trial preparation separates him from most other attorneys. While they are delegating important depositions to inexperienced associate attorneys, Mr. Grossman is personally performing that task. When a witness or party is deposed, he knows that there is only one chance to get it right or lose the case. The trial is the culmination of careful and intensive preparation. Although trial attorneys are known to the public for their courtroom skills, pretrial preparation is what wins the case. This work ethic often forces the defense into submission and an early maximum settlement.

In addition to his trial lawyer practice, Richard J. Grossman has participated in the training of many young attorneys in the art of trial advocacy. Years later they continue to rely upon him for advice on their pending cases.

Throughout his career Richard J. Grossman has recovered more than $40 Million in settlements or verdicts on behalf of his clients. Mr. Grossman's recent notable settlements on verdicts include:
  • $8.3 Million to a tire serviceman who suffered brain damage and quadraparesis as a result of the explosion of a multi-piece rim.
  • $4.0 Million to the estate of a man who choked and died after undergoing double knee replacement surgery at Evanston North Shore Hospital.
  • $3.1 Million to the estate of a woman whose complaints of severe headaches post child birth were ignored as a psychiatric when in fact she died from a severe electrolyte imbalance at the University of Chicago Hospital.
  • $2.2 Million to the estate of a woman that was killed in a roll over truck accident on the Kennedy Expressway.
  • $2.1 Million to the estate of a man who received negligent medical care at Rush University Medical Center
  • $2.0 Million to a tuck pointer who fell from scaffolding while repairing a power house chimney.
  • $1.0 Million to the estate of a woman who fell from her bed at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and subsequently died.
  • $1.0 Million to the estate of a woman who was struck and killed by an emergency vehicle driven by a City of Chicago fireman.
  • $1.0 Million to the estate of a single woman who died in airplane crash
  • $1.0 Million to the estate of a man who died in an intensive care unit as a result of the mechanical failure of a respirator.
  • $1.0 Million to a pregnant mother who lost her baby as a result of a delay in treatment at Roseland Community Hospital
  • $800,000 to a man who sustained injuries to his arm from undiagnosed carpel tunnel syndrome at Rush University Medical Center.
  • $750,000 to motorcyclist who sustained severe injuries to his leg when struck by a motor vehicle.

Areas of Practice

  • Motor Vehicle and Trucking Accidents--Plaintiff
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Products Liability Law
  • Multi-piece wheel, rim and tire explosions throughout the United States
  • Nursing Home Malpractice
  • Wrongful Death Litigation
  • Construction Injuries
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Workers Compensation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1978


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1976
  • DePaul University
    • B.A. - 1974

Honors and Awards

  • Top 5% of the Illinois State Bar, Illinois Super Lawyers
  • Preeminent 5.0 AV-rating for superior legal ability and ethical standards under the Martindale-Hubbell's peer review system.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Past Employment Positions

  • State of Illinois, Assistant Attorney General Division Chief, 1976 - 1979