Brain Injury Pedestrian Accident Case Valuation in Illinois

Illinois Pedestrian Accident Settlements, Verdicts & Case Valuation for Brain Injuries

Pedestrians are also seriously vulnerable to head injuries. Cars, equipment and other objects can come flying by and harm you in a number of ways as the following cases demonstrate. Below are some summaries of Illinois pedestrian accident cases involving brain injury as compiled by Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers. 

If you have a situation involving a pedestrian accident injury, we invite you to contact our office for a free review of your case. As with all of our cases, you can talk to an attorney without cost or obligation as we only charge a fee when there is a recovery for you.

FRASER VS. BJORK; COOK COUNTY; $495,850 JURY AWARD
Celeste Fraser went to take her dog out on a cold winter night, but, unfortunately, she got more than she bargained for. As she tried to cross the street within the crosswalk a car turned right and crashed into her. The force of the collision threw her to the ground and gave her a torn ACL and several cerebral contusions. 

She sued the driver for negligence and argued that he should have yielded to her and kept a better lookout. From the incident, she claimed damages of over $20,000 in medical bills as well as significant short-term memory loss. 

The defendant was not slow in responding, he said he was driving at a careful speed and that it was too dark to see the plaintiff. Both parties tried to resolve this dispute out of court, but the plaintiff’s last demand of $500,000 was too far from the defendant’s last offer, $150,000. The jury awarded her $495,850.

O’NEILL VS. NARVAEZ; MADISON COUNTY; $731,063 JURY AWARD
In this strange case, an 88-year-old woman was leaving a department store when she was suddenly hit by a truck. What is interesting is that the truck was driven by a toddler. Apparently, the mother of the child left him inside for just a few months but this was more than enough time for him to jump out of his car seat and put the car into motion. 

Eventually, it rammed into the plaintiff and pinned her between the truck and another vehicle. The accident left the elderly woman with a long list of injuries including a mild brain injury, broken bones in the arms and pelvis, and significant blood loss. 

She sued the parent for negligent care of her child and the mother responded that she did the best she could. The jury awarded her $731,063, well beyond the plaintiff’s final demand of $230,000. Here is how the jury broke down the award by damages categories:

  • Medical Costs:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive Damages:
  • Total:
  • $171,063
  • $300,000
  • $260,000
  • $731,063

LOCKHART VS. YMCA; COOK COUNTY; $22,583,250 JURY AWARD
A 12-year-old girl was tragically the focus of this case from Harvey, Illinois. She ran out of a gas station and tried to cross highway when a bus hit her as she was halfway across the road. 

The incident injured the frontal lobe of her brain and forced her to use a wheelchair for the rest of her life. She sued the driver and the driver’s employer negligence. The defendants responded that the child ran out of nowhere and did not use the crosswalk. 

Thus, they claimed she was contributorily negligent and should not be able to bring a negligence action against them. After a ten days of trial and five days of deliberation, the jury found for the plaintiff for $22,583,250. Here was the damages breakdown:

  • Medical Costs:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Disfigurement and Disability:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Total:
  • $9,535,155
  • $1,548,095
  • $8,000,000
  • $3,500,000
  • $22,583,250

PHILLIPART VS. GALMAN; SANGAMON COUNTY; $731,063 JURY AWARD
An 18-year-old foreign exchange student was hit by a 16-year-old driver as the former tried to cross a busy highway. The woman sustained serious brain injuries that eventually complicated into a coma. Representatives for the woman claimed the driver was negligent and should have slowed down prior to the incident. 

They demanded $2,000,000 but the defendants only offered $100,000 so the matter proceeded to trial. At trial, the defendant tried to argue that another car was illegally parked and that that blocked his vision. The jury did not sympathize with him because they awarded the woman $1,000,000 in damages. However, they also allocated her 45% of the responsibility, therefore she only netted $550,000 far below her final $2,000,000 demand.

POTHABATHULA VS. RENDERED SERVICES INC.; COOK COUNTY; $3,300,000 JURY AWARD
This case started when a 38-year-old man tried to cross the street but was hit by a truck driver and sustained a skull fracture that developed into a traumatic brain injury. The injury also eventually caused the man to experience significant depression. 

He sued the driver and the driver’s employer claiming that the former was driving too fast and should have either yielded to or the warned him as he approached. The defendants could not fight any of these allegations but countered that the plaintiff was exaggerating his injuries and that he could have mitigated his damages by taking proper medication. The jury awarded him $3,300,000 for the following damages:

  • Medical Costs:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive Damages:
  • Total:
  • $800,000
  • $1,000,000
  • $1,000,000
  • $500,000
  • $3,300,000

BROWDER VS. PACE; COOK COUNTY; $2,461,474 JURY AWARD
This case involved a bus accident in a crosswalk. The 47-year-old plaintiff tried to cross within the area but was hit by the bus driver. She sued the driver and the company for negligence arguing that the latter should have trained the employee better and the former should have kept better control of the vehicle. 

The defendants really had no room to argue because the plaintiff was clearly in the crosswalk and had the right-of-way. The jury returned a $2,461,474 award for the plaintiff for these damages:

  • Medical Costs:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive Damages:
  • Total:
  • $811,474
  • $750,000
  • $900,000
  • $2,461,474

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