$400,000 Jury Verdict in Failure to Maintain Control of Vehicle in Rear-End Crash

Svetlana Vitus, 33, was operating her motor vehicle with her two minor daughters as passengers when she stopped for pedestrians at a crosswalk near a park. Zachary Ripsom was driving a van owned by the Southern Oregon Education Service District; the van rear-ended Vitus’s vehicle.

Vitus lost consciousness after the crash and was taken to a hospital where she was diagnosed as having suffered a concussion and whiplash.

For the next three years, she required conservative care, including physical therapy, chiropractic treatment, and acupuncture, and she received an epidural injection.

Vitus suffers from pain and headaches and will likely require surgery to address annular tears to her cervical spine.

Her medical expenses were approximately $40,000.  Vitus, who is a nurse, has reduced her work hours to two days per week and has returned to school to become a family nurse practitioner.

She sued Southern Oregon Education Service District, alleging liability for Ripsom’s choosing not to keep a proper lookout and to maintain control of his motor vehicle.

The jury signed a verdict for more than $400,000.

Vitus’s attorneys presented experts in orthopedic surgery and forensic epidemiology. In the report of this case, there was no mention that Vitus’s minor daughters were injured or brought a claim.

The attorneys representing Vitus were Faith M. Morse and David Linthorst.

Vitus v Southern Oregon Education Service District, No. 18CV05054 (Or. Cir. Ct. Jackson County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling rear-end motor vehicle crash lawsuits, spinal injury cases, traumatic brain injury lawsuits, catastrophic injury cases and bicycle accident lawsuits for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Villa Park, Hinsdale, Glen Ellyn, Wheaton, Berwyn, Bridgeview, Burbank, Evergreen Park, Bolingbrook, Burr Ridge, Alsip, Tinley Park, Country Club Hills, Chicago (Englewood, South Side, Little Village, Logan Square, Lakeview, Rogers Park, Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Lincoln Park, Near North Side, Old Town), River Grove, Elmwood Park, Stone Park, Melrose Park, Maywood and Hillside, Ill.

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