More than 4,000 people are killed in pedestrian accidents every year in the United States, and another 70,000 are injured. That adds up to a fatality every two hours, and an injury every 8 minutes. Living in a bustling urban center like Chicago, we are at an even greater risk of falling victim to these accidents, and last Friday, a Cook County jury awarded a $2.4 million verdict to a client of ours who had suffered multiple injuries in a pedestrian accident. (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration)
On May 21st, 2011, our client was struck by a city-owned vehicle while participating in a photo shoot for his wife’s company, resulting in serious injuries. “Stephen suffered several spinal fractures, his leg was broken in two places, and he was hospitalized for six days,” said attorney Susan Novosad. “Immediately following the accident, he had a rod surgically placed in his lower right leg. He required two additional surgeries and months of physical therapy and rehabilitation following the accident.” Following the accident, the driver of the truck tested over the legal blood alcohol limit, and police found an open bottle of brandy within his truck.
The lawsuit, which was filed in June of 2011, named the driver as well as the City of Chicago as defendants, and alleged that the driver was under the influence, at high speeds, and failed to yield to pedestrians in order to prevent an impending collision. Additionally, the suit claimed vicarious liability, claiming that the City of Chicago was responsible for its employee’s actions due to his status as an employee. Prior to the trial, both the defendant and the City of Chicago admitted to being 100% at fault for the plaintiff’s injuries. However despite the fact that the driver was drunk at the time of the accident, the judge deemed this inadmissible because of the defendant’s admittance of liability, which made his conduct a moot point. After being asked to determine how Stephen should be compensated for his disabilities, many of which he must now cope with for the rest of his life, the jury settled on $2.4 million dollar compensation.
Cases like these illustrate why Levin & Perconti is a nationally renowned law firm for all types of personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, and wrongful death litigation. Our lawyers are committed to protecting the rights of people who are injured because of the negligence of others, and we will fight to ensure that you receive the compensation you deserve. If you have been injured, or think that you might have a case, call us for a free consultation.