Nasrath Sawa-Malik, 52, was driving northbound on Interstate 55 (Stevenson Expressway) on June 18, 2010 when her car was rear-ended by a car driven by the defendant, Terry Cornwell, which struck Sawa-Malik’s car at a high rate of speed. The impact caused Sawa-Malik to crash into the vehicle ahead of her.
The plaintiff sustained soft tissue injury to her neck and back. She underwent injections recommended for pain. Sawa-Malik maintained that before this car crash and her injuries, she accepted a contract to work as an Arabic interpreter for a U.S. defense contractor at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Sawa-Malik said she was about to start the new job at the time of the crash but was unable to do so because of her injuries.
Cornwell admitted liability, but argued that Sawa-Malik could not prove her lost income for the translator job that she had never started. Cornwell did not attend the trial.