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.
In this case, our attorneys set up an uninsured motorist claim on behalf of our client and against her own insurance company. This is a type of coverage that almost all motorists carry and that provides coverage in the case of a hit-and-run crash. As a result, our client will receive the money she deserves to pay for her losses, including the medical bills she incurred.
We were able to help this client with her claim and we may be able to help you as well. If you have been injured in an accident, call the Chicago hit-and-run injury lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. today for a no obligation telephone consultation. At Abels & Annes, you matter to us from the moment of your first phone call and that is why we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours to take your call. If you have been hurt, call us today at (312) 924-7575 or toll free at (855) 529-2442 and let us help you get a recovery you deserve.
Prior Blog Entries:
CTA Driver Burned by Coffee-Throwing Rider, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 24, 2013.
2-Year-Old Boy Dies after Drowning in Bartlett Pool, Chicago Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, published June 22, 2013.
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