Illinois Jury Verdict in Rear-End Collision Results in $33,287 Verdict

On Aug. 7, 2013, Jessica Williams, 27, was stopped in traffic on eastbound Route 143 at the intersection with Blackburn Road in Edwardsville, Ill. The defendant, 29-year-old Jacob Smith, rear-ended the car she was driving. She sustained soft tissue injuries that required chiropractic treatment resulting in a total of $13,287 in medical expenses. Williams contended that the defendant, Smith, had a duty to exercise reasonable care and caution to avoid the crash and that he chose not to follow the rules of the road.

The defendant denied that Williams was injured in this collision.

Before trial, Smith’s insurance company offered $11,000 to settle the case. The jury was asked to return a verdict of $50,000.

The jury’s verdict of $33,287 was made up of the following damages:

  • $13,287 for medical expenses;
  • $5,000 for past pain and suffering;
  • $5,000 for future pain and suffering;
  • $5,000 for past loss of normal life;
  • $5,000 for future loss of normal life.

The attorney successfully handling this lawsuit was Matthew P. Young.

At this jury trial, the plaintiff’s treating internist and chiropractor were called to testify on her behalf.

Jessica Williams v. Jacob Smith, No. 15 L 918 (Madison County, Ill.).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling car accident lawsuits, rear-end crash cases, truck accident cases, bicycle accident cases and motorcycle accident cases 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 Rolling Meadows, Hoffman Estates, Calumet City, Worth, Alsip, Blue Island, South Holland, Flossmoor, Olympia Fields, Chicago (Wicker Park, Logan Square, Rogers Park, West Rogers Park, Albany Park, South Shore, Bronzeville, South Loop), River Grove, Barrington and Elmhurst, Ill.

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