•Mark G. Poulakidas tried a wrongful death case in Cook County, Illinois where the plaintiff's attorney asked the jury for a verdict of $18,880,000. The defendant truck driver rearended and crushed the vehicle in which the decedent was a back seat passenger. The decedent survived for several hours in the intensive care unit. The decedent's wage loss exceeded $1,000,000. The wife and two children sought recovery for loss of society and loss of support. The jury returned a verdict of $7,365,00 which was a victory for the defense.