Pedestrian Car Accident Settlements and Awards in Illinois
Soft tissue injuries are quite common in any accident but especially those where the victims are pedestrians. They are broadly defined as damage to the tendons and muscles of the body and are normally brought about by traumatic blows. Here are some examples of jury awards and settlements received in Illinois jurisdictions after pedestrians suffered soft tissue injuries.
Schmidtke v. Pullis, 2002, Madison County: $65,000
This accident occurred at a gas station in Jonesboro, Illinois. A man in his late twenties pulled up to the station, got out, and started to pump gas into his car. Then, he reached back into his vehicle to grab something. At this time, a car backed up and pinched him between both vehicles. The driver did not see the man because he was bent over reaching into his car. The pedestrian suffered soft tissue damage around his ribs that eventually developed into costochondritis (also known as Tietze’s syndrome). He sued the driver for negligence. The defendant responded that he was not at fault and that the plaintiff was responsible because he parked his car too close to his. Additionally, the defendant claimed that the plaintiff was exaggerating the nature of his injuries. On the issue of who was at fault, the jury decided the defendant was, and on the issue of damages, the jury decided that the amount should be $65,000.
Schaughnessy v. Storm, 2000, Kane County: $200,000 Settlement This Illinois pedestrian accident occurred in an interstate construction zone. A 39-year-old woman was flagging traffic when a car hit her. She immediately hit the ground and sustained multiple soft tissue injuries in her shoulder, spine, and knee, among other injuries. She sued the driver of the vehicle after this incident occurred because it led to extraordinary medical costs and time away from work. The defendant did not want to admit to responsibility for the incident but also feared what a sympathetic jury would award the woman at trial, so he looked to settle. The woman received a $200,000 settlement. The plaintiff’s husband added a lost services claim to the woman’s original suit, but he received nothing.
Orlove v. Romanowski, 2002, McHenry County: $37,000 A waitress in her mid-forties had just finished work and was excited to return home. She left the restaurant and entered the street, darting out into a crosswalk. At just that moment, a southbound car entered that same crosswalk and struck her. Obviously, only she was seriously injured, since she was a pedestrian. She suffered soft tissue injuries in her chest and shoulders.
To recover damages for these injuries, she sued the driver for negligence. He actually admitted fault but denied that she was injured as badly as she claimed. On that issue, the matter proceeded to trial, where the jury found that her case was worth $37,000:
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Roberts v. Militello, 2000, Madison County: $54,582.69
This case involved another parking lot accident. An 18-year-old was standing in a parking area adjacent to a shopping center. A driver in the lot started to go in reverse hoping to exit the center. Instead, he ran the young boy over and gave him soft tissue injuries in his thighs and back as well as a knee injury that required surgery.
After the young man sued the driver, the defendant blamed him and replied that the plaintiff should have been more careful and alert. To that, the plaintiff stated that the defendant was driving recklessly through the parking lot during the day when there was no adverse weather. This last part might have tipped the scales for the jury because they awarded him $54,582.69; however, they also gave him 40% of the fault, so he only netted $32,749.61 in recovery.
Mavros v. Greenfield, 1998, Cook County: $198,001
This controversy started when a 40-year-old man drove through a crosswalk and hit a 20-year-old woman. As a result of the collision, she experienced chronic soft tissue pain and a bruised right hip. In her subsequent Illinois negligence lawsuit, she alleged that this permanently impaired her life enjoyment and that the driver was responsible for this and her other injuries.
The defendant disagreed. He maintained that the woman should have watched out and yielded to him. However, possibly because the incident occurred in a crosswalk, where pedestrians are typically given the right of way, the jury found for the plaintiff and awarded her $198,001:
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Offerman v. Lee, 1996, St. Clair County: $10,000
A woman in her early twenties was hit by a car as she stood next to another vehicle by the side of a road. She sued the driver for negligence and to recover for the injuries that she claimed she suffered as a result of the pedestrian accident, including soft tissue damage to her knees and back.
The defendant agreed that he was responsible but claimed that her injuries were exaggerated or resulted from a later incident. However, to end the dispute, he offered her $9,000. She would only go as low as $19,500. Unfortunately for her, the jury’s award was closer to his offer: $10,000.
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