If you were injured in a car accident, the bills can begin to rack up quickly- medical bills for treatment related to injuries that you suffered, auto repair bills for your damaged property, and many others. Plus, the pain that you are suffering from might preclude you from being able to go back to work to pay for these bills. In these times, many turn to the legal system to compensate them for the wrong that was done to them. Facial injuries are just one of the many of the harms that might befall upon you in a car crash but they also can be one of the most traumatic. It might permanently change your ability to work, your appearance, and your quality of life. Competent representation can fight for you in a lawsuit and work to get you the most compensation that you deserve. Below we have assembled some statistics and case summaries to give you an idea of what plaintiffs like you have been able to achieve through jury award or settlement. However, every case is different, and it is important that you call us today so that we can explain to you how the law affects your circumstances.ILLINOIS PLAINTIFFS’ RECOVERY IN CAR ACCIDENTS INVOLVING FACIAL INJURIES (1994-2014)
Here are some major takeaways from accident cases involving facial injuries around Illinois:
- Illinois plaintiffs with facial injuries from car accidents collected larger returns than Illinois norms in other categories of injuries. 5% took home more than $5 million. Comparatively, only 3% of herniated disk plaintiffs and no knee plaintiffs took home this much. Additionally, twice as much took home something between $1 and $50,000 than did those who took home nothing. This is one of the better ratios for car accident case plaintiffs.
- Facial injuries are one of the most common forms of harms suffered in Illinois car accidents, maybe because of the multitude of ways in which the face can get hurt in a crash (i.e. windshield, airbag, dashboard, etc.)
- Again, Illinois followed the national norm because trial was preferred often to settlement in these kinds of cases.
- The most popular counties for these cases included Cook, Kane, DuPage, Lake, Will, Madison, McHenry, St. Clair, Winnebago, DeKalb, and Peoria.
- The median recovery of Illinois car accident plaintiffs with knee injuries was roughly $45,000 and only about a quarter of plaintiffs made more than $100,000.
Below is a table that breaks down all Illinois car accident cases where a form of facial injury was the main or significant harm by county and award or settlement size. The number represents the percentage of cases with the associated award or settlement that each county had; thus, the total comes to 100 percent and, for instance, 13% of Illinois facial injury cases where in Cook County and had no recovery.
CASE SUMMARIES AND HIGHLIGHTS
Below we have listed some case summaries to give you an indication of why some plaintiffs were more successful than others in obtaining recovery:
CASE NAME: SANELLO v. VIDAKOVICH
RECOVERY: $1,250,000 JURY AWARD
The plaintiff in this case was a pizza deliveryman in his early 20’s. He was a passenger in a non-party’s car when the defendant’s vehicle made left turn in the middle of an intersection and ran smack into the broad side of the car he was in. The incident left him with a broken nose and multiple facial lacerations that eventually gave him permanent scars. He claimed he already did and would need more surgeries, including plastic surgery, to recover. In the suit surrounding this crash, the jury found for the passenger-plaintiff and awarded him $1,250,000 for pain and suffering.
CASE NAME: STRZYZ v. LAPETITE ACADEMY INC.
RECOVERY: $1,570,000 SETTLEMENT
This bizarre incident began when the plaintiff started directing traffic in the middle of a busy intersection. She was doing this in her role as a community police officer. As the defendant’s vehicle passed the plaintiff, its mirror clipped her back and forced her to fall forward onto the ground seriously injuring her face. She was left with several broken bones around her nose and many facial lacerations. Naturally, she sued the driver for negligence. She argued that the defendant was driving too fast while not keeping properly alert or yielding to pedestrians. Faced with the heavy cost and time involved at trial, the defendant sought settlement and both sides arrived at $1,750,000 as an appropriate sum.
CASE NAME: JAROS vs. CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY
RECOVERY: $2,600,000 JURY AWARD
The plaintiff in this case was an off-duty Chicago police officer. She was sitting in a car that was parked when a Chicago Transit Authority bus approached it from behind and, instead of peacefully passing, crashed right into its rear. The force of the collision sent her flying into the front of the car she was sitting in and caused her great harm. She broke bones in her face, finger, and back and claimed that this prevented her from returning to work as well as caused her significant medical damages. The defendant retorted that her injuries were embellished and another incident was to blame for her inability to work as a cop again; however, this did not stop them from offering the plaintiff more and more money as their pre-trial settlement offers increased from $500,000 to $900,000. Unsatisfied with these amounts, the cop brought the matter to trial where she was awarded $2,600,000.
CASE NAME: SOLIMINI v. THOMAS
This automobile incident involved about five cars. It began when one rear-ended the back of another and that set off a chain reaction that ultimately ended up in sending the plaintiff’s car into a tailspin. As a result of this, she suffered numerous fractures and laceration across her face as well as a broken elbow. Ultimately, she charged several of the drivers involved in the accident with negligence for failing to slow down, use proper signals, or stay alert to avoid crashing. The jury found several of them at fault and awarded her a combined sum of $2,450,000 across the following categories:
- Past and Future Medical:
- Lost Wage:
- Pain and Suffering:
CASE NAME: KRESIN v. SEARS & ROEBUCK CO
A 73-year-old retired woman was walking across a driveway when a Sears driver backed up and hit her. She was actually trapped under the car for some time before she could be let out. In the process, she suffered multiple facial and skull fractures and lacerations as well as blindness among other serious injuries. At trial, she claimed the driver was negligent in hitting her and the company was negligent in hiring and supervising the driver. The only defense Sears could mount was that the pedestrian should have kept a better watch while walking, but this did not work on the jury in the face of such devastating injuries. It awarded the woman $15,700,000 broken down in the following manner:
- Past and Future Medical:
- Lost Wage: