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GWC Obtains $875k Settlement for Union Nicor Gas Worker Injured in Head-On Collision

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Louis Anthony Cairo

GWC’s Louis Anthony Cairo and Joseph P. Sorce have obtained an $875,000.00 settlement for a union Nicor Gas worker who sustained multiple injuries in a head-on collision in McHenry County.

Head-On Collision, Significant Injuries

At the time of the incident, GWC’s client was a meter reader for Nicor Gas and a proud member of IBEW Local 19 for many years. On the morning of March 1, 2013, he was traveling westbound on US-14 in a sedan as part of his work route. At this time, the defendant driver was operating a large SUV eastbound at an excessive rate of speed for the snowy conditions on the same road. The defendant driver then lost control of the SUV and veered into the westbound lane of traffic, where he collided with the sedan head on.

As a result of the crash, GWC’s client suffered severe injuries, including a fracture of the left eye socket, laceration of the spleen, and fractures of the right knee and wrist.

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Joseph P. Sorce

To treat these injuries, he had to undergo multiple surgical procedures and significant physical therapy. Despite his treatment, the client continues to experienced problems with his everyday activities because of his injuries, which include recurrent knee pain and deficits in his memory functions.

Financial Crisis Averted

Because of the surgeries, countless doctor visits, and months of recovery, the collision resulted serious economic damages for the client and his family.

Nevertheless, thanks to Mr. Cairo’s and Mr. Sorce’s successful efforts to convey the full extent of their client’s losses, the defense agreed to settle this matter for $875,000.00. GWC also convinced Nicor’s workers’ compensation carrier to reduce its lien by more than $62,000.00, thereby increasing the amount of money going into the client’s pocket.

“Knowing that we were able to provide justice and adequate compensation for our client and his family in their desperate time of need is why I love being a personal injury attorney,” said Mr. Cairo.

“We are happy that we were able to obtain such a favorable result for our client, even though the defense refused to acknowledge its responsibility early on in the litigation process,” said Mr. Sorce.

Illinois Car Accident Attorneys

As you can see, a simple car accident can change your life in an instant. Faced with mounting medical bills, significant wage loss, and persistent obstruction from the defendant’s insurance company, it can be difficult to know what to do. For this reason, many injured parties turn to experienced, knowledgeable attorneys to help them obtain the justice that they deserve, such as the Illinois car accident attorneys at GWC.

With over $2 billion recovered for our clients and offices throughout the state, GWC is Illinois’ largest Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation law firm.

If you have had your life turned upside down because of somebody else’s negligence, please contact GWC to schedule a zero-cost, zero-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys. Call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with one of our representatives at any time.