Our Chicago personal injury lawyers were pleased to read that justice was attained on behalf of a man who was rendered tetraplegic – with no use of his lower extremities and partial use of his upper extremities – following a tragic accident on a Chicago expressway.
Every time a driver gets behind the wheel of a car, he or she is accepting responsibility for the safety of everyone else on the road. Although accidents can and do happen, when a driver’s negligent behaviors or careless actions lead to the injury or death of another person, the negligent driver must be held accountable.
In this particular case, the defendants admitted liability for the crash ton the Eden’s Expressway, so the Cook County jury was left only to determine damages. In Chicago personal injury cases, when defendants are found to be liable for the harm caused, they may be made to pay compensatory damages to put the victim back in the position he or she was in before the injury occurred. This includes covering medical and hospital expenses, and in more serious cases, compensating the victim for a loss of normal life or lost wages. In some cases when the driver’s errors are egregious, he or she may also be made to pay punitive damages, which serve to punish him or her and to send a message to other drivers in the same position to be more careful in the future.
Prior to the jury verdict being returned, attorneys from either side reached a high-low agreement of $25 million to $50 million. A high-low agreement is a contract between parties in a personal injury case, which ensures that, no matter what the amount of damages the jury returns, the lowest amount that can be received by the victim, and the highest amount the defendant may be made to be paid are predetermined. As a result, when the Cook County jury awarded $23 million in damages, the final award was $25 million.
Injuries suffered as a result of these types of accidents can be severe and life altering. Our Chicago personal injury lawyers have successfully handled nearly every type of motor vehicle negligence case and recovered millions of dollars in accident lawsuit verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. Our attorneys have both the experience and knowledge to handle even the most complex car accident lawsuits.
In fact, our attorneys obtained $6.5 million settlement in a trucking accident case for the family of a 32-year-old woman who was killed when their pick-up truck was rear-ended by a semi-truck. Our client and his son both suffered significant personal injuries in the collision. The defendant truck driver was found to be under the influence of marijuana and operating an over-loaded, unsafe truck. In violation of federal regulations, the defendant truck owners failed to drug-screen or perform background checks on their drivers.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a motor vehicle accident that is the result of another driver’s negligent behavior, contact an attorney to better understand your rights under the law.