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Illinois bicycle injury lawyer reaches insurance policy limits settlement

Chicago bike accident attorneys at Abels & Annes have resolved an injury claim for bicyclist that was injured back on January 30, 2010. The accident occurred at intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Carmen. Our client was riding a bicycle southbound on Lincoln when the defendant, who was northbound in a 1994 Ford escort, attempted to turn left onto Carmen and failed to yield.

The plaintiff was knocked off his bicycle into the street. He had a laceration on his left leg, right leg pain, and back and neck pain.

The Chicago Police Department investigated the accident. After talking to both the plaintiff and the defendant, the police officer issued the driver a traffic ticket for failing to yield while making a left turn.

A Chicago Fire Department Ambulance transported the injured bicyclist to Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. At the ER, his laceration was stitched, he was examined by physicians, multiple x-rays were taken, and he was prescribed pain medication. The x-rays were negative for fractures.

Over the next several days the bicyclist’s pain remained. On February 2, 2010 he followed up with a medical doctor. At that time, he had pain and swelling in his left leg in severe neck pain.

The plaintiff’s physician prescribed physical therapy. He went to treatment over the next five weeks on 11 occasions. The therapy mainly consisted of electric stimulation, heat treatment, joint mobilization and therapeutic exercises. By early March his pain had mainly resolved, so his doctor discharged him from treatment.

The at fault driver had $20,000 in liability insurance. The case settled for the policy limits without having to file a lawsuit. 1st Acceptance Insurance is paying on the claim.

If you are a Chicago area bicyclist that has been struck and injured by a motor vehicle, contact the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes for a free consultation. Call 866-99-ABELS or contact us online.