GWC’s Louis Anthony Cairo recently obtained a $1,050,000.00 settlement for a motorist who was injured in a rear-end collision in Chicago.
Rear-End Collision at Stop Sign
Mr. Cairo’s client was operating his motor vehicle northbound on Narragansett Avenue, approaching its intersection with 58th Street. At that time, the Defendant was also operating her motor vehicle northbound on Narragansett Avenue, directly to the rear of Mr. Cairo’s client’s vehicle.
Mr. Cairo’s client then came to a complete stop at a stop sign at the intersection. The Defendant then negligently failed to come to a complete stop and collided with Mr. Cairo’s client’s vehicle.
Car Accident Causes Severe Injuries
Mr. Cairo’s client sustained severe injuries from the car accident, including neck pain, lower back pain, and left shoulder strain. Specifically, he suffered from disc protrusions and herniated nucleus pulposus at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7, decreased signal intensity and height loss at L4-5 and L5-S1, bilateral L5 pars defect, L5-S1 Grade 1 isthmic spondylolisthesis, and left shoulder derangement.
To treat his condition, Mr. Cairo’s client was initially prescribed Norco and Valium and went through multiple rounds of physical therapy. When this conservative course of treatment proved insufficient, the client underwent surgery in the form of an L5 and S1 laminectomy with bilateral complete facetectomy and foraminotomy, a bilateral transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with bilateral cage instrumentation, a bilateral posterolateral spinal fusion with instrumentation at the L5-S1 vertebrae, and the use of a local bone graft.
Four months later, Mr. Cairo’s client underwent additional surgery in the form of an anterior cervical discectomy of the C4 through C7 vertebrae, application of intervertebral PEEK cage of the C4 through C7 vertebrae, application of anterior spinal plate instrumentation, and the use of a local bone graft.
The defense argued vigorously that the impact could not have caused the injuries to the client because of the lack of damage to the vehicle. The defense further argued that Mr. Cairo’s client had severe degenerative disc disease and a longstanding history of neck and back problems.
Large Settlement for Client
Despite his treatment, Mr. Cairo’s client still suffers from permanent limitations on his activities of daily living. Prior to this incident, he coached his son’s soccer team and physically practiced the sport with him, something he is unable to do because of bodily stiffness. He also can no longer play flag football with his friends and has trouble maintaining a physical relationship with his wife because of his chronic pain.
By highlighting the gross negligence of the Defendant’s operation of her vehicle along with the severity of his client’s injuries, Mr. Cairo was able to negotiate a large settlement for his client in the amount of $1,050,000.00 of the Defendant’s $1,100,000.00 insurance policy four months before trial.
“My client’s life has been irrevocably harmed by the Defendant’s negligence,” said Mr. Cairo, “and I am so happy that I was able to provide him with the compensation that he deserved.”
Illinois Car Accident Attorneys
A car accident can change your life in an instant. Faced with mounting medical bills, significant wage loss, and obstruction from the Defendant’s insurance company, it can be difficult to know what to do next. For this reason, many injured parties turn to experienced, knowledgeable attorneys to help them obtain the justice they deserve, such as the Illinois car accident attorneys at GWC Injury Lawyers.
With over $2 billion recovered for our clients and offices throughout the state, GWC is one of the premier Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firms in Illinois.