RECORD SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS: $3.5 million dollars in the ob/gyn malpractice case of Hutchins v. Dr. Hartman, Jackson County, IL• $2.3 million dollar record verdict on top of $2.75 million dollar settlement in 2017 in the construction zone car crash case of Adams & Borum v. Terminix, Jackson County, IL• $2.4 million dollar record medical malpractice verdict in the medical malpractice wrongful death case of Yates v. Dr. Doolittle, Williamson County, IL• $1.51 million dollar record verdict in the medical malpractice injury case of Day v. Franklin Hospital, Franklin County, IL; and $900,000 dollar record verdict in the death case of Bowles v. American Legion, Gallatin County, IL VERDICTS: • Yates v. Legatus Emergency Services of Southern Illinois (medical malpractice) Williamson County Circuit Court $ 2,439,000.00. • Day v. Franklin Hospital (medical malpractice amputation) Franklin County Circuit Court $1.51 million dollars • Bowles v. New Haven American Legion(wrongful death) Gallatin County Circuit Court $941,468.31 • Greenley v. Dr. Valdez (medical malpractice amputation) Williamson County Circuit Court $800,000.00. • Pyatt v. Lawson (truck/car crash) Jackson County Circuit Court $660,000.00. • Evans v. Shannon (wrongful death teenager) Jackson County Circuit Court $500,000.00. • Johns v. Gray (car accident herniated disc) Williamson County Circuit Court $407,000.00 SETTLEMENTS: • OB/GYN medical malpractice: $3.5 million • Leg amputation medical malpractice: $1.2 million • $1.65 million settlement for perforated esophagus June 11, 2014 in Nehring v. Southern Illinois Medical Services and MAIC • Construction accident/work comp: $1.2 million • Truck-van collision/wrongful death: $1 million • Truck-car collision: $950,000.00 • Race car crash/wrongful death: confidential settlement • Heart attack/medical malpractice/injury: $750,000.00 • Heart attack/wrongful death: confidential settlement •Products liability/tire failure/broken neck: confidential settlement • Liability/injury from Barn Door: $581,000 • Car crash/herniated disc: $400,000.00 • Bus-car collision/spine injury: $387,500 • Car crash: $385,000 • Truck-car collision: $350,000 • Work comp/back injury: $300,000 • Truck-car collision: $250,000 • Fallen shelf/back injury: $265,000 • Work comp/injury: $228,474 plus hundreds of thousands of dollars for medical bills • Slip and fall/knee injury: $225,000 • Failure to protect/employer negligence: $180,000.00 • Work comp/back injury: $150,000 • Work comp/leg fracture: $125,000 • Work comp/foot fracture: $100,000
 
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Carbondale Personal Injury Attorneys
Hughes Law Firm is a full service law firm handling personal injury/wrongful death cases across Southern Illinois. We provide our clients with one-on-one service that large metropolitan firms simply cannot match. Whether you are a victim of a car crash, work injury, construction accident, medical malpractice, or product failure, we are ready to quickly and aggressively represent you and your family.
Suffering a personal injury or losing a loved one due to negligence has lifelong consequences for you and your family. These include not only financial considerations, but also uncertainty about the future.
 
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We have the financial strength and legal experience to take your case all the way through trial, forcing opposing insurance companies to negotiate with you fairly, and deal with you seriously.

Our legal team strives to do our very best to represent your interests, so that at the end of your case, you will be compensated fairly and quickly. We will take your case on a percentage fee so we are paid only when we win a settlement or verdict for you and your family. If we don’t win you don’t pay.
Selecting a personal injury law firm is an important decision, and we welcome the opportunity to talk to you about your case at any time.
 
 
 
Biographies
Mr. R. Courtney Hughes, Attorney At Law
Mr. R. Courtney Hughes has been a Trial Lawyer for Plaintiffs in Southern Illinois for over 30 years. Mr. Hughes does not represent insurance companies and he does not represent corporations or big business. Mr. Hughes represents the proverbial "little guy" to equalize the power between his "little guy" client and the big insurance company on the other side.
 
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Mr. Hughes has been the lead Plaintiff Attorney representing the victims of negligent injury or death in numerous prominent cases in Southern Illinois. Mr. Hughes has set verdict records in Southern Illinois counties. Mr. Hughes has been prominently featured in the Southern Illinois media regarding such cases as the September 2017 verdict in the Jackson County, Illinois case of Adams and Borum v. Terminix wherein a Terminix company driver caused a rear end crash in a construction zone injuring two (2) state workers. One of the workers settled his case against Terminix the night before closing arguments for the sum of $2.75 million dollars. The other Plaintiff went to verdict resulting in an award of$2,366,779.28 in compensatory damages plus $2,500.00 in punitive damages against the driver individually. In Holmes v. City of Marion, Mr. Hughes filed suit against the City of Marion police department for shooting the innocent hostage during a hostage scenario. The Holmes case in Williamson County, Illinois resulted in a confidential settlement. The Yates v. Legates Emergency Services of Southern Illinois case was a wrongful death medical malpractice case against an emergency room physician and ER company. In Yates, the Williamson County, Illinois jury returned a verdict in November 2013 of$2.439 million dollars in one of the largest wrongful death malpractice verdicts in Williamson County history. The verdict exceeded the insurance coverage of the doctor but the insurance company paid the verdict in full by May 14, 2014. The case of Day v. Franklin Hospital resulted in a medical malpractice verdict record of over $1.51 million dollars in Franklin County Circuit Court, Benton, Illinois involving a partial foot amputation. The Roznowski v. Mt. Vernon Raceway case was a race car accident where a race car vaulted into the spectator stands from the race track killing two persons and injuring others. The Roznowski case ended with a confidential settlement. In the case of Snyder v. Franklin County Sheriff Mr. Hughes settled a wrongful death case arising out of the medical malpractice of a prison nurse caring for a county jail inmate. Mr. Hughes tried a wrongful death case in Shawneetown, Gallatin County, Illinois due to the decapitation death of a spectator after an explosion during a replica cannon event. That wrongful death trial resulted in the largest wrongful death verdict in Gallatin County history in Bowles v. New Haven American Legion.
In 2012 Mr. Hughes secured an excess insurance coverage settlement for a medical malpractice uterine perforation injury case of$3.5 million dollars in the case of Hutchins v. New Horizons Ob-Gyn Clinic in Carbondale, Jackson County, Illinois. The insurance coverage was originally only $2 million dollars but Mr. Hughes forced the insurance company to pay $3.5 million dollars or face an excess jury verdict in Jackson County, Illinois.
 
 
In the 2014 case of Clara and George Nehring v. Southern Illinois Medical Services (MAIC) Mr. Hughes secured a settlement of$ 1.65 million in a case where Mrs. Clara Nehring suffered a perforated esophagus during a Laparoscopic Nissen Fundoplication surgery at Memorial Hospital of Carbondale.
Mr. Hughes is a trial attorney who has secured millions and millions of dollars of verdicts and settlements for his clients over his 32 year career. He prides himself on being prepared to promptly try any lawsuit he has filed if the adverse insurance company refuses to compensate his clients. Literally, dozens of attorneys every year refer Mr. Hughes car crash cases; slip and fall serious injury cases; medical malpractice cases; wrongful death cases; etc. for him to file suit and try due to his reputation and aggressive style against insurance companies. Mr. Hughes counts the following as his additional accomplishments and memberships:
  • Member Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the American Bar Association and the American Association for Justice formally known as the American Trial Lawyers Association.
  • Former president of the Jackson County Bar Association and a former committee member for United States Magistrate Reappointment Investigation.
  • Licensed to practice law in the state of Illinois and has been admitted pro hac vice to practice in Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana. Mr. Hughes practices before the Illinois Appellate Court, the Illinois Supreme Court and before the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois.
  • Academic scholarship winner at Southern Illinois University as an undergraduate where he graduated with a B.S. Degree in Finance in 1982 with a minor emphasis in accounting and business.
  • Academic scholarship winner and a member of the law review at Southern Illinois University Law School where he graduated in 1985.
  • Proud of the fact that he put himself through seven years straight of college and law school by working during summers as a truck driver and factory worker and lifeguard and then working during the school year as a law clerk.
 
 
Mr. L. Douglas Gill, Attorney At Law
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Doug Gill grew up in Effingham, Illinois, and went on active duty in the United States Navy after graduating from high school there in 1980. He stayed in the Navy where he worked as an electronic technician until 1993. Doug was honorably discharged and went back to school to further his post-secondary education. While in the Navy, Doug had earned an associate of science degree in electronic engineering technology from Pensacola Junior College in his off-duty time. In 1994 he joined the Illinois Army National Guard and continued to serve his country in that capacity until he retired in July of 2001. In 1995, Doug graduated magna cum laude from Eastern Illinois University with a major in political science and a minor in pre-law. He obtained his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1998 and was licensed to practice law the same year.
 
After his first year of law school, Doug worked as a law clerk at a Carbondale, Illinois, law firm where he continued to work as an associate attorney after he graduated from law school. He tried his first case to a jury during the second year he was licensed to practice law and has since tried several cases before a jury and judge. In 2001, Doug started his own general practice law firm in Carbondale where he eventually concentrated on litigation mostly in the areas of plaintiff's personal injury and workers' compensation. He worked at Gill Law Firm until 2007, at which time he and two other attorneys formed Southern Illinois Law Center, LLC. In 2014, Doug associated himself with R Courtney Hughes at Hughes Law Firm and continues to concentrate his practice in the areas of personal injury litigation and Worker's Compensation.

Doug is a current member and past President of the Jackson County Bar Association. He is also a currently a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, A.A.J., Illinois Trial Lawyer's Association and is the Vice President and a Master in the Southern Illinois Inn of Court. Doug is licensed to practice in the state courts of Illinois, the United States Supreme Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He is active in his community and his church. Doug served as a board member and secretary of Twin Lakes Homeowners Association where he resides in Carterville, Illinois. He has served as a Jackson County election judge and has volunteere to judge several moot court competitions.