Soft Tissue Injury Pedestrian Accident Case Valuation in Illinois

Due to the general umbrella under which they reside, soft tissue injuries are quite common in any accident but especially those when 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 settlement summaries from Illinois jurisdictions where pedestrians suffered soft tissue injuries:

SCHMIDTKE VS. 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, the car in front of him 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 and to recover for his injuries. The defendant responded that he was not at fault and that, rather, the pedestrian 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 VS. 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 should, spine, and knee, among other injuries. 

She sued the driver of the vehicle not very long after this incident occurred because it triggered 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 had added a lost services claim with the woman’s original suit but he received nothing.

ORLOVE VS. ROMANOWSKI; 2002; MCHENRY COUNTY; $37,000 JURY AWARD:
A waitress in her middle-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 the two crashed into one another. Obviously, only she was seriously injured because she was a pedestrian. She suffered soft tissue injuries in her chest and shoulders. 

To recover for these harms, 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 injuries were worth $37,000 in the following manner:

  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $20,000
  • $12,000
  • $5,000
  • $37,000

ROBERTS VS. MILITELLO; 2000; MADISON COUNTY; $54,582.69 JURY AWARD:
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 VS. GREENFIELD; 1998; COOK COUNTY; $198,001 JURY AWARD:
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 for the following damages items:

  • Medical:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Punitive:
  • Total:
  • $17,601
  • $130,400
  • $50,000
  • $198,001

OFFERMAN VS. LEE; 1996; ST. CLAIR COUNTY; $10,000 JURY AWARD:
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 man 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.

  • Medical:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Total:
  • $825.84
  • $419.20
  • $8,754.96
  • $10,000

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