GWC Obtains Second Largest Settlement in Jo Daviess County History

Jo Daviess County
Michael D. Fisher

GWC Partner Michael D. Fisher and attorney Louis Anthony Cairo have obtained $2,050,000.00, the second largest settlement in Jo Daviess County history, for an older married couple who were injured in a serious automobile crash between a car and a pickup truck.

Pickup Truck Runs Stop Sign

On January 22, 2019, the husband was traveling eastbound on Highway 20, at or near its intersection with Menominee Road, with his wife who was in the front passenger seat. At that time, the Defendant painter was driving his company’s pickup truck southbound on Menominee Road, approaching Highway 20, when he ran a stop sign and crashed into the clients’ car.

Crash Results in Serious Injuries

The husband, a military veteran and retired printing press worker, suffered fractures of the left knee, left hip and pelvis, and several ribs, as well as a concussion and psychological trauma. As a result, he underwent a left knee arthrotomy and an open reduction and internal fixation of the left hip/pelvis. He also underwent psychological counseling.

His wife sustained head trauma with resulting concussion and various lacerations and contusions to her head, right arm, and right leg, for which she received rehabilitative therapy.

GWC Defeats Defendants’ Claims That Plaintiff Was Contributorily Negligent

Louis Anthony Cairo

The Defendants, the painter and his employer, initially claimed the Plaintiff’s conduct contributed to the incident. After attorneys Fisher and Cairo deposed the Defendant, investigating law enforcement officer, and independent occurrence witness, the Defendants admitted they caused the crash.

“Representing elderly Plaintiffs oftentimes presents difficult challenges for the lawyers,” Mr. Fisher said. “Many times, insurance companies refuse to offer fair compensation to the elderly given their stage of life and the fact that many have preexisting conditions. This was especially challenging in light of the age of our clients.”

“It was extremely satisfying to help our clients get back to the life they’ve built together over 59 years of marriage,” said Mr. Cairo. “With this case behind them and their financial futures secure, they can focus on what they love doing most, spending time with their four children, five grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.”

Mr. Fisher and Mr. Cairo were able to settle this matter at mediation with the assistance of the Hon. Judge William E. Gomolinski for $2,050,000.00, the second largest personal injury settlement reported in the history of Jo Daviess County. Mr. Fisher and Mr. Cairo recently obtained the record largest personal injury settlement in Jo Daviess County for $3,000,000.00.

GWC Gets Clients the Justice They Deserve

If you get hurt because of somebody else’s negligence, you may soon find yourself squaring off against insurance companies that will do anything they can to limit their financial exposure, particularly if you happen to be older.

We at GWC Injury Lawyers LLC think this is simply wrong, which is why we have spent more than four decades fighting for the rights of our wrongfully injured clients. And with over $2 billion recovered in verdicts and settlements, we think our record speaks for itself. GWC’s Chicago truck accident lawyers have the experience, the determination, the resources, and the reputation of success necessary to get you and your family the justice you deserve.

Contact GWC today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our attorneys. You may call our office at (312) 464-1234 or click here to chat with a representative at any time.