Mackenzie J. Mahony is licensed in both Illinois and Wisconsin and concentrates his practice in the area of medical malpractice and nursing home abuse and neglect litigation. Mac is a trial lawyer who specializes in injuries occurring as a result of falls, pressure sores, medication errors, and sexual assaults. He is well-known for his work on behalf of victims and their families in lawsuits involving nursing home abuse and neglect; he has played a key role in several six and seven-figure settlements involving injuries sustained at assisted living facilities, hospitals, and nursing homes.
Prior to joining Taxman, Pollock, Murray, & Bekkerman, Mac practiced medical malpractice and nursing home litigation at a prominent Chicago defense firm. There, Mac represented acute and long-term care facilities in personal injury litigation across Illinois. He has also worked at a prominent Plaintiff’s personal injury firm in Chicago. He has tried, and won, jury trials both on behalf of victims and their families and care providers. Mac’s experience prosecuting and defending nursing homes and hospitals has afforded him an invaluable perspective, which he employs to maximize recovery for his clients.
While in law school, he received a certificate in Trial Advocacy as well as a CALI Award for the highest grade in Trial Advocacy. In his last year of law school, Mac was a Rule 711 law clerk at the Lake County State’s Attorney’s Office; there, he tried dozens of traffic, DUI, and misdemeanor cases to verdict.
Recently, Mac secured a jury verdict of over $1.4 million dollars for a woman on her bicycle who was struck by an opening car door. The jury award was an excess verdict against the Defendant’s insurance company, who refused to accept responsibility, refused to offer the policy limits, and ultimately resulted in an award for his client of over eight times the policy limits and the settlement offer.
Some examples of Mr. Mahony’s noteworthy results include:
- $5,350,000.00 settlement on behalf of a 45-year-old man who was a passenger in a golf cart rollover incident in Galena, Illinois, due to a steep and unsafe cart path, which caused multiple and permanent leg injuries.
- $2,550,000 settlement on behalf of a 2-year-old girl who sustained bilateral second and third-degree burns to her hands due to an allegedly defective appliance at a home in Shorewood, IL. The injuries required multiple surgeries and a two-week stay in a burn unit.
- $1,750,000 medical negligence settlement on behalf of a 58-year-old man whose physician allegedly failed to diagnose his prostate cancer, which became metastatic and terminal.
- $1,482,000.00 jury verdict for a mom on her bicycle and who was hit by a car door and sustained pelvic and dental injuries.
- $1,027,500 settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 72 year old man who was injured, and later died, after falling from the front concrete steps at the home of an acquaintance.
- $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of the estate of a pedestrian who was struck and killed by an automobile. Plaintiff was standing near the curb in front of his home in Elk Grove Village when the Defendant made an improper left turn causing the driver’s side mirror to strike Plaintiff in the back of the head. Plaintiff was clearing leaves from a storm drain on the corner by his home at the time. He sustained a closed head injury and died the following day. He was survived by four grown children.
- $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of the estate of a group home resident who was left unsupervised in the home’s kitchen where he accessed solid food, which was inconsistent with his diet. The resident choked and, ultimately, died from complications of asphyxia.
- $1,000,000 settlement on behalf of a group home resident who required assistance with activities of daily living, medication management, and demonstrated poor safety awareness. During a summertime outdoor activity at the facility, the Plaintiff suffered from heatstroke resulting in complications including sepsis and an extended ICU stay. We alleged that the Plaintiff was taking four medications that increased the likelihood of him becoming overheated or dehydrated and, as such, were contraindications for extended sun exposure.
- $950,000 settlement for the estate of a resident who died from post-operative complications after falling at the defendant nursing home.
- $900,000 settlement of a Wisconsin lawsuit on behalf of the Estate of a 56 year old man who was the victim of a fatal head-on collision after the Defendant driver attempted an illegal pass in a no-passing zone. The Defendant driver only had a $25,000 insurance policy and Wisconsin law capped the wrongful death damages at $350,000. We argued not only that the Defendant driver was delivering auto parts for the benefit of a third-party retailer, but also that the decedent experienced seconds of conscious pain and suffering both in anticipation of and following impact.
- $800,000 record settlement (Logan County, IL) on behalf of a nursing home resident who developed a pressure sore to her sacrum, requiring treatment, including multiple debridements.
- $450,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a resident who died as a result of the nursing home’s failure to treat his sacral pressure sore and to prevent it from worsening.
- $500,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a resident who was not properly care-planned to minimize his risk for dislodging his tracheostomy tube.
- $400,000 settlement on behalf of a resident who suffered two falls and two femur fractures at a nursing home.
- $395,000 settlement on behalf of a resident who lost her eye as a result of the nursing staff’s failure to administer topical antibiotics in accordance with the physician’s order.
- $350,000 settlement on behalf of the son of a resident who suffered a fall and hip fracture; the fracture was not diagnosed for two days.