St. Clair County Rear End Car Crash

Case Type: Auto Accident
Settlement: $ 925,000

Facts of the Case

Our client was a front seat passenger in her sister’s car travelling in St. Clair County. Suddenly and unexpectedly, another vehicle slammed into the back of their vehicle at a high rate of speed. The vehicle damage was significant and our client suffered serious and permanent injuries.

Types of Injuries and Harm Suffered

  • Fractured shoulder requiring surgery
  • Fractured knee requiring multiple surgeries and knee replacement
  • Permanent disability
  • Pain & suffering
  • Fright & shock
  • Psychological damages

Legal Issues in the Case

The fault of the Defendant driver was not an issue in the case based upon the clear negligence. Because the Plaintiff was a vehicle passenger, there was no fault that could be imposed upon her. The main issues in the case were the nature and extent of her injuries, the degree of disability, and the amount of compensation that would fairly compensation her for her injuries.

What We Did to Win the Settlement

We filed a lawsuit and took the deposition testimony of the parties, family members, eyewitnesses, and the investigation police offer. We also obtained all of the medical records and took the deposition of her treating surgeon to determine the full extent and permanency of her injuries. We attended mediation and agreed to a settlement of $925,000 for her third-party auto negligence claim.

We also filed her claims for no-fault insurance benefits and those were ultimately paid by the provider. Although the accident was in 2009, our legal team is still assisting the client with her claims for family provided attendant care services and home modifications to make her residence handicapped accessible and to accommodate her current needs.