Will County Personal Injury Awards, Settlements & Case Values

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS PERSONAL INJURY LITIGATION

Though south of the legally vibrant city of Chicago and Cook County, Will County still serves as the setting for an extraordinary amount of personal injury cases across many areas including motor vehicle accidents, products liability, and others. Thus, it is critical that as an Illinois attorney you are comfortable with its processes and familiar with its case law. 

We gathered the following statistics, summaries, and information on case valuations for different types of injury and accident cases in Will County, Illinois with that premise in mind. Also, for personal injury victims, the following sections are helpful if you want to get a sense of the kind of compensation available to you.

WILL COUNTY COURT PROCEDURES

Courts in Will County, Illinois have their own particular process and peculiarities. Just as is required in other jurisdictions, civil cases must go through the arbitration system if their claim is over $10,000 but under a county-specific limit. Will County set the maximum at $50,000. This arbitration system is mandatory but non-binding so parties can waive its outcome by filing a request for trial and paying a fee (approximately $200.00). 

The request must be made within thirty (30) days of the arbitrator’s award. After the case is filed, the Court will assign a case management conference date between one hundred ten (110) and one hundred twenty (120) days from the date of filing. Certain classes of cases are exempt from this conference including probate, tax, and small claims. 

With respect to motions, they must be filed and listed in the Motion Book at least two days (by 4:30 p.m.) before they will be heard by the Court unless it is an emergency motion. Discovery in Will County is governed by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 222. Rule 222 requires disclosure within one hundred twenty (120) days of the commencement of the action (the filing of the complaint). 

However, local jurisdictions can extend/reduce this window. If the two sides reach a settlement, or if the plaintiff voluntary withdraws the case, Will County requires the plaintiff to submit a notice to the Court containing a description of what transpired. For more information on the local rules of Will County, please visit their website: www.willcountycircuitcourt.com/.

WILL COUNTY COURT CONTACT INFORMATION

Office of the Circuit
Will County Court House
14 W. Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
(815) 727-8592

Sheriff’s Office:
16909 W Laraway Rd
Joliet, IL 60433
815-727-8575

WILL COUNTY STATISTICS

Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers has worked with clients in many areas of personal injury law. The most fundamental issue and often the initial question that they ask us is “How much is my case worth?” Typically, there are a few frequent elements that factor into that answer: medical costs, lost income, disability, and long-term pain and suffering. 

However, once you factor in the particular circumstances of your cases, this analysis can become very complicated. Thus, it might be useful to review past jury awards and settlement amounts as a starting point for your estimate. They should not be copied and pasted to answer your question though because they do not perfectly translate. 

We have put some cases and statistics below (jury awards and settlement amounts combined) by accident type. For a more complete answer of what recovery could be available, call us today. Someone from Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers is available 24/7 to help you!

WILL COUNTY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE AWARD RANGE
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
60%
16%
0%
0%
0%
0%
12%
8%
4%

WILL COUNTY CAR ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
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
15%
35%
10%
10%
5%
5%
5%
10%
5%

WILL COUNTY TRUCK ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
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
0%
0%
50%
0%
50%
0%
0%
0%
0%

WILL COUNTY BIKE ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
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
33%
22%
11%
11%
11%
0%
0%
11%
0%

WILL COUNTY MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT AWARD RANGE
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
13%
49%
24%
13%
0%
0%
1%
0%
0%

WILL COUNTY DOG ATTACK AWARD RANGE
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
0%
33%
50%
0%
17%
0%
0%
0%
0%

WILL COUNTY NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE AWARD RANGE
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
80%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
0%
20%
0%

WILL COUNTY PRODUCTS LIABILITY AWARD RANGE
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
14%
14%
14%
0%
14%
0%
0%
44%
0%

WILL COUNTY PROFILE

In this portion, we want to give you some information that should help paint the landscape of Will County litigation. Hopefully, it will guide your analysis of what is possible through a lawsuit but it should be determinative of any particular point or question.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE
  • Average recovery for medical malpractice victims in Will County was around $25,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 40% less.
  • Will County had 3% of all Illinois medical malpractice cases
  • Within these Will County medical malpractice cases, approximately 28% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 19% less.

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CAR ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for car accident victims in Will County was approximately $50,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 28% more.
  • Will County had 2% of all Illinois car accident cases
  • Within these Will County car accident cases, approximately 45% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 3% less.

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TRUCK ACCIDENTS
  • Average recovery for truck accident victims in Will County was just north of $200,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered almost three-times more than their statewide counterparts.
  • Will County had 1% of all Illinois truck accident cases
  • Within these Will County truck accident cases, approximately 0% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 38% less.

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BIKE ACCIDENTS
  • Average recovery for bicycle accident victims in Will County was about $25,000.
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 25% less.
  • Will County had 1% of all Illinois bike accident cases
  • Within these Will County bike accident cases, approximately 11% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 17% less.

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MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENTS
  • Median recovery for motorcycle accident victims in Will County was about $45,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately 12% more.
  • Will County had 3% of all Illinois motorcycle accident cases
  • Within these Will County motorcycle accident cases, approximately 13% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 19% less.

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DOG ATTACKS
  • Median recovery for dog attack victims in Will County was approximately $66,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered almost twice as much as their statewide counterparts.
  • Will County had 2% of all Illinois dog attack cases
  • Within these Will County dog attack cases, approximately 17% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 29% less.
NURSING HOME
  • Average recovery for nursing home victims in Will County was around 30,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately half as much as their statewide counterparts.
  • Will County had 1% of all Illinois nursing home cases
  • Within these Will County nursing home cases, approximately 38% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 9% less.
PRODUCTS LIABILITY
  • Median recovery for product liability victims in Will County was around $50,000
  • Compared to the state average, these victims recovered approximately half as much as their statewide counterparts.
  • Will County had 1% of all Illinois product liability cases
  • Within these Will County product liability cases, approximately 29% settled.
  • Compared to the state average for settlement, these cases settled at a rate 13% less.
WILL COUNTY CASE SUMMARIES
  • 2012; MEDICAL MALPRACTICE; $1,650,000 SETTLEMENT:

A 65-year-old man experienced complications including shock and infection resulting in him losing his life when his doctor improperly removed part of his pancreas during a colonectomy and adrenal procedures. A wife and three children survived him. 

Collectively, they sued on his behalf, charging the doctor with malpractice for neglecting to perform correct procedures (such as a biopsy), dissecting the wrong part of the decedent’s body, and other failures. The doctor disagreed and refused to admit to any responsibility. However, this did not stop the decedent’s estate from achieving a healthy settlement of $1,650,000.

  • 2009; MEDICAL MALPRACTICE; $1,500,000 JURY AWARD:

The patient in this case was a middle-aged woman with a husband and two children. She went under the care of her doctors to undergo surgery for a herniated disc. During the operation, her surgeons accidentally pierced her bowel. This led to renal failure and respiratory distress and her eventual death. 

Her family sued the physicians and facility for wrongful death and damages under the Illinois Survival Act. The defendants denied all liability and so the matter went to trial. The jury decided that the negligent conduct of the doctors was the proximate cause of the decedent’s death. They awarded the family $1,500,000.

  • 2003; CAR ACCIDENT; $3,000,000 JURY AWARD:

This case has a very confusing result if you do not understand jury dynamics. What happened was a vehicle collided with a car as it turned onto Peotone Road by I-57 in Will County. Both drivers turned around and alleged the other was negligent, was driving too fast, and should have yielded. This case might have very well been brought by the defendant had his injuries been worse. 

What the jury did is emblematic of other jury awards when the issue of fault is murky but the plaintiff’s injuries are great as they were here-it returned a sizeable award but also a significant portion of the responsibility to the plaintiff. It gave the plaintiff $3,000,000 in damages and 50% of the fault so the judge reduced the figure and he only received $1,500,000.

  • 1997; CAR ACCIDENT; $150,000 JURY AWARD:

A 45-year-old woman was rear-ended by a vehicle driven a food-service employee. Before the incident, she was a nurse’s assistant as well a data clerk. Due to the crash, she sustained an injury to her head as well as soft tissue injuries in her back and neck. After the woman sued the driver and the driver’s employer, the defendants denied that their actions caused the woman’s injuries but admitted that they were responsible for the crash itself. 

This paradox might explain why the plaintiff won the case and the jury awarded her $150,000. Although this was far below her final demand of $700,000, it still was $50,000 more than the final offer and $105,000 more than her damages from medical bills and lost wages.

  • 2003; TRUCK ACCIDENT; $81,986.20 JURY AWARD:

This incident took place along I-55 in Will County. Allegedly, a trucker rear-ended a car and caused the driver of the latter vehicle various injuries. He sued the truck driver and the truck driver’s employer for negligence. 

Both defendants responded that they had acted appropriately, were not responsible for any of the plaintiff’s injuries, and that the plaintiff exaggerated the true extent of his injuries. Failing to find any agreement, the matter went to trial where the jury found for the car driver and against the truck driver and his boss. They awarded the man $81,986.20 for the following items:

  • Lost Wages:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Loss of Normal Life:
  • Aggravation of pre-existing injury:
  • Total:
  • $3,581.60
  • $35,000
  • $5,000
  • $38,404.60
  • $81,986.20

  • 1997; TRUCK ACCIDENT; $278,659 JURY AWARD:

A man in his mid-forties tried to pass a truck but collided with the vehicle. The incident left him herniated discs in his lumbar and sacral regions of the spine. He needed fusion surgery to correct the matter but doctors could not discern if the incident triggered that need or if his pre-existing back injuries from war did. 

Regardless, he sued the truck driver for negligent operation of a vehicle and for the injuries that he sustained because of it. The truck driver retorted that he was driving safely and that the plaintiff was responsible for the crash. In typical fashion, the jury compromised and awarded the man $278,659 but also 30% of the fault so the plaintiff only netted $195,062 in recovery.

  • 2011; BIKE ACCIDENT; $2,971,406.08 JURY AWARD:

A man was riding his bike across the busy Route 53 when a police car came over a hill and hit him. Apparently the cop was in the middle of an emergency situation and in hot pursuit; however, he did not have his sirens on and was driving well above the speed limit. The bicyclist sustained numerous broken bones including his femur, tibia, pelvis, foot, and fibula. 

He sued the cop for these injuries. Eventually, when the matter to trial, the cop claimed that the plaintiff was negligent and responsible for the injuries that he suffered including neck and back pain. The jury handed the plaintiff a sizeable sum of $2,917,406.08 for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of normal life, and disfigurement. 

Even after also receiving 28% of the fault, he still netted $2,971,406.08. The jurors decided that even though the cop was in the middle of a chase, he drove negligently and was more responsible for the crash than the bicyclist was.

  • 1996; BIKE ACCIDENT; $135,009 JURY AWARD:

A seven-year-old boy was knocked clear off his bike as he rode through a neighborhood in Will County. As he passed a driveway, a car backed out and, failing to see the child, did not slow down. Apparently, the driver, who was also the owner of the property, failed to cut his trees to the appropriate height and this might have obstructed her view. 

The parents of the boy sued the driver for negligence and for his injuries that included a skull fracture. The woman responded that the child should have slowed down and observed a stop sign. The case went to trial where the jury basically found for both sides because it gave the plaintiff a $135,009 verdict as well as 49% of the fault thus lowering his recovery to $68,855.

  • 2010; MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT; $50,000 JURY AWARD:

A motorcyclist was travelling along a road in Bolingbrook, Illinois when a car behind him accelerated and attempted to pass him. She was not successful in doing so and rear-ended him. He suffered injuries all over his body especially to his head, back, neck, and spine. 

He sued the woman for negligence and tried to make the argument that she was driving too fast and unreasonably tried to pass him. She countered that he was the negligent party by refusing to keep a proper lookout or yield to her. The jury sided with the motorcyclist and awarded him $50,000 for the following damages:

  • Medical Costs:
  • Loss of Normal Life:
  • Pain and Suffering:
  • Total:
  • $3,000
  • $7,000
  • $40,000
  • $50,000

  • 2006; MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT; $39,181 JURY AWARD:

A man was coming off Highway 55 on his motorcycle when another driver blew a red light and ran into him as he came off the exit ramp. The motorcyclist claimed he suffered neck pain and broken bones as a consequence of the incident. 

He sued the other driver and claimed that she should have not run the red light, kept a better watch, and slowed down, among other things. The defendant admitted to the facts of the crash but denied the legal conclusion that she was at fault. As many might think, the jury also found this chain of reasoning rather bizarre and awarded the plaintiff $39,181.

Do You Have Questions About a Will County Personal Injury Matter?

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