Workplace 2 min read
Melanie J. VanOverloop
Melanie VanOverloop is a Partner at Rapoport, Weisberg & Sims P.C., who has spent her entire career prosecuting personal injury cases including medical malpractice, construction negligence, product liability and trucking liability cases. Melanie has extensive courtroom experience and has tried numerous cases to verdict, with successes in counties all across Illinois.
Melanie has proven to be a fierce advocate for her clients. Over her career she has obtained several record breaking settlements and verdicts for her clients. Early in her career she focused on representing union tradesmen who were injured on construction sites, oftentimes due to the negligence of a general contractor. She learned the importance of prioritizing safety on a job site and how an unsafe work environment can lead to catastrophic injuries and tragically, even death. Recently, she was part of a team that obtained a $7,600,000 settlement on behalf of a group of tradesmen who were poisoned by lead.
As a mother of two, Melanie brings a female's perspective to nursing home abuse, wrongful death and medical malpractice cases. She has represented women who have suffered from traumatic births that have led to injury to the mother or her child. She helped obtain an over $4,000,000 settlement to benefit a young child whose mother died due to the negligence of a Chicago hospital and doctor. While understanding that no amount of money can replace a loved one lost due to negligence, Melanie works to ensure surviving family members and children have the financial support they need in the future. The combination of Melanie's compassion and tenacity drives her to achieve winning results for her clients.