In Velarde v. Illinois Central R.R., No. 1-02-1859 (1st Dist., November 8, 2004), the defendants took issue with various statements in the plaintiffs' closing argument. For example, the plaintiffs' lawyer argued as follows about a railroad collision leading to brain damage in one of the plaintiffs, Lilia Apulello:
Lil[ia] Apulello will not get her life back. Lil[ia] Apulello will not get her brain back. Her husband will not get his wife back. Her sister won't get her sister back.
The defendants also took issue with other parts of the closing argument. However, defendants' counsel failed to object at trial, a fact that figured into the appellate court's decision to affirm the judgment.