Champaign County Personal Injury Awards, Settlements & Case Valuations

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY, IL INJURY LITIGATION

While lawyers, especially young lawyers, spend enormous amounts of time attempting to master the law at the state level, this is not the whole ballgame. They must also be masters of the minor leagues as well, so to speak. Lawyers must be cognizant and versant in the procedures and histories of various county jurisdictions as well. 

Most plaintiffs will expect a detailed explanation of how the local rules and procedures will affect their chance at compensation. Champaign County is not the most frequent of settings for Illinois litigation but this does not make it any less important. 

Thus, this section of out website will tell you what you need to know about personal injury law in Champaign County: processes, statistics, and case valuations broken down by different case types. Of course, you might think of additional issues beyond what we mention. On these topics or any that we discuss, feel free to contact us to speak with a qualified attorney. Someone from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers would be happy to help you!

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY STATISTICS CONCERNING PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

Past figures by themselves should never completely determine any of your decisions or predictions with respect to present or future litigation. However, that does not mean that they are useless. They are more effective when indexed by the kind of injury and accident. We set out returns (by jury award and settlement amount) from past Illinois plaintiffs in the following tables.

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
0%
50%
0%
0%
25%
0%
0%
0%
25%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CAR ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
20%
13%
13%
7%
7%
0%
0%
27%
14%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY TRUCK ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
0%
20%
20%
0%
40%
0%
20%
0%
0%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY BIKE ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
17%
42%
25%
8%
0%
0%
8%
0%
0%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
0%
29%
42%
29%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY DOG ATTACK AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
0%
13%
38%
13%
0%
0%
0%
0%
38%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY PRODUCTS LIABILITY AWARD RANGE (APPROXIMATE)
AWARD RANGE
$0
$1-$49,999
$50,000-$99,999
$100,000-$199,999
$200,000-$499,999
$500,000-$999,999
$1,000,000-$1,999,999
$2,000,000-5,000,000
>$5,000,000
% OF PLAINTIFFS
33%
0%
11%
0%
0%
0%
11%
0%
45%

CHAMPAIGN COUNTY PROFILE

In this part, we want to set out some representative statistics to brighten the picture of what Lake County litigation looks like. It is not a complete set of statistics but they should guide you as you work with your attorney to estimate what you can receive through a lawsuit and how to best go about bringing a case.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • Median recovery for medical malpractice victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $15,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered a little under half as much-about 40%.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 3% of all Illinois medical malpractice cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County medical malpractice cases, approximately 28% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate of about 20% less.

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CAR ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for car accident victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $33,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 10% less.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 6% of all Illinois car crash cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County car accident cases, approximately 62% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate of about 14% more.

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TRUCK ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for truck accident victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $50,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 50% less.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 7% of all Illinois truck accident cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County truck collision cases, approximately 74% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate of about 36% more.

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BIKE ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for bike accident victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $32,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 3% more.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 4% of all Illinois bike accident cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County bike crash cases, approximately 62% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 34% more.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for motorcycle accident victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $42,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 5% more.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 5% of all Illinois motorcycle accident cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County motorcycle collision cases, approximately 50% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 18% more.

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DOG ATTACKS
  • Median recovery for dog attack victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $31,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 7% less.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 12% of all Illinois dog attack cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County dog bite attack cases, approximately 63% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 17% more.

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NURSING HOME
  • Median recovery for nursing home victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $48,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 63% less.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 4% of all Illinois nursing home cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County nursing home negligence cases, approximately 65% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 18% more.
PRODUCTS LIABILITY
  • Median recovery for product liability victims in CHAMPAIGN County was approximately $43,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately three-times less than their statewide counterparts.
  • CHAMPAIGN County had 3% of all Illinois product liability cases
  • Within these CHAMPAIGN County product defect cases, approximately 63% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 21% more.
CHAMPAIGN COUNTY CASE SUMMARIES

NAME: LIBMAN VS. CARLE HOSPITAL
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 1990
INJURIES: BROKEN HIP
TYPE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
AWARD: $260,103 JURY AWARD

This case kicked off when a 79-year-old female hospital resident fell out of her bed. In fact, this was the second time she did so while under the care of Carle Hospital. On the second fall, she broke her hip and decided to sue. Her suit alleged that the hospital inadequately cared for her by not putting in siderails or adequately monitoring her. 

The defendant hospital claimed that it was the woman’s fault because she tried getting up without asking for help which she was instructed to do. Despite the strong arguments of the defendant, the jury still awarded the woman $260,103 in damages.

NAME: RAVANH VS. PROVENA
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
INJURIES: BRAIN INJURY
TYPE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
AWARD: $12,000,000 SETTLEMENT

The patient in this case was a 25-year-old woman who had recently gone into labor. The treating physicians incorrectly gave her an epidural injection of Sufenta into the subarachnoid area of her body. This had severe consequences. She suffered brain damage

Through her personal injury lawyers, she brought a suit against the doctors who supervised the procedure as well as the facility that employed them. The complaint alleged that the defendants were negligent and committed malpractice when they performed the injection. 

Therefore, according to their reasoning, they should be liable to the young woman for the extensive injuries and damages that resulted. This case was pretty open and shut and the defendants realized this so they proposed a settlement prior to trial. The woman received $12,000,000 in a private settlement.

NAME: SUH VS. GERKE
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2004
INJURIES: NECK/BACK STRAIN; MYOFASCIAL SYNDROME
TYPE: CAR ACCIDENT
AWARD: $136,703

The plaintiff in this lawsuit was a passenger in a car that was stopped at a light. Suddenly, a car came from behind and rear-ended the vehicle she was in and seriously injured her. She suffered a neck and back sprain and experienced myofascial pain disorder. In the suit that she eventually filed against the driver that caused the accident, she alleged he was negligent by failing to slow down, stay alert, and avoid the crash. 

She alleged various damages related to the injuries that she sustained. The defendant could not deny that he was at fault but disagreed over the amount of compensation that he should have to pay. Therefore, only this issue went to the jury and they settled on $136,703:

  • Medical:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $82,453
  • $17,500
  • $36,750
  • $136,703

NAME: MILLER VS. HORIZON
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 1992
TYPE: CAR ACCIDENT
AWARD: $3,220,000

The victim of this car accident was 72 years old. He was driving along a slow and quiet road in Champaign, Illinois when another car came through the same intersection and broadsided him. Due to the crash, the man required around-the-clock care and could only eat through a tube. 

He sued the other driver and the driver’s employer under the theory of vicarious liability. The defendant tried to argue that he had the right-of-way and that the plaintiff was speeding; however, the jury had the final say on fault and they decided that the defendant should have yielded to the plaintiff. The defendants were forced to give the elderly man $3,220,000 in damages.

NAME: PYON VS. GERKE
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2004
TYPE: CAR ACCIDENT
INJURY: BACK/NECK STRAIN
AWARD: $65,683

A woman was stopped in traffic at a toll booth when a car slammed into her vehicle. The rear-end collision left her with significant pain in the back and neck. She brought a lawsuit against the driver to recover for her injuries. Her complaint sought recovery on the grounds that the defendant driver operated his car negligently and should have slowed down and stayed alert enough to avoid the crash. 

The defendant’s response agreed that he was at fault but denied the amount of damages that the woman thought she was entitled to; additionally, he contended that most of her injuries came from a prior accident. Therefore, the only issue the jury had to decide was damages and the number they came back with was $65,583:

  • Medical:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $23,083
  • $10,000
  • $32,500
  • $65,583
NAME: DALTON VS. KEY
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2006
TYPE: DOG ATTACK
INJURY: FACIAL SCARRING
AWARD: $35,000 JURY AWARD

Here, a dog attacked a 12-year-old girl. The child was invited over to the home where the incident occurred by a friend and the friend’s dog savagely accosted her. She sustained terrible scars across the face and several other injuries all over her body. 

She sued the dog’s owners (the parents of the friend) and argued that they should have better secured the dog so that it could not attack guests. The defendants denied that they did anything wrong and conjured the argument that they could not be responsible for the actions of an animal-even their own! The jury awarded the victim $35,000 for her pain and suffering.

NAME: BRYNE VS. CARLE FOUNDATION HOSPITAL
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
TYPE: CAR ACCIDENT
INJURY: DEATH
AWARD: $62,000

This wrongful death action was brought on behalf of a man who died from toxic fume inhalation (toxic encephalopathy). His representatives alleged that the paint he was working with as a construction worker contained harmful chemicals that led to this condition and that the manufacturers were responsible for his death. 

The defendant manufacturer denied that it was responsible or that its product was in any way deficient. The jury came down on the side of the decedent and awarded his estate $62,000.

NAME: MACKLANBURG VS. VARGAS
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2007
INJURIES: HERNIATED DISC
TYPE: TRUCK ACCIDENT
AWARD: $41,600

This incident involved a head-on collision between a pickup truck and a tractor-trailer. The driver of the latter alleged that the pickup driver was responsible for the crash and claimed to suffer a herniated disc and nerve damage in his arms and hands from the collision. 

He filed a negligence lawsuit in Champaign County, Illinois to recover for these injuries. The defendant refused to admit fault or the extent of the plaintiff’s damages so the controversy proceeded to trial. In typical fashion, the jury believed the aggrieved party and gave the plaintiff $41,600 in compensation.

NAME: MARTINEZ VS. BRENCO
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2000
INJURIES: DEATH
TYPE: TRUCK ACCIDENT
AWARD: $2,000,000 SETTLEMENT

This accident involved three cars. Two automobiles crashed into each other head on and then a tractor-trailer slammed broadside into the one that veered out of its lane. The driver of the car was pronounced dead on the scene. His estate sued the truck driver and the driver’s employer, arguing that he was acting in the course of his employment. 

The lawsuit complained that the defendant driver failed to keep a proper lookout, was driving at an unreasonable speed, and had shoddy tires that were unfit for driving. Also, it argued that the employer was also liable because of its negligent hiring and supervision of the driver in question. The defendants did not admit to any of these allegations. 

However, fearing the prospect of a sympathetic jury (the decedent was a father to a child that was also injured in the accident), they decided to settle and offered the plaintiffs $2,000,000. They accepted.

NAME: MCCALL VS. WILSON
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2002
TYPE: BIKE ACCIDENT
INJURY: HERNIATED DISC; BACK/NECK STRAINS
AWARD: $35,000 JURY AWARD

This lawsuit started when an automobile clipped a woman as she was riding down a public road. The force of the collision gave herniated her disc and caused her severe back and neck strains, among other injuries. She sued the driver for negligence and argued that he drove too fast, did not keep alert, and did not keep enough distance between the two. 

The defendant shot back that the woman’s injuries were from a preexisting condition and that he was not even responsible for the accident. The issue went all the way through trial where the jury eventually found that the plaintiff was entitled to relief. She obtained $35,000 in compensation:

  • Medical:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Loss of Normal Life:
  • Total:
  • $9,000
  • $12,000
  • $14,000
  • $35,000

NAME: LUCAS VS. FINK
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2003
TYPE: BIKE ACCIDENT
INJURY: LUMBAR STRAIN
AWARD: $8,768 JURY AWARD

This unfortunate incident involved a bike and car crash. A little girl was riding her bicycle through an intersection when a car that was turning left ran right the child. As a result, she suffered a lumbar strain and a subsequent reduction in the quality of her life. 

She sued the automobile driver for negligence and charged that the defendant should have yielded to her and otherwise avoided the collision. The defendant responded by defending her actions and disputing the nature of the child’s harms. The jury split the matter down the middle by awarded both sides fifty percent of the blame. The plaintiff received $8,768:

  • Medical:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $3,268
  • $2,500
  • $3,000
  • $8,768

NAME: ZNANIECKI VS. THOMAS
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2003
TYPE: MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
INJURY: CONTUSIONS; LACERATIONS
AWARD: $13,376

This incident involved a motorcyclist and a car driver. The former was travelling north through an intersection when a car coming east ran right him. As a result, he suffered multiple lacerations and contusions all over his body. He sued the car driver for negligence and contended that the latter did not keep a sufficient lookout, drove too fast, and should have yielded to him. 

The defendant driver disagreed on these counts as well as the extent of damages that the plaintiff claimed. After trial, the jury deliberated and returned a verdict in the victim’s favor for $13,376 but this was approximately three times less than what the plaintiff demanded:

  • Medical:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $2,885
  • $10,000
  • $491
  • $13,376

NAME: SHAW VS. MARTIN
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 2007
TYPE: MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
INJURY: BROKEN STERNUM
AWARD: $50,000 JURY AWARD

Here, a truck ran right into the side of a motorcycle driver and caused a collision. The motorcyclist was carrying a passenger and it was she that brought this lawsuit against the trucker. 

At court, she argued that the defendant driver and his employer were responsible for her injuries (a broken sternum and reduced quality of life) because of their negligence. They both refused to concede on any point but it was to their loss because the jury sided with the woman to the favor of $50,000.

NAME: CAMPBELL VS. SUNOCO
COUNTY: CHAMPAIGN
YEAR: 1991
TYPE: DOG ATTACK
INJURY: BROKEN ANKLE; CONTUSIONS
AWARD: $10,000 JURY AWARD

A man in his mid-thirties was attacked as he entered a service station. He suffered a broken ankle and multiple contusions all over his body. He sued the proprietor and made the case that defender had the duty to warn him of any dangers that might arise upon his entrance. 

The owner refused this logic and denied that he had prior knowledge of the animal’s dangerous propensities. The jury awarded the plaintiff $10,000.

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