In a recent Illinois auto accident case, a Cook County jury returned a verdict for $190,705 against two defendants who were responsible for the injuries suffered by a mother, Marie Tucker and her daughter Amy, age 8, who was in the back seat of the family car.
On July 8, 2006, the Tucker vehicle was stopped on Western Avenue in the City of Chicago just north of Berwyn Avenue. It was then that the Tucker car was rear-ended by the tow truck being driven by defendant Christopher Maness. The tow truck was owned and maintained by Hollywood Towing Inc. which was also a defendant in this case.
Marie Tucker, age 49, suffered a herniated disk to her lower lumbar spine. Amy, who was seat-belted in the back seat, suffered only minor injuries from the Illinois auto accident.
In this case, the defendants admitted they were at fault and also admitted that there was an agency relationship between the driver, Maness and his employer, Hollywood Towing. This left the jury with the responsibility to assess damages at trial. After deliberation, the jury found in favor of the plaintiffs as follows, $100,000 in disability to Marie; $75,000 to Marie for pain and suffering; and $10,705 for past medical expenses. The jury awarded $5,000 to Amy Tucker which included $2,272 in past medical expenses as well as $2,728 for her pain and suffering.
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