For over 15 years Parag has been advocating for the rights of those injured due to negligence as well as those injured on the job. With over 30 jury verdicts to his name, he has successfully recovered millions of dollars for his clients.
Parag joined Gardi & Haught in 2016 after spending 8 years as the head of the workers’ compensation at a top Chicago Loop injury firm. He brings his wealth of experience and contacts to Schaumburg, but continues to litigate cases downtown. Parag makes his home in the Northwest Suburbs with his wife and two children.
Some of Parag’s recent representative awards and settlements include:
- A $2,000,000 combined settlement for two non-union laborers who were injured when bricks fell on them while they were working at a demolition worksite. One suffered a neck injury requiring a fusion surgery and the other underwent shoulder surgery.
- A $400,000 workers’ compensation trial award for a plumbing piece assembler who injured her neck while working with a wrench. Her employer refused to provide her any benefits even after she had two major neck surgeries. This case was appealed all the way to the Illinois Appellate Court, with the Plaintiff being victorious at every stage.
- $400,000 personal injury award for a 43-year-old physician who underwent shoulder surgery after being struck by a car while riding his bicycle.
- A $305,000 settlement for a union carpenter who suffered a low back injury while lifting a cabinet. Parag was able to secure this settlement despite the employee suffering a unrelated back injury just one month before his injury at work.
- $305,000 workers’ compensation award for a 55-year-old union carpenter who underwent 2 back surgeries.
- A $200,000 settlement for a 67-year-old man that slipped and fell on a strawberry that was on the floor of a grocery store. He sustained a fractured kneecap but recovered 100% within a year of his accident.
- $240,000 workers’ compensation award for a 60-year-old truck driver who underwent surgery on a previously injured shoulder.
- $188,000 workers’ compensation award for a 64-year-old bartender who underwent a single level lumbar fusion surgery.
- A $133,000 jury trial verdict against the City of Chicago for a 66-year-old woman who tripped and fell in a plaza near a CTA train station, sustaining a fractured thigh bone. The City made no settlement offer prior to the verdict.
- A $131,500 arbitration award for a 63-year-old woman who was struck by a car while crossing the street. She sustained a neck injury that did not require surgery.
- $105,000 personal injury maximum policy limit award for a 36-year-old gas station clerk who suffered a broken nose and leg fracture while asleep as a passenger in a drunk driver’s vehicle. The driver did not have insurance, so we had to convince the vehicle-owner’s insurance company that they were liable.
- $100,000 personal injury maximum policy limit award for a 73-year-old pedestrian who underwent a knee replacement after being struck by a car in a parking lot.
- $100,000 personal injury maximum policy limit award for a 68-year-old woman who underwent wrist surgery after getting t-boned at an intersection.
- $99,000 workers’ compensation award for a 68-year-old janitor who underwent shoulder surgery.
- $95,000 personal injury award for a 27-year-old engineer who underwent emergency wrist surgery after a intersection motor vehicle collision. The client was originally being sued by the other driver for causing the accident.
- $90,000 personal injury award for a 70-year-old bus driver who aggravated a back condition that required pain management but no surgery.
- $65,000 workers’ compensation award for a 41-year-old prison guard who tore his bicep tendon taking down a prisoner. He was able to return to work without any restrictions.
- $40,000 personal injury award for a 35-year-old consultant who fractured her elbow after slipping and falling on water dripping from the ceiling in her own apartment.
Parag graduated with honors in 2002 from the University of Miami School of Law. He earned his undergraduate degree from Washington University in St. Louis, where he studied Political Science, Business, and Spanish.
Community & Professional Experience:
Throughout his legal career, Parag has fought for the rights of those wrongfully injured at work and by the negligence of others. With over 30 jury trial verdicts, he has the experience that many attorneys claim but only few actually have.
In addition to his jury trial experience, Parag has been successfully argued cases in Federal Court as well as the 1st and 2nd District Appellate Courts of Illinois. Parag handles cases in Cook, Lake, Will, DuPage, and Kane Counties.
Parag has been named as an “Emerging Lawyer” by Leading Lawyers, an honor bestowed upon the top 2% of attorneys in Illinois. He routinely lectures before other attorneys, physicians, nurses, and union members at continuing education seminars and meetings. He also volunteers his time teaching inner-city youths through the Constitutional Rights Foundation of Chicago. He has served as a Vice President with the South Asian Bar Association of Chicago and is an active member of the Illinois Trial Lawyer Association.