St. Clair County Personal Injury Awards, Settlements & Case Values

ST. CLAIR COUNTY, IL PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

The particular processes and procedures of any state court system are guiding but not end-all, be-all of practicing law. As a competent attorney, you must be knowledgeable and conversant with the peculiarities of local jurisdictions too. As a plaintiff, you will demand a sophisticated prediction of how your case will unfold as trial commences. 

St. Clair County is one of the most common battlegrounds for cases in Illinois. Thus, we set up the following materials to give you a primer on litigation in this area of the state. The sections cover process requirements, past statistics, and case summaries to help guide you in the valuation of your case. Obviously, you might still have more questions on some or all of these issues. If you do, feel free to contact us immediately. A lawyer from the Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers group would be happy to help you!

ST. CLAIR COUNTY STATISTICS CONCERNING FINANCIAL RECOVERY FOR ST. CLAIR INJURY CASES

While you should never just completely look at past numbers to try and determine what your Illinois personal injury case can be worth, they still can be instructive. They are even more helpful when arranged by accident and injury categories. Review the following tables (jury award and settlement amount) to see what Illinois plaintiffs have obtained in the past. They are set out by accident type and the injuries that correspond to them.

ST. CLAIR 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
56%
8%
0%
0%
20%
4%
8%
0%
4%

ST. CLAIR 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
27%
61%
4%
3%
1%
1%
1%
0%
1%

ST. CLAIR 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
36%
36%
9%
0%
9%
9%
0%
0%
0%

ST. CLAIR 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
18%
59%
0%
0%
0%
8%
8%
7%
0%

ST. CLAIR 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
21%
33%
14%
0%
7%
7%
14%
0%
0%

ST. CLAIR 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
25%
75%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%

ST. CLAIR 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
43%
0%
0%
29%
0%
14%
14%
0%
0%

ST. CLAIR 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
50%
6%
0%
0%
6%
6%
6%
12%
12%

ST. CLAIR COUNTY PROFILE

Here, we want to provide you with some helpful statistics that should give you a good understanding of the nature of St. Clair County courts. They are only a sampling, but they should identify the landscape of compensation that is possible in this jurisdiction:

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • Median recovery for medical malpractice victims in ST. CLAIR County was approximately $15,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered a little under half as much-about 40%.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 3% of all Illinois medical malpractice cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR 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 ST. CLAIR County was approximately $33,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 10% less.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 6% of all Illinois car accident cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR 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 ST. CLAIR County was approximately $50,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 50% less.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 7% of all Illinois truck accident cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR County truck accident 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 ST. CLAIR County was approximately $32,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 3% more.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 4% of all Illinois bike accident cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR County bike accident 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 ST. CLAIR County was approximately $42,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 5% more.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 5% of all Illinois motorcycle accident cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR County motorcycle accident 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 ST. CLAIR County was approximately $31,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 7% less.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 12% of all Illinois dog attack cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR County dog 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 ST. CLAIR County was approximately $48,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 63% less.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 4% of all Illinois nursing home cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR County nursing home cases, approximately 65% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 18% more.

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PRODUCTS LIABILITY
  • Median recovery for product liability victims in ST. CLAIR County was approximately $43,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately three-times less than their statewide counterparts.
  • ST. CLAIR County had 3% of all Illinois product liability cases
  • Within these ST. CLAIR County product liability cases, approximately 63% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 21% more.
ST. CLAIR COUNTY CASE SUMMARIES:

NAME: BROWN VS. GILLEN
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 2014
INJURIES: DEATH
TYPE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
AWARD: $1,000,000 JURY AWARD

The patient in this case went in for a coronary arterial bypass surgery. She was 71 years old. Without obtaining informed consent, the anesthesiologist attempted to place a Swan-Ganz catheter instead of using a venous central line. The alternative killed the woman and her estate sued the physician for malpractice. 

The defendant denied liability and argued that the two were so much alike that it made no difference and that the consent should transfer over. Additionally, the defendant tried to show that the defendant’s heart condition was the real reason why she died. However, the jury, believing the plaintiff’s reasoning, awarded no solace to the defendant and gave the patient’s estate $1,000,000 in damages for her wrongful death.

NAME: EGGEMEYER VS. METROPOLITAN REFERENCE LABS
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1995
INJURIES: UNNECESSARY MASTECTOMY
TYPE: MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
AWARD: $500,000 SETTLEMENT

This dispute involved a 50-year-old woman with a family history of breast cancer. Thus, when she felt an unnatural lump in her breast she went right to the doctor. The doctor decided to perform a biopsy but lost the sample so a diagnosis could not be performed. Unfortunately, the entire lump was removed so they could not perform another biopsy. 

Based on her description of what happened and her family history, doctors decided to perform a mastectomy to remove the breast. However, it was later determined that she never had cancer and that the procedure was unnecessary. Subsequently, she sued the original doctor responsible for the mishap for malpractice. Both sides settled out of court for $500,000.

NAME: MIZULSKI VS. MELLING
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1995
INJURIES: HERNIATED DISC; PARESTHESIA; SOFT TISSUE DAMAGE
TYPE: CAR ACCIDENT
AWARD: $181,505

This car accident was a “cross-over” collision where the defendant’s car moved across the centerline and ran straight into the plaintiff’s car. The plaintiff suffered numerous injuries from the crash including a herniated disc at the C5-6 region, soft tissue damage, and paresthesia in his arm. 

However, at court, both sides pointed their fingers at the other and claimed it was not their fault. Therefore, the jury had the difficult task of deciding who was to blame. They chose the party with the most personal injuries and gave the plaintiff $181,505, nearly ten times her medical bills!

NAME: WOODROME VS. SIGMAN
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 2003
INJURIES: SOFT TISSUE DAMAGE; BACK/KNEE INJURIES
TYPE: CAR ACCIDENT
AWARD: $4,751.64

The plaintiffs in this case were a married couple. The husband was 82 and the wife was 79 years old. They were waiting at a stop sign, letting another car proceed through the intersection, when a vehicle behind them rear-ended their vehicle

They sued that driver for damages because they said they suffered various injuries including soft tissue damage and lost wages. The defendant retorted that the crash was so minor that their harms were de minimus. Yet, the jury still awarded the couple nearly $5,000 in compensation.

NAME: MAVERS VS. JOHNSON
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1994
INJURIES: SOFT TISSUE; SHOULDER; NECK SPRAIN
TYPE: TRUCK ACCIDENT
AWARD: $16,000

This case occurred in the parking lot of a restaurant. A woman was sitting in her car when a truck backed right into her and then fled from the scene. When she finally found him, she sued him for negligence for the injuries that she sustained, primarily soft tissue damage. He shot back with essentially the same arguments that she posited: the other driver failed to stay alert and drive reasonably. 

However, possibly because he sped away immediately after the crash, the jury had a hard time buying his story and gave the female plaintiff a victory as well as $16,000 in recovery.

NAME: TURNER VS. BIG S TRANSPORTATION
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1993
INJURIES: HERNIATED DISCS; SOFT TISSUE; BROKEN VERTEBRA
TYPE: TRUCK ACCIDENT
AWARD: $400,000 JURY AWARD

This accident involved two large trucks travelling on I-70 at fast speeds. At a certain point, one of them bumped into the other from behind and initiated a chain-reaction crash. The driver of the truck that was bumped into sustained serious injuries including a broken vertebra, herniated disc, and soft tissue damage all over his body. 

He sued the driver responsible for triggering the incident as well as that man’s employer for negligence. The basis of his suit was that both defendants acted unreasonably and should be forced to pay for his damages. He demanded $500,000 but the defendants would only pay $100,000 so they went to trial. After a fact-intensive case, the jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $400,000.

NAME: REED VS. ST. LOUIS CAB
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 2008
INJURIES: LACERATIONS; CONTUSIONS
TYPE: MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
AWARD: $62,745

A motorcyclist was driving along a road in East St. Louis when a cab driver swerved into his lane and crashed into him. The former sustained multiple personal injuries including contusions, lacerations, and others. He sued the cab driver for negligence and asked for damages related to medical bills, pain and suffering, and other items. 

The cab driver argued that the motorcyclist was responsible for the crash and that he should pay the defendant compensation. Eventually, the jury gave both of them relatively the same amount of fault but also awarded the plaintiff $62,745 (possibly because he was the only one with personal injuries).

NAME: ECHEVERRIA VS. ROGERS
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1997
INJURIES: BROKEN VERTEBRA
TYPE: MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT
AWARD: $1,500,000 SETTLEMENT

While riding home from work on a motorcycle, two landscapers were sideswiped by a truck and the passenger was seriously injured. Doctors soon determined that he actually broke one of the bones in his vertebra. To recover for the extraordinary medical bills and change in lifestyle, he sued the truck driver as well as the driver’s employer. 

His suit rested on the grounds that the defendant trucker was not operating his vehicle reasonably and should have stayed alert sufficient to avoid the crash. The defendants initially balked at admitting to any responsibility but as the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries became apparent they looked to settle rather than have his story play out in front of sympathetic jury. The parties decided on a high/low agreement of $4,500,000/$1,500,000.

NAME: LUSTER VS. WILL
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 2008
INJURIES: NECK/BACK STRAIN
TYPE: BIKE ACCIDENT
AWARD: $2,000 JURY AWARD

This unfortunate incident saw a 4-year-old get hit by a car as he was riding around a small town in St. Clair County, Illinois. Through his parents, the child sued the driver who hit him for negligence. 

The lawsuit articulated that the female driver was not even looking at the road when the crash occurred and was otherwise unreasonably operating the car. The defendant denied these claims and the nature of the child’s injuries. The jury gave the child $2,000.

NAME: DAWSON VS. BURGESS
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1998
INJURIES: CERVICAL/SHOULDER/LEG STRAIN
TYPE: BIKE ACCIDENT
AWARD: $6,700

A Child under the age of ten sustained significant strains to his spine, shoulder, and legs when he was hit from behind by a car while riding on a street. Through his guardian, he quickly brought an action to recover for these injuries and the pain and suffering that they caused. 

It did not take the defendant very long to admit that it was his fault but he still fought over the amount of injury the child suffered and, consequently, how much compensation he deserved. The jury had to answer this question and they gave the plaintiff $6,700.

NAME: SKILES VS. ANGELL CARE OF CASEYVILLE
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1994
INJURIES: ULCERS; HIP FRACTURES
TYPE: NURSING HOME ACCIDENT
AWARD: $137,500 JURY AWARD

The affected nursing home resident in this dispute was 84 years old. While walking around the facility one morning, he slipped on a puddle of orange juice. The fall left him with a broken hip and decubitus ulcers

He sued the facility and charged the staff with negligence because, according to the lawsuit, they insufficiently monitored him while knowing that he needed extra attention because he suffered from Alzheimer’s. Despite refusing any responsibility for what happened, they tried and convinced the plaintiff to settle and end the case for $137,000.

NAME: FLATER VS. PRICE
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 2002
INJURIES: LACERATIONS; HAND INJURY
TYPE: DOG ATTACK
AWARD: $5,557 JURY AWARD

A dog attacked an 11-year-old boy in this case and critically cut and scarred the child’s right hand. At the time, the kid was at a friends’ house and the two children were playing. Out of nowhere, the hosts’ dog jumped upon the boy and bit him repeatedly. The victim brought a lawsuit against the hosts for the injuries that their dog inflicted upon him. 

Out of hand, they denied all wrongdoing but there was really no room to argue that they were not at fault. Thus, the main issue at trial was how much compensation the child would receive. The jury gave him $5,557 ($4,807 got medical bills and $750 for pain and suffering).

NAME: ISAAC VS. STOKES
COUNTY: ST. CLAIR
YEAR: 1987
INJURIES: BROKEN ARM
TYPE: DOG ATTACK
AWARD: $15,802 JURY AWARD

Here, a huge dog attacked a man and broke his arm and inflicted serious internal injuries upon him. The man sued the dog’s owner under the Illinois Animal Control Act

The defendant denied responsibility and the extent of damages that the plaintiff claimed. The jury found that the dog had a dangerous character, attacked the plaintiff, and was unprovoked. Thus, they awarded him $15,802:

  • Medical:
  • Disability/Disfigurement:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Lost Wages:
  • Total:
  • $4,594
  • $7,500
  • $2,000
  • $1,708
  • $15,802
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