Amanda L. BrasfieldPrint Bio
Amanda is one of the firm’s most experienced trial attorneys. From medical malpractice to construction accident negligence, Amanda has obtained a number of multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts.
Amanda has worked on dozens of complicated medical malpractice cases involving birth injuries, cerebral palsy, surgical mishaps, delayed diagnosis of cancer, and missed diagnosis of conditions such as heart attack, stroke, infection, sepsis, hemorrhage, meningitis, abdominal and thoracic aortic aneurysm (AAA and TAA), and shock. From depositions through trial, Amanda works tirelessly to uncover what proper medical practices were not followed and what steps could have been taken to prevent injuries and deaths related to medical care. In each of her medical malpractice cases, Amanda works with dedication and tenacity to achieve justice for those who have been harmed by the medical providers in which they placed their trust.
In addition to her experience with medical malpractice cases, Amanda has worked on a number of complex personal injury actions involving construction site negligence, trench collapse, elevator/lift collapse, trucking accidents, auto accidents, childhood sex abuse, police misconduct and police shootings. Amanda works tirelessly to investigate and litigate her personal injury cases.
Amanda understands what it takes to bring complicated cases to trial. While she was taking night classes at Loyola University School of Law, Amanda worked full-time as a paralegal/law clerk at KJS. As a paralegal/law clerk, Amanda assisted in all aspects of preparing medical malpractice and complex personal injury cases for trial. Even prior to beginning her career as an attorney, Amanda worked on more than a dozen medical malpractice trials and a handful of complex personal injury trials, including a fatal shooting by a Chicago Police Officer which resulted in a $12.5 million dollar verdict.
As an attorney at KJS, Amanda has worked on hundreds of cases and has obtained tens of millions of dollars for her clients. Amanda is widely respected for her success at securing just compensation for her clients.
Amanda is active in local and national bar associations and has authored an annual chapter in the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association Medical Malpractice Trial Notebook for six years.
In both 2015 and 2016, Amanda was named as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers. This distinction is reserved for attorneys who have shown outstanding aptitude for the practice of law at an early stage of their career. This honor is bestowed on less than 2% of all attorneys licensed in Illinois. In addition, Amanda was designated a Rising Star by Super Lawyers, another honor reserved for less than 2.5% of attorneys.
- Illinois, 2010
Memberships & Associations
- American Association for Justice, Member
- American Bar Association, Member
- Chicago Bar Association, Member
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Member
- Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Member
- Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus, Member
- J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law, 2010
- B.A., University of Illinois, 2006
Awards and Recognition
- Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2017-Present
- Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyers, 2015-2016
Verdicts & Settlements
- $10 million, Infant injured by air embolism
- $8,587,598, Herman Calloway, Jr. v. Bovis Lend Lease, Inc. (Cook County)
- $4 million, The death of a toddler who was injured in-utero and later died
- $3.4 million, The death of a baby who was injured in-utero and later died
- $3,249,822, Dawn Kostal v. Darius Mehregan, M.D. and Pinkus Dermatopathology Laboratory, P.C. (Cook County)
- $3 million, The death of a woman from untreated valve disease and hypothyroidism
- $2.75 million, A below the knee amputation following knee replacement surgery
- $2.65 million, A girl who suffered temporary paralysis and a permanent drop-foot following scoliosis surgery
- $2.45 million, The family of a baby who died following routine surgery because of misplaced sutures in the baby’s aorta
- $2.4 million, A woman whose leg was amputated following a delay in diagnosing compartment syndrome
- $2,350,000, James Smola v. Jeffrey Sheedy, D.O. (Cook County)
- $1.93 million, Death of man from untreated AAA
- $1,750,000, Shirley Larson v. Richard Miller, M.D. and Miller Eye Center (Winnebago County)
- $1.7 million, The death of a woman from arterial dissection during an elective cardiac catheterization
- $1.5 million, The death of a man in Dekalb County from a misdiagnosed heart attack, $1.5 million
- $1.27 million, Death of man struck by truck
- $1.25 million, The family of a woman who died of internal bleeding while 8 months pregnant
- $1.1 million, The death of a woman who bled to death following removal of a surgical drain
- $1,000,000, Estate of Joan Mossberger v. Midwest Respiratory, Ltd. (Will County)
- $800,000, Mechanic crushed by truck
- $740,000, Injury during biceps tendon repair
- $400,000, Death of man at LTAC