The hit-and-run injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. recently reached an $80,000 settlement on behalf of our client who was injured in a crash on I-90. Our client was in the middle lane of the interstate when another vehicle attempted to enter the middle lane and struck our client. The impact was significant and was at highway speeds which resulted in our client being pushed out of her lane and to the right.
The driver who caused the accident fled the scene without checking to see if anyone was injured and without providing her contact information to the police.
After the crash, our client was shaken and upset. She was experiencing significant pain but hoped it would resolve on its own. When her pain worsened, she was forced to see her primary care physician who instructed her to go to the hospital.
At Saint Alexius Medical Center's Emergency Department, doctors ordered an MRI of our client's neck, which revealed broad based disc protrusions at two levels. These injuries caused our client neck pain and weakness in her arms as well as headaches. She also had lower back pain and she was instructed to follow up with a neurosurgeon for additional treatment.
Though she underwent physical therapy, our client's neck pain continued and her neurosurgeon indicated our client may need surgery in the future. The neurosurgeon also diagnosed our client with a disc bulge in her lumbar spine. Our client has not had surgery and she hopes to avoid it though the need may become a reality in the future.
Being a victim of a car accident is never a good thing, but when an at-fault driver flees the scene, it can make things worse. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in Illinois and can seriously threaten the lives and health of any victim of the accident. If a driver flees an accident scene, it is never the other driver's fault, and this is one of the reasons the law allows for a financial recovery in cases where injuries are caused by a hit-and-run driver.