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Chicago pedestrian accident lawyer settles case for $162,000

An Illinois pedestrian accident attorney at Abels & Annes has settled a lawsuit pertaining to an accident that occurred in Chicago Illinois on January 24, 2008. The Chicago pedestrian vs. auto accident took place at the intersection of Broadway and Cornelia just after 1 PM in the afternoon.

Our client was crossing the street in a marked crosswalk with a green crosswalk light when the defendant ran a red light and struck the pedestrian with the front of her vehicle. The defendant contended that she had a green light, however, luckily for our client, there was an independent witness to the accident. The witness verified our client’s version of events.

The lawsuit filed on our clients behalf alleged that the defendant failed to keep proper lookout for pedestrians, failed to stop for red light, was driving too fast for conditions, and failed to yield for a pedestrian in the crosswalk.

Due to the severity of the pedestrian’s injuries, he was transported by ambulance to Illinois Masonic Medical Center. At the hospital, our client complained of right wrist pain, right shoulder pain, left side pain and left leg pain, and he had a large laceration on his forehead. The forehead laceration was close with nine stitches and diagnostic tests were performed at the ER.

X-rays revealed our client had sustained a right distal radius fracture in the accident. His right wrist and forearm were placed in a cast and sling. Upon discharge our client instructed to follow-up treatment with an orthopedic surgeon.

The plaintiff saw an orthopedic surgeon a few days later. Since the accident he had developed pain in his left shoulder. The doctor ordered an MRI which revealed a torn rotator cuff. Surgery was recommended for his shoulder, which was performed on March 8, 2008. The surgery was performed at Swedish Covenant Hospital. By the time our client was done with his medical treatment, he had incurred over $40,000 in medical bills.

The case settled just weeks before trial. The defendant was insured by State Farm and was represented in court by Bruce Farrel Dorn and Associates of Chicago.

If you’ve been injured in an Illinois pedestrian accident, contact the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes for a free consultation. Call 312-924-7575 to speak directly to an injury attorney.