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Verdicts & Settlements

Confidential– Eight figure settlement achieved for a 46 year old female, suffering from a TBI requiring a ventilator. Case resolved 16 months from date of accident.

Confidential– Settlement. A 28-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter were traveling on a through street when a truck pulled out from a stop sign into their path, causing her to hit him. Mom suffered a fractured right foot and ankle which required surgery to reconstruct, and her daughter suffered fractured ribs and injuries to her head and chest. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until she reaches the age of 18. Confidential.

Confidential– Confidential settlement. While waiting at a stop, with vehicles behind him, the truck in front of him starting backing up at a high speed colliding with the 54-year-old male’s vehicle. He suffered a neck and back injury, resulting in C5-C6-C7 surgery inserting plates and synthetic discs.

Confidential– Settlement. A 52-year-old woman parked in the lot of a local store. She did not know that their practice was to pile plowed snow in an area of the parking lot that was higher than the rest of the lot, and that the snow had then thawed, run over the low part of the lot, and re-froze, creating an unnatural accumulation of ice (black ice). She exited her vehicle and immediately fell and suffered a fractured right shoulder involving immediate surgery. She could not testify with certainty from where the ice came and did not report the incident to the store for two days. CONFIDENTIAL Insurance info.

Confidential– Settled. A 55-year-old man was walking down an aisle of a huge store and tripped on 6 inch piece of dull metal sticking out from the floor. He suffered two meniscus tears in his right knee and now must wear a brace. CONFIDENTIAL

Confidential– Settled. While walking toward the grocer’s frozen meat case, a 51-year-old woman slipped in a puddle of water, twisting her ankle and back. In the immediate area was an employee filling two grocery carts with frozen food. Based upon the puddle located in the immediate area, it appeared that the store created the condition by allowing the frozen food to thaw and melt while in the carts. CONFIDENTIAL

Confidential– Settled at mediation. A Mack waste hauler backed out from a concealed drive directly into the street and hit the passenger’s side of the plaintiff’s pick-up truck. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his back and neck, including two herniated disks. CONFIDENTIAL

Confidential– Confidential Settlement. In a big box store, some boxes fell off a shelf, causing her to sustain a left medial meniscus tear and to have surgical intervention. The claim was settled at mediation.

Confidential– Confidential. As our 61-year-old client turned right into a store aisle, she found herself on the floor. She noticed her pants and shoes were wet and saw a trail of water about 20 feet long coming from under the service desk. A store would be liable for falls on its premise if they are caused by a foreign substance of which they had actual or constructive notice, and for which they did not warn their customers. That is exactly the case in this instance. The water clearly came from an area controlled solely by store employees who therefore will be charged with actual knowledge of that foreign substance. Additionally, the floor covering is of such a substance that water on the floor is many times impossible to see, so there is no comparative negligence attributable to our client. She suffered injuries to her wrist, hip and knee. Claims Management.

Confidential– Settled before trial. In the entrance of a dollar store in Byron, Illinois, employees had placed two large, dark-colored mats in order to cover an electrical cord, that was itself covered by a large mental strip. There were no warning signs posted around the tripping hazard. As our 63 year-old client entered the store, she turned to grab a cart, caught her foot on the large ridge in the middle of the floor mats and fell with considerable force, striking the upper left side of her body with her full weight. She suffered serious injuries to her left shoulder. Her treatment included surgery. Navigators Insurance.

Confidential– Settled before trial. While our 32-year-old client was in her vehicle waiting to exit from a shopping mall parking lot in Ogle County, Illinois, an IDOT snow plow backed into her vehicle, causing her to sustained injuries to her neck. Self-insured.

Confidential– Settled before trial. Our two clients received an electrical shock while participating in therapy in an aquatic therapy pool located in Sycamore, Illinois. In addition to physical and neurological symptoms of electrocution such as muscle aches, spasms, tingling, tightness, and pain, one of our clients sustained injuries to her eye; and the other suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. The three defendants were all self-insured.

Confidential– Settled. The at-fault driver admitted to police that while he was driving on Mulford Road he was on his cell phone searching the internet. He struck the rear of our client who was waiting to turn left, who in turn struck the vehicle in front of him, also waiting to turn left. Our client suffered a rotator cuff tear with surgical intervention. Liberty Mutual Insurance.

$6,227,368– Verdict. The 48-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when run over by a pickup truck and dragged.  He sustained a traumatic amputation of his left leg below the knee on the scene, which required revision to an above the knee amputation later at the hospital. He also sustained multiple fractures to his left (dominant) arm, multiple fractured ribs, a fracture at C5, and developed compartment syndrome requiring fasciotomies on both upper extremities. He developed radial nerve palsy in his left arm and vocal cord damage which continue to make it difficult for him to speak. He spent nearly one month in the hospital and another month in a rehabilitation facility. He underwent nearly twenty surgeries and will need more in the future. He has permanent pain in both arms, his left leg and neck. A loss of consortium claim was asserted on his wife‚ behalf.

$6,062,253– Verdict. 17-year-old female suffered fatal injuries when 44-year-old male defendant, intoxicated, disobeyed red traffic signal and collided with plaintiff broadside. Witness confirmed that plaintiff had a green light. Previously settled with DRAM Shop defendants for statutory limit. Verdict includes $3,000,000 in punitive damages

$5,500,000– Verdict. A 34-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter were in the street when a vehicle driving by hit them both and fled. He was eventually identified. The mother suffered two neck fractures, a pelvic fracture, three leg fractures, crushed right side ribs, a punctured lung by those ribs, and facial lacerations ($5,000,000 judgment). Her daughter suffered a fractured left femur, fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and injuries to her right arm and face ($500,000 judgment). Both the driver of the vehicle and his mother, the owner of the vehicle, were uninsured. Settled January 19, 2010, $20,000 uninsured claim, Liberty Mutual.

$2,585,195– Verdict against one defendant; Settlement with two defendants. Defendant was a patron of two bars in Machesney Park, Illinois, both of which provided him with alcoholic beverages. In the early morning hours in January 2014, the Plaintiff‚ Decedent was also present at one of the bars. Our client’s decedent attempted to converse with Defendant in a partially-enclosed smoking area outside of the main bar area, and Defendant forcefully pushed our client’s decedent to the ground without any known provocation. The Plaintiff‚ Decedent struck his head on the cement floor, rendering him unconscious. Plaintiff‚ Decedent was taken by ambulance to Rockford Memorial Hospital and was found to have a skull fracture and other massive head injuries, including a large subdural hematoma with hemorrhaging of several areas of the brain. He underwent decompressive craniotomy and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He remained in Intensive Care, but never regained consciousness. He died in the hospital.

Special Administrator for Plaintiff‚ estate filed a complaint, including counts for Wrongful Death and Survival Act, under the Liquor Control Act, against both bars; as well as counts for Wrongful Death and Survival Act, sounding in Battery, against the individual defendant.

The bars settled the Liquor Control Act counts for a total of $125,000.00 ($62,500.00 from each establishment). The individual defendant was found in default. After an evidentiary hearing, the Court entered a judgment against the individual defendant for $2,460,195.53 ($2,000,000.00

Wrongful Death, $259,195.53 medical expenses, $1,000.00 lost wages, $100,000.00 pain and suffering, $100,000.00 loss of normal life). Criminal charges for Involuntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm, and Aggravated Battery in a Public Place remained pending at the time of Civil judgment against the defendant.  Society Insurance; Specialty Risk of America.

$1,550,000– Settlement. Defendant was having a party at his parents‚ farmstead. When the 21-year-old plaintiff arrived, Defendant asked the Plaintiff to join him on a “Rhino” all-terrain vehicle for a ride around the property. Defendant made a sharp turn at approximately 40 miles an hour causing Plaintiff‚ leg to become pinned under the vehicle. He suffered displaced fracture of the mid shaft of the tibia and fibula on his right leg. The Plaintiff was not aware that there was a seatbelt present in the vehicle when he was offered the ride. Therefore, he was not wearing a seatbelt. The adult driver‚ parents were named for negligent entrustment. Auto Owners Insurance.

$1,300,000– Settlement. A 62-year-old man was operating his semi-tractor in a northerly direction on IL Highway 20 and the defendant was operating his semi-tractor in a southerly direction on IL Highway 20.  The defendant lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median, and hit the plaintiff head-on. The defense contended that due to wind conditions the defendant’s vehicle went out of control. Plaintiff’s injuries included loss of consciousness at the scene, laceration of the right ear with detachment from the face, loss of feeling in two fingers of the right hand, open fracture/dislocation of right ankle, nerve disruption and torn artery. Plaintiff’s doctors considered an ankle fusion or possible amputation, but the plaintiff decided against these procedures. Settled before trial by Crum & Forester.

$1,250,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm Insurance). Plaintiff was a 17-year-old female who was a passenger in the defendant’s vehicle.  They were traveling southbound on Highway 76 in Boone County, IL.  Defendant hit gravel, lost control of his vehicle, slid into oncoming traffic, and was hit broadside by another vehicle.  Plaintiff sustained a depressed skull fracture on the right side with subarachnoid bleeding. Plaintiff had over $600,000 in medical bills and settled for policy limits with State Farm Insurance.

$1,100,000– Settled policy limits. Our 79-year-old client was T-boned by a pick-up truck hauling a too-large trailer which ran a stop sign. She sustained multiple traumatic injury to her brain, chest with left pneumothorax, respiratory failure requiring intubation, intra-abdominal injury with splenic laceration requiring laparotomy and splenic resection, as well as pelvic injury and hip fracture. Progressive.

$866,666– Settlement. The Plaintiff was eastbound on US Route 20 approaching the intersection with Rock City Road. Her 7-year-old daughter was restrained in a child safety seat in the backseat. Plaintiff was 36 weeks pregnant with her son. The at-fault driver entered the intersection in the Plaintiff‚ path, colliding with her vehicle. The Plaintiff‚ vehicle spun around and became disabled in the intersection, across eastbound lanes of traffic. The Plaintiff exited her vehicle to attempt to get her daughter from the car and get out of the roadway. Another driver who was at a distance behind the Plaintiff hit the Plaintiff‚ vehicle at 55 mph. This second collision caused the Plaintiff to be thrown onto the northbound shoulder and the daughter was still in the vehicle at the time of the second crash. The collision caused a premature delivery by cesarean section at 36 weeks’ gestation. The new born had a 10-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and experienced apnea, intolerance to oral feeding, difficulty sucking from a bottle, sinus bradycardia and jaundice. The daughter made a good physical recovery after many months of inpatient care and outpatient therapy; she continues to have cognitive difficulties. State Farm Insurance.

$800,000– Settlement. While boating, the father of the minor plaintiff allowed her to dangle her arms and hands outside the railing of the boat, in violation of Coast Guard rules.  He drove into a buoy in the dark. Her elbow was smashed into the buoy. Her parents did not take her to the emergency room until nearly two hours later even though she was bleeding profusely enough to soak her clothing. She suffered an open left humerus fracture. When this incident happened, the plaintiff was a 15-year-old girl with some learning disabilities. This injury caused her severe problems with her education. She spent many weeks in the hospital and underwent at least six surgeries and yet still lacks elbow function. Currently, she experiences reduced range of motion in her arm, with which, as the doctors noted, she will continue to have problems for the rest of her life. American Family Insurance

$750,000– Settled. Our 61-year-old motorcyclist was eastbound on the through street of Harmony Road in Riley Township, Illinois. The other driver, sitting at the stop sign on Genoa Road, pulled onto Harmony directly in front of our client. Our client avoided hitting the other driver broadside, but did clip the left rear of the car, apparently with his left foot and his motorcycle. This caused him to begin losing control, but since he was an experienced rider, he was able to maintain the motorcycle upright until it could be more safely laid down in the ditch rather than on the blacktop. This action probably saved his life. His right leg was fractured in two places, the distal one essentially at the ankle. He also suffered fractures of his left foot and a full tear in his right rotator-cuff and bicep. All of these injuries required surgeries. Country Financial.

$555,000– Settlement. Plaintiff was a 25-year-old male who was a back seat passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend.  Defendant ran red light and hit the vehicle broadside.  Plaintiff sustained a shattered kidney, 7 fractured ribs on the left side, and a collapsed lung.  Plaintiff had over $185,000 in medical bills.  Defendant was uninsured.  Settlement paid by Travelers Insurance.

$549,500– Verdict. Clients, 50-year-old male driver and 58-year-old female passenger were involved in a three-car collision. The teenaged defendant turned his vehicle from a direct course, leaving the roadway striking the driver’s door of the plaintiff’s vehicle which was stopped at a stop light on a cross street. The plaintiff driver injured his back and right shoulder requiring surgery. The plaintiff passenger injured her neck, both shoulders, left elbow knee and back, requiring rotator cuff surgery to her left shoulder and surgery for tennis elbow to her left elbow.  State Farm Insurance.

$500,000– Settled. Our 44-year-old motorcyclist was proceeding southbound on the service road located next to North Second Street, as it approached the 9400 block in Machesney Park, Illinois. The other driver was in a 2007 Hummer northbound on the service road and attempted to make a left-hand turn across our client‚ lane of traffic. When he realized that the motorcycle was coming, he stopped his vehicle–blocking the cycle‚ lane‚ and he just sat there, blocking the street. Our cyclist was so close it impossible for him to stop or swerve or otherwise avoid colliding with the Hummer; he went over the handle bars and landed in a ditch. Our client sustained a displaced mid-third tibia fracture and an avulsion fraction at the fibular head of his left leg and serious injuries to his forehead, neck, back and knee and has significant scarring. Frankenmuth Ins.

$475,000– Settled. Plaintiff was standing in the grass near the curb talking with a neighbor when a sinkhole opened up beneath her feet causing her left leg to drop into the sinkhole. According to City records, neighbors had called the City several times in the preceding 2 months complaining of the sinkhole, but the City took no action until after this injury. The Plaintiff sustained a large degloving injury to her left leg with a significant scar. The City admitted negligence. Self Insured

$472,332– Verdict. A Winnebago County jury returned a verdict in the amount of $472,332.10 for a 53-year-old male who was struck by a golf cart while riding his motorcycle on an interior road at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds. The plaintiff sustained a lis franc fracture/dislocation of his left mid foot (all five bones dislocated, three fractured with open reduction/internal screw fixation) when the motorcycle was forced over onto his left foot, bending it in half. The evidence showed he would need a future ankle fusion. The jury deliberated three and one half hours before awarding the plaintiff $47,332.10 for past medical bills, $25,000 for future medical bills, $250,000 for pain and suffering and $150,000 for disability/loss of a normal life (the plaintiff was an avid outdoorsman who had great difficulty walking on uneven ground as a result of his injury). This is believed to be the largest verdict in Winnebago County in 2005.

$375,000– Settled. A woman traveling eastbound on Hwy 64 going about 55mph.  Def. was eastbound on Hwy 64, pulling a construction/office trailer (wide load).  Wheel came off trailer and crashed into her car.  Wheel flew at her face.  She leaned to the right to avoid the wheel which hit her windshield  and peeled the roof of the car back.  She was trapped in her car.  She sustained brain bleeding, neck injury (several herniated discs), and a rotator cuff tear. The Hartford Insurance

$354,280– Verdict. Euro Tattoo–UNINSURED. On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, cases on behalf of 11 injured plaintiffs against Euro II Tattoo were brought to trial in the Circuit Court for Winnebago County before Judge J. Edward Prochaska. The injured plaintiffs ranged in age from 14 to 53 years old and all suffered confirmed cases of pseudomonas aeruginosa shortly after obtaining piercings at Euro II Tattoo. All infections were confirmed by the Winnebago County Department of Public Health and were caused by using piercing equipment and supplies that were contaminated. These infections can be quite serious and, in some cases, can result in death.

Medical bills for these victims totaled $109,280, with one‚ bills exceeding $41,000. The piercings occurred between October 2012 and July, 2013. All 11 victims underwent treatment with courses of antibiotics plus cleaning of the infected sites and underwent surgical incisions to drain the infected areas. Six of the victims had such severe cases of infection that they were hospitalized and administered antibiotics by IV. All 11 have various degrees of permanent scarring and disfigurement, and 2 even suffer hearing loss in the affected ears.

The total award for all 11 plaintiffs was in the amount of $354,280.41, which includes compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. The plaintiffs were also awarded $1,582.50 in court costs. All plaintiffs were represented by MacCloskeyKesler & Associates and the case was tried by Attorney Mary Wood of that office.”

$325,000– Settled. A huge truck and trailer pulled the wrong way out of the one-way Post Office driveway right in front of the plaintiff. She could not stop and hit him. The 43-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck, back, shoulder and collar bone. Her medical treatment included surgery on her back and injections in her shoulder. Her medical bills totaled $83,717.94. Continental Western Group Insurance.

$325,000– Settled. Our 19-year old client was westbound in a construction zone on Bypass Route 20, south of Rockford, Illinois, when she was rear-ended by a semi-truck traveling too fast for conditions. Among other injuries, she suffered a displaced fractured clavicle which required surgical intervention.  Her medical bills exceeded $90,000. Progressive.

$310,000– Settled. There was a broken olive oil jar on the floor in an aisle where customers shop, pushing their grocery carts.  Plaintiff did not see the olive oil on the floor while shopping and slipped, pulling his grocery cart on top of himself.  There were no signs indicating the floor was slippery.  Due to the Plaintiff‚ injuries and the severity of his pain he passed away prior to a trial and the matter was settled with his Estate.  Sedgwick Claims Management Co.

$300,000– Policy Limit Settlement (Liberty Mutual) As one of the household residents was cutting the lawn, he backed up the tractor, running over the visiting 8-year-old boy, whose legs were caught under the mower‚ deck. A tourniquet was applied to save his life and he was rushed to the emergency room via a helicopter. The 8-year-old boy lost one foot and part of the other.

$300,000– Settlement Policy Limit. The 87-year-old defendant turned left directly in the path of the 18-year-old female‚ vehicle, causing them to collide. Plaintiff hurt her nose, neck, back and ribs, and severely fractured her right leg, ankle and foot. Full policy limit paid by Travelers.

$300,000– Settled. At a family party, our 7-year-old client was petting the German Shepherd/Huskie mix dog tried to the tree in the back yard, when without warning he bit her in the face, fracturing her nose and upper teeth, and lacerating her cheeks. State Farm.

$281,000 – Settlement. A 32-year-old mother and her 2-year-old daughter were traveling on a through street. The defendant was stopped at a stop sign; she then pulled out into the path of the mother, causing a collision. The mother suffered a fracture of her right tibia and an ankle sprain. The daughter, a back seat passenger, had only an ER visit. Paid by West Bend Insurance

$275,000– Settled. A 40-year-old woman, recovering from recent neck fusion surgery, was driving through an intersection on a green light when the defendant ran his red light and they collided. The defendant hit her so hard his pick-up truck flipped over. She suffered a herniation at the C6-7 vertebral space and was caused to have a second fusion. MetLife Insurance.

$270,000– Settled Policy Limit. Our 37-year-old mother, with her 3-year-old and 5-year-old as back seat passengers, was traveling south on North Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, when a northbound vehicle attempted to pass a stopped garbage truck by entering her southbound lane, hitting their vehicle head-on. The force of the collision caused so much damage to my client‚ car that she had to be extricated from her vehicle. Among other injuries, she sustained a comminuted fracture of the distal fibula and a fracture of the distal tibia in her right lower leg. Doctors at the emergency department found abrasion to her 3-year old‚ upper chest and her 5-year-old sustained abrasions to his abdominal wall and right arm. Our mother underwent an open reduction internal fixation of the fractures in her right leg. Our 3-year-old settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with American Access for $2,000; and our 5-year-old settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with American Access for $1,200. Our mother settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with American Access for $16,800.00; and also with her own underinsured policy with American Family for $250,000.

$265,500– Settled. Our father, with his wife and two daughters as passengers, was driving north on Pecatonica Road in Seward Township, Illinois, when the young, at-fault driver, traveling east on Edwardsville Road, ignored the stop sign and T-boned their vehicle in the driver‚ door. There was a prolonged extrication to free the family. Our father sustained serious injuries to his head, jaw, neck, left shoulder, chest, abdomen, and pelvis; his treatment included surgery, and he settled for $120,000. His wife sustained injuries to her face, right arm and shoulder, and settled for $500. Their 14-year-old daughter sustained injuries to her neck and fractured her right ankle; and settled for $30,000. Their 12-year-old daughter sustained serious injuries to her head and settled for $115,000. State Farm.

$250,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Farmers Insurance.) Vehicle in which female, age 95, was a front seat passenger, was hit head-on. She suffered a fractured neck and a concussion and died less than two months later.

$250,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Harleysville) Underinsured defendant pulled out in front of our client, who was traveling on a through street, causing a collision. Our client, a 62-year-old male, suffered a hip fracture and right femur fracture. He had to have an open reduction internal fixation of his right hip the following day. We settled for policy limits, $100,000, with the at-fault driver’s insurance on 10/12/10 and then pursued an underinsured claim against our client’s  own automobile policy.

$250,000– Settlement. Vehicle in which Female, age 23, was a passenger hit by left-turning defendant’s vehicle. Crash fractured plaintiff’s lower left leg (rod inserted) and her left arm. Residuals include a limp and surgical scars ($56,657 medical expense). Paid by USAA.

$250,000– Settled. A 41-year-old man was putting up the storm windows on his house when, while on a ladder holding a glass window, he fell. The emergency department spent hours removing glass from multiple cuts and suturing wounds. One piece of glass in his chest was overlooked. When he complained about the pain in his chest, his doctor kept sending him for massage therapy. The massaged glass, a triangular piece measuring roughly 4 centimeters, harmed him even more. This piece of glass can be clearly seen by laymen on the x-rays. Paid by self-insured hospital.

$250,000– Policy Limits Settlement. As the 74-year-old woman walked through the parking lot of Panera Bread in Machesney Park, Illinois, she was hit by a driver backing out of a parking stall and suffered fractures to her neck, elbow, and hip. Country.

$250,000– Policy Limits Settlement. After my client was removed from the crash scene by ambulance, the at-fault driver, smelling strongly of alcohol, barricaded himself against the police in my client‚ car. My client had been traveling east on Route 30 and as he approached the stop sign at the intersection with Galt Road in Whiteside County, Illinois, he slowed and stopped. The driver behind him neither slowed nor stopped, striking the rear end of my client‚ vehicle at full speed. My 62-year-old client had previously had cervical spine surgery, with a decompression and fusion at C3, C4, C5, and C6, because of fractured vertebrae in 2000, and due to the force of this collision, previously-placed spinal hardware had become loosened at the C7 level, which was causing a screw to interfere with his spinal cord causing numbness and tingling in his hands, as well as extreme pain in his neck. He underwent a complete replacement of the hardware from C5-T1, and the addition of new hardware into T2 vertebrae. Erie.

$250,000– Settled. As our client was attempting to get something out of the back of her truck parked on Maple Street in Machesney Park, Illinois, the 80-year-old driver of the vehicle parked behind her started her vehicle and, instead of putting the vehicle in reverse, put the vehicle in drive and went forward. This caused the front of her car to strike our client and pin her between the two vehicles. She was pinned between the vehicles for less than one minute before the at-fault driver got her car in reverse and backed it up. Our client collapsed and crawled up and over the curb to lie in the grass next to the street. She suffered an impaction fracture of her left thigh and her treatment included surgeries. AutoOwners

$250,000– Settled for policy limits. On our client‚ 67th birthday, an uninsured driver struck our client in the intersection of Charles and 29th Streets in Rockford, Illinois, when he did not stop for his stop sign. Our client suffered significant injuries to her neck and shoulder and her treatment included surgical manipulation of her right shoulder and a spinal fusion. Her medical bills were almost $200,000. Her own insurance, The Hartford, paid its uninsured policy limits.

$250,000– Settled for policy limits. After causing a three-car crash at the ‚ intersection of IL Route 173 and Siedschlag Road in McHenry County, Illinois, the at-fault driver fled the scene. The Fox Lake police apprehended her at a nearby Marathon gas station. Our client‚ injuries included a herniated disk at C4-5 which required surgery. The at-fault driver‚ policy with Country Financial paid its policy limits of $100,000.  In addition, her own State Farm policy paid $150,000 from her underinsured policy.

$250,000– Settled after filing suit. In July or August 2012, Comcast installed a new coaxial cable at our client‚ home. The cable ran from the house through portions of the backyard, and was strung up into branches of a pine tree and across a brick walkway, before finally connecting to the Comcast cable box located on an overhead pole. Our client was told by Comcast that another crew would bury the cable at a later date. During the next two years, our client made multiple requests to Comcast to bury the cable. Our client explains that he made these requests by phone, and in person when any Comcast repair technicians were at the home. Comcast denies having any records of our client‚ requests.

As of March 12, 2014, Comcast had not yet buried the coaxial cable. On that date, our client was in his backyard, taking his young puppy outside on a leash. The puppy bolted after a squirrel, pulling the leash out of our client‚ hand. As the puppy ran around the side of the house toward the street, he chased the dog, trying to prevent her from running into the street. As he rounded the side of the house, he remembered at the last second that the Comcast cable was suspended at chest/neck level. Our client lurched backwards to avoid running into the cable, and fell on the brick walkway, landing with his full weight on his left elbow.

Comcast finally buried the coaxial cable on April 9, 2014.

Our client suffered a left triceps tendon tear, left cubital tunnel syndrome and left ulnar nerve injury (2 surgeries); left AC joint separation

Liberty Mutual.

$240,000– Settlement. Female, age 58, sustained a fractured ankle when the vehicle she was driving was hit head-on. She had medical expenses in the amount of $21,756.15. Paid by Farmers Insurance Group.

$240,000– Settled, policy limits. Thinking she could make a quick left turn onto Sandy Hollow in front of the car approaching her on 20th in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver instead caused a collision. Our 17-year-old client was her passenger, and her life-threatening injuries included collapsed lungs, a fracture of the right humerus, a liver laceration, a closed fracture of her right rib, pulmonary contusions, closed fractures of the sacrum, iliac wing of pelvis on both sides, right inferior pubic ramus, and a lumbar vertebrae. Our client received the policy limits of $25,000 from American Family for the vehicle in which she was a passenger; and $210,000 from the underinsured portion of her own policy with American Family.

$225,000– Settled. A 71-year-old woman was driving on a through street when the defendant ignored his stop sign and pulled out in front of her causing a collision. She suffered injuries to her head, neck, chest and abdomen, and fractures to her right hand. Country Insurance

$225,000– Settled. As our client traveled northbound on Poplar Grove Road in Belvidere approaching the intersection with Marengo Road, he saw the eastbound defendant stopped at the stop sign. However, the defendant did not wait for traffic to clear before pulling out directly in front of our client, who had no time to react. The two vehicles collided. Our client‚ body flew forward and his face went right into the windshield. He sustained injuries to his face, head, mouth and teeth, neck, chest, ribs, shoulder, elbow and knee. His treatment included surgeries. American Family

$225,000– Settled before trial. The at-fault driver was northbound on Belvidere Road when her truck slid on the ice covered road, went into the southbound lane, hit the back of our client‚ vehicle, spinning it into the ditch where it landed upside down. Our client suffered back, neck and bilateral shoulder injuries, treatment included two surgeries on her neck and on her back. State Auto

$220,000– Settlement. A 22-year-old woman was driving her automobile when a vehicle crossed the median hitting her head-on and another vehicle rear-ended her before her vehicle came to a stop. She suffered a fractured tibula/fibula. Settled with AAA Insurance shortly after filing the case with the court.

$215,000– Settled. Our 39-year-old client was walking north on the sidewalk along South First Street in Dekalb, Illinois. When she arrived at the intersection with Gurler Street and saw that a driver had stopped at the stop sign, she proceeded across Gurler Street in the cross walk. As she crossed in front of the car, he, suddenly and without warning, began moving forward striking her in the left leg with the front of his car. The impact caused our client to first land on the car‚ hood and then fall to the ground. She suffered a tibial plateau fracture, which necessitated an open reduction internal fixation surgery on her left knee. State Farm

$212,000– “Settlement. The driver was our 48-year-old client and her front seat passenger was her 25-year-old daughter and also our client. They were. driving north on Main Street approaching the intersection of Latham Road in Rockford Township, Illinois, when the southbound driver of a large flat-bed truck turned left directly into our clients‚ vehicle.

Our mother sustained extensive contusions of her chest, neck, abdomen, right knee, right hip and back; she suffered a fracture of her right pubic ramus with total hip replacement four months post-collision. Her case settled for $150,000.

Our daughter sustained extensive contusions of her chest and abdomen; a large seatbelt abrasion to right side of her neck with subsequent development of right-sided facial droop/weakness of facial muscles on the right. Her case settled for $62,000. Farmers.”

$208,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our mother and her 6-year-old son and passenger were traveling on East State when the at-fault driver turned left in front of them, causing a head-on collision. Our mother sustained serious injuries to her head, neck and back, including a focal central disc protrusion at C6-C7. Her treatment included steroid injections and surgery. Her 6-year-old sustained bruising to his neck and chest. Her son settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with State Farm for $5,000. Our mother settled with State Farm for its policy limits of $100,000 and with the underinsured portion of her own policy with Progressive for $103,000.

$200,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (AAA.) A mother and her 2-year-old daughter were passengers in the defendant‚ vehicle. Mother does not remember the crash. The daughter was unconscious for eight days and did not start walking again until almost two months after the incident. The defendant was charged with a DUI and four Class-4 Felonies, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, improper lane usage. The officer told the mother that the defendant had also hit a parked tow truck. The defendant admitted drinking heavily. Mother did not know he was intoxicated when they got into the vehicle. The daughter suffered a right hip fracture, center skull fracture, walking problems, cuts on right arm and face. The mother suffered an injury to the right eye, hand, right kidney, right lung, multiple lacerations, liver damage, bruises on the left of her back, right hip fracture in three placed, right elbow fracture, right tibia fracture, right skull fracture, burns, neck, lip, nose fracture, underwent four surgeries, and damage to her teeth. The minor’s settlement funds were placed in an interest-bearing account until she reaches the age of 18.

$200,000– Settled policy limits. Our passenger client suffered 11 fractured ribs (for which he underwent surgery); a fractured pelvis; brain bleed; a fractured sternum; a fractured lumbar vertebrae; a punctured right lung; and now suffers from permanent short term memory loss and permanent double vision in both eyes when a speeding 16-year-old ran a stop sign, t-boned him and wrapped his vehicle around a tree yards away. Shelter Insurance paid $100,000 and Hartford/Twin City Fire paid $100,000.

$200,000– Settled. Our client fell on a ramp while working and shattered her kneecap. The ramp was clearly in violation of the BOCA codes. A workers‚ compensation claim had also been filed and settled previous to this. Foremost Ins. paid $180,000 and Amboy MHPI. paid $20,000.

$200,000– Settled Policy Limits. Our client was a passenger in his own vehicle. As their vehicle approached the intersection of Colorado and Harrison Avenues in Rockford, Illinois, his driver started to turn left. As verified by an independent witness, the other driver entered the intersection on a red light directly in front of our client‚ vehicle and they collided. Both drivers were later found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. My client sustained a ruptured bladder, a blowout fracture to his left eye and a fracture to his L5 vertebra. His medical billings were almost $120,000 and he lost close to $8,000 in wages. $100,000 from each driver; Liberty Mutual and Farmers Insurance.

$199,000– “Settled. One July evening, as our 7-year-old client was sitting on the front end of a pontoon boat with her legs dangling in the water as it was traveling on the Rock River near Rockford, Illinois, the driver struck a nearby dock, causing the pontoon to shift suddenly — throwing her off the front of the boat and pinning her underneath the front platform. The driver did not attempt to stop the boat but continued proceeding forward, with her still trapped underneath the boat. Ultimately, she passed between the pontoons and struck the propellers at the rear of the boat.

The driver had been drinking before this occurrence and was operating the boat while intoxicated. He had had a duty to prevent a 7-year-old from riding on the pontoon boat with her legs dangling in the water while it was moving; he had had a duty to be aware of the area surrounding the boat to avoid colliding with the dock in front of him; he had had a duty to kill the motor immediately after she fell off the boat; and he had had a duty to not operate the boat while under the influence of alcohol, and to otherwise act with reasonable care for the people on the pontoon. This driver breached his duty and is responsible for the injuries sustained by this little girl.

She was treated on the scene by paramedics, who found large lacerations, one across her right thigh, measuring about 12 inches long and four inches wide involving the deep underlying tissues, with visible muscles and tendons beneath, one under her right buttock about four inches long, and two lacerations on her foot about two inches long. Upon examination at the emergency department, it was found that she had, in addition to what was described by the paramedics, contusions and abrasions to the left pelvis, right upper medial thigh, right labia, an abrasion to the right elbow, and contusions to the left thigh, knee, and foot. She was admitted to the hospital and rushed to emergency surgery to undergo surgical repair of these lacerations. This procedure included irrigation, debridement, and closure of the lacerations to the right posterior thigh and buttock. Today, as she herself puts it, the scars are “”big and nasty.”” Nationwide Insurance.”

$198,333– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver was ejected from the vehicle and killed while the other three passengers, including my client in the back seat, remained inside while the car rolled. The vehicle was heading northbound on I-39 in Cherry Valley Township in Winnebago County, Illinois, when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, hit the guardrail and roll down an embankment, landing on a roadway below. Once the car stopped, my 27-year-old client removed himself by crawling out of a broken window before paramedics arrived. Among other injuries, he sustained injuries to his head and right eye, his chest, and an open left ankle fracture. He was admitted to hospital for breathing problems and underwent an open reduction and internal fixation of the left fibula fracture, followed by a syndesmotic repair of the left ankle and the application of a wound vac. The at-fault driver‚ insurance, Liberty Mutual, settled for its policy limits of $100,000; the insurance for the vehicle‚ owner, State Farm, settled in the amount of $33,333.33 and his own underinsured policy with American Family settled in the amount of $65,000.

$195,000– Settlement and Award. As our client was traveling west on Schick Road at its intersection with Glenwood Drive in Bloomingdale, Illinois, another driver pulled from a bank parking lot directly into the path of her vehicle. He intended to cross straight over the four-lane street directly into the Burger King. My client was unable to avoid the collision and sustained a seatbelt burn, several fractured teeth on the left side of her mouth, right shoulder impingement syndrome and a rotator cuff tear requiring two surgeries, and injuries to her tongue and head. Policy Limit Settlement in the amount of $100,000 from at-fault driver‚ Allstate policy; and an Arbitration Award in the amount of $95,000 from client‚ underinsured policy with American National.

$185,720– Settlement. A 78-year-old male was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer shortly before this crash. His prognosis was poor, and his family had prepared for the likelihood that he only had a matter of months to live at the time of the crash. He died hours after the crash. The wheelchair van in which the plaintiff was a passenger was struck head-on by a defendant with a $50/100 policy. The $35,720 represents the plaintiff’s proportionate share of the $100,000 coverage spread among three claimants, one of whom had over $100,000 in medical expenses related to the collision. Through discovery we were able to prove that the OSF driver was taking prescription narcotics which affected his ability to drive. Moreover, our reconstructionist was able to prove that the driver of the ambulance did not react appropriately to the underinsured driver‚ vehicle crossing the median. His widow did not want to go to trial; this was settled with State Farm and Gallagher Bassett.

$180,000– Settled. One dark night, a stolen Ford Winstar, traveling without headlights and at a high rate of speed, ran the stop sign on Rose Avenue and collided with my clients‚ vehicle on Morgan Street in Rockford, Illinois. The driver and occupants of the Ford Windstar fled the scene on foot after the collision. Our driver sustained five fractured ribs in addition to various abrasions and contusions, and his wife sustained injuries to her head, neck, right shoulder, flank, right leg, and right foot. The driver settled for $70,000 and his wife and passenger for $110,000 under the uninsured portion of their own policy of insurance with Country.

$175,000– Settlement. A 47-year-old female was involved in a hit-and-run collision. She suffered aggravation of an underlying degenerative condition and herniated disk at C6-7 requiring a fusion. Claimant did not want to go to arbitration. This was settled with her own insurance, American Family. The settlement was in addition to the medical payments.

$172,500– Settled. After running the stop sign on Gregory and Kishwaukee Streets in Rockford, Illinois, and colliding with our pregnant 31-year-old client‚ vehicle, the driver left the scene on foot and was never identified. Our client suffered injuries to her shoulder, knee, upper back and lower back. Most significantly, she was pregnant at the time of the collision and suffered a premature rupture of her membrane causing a continuous loss of amniotic fluid, which ultimately resulted in the loss of her baby. Settled with client‚ own uninsured motorist policy with Country.

$170,000– Settled. The driver who was traveling north on Shaw Road, in Boone County, Illinois, pulled out from a stop sign on Spring Creek into the path of our eastbound client who, at 45 mph, had insufficient time to stop, and collided with that vehicle. Paramedics at the scene noted that our client‚ truck had moderate to severe front-end damage and that the steering wheel was deformed from the impact. In addition to other injuries, our client sustained a nasal fracture with deviation of the nasal septum to the right, a disc herniation at C3-4 in his neck, and fractures of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum in the area of the 4th-6th ribs on the right. Travelers Insurance.

$165,000– Settled. The Defendant ran a red light and T-boned the 19-tear-old Plaintiff‚ vehicle. She sustained a fractured ulna of her right arm. Although her medical treatment included surgery, it only lasted 3 months with near complete resolution of symptoms andtotaled$47,329.46. Case settled at mediation. Country Financial Insurance

$163,772– Jury Verdict. Just after midnight, a 26-year-old man was walking home from a house where he had been drinking. He was wearing a jacket with reflective materials on it, and was properly walking along the road facing traffic, well off the road itself. As the defendant (who had also been drinking) approached, his van left the roadway and struck the plaintiff head-on, driving his body approximately 175 feet. The plaintiff sustained a lacerated liver, an adrenal hematoma, severe and significant forehead lacerations with a closed head injury (causing significant scarring), and last but not least, a right open tibia fracture that required external and permanent internal fixation. The insurance would not settle before trial because both the plaintiff and the defendant had been drinking. Nationwide Insurance.

$163,000– Settled after filing suit. Our 52-year-old client was a passenger on a RMTD bus when the at-fault driver turned left in front the bus, causing a collision. Our client suffered injuries to his neck, left shoulder which included a rotator cuff tear, and both knees. Erie Insurance.

$158,500– Settled. The driver on Stephenson Street, in Stephenson County, Illinois, pulled out onto Van Brocklin directly into the path of our client father and his passenger son, causing a collision. Our father sustained injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulders, left arm, shoulders, and right knee, and his treatment included surgery on both shoulders. His son sustained injuries to his head, face and back. Our father settled for $155,000; his son, $3,500. Farmers.

$155,000– Settlements (two). Our 16-year-old client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle driven by the 18-year-old defendant. They were southbound on South Scout camp Road near its intersection with East Welch Road in JoDaviess County, Illinois. The driver lost control of his vehicle and the car spun and rolled down an embankment, coming to rest against a fence. Our client was ejected from the car and sustained multiple pelvic fractures. After plaintiff settled with the at-fault driver‚ liability carrier for its $50,000 policy limit, plaintiff sought underinsured motorist coverage from Grinnell Mutual under a policy issued to her father. Grinnell filed a declaratory judgment action in the Northern District of Illinois Federal court, arguing that there was no coverage for the collision, since our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was not listed as a ‚covered auto‚ on the underinsured motorist policy at issue. The parties filed cross motions for summary judgment and the District Court ruled in favor of our client on the issue of coverage. Grinnell appealed, and the Seventh Circuit eventually upheld the decision of the District Court, ruling in favor of coverage for our client. After the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion, the parties settled for an additional $105,000 of underinsured motorist coverage. Country and Grinnell Mutual.

$154,500– Settled. The uninsured driver was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he slid into our clients‚ lane of Fairview Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, and hit them head on. In additional to neck, back and abdominal injuries, our six-month pregnant client sustained a fracture in her right foot and right ankle which required surgery, but the orthopedic surgeon decided against surgery due to her pregnancy. Her 9-year-old son and front seat passenger had gone partially through the windshield, sustaining two severe head lacerations along with injuries to his left leg, head, left side, left shoulder, and neck. Her 11-year-old daughter and passenger sustained injuries to her right ankle, left toe and nose. Our mom settled for $80,000; the 9-year-old for $73,500; and the 11-year-old for $1,000. Uninsured portion of the client‚ policy with Farmers.

$151,000– Settlement. Female, age 41, sustained a full thickness tear of her right rotator cuff ($25,461 medical expense) when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was involved in a collision at a Rockford intersection. She underwent arthroscopic surgery and, later, an open procedure due to shoulder impingement syndrome. Paid by Country Companies.

$150,000 – Settlement. A 30-year-old mother with her 11-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son as passengers were injured when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit them head-on. The mother suffered a fracture in her right foot and right ankle which did not require surgery. Today she continues to have problems with her right ankle and foot. The son had gone partially through the windshield and split his forehead to the bone. He has fortunately recovered from his massive lacerations but has some scarring. The daughter had abrasions on her nose and right ankle pain and was treated at the ER and released. She continues to suffer with nose respiratory problems. The uninsured defendant died at the hospital. This was an uninsured motorist claim. The mother‚ claim settled for $80,000.00; the son, for $73,500.00 and the daughter, $1,000.00. Paid by Farmers Insurance.

$150,000– Settled. Defendant‚ agent ran a red light striking the Plaintiff‚ vehicle. Plaintiff was unwilling to undergo more treatment. Settled at pre-trial conference. Westfield Insurance Company.

$150,000– Settled. Plaintiff was in the left turn lane stopped waiting for traffic when the Defendant struck her vehicle from the rear. Delay in initial treatment and no police were called to the scene. Settled at mediation. Wilson Mutual Insurance

$150,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant sped through a stop sign and struck the plaintiff‚ vehicle on the passenger side, causing her to sustain truly profound and life-threatening injuries. Initial diagnoses included a complex fracture of the pelvis, hematuria with a possible ruptured bladder, an almost circumferential laceration of the left upper thigh, and massive blood loss from the pelvic fracture and laceration. She was transported by helicopter to the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Her injuries were noted as follows: bi-frontal petechial hemorrhage; left parietal axonal injuries; C5-6 fracture/dislocation; C5-6 compression fracture; C7, L3-4, T5, and T10 spinus process fractures; severe comminuted pelvic fracture in several places, requiring external fixation; a large laceration of her left common femoral artery and vein; and an extra-peritoneal bladder perforation. She had to be followed by the Psychology and Psychiatry Departments at UW for depression/anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. She required skin grafting to her left buttock, left groin and medial thigh. She was also diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. General Casualty paid its policy limit of $100,000, plus plaintiff received a personal payment of $50,000 from the defendant.

$150,000– Mediation Award. An 82-year-old nursing home resident fell and suffered from a fractured hip which was left untreated, causing her death. Allied Insurance

$150,000– Settled. The defendant was unable to stop his vehicle in time behind slowing traffic and attempted to avoid a collision by crossing into the opposite lane, where he caused a head-on collision with the Plaintiff. The defendant admitted fault to the investigating police officer and was issued a citation, to which he pled guilty, for improper lane usage. The 49-year-old plaintiff sustained comminuted fractures of the right radius and ulna at the union of the wrist. An open reduction internal fixation of the right radius and ulna was performed. Zurich Insurance

$150,000– Settled. As she was shopping, the plaintiff suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon when she tripped over a pipe that was concealed on the floor between two tables in the gardening barn. The business owner had been made aware of the pipe previously, but had neglected to make a safe environment for his shoppers. The 41-year-old plaintiff‚ treatment included surgical repair and her medical bills were over $30,000. Harleysville Lake States Insurance

$150,000– Settled. A mother failed to properly teach her son how dangerous a Rhino could be, and failed to prohibit him from allowing others to drive it. He allowed a friend to drive the Rhino without proper instruction. Shortly after starting off, the friend lost control and rolled the Rhino in my minor passenger client‚ direction, landing on her right lower leg. She severely fractured her right ankle and her treatment included an open reduction and internal fixation of the right medial malleolus fracture. Assurant Insurance.

$150,000– Settled. In Dement Township, Illinois, the defendant backed his John Deer snowplow from a driveway into oncoming traffic, crushing our client‚ car on the driver‚ side door. Our 38-year-old client needed to be extricated from her vehicle. She suffered a laceration to her ear requiring surgical repair. Additionally, she suffered injury to her neck which resulted in disc bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7. She also suffered trauma to her head and her abdomen, and bruising to her arms and legs. Nationwide/Allied Property.

$150,000– Settled. As our client was proceeding east on a green light at Fifth Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver, traveling north at full speed, entered the intersection from Kishwaukee Street against his red light, striking our client so hard that his vehicle spun around. In addition to other injuries, our client suffered an extruded disc herniation in his lower back, and aggravation and soft tissue injuries to his neck. His treatment required surgery. Country Insurance.

$146,528– Settlement Policy Limit. Defendant turned left in front of 83-year-old woman driver, causing her to hit Defendant and spin into a third vehicle. Plaintiff‚ injuries were to her head, neck, right shoulder, chest, abdomen, knees and back, and even after intensive rehabilitation, Plaintiff will now live in an assisted-living facility for the rest of her life. Progressive Insurance for Defendant (minus property damage previously paid) and American Family, Plaintiff‚ underinsured policy.

$140,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm.) Male passenger, age 25 suffered fatal injuries when his driver, allegedly intoxicated, ran a stop light and collided with a Boone County Sheriff’s vehicle at Rockford intersection. Witnesses said the police had a green light. In addition to the State Farm full policy limit of $100,000 for its driver; $40,000 by AAA Auto for Boone County, even though there was no real evidence of wrong doing on the part of the Boone County deputy. State Farm also waived a $10,000 med pay lien.

$140,000– Settled. The uninsured motorist sped through the stop sign at the intersection of Lydon Road and US Route 30 in Whiteside County, Illinois, striking the passenger side of our clients‚ vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway. Our husband, the driver, suffered a broken nose, multiple contusions and bruising to his body, a severely sprained ankle, and most seriously, a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder and settled for $65,000.. Our wife suffered severe injuries, most significantly an abdominal hematoma from the seatbelt and transverse process fractures in her spine at L2 and L4; she also broke her twelfth rib on the right side and shattered tooth No. 14, which required extraction and settled for $75,000. This was settled with our clients‚ uninsured policy with Farmers.

$140,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was southbound on State Highway 31 in the right lane. At the same time the at-fault drive was northbound on State Road Highway 31, attempting to make a left turn onto County Highway KR. She failed to yield the right-of-way to our client and her failure to yield caused the front of her vehicle to strike the side of our client‚ vehicle. The initial impact caused him to veer to the right and struck a traffic signal located on the southwest corner of the intersection. After striking the traffic control signal, his car continued to spin 180 degrees and entered the ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection. The responding Mount Pleasant Police Officer made it clear in his motor vehicle accident report that the cause of the collision was negligence on the part the other driver, not our client. He sustained injuries to his left shoulder which required surgery. His medical bills exceeded $50,000. AAA Chicago Motor Club, at-fault driver‚ policy, settled for policy limits of $100,000; Erie, client‚ underinsured policy, settled for additional $40,000.

$138,500– Settled. About 8 p.m. one February evening, our client went into the Phillips 66 gas station on Blackhawk Boulevard in Rockton, Illinois, and a few minutes later, as she left the building, she tripped over a rolled up mat that had been left directly in front of the exit door, falling to the pavement and striking the right side of her body and face. Due to the lack of any light fixtures near the front entrance and the time of night during which this incident occurred, she was unable to see the dark mat that an employee had put out on the step while she was inside. In addition to lacerations and contusions to her forehead, nose, and right upper arm, she suffered a serious fracture of her right humerus, involving the humeral head, as well as tearing of the surrounding cartilage. The fracture was so serious that the entire end of her humerus was shattered. Her doctor was forced to remove the loose fragments and implant hardware and perform a “partial shoulder replacement. Hanover Ins.

$135,000– Settled Policy Limit. The vehicle in which she was a front seat passenger pulled out to make a left turn directly into the path of an oncoming car. She sustained a neck fracture which required her to wear for months a halo device with pins screwed into her head to hold it in place; fractures of her right ribs; an abdominal wall contusion; and an injury to her right knee. Her medicals totaled $33,858.89. The insurance of the vehicle in which she was a passenger, West Bend, paid its policy limit of $100,000.00; and the other driver‚ insurance, State Farm, paid $35,000.00.

$125,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our client stopped for the red light at Alpine and Harrison in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver rear-ended her so hard she was pushed into the vehicle in front of her. She sustained injuries to her neck, both shoulders and her back. She also experienced right ear fullness, dizziness and nausea, a change in tone and a ringing in her right ear, and a change in her vision. Her doctor associated her symptoms with the collision and subsequent vestibular concussion. Her medical special damages were almost $34,000. Nationwide‚ policy limit of $50,000; underinsured policy with Erie settled for $75,000..

$120,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A 56-year-old woman was exiting a grocery store, and was about half-way across the fire lane in front of the store when the defendant, driving in front of the store, hit her. The defendant did not brake until hitting the plaintiff. The woman fell backwards hitting her head on the pavement. Our plaintiff suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Allstate Insurance and Travelers Insurance

$120,000– Settled Policy Limits. The 23-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle in which the driver was speeding. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed. The plaintiff died just hours later. $100,000 From Farm Bureau General Ins. Co. of Michigan and $20,000.00 from American International South Ins. Co.

$120,000– Awarded after a Hearing in front of an Illinois Commissioner. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a State of Illinois Park Ranger on East Riverside Boulevard and North Second Street in Rockford, Illinois. She sustained a torn rotator cuff and torn ligaments and cartilage in her right shoulder. Her treatment included surgery. State of Illinois.

$120,000 – Settled. Entering the intersection on a red light at Ford Avenue and Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver struck our client so hard he flipped her car and slammed it into a building. With the driver‚ side of the car on the ground, our client had to be extricated from her vehicle. In addition to facial lacerations, her injuries included a fracture of her distal ulna, and injuries to her left knee. West Bend Insurance.

$115,000 – Settlement. On December 11, 2006, a 59-year-old man was taking trash out of his rented office space to the dumpster near the parking lot/driveway, when he slipped on an accumulation of ice on the driveway. The gutter was leaking melted snow onto the driveway which had frozen causing a “black ice” situation. He fell on the ice fracturing his left humerus and left elbow. The gutter and down spout were situated so that any water would run out of the down spout onto the driveway where people would walk to the parking lot and the trash bin. The plaintiff could not state with specificity exactly where he fell. Settled with Auto Owners Insurance prior to trial.

$115,000– Settled. As our 47-year-old client walked properly across Sibley Boulevard at the intersection of Chicago Road in Chicago, Illinois, a commercial vehicle proceeding westbound on Sibley Boulevard failed to stop his vehicle and struck her in the lower left leg. She sustained an open fracture of the tibia/fibula. (An open fracture would indicate that the bone was sticking out through the skin.) She underwent a surgical repair of the break, including an installation of a metal rod in her bone. Northland Insurance.

$110,000– Settlement. The two young men stepped off a curb into a water puddle in the street near their parked car at Broadway and Eleventh in Rockford, Illinois. Electricity from a metal utility pole nearby shocked them and when they fell, held them to the ground. Paramedics noticed the puddle was smoking. One suffered electric shock injuries to his chest, heart, legs, toes abdomen and head; the other to his left hand and fingers, legs, back and feet. Each client settled for $55,000. Paid by Commonwealth Edison.

$110,000– Settled. While checking out her groceries at a store in Rockford, Illinois, our 37-year old client was told by the cashier to go to the shelf to find the price of an item which would not ring up because they were too ‚short-staffed‚ for her to leave the register. In returning to the checkout line, her foot caught the end cap which was protruding into the aisle. There were no warnings for the protruding end cap. The store has a duty to maintain a safe premise for its invitees, to not create a hazard, to warn its invitees of any dangerous conditions and to otherwise insure the safety for invitees on its property. The store also has a duty to properly staff its store. The store and/or its employee(s) breached its duty and is responsible for our client‚ injuries and other damages as a result of its negligence. Our client suffered a fractured left big toe, and more seriously, a displaced patella (knee cap), requiring surgery. CCMSI.

$110,000– Settled. While checking out her groceries at a store in Rockford, Illinois, our 37-year old client was told by the cashier to go to the shelf to find the price of an item which would not ring up because they were too ‚short-staffed‚ for her to leave the register. In returning to the checkout line, her foot caught the end cap which was protruding into the aisle. There were no warnings for the protruding end cap. The store has a duty to maintain a safe premise for its invitees, to not create a hazard, to warn its invitees of any dangerous conditions and to otherwise insure the safety for invitees on its property. The store also has a duty to properly staff its store. The store and/or its employee(s) breached its duty and is responsible for our client‚ injuries and other damages as a result of its negligence. Our client suffered a fractured left big toe, and more seriously, a displaced patella (knee cap), requiring surgery. CCMSI.

$107,350– Policy Limit Settlement. Two 26-year-old women and a two-year-old child were traveling in the round-about at Main and Auburn in Rockford, Illinois, when a driver approaching from Auburn Street ignored her yield sign, entered the circle and struck our clients‚ vehicle. One of our clients, the driver, suffered injuries to her neck and back, along with a cartilage tear in her right wrist which resulted in surgery. She settled for the policy limit of $100,000. Our mom suffered injuries to her head and neck; she settled for $7,150. Her son‚ claim settled for $200. State Farm.

$107,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The driver admitted to police that she fell asleep and that was why she rear-ended the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. Our 51-year-old client sustained injuries to her neck, back, and left hip. During her treatment, she underwent a discectomy and fusion of the C6-7 spine. $50,000 Policy limits with the at-fault driver‚ policy with Progressive; and $57,000 with our client‚ underinsured policy with Progressive.

$106,600– Policy Limit Settlement. Our father and his two children were stopped at the light at Meridian and State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when a vehicle rear-ended them at a high speed. Our father sustained injuries to his head, neck, lower back, and left knee; his 12-year-old daughter sustained injuries to her head and neck; and, his 8-year-old daughter sustained injuries to her head and neck. Our father settled for $100,000; the 12-year-old for $4,300 and the 8-year-old for $2,300. GEICO.

$105,000– Settlement. A 42-year-old waitress in the process of leaving the restaurant was hit by a vehicle that crashed through the wall injuring her back, right hip and right knee. She suffered a torn meniscus of the right knee. She underwent a surgical (arthroscopic) repair of her right knee, physical therapy for her back, hip and knee, and pain management for a significant time period after the incident. Settled prior to trial with Farmers Insurance and Erie Insurance.

$105,000– Settled. Client was a sleeping passenger in a vehicle when the uninsured driver lost control, hitting a pole. The Plaintiff suffered brain injury, right side weakness, seizures, memory loss and speech problems but has recovered well and will return to work and activities of daily living. State Farm insured the Plaintiff’s mother. The Plaintiff was found to be a household resident. State Farm originally argued over whether the Plaintiff was a passenger or driver.  State Farm Insurance.

$105,000– Settled policy limits. The 26-year-old pedestrian was standing on the west side of Rice Avenue near Ellis Road, in Rockford, Illinois, talking to a friend. A motorcyclist proceeding south on Rice Avenue was startled when he noticed her, causing him to lay his bike down and slide into her with some force. She sustained a nondisplaced fracture of her medial malleolus requiring ORIF, and incurred medical bills in excess of $35,000.  She also lost income in the amount of $500.00. She settled for $25,000 from at-fault driver‚ policy with Pekin Insurance and $80,000 from her own underinsured policy with AAA.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm.) Male, age 25, suffered fatal injuries ($40,665 medical expense) when vehicle in which he was a passenger collided with another at Rockford intersection.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Male, age 30, suffered a fractured femur (open reduction with internal fixation) plus a fractured pelvis ($38,078 medical expense) when the pickup in which he was a passenger crashed into a tree.  Driver was uninsured. Settled with Metropolitan Life — plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client, a 15-year-old male, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling 60 mph down a gravel road. The driver did not know they were coming to a “T” road. The driver saw the “T” road too late to hit the brakes and hit a pole. Our client suffered a fractured left ankle, with neck and back pain. Pekin Insurance

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. There was a down spout on the side of the building on top of the sidewalk area. This caused ice to form on the sidewalk and in parking lot. A 52-year-old man parked his truck to go to work and walked over a light dusting of snow, and slipped and fell on the ice under the snow. Ice formed by down spout depositing melted snow/ice onto area. He suffered a right shoulder torn rotator cuff which was surgically repaired. Settled with Auto Owners Insurance prior to trial.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Defendant pulled out in front of our client, who was traveling 45 miles per hour on a through street, causing a collision. Our client, a 48-year-old male, suffered injury to his patella, a fractured left leg, a broken collar bone, a rotor cuff tear in left shoulder, a compound fracture of his right arm and has regained only 60 percent use of arm. Paid by Farmers Insurance.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (GEICO.) Date of injury 6/17/06  Plaintiff left dance club and was walking across the street to get into her vehicle. She was struck by a vehicle going approx 30 mph – defendant driver received citation for DUI and reckless driving. Her injuries included fractured tailbone, soft tissue injuries to her neck, back, and shoulders, lacerations to her right shoulder, sprained left ankle, and swollen right knee.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Farmers Insurance) Female pedestrian, age 83, was hit by left-turning defendant while in a crosswalk, suffering a fractured thoracic vertebra (unoperated), plus left knee damage resulting in valgus deformity ($28,079 medical; $2,595 LT).

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Redland Insurance) Female, age 45 slipped/fell on water near the buffet table of a local restaurant. There were no “wet floor” signs where plaintiff fell, but signs were in place on the other side of the buffet. She allegedly injured her right knee (medial collateral ligament and medial meniscus), but sought no medical treatment for 3 weeks post-accident ($14,975 medical expense).

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm) Vehicle in which male, age 21, was a passenger was rear-ended by defendants. Impact aggravated a prior L5-S1 fusion, necessitating a second such surgery ($41,855 medical expense).

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm) Defendant pulled out in front of our client, who was traveling on a through street, causing a collision. Our client, a 62-year-old male, suffered a hip fracture and right femur fracture. He had to have an open reduction internal fixation of his right hip the following day. We pursued an underinsured claim against his own automobile policy which was settled on 4/12/11 for $250,000.

$100,000– Settlement Policy Limits. A 28-year-old woman was a passenger in an underinsured vehicle. The driver of my client‚ vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic, pulling out in the direct path of a taxi cab, causing it to strike their vehicle. Upon impact, their vehicle was flipped on its side and slid. Plaintiff suffered neck, chest and right shoulder injuries, and the bone in her right elbow was chipped. Founders and Country Companies.

$100,000– Settlement Policy Limit. A 30-year-old woman was traveling through an intersection on a green light when the defendant, who was stopped in the turn lane, suddenly turned left directly in front of her, striking her almost head on. A witness told the police that the plaintiff had no chance to avoid the collision. She sustained a herniated cervical disc which was not diagnosed for approximately a year. Allstate.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. A 70-year-old female was rear-ended by an underinsured driver while she waited to make a left turn. She suffered an injury to her back which required surgery. Infinity Insurance paid $20,000; her own insurance, Nationwide, paid $80,000.

$100,000– Settled.  Plaintiff, his wife and friend were patrons of a bar/restaurant/dance hall. One of the Defendants started to give the girls a hard time and Plaintiff told him to leave them alone when the Defendant pushed the Plaintiff down and struck him with a bar stool. Founders Insurance

$100,000– Settled policy limit. Plaintiff‚ vehicle was struck head on by the Defendant when he swerved into her lane. She suffered a shattered right hip & pelvis and a broken ankle. Plaintiff‚ leg was amputated due to injuries sustained in this collision. Policy limit offer from a judgment-proof Defendant.  West Bend Insurance.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. An 18-year-old male sustained a fracture of the femur, now with an orthopedic rod and steel nails in his hip; an open fracture in his lower right arm; chemical burns to his face, eyes and teeth; re-occurring vision loss in one eye; and lost most of his teeth when he was a back seat passenger in Jeep that crossed the center line and hit another car head-on, ejecting him from the vehicle. He landed in a puddle of gasoline and lost consciousness. There were several injured plaintiffs and the policy limits of each insurance company were divided among them. Our Plaintiff received $37,500 from Allstate, $37,500 from Progressive and $25,000 from Mid-Century/Farmers Insurance

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 29-year-old man was a passenger on a motorcycle traveling in the curb lane alongside a school bus. When they reached the intersection, the bus slowed to turn left and the defendant, coming in the opposite direction, turned left directly in front of the cycle, causing a collision. The plaintiff was ejected off the cycle and sustained multiple fractures to his right leg and knee, left arm, and right thumb. GEICO

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 64-year-old man was killed when the 19-year-old defendant ignored his stop sign and collided with the plaintiff‚ vehicle. Progressive Insurance.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. She was a back seat passenger in vehicle which was being chased by police and tried to beat an oncoming train. The vehicle struck the side of the moving train. The 19-year-old suffered a fractured face bone, a fractured jaw, the loss of her top and bottom front teeth, a fractured left arm, a fractured pelvis, a fractured left knee, a collapsed lung, and blindness in her left eye. State Farm

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. On Thanksgiving, a 17-year-old riding his bike down the street was killed by a drunk driver.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. A 19-year-old defendant talking on her cell phone did not stop for a stop sign and collided with a 60-year-old woman who was traveling on the through street. The plaintiff suffered a crushed elbow and crushed wrist; her treatment included surgeries, plates and pins. Country Companies.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Our client was eastbound on Howardsville Road and the underinsured defendant was westbound. He was going too fast for conditions, hit a patch of ice, and hit her head-on. Our client’s husband overhead the defendant telling the police officer that it was his fault and that the plaintiff had been as far over to the side as she could go. The 61-year-old plaintiff has no memory of the collision. She suffered injuries to her head, face and legs. The defendant‚ Unitrin policy paid its limits of $20,000; the plaintiff‚ underinsured policy with Progressive paid its limits of $80,000.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Defendant stopped suddenly and swung sideways to back into a drive. Plaintiff was too close to be able to stop and collided with him. The 60-year-old plaintiff’s left forearm and elbow were shattered; his medicals were $139,775. Farmers Insurance.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. When the underinsured defendant, following behind the plaintiff, noticed that she had stopped at a stop sign, it was too late for him to slow his vehicle or stop, due to the combination of his speed, his close proximity to her vehicle, and ice on the roads. He collided with the rear end of her vehicle at almost full speed. The 35-year-old plaintiff sustained a C6 disc herniation that was pressing on her spinal cord, requiring immediate surgery to reduce the risk of spinal cord injury. As such, she underwent a discectomy and fusion at the C6-C7 level. Her medicals were $89,756. Defendant’s insurance, State Farm paid its policy limit of $50,000; the plaintiff’s underinsured policy with Allstate paid its $50,000

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant told them she was sorry and mumbled something about her cell phone after she rear-ended them while they were stopped at a red light. The plaintiff was a front seat passenger. She sustained injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. Her medical treatment included back surgery. AIG Insurance

$100,000– Settled. A  21-year-old male was a restrained front seat passenger of a small car that was rear-ended at high speed. He had had a L5-S1 fusion eight months earlier and was caused to undergo a repeat posterior fusion, made necessary by this motor vehicle collision. State Farm

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 39-year-old woman with pre-existing scoliosis was a passenger on a city bus which was rear-ended. She sustained an aggravation of her disease. Auto Owners Insurance.

$100,000– Settled. As our client was traveling down the street in the left lane, the driver in the car next to her in the right lane suddenly turned left directly into her car. She sustained injuries to her neck, back, shoulder and left elbow. Chrysler Insurance.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. The driver was talking on his cell phone as he rear-ended our client at full speed. Her right shoulder suffered a full thickness tear at the supraspinatus tendon, and a partial thickness intrasubstance tear at the myotendinous junction, involving the infraspinatus tendon. She underwent surgical repair of the right rotator cuff and her medical special damages totaled almost $65,000. Country Companies.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Our plaintiff was riding his motorcycle southbound on Route 251 and as he crossed the intersection with West Lane Road, the defendant proceeded through a red light and crashed into him. The defendant pled guilty to his tickets for disregarding a traffic signal and failure to yield the right of way. Our plaintiff sustained injuries to his left shoulder, right knee, left leg, left calf, back left shoulder region, the back of his left arm, and his left thumb and his treatment included surgeries. Farmers

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which was traveling 45 mph on Rt. 251 when a vehicle pulled out directly in front of them.  He suffered a fractured left leg, the loss of his patella, a broken collar bone, a rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder, and a compound fracture of his right arm. His medical bills totaled $238,947.42. There was no underinsured policy available. Farmers Insurance.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Our 27-year-old client was the passenger of a driver who, while traveling northbound on Stockton Road near its intersection with Binkley Road, lost control of his vehicle and crashed. The responding officer listed the primary causes of the crash as drinking and driving in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent and/or aggressive manner. In addition to other injuries, he suffered a neck fracture. Auto Owners paid its policy limits.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. Witnesses saw the defendant run the red light at North Sixth, T-boning our client who was traveling with the green light on Jefferson in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to the injuries to her left leg, lower back, and right knee, our 56-year-old client sustained neck injuries with recommended surgery. Allstate.

$100,000– Settlement. The 83-year-old woman was crossing properly with the light at East Locust and South State Streets in Belvidere, Illinois, when a van attempted to make a left-hand turn onto South State, striking her. The power of the collision caused my client, an 83-year-old woman, to roll up onto the hood of the van and fall forcefully to the pavement, landing on her left side. She sustained injuries to back and left knee. Farmers Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limits Settlement. The uninsured driver violently struck the motorcycle as he turned left directly into it, causing the cyclist to be thrown onto the hood of the car, into the windshield, then over the other side of the car into the street. Our client sustained an avulsion-type wound deep down to the calvarium in his forehead, along with a highly displaced, comminuted distal radius and ulnar styloid fracture of his right wrist, with generalized parethesias in the fingertips. Client‚ uninsured portion of his State Farm policy.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client-motorcyclist was traveling east on Sandy Hollow, in Rockford, at the same time that the at-fault driver was traveling west on Sandy Hollow. The driver then proceeded to turn south onto 11th Street, directly in front of the motorcycle. Although she told the responding officer she did not see the motorcycle, two independent witnesses told the officer that they saw her turn directly in front of him, causing the collision in the intersection. Our client sustained a right bicep rupture resulting in surgery, closed head injury with concussion and a possible bleed, dislocation of the right toe, a contusion hematoma of the right thigh and a lateral collateral ligament tear of the right knee. State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 21-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his cousin traveling west on Addison in Chicago, Illinois. An unidentified white truck approached them from behind, struck the rear of their vehicle and proceeded around their car to leave the scene. The driver-cousin lost control of the car, veered off the road and struck a building. Our client sustained an open fracture of his right arm. His treatment included open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture of his right humerus. Uninsured portion of policy of Country Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limits Settlement. As our client traveled west on Newberg, she watched helplessly as an eastbound driver lost control of her vehicle on the icy road, slid into her lane, and collided with her. Our client sustained injuries to her back, pelvis and right knee. Her treatment included arthroscopic repair of the torn ACL of her right knee. Farmers.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The 57-year-old woman was required to stop just past the intersection of Spring Creek Road and Saxon Place, Rockford, Illinois, since traffic in front of her was stopped due to a red light further east on Spring Creek Road. While sitting there, she saw a vehicle approaching in her rear view mirror and it became apparent that this approaching vehicle was not stopping. The woman driving this vehicle collided with the rear-end of our client‚ vehicle, pushing her forward, causing her to strike the rear-end of the car in front of her, which in turn struck the car in front of it. Her vehicle was rendered a total loss. The driver apologized at the scene and admitted that she did not realize traffic in front of her was stopped. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, right shoulder, right hip, right foot, right ribs, right thigh, right knee, and right ankle. Her treatment included surgery consisting of anterior cervical fusion and discectomy with bilateral foraminotomy and central spinal canal decompression at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7. Her medical bills were over $104,000, but her own policy of insurance with Progressive was less than the $100,000 of the Country policy that the defendant carried, so there was no other policy to look to for payment.

$100,000– Policy Limits Settlement. Our 58-year-old client was traveling north on Route 251 when he was sideswiped and spun over the median into oncoming traffic where he was hit again. Both of the vehicles that hit him were uninsured. His severe injuries included a broken diaphragm, a punctured lung, blood in his brain, and he had to have his liver removed. His medical bills were over $130,000. Client‚ own uninsured policy with State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A witness at the scene at Forest Hills verified that the other driver pulled from a stop sign directly into the path of our 69-year-old client, causing a collision which sent our client into the ditch. In addition to many contusions, lacerations and abrasions, she sustained a displaced medial malleolar fracture of her left ankle and underwent surgery that same day. State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 60-year-old client had the green light while traveling north on Longwood Street near its intersection with State Street, in Rockford, Illinois, when a westbound driver on State Street advanced into the intersection despite having a red light, and they collided, both ending up in the McDonald‚ parking lot. Witnesses at the scene of the collision verified that the other driver ignored the a red light. Our client had had a total spinal fusion in 1999 and this collision caused the breakage of two of the Harrington rods. Although his medical bills were over $230,000, the full insurance available was only through the at-fault driver‚ insurance, American Family.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A witness at the scene stated that the defendant had stopped at a stop sign at Alma Drive, and then pulled into the path of our 55-year-old client traveling on Phelps in Rockford, Illinois, causing her to hit him. She sustained serious injuries, including a fractured left ankle that caused her to undergo two surgeries. AAA Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was the passenger of an uninsured driver who had been drinking. They were traveling south on Twelfth Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, and disobeyed the stop sign on Sixth Street, colliding with another vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to his head and face and suffered a right femur fracture. His treatment included surgery. This settlement was with his own uninsured policy with Indiana Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client and her newborn ended up in the ditch in the northeast corner of the intersection of Olson and Squaw Prairie Roads in Belvidere, Illinois, when an eastbound driver failed to stop, or even slow his vehicle, at the stop sign and hit our client‚ vehicle at full-speed as she crossed through the intersection. Our 27-year-old new mother sustained injuries to her neck, back, and right knee, and her right wrist was fractured and displaced; her treatment included surgeries. Liberty Mutual.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our client walked through the parking lot to her car in the evening after work, a vehicle driving through struck her, knocking her to the ground and pushing her several feet. Among her injuries was a fracture at the tibial plateau of her right knee. A Workers‚ Compensation claim had been settled previous to this claim. AAA Insurance.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 38-year-old client was driving south on Sixth Street in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver, driving east on Sixth Avenue, ignored the red traffic light and pulled directly in front of her as she entered the intersection, causing our client‚ vehicle to broadside him. She sustained serious injuries to her neck and back; her treatment included steroid injections. Auto Owners Insurance.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was traveling west on Route 173 in Machesney Park, Illinois, when another driver rear-ended him with such force that it caused several large bottles of water in his back seat to be propelled forward and burst open, covering him in water. My 51-year-old client severely injured his lower back and left knee; his treatment included surgery. His medical bills were over $100,000, but this is the only policy available to him. Settled with West Bend before a trial date was set.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. An independent witness verified that the driver pulled out of the parking lot of the Mobil Station on Orlando Road in Machesney Park, Illinois, directly in front of our client‚ southbound motorcycle. Our 39-year-old client attempted to prevent himself from striking your insured‚ vehicle and lay down his bike but smashed into the passenger side front bumper and front side door at nearly full speed. He suffered significant injuries including an open fracture of the right forearm bones, which required surgical stabilization and the placement of hardware; soft tissue damage around the fracture site, which required debridement. Apart and separate from the fracture, he had significant lacerations to his wrist and forearm, which also required suturing. In addition to the forearm fracture, he sustained six fractured vertebrae which required no surgical intervention. This is the only policy available to him. State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The 17-year-old girl sustained life-threatening injuries when the vehicle in which she was a passenger and which her boyfriend was driving on Baxter Road in Rockford, Illinois, left the road and crashed into a tree at high speed on the north side of the street. Her injuries included a fractured clavicle, a fractured left femur, fractured ribs, a pulmonary contusion, a spleen laceration, a contusion of the duodenum, and a pneumothorax, and her treatment included surgical procedures to repair the fractured left femur, with implantation of surgical hardware. Although her medical bills were in excess of $197,000, this was the only insurance available. Allstate settled with its policy limit amount of $50,000; and her own underinsured policy with Farmers settled with its policy limit amount of $50,000.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement.  The Plaintiff was driving in an easterly direction on Harlem Road in Loves Park, Illinois. The at fault driver crashed into the driver’s side of the Plaintiff’s vehicle fracturing the driver’s neck. After a short hospitalization the Plaintiff passed away due as a result of the injuries. American Family Insurance.

$100,000– Settled. As our client was proceeding northbound on South Mulford Road as it approached its intersection with Harrison Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, the traffic light in her direction was green. She entered the intersection and the light turned yellow. The other driver was proceeding southbound on South Mulford and as he approached this intersection he turned left in front of our client‚ vehicle, causing a collision. Our client suffered two fractured ribs and injuries to her neck, back and knees, and suffered from anxiety and PTSD following the collision. Her medical bills were over $60,000. Allstate.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The uninsured driver blew through the stop sign and smashed into our client‚ vehicle at a very high rate of speed. Her vehicle was flipped over and fell down into a loading lot. She suffered injuries to her head, neck, back, and left shoulder. Her medical treatment included rotator cuff repair and back injections, and exceeded $90,000. Unable to work, she lost approximately $35,821 in wages. The only insurance policy available to her was her own uninsured policy with Founders.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was northbound on Highway 251 in South Beloit, Illinois, when the southbound at-fault driver turned left directly in front of her. As verified by an independent witness, she had no time to react. The collision caused her vehicle to go down into the ditch. Her right ankle was shattered, requiring surgery. Her medical bills were almost $65,000, but the policy limit of the insurance was only $100,000. Allstate.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. One night in January, 2014, the side rear of our 51-year-old client‚ vehicle was hit by an unlit vehicle pulling out of a driveway. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and left shoulder, resulting in rotator cuff repair surgery. $50,000 from State Farm; $50,000 underinsured claim against her own policy with Progressive.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our 76-year-old client left work at Walmart and walked through the parking lot, the at-fault driver backed out of a parking stall and struck her, knocking her to the ground. She fell backwards and hit her head hard enough on the pavement to cause her to sustain a traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage in the right frontal region of her brain and fracture the back of her skull which caused her to have fluid accumulation in her middle ear. Her medical special damages were over $73,000. State Farm policy limits.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Defendant, in a Toyota Matrix, was following the plaintiff who was on a motorcycle. When plaintiff stopped for the stop sign at Prairie and Simpson Roads, Defendant failed to do so. The front of defendant‚ truck struck the motorcycle, pushing it through the intersection, and knocking the plaintiff off the bike. The impact of the collision was so hard that it resulted in a total loss of both vehicles. Plaintiff‚ injuries included abrasions and pain about his head, left shoulder with decreased range of motion, and medial aspect of the right calf. Progressive.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. As our 54-year-old cyclist was northbound on Kishwaukee, the southbound driver turned left in front of him, causing him to hit the front passenger wheel of the car. His injuries included bi-lateral wrist fractures requiring two surgeries; a fractured right ankle; fractured L5; a lacerated spleen and liver. Although his medical bills were over $220,000, his health insurance accepted $15,000 as its subrogation reimbursement. State Farm.

$100,000 – Settled; policy limits of $100,000 minus medical payment set-off of $5,000. Our 23-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle driven at a high speed by a friend who had been drinking. Traveling north on Beloit Road in Boone County, Illinois, the driver lost control of his vehicle and it left the roadway. It rolled multiple times before it came to rest in a nearby field. Our client‚ injuries included fractured ribs and lacerated organs. State Farm.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Ignoring his red light, the at-fault driver hit our client‚ vehicle on the passenger side with such force and at such speed that both the vehicles ended up in the ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection. This happened on Alpine and Siseman Roads in Rockford, Illinois. Our 20-year-old client sustained many injuries including multiple abrasions and lacerations to her faced and head. AAA Insurance.

$100,000– Settled after filing suit. The at-fault driver pulled out of a Rockford, Illinois, McDonald‚ parking lot directly in the path of our client, causing her to strike the rear of that vehicle at full speed. Her vehicle was spun around and ultimately hit another vehicle head-on. She was pinned inside her vehicle and required extrication. The at-fault driver received a citation for failure to yield the right of way. Our 55-year-old client suffered catastrophic injuries to her leg and hip, requiring extensive, complicated surgery to repair the fractures. Allstate.

$100,000– Settled for policy limits. About 6:45 on an October evening, our 13-year-old client was walking along the shoulder of Hononegah Road when he was struck by a vehicle. He was transported to the hospital and died soon after. The at-fault driver‚ policy with Progressive paid its policy limits.

$100,000– Settled for policy limits, after suit was filed. The at-fault driver was operating his vehicle at too great a speed and on the wrong side of North Main Street near Bauer Parkway, Rockford, Illinois, when he struck our client head-on. In addition to other injuries, our client suffered a fractured right knee and a shattered knee cap. Her treatment included surgery. Her medical bills were in excess of $130,000, but as she did not have automobile insurance, the only policy available was the at-fault driver‚ policy with Progressive.

$100,000– Settled for policy limits. Distracted by her dog in the back seat, the at-fault driver did not realize that the vehicle in front of her was slowing for the southbound stop sign on Route 64 in Lincoln Township, Illinois, and she rear-ended him at full speed.  She pushed our client into the intersection where he collided with a third vehicle. Our 47-year old client suffered, in addition to other injuries, a significant injury to his small intestine requiring surgery and repair. Country Financial.

$97,500– Policy Limit Settlement. A 39-year-old male drove off the side of the road and parked in the grassy part of the median on his left side because of the road‚ icy conditions. The defendant, who was fast approaching, slid off the road and hit his truck, flipping it. He was ticketed for driving too fast under the current weather conditions and pled guilty to the ticket. Plaintiff suffered contusion of the head, laceration of the scalp, sprain of the neck, and lacerations to his right extremity. He continues to suffer headaches, some memory loss, neck pain and weakness in his right arm and hand. Policy limits paid by American Family; and under insured policy, Harleysville.

$97,500– Policy Limit Settlement, plus underinsured claim. As a 39-year-old man eastbound on Bypass 20 just crossed the Kishwaukee River, the icy conditions caused him to slide off the left side of the road. Examining his pick-up and finding no damage, he called for a tow truck and sat in his vehicle to wait. Another vehicle, traveling too fast for conditions, slid off the road and hit our client‚ truck, flipping it. He sustained serious injuries to his head and neck; his medical bills were over $45,000. He settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, American Family for its policy limits of $50,000, and with his own underinsured policy with Harleysville for $47,500.

$97,500– Settled. My client was a passenger in a car traveling south on Poplar Grove Road as it approached its intersection with North Boone School Road in Poplar Grove, Illinois. Another driver was traveling east on North Boone School Road. and failing to stop at his stop sign, proceeded directly into the intersection just as my client‚ vehicle also reached it and they collided, causing a massive crash. Both cars were totaled and towed from the scene, and all parties were taken by ambulance, with one of the drivers being helicoptered to the nearest hospital. My client was trapped in the rear seat of the vehicle and had to be cut out of the car by the fire department before being taken to the ambulance. My client sustained severe injuries to his chest, left shoulder, right elbow, both knees, and abdomen. Settled with State Farm in the amount of $36,000 and settled his own underinsured policy with Erie Insurance in the amount of $61,500.

$95,000– Settlement. Uninsured driver ran red light at Rockford intersection and broadsided plaintiff’s auto. Plaintiff male, age 48, claims incident caused a lumbar herniation that required a 2-level fusion ($24,000 medical expense). Plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier, American Family, had contested the relationship between the crash and the fusion because plaintiff (a factory worker) had a workers’ comp case pending involving his neck and low back.

$95,000– Settled. At Riverside Boulevard and McFarland Road in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver ignored the red light and T-boned our client. Treatment included spinal fusion back surgery. She settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, US Agencies for $15,000 and with her own underinsured policy with Progressive for $80,000.

$95,000– Settled. As our driver and passenger were traveling east on the private drive at the entrance of Cherryvale Mall in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver was approaching from the south on Outer Mall Drive. He ignored his stop sign and entered the intersection, striking the front driver‚ side of my client‚ vehicle. The force of the collision was such that the steering wheel bent under the dashboard, and our driver had to self-extricate by climbing out of the passenger‚ side window. Our driver sustained severe injuries to her head, neck, back and hips; our passenger sustained severe injuries to her head, neck and right shoulder. Our driver settled in the amount of $45,000 and our passenger settled in the amount of $50,000. Nationwide.

$94,574– Settled. Our client, on a work-related errand, was driving southbound on North Main Street, East Peoria, Illinois, when suddenly the at-fault driver turned left in front of him, hitting him head on. He suffered bilateral acute chronic subdural hematomas (brain injuries) causing progressive worsening of generalized weakness and an unsteady gait. He underwent bilateral burr hole placements to relieve pressure from the subdural hematomas. Workers‚ Compensation claim was settled previous to this settlement. Allstate.

$92,500– Settled Policy Limit. A 29-year-old female was in a low impact rear-end collision with an underinsured defendant, causing her to sustain left shoulder strain and left upper extremity peripheral neuropathy. American Family Insurance was both the defendant‚ insurance and the plaintiff‚ own underinsured policy.

$90,000– Settlement. A 44-year-old female was a restrained driver of a small car that was rear-ended at high speed. She suffered persistent neck, shoulder and arm pain, resulting in a successful three-level cervical fusion, where the initial three months of treatment was mostly chiropractic, and there was a four-month gap between the end of the chiropractic treatment and Plaintiff‚ first examination by her orthopedic surgeon. She also had two prior neck injuries. State Farm Insurance.

$90,000 – Settled. The vehicle needed to be cut open in order to extricate the plaintiff after the defendant ignored the red light, entered the intersection intending to turn left, and collided with plaintiff‚ vehicle on the driver‚ side. the 62-year-old man suffered multiple left rib fractures, and a laceration to the top side of his head. Country Insurance

$90,000– Settled. The sandal-wearing semi-truck driver rear-ended the stopped plaintiff when the sandal caused his foot to slip off the brake pedal. She sustained injuries to her neck and spine; her treatment included surgery. Self-insured Covenant Transport.

$90,000– Settled. The defendant blew a stop sign at the intersection of Routes 72 and 26 in Ogle County, Illinois, and our client, driving southbound on Route 26, did everything he could to avoid the collision leaving significant skid marks approximately the width of the intersection. Our driver sustained injuries to his nose, neck, chest, ribs, abdomen, middle back, left shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, and right knee; and our passenger sustained injuries to her face, neck, back, right shoulder, left breast, right hip, both knees, abdomen, pelvis, and left foot. The driver settled for $40,000 and his passenger settled for $50,000. State Farm

$90,000– Settled. Our 44-year-old client severely injured her neck, shoulder, arm, and back when rear-ended at a high speed. State Farm.

$90,000– Settled. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle proceeding southbound on I-39, near Mendota, Illinois, when a vehicle behind them attempted to merge into the left lane in order to pass a vehicle in front of him. However, in attempting to merge, he ultimately crashed into the driver‚ side of my client‚ vehicle so forcefully my client‚ vehicle ended up in the ditch. Our 49-year-old client sustained serious injuries to her neck and back and sustained a non-displaced avulsion fracture of the proximal tip of the greater trochanter (upper femur). Great West Casualty

$89,667 – Settlement. Plaintiff was a 54-year-old male who was sitting in his stopped vehicle in a line of traffic at a red light. The defendant rear-ended him. During treatment, an MRI of his back showed bruised and several bulging discs pushing on nerves. He suffered pain down to his knees. His neurosurgeon recommended he have back surgery. $20,000.00 paid by Universal Casualty; $69,667.14 paid by Country Mutual Insurance (client‚ underinsured motorist policy).

$87,500– Settled. The Plaintiff was stopped at a red traffic signal when she was rear-ended by the at-fault driver. She sustained injury to her neck and back. Plaintiff underwent chiropractic treatment, physical therapy and eventual epidural steroid injections. Disc bulges were noted on MRI 2 months after the collision, but causation was disputed. Nationwide Insurance

$87,000– Settled. Our client was northbound on IL-39 in Rockford, Illinois, and as she approached a construction site, she slowed and merged with other traffic, as did the semi behind her. Traffic then came to a stop. Two vehicles behind our client was another semi that did not stop and crashed into the rear end of the semi in front of him at full speed, which caused that semi in turn to slam directly into my client‚ car. Our 28-year-old client suffered a compression fracture at T12 and a herniated disc at L5-S1. She was forced to undergo several different types of treatment, ranging from consults with a neurosurgeon to chiropractic care. Hartford.

$85,000– Settled. A 38-year-old female was a restrained passenger in a SUV that had flipped and landed on its roof. She had to be extracted from the vehicle. The window had shattered and she had an extensive laceration to her right forearm; treatment included immediate surgery and plastic surgery. She was not sure if she hit her head on the roof of the car when it flipped, but she also suffered head and neck pain. State Farm

$85,000– Settled. The Pit Bull continued to maul our 19-year-old client even as people hit him repeatedly with a metal bar. The dog had burst through a screen door and cornered her at the fence where he grabbed her right buttock and threw her down, causing her to smash her face into the ground. She now has at least 25 scars, including ones on her lower leg where the Pit Bull‚ tooth pattern is permanently imprinted, and x-rays revealed numerous cracks in her teeth as a direct result of her face being smashed into the ground during the dog‚ attack. Grinnell Mutual Ins.

$85,000– Settled. Although the Rockford Police had turned off their sirens and lights at State and Fincham because they didn’t want to chase the driver in the stolen vehicle through a busy intersection, the driver continued to travel at 100 mph, ran the red light at Mulford and hit our client as she was making a left turn from Mulford onto State. Our client sustained severe injuries to her head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and knees; her left hand was fractured and one of her fingernails had been torn off. Settled with client‚ uninsured policy with Country.

$83,000– Settled. The other driver turned left directly in front of our client who was traveling east on Whitman Street in Rockford, Illinois, causing a collision. Our 42-year-old client sustained injuries to her back and chest and suffered multiple fractures to her left forearm. Her treatment included surgery. 21st Century.

$80,000– Settled. On a snowy day, while our clients‚ vehicle waited to make a left turn at the intersection of Alpine and Route 20 in Rockford, they were rear-ended so hard it pushed their vehicle into the intersection. Our driver sustained injuries to her head, neck, back and right arm and received $30,000; our front seat passenger sustained injuries to her neck and head and received $25,000; and, our 17-year-old back seat passenger sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders and back and received $25,000. CNA

$80,000– Settled. At the traffic signal at Shepherd Road and Main Street, two witnesses confirmed that the at-fault driver ran the red light and collided with our client‚ vehicle. Our 62-year-old client sustained multi system trauma secondary to the motor vehicle crash including left wrist fracture, probable sternal fracture, and probable right rib fractures. State Farm.

$77,000– Settled. In a hurry to leave the Rockton Wal-Mart parking lot, the at-fault driver ignored the stop sign controlling her exit from Wal-Mart before proceeding onto Quail Trail in Rockton, Illinois, and struck the passenger side my client‚ vehicle, severely damaging the door and breaking the passenger side front window. My client sustained injuries to her neck, back, hip along with chondromalacia patella, or bursitis, under her left kneecap which is commonly known as “dashboard knee” because it is generally caused by the knee hitting the dashboard or the inside of the car. State Farm.

$75,000– Settlement. Plaintiff was northbound and had a green light. The defendant, coming from opposite direction, ran the red light hitting the plaintiff. Plaintiff suffered low back injury (ruptured disk-slipped); he cannot bend over, has trouble walking, and pain in left leg to his foot. Paid by Septran, a self-insured entity.

$75,000– Settlement.  Plaintiff was driving in the right-hand lane when the defendant pulled out of a strip mall directly in front of him. The Plaintiff hit his brakes just as he crashed into the defendant. Plaintiff hit the steering wheel upon impact. The plaintiff suffered a right shoulder tear requiring arthroscopic surgery, back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Paid by Progressive Insurance.

$75,000– Settlement. Defendant pulled out from side street, failing to yield the right-of-way to plaintiff’s vehicle at Rockford intersection. Female, waitress age 35 suffered a broken right humerus that required open reduction with internal fixation ($19,132 medical expense; $2,500 LT). Paid Allied Insurance.

$75,000– Settled.   Client was a back seat passenger in a vehicle when the driver and front seat passenger began to argue. The front seat passenger grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to leave the road way striking a tree.  Both passengers were intoxicated but Defendant driver was sober. The front passenger and driver claimed a deer caused the crash.  West Bend Insurance.

$75,000– Settled. The plaintiff‚ decedent was driving his semi truck with trailer when he observed an Explorer on the cross street speeding toward him. The defendant‚ decedent disobeyed his stop sign and drove into the intersection in front of the plaintiff‚ decedent‚ semi truck and they collided. The plaintiff‚ decedent sustained injuries to his hands and knees; and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The plaintiff‚ decedent was so emotionally distraught over the ordeal, that three months later he suffered a fatal heart attack. Nothing in the 52-year-old man‚ prior medical records indicated that he suffered from any form of heart disease or hypertension at all, much less anything serious enough to cause his death. The Director of the Coronary Care Unit, NWU Medical School, was hired as an expert, reviewed all of the records, and testified at his deposition that the cause of death was indeed related to the motor vehicle collision. Erie Insurance settled the day before the trial was to begin.

$75,000– Settled. As our 40-year old driver just cleared the intersection of Charles and Hunter in Rockford, the at-fault driver hit him head-on, pushing him back into the intersection where he was hit by another vehicle. A witness chased down the other driver as he attempted to run from the scene. Among other injuries, our client suffered a central disc herniation at L3-L4 and underwent epidural injections. Farmers paid its policy limits of $50,000; Country Insurance paid $25,000.

$75,000– Settled. As part of her housekeeping duties, our client was outside blowing leaves. As she stepped backwards onto the patio step, a loose stone gave way, causing her to fall backwards onto the patio below. She suffered a distal radius fracture with comminution and an associated ulnar styloid fracture and underwent an open reduction internal fixation of the left wrist. The homeowner had been aware of this loose stone for some time. He had a duty to maintain his property, to warn of the dangerous condition that was present, to repair the dangerous condition, and to otherwise ensure the safety of all invitees on the property. State Farm.

$75,000– Settled with Binding Arbitration. As the left turn arrow came on, our client started to turn left from Alpine onto Maple and was broadsided by a woman who ran her red light. He suffered a closed head injury with bleeding on the brain and swelling; fractured his left elbow in two places; and sustained a fractured cervical vertebra as well as a fractured left rib. Auto Owners.

$72,956– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver left 75 feet of black tire marks prior to striking the rear of our motorcyclist client as he sat at the signal on Springfield at Safford in Rockford, Illinois, waiting to make a left turn. It is noted in the medical records that our client was wearing protective gear at the time of the collision. During the collision his right foot caught on his hand brake as he was thrown backwards onto the hood of the other driver‚ vehicle. He sustained injuries to his hip, upper leg, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot and great toe. A CT scan of the thoracic spine showed a superior endplate compression fracture of L1 and a possible superior endplate compression fracture of T11. His medicals were a little over $18,000 and his wage loss was almost $13,000. He settled with the at-fault driver with Progressive for the policy limit of $25,000; and with his own underinsured motorist policy with State Farm for $47,956.

$72,534– Settled. Our two clients, the driver and the passenger of a vehicle on Illinois Route 173 were in the right turn lane to proceed south on North Second Street, when the vehicle behind them, which had been stopped, advanced suddenly, rear-ending their vehicle. Our driver, who had been looking to the left at the time of impact, sustained injuries to the left side of her neck and back. Our passenger sustained injuries to her neck, right shoulder and back. The driver settled with State Farm for $41,849 and the passenger settled with State Farm for $30,685.

$70,000– Policy Limits Settlements. Our client, and the other driver were traveling west on US 20 as it approached the off-ramp to Illinois Route 2 in Rockford, Illinois, when –the other driver told the police — she became distracted and tried to switch lanes in order to exit onto Illinois Route 2. In doing so, she struck our client‚ vehicle, causing him to fly off the roadway and roll. Our 64-year-old client needed to be cut out of his vehicle by the responding fire department. In addition to other injuries, he sustained a fractured elbow. The underinsured driver‚ insurance with United Equitable Insurance settled for its policy limits of $20,000; our client‚ underinsured portion of his policy with California Casualty settled in the amount of $50,000.

$67,500– Settled. After patronizing three bars, the intoxicated driver was traveling north on Springfield Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, when she drifted into the on-coming lane. Her passengers, of which our client was in the middle of the back seat, warned her to go back in the proper lane. She over corrected, went into the ditch and rolled over. Although our client knew the driver was drunk, she did not have a driver‚ license, so her friends would not let her drive. Our client sustained a collapsed lung, fractured four of her vertebrae and two of her ribs. She crawled through the window after the crash. Farmers Insurance.

$67,500– Settled. As the defendant walked by our client on the bike path located at Prairie Fields Park in Belvidere, Illinois, his pit bull jumped and bit her on the left forearm. The defendant let go of the leash, allowing the pit bull to further jump on top of her and bite her in the right leg as well. Her injuries include nerve damage in her arm. State Farm.

$67,163– Settled before trial. Our motorcyclist client was westbound on Harlem in Machesney Park, Illinois, when the at-fault driver pulled into traffic in front of him. He hit the vehicle, was ejected off his motorcycle, rolled over the hood and landed on roadway. He sustained a left knee meniscal tear with arthroscopic surgery. Allstate.

$67,000– Settled. The uninsured driver traveling east on Broadcast Parkway in Loves Park, Illinois, ignored the stop sign at McFarland Road and collided with my clients‚ vehicle with such force that the airbags deployed in my clients‚ vehicle. Our driver sustained injuries to his back, left hand and wrist, and left foot; his wife and passenger sustained contusions to her head and chest, and a strain to her neck and back. Our clients settled with the uninsured portion of their own policy with American Family: The driver in the amount of $20,000 and the passenger in the amount of $47,000.

$66,000– Settled. My client was a passenger in a car traveling south on Poplar Grove Road as it approached its intersection with North Boone School Road in Poplar Grove, Illinois. Another driver was traveling east on North Boone School Road. and failing to stop at his stop sign, proceeded directly into the intersection just as my client‚ vehicle also reached it and they collided, causing a massive crash. Both cars were totaled and towed from the scene, and all parties were taken by ambulance, with one of the drivers being helicoptered to the nearest hospital. My client was trapped in the rear seat of the vehicle and had to be cut out of the car by the fire department before being taken to the ambulance. My client sustained injuries to his neck, back and shoulder, his right knee, multiple fractures to his left ribs, an abrasion to the right side of his face, near the eye, and he suffered double-vision which was probably secondary to the swelling that he had in his face due to the trauma of the crash. Settled with State Farm in the amount of $21,000 and settled his own underinsured policy with Erie Insurance in the amount of $45,000.

$65,000– Settlement. Male, age 19 suffered a mild closed head injury (temporarily causing headaches and balance problems) plus back/neck soft tissue damage ($18,641 in medical expense including chiropractic) when defendant’s truck rear-ended the stopped vehicle in which he was a back seat passenger. Paid American Contractors Insurance.

$65,000– Settled. An 18-year-old woman was traveling on a through street when the defendant failed to yield at the intersection‚ stop sign, causing a collision. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her back, chest, shoulder, a concussion, a fractured wrist, and contusions of her left orbital tissue, eyelid and peri-ocular area resulting in loss of vision. Country Insurance

$65,000– Settled. At a Village fireworks display with some of her friends, a 15-year-old girl received third degree burns and scarring to her right arm, the right side of her chest by her breast, the right side of the abdomen, and small burns from debris on the right side of her face, causing scars. The Village was negligent for failing to provide proper crowd control and maintain control of the perimeter of the area in which the fireworks were being discharged. Martin Boyer Co. paid $2,000, and Haight Brown & Bone steel paid $63,000.00

$65,000– Mediation Award. A rear-seat passenger in a vehicle stopped at a stop light when it was struck from behind by a heavy equipment truck with such force as to push the vehicle several car lengths forward and into oncoming traffic. The 19-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to his head, face, neck, and back American Contractors Ins Group

$65,000– Settled. When Plaintiff moved into her rental home, the landlord promised to fix the rotten front steps, but never did. Eight months later, while she was going down the steps, the middle step broke, and the 27-year-old plaintiff fell. She suffered an L4-L5 disc bulge and underwent sacroiliac joint injections. State Farm Insurance.

$65,000– Settled. The at-fault driver ran a stop sign and struck our client as he traveled northbound on Nestler Road at its intersection with Gansett Parkway in Elgin. He was admitted to the hospital with post-concussion syndrome, a scalp laceration and a lumbar strain. He has continued having concentration difficulties and has not been able to return to college. Nationwide Ins.

$65,000– Settled. Our 46-year-old client sustained a fractured neck when the at-fault driver ignored the stop sign on Flora Church Road and pulled directly into the path of our client who was traveling on Irene Road. Farmers.

$65,000– Settled. After he hit our client‚ vehicle head-on, the at-fault driver told police he was looking down and did not realize he had swerved into the oncoming traffic. Our client sustained a right shoulder fracture and severe lacerations to his face. AAA Ins.

$64,500– Settled. As the screaming ambulance approached, all of the traffic stopped, except for the driver behind our client. Traveling on Mulford Road in Rockford, Illinois, our client was rear-ended hard enough to sustain a partial rotator cuff tear, among other injuries. State Farm.

$62,500– Settlement. An uninsured motorist improperly turned left in front of a 24-year-old woman’s vehicle at a Rockford intersection. Plaintiff (a teacher) claims collision caused a sprained shoulder and dashboard knee which may require surgery ($2,756 past and $10,000 estimated future medical expense). However, she made no complaints of knee pain for 9 months post-accident. The case settled with Farmers Insurance prior to trial.

$62,500– Settlement. A 21-year-old female was a passenger in a motor vehicle in which her driver ran a stop sign on a rural road and collided with another vehicle. Plaintiff suffered C2 fracture dislocation, broken right leg, left renal contusion, lacerations to the forehead, wrists and knee, with closed head injury. This was settled before trial by GEICO and American Zurich insurances.

$62,500– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was sitting in the driver‚ seat of her vehicle parked in the lot of Wal-Mart in Rockford, Illinois, when she observed a woman get into her vehicle, put the car in reverse and back into a yellow cement pylon. She then drove her vehicle forward in between two parked cars striking them both before heading directly at my client‚ vehicle. This caused my client to grab the steering wheel in an attempt to brace herself, which in turn caused her to break her finger. Fortunately, the woman swerved and hit another pylon and another vehicle and did not strike our client‚ car. Allegedly the woman‚ accelerator or clutch stuck; however, the fact that she was able to reverse her car and then put it in drive and strike random objects in both incidents implies otherwise. My client‚ medical bills were over $34,000. The at-fault driver‚ insurance, Affirmative, settled for its policy limits of $20,000 immediately before trial; our client‚ underinsured portion of her policy with Standard Mutual settled for $42,500.

$61,000– Settled. While sitting at the red light on Route 20 and Irene Road in Boone County, our 58-year-old client was rear-ended. She sustained a broken jaw and a right orbit fracture. State Farm.

$61,000– Settled. The hit-n-run driver left an imprint of his license plate on the bumper of our client‚ vehicle before the driver hit our car a second time while turning to flee the scene. Our 48-year-old client was sitting at the red light on Route 251 and Forest Hills Road when he sustained serious injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, back, chest and abdomen. His treatment included steroid injections in his shoulder, neck and back. He settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, State Farm.

$60,000– Settled. A 22-year-old man was at a party in a third floor apartment and was standing with ten others on its balcony when they heard a loud crack and the balcony fell from beneath them. The plaintiff suffered a fractured left heel and ankle, and bone bruising on both heels. Auto Owners settled before a trial date was set.

$60,000– Settled. Melting snow from the repair shop‚ roof was directed to the sidewalk by two down spouts and then continued to flow downhill to collect in the low spot in front of the service door forming an unnatural accumulation of ice upon which the plaintiff slipped, fell, and fractured his hip. Premises owners in Illinois have a duty to remove unnatural accumulations of ice from their premises. They also have a duty to warn those on the premises of the existence of that unnatural accumulation. Federated Mutual Insurance

$60,000– Settled before trial. Our mother (50), with her daughter (26) as her passenger, was traveling on Bell School Road near Guilford in Rockford, Illinois, when her vehicle was rear-ended by a small truck with an attached snow plow. The truck driver told them that because of the newly attached plow, he could not judge his distance well enough. Both of them sustained injuries to their necks and backs. Mom received $25,000 and daughter received $35,000. Acuity Insurance.

$57,500– Settled. The elevator doors opened and the 50-year-old woman stepped out, tripping on the floor because the elevator stopped 3 inches below it. She fell on her right knee, injuring it severely enough to require surgery. QBE Regional Ins.

$57,500– Settled Policy Limits. At the same time the defendant was pulling out of a parking lot onto Windsor Road, the 22-year-old motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Windsor Road in Loves Park, Illinois. As the defendant pulled out onto Windsor, he observed a vehicle coming westbound so he came to a stop across the eastbound lane in which our client was already traveling. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision and struck the front driver‚ side of the defendant‚ truck head-on. He was thrown off his motorcycle, rolled across the front of the truck and landed in the westbound lane. He sustained multiple injuries, but especially to his right thumb. The adverse insurance, Grange paid its limits of $25,000 and the plaintiff‚ underinsured policy with State Farm paid $32,500.

$57,000– Settled. No manager came to our client‚ assistance and no IHOP staff would call an ambulance despite my client‚ requests. Consequently, her friend took her to the hospital to treat the burns that occurred when a carafe of boiling water for the tea she ordered slid off the saucer-sized plate when the server leaned over the table to set it down, spilling its entire contents of boiling water onto her lap and abdomen. The boiling water immediately began burning her skin and she screamed out in pain. Her friend threw ice water into her lap to attempt to stop the burning process. She ran to the restroom, where she removed her clothing and put cold water onto her burns. She noticed that her skin was already blistered and peeling in several areas. She was left with significant scarring and discoloration in the areas of the burns. American Family

$56,000– Settled. As my wheelchair-bound client took her Chihuahua for a walk around the block, a Lab-mix dog came through a fence and began attacking her small dog. A neighbor heard the squealing of the small dog and found my client laying on the sidewalk where she landed while trying to break the bite grip that the big dog had on her small one. When he yelled, the owner came out, grabbed the big dog and took him into their house. The witness helped her up from the sidewalk and called the police. Both the woman and her small dog were injured and bleeding. The big dog had not been up-to-date on his shots and Animal Control quarantined him. The treatment for her bite injuries included surgery on her finger. State Farm.

$55,000– Settled at mediation. A 48-year-old woman was shopping and slipped in a puddle in the aisle caused by a leaking roof. She fell on her left knee and suffered a fractured left patella. CONFIDENTIAL Insurance info.

$55,000– Settled. School bus failed to stop in time hitting plaintiff from the rear, pushing her vehicle into the vehicle in front of her. This matter was settled with the insurance company for the Defendant prior to a defense attorney‚ involvement and shortly after the matter was filed with the Winnebago County Court system. Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

$55,000– Settled. A mother permitted two children to jump on the trampoline at the same time, resulting in her son jumping on the ankle of a 10-year-old girl, dislocating and fracturing it. American Family settled before a trial date was set.

$55,000– Settled. The driver of the school bus full of children rear-ended our 24-year-old client so hard that she was pushed into the vehicle in front of her. She sustained severe injuries to her head, neck and back. Gallagher Bassett.

$55,000– Policy Limit Settlement – $20,000 – American Access (at-fault driver=s insurance). On Michigan Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, a westbound driver entered the eastbound lane to pick up her mail, then suddenly turned her vehicle to the right to turn in her own driveway, crossing through the westbound lane of traffic where my client was traveling west on his motorcycle. He was caused to forcefully strike the passenger=s side of her vehicle with his face and fly off the cycle and over her vehicle. He sustained serious injuries to his head, face, neck and back, including a broken maxilla (upper jaw), which was ultimately determined to be a comminuted fracture; he was left with a large disfiguring scar across his upper lip. By definition, a comminuted fracture involves the bone breaking into multiple fragments. An additional $35,000 from client‚ underinsured policy with West Bend.

$54,700– Settled. On Main Street in Decatur, Illinois, the driver behind them was looking to his left at a new restaurant, and when he returned his eyes to the road, he realized he was coming up too fast on their vehicle, smashing into the rear end of them at nearly full speed. One of our clients was driving and our grandmother and granddaughter were passengers. The driver sustained injuries to her back. Our grandmother sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, right arm and knee; her granddaughter sustained injuries to her back. Our grandmother settled in the amount of $27,000, our 7-year-old granddaughter settled in the amount of $2,700 and our driver settled in the amount of $25,000 with Pekin Ins.

$53,500– Settled. Our 17-year-old client was a backseat passenger in a car heading west on Brentwood Road in Machesney Park, Illinois, when the driver began swerving and lost control of the vehicle, causing him to go off the roadway and crash into a tree. When paramedics arrived, they found our client sitting on the back seat with his upper body outside of the car back window, which was broken out. Our client sustained multisystem trauma secondary to a motor vehicle collision, consisting of a concussion, left hip fracture-dislocation, possible C5 fracture, and pneumomediastinum of unclear etiology. SafeCo.

$53,000– Settled. Witnesses at the scene indicate that the defendant lacked time to turn left, but did so anyway, turning directly in front of the plaintiff. He received a citation for failure to give the right-a-way. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her back, neck, right knee, and left ankle. Her medical treatment included surgery on her right knee. The defendant‚ insurance, Safeway, paid its policy limit of $20,000. The plaintiff‚ underinsured policy, Grange Insurance, paid $33,000.

$52,500– Settlement. A 72-year-old woman was visiting the Galena area and was shopping in a mass merchandising store when a shelving unit fell upon her causing a left medial meniscus tear. She had surgical intervention to repair the knee. She continues to have knee pain and discomfort if standing and/or walking for any length of time. This matter settled prior to trial with American Home Assurance Company.

$52,500– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 17-year old client was a passenger in Defendant‚ vehicle when he lost control of his vehicle and drove it into the ditch. He was later found to be intoxicated. Our client was not listed on the crash report. She walked home several miles from the scene of the crash and the driver did not tell police that she had been his passenger. She suffered a jaw fracture which required internal fixation to repair. Affirmative was the at-fault driver‚ insurance, with a policy limit of $20,000. Client‚ underinsured insurance policy was with GEICO, who settled for $32,500.

$52,000– Settled. Because the weather was making driving dangerous, our 38-year-old client, traveling east on I-90 in Spring Township, Illinois, began to slowly reduce his speed accordingly. The driver behind him, however, did not reduce his speed and collided with the rear end of his vehicle. Both vehicles were pushed into the concrete median in the center of I-90, damaging several guideposts along the way, as well as the rear and driver‚ side of our client‚ vehicle, along with the snow plow attached. He sustained injuries to his head, right shoulder, right wrist, right hip, neck, and lower back. Chartis Claims, Inc.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A 60-year-old man was traveling in a westerly direction on IL Route 20. The defendant did not stop for the stop sign in her direction, pulling out in front of him. He suffered a fractured sternum and back pain. He had surgical repair of the sternum, and physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for his back pain. Settled with Progressive Insurance prior to trial.

$50,000– Settlement. The Plaintiff was a restrained passenger in a vehicle that was struck by the Defendant who ran a stop sign. The Plaintiff sustained injuries to her shoulder due to the seatbelt restriction, neck strain and back strain. This matter was settled before trial.

$50,000– Settled. A 40-year-old woman was slowing down for traffic when she was struck from behind by the defendant, who had fallen asleep. The defendant hit her at about 60 mph. Plaintiff suffered severe neck and back injuries. Three weeks before trial State Farm settled.

$50,000– Settlement. Defendant’s dog attacked9-year-old girl, biting her on the right arm and back ($589 medical expense). The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until she reaches the age of 18. Country Companies.

$50,000– Settled. 32-year-old male was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a collision with an uninsured motorist. Claimant was severely intoxicated at the time of the crash. He suffered right renal bruise, hepatic bruise, bruising of right lower rib cage, right rib fracture, and fracture of his fifth metacarpal. American Family Insurance.

$50,000– Settlement – Policy Limits. Underinsured driver pulled out of parking lot into path of 48-year-old female causing collision. She sustained injuries to her face, including severe lacerations and fractured teeth, her left shoulder, low back and knee. Kemper Insurance.

$50,000– Settled. Plaintiff was a 16-year-oldpassenger in her grandmother‚ vehicle. Their vehicle was struck head on by the Defendant when he swerved into their lane. Treating physician testified that Plaintiff‚ recovery was good and she had no residual complaints. Treating physician denied she would have residual problems in the future. Plaintiff had two large gaps in treatment. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until she turns 18. West Bend Insurance.

$50,000– Confidential settlement.  Plaintiff’s mother asked the Defendant’s server to bring a cup of warm water so she could heat a bottle for her 9-month-old baby.  The server brought a cup of scalding water placing it in front of the child.  The child grabbed the cup spilling the scalding water causing first and second degree burns to his arm, groin and upper leg areas. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing structured Annuity.  The minor did not scar.

$50,000– Settled.  Client was mowing a ditch near his home along the edge when he struck a metal stake that was left by the City of Rochelle when the utility pole was no longer in use. Rochelle denied ownership and since the stake was over 50 years old it was impossible to prove ownership.  The mower flipped and he suffered injury to L1 and L2 and 4 bulging discs in his back. He was previously permanently disabled when he fell several stories on a job site in the 1980s.  His wife received $5,000 of the settlement for loss of consortium.  CCMI (Cannon Cochran Management, Inc.)

$50,000– Settled at mediation. The defendant drove through the red light into the path of the 41-year-old woman’s car, where they collided. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, back, chest, abdomen, and legs. Liberty Mutual

$50,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant was cited for an improper left turn into oncoming traffic, to which she plead guilty. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his head, right foot, right shoulder and arm, and left leg; his treatment included surgery. USAA Casualty Insurance

$50,000– Settled a week before trial was to begin. The defendant tied a rope to the piece of the tree that was being trimmed off and tied the other end to the tractor that he was driving. As the plaintiff, on a ladder, began to trim the branch, the defendant got on the tractor and began to pull away, causing a “catapult” reaction with the tree, which caused the ladder on which the plaintiff was on to be forced away from the tree and he was thrown to the ground approximately 10-12 feet down. The plaintiff suffered bilateral fractured wrists. State Farm

$50,000– Settled Policy Limit. Passenger partially ejected from car and found face down in snow when the driver, going too fast for weather conditions, lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle had crossed over the center line and when the defendant attempted to return to the proper lane of traffic, the vehicle went off the road, crashed into a snowbank causing the vehicle to spin around and partially roll over before finally coming to rest on the passenger side. The 35-year-old woman sustained injuries to her back and neck, and suffered closed head injuries which caused her confusion, dizziness, frequent headaches, poor balance, sleeping disorders and impaired memory. Royal & SunAlliance Insurance.

$50,000– Settled Policy Limit. A woman pulled out of a private driveway directly into the path of the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing a severe collision. The defendant pled guilty for failure to yield while leaving a private drive. The 48-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to her face, neck, shoulder, back and knee, and fractured her tooth. It took approximately one hour and fifty stitches to suture her facial laceration; her head injuries continue to cause confusion, dizziness, frequent headaches, poor balance, sleeping disorders and impaired memory. Kemper Insurance.

$50,000– Settled. A cleaning crew employee negligently left his work van running in a closed space for over two hours, despite the knowledge that carbon monoxide would likely build up to dangerous levels. The cleaning company’s employee had a duty to turn off its running van, to warn anyone in the vicinity of the running van, and to ventilate the area appropriately. The 52-year-old plaintiff, working in the area, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning causing lung nodules, shortness of breath and pain in his lungs. Society Insurance. A Workers Compensation claim was settled prior to this personal injury action.

$50,000– Settled. At an independent living facility, a resident riding the elevator immediately stepped out when the doors opened. The elevator had not stopped flush with the floor, causing the 94-year-old woman to trip. She fell head-first into a door directly across from the elevator, striking her head and injuring her neck. She sustained a severe concussion and a contusion on the crown of her head; her general health deteriorated rapidly after this occurrence. This incident was due to the negligence of improperly maintained elevators and a failure to keep a safe and danger-free surrounding for the home’s residents. This case was filed, but both CNA and Willis Corroon Corp. each paid $25,000 to settle it before it went to trial.

$50,000– Settled. Our 50-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle on Cherryvale North Boulevard and Perryville Road in Cherry Valley, Illinois, when it was rear-ended. She sustained injuries to her neck and shoulders. Country Companies settled before it went to trial.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A 19-year-old was riding a motorcycle northbound on 20th Street when the southbound defendant turned left in front of him, causing him to smash into the passenger side of the vehicle. In addition to other injuries, his right knee was shattered and his right arm was fractured. His medical treatment included surgeries and totaled $170,282.86. Unitrin paid its policy limit of $20,000; Allstate paid $30,000 in underinsured motorist coverage.

$50,000– Settled before a trial date was set. Our 25-year-old client was traveling south on Belvidere Road, when a driver traveling north turned directly into him. He sustained injuries to his neck and back. General Casualty.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The driver of the other vehicle admitted to police that he was traveling too fast for the weather conditions after he slid through his red light at Newberg and Quentin Roads in Rockford, Illinois, and slammed into the vehicle in which my client was a passenger. Along with various contusions, abrasions and lacerations, he suffered internal derangement of the left knee with a torn medial meniscus. The at-fault driver’s policy with Farmers paid its $20,000 limit; Progressive paid $30,000 through its underinsured policy with our client.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. While fleeing from the Loves Park Police on Spring Creek Road, the driver lost control of his vehicle, drove off the road and hit a tree which caused his car to spin around and end in a ditch. His passenger, our 19-year-old client, sustained a right frontal contusion/closed head injury. The at-fault driver’s policy with State Farm settled for its policy limit of $20,000; our client’s underinsured policy with Allstate settled for $30,000.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A witness traveling north behind two vehicles on Longwood Street in Rockford, Illinois, told the investigating officer that the one vehicle remained in the left lane and was struck by the other as he tried to switch from the center lane to the left lane. My 84-year-old client was a passenger in the vehicle that was originally in the center lane and collided with the other. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. State Farm.

$50,000– Settled Policy Limits. As our client stopped for the red light on Perryville and State Street in Rockford, Illinois, the other, underinsured, driver rear-ended him at nearly full speed.  Our client suffered back injuries and a medial meniscus tear in his right knee requiring arthroscopic surgery to repair. His medical bills were $35,159.  He received the $20,000 policy limit from Grange and $30,000 from his underinsured policy with State Farm.

$50,000– Settled. Our 73-year-old client suffered a non-displaced fracture of her pelvis when her foot caught on a metal plate attached to the floor in the aisle by the vegetables. In that aisle, approximately 6 inches out from the railing, is a metal plate which is attached to the floor. This metal plate is a dull gray in color and not easily noticeable. The store and its employees had a duty to maintain safe premises for its customers, to properly notify its customers of any dangerous conditions that it created, and to otherwise ensure the safety of its customers. The store and its employees breached their duty and were responsible for her injuries and other damages as a result of its negligence. Self-insured.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Witnesses watched the underinsured driver, trying to avoid a construction roadblock ahead, force his vehicle into the right lane, striking the rear of our client’s vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, back, and the rotator cuff of her left shoulder. Her medical bills were just under $20,000. Founders (the at-fault driver’s insurance) settled for policy limit of $20,000; State Farm (our client’s underinsured policy) settled for $30,000.

$47,500– Settled. The drunk driver turned left directly into our client as she drove north on Alpine Road in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to various bruises and contusions, she suffered a fractured left wrist. Country Cos. settled right before trial.

$45,000– Settled. The first defendant crossed the center line while traveling at a high rate of speed, striking the second defendant’s vehicle and pushing it into the 22-year-old plaintiff’s vehicle. His vehicle in turn flipped onto its hood. This was a third-party Workers‚ Compensation case; plaintiff’s medicals were covered by the WC insurance and were reimbursed at the time of settlement. The second defendant was dismissed early on in the case. We settled after mediation with the remaining defendant. Nationwide Insurance.

$45,000– Settled. As the 30-year-old man was crossing the street, at the corners and almost across, a speeding vehicle hit him, causing him to hit the windshield before flipping over the trunk. He suffered a concussion, and cuts and bruises all over. We were forced to file suit to be able to settle this claim State Farm

$45,000– Settled. In a parking lot our client stopped to have a conversation with a friend who was still in his vehicle. After the conversation, she crossed in front of the stopped vehicle. As she stepped in front of his car, his foot came off his brake pedal, causing the vehicle to lurch forward and strike her left knee. She suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture. American Family

$45,000– Settled. Our 21-year-old client was rear-ended as she sat behind a turning vehicle on Broadway in Rockford, Illinois. She sustained injuries to her neck and back, including a bulge at the T7-S1 level. Zurich American Insurance.

$45,000– Settled. A 44-year-old male on his motorcycle in the right lane on Route 251 was thrown off his bike when he was hit by the front right corner of defendant’s car which was traveling in the left lane. The defendant said she “didn’t see” him. He injured the right side of his face and forehead, his left hand, his left leg, his right shoulder, both arms, and suffered a closed head injury. State Farm.

$45,000– Settlement. As our 72-year-old client carried her small dog to an examining room at the veterinarian’s office in Rockford, Illinois, she slipped on the tile floor, falling and fracturing her wrist. There were no ‚wet floor‚ signs and the veterinarian was negligent in allowing a foreign substance to occur on the floor without warning patrons of said substance. Her medical bills were about $17,000. Travelers.

$45,000– Settled. As our client was proceeding eastbound on I-88 in DuPage County, Illinois, the defendant was also proceeding eastbound on I-88, behind her. As traffic became heavy, she slowly brought her vehicle to a stop to wait for the cars in front of her to begin moving again. The defendant did not, however, and struck the rear end of her vehicle at nearly full speed. She suffered neck and right shoulder pain, and suffered post-concussive syndrome with headaches. AAA Chicago Motor Club.

$45,000 – Settled policy limits. Our client struck defendant’s vehicle when it ran a stop sign in front of his motorcycle on Harlem and Douglas in Rockford, Illinois. He sustained a fracture of his big toe and chip fracture of his ankle. He incurred $7,945.34 in medical special damages and lost income in the amount of $1,565.33. Progressive Insurance paid its $25,000.00 limits; and UIM carrier Progressive paid an additional $20,000.00 in settlement

$44,300– Settled. Our husband and wife clients (both in their 70s) were traveling north on North Mulford Road in Rockford, Illinois, when the young driver behind them looked down to change the radio station, pushed on the gas pedal, and rear-ended them so hard they were pushed into the car in front of them. Our husband suffered closed head trauma and injuries to his neck and left shoulder. He settled for $35,000.  Our wife sustained injuries to her head and neck. She settled for $9,300. National General.

$44,000– Settled. Our 26-year-old client was traveling west on Roscoe Road in Roscoe, Illinois, when an uninsured driver traveling east suddenly lost control of her vehicle, swerved into our client’s lane and caused a collision which forced our client’s vehicle into the ditch on the side of Roscoe Road. She sustained injuries to her neck, back and left hand, and is suffering from ringing in her left ear. AAA Ins.

$43,590– Settled. Our father, with his wife and four children ‚one of whom was a newborn daughter–as passengers, was traveling south on South Veterans Parkway in Normal, Illinois, when a northbound driver lost control of her vehicle, passed across the center median divider, and caused a head-on collision. Our father sustained injuries, including fractures, to his shoulders, right wrist, and left hand; his treatment included injections and physical therapy. His wife and children suffered a varying degree of contusions, abrasions, lacerations and mental distress. The father settled for $36,304, the mother, $1,951, and the children for $3,161, $1,951, $2,877 and $1,951 with Farmers.

$41,258– Settled. Witnesses confirmed that the driver turned directly in front of our husband with his wife passenger who were traveling north on Perryville in Rockford, Illinois, smashing into them at full speed. Our 29-year-old husband sustained injuries to his face, left hand, right knee, and lower back; his 26-year-old wife sustained serious injuries to her head, hip, and knees, and a non-displaced talus fracture to her left ankle. Our husband settled in the amount of $7,756 and his wife settled in the amount of $33,502. State Farm

$41,233– Award. Because of the way the gym employee laid out the mats under the uneven parallel bars, when a 13-year-old gymnast fell backward, she hit the concrete floor. She sustained a fractured skull, a fractured neck, and a concussion. Crawford Insurance

$40,000– A 65-year-old driver and his 58-year-old wife passenger were struck by an underinsured motorist who ignored her red light. The driver sustained injuries to his ribs, neck, back, legs and feet; and the passenger sustained injuries to her ribs, head, right arm, left knee, back and neck. This was settled with Gallant Insurance: $3,579.96 for the driver; and $19,500.00 for the passenger. Gallant was becoming insolvent at the time and the driver’s settlement check bounced. The State of Illinois Department of Insurance took over the Gallant claim, but no money was ever received by the driver. Turning to the uninsured/underinsured portion of their own policy, American Family, the driver was paid $8,000.00 and the passenger, an additional $12,500.

$40,000– Settled. Plaintiff slowed and stopped, waiting to turn left, when she was rear ended by the defendant. The 56-year-old woman sustained median nerve compression of the bilateral wrists consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome. Auto Owners Insurance.

$40,000– Settled. A policeman making a left turn knocked the plaintiff off his bicycle and rolled the squad car over his foot. The cyclist sustained fractures to his foot. CCMSI

$40,000– Settled. A man with an uncontrollable Pit Bull who had a history of biting was walking it by a bus stop at Empire and Chicago in Freeport, Illinois. The dog came up behind our 11-year-old client and attacked her. She had bites on her right thigh and left wrist. Grinnell Mutual.

$40,000– Settled. As our client drove south on Barker near Mill Road in Byron, Illinois, the defendant pulled out in front of him, causing a collision in which he struck his head on the windshield. There were two witnesses. Our client sustained injuries to his head, neck and chest. Country Cos.

$40,000– Settled. As our 14-year-old client came up from the basement and walked through her friend’s kitchen, the family’s dog, a large German Shepard, pushed her into the wall, knocked her down and bit her left leg repeatedly. American Family

$40,000– Settled. Driving too fast on winding Roscoe Road in Roscoe, Illinois, the wheels of eastbound driver left the roadway during one of the curves, and he overcorrected causing his vehicle to drift into the westbound lane of traffic and collide with the vehicle in which my client was a passenger. She sustained injuries to her head, the left side of her abdomen, including her chest and ribs, and her right hand, along with disc herniation in her neck. Travelers.

$40,000– Settled. The at-fault driver admitted to the investigating officer that he had looked down to fasten his seatbelt as he was traveling east on Charles Street in Rockford, Illinois, which caused him to swerve his vehicle into the oncoming lane where his vehicle collided with our clients‚ vehicle, pushing it off the side of the road. Our three clients, a young pregnant mother and father with their 3-year-old, were in that vehicle. Our pregnant 24-year-old mother sustained injuries to her head, back and shoulder. Our 25-year-old father sustained cuts from broken glass and injuries to his mid and low back. Their 3-year-old sustained cuts from broken glass and bruising from his seat belt. Our father settled in the amount of $20,000; our mother, $18,000 and their son, $2,000. GEICO.

$39,000 – Settlement. A 21-year-old male was traveling in a southerly direction and stopped at a red light. He was rear-ended and pushed into the vehicle in front of him. He suffered a laceration to his left arm, neck pain, back pain and right leg pain. Settled prior to trial with State Farm.

$39,000– Settlement. A 27-year-old male was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a collision with an uninsured motorist. Claimant was severely intoxicated at the time of the crash. He suffered a large right frontal bruise, a black right eye, low back pain and neck pain from the motor vehicle collision. American Family Insurance.

$39,000– Settled. A 48-year-old man with his 43-year-old wife passenger were rear-ended at a good speed while they waited to be able to make a left turn. The plaintiff-driver sustained injuries to his neck, back, and left thumb, as well as sternal pain, and a tingling sensation from his left hip to his knee; and the plaintiff-passenger sustained injuries to her neck, the back of her head and her right shoulder. State Farm settled before a trial date was set; it paid the plaintiff-driver $33,000 and the plaintiff-passenger $6,000.

$38,000– Settled. He was looking over the garage sale items in a yard on Route 20 in Garden Prairie, Illinois, when he was struck at 40 mph by a vehicle driven by an uninsured motorist. He sustained injuries to his low back, neck, right arm, left lower chest, left lateral thigh and lower leg. Clients uninsured policy with American Family.

$38,000– Settled. She told the police that she did not look at the traffic light before passing through the intersection because she had looked at it previously and saw that it was green. Despite her red light, she proceeded into the intersection at East Jefferson and Sixth Streets in Rockford, Illinois, she striking our clients vehicle and pushing it into the vehicle directly to its right. Our client suffered a fracture on the left side of her pelvis and experienced significant pain in her lower back, pelvis, and left leg. Kemper Insurance.

$38,000– Settled. Because she was running late to work, she drove full speed into the driver’s door of my client’s vehicle which was entering the driveway of the McDonald’s on Perryville in Rockford, Illinois. My 41-year-old client sustained injuries to her head, neck, chest and abdomen, including internal bleeding. Country Insurance.

$37,500– Settlement. The hospital allegedly failed to provide home nursing care as agreed after 91-year-old woman was released following hip replacement surgery. However, no record could be found of the agreement. Allegedly, decubitus ulcer that was present on the patient’s coccyx at her release grew when untreated at home, leading to sepsis and her death. Defense asserted that the patient’s daughter had refused nursing help. Paid by self-insured hospital.

$37,000– Settled. As a 56-year-old woman exited her rental apartment at approximately 4 a.m. to go to work, she stepped on a loose piece of brick, slipped and started to fall forward down the stairs. As she was falling, she grabbed the railing, but since it was loose, she continued her fall and landed on her shoulder on the sidewalk, fracturing it. American Family Ins.

$37,000– Settled. Our father with his 3-year-old son passenger were traveling north on Poplar Grove Road in Poplar Grove, Illinois. As they approached the T-intersection with Woodstock, which has a stop sign for each of its directions, the at-fault driver ignored his stop and pulled out directly in front of my clients‚ vehicle, causing a collision so forceful that both vehicles were rotated multiple times, with our clients‚ vehicle ending up in the ditch on the west side of Poplar Grove Road. Our dad sustained serious injuries to his neck and back; his son suffered a blow to his head and experiences severe headaches. Acuity Insurance.

$37,000– Settled after filing suit. Our 80-year-old client was a front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped in traffic on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, which was rear-ended by an uninsured driver who was driving a company vehicle that was also uninsured. She suffered injuries to her chest, neck and back. GEICO, the uninsured policy for the vehicle in which she was a passenger.

$35,000– Settled.  Plaintiff was rolling forward at a stop sign facing north and Defendant coming from the west made a left-hand turn cutting the turn too short striking the Plaintiff‚ vehicle. Liability was disputed. Case went to mediation and defense attorney refused to make a second offer. Client, who was deeply in debt, demanded to have the case settled. Country Mutual Insurance Co.

$35,000– Settled.  Even though the Defendant stopped for a stop sign she did not remain stopped to allow the Plaintiff, who had no stop sign, to go by before pulling out into the intersection, colliding with the Plaintiff.  IMT Insurance.

$35,000– Settled. A 63-year-old male was traveling on a through street when the defendant pulled out from his stop sign, causing a collision. The defendant then left the scene. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his head, neck and back; his treatment included facet blocks and/or steroid injections State Farm

$35,000– Settled after arbitration. While a woman was in an aisle of a store, she turned, striking her head and eye on a glass display shelf which was at eye level and unprotected, causing her to fall backwards onto the floor. She suffered injuries to her head, eye and back; her treatment included surgery. Gallagher Bassett

$35,000– Settled. A 10-year-old boy was walking through the shopping mall when a maintenance worker on scaffolding approximately 15-20 feet in the air dropped a communications radio on his head. He has been suffering from bilateral pressure-like headaches and has been experiencing daily headaches, trouble sleeping, and some nausea. AIG Claims

$35,000– Settled. Trying to pass a garbage truck, the at-fault driver admitted to police that she lost sight of the vehicle due to the sun in her eyes, which caused her to strike the rear of the garbage truck, throwing our client 10 feet into the air where paramedics found him on the side of the road. He sustained a head injury, lumbar strain and contusions. The Workers Compensation portion of his case settled prior to this. Indiana Ins.

$35,000– Settled. Our client was the third car in line at the red light on Broadway and 20th in Rockford, Illinois, when she was rear-ended by a driver who stated “I thought everybody was going.” She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Country Ins.

$35,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was traveling south on North Sixth Street in Rockford, Illinois, and slowed his vehicle down because the vehicle in front of him signaled and slowed to make a left turn. The underinsured driver behind him did not stop and struck the rear-end of his vehicle at nearly full speed forcing my client‚ vehicle into the vehicle in front of him. My client sustained injuries to his neck, back and head suffering a closed head injury that resulted in bleeding over the left parietal lobe. This was settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, State Farm, for the full policy limits of $20,000 and settled with our client‚ own underinsured policy with Farmers for $15,000.

$35,000– Settled. Our client was in the back of a Winnebago County transport carrier westbound on Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois. A westbound semi-truck in the lane to the right of the van attempted to make a left turn onto North Church Street, and drove directly into the side of the van. This caused our client to be thrown about in the back of the van. She sustained injuries to her neck and a rotator cuff tear to her right shoulder. Great West Casualty.

$35,000– Settled before trial. Our client was seated in the back of a Winnebago County Sheriff‚ van going westbound on Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois, when the defendant made a left turn from Church Street directly into the side of the van. She sustained a right partial rotator cuff tear. Great West Casualty.

$34,027– Verdict. A 63-year-old woman was rear ended in a low impact crash. Her vehicle had less than $500 in property damage. No police officer was called to the scene. The Plaintiff admitted at trial that due to the fact that there was a gap of almost a month before her first complaint of back injury that she was unsure herself as to whether the back injury was caused by the car crash. The jury awarded the entire medical bills. Farmers Insurance.

$34,000– Settled. The defendant, whose visibility was blocked by a semi, pulled out anyway, turning left in front of our 46-year-old plaintiff. She sustained a fractured rib and injuries to her abdomen. State Farm.

$34,000– Settled. Both drivers were traveling at 40 mph in opposite directions on Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver attempted to turn left onto Rockton Avenue, turning directly into my client‚ vehicle. My mother sustained injuries to her head, jaw, neck and back; her 10-year-old daughter and passenger sustained injuries to her head. My mother settled in the amount of $30,000; her daughter settled in the amount of $400. State Farm.

$33,712– Settled. Our motorcyclist was traveling northbound on South Appleton Road in Belvidere, Illinois, approaching the on ramp to Bypass 20 when a southbound vehicle made a left-hand turn directly in front of him. The two vehicles collided. The cyclist flew off his motorcycle and struck his right knee on the vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his right leg and knee. West Bend Mutual

$33,000– Settlement. 25-year-old female passenger. Vehicle in front of them pulled over onto the shoulder of the road abruptly and attempted to make a u-turn. Vehicles collided and client had neck, shoulder, right knee and back pain. Her medical bills amounted to $17,097.13. Filed case, settled with American Family Insurance before going to arbitration.

$33,000– Arbitration Award. Our 51-year-old client suffers from low back pain and radial pain into his legs as a result of disc herniation at L4-5 that was caused when an uninsured driver rear-ended his work van. His Workers Compensation claim was settled previous to this. State Farm Uninsured Policy.

$33,000– Settled. The uninsured driver failed to stop behind our client who had stopped to make a left-hand turn from 23rd Street onto Charles in Rockford, Illinois, hitting him at full speed. Our 30-year-old client sustained severe injuries to his head, neck and back. He was forced to collect from the uninsured portion of his own policy with USAA.

$33,000– Settled before trial. Our minor client was playing with the dog owner‚ son when the St. Bernard attacked him. He was bitten in his face and right cheek, requiring 21 stitches. He has visible bite scars on his cheek and around his nose which may require revision at some point in the future. Allstate

$32,000– Settlement. A 64-year-old woman was traveling in a northerly direction with a green light. The defendant was traveling in a southerly direction attempting to make a left turn. The defendant failed to stop for oncoming traffic and collided with the plaintiff. The plaintiff suffered a left hand fracture which the doctor stated would be a long healing process due to the Lupus that was diagnosed previously. The doctor also stated her Lupus was flaring up due to the stress from the automobile collision. She also suffered a slight concussion. Four months after the collision she suffered a stroke which the doctor indicated could have been caused from the stress of the auto collision. At the scene the defendant was indicated to have been drinking, he smelled of alcohol, was staggering, slurring his words and was glossy eyed. Settled with Farmers Insurance before obtaining a trial date.

$32,000– Settled. The defendant, driving behind a 34-year-old motorcyclist, looked down at her cell phone, and when she looked up she crashed into the rear of the cycle. The plaintiff suffered acute concussion, acute cervical muscular strain, acute left hip contusion, and acute back contusion. State Farm.

$32,000– Settled. A 46-year-old woman was pushing her laden grocery cart through the store‚ parking lot when the defendant, turning left into the aisle, hit her with the side mirror of her car. The plaintiff suffered a non-displaced fracture of her left shoulder and cracked two teeth. Hartford/Trumbull Insurance.

$31,000 – Settlement. Defendant’s vehicle crossed the center line of Rockford roadway and hit plaintiff’s head-on. Female, age 24 sustained a shoulder sprain plus soft tissue injuries to her back and right knee ($7,413 medical). Paid Allied Insurance.

$31,000– Settled. A 53-year-old woman passenger was in a vehicle traveling down an aisle in a parking lot. The defendant was driving across the parking lot at a high rate of speed and hit their vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck and back. Unitrin paid $30,000 and Progressive paid $1,000. They settled before a trial date was set.

$31,000– Settled. Driving west almost side-by-side on West Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois, the driver in the center lane attempted to make a left-hand turn by turning directly in front of my client‚ vehicle, causing the front of my client‚ car to strike the left side of his vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to his head and neck. State Farm.

$30,000– Settlement. A 28-year-old female was driving a vehicle that collided with another in an intersection. She sustained injuries to her head and neck. State Farm Insurance.

$30,000– Settlement. A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the left cheek and left arm by a Labrador Retriever. After healing, there was very little scarring to the cheek and none visible on the child‚ arm. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until he reaches the age of 18. Allied Insurance.

$30,000– Settled. Our 25-year-old client was fishing at the Sky Ranch Bridge site in Tazewell County, Illinois. A severe electrical discharge from the power lines suspended above the bridge transferred to the fishing pole in his hand and discharged from his knee to a nearby metal guardrail. Our client has burns on his hand and knee and now suffers heart problems. Self-insured corporation.

$30,000– Settled. Illinois State Police responded to the scene where our bicyclist client, eastbound on Telegraph Road, was struck from behind by a motorist who told the police that she bent over to pick up a candy bar. This occurred around 5:00 p.m. on a balmy July day. In addition to many scrapes, abrasions, contusions and lacerations, he chipped a tooth and sustained injuries to his ankle, knee, thigh and hip. Liberty Mutual.

$30,000– Settled. Our client was proceeding slowly and cautiously on Alpine due to numerous potholes in the road. The defendant was driving at approximately 40-55 mph and, for reasons he could not explain, he failed to slow or stop his vehicle and rear-ended her. She sustained injuries to her neck and shoulder and her treatment included steroid injections. Pekin.

$30,000– Settled. Our client was traveling south on Appleton Road as it approached its intersection with Maryland Street in Belvidere, Illinois. The at-fault driver was traveling north on Appleton Road and attempted to make a left hand turn by crossing directly in front of our client‚ vehicle, causing a serious collision. The force of the collision was such that the at-fault driver‚ vehicle was knocked into another vehicle that was waiting at the stop sign on the west side of the intersection. Our client sustained injuries to her face, abdomen, left shoulder, both hands and knee. Acuity Insurance.

$30,000– Settled right before trial. Our client stopped behind traffic waiting at the red light on Guilford Road in Rockford, Illinois, but the at-fault driver behind her did not and collided with her rear end. Our client, who had previously had a spinal fusion, sustained a left foraminal disc protrusion at the L4-L5 level, as well as a left proximal foramina disc protrusion. Her treatment included physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and radiofrequency ablation. AAA Insurance.

$29,000– Settlement. A woman, while walking out of her rental apartment to run errands before a snow storm, was wearing hiking boots and slipped on the second step of her front porch, slipping down three to four more additional steps. She twisted her right ankle which caused a fibula fracture. Settled with Nautilus Insurance after oral discovery was taken but before a trial date was set.

$29,000– Settled.  Defendant attempted to pass a motorcyclist while she was turning into her driveway, hitting the front wheel of Plaintiff‚ motorcycle and knocking her over. Not all specials were related; she had multiple issues with pre-existing physical and emotional conditions, and had filed bankruptcy during the case, limiting her recovery. State Farm Insurance.

$27,087– Settled. Our 10-year-old client was bit in the face by his aunt‚ dog. His treatment included surgeries. State Farm.

$27,087– Settled. Our 10-year-old client had been camping in his aunt‚ yard with his father and some cousins. When it was time to leave he kneeled down in front of his aunt‚ dog, who had been sleeping, to tell him goodbye.  The dog became startled and bit him in the face. He sustained multiple lacerations to his face and nose. After healing he had small scars on his right cheek and left side of his nose, with scars on his forehead and near right ear that were mainly concealed by his hair. State Farm Insurance.

$27,000– Settled. A 34-year-old woman was one of several passengers on a Rockford City bus on State Street when a semi truck driver ran the red light at Third Street and crashed in the side of the bus on which she was sitting. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her chest and back. Sentry Insurance

$27,000– Settled. A 59-year-old man saw in his rear view that the defendant was coming up fast behind him. The defendant tried unsuccessfully to pass him on the left and when he tried to drop back behind the plaintiff, he did not slow enough and rear-ended him. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his head and neck. United Fire Group

$27,000– Settled. The 3-year-old boy was bitten in the face by a family friend‚ pit bull, sustaining serious injuries to his left cheek and lip area. He was caused to be admitted to the hospital and undergo surgical debridement and repair of the lacerations on the lip and cheek while under general anesthesia. He will need future plastic surgery in order to normalize the scar tissue that has been left on his face from this attack. State Farm.

$27,000– Settled. Our 21-year-old client was treated on the scene by paramedics for whiplash and for lacerations on his face, near his nose and on his forehead after he was rear-ended at full speed on West Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. Country Companies.

$26,500– Settled. The defendant ran a red light, crashing into a 31-year-old woman’s vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her head, neck, back and shoulder. Erie Insurance

$26,500– Settled. A witness on the scene told the investigating officer that the at-fault driver did not stop at her stop sign at Spring Creek Road and Bell School Road in Rockford, Illinois, but drove straight through, causing a collision. She ran into the driver‚ side of my client’s vehicle at nearly full speed. My husband sustained injuries to both of his knees and his wife sustained injuries to her right knee and left rib area. AAA Ins.

$26,467– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver sped down the westbound ramp from 11th Street to Bypass Route 20, south of Rockford, Illinois, striking our client‚ vehicle and pushing him into the ditch. He pled guilty to the ticket for failure to reduce speed. Our client suffered injuries to his neck and right shoulder and arm. At-fault driver‚ American Access policy limit of $20,000; and State Farm underinsured motorist coverage of $6,467.

$26,349– Settled. Distracted by a scene he was watching on the side of the road, he did not notice traffic in front of him had stopped and a rear-ended our client with considerable force while on the 7400 block of East State in Rockford, Illinois. our client, who had previously had surgical intervention and fusion in her back on multiple levels, sustained severe injuries to her head, neck and lower back State Farm.

$26,000– Settled at Mediation. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which was eastbound on Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, when it began sliding. The vehicle behind theirs was unable to stop and slid into our client‚ vehicle, hitting the front driver’s side. While they waited inside the car on the side of the road for police to arrive, a third vehicle smashed into the rear of their vehicle. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene, treated our client and placed her in the ambulance. While waiting in the ambulance, which was stopped on the side of the road with its red lights on, it was struck at full speed by a fourth vehicle whose driver was heard to have said “I didn’t even see the ambulance.” Ultimately, a second ambulance arrived and took her to the emergency department on a backboard and in a C-collar. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, back, and left forearm. This was settled with Country — $5,000; ANPAC — $6,000; State Farm — $6,500; and State Farm — $8,500.

$25,900– Settled. A mother and her 7-year-old son were passengers in a vehicle traveling north on Alpine Road. At the intersection of Guilford, a southbound vehicle attempted to turn left, pulled directly in front of them and caused a collision. Our mother‚ forehead hit the windshield and her right knee hit the glove box upon impact. She also sustained injuries to her head and neck, accompanied by nausea and dizziness; her son injured his right shoulder and back.. Pekin settled with the mother for $24,000 and with her son for $1,900.

$25,639– Settled. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at a red light and was struck from the rear by the Defendant.  The Defendant exited her vehicle stating I’m so sorry, I thought I was hitting the brake but I was hitting the gas. Farmers Insurance.

$25,368– Verdict. A 40-year-old male was a passenger in a vehicle which may or may not have run a red light. Their southbound vehicle and an eastbound vehicle collided in the intersection; both defendants claiming a green light. The jury paid all of the Plaintiff‚ medical bills along with money for pain and suffering and loss of normal life. The verdict was paid without an appeal by Travelers Insurance and American Family.

$25,000– Settlement Policy Limit. A 20-year-old woman fractured her right femur when the snowmobile on which she was a passenger was hit by another. Two surgeries were done (rod/screw fixation; bone graft; $50,571 medical expense). Paid by State Farm.

$25,000– Settlement. Female, age 47, says collision with left-turning defendant caused back/shoulder sprains/strains ($3,853 medical). Paid by self-insured USA.

$25,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our 36-year-old male client slowed for a red light at Second Street and Harlem Road, the pick-up traveling behind him slammed into him at full speed. He sustained injuries to his back, head, neck, hips and legs. American Family.

$25,000– Settled. A 39-year-old man in his mobility scooter, holding his groceries, was crossing the street in the crosswalk when a turning car struck him. The defendant told the police officer that she was blinded by the sun and did not see him, but the plaintiff saw her talking to her passenger, which distracted her attention from him in the crosswalk. She received tickets for failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to yield while turning left, and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The plaintiff suffered increased pain in his left leg and lower back. General Casualty

$25,000– Settled. Without warning or provocation, a golden retriever attacked a two-year-old girl causing her severe injury and resulting in significant scarring to her face. The child and her family had been visiting with the dog owners for a week before this attack. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest bearing account until she reaches the age of majority. American Family

$25,000– Settled. As our client was driving on a through street, the at-fault driver who had been stopped at the stop sign on Bigmound Road, pulled out and T-boned our client car. Our client sustained injuries to his head, neck, left shoulder, left elbow, left side of his abdomen, left hip, as well as fracturing four of his left ribs which punctured his lung. GEICO Ins.

$25,000– Settled. Our client was one of several passengers on a Rockford City bus on State Street when a semi truck driver ran the red light at Third Street and crashed in the side of the bus. Our client sustained injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. Sentry Insurance.

$25,000– Policy Limits Settlement. When her light at Longwood and State Street in Rockford, Illinois, changed to green, she proceeded forward, only to be broadsided in her driver door by another driver with such impact it caused drums of blacktop sealer in the back of his pick-up truck to fly out and spill on the roadway and all over my client vehicle inside and out. My client, several years past a joint fusion surgery of her left knee, injured her left knee, and her right shoulder. Infinity.

$25,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 25-year-old client accepted a ride in a vehicle with a driver he only knew slightly. The driver proceeded to speed down a country road, lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. Our client sustained extremely serious injuries to his neck and left arm and his medical bills were over $137,000. Neither our client nor the driver had insurance; this was settled with the vehicle owner policy with Progressive.

$25,000– Settled. Our 37-year-old mother and her 10-year-old son and passenger were traveling north on South Mulford Road in Rockford, Illinois, and as traffic slowed down, she brought her vehicle to a stop to wait. The driver behind her, however, did not slow his vehicle, and crashed into their rear at nearly full speed. Our mother sustained injuries to the left side of her rib cage, both of her knees, her back and neck, with pain radiating into her left arm. And her son sustained injuries to his neck and back. Our mother settled in the amount of $16,000 and her son settled in the amount of $9,000 with American Family.

$25,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The uninsured, at-fault driver was driving at 90 miles an hour north on Fairview in Rockford, Illinois, when he hit our southbound client head-on. He suffered severe lumbar strain. Although is medical bills totaled nearly $20,000, his policy limits were only $25,000. Lighthouse.

$25,000– Settled before trial. Traveling eastbound on I-90, our client slowed for a truck entering the highway. The vehicle behind her rear-ended her and pushed her into the vehicle in front of her. She sustained injuries to her neck. State Farm.

$25,000– “Settled for policy limits. At the intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, the inebriated driver ignored his stop sign and struck our 38-year-old client vehicle at full speed. Our client suffered serious injuries and treatment included a spinal fusion. Her medical bills were in excess of $307,000. Because she had no insurance policy of her own, the only policy available was the $25,000 policy that the at-fault driver had with First Chicago Insurance.

$25,000– Settled for policy limits. The at-fault driver ran the stop sign on Wittwer Road and Yale Bridge and hit the passenger door of the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. Our 51-year-old client suffered injuries to her neck, right shoulder and right thumb. Progressive

$24,000– Mediation Award. The Public Works Department did not fill in all of the holes they had dug after working on water pipes on private property. The 38-year-old homeowner unwittingly stepped in one of these holes, severely injuring her ankle. Rockford.

$24,000– Settled. As our 58-year-old client sat at the red light at York and 22nd Street in Oak Brook, Illinois, he was rear-ended so hard his hat and glasses ended up by his rear window. He sustained injuries to his neck and back. Farmers.

$24,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A mother, with her daughter as her passenger, was turning from Bauer Parkway onto Main Street, in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver ran his red light on Main Street and crashed into their vehicle. The mother needed to be extricated from her vehicle and sustained severe head trauma. Her daughter sustained injuries to her neck and back. SafeAuto settled with the mom for the policy limits of $20,000; and with the daughter for $4,000

$24,000– Settled. As our clients, a father, his wife and their daughter, were driving south on Pleasant Valley Road in Seneca Township, in McHenry County, Illinois, they approached an S-curve where Pleasant Valley becomes north and southbound. As a westbound driver approached the S-curve, he lost control of his vehicle, crossed over the center line, and collided with the front and driver side of our client’s vehicle. Our father sustained severe injuries to his lower back; his wife sustained injuries to her back; their daughter was just shook up. Our father settled in the amount of $21,500; his wife, in the amount of $2,500 and their daughter, $1,000. State Farm.

$23,000– Settled. While traveling on Sixth Street in Rockford, the at-fault driver “forgot” he was on a one-way street and without even signaling his intension, turned left from the center lane, colliding with our client who was next to him. She sustained injuries to her chest, hip and knee. Country Companies.

$22,500– Settled after oral discovery, but before a trial date was set. As my client was driving east on Harrison Avenue approaching its intersection with Stowmarket Avenue, the at-fault driver turned left directly in front of him, causing a collision. This was verified by a witness. My 46-year-old client sustained injuries to his neck. American Family.

$22,500– Settled. Our 58-year-old client was rear-ended so hard that her vehicle spun around, whereupon the unlicensed defendant struck her car again. She sustained injuries to her neck and both knees. State Farm.

$22,000– Settled. A 44-year-old woman was traveling on a through street when the defendant failed to yield at the intersection stop sign, causing a collision. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck, upper back and right knee. Shelter Insurance.

$22,000– Settled immediately before trial. Police on Route 251 pulled the driver over for leaving the scene of an accident after he had moved from the left lane to the right, hitting a motorcyclist, and continued driving. Our 37-year-old client suffered road rash, injuries to his right shoulder and arm, left arm, both knees, left hip and ankle, and broken fingers on his left hand. American Family.

$22,000– Settled. Our 58-year-old client was rear-ended on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when he slowed to a stop because of traffic conditions. He sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. Country Ins.

$21,500– Settled. A 61-year-old man was sitting in traffic waiting to turn when he was rear ended by a defendant who admitted he “wasn’t looking” where he was driving. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck, back, and right shoulder, and suffered a right fractured rib. American Family

$21,000– Settled. As the driver crested the hill on Trask Bridge Road in Pecatonica Township, Illinois, he saw that an oncoming vehicle had turned left directly in his path. He attempted to swerve to the left but struck the other driver in the right rear, causing his vehicle to leave the side of the road, strike a wire fence and then a tree. Our client, his back seat passenger, sustained injuries to her head and neck, and also suffered traumatic choroidal changes to her eye. USAA Ins.

$20,500– Settled. A 23-year-old driver and his 36-year-old passenger slowed for traffic when the defendant rear-ended them. The defendant was ticketed for going too fast for conditions. The plaintiff-driver suffered injuries to his eye, neck and back; the plaintiff-passenger suffered injuries to her neck and back. Williams-Manny Insurance paid the driver $8,000 and the passenger $12,500.

$20,500– Settled. A distracted school bus driver rear-ended a mother and her pregnant daughter on Route 251 in Machesney Park, Illinois. Our mother sustained injuries to her neck, left shoulder, upper breast, abdomen, and back; her daughter sustained injuries to her head, neck, chest, back, and hip. Our mother settled for $12,000 and her daughter settled for $8,500 with Indiana Insurance.

$20,000– Settlement. A 53-year-old female was rear ended while waiting to make a left turn into a parking lot. Plaintiff suffered a pinched nerve in her lumbar spine causing right leg pain, numbness and tingling which in turn caused substantial problems at work. Due to her neck, low back and right shoulder injuries she was unable to continue working. This matter settled prior to going to trial. State Farm.

$20,000– Settled. A 58-year-old woman driver was rear ended by a defendant who admitted to police she had been distracted by her child. Our client injured her neck and back. Allstate Insurance

$20,000– Settled. A 32-year-old woman was driving on a through street when the defendant ran his stop sign and caused a collision. Plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck, upper back, left shoulder, left arm, and numbness and tingling in her left hand. Allstate

$20,000– Settled. A 32-year-old female was sitting in traffic at a red light when she was rear-ended. She sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, left arm and hand, and left hip. Founders Insurance

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 25-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle which ignored a stop sign causing a collision. Plaintiff sustained injuries to his<span style=”font-size: small;”> head, face, chest, internal organs, and right arm</span>. These injuries will affect him the rest of his life. His medical expenses are in excess of $146,726.71 and he will need future treatment. Progressive Premier Insurance

$20,000– Settled. Claiming he could not see because he was blinded by the sun, the defendant-driver turned left directly in front of an oncoming vehicle, causing another driver to hit the passenger side of his vehicle. His front seat passenger, our plaintiff, was knocked unconscious, suffered an avulsion fracture to her right hip and a large laceration to her forehead. State Farm

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 47-year-old man was standing behind his incapacitated motor vehicle when he was struck by the defendant. He suffered injuries to his left leg and ankle. Gallant Insurance

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Approaching a construction zone, the defendant merged lanes without looking, hitting the side of a 49-year-old woman vehicle, causing her to sustain injuries to her left ankle and neck. 21st Century

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that disobeyed a stop sign, causing another vehicle to strike it, spin it, and flip it onto its roof. The 18-year-old suffered a laceration to his lip, and injuries to his head, lower back and right rib. Permanent General Assurance Corp

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. While the he was making a left turn on the green arrow, the defendant ran the stop light and hit him so hard his car spun around, ejecting his dog. The 63-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to his chest, groin, neck, lower back, and shoulders. His medical bills totaled $14,982.33. American Freedom Insurance

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant pled guilty to disobeying a traffic control device. When she ran the red light, she T-boned the plaintiff who suffered abrasion to his face, a concussion with associated post-concussion symptoms, and injury to his neck and lower back. GEICO

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Believing his 17-year-old passenger to have died in the crash, the defendant ran from the scene while calling the owner of the car to tell her to call the police to report the car stolen. The plaintiff injuries included a fractured left femur and his treatment included surgeries. Although his medical bills were over $75,000, the policy limit was only $20,000. American Heartland

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Her windshield shattered when the Sheriff Deputy that she hit slammed into it. His squad car had its emergency lights activated as the officer was standing outside another vehicle. Our plaintiff sustained injuries to his entire body and his treatment included surgery. Although his medical bills were over $30,000, the policy limit was only $20,000. U.S. Agencies.

$20,000– Settled policy limits. A witness confirmed that the at-fault driver turned left directly in front of our 42-year-old client. She was caused to suffer injuries to her neck, back and right knee. Her medical special damages totaled almost $22,000. Affirmative Insurance.

$20,000– Settled. A mother and 16-year-old daughter were both passengers in a vehicle traveling north on South Western Drive in Peoria, Illinois, when a westbound driver on West Kettelle Road ran a stop sign striking their vehicle. The mother had injuries to her head, right wrist and knee; her daughter had injuries to her head. Each claim settled for $10,000. Interstate Bankers Casualty Company.

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Although our client suffered injuries to his forearm, hand, hip, knee, and ankle, his treatment included 7 surgeries, and his medical bills were in excess of $500,000, both our client own underinsured limits and the at-fault driver limits were only $20,000. Our client was driving west on Glenwood when the at-fault driver, approaching from the opposite direction, turned left directly into his driver door. Infinity Ins.

$20,000– Settled. Our client was in a telephone booth at the corner of 11th Street and Broadway in Rockford, Illinois, when the defendant vehicle left the street and ran into him. Our client sustained injuries to his right leg and arm. Settled after Pekin lost its Motion for Summary Judgment in which it claimed it was not liable for this collision as its insured may have been dead at the time of the crash. Witnesses at the scene testified that the defendant was alive.

$20,000– Policy Limits Settlement. Failing to yield while turning left, the at-fault driver turned directly in front of our motorcyclist at Glenwood Avenue and Rockton Avenue in Rockford, Illinois. In the emergency room, his treatment consisted of irrigation and debridement of left open knee dislocation, reduction of the left knee with application of multiplanar external fixator, closed reduction left ankle with application of external fixator, closed reduction of pelvic ring with application of external fixator, closed reduction of left radial shaft with application of long-arm splint, closed reduction of small, ring, middle and index fingers with application of splint, closed reduction of right hemipelvis with application of an external fixator, application of wound VAC to the left knee and intra-operative angiogram of the left leg; then he was admitted. He underwent seven more surgeries before he was released from the hospital. His medical bills were over $500,000. Infinity Ins.

$20,000– Settled. Our client was watching her grandson T-ball game when she was hit by a lawn chair being dragged by a dog, seriously injuring her leg. A spectator had tied his dog to an unsecured lawn chair and in the excitement the dog ran, dragging the lawn chair with it. Her treatment included a hospital stay. Her main permanent injury is the scar on her leg from the severe leg wound. State Farm.

$20,000– Settled. The Cookies Specialist driver lost control of his truck and T-boned our client in the Menard parking lot at Bowes and Randall Road in Elgin. She sustained injuries to her back and shoulder. Westfield Ins.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which, while trying to avoid construction barricades, struck a tree on the west side of Woodruff and 18th Avenues in Rockford, Illinois. The police officer indicated that the causes for the crash were driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to reduce speed to avoid the crash. The Emergency Department doctor diagnosed our 25-year-old client with acute lumbar transverse process fractures, abrasions to the face and right upper extremity, and blunt head injury. 21st Century

$20,000– Policy Limits Settlement. The defendant turned left in front of our 33-year-old client on Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, causing a collision which caused our client vehicle to catch on fire. Our client sustained injuries to her head, her right knee and fractured one of her fingers. Although her medical bills totaled almost $60,000 and her lost wages were about $20,000, the only insurance available was the defendant $20,000 policy with American Family; our client had neither uninsured/underinsured nor medical coverage with her own insurance.

$20,000– Settled after arbitration. Our 13-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle which was driving too fast down Mulford Road causing the driver to lose control, starting swerving and run off the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle rolled an unknown number of times and landed on its roof top. She sustained injuries to her neck, head, left knee and back, and severe injuries to her right ankle. American Family.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 17-year-old driver was rear-ended at full speed on East Riverside in Rockford, Illinois. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Safe Auto Insurance.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client pulled her vehicle into a private driveway on Harrison Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, put the car into park, turned it off, grabbed items from the car to get out of the vehicle when another driver pulled into the driveway directly behind her vehicle, striking it with considerable force. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Founders.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver told police that he did not realize, in spite of extremely heavy traffic, that the car in front of him, my client, had stopped before he hit her at full speed on East Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. My client sustained injuries to her lower back, neck, and right knee, and she developed a life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolus. She was admitted to the hospital. Although her medical bills totaled more than $83,000, the only policy available to her was the at-fault driver GEICO coverage.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The 12-year-old back seat passenger was sleeping on the side of the car that was hit when the drunk driver of her vehicle backed without looking from a private drive onto Kilburn Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, directly into the path of another vehicle. Our client struck her head and suffered seizures secondary to a concussion. United Equitable.

$20,000– Settled. The vehicle in the left lane next to him on East Jefferson, in Rockford, Illinois, turned right directly in front of my client, who was in the right lane on his moped. The at-fault driver told the investigating officer that he never saw him prior to the crash. He was ticketed for improper lane usage. My client sustained injuries to his left shoulder, left elbow, left hip, and left side of his chest, in addition to his left eye. Allstate Insurance.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client, in the northmost/left lane, and the other driver, in the middle lane, were proceeding eastbound on Chestnut Street in Rockford, Illinois. The other driver attempted to make a left-hand turn into a city parking lot from the middle lane, cutting directly across our client lane of traffic. She was unable to stop and crashed into the driver side of his vehicle. She sustained a fractured sternum. GEICO

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. When his light turned green, my westbound client proceeded forward on Newburg. As he entered the intersection crossing Perryville, a northbound driver on Perryville ignored his red light and they collided. My client sustained severe injuries to his neck, left shoulder and arm, and fractured his right hip. Although his medical billings were over $20,000, this was the only policy of insurance available to him. PGAC.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As eastbound traffic on Auburn Street in Rockford, Illinois, became heavy, it caused our client to slow her vehicle to a stop, but the driver behind her did not, and smashed into her at nearly full speed. My client sustained serious injuries to her head, shoulders and neck. Although her medical billings were just under $20,000, this was the only policy of insurance available. Founders.

$20,000– Policy limit settlement. Plaintiff was traveling in a westerly direction in the north lane of Jefferson Street. The at-fault driver ran a traffic signal cutting in front of the Plaintiff and the two vehicles collided. Plaintiff vehicle was a total loss. She suffered head, neck, left shoulder, right knee, right thigh injuries and right ankle contusions. Unique Insurance Company

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The southbound underinsured motorist disobeyed the red light on North Church and collided with our client vehicle in the intersection as she traveled on Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois. Our client sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, knee and, most significantly, her brain. Her medical bills were almost $12,000 and her lost wages were about $3,200. Settled with Unique Insurance for its policy limits; our client was not insured.

$19,503– Settled. Both drivers were traveling in oncoming directions on East Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver attempted to turn left onto Perryville directly in front of my client, causing a collision. My 18-year-old client sustained injuries to her head, lower back, and most significantly, her right knee. State Farm.

$19,500– Settled. As a driver swerved his vehicle to miss two deer standing in the road, a third deer jumped in front of the car. The driver hit the deer, lost control of the car, spun into a ditch and sideswiped a tree. His 15-year-old passenger sustained injuries to her back, right hand and suffered a small fracture of right tibial plateau. Allstate

$19,000– Settled. The at-fault driver admitted he was distracted as he was looking at a map and did not see the two vehicles stopped in front of him at the red light at Rte. 83 and 67th Street in Willowbrook, Illinois. He struck the car behind our client, pushing that vehicle into hers. She sustained injuries to her head and neck. Cincinnati Ins.

$19,000– Settled. The truck next to our client decided to make a U-turn across Town Hall Road in Belvidere, Illinois, causing a collision with the passenger side of our client vehicle. She sustained injuries to her left shoulder, left elbow, left knee and both of her ankles. Her treatment included bilateral ankle steroid injections. Farmers Ins.

$18,500– Settled. The 28-year-old man was injured when the driver of the vehicle in which he was a passenger swerved to avoid hitting a dog and crashed into a tree. He suffered injuries to his back and neck. General Casualty

$18,351– Trial Verdict. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which was rear-ended at Alpine and Rt. 173. She sustained injuries to her neck and right shoulder. State Farm.

$18,000– Settled. As the woman was properly in the crosswalk crossing Wyman by Chestnut Street in Rockford, Illinois, she was struck by a left-turning driver. She sustained a closed head injury in addition to injuries to her left elbow, her left side, and her left ankle. American Family.

$17,820– Verdict. A 40-year-old male was operating a motor vehicle when the 85-year-old defendant failed to yield the right of way and struck the plaintiff vehicle. The plaintiff had a 16-day gap in medical treatment and his physician did not relate all the medical bills. State Farm.

$17,500– Settled. On 11th Street in Rockford, a snow plow pulled out of a parking lot, into the left lane of traffic, then proceeded to turn right back into the same address. A vehicle traveling on that street was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the truck as it turned from the left lane back into the parking lot, and they collided. His passenger suffered severe sprain and a partial tear of the talofibular ligament in her left ankle. The responding police officer cited the plow for improper turning and he was found guilty in court for that citation. Erie Ins.

$17,500– Settled. As our client was turning into the driveway of her work place, a driver in a company van was backing down that same driveway and they collided. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Hortica Mutual Insurance.

$17,200– Settled. The defendant bent down to answer his cell phone, accidentally hitting the accelerator instead of the brake, pushing our client’s vehicle into the intersection from a parking lot driveway. The 48-year-old plaintiff-driver sustained injuries to her neck, back and shoulder; the 42-year-old plaintiff-passenger sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder, arm and hip; and the 41-year-old plaintiff-passenger sustained injuries to his neck, back, shoulder and arm. Esurance settled before a trial date was set, paying the driver $6,500, the female passenger $6,500, and the male passenger $4,200.

$17,000– Settled. Plaintiff passenger in Defendant vehicle and Defendant failed to merge properly colliding with Co-Defendant. Plaintiff was pregnant and the collision allegedly caused premature labor and neck and back problems. Not all claimed special damages were related to the collision. Indiana Insurance and American Family Insurance.

$17,000– Settled. According to the Illinois Traffic Crash Report, the defendant fled the scene and was found a short time later, very disoriented and unable to comprehend what had happened in the crash. She had been traveling east on Big Thunder Boulevard in Belvidere, Illinois, directly behind my client’s vehicle and when my client’s vehicle came to a stop at the top sign on Fairgrounds Road, she struck the rear end of my client’s vehicle, pushing it out into the intersection, before she left the scene. My 33-year-old female driver sustained injuries to her head, back, neck and groin; and my 36-year-old male passenger sustained injuries to his back. Our driver settled for $7,500 and our passenger settled for $9,500. State Farm.

$17,000– Settled. My client was on a business delivery to a building on Stateline Road in South Beloit, Illinois. When he walked into the building with the delivery, the dog came from the back of the building, stopped momentarily, and then proceeded to bite him in the left forearm and abdomen. He sustained injuries to his arm and abdomen. He did not pursue a Workmen Compensation claim; only this personal injury claim. Erie Ins.

$16,684– Settled after arbitration. Client was a 53-year-old female passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended in Rockford, Illinois. She injured her chest, low back, neck and left hip. This case was filed in Winnebago County. American Family

$16,500– Settled. The Defendant pulled off of Broadcast Parkway onto Perryville Road in front of the Plaintiff traveling on Perryville. Broadcast Parkway has a stop sign at this intersection and those traveling on Perryville do not have a traffic control device. Client aggravated a prior knee injury but was diagnosed with an unrelated terminal disease after the collision and wanted the case settled. GEICO Insurance.

$16,000– Settled. When our 45-year-old passenger client first saw the at-fault driver, it was in the vehicle next to him at a red light and he appeared to be asleep. As our client vehicle proceeded forward, it was suddenly struck from behind at nearly full speed. The driver admitted to the police officer that he had just injected Suboxone (a synthetic opiate) before driving. Our client suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder, middle and lower back. State Farm.

$16,000– Settled. Our 16-year-old client had to crawl out the window in order to get out of her badly wrecked car after a driver ran his stop sign on Wills Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, hit her, causing her to spin around and hit two parked vehicles. She sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulders and left ankle. Founders.

$15,900– Settled. She told police that she had not been paying attention when she ran the red light while traveling south on Sixth Street and struck the vehicle containing our husband and wife which was traveling west on Jefferson Street with the green light in Rockford, Illinois. Our husband sustained injuries to his neck, back and right knee, including evidence of deep infrapatellar bursitis; our wife sustained injuries to her neck and back, including a disc protrusion on the left at the L5-S1 level, with posterior displacement of the left S1 nerve root. He settled in the amount of $7,400; she settled in the amount of $8,500. Farmers Ins.

$15,700– Settled. After the crash, the man who rear-ended him told our client “I didn’t mean to hit you.” Our client was rear-ended on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when he slowed to a stop because of traffic conditions. He sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. Liberty Mutual.

$15,518– Settled. My client was traveling south on East Rock Drive in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver pulled directly in front of him from a private drive. Despite my client attempt to brake and swerve, he struck the driver side of her vehicle at nearly full speed. My 24-year-old client sustained significant injury to his neck and back. State Farm.

$15,250– Settled. A 21-year-old woman was sitting in a line of cars behind a left turning vehicle. The defendant rear-ended the vehicle behind her, pushing it into her vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck and shoulder. Her shoulder treatment included injections of a sub-acromial space cortisone. Auto Owners

$15,000– Settlement.46 year old female passenger in a car that went through a red light and t-boned another vehicle. She had a nose fracture, fractured cheekbone in several places, and a laceration on the right side of her neck. Insurance company made offer after we filed the case. Kingsway America Inc. was the insurance company.

$15,000– Settled. Defendant ran a red light striking the Plaintiff vehicle on the driver side. Plaintiff wished to settle case and demanded it be settled rather than go to trial. Country Insurance.

$15,000– Settled. A church daycare failed to provide proper supervision; a four-year-old was injured – a broken arm, a bloody nose and a lump on his head – and no one had an explanation as to how this occurred. There was only one adult and a teenager to supervise 30 children. The lack of supervision is supported by the nursery workers stating that they had no idea what happened to the child. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until he reaches the age of 18. Great Central Insurance

$15,000– Settled. While unloading a truck, because of a too-large gap between the truck and the dock, the plaintiff had to jump over the gap. His foot then hit a roller which is part of the dock, causing him to fall. The 3,800 pound freight skid continued to roll off the truck onto the dock, crushing his foot and causing his knee to suffer a meniscus tear. The 27-year-old plaintiff treatment included surgeries. Zurich Ins. A Workers Compensation claim was settled prior to this personal injury action.

$15,000– Settled. The defendant did not stop at the stop sign on Napolean and drove directly in front of the motorcyclist, who laid his motorcycle down in an attempt to avoid a collision. The defendant front bumper hit the motorcycle. The cyclist sustained deep lacerations, scrapes, road rash and bruises to both knees, his right shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. State Farm

$15,000– Settled. My client was sitting at the northbound stop sign on Olson Road and Spring Creek Road in Belvidere, Illinois. There was construction in the intersection which had reduced east- and west-bound traffic to one lane on Spring Creek. An Olson Road southbound driver on told the investigating officer that she proceeded into the intersection because she thought it was clear, but as it was not, she collided with an eastbound vehicle with such force that the eastbound vehicle was pushed into my client vehicle which was still waiting at the northbound Olson Road stop sign. My client sustained injuries to her head, neck and left arm. Auto Owners Insurance.

$15,000– Settled. My client was a passenger in a vehicle sitting northbound on 20th Street at the red light on Charles Street in Rockford, Illinois. One of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions on Charles Street attempted to turn left onto 20th Street, turning directly in front of the other and causing a collision. The force of the impact was such that one of the vehicles was deflected into the stationary vehicle in which sat my client. My client sustained injuries to her neck and lower back. AAA Ins.

$15,000– Settled. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle southbound on North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock, Illinois. The at-fault driver was directly behind my client vehicle. As traffic became heavy, our driver slowed and came to a complete stop. The at-fault driver, on the other hand, did not, and struck the rear end of my client vehicle at nearly full speed, causing a collision. My 43-year-old client sustained injuries to his head, neck and back. American Access

$15,000– Settled. As our westbound client stopped for oncoming traffic before making his turn from Harris Avenue to Alpine in Rockford, Illinois, he was slammed in the rear by an uninsured driver. He sustained injuries to his neck and right shoulder. He settled with his own uninsured policy with Affirmative Insurance.

$14,862– Settled. With a red traffic light, the defendant sped into the intersection and turned left directly into the driver side of the 47-year-old woman vehicle in the middle of the intersection. The defendant then fled the scene. An eyewitness at the scene verified this with the investigating officer. The plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders, hips, and lower back. The force of the collision was such that she was thrown inside of her vehicle and struck her left side on the driver side door. State Farm paid $8,000 plus medical bills.

$14,792– Settlement. A 33-year-old man who was stopped in traffic was rear-ended so hard he was pushed into the vehicle in front of him. The defendant told police that she could not see plaintiff brake lights because the sun was in her eyes. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, neck, chest, knees, low back, and elbows. Farmers Insurance.

$14,750– Settled. The defendant crossed the center line and hit the plaintiff head-on. The 52-year-old plaintiff sustained two fractured ribs, two bulging discs, and various abrasions. His medical expenses were $2,153. United Services Automobile Association

$14,500– Settled. The driver who rear-ended the vehicle in which my client was a passenger told the investigating officer that he was attempting to plug in his phone and took his eyes off the road for a second prior to the crash. My client was in a vehicle traveling north on North Sheridan Road in Peoria, Illinois, and as traffic conditions became heavier, my client vehicle reduced its speed accordingly. The other driver, however, did not. My 79-year-old client sustained injuries to her right shoulder, as well as her chest, pelvic area, and lower back. Progressive.

$14,195– Settled. The intoxicated driver hit a mailbox on the side of the street before rear-ending our client at the red light on Riverside Boulevard and Owen Center Road in Rockford, Illinois. Our 27-year-old driver sustained injuries to her neck and left shoulder and arm. Our client settled for $7,000 over her medical bills. State Farm.

$14,130– Settled. The driver admitted that he had become distracted because he was reaching down to the floor of his pick-up truck to retrieve a water bottle he had dropped and he did not realize that our client vehicle was stopped in the turn lane when he crashed into his rear-end. This was at East State and Alpine in Rockford, Illinois. Our client sustained injuries to his head, neck and back. Pekin Ins.

$14,054– Settled. While sitting in the drive-thru lane of the Dairy Queen in Dixon, Illinois, they were suddenly struck from behind. The at-fault driver told them that he thought they had already received their order. Our driver-client, because his head was turned to the left at the time of impact and it hit the window frame, sustained injuries to his face, head and neck and shoulder; he received $5,300. Our passenger-client sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulders and back; she received $8,754.00. Sentry Ins.

$14,000– Settled. My client was traveling north on North Central in Rockford, Illinois, and stopped at the stop sign at Halsted before proceeding. At the same time a Septran driver was traveling west on Halsted and failed to stop at the stop sign, crashing into the passenger side of our client vehicle causing her injuries to her head, neck and shoulder. Septran.

$14,000– Settled. Although it was December, the intersection was well-lit and our client had working lights on his bicycle when the driver ran the stop sign at Willoughby Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, and hit him from the left at full speed, knocking him up over the windshield and the roof of her car. He sustained injuries to his neck, back, shoulders, and right knee. Standard Mutual.

$14,000– Settled. Our client was eastbound on Freeport Road in Freeport, Illinois, when the vehicle in front of him stopped to turn right into a residential driveway. The vehicle behind him did not stop, rear-ending him. He sustained injuries to his neck and upper back. Country Ins.

$13,500– Settled. A dog chased a 49-year-old bicyclist, sinking his teeth into the outside of her left lower leg. The dog let go of her left leg, but he was not finished. He ran ahead briefly, then turned around, came back and sunk his teeth into her right leg, just above her ankle. She sustained serious pain and permanent scarring. Her medicals amounted to $653.28. Country Companies

$13,000– Settlement. Client was a 60 year old man who was waiting for traffic to move when he was rear-ended. He injured his neck and back. Allstate Insurance agreed to settle case after arbitration and before trial.

$13,000– Settled. As the 35-year-old male driver and his 21-year-old female passenger approached an intersection with a red signal, they saw the defendant sitting in the dedicated left turn lane. When they reach the intersection, the light turned green and the defendant turned right – directly in front of their vehicle. Our driver-plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, neck and back; and our passenger-plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck, left shoulder and abdomen. Westfield Insurance paid the driver $4,000 and the passenger $9,000.

$13,000– Mediation Award. While shopping, a 43-year-old woman slipped on some garbage/food on the floor in the aisle and fell, hurting her head, neck, back, right wrist, left leg and ankle, and right hip. After she fell, the cashier walked over and picked up much of the substance and threw it away. Gallagher Bassett

$13,000– Settled. At North Second and Clifford Avenue the driver lost control of his semi-trailer, which fish-tailed and struck a vehicle causing neck injuries to our client-passenger. Gallagher Basset.

$13,000– Settled. The force of the rear-ending was so great that the at-fault driver’s vehicle was pushed under the vehicle of our 15-year-old client who just obtained her permit. She and her father were stopped on Spring Creek Road in Rockford, Illinois, when they were hit and she struck the left side of her head on the driver’s side window. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and right knee.  American Family.

$12,600– Settlement. A 59 year old female was entering the intersection after the light turned green and was struck by the defendant who went through a red light. Client injured her back, head and left shoulder. Settled before trial with SafeCo Insurance.

$12,500– Settled. A 31-year-old woman and her husband were on their boat on the Rock River when a drunk defendant crashed into the back of their boat actually striking the plaintiff in the back of her head with his boat. The defendant then tried to flee the scene. She suffered post-traumatic headaches and concentration problems due to a closed head injury, and severe pain and limitation of movement in her neck. State Farm paid $2,500 and Standard Mutual paid $10,000.

$12,500– Settled. The woman in the store’s parking lot pushing her shopping cart to her vehicle saw that the oncoming driver was not looking at her. Without time to get out of the way, she tried to put the cart between herself and the car. The defendant hit the cart which in turn hit the plaintiff, causing injuries to her left knee and ankle. Hartford

$12,500– Settled. As our client was proceeding westbound in the right lane of West Lincoln Avenue in DeKalb, the at-fault driver was driving next to him in the left lane of that road. All of a sudden the other driver attempted to make a right-hand turn from the left lane, causing a collision between the vehicles and forcing our client’s vehicle into the ditch. Our client suffered a disc injury at L5-S1. American Family.

$12,500– Settled. Our 25-year-old client was a backseat passenger in a vehicle traveling north on Daysville Road when its driver, intending to travel west on East Washington in Oregon, Illinois, turned left in front of an oncoming vehicle, causing a collision. Our client sustained injuries to his neck and back. State Farm.

$12,000– Settled. During a storm one night, a tenant slipped in water on his kitchen floor and twisted both knees, requiring surgery. The landlord was negligent in the fact that he failed to fix the roof even after he had several notices from the plaintiff-tenant of the defects to the roof.  State Farm

$12,000 – Settled. A man was crossing the street in the crosswalk with the proper light when he was struck so hard by a vehicle that he was thrown about 15 feet. The 53-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to his head and neck, and lost two of his front teeth. Universal Casualty

$12,000– Settled. The force of the impact was so great that my client’s vehicle spun 180 degrees and crashed into a nearby light pole. She had been traveling north on Kishwaukee Street in Rockford, Illinois, and when she reached its intersection with Buckbee Street, the at-fault driver ignored his stop sign and smashed into the passenger’s side of my client’s vehicle. She sustained a closed head injury, as well as injuries to her neck and face. American Heartland.

$11,700– Settled. The at-fault driver pulled out of the “On the Way” gas station on Auburn Street in Rockford, Illinois, directly in front of the vehicle in which my client was a passenger, causing a collision. My 37-year-old client sustained injuries to his upper and lower back. MetLife Insurance.

$11,500– Settled. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at the sign in the eastbound turn lane on Perryville Road just south of Cherryvale North Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. The driver behind them began to advance, thinking that their vehicle was going to be moving forward, but instead caused a rear-end collision. Our client sustained injuries to her neck and back. State Farm.

$11,400– Settled. The defendant was picking up his cell phone when he rear ended our clients’ vehicle stopped at a red light. The 54-year-old plaintiff-driver suffered injuries to her neck, back and knee; the 26-year-old plaintiff-passenger suffered injuries to her neck, back and abdomen; and the 12-year-old plaintiff-passenger suffered injuries to his head and neck. Pekin Insurance paid the driver $3,500, the female passenger $5,000, and the minor male passenger $2,900.

$11,250– Settled. When the 40-year-old driver saw the roofing company’s pick-up truck speeding toward him in his lane while passing another vehicle, he had nowhere to go. Even though he swerved toward the ditch, the two vehicles hit head-on. He suffered cervical strain, spinal stenosis is spondylosis, and had to undergo several months of treatment, including a painful epidural injection. Highland Insurance Group.

$11,000– Settled. A 20-year-old woman was visiting at a friend’s home when the family pet, a Bull Mastiff, attacked her. She suffered bites on her bilateral lower legs with multiple cuts and abrasions. Met Life settled before a trial date was set.

$11,000– Settled. An uninsured vehicle made a sudden U-turn right in the middle of the 7200 block of Kishwaukee Road in Rockford, Illinois, colliding with the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Uninsured portion of client’s policy with Unitrin.

$10,900– Settled. A 25-year-old mother and her 2-year-old son passenger were hit when the defendant ran the red light and hit them so hard the plaintiffs’ vehicle tipped on its side and slid across the road. The defendant told the plaintiff that he did not see her. He was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device. The plaintiff-driver sustained cervical strain and head contusions; the plaintiff-passenger sustained a forehead contusion. State Farm settled, paying the driver $9,800 and the passenger $1,100.

$10,834– Settled. Our 18-year-old client was traveling south on Sheridan Road in Peoria, Illinois, and as she approached Columbia Terrace, the light changed to red. The individual driving behind her failed to stop and struck the rear-end of her vehicle so hard that her vehicle ended up approximately 40 yards from the point of first contact. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene and abandoned the car. The responding police officers were unable to determine the identity of the driver that struck her. During the crash she struck her head on the windshield, and sustained injuries to her neck and back. Our client’s own uninsured policy with Pekin settled with her for $5,000 over her medicals.

$10,500– Settled. While the drunk defendant was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Route 20, the eastbound 19-year-old woman swerved in attempt to avoid a head-on collision, taking the blow on her passenger tire. The defendant had not attempted to swerve at all. He then begged her to not call the police. When she smelled the alcohol on his breath and saw that he could not stand up straight, she did call the police. Her injuries included pain in her upper neck, lower back, and pain radiating down to her left knee. Allstate

$10,500– Settled. A witness watched the defendant to through the red light at Jefferson and First, hitting the driver’s door of our client’s vehicle. The defendant told the police that her sandal caused her foot to be stuck on the gas pedal. Our client sustained injuries to his left shoulder. Progressive.

$10,225– Arbitration Award. At a local grocery store, our client opened the cooler door, took something out, then put it back and closed the door. A second or so after the door shut, an aluminum chair fell on the top of her head. She suffered from neck pain and headaches. Self-insured company.

$10,100– Settled. He asked if it was “safe” to go into the yard with the dog, and when told it was, he went outside to watch his grandson play. The 74-year-old grandfather was standing by the back of the house when the family’s pet German Shepherd viciously bit him on the hand and leg. American Family

$10,040– Settled. Our 39-year-old client, riding his bicycle, was at the intersection of Quaker Road and Seminary when he was rear-ended by a car. He sustained injuries to his right knee and hip. Founders.

$10,000– Settlement. A 30-year-old male was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck head-on by a police vehicle. Allegedly, the police officer hit the vehicle and then proceeded to turn on his lights and sirens. Client injured his neck and back. This case was filed in Winnebago County. The City of Rockford & Geico each paid $5,000.00 to settle before arbitration.

$10,000– Settlement. A 47-year-old man was a passenger on the city bus. A semi had its right signal on and the bus continued to drive in the left lane, when the semi turned left into the bus. Client injured his right shoulder, neck and lower back. Settled for $10,000 against RMTD and Broadspire

$10,000– Settlement. Pharmacy filled prescription with incorrect dosage. 17-year-old male was violently ill for an extended period of time and was prevented from successfully pursuing his education which resulted in the loss of educational and financial aid opportunities. Kemper Insurance.

$10,000– Settled. As soon as her friend responded to her knock and opened the door, a 10-year-old girl was attacked by the friend’s pet pit bull. She suffered bites to both hands and her left wrist, including a partial median nerve laceration or contusion. Country Insurance

$10,000– Settled. A 51-year-old man was exiting the building in which he rented his apartment, when a door magnet weighing about five pounds fell off the door closure system and onto his head, cutting it and causing a hairline fracture. The plaintiff suffered severe headaches. RHA

$10,000– Settled. The at-fault, uninsured driver was tailgating our client on North University Street in Peoria, Illinois, making it impossible for him to stop in time when a driver suddenly pulled out in front of our client from Sunnyview Drive, causing our client to slow down, and he collided with the rear end of her vehicle. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Our client settled with her own uninsured policy with American Access.

$10,000– Settled. “I didn’t even see you; I am so sorry” the defendant told them after he had turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the cycle to hit the driver’s front tire. The 23-year-old motorcycle passenger sustained injuries to her neck, right shoulder, right hip, abdomen, and right knee. Progressive

$9,899– Settled before trial, but after witness depositions. Our client was sitting in the left turn lane on Cherry Vale North Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, waiting to turn left onto Perryville Road, when the driver approaching behind her failed to stop, crashing into the rear of her vehicle. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Allied Ins.

$9,600– Settled. As the three passengers sat in a car parked in the lot of a supermarket located on South Western Street in Peoria, Illinois, another vehicle backed out of a parking spot, collided with the rear passenger side of the vehicle and then left the scene without leaving any identifying information. Our 38-year-old client sustained injuries to her neck and back; the 15-year-old and the 1-year-old sustained minor injuries. Our adult settled for $7,000; the others for $1,650 and $950 respectively, with our client’s own uninsured policy with GEICO.

$9,600– Settled. Our mother and her 12-year-old daughter were traveling north on Seventh Street in Rockford, Illinois, when an uninsured, unlicensed driver ran the red light at 18th Avenue and collided with their vehicle. Our mom sustained injuries to her neck and back; her daughter sustained injuries to her neck and right leg. Settled with her own uninsured policy with Affirmative.

$9,560– Settled after Arbitration. Caught on the bank’s parking lot surveillance video was a driver rear-ending our 57-year-old client as she was conducting a banking transaction in the drive-up lane, pushing her several feet forward, then fleeing the scene. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. The at-fault driver’s insurance was Affirmative Ins.

$9,500– Settled. The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle which, when it began to slow for a vehicle in front of it, was slammed in the rear so hard it was pushed off the roadway and through a yard. The 31-year-old woman sustained injuries to her neck and back. State Farm

$9,500– Settled. At the red light in her direction, the right-turning defendant did not stop and look, she just turned, driving over the plaintiff, who was in the crosswalk on his scooter. In failing to yield, she caused the plaintiff to sustain injuries to his left ankle. His medical bills totaled $2,529.00. Auto Owners Insurance

$9,500– Settled. A 90-year-old driver rear-ended our client in a parking lot on South Alpine Road in Rockford, Illinois, before fleeing the scene. A witness was able to provide the police with her license plate resulting in her apprehension. Our client sustained acute cervical strain, contusions to her knees, and bilateral shoulder strain. Allstate.

$9,300– Settled. Our client was eastbound on State Street in Rockford, when a westbound vehicle suddenly pulled across the center line, hitting her head-on. Significantly, police report the primary contributory cause of the collision as the other driver’s erratic, reckless and careless operation of her vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and back. Farmers.

$9,161– Settled. A 32-year-old female was driving on a through street when the defendant ignored her stop sign and pulled out in front of plaintiff causing a collision. Plaintiff suffered upper back pain and exacerbation of optic neuritis and aggravation of multiple sclerosis. State Farm paid $5,000 plus her medical bills.

$9,000– Settlement. 17 year old female received a second degree burn on her right calf three inches in diameter. She was entering the steam room at Weis-Morris and there was an uncovered steam vent that shot out steam and caused the burn. Case was filed and settled before arbitration. West Bend Insurance

$9,000– Settlement. While in the course of his employment, the defendant rear ended 23-year-old female while she sat in traffic. She suffered neck and back pain that radiated into her shoulder. Defendants disputed relatedness of medical treatment to collision after Plaintiff’s 3-month treatment gap between initial treatment and follow-up. Settled with Allied Insurance.

$9,000– Settled. A 42-year-old woman was a restrained passenger in a vehicle which was struck by a defendant pulling out of a private driveway. She sustained injuries to her neck and right knee. Allstate

$9,000– Settled. As a 42-year-old woman was walking from her car parked on a city street toward a driveway, she encountered a significant elevation drop in the pavement which caused her to fall, fracturing her right elbow. Martin Boyer Company, Inc.

$9,000– Settled. A 33-year-old man suffered a spiral fracture of his right little finger when he tripped over a six inch stump of metal post left in the sidewalk from a broken sign in the parking lot of a gas station. ClaimsCo International

$9,000– Settled. As a woman was crossing the street legally within the crosswalk, she was thrown about five feet when she was struck by a car. At the scene, the 47-year-old complained to the police officer of pain to her abdomen, back, sternum and hip. The defendant pled guilty to a citation for “failure to yield.” Hartford

$9,000– Settled. As the plaintiff walked to her car in the hospital parking lot after visiting hours, she did not see that the parking lot was six inches lower than the sidewalk, as both were asphalt and it was dark. Taking a normal step, her foot went lower than she expected, she rolled her ankle and fractured it. The drop off was not marked and there was inadequate lighting. The hospital is under a duty to provide reasonably safe premises for those lawfully on the property. Her medical bills were $1,570. Self-insured hospital.

$9,000– Settled. In a dark haunted house sponsored and conducted by a church group on the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, Illinois, patrons were required to climb five or six steps, cross a landing, and then jump down into a pile of hay. When our 26-year-old client jumped into the hay, she heard a crack. The force of landing in the hay had caused her ankle to roll outward (laterally) and break. She sustained a supination external rotation type-II ankle fracture. Brotherhood Mutual Ins.

$9,000– Settled. At 11:15 p.m., a Texan truck driver was attempting to back a 53-foot tractor trailer into a driveway on Fairview Drive in rural DeKalb County, Illinois, but while doing so he got the rear tires of the tractor stuck in a snowbank, and, as a result, the trailer was completely across the 22-foot wide road. Despite the darkness and the presence of heavy fog, he failed to place any flares or reflective triangles or any other warning signals to alert the oncoming traffic of the obstruction. Although our client was driving cautiously due to the fog, when he saw the trailer completely blocking the road, he was unable to stop and his truck impacted with the underneath side of the semi-trailer with significant damage and intrusion to the driver’s compartment. The ambulance crew found our client to have abrasions on his left knee, pain in his right knee, abrasions on his upper left arm, and he reported his head hurt. C.R. England.

$8,150– Settled. Our client did not move forward when the green left arrow came on because a police vehicle with its lights and sirens was approaching the Riverside and North Second Street intersection, but the driver behind him stepped on his gas the instant the green light lit up and rear-ended our client. He sustained injuries to his neck and lower back. Universal Casualty.

$8,108– Settled. Our client, on Best Road in Winnebago County, Illinois, observed the other vehicle going into the left oncoming lane and assumed she was turning into the next driveway. As he continued in his lane, he then saw her swerve her vehicle back into his lane and was unable to avoid the collision, crashing into her vehicle. She advised the responding police officer that she was distracted due to her cell phone and that she did not use her turn signal when returning to the proper lane. Our 40-year-old client sustained injuries to his left shoulder. Pekin Insurance.

$8,000– Settled. As our 49-year-old client traveled south on State Street in Bloomington, Illinois, and reached its intersection with Front Street, the vehicle in front of him unexpectedly swung in front of him to make a U-turn. As he stopped suddenly, he was rear-ended by the vehicle following him. He sustained injuries to his neck. The insurance for the U-turner, Universal Casualty, and the insurance for the rear-ender, Cincinnati, each settled with him for $4,000.

$7,775– Settled. Our cyclist client was traveling north on Big Hallow Road when the southbound defendant turned left directly into him. In addition to multiple scrapes and abrasions, x-rays also indicated the possibility of a nondisplaced left wrist fracture. Settlement was medical bills and $5,000. Affirmative Insurance.

$7,745– Settled. Our 10-year-old client was visiting a friend when the family dog suddenly bit him in the thigh, removing small chunks of flesh. He now has four scars on his thigh from this dog attack. AAA Insurance.

$7,525– Settled. The at-fault driver was plowing snow in the parking lot off of Highland College Loop Road, in Stevenson County, Illinois, when he lost control of his vehicle and proceeded out onto Highland College Loop Road, striking the driver’s side of my client’s vehicle with the plow as she passed him. She sustained injuries to her back; her treatment included physical therapy. General Casualty.

$7,500– Settled. The defendant was looking left as she turned right, hitting a 49-year-old pedestrian, properly in the crosswalk and almost across the street, with the front middle of her van. He sustained injuries to his left hip, left elbow and back. Allstate

$7,500– Settled. The plaintiff was coming down the stairs outside her apartment when she slipped on ice which had formed at the bottom caused by a down spout which directed the water to that area. She fractured her ankle. Her landlord had a duty to keep the premises of his renters safe and hazard-free. Country Companies

$7,500– Settled. The at-fault driver told police she rear-ended our client because her brakes failed, but an examination of the vehicle by her own insurance showed the brakes functioned properly. Our client, traveling east on Galena Boulevard in Aurora, stopped because the vehicle in front of her stopped to turn onto Blackhawk Street and was rear-ended. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. This was settled before a trial date was set. State Farm.

$7,500– Settled. The uninsured driver rear-ended the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. They had been traveling south on Winnebago Street and when the vehicle in which my client was riding stopped for the red light at Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois, the driver behind did not stop. He sustained injuries to his neck and back. This was settled with the uninsured portion of the driver’s policy with American Access Insurance.

$7,500– Settled. Our mother was in the parking lot of the Aldi grocery store in Belvidere, Illinois, leaning into the car through the rear door on the driver’s side, putting her 5-year-old son into his car seat. The at-fault driver backed out of a parking spot, struck her vehicle near the driver’s side rear wheel, pinning her left knee between the two cars. Our mother sustained a complex tear of the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus and underwent arthroscopic surgery of her left knee to repair it. American Family.

$7,250– Settlement. Automobile collision in which the driver, a 55 year old woman, was struck head-on by another vehicle. The defendant’s vehicle was stopped waiting to turn when it was rear-ended by a different car. After being hit head-on plaintiff’s car “bounced” and struck another vehicle. Her injuries were head, neck back, and knee pain. Filed case and settled with Country Insurance before arbitration and American Heartland after arbitration.

$7,250– Settled. The plaintiff slipped and fell on an unnatural accumulation of ice on the sidewalk caused by a leaky gutter. Her injuries included a non-displaced left distal radial fracture of her wrist. Kemper Auto & Home.

$7,000– Settlement. A 19-year-old male was hit head-on by a driver who crossed the median. He blacked out momentarily at the time of the crash and suffered neck, chest and shoulder pain. First Chicago Insurance

$7,000– Settled. A 70-year-old woman fractured her nose and sprained her left hand when she caught her foot on a crack in the ramp coming out of a grocery store. REM insurance.

$7,000– Settled. While in the school gym, a 12-year-old girl attempted to close a door from which the handle had fallen off months ago. She put her hand into the hole in the door, pulled the door, and caught her finger, sustaining an avulsion fracture of her left middle finger and severing the tip. Gallagher Bassett Insurance

$7,000 – Settled. As our client reached the bottom of the stairs of the porch of her friend’s home, she stepped on a piece of carpeting that covered a hole in the sidewalk. As her foot fell into the hole, she heard a crack sound and felt immediate pain in her ankle. She suffered a supination inversion to the left ankle. Kemper Ins.

$7,000– Settled. A witness on the scene told the investigating officers that the other driver ran the red light at South Wyman and Chestnut Street in Rockford, Illinois, causing my client to crash into the driver’s side, despite hitting his brakes, and attempting to swerve. My client sustained injuries to his neck and back and suffered a retinal hemorrhage from the crash. State Farm.

$6,750– Settled. At an intersection with four stop signs, a 17-year-old woman stopped and then proceeded forward. The defendant, driving on the cross street, ignored the stop sign and hit the plaintiff in the intersection. She suffered injuries to her neck, head and right arm. AAA Insurance paid her $2,000 plus medicals.

$6,518– Settled. A 47-year-old man had his 5-year-old daughter as a passenger in his car when they were rear-ended by the defendant while waiting for traffic to allow him to make a right turn. Our driver-plaintiff suffered injuries to his back; and our passenger-plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck. Country Companies paid the driver $4,888 and the passenger $1,630.

$6,500– Settled. As the 35-year-old man stood behind his truck in the lot at the Mobile gas station near Orlando Street in Machesney Park, Illinois, a driver backed out quickly from a parking spot directly into our client, pinning him between both bumpers. He sustained injuries to both legs. Progressive.

$6,300– Settled. Plaintiff sustained contusions from seatbelt, back strain and pain in her abdomen, chest, back, and neck. Defendant failed to yield to stop sign and T-boned 64-year-old plaintiff. American Access.

$6,250– Settled. A 58-year-old man was sitting in a legally parked vehicle when it was hit by the defendant who then proceeded to drive away. Defendant was later caught by police. Plaintiff sustained injuries to his back. Founders Insurance

$6,152 – Settled. As she tried to turn left onto Jefferson from Hiawatha, she lost control on the ice and hit the front end of the car in which our client was a passenger. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, upper back, right arm, and right leg. Our client settled for medical damages plus $3,000. State Farm.

$6,000– Settled. The store’s camera filmed a pick-up truck striking a pedestrian in the doorway’s crosswalk and driving away. The 57-year-old grandmother was leaving the store with her granddaughter when she was injured. The defendant turned herself into the police a week later. The settlement was $4,000 over her medical bills. State Farm

$6,000– Settled. Our 29-year-old male was a passenger of a drunk driver who backed without looking from a private drive onto Kilburn Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, directly into the path of another vehicle. He sustained injuries to his neck and left shoulder. United Equitable.

$5,232– Settled. When a 44-year-old woman driver slowed to make a turn, she was rear-ended. The defendant admitted to police that he was unable to control his vehicle and unable to avoid crashing into the plaintiff. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Liberty Mutual paid her $2,000 plus medicals.

$5,000– Settlement. Client was a 62 year old man that was rear ended. He injured his neck and back. Case was filed in Winnebago County and settled after arbitration.

$5,000– Settled. A 54-year-old woman watched a car go by before starting to back out of her driveway. After passing her house, the defendant starting backing down the street and reached the foot of her driveway just as she did, where they collided. The defendant was ticketed for improper backing. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck. Founders Insurance

$5,000– Settled. A 43-year-old woman and her daughter were walking down the sidewalk. As they walked past a house, a tan and white American bulldog pushed halfway under the fence and bit her. She suffered a bite on her left lower leg resulting in a circular bite mark scar. Country Insurance

$5,000– Settled. Plaintiff in the custody of his foster parent darted out into the street and was struck by the Defendant.   Settled with Defendant adoption agency before summary judgment.  After settlement with the adoption agency the matter was settled with the Defendant at the request of the Plaintiff’s mother at a pretrial conference.  Trial Judge recommended and encouraged settlement. Foster parent was found not negligent by DCFS. State Farm and First Nonprofit Insurance Company.

$5,000– Settled before a trial date was set. While trying on sunglasses in a store, the tag hanging from the arm of the glasses poked the 42-year-old woman in the eye, causing corneal abrasions. CNA Insurance

$5,000– Settled. His wife backed up her vehicle without looking and slammed into a parked car. He was a back seat passenger and sustained injuries to his neck. AAA Motor Club.

$5,000 – Settled. The ice (which had been caused by a drain from the roof which deposited melting snow on the sidewalk causing ice to form) was rendered impossible to see because of the dusting of snow which covered it and our client fell, sustaining an acute non-displaced fracture of her coccyx. This happened in front of a business in Rockford, Illinois. Bridgestone America Insurance.

$4,754– Settled. While sitting at a red light, our client was rear-ended by a driver who “thought she had already moved.” She sustained injuries to her lower back. Settlement was medical damages plus $2,000. State Farm.

$4,500– Settled at arbitration. The plaintiff, working as a store security guard, sees and confronts a girl stealing merchandise. She runs into parking lot with the plaintiff following. When he stoops to pick up the merchandise she has thrown down, the defendant uses her truck to run over his left foot. His body twists as he tries to move away. He sustains injuries to his left heel, right leg, and back. State Farm. A Workers Compensation claim was settled prior to this personal injury action.

$4,500– Settled. An on-duty officer, who was parked at a nearby gas station, observed the at-fault driver fail to stop at the red light she had on Harlem Road and collide in the intersection with my client who was traveling south on Forest Hills Road with the green light. My client sustained injuries to her neck, right arm and right knee. State Farm.

$4,400– Settled. Our client purchased a large can of beans at the Rockford Fruit and Vegetable Market, located in the Fairview Shopping Center in Rockford, Illinois. After the beans were rung up by the cashier, the cashier placed the large can in a thin plastic bag which was then handed to our client. The bag immediately ripped, causing the can to fall approximately five feet down onto her right foot and her pinkie toe immediately began to bleed. She sustained a distal fifth-toe fracture and underwent and anesthetized wound closure procedure with four sutures. She settled for $2,000 over her medical bills. General Casualty.

$4,196– Settled. Our client was stopped light on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when suddenly he was rear-ended by a driver in a 1985 Buick Electra. The force from the collision with the large car was serious and it caused severe whipping of my client’s head, neck, and back. Our client settled for $2,000 plus his medical bills. Farmers.

$4,057 – Settled. The plaintiff was traveling in the left-hand lane immediately behind a semi in the right-hand lane when suddenly, the semi’s driver’s side rear tire blew out sending debris flying on the highway. Fearing that the debris would strike his windshield, the plaintiff attempted to avoid the debris by swerving to the left. His reaction to the debris flying at his car caused his car to eventually go out of control into a ditch. The defendant obviously failed to repair the tire and/or inspect the tire. Negligence in this type of situation would be supported by a res ipsa loquitur theory (this type of incident would not occur absent negligence). The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back. Progressive Insurance

$4,000– Settled. While a 38-year-old man was snow blowing his neighbor’s driveway, a car skid across the front lawn, hitting him with the passenger door of the vehicle. He sustained injuries from both the car and his plow to his right ribs, right hip, and both shins. American Family

$4,000– Settled. Our 4-year-old client and his friend were playing catch with a football in the friend’s front yard, when the family’s German Shepherd suddenly got out the front door of the house and ran straight toward him. He became understandably frightened and attempted to run away from the dog, but the dog caught up to him and bit him in his left buttocks. Progressive Insurance.

$4,000– Settled. As my client walked out of her home in Peoria, Illinois, in order to pick up her empty trash can from the curbside, her next door neighbor let out his Border Collie without a leash. The dog immediately ran to my client and bit her in her left thigh. She now sustains unsightly, discolored bite marks on her inner left thigh. American Family.

$3,900– Settled. Although there was previous notice, the bank-landlord did nothing to repair the defects to its rental house. Stepping out on the back porch, the 36-year-old man fell through a hole in the floor that was covered by carpeting. The vibration of the porch shook the door that was missing hinges, causing it to fall on his back. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back. The bank breached its duty to provide reasonably safe rental premises. St. Paul.

$3,500– Settled. Our client was rear-ended while he sat at the red light on Perryville and East State in Rockford, sustaining injuries to his head and neck. The young, at-fault driver pled guilty to her ticket for failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. State Farm.

$3,300– Settled. While traveling west on Auburn, our client hit a deer. She pulled over to the side of the road and put on her flashers so she could make a phone call. The defendant, traveling east on Auburn, crossed over into the westbound lane and struck our client, causing her to sustain injuries to her head, neck, abdomen and right knee. Her medical bills totaled $1,603. Progressive.

$3,250– Settled. A pit bull running loose attacked a three-year-old girl, biting her left ear and arm, and fracturing one of her teeth. American Family Insurance paid the medical plus $2,775.

$3,179– Settled. The at-fault driver told the responding police officer that she could not stop because a bug had flown between her eye and her glasses. Even if she had been telling the truth about the bug in her eye, she would still presumably have the ability to look out the other eye in order to see where she was going. Furthermore, a safe driver who was suddenly unable to see in front of himself or herself would slow down and pull off of the road until he or she could see again. She rear-ended our 33-year-old client at Ralston Road near its intersection with Debbie Lane in Machesney Park, Illinois, and our client watched her in his rear-view mirror talking on her cell phone before she hit him. Our client sustained injuries to his neck and back. State Farm.

$3,042– Settled. The uninsured driver told the officer that she was unable to stop her vehicle before rear-ending our client because her sandal came off her foot got stuck behind the brake pedal. The police officer noted that she was distracted from inside the vehicle and thus caused the crash on I-73 near Kimber Drive. Our client sustained a right ankle sprain. Affirmative Insurance, the client’s uninsured portion of the policy.

$3,000– Settled. The defendant, driving in the right lane and talking on her cell phone, wanted to make a left turn, so she turned her vehicle into the vehicle traveling in the left lane in which our client was a passenger. After the impact, the passenger door would not open. The 42-year-old plaintiff suffered injuries to her leg, hip, neck, and back. United Equitable

$3,000– Settled. While sleeping in a local hotel, she was awoken by a bat on her face. While attempting to remove the bat, it bit her eye. A maintenance man was called to the plaintiff’s room and killed the bat. Animal Control picked up the dead bat and, as a precaution, the Health Department was also contacted. GAB Robins

$3,000– Settled. A dream vacation to Mississippi to take part in the World Series of Poker became a nightmare when the plaintiff was lodged in a room infested with bedbugs. As a result of the many insect bites, the 48-year-old woman suffered a maculopapular rash primarily on her chest, face, and arms. The casino is solely responsible for its negligent failure to provide a safe environment for its customers and is liable for damages to them. CCMSI

$3,000– Settled. She mistook a tinted window immediately adjacent to a door for an exit door and walked into it. The window shattered causing severe and multiple lacerations to her finger and right thigh. Medical bills totaled $509.90. Both the landlord and the business owner are legally responsible as this constituted a hazardous condition in that the window looked just like the door that was right next to it, and was not of sufficient strength to withstand the minor impact caused when the 19-year-old plaintiff bumped into it. Westfield Companies and Frontier Insurance each paid $1,500.

$2,600– Settled. A 48-year-old male was stopped in traffic to make a left turn when he was struck from behind. The defendant admitted to the responding police officer that she had pulled her visor down because the sun was in her eyes prior to the crash. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his back. Liberty Mutual

$2,500– Settled. Headed for the check-out in a gas station store, the plaintiff turned a corner and fell over a case of oil sitting in the aisle. The 60-year-old male suffered injuries to his wrist and knee. His medicals were $388. Cincinnati Insurance

$2,500– Settled. A hospital’s cafeteria cappuccino vending machine poured scalding liquid on the hand of a 16-year-old girl, burning her. The plaintiff had used this machine before and knew that the door automatically opened when the cup was ready for removal. She reported the injury and the machine to an employee and when she returned, hot liquid was still pouring out. Indiana Insurance

$2,500– Settled. The uninsured, at-fault driver was talking on her cell phone when she rear-ended our client who sustained injuries to his right arm. First Acceptance Ins.

$2,500– Settled. While shopping for jeans in a CherryVale store, our client reached up to pull a pair off the shelf and as she did so, the sign also slid off the shelf. The corner of the sign hit her in the forehead. The employees of the store saw her forehead bleeding, gave her a bag of ice from the food court, paper towels, and cold water. She left the store holding the ice on her head. When signs are set on shelves and are not secured by anything other than the merchandise that they are advertising, it is a hazard to customers. Our client sustained a 3-4 cm hematoma in her mid-forehead and was diagnosed with head trauma with probable concussion. Eddie Bauer

$2,500– Settled. The other driver pulled out in front of our 35-year-old client as he was traveling south on North Main Street near Latham Road. He sustained injuries to both of his shoulders and his medical bills totaled $817. Auto Owners.

$2,500– Policy Limit Settlement. Our plaintiff was riding his motorcycle northbound on Eleventh Street when a westbound driver on Samuelson pulled out on a red light, making a right turn directly in front of him. His cycle could not avoid hitting the automobile. His injuries included a concussion, loss of consciousness, a punctured lung, four fractured ribs, fractured bones in his foot, and clavicle fractures. Although his medical bills were $331,508.67, the full insurance available was only $25,000. Infinity Insurance.

$2,000– Settled. A 25-year-old driver was waiting to turn left when he was rear-ended. He sustained injuries to his neck and left arm. State Farm

$2,000– Settled. Lying peacefully in the tanning bed, the 20-year-old was startled by a sudden “pop” above his head and shattering hot glass falling on his face and body. An employee responsible for cleaning had neglected to put the acrylic back on the bed over the bulbs. Plaintiff suffered third degree burns to his face and required stitches in his lip and elbow. Empire Indemnity

$1,950– Settled. Because she was on her cell phone, defendant was looking down when she rear ended a 50-year-old woman stopped at red light. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck. Erie Insurance settled before a trial date was set.

$1,750– Settled. A nine-month-old was sitting in her baby carrier with the Carrier Toy Bar attached to the handle as it was designed to do, when she suddenly started screaming. Acid from the battery had begun to drip on her face causing serious burns and blistering. Her mother immediately washed her face with water and took her to Rockford Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. The staff at the hospital examined the toy and battery involved. It was later discovered that the battery leaked because it was punctured by the toy when it was installed. The battery was installed, the toy punctured it, the battery cover was reinstalled, and the mother did not know the battery had been punctured. It was this puncturing of the battery which led to this little girl’s injury. Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.

$1,710– Settled. Our client was burned on her groin and inner thighs during a Brazilian wax procedure. She received her medical expenses and $1,000. CNA Ins.

$1,600– Settled. A grocery store employee, not being able to see around a tall cart he was pushing down the aisle, knocked into an 84-year-old woman from behind. She sustained injuries to her legs, back and rib cage. Her medicals totaled $449. Sedgewick Insurance

$1,500– Settled. A 33-year-old woman and the defendant were traveling in opposite directions on the same private driveway when the defendant swerved into plaintiff’s lane and they collided. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck and back. Kingsway America (Universal Casualty) Insurance

$1,300– Settled. A 6-year-old girl on her bicycle leaned over to pet her friend’s Golden Retriever and the dog attacked her. She suffered bites to her right leg which resulted in puncture scars and a and linear scar. Allstate

$1,035– Settled. Not hearing the plaintiff’s blaring horn, the defendant backed up from a parking spot directly into the driver’s side front bumper and quarter panel of our client’s car. The 32-year-old plaintiff was in a parking lot, in a line of cars in an aisle, with nowhere to move. She suffered neck strain. Grange Insurance

$1,001– Arbitration Award. The defendant admitted to police that she was “messing with her cell phone” when she rear-ended a 33-year-old woman who was stopped at a traffic light. The plaintiff injured her back. State Farm paid the $750 award plus $251 in court costs.

$700– Settled. As a 32-year-old woman was unloading items from the passenger side of her vehicle which was parked on the right side of a one-way street with flashers on, the defendant struck the rear of plaintiff’s vehicle, causing the passenger door to strike the plaintiff, causing her to fall to the ground. Plaintiff suffered from right hand contusion and lumbar strain. Universal Casualty

$350– Settled. The inexperience of the 17-year-old driver no doubt played a part when he took a curve too fast and lost control, skidding approximately 220 feet before hitting a sign and a fence. His carload of young occupants all had to be taken to the emergency room. Our plaintiff was a 15-year-old back seat passenger. The settlement was in addition to the $503 in medical bills which were paid. Hartford Insurance.

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Confidential– Eight figure settlement achieved for a 46 year old female, suffering from a TBI requiring a ventilator. Case resolved 16 months from date of accident.

Confidential– Settlement. A 28-year-old mother and her 6-year-old daughter were traveling on a through street when a truck pulled out from a stop sign into their path, causing her to hit him. Mom suffered a fractured right foot and ankle which required surgery to reconstruct, and her daughter suffered fractured ribs and injuries to her head and chest. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until she reaches the age of 18. Confidential.

Confidential– Confidential settlement. While waiting at a stop, with vehicles behind him, the truck in front of him starting backing up at a high speed colliding with the 54-year-old male’s vehicle. He suffered a neck and back injury, resulting in C5-C6-C7 surgery inserting plates and synthetic discs.

Confidential– Settlement. A 52-year-old woman parked in the lot of a local store. She did not know that their practice was to pile plowed snow in an area of the parking lot that was higher than the rest of the lot, and that the snow had then thawed, run over the low part of the lot, and re-froze, creating an unnatural accumulation of ice (black ice). She exited her vehicle and immediately fell and suffered a fractured right shoulder involving immediate surgery. She could not testify with certainty from where the ice came and did not report the incident to the store for two days. CONFIDENTIAL Insurance info.

Confidential– Settled. A 55-year-old man was walking down an aisle of a huge store and tripped on 6 inch piece of dull metal sticking out from the floor. He suffered two meniscus tears in his right knee and now must wear a brace. CONFIDENTIAL

Confidential– Settled. While walking toward the grocer’s frozen meat case, a 51-year-old woman slipped in a puddle of water, twisting her ankle and back. In the immediate area was an employee filling two grocery carts with frozen food. Based upon the puddle located in the immediate area, it appeared that the store created the condition by allowing the frozen food to thaw and melt while in the carts. CONFIDENTIAL

Confidential– Settled at mediation. A Mack waste hauler backed out from a concealed drive directly into the street and hit the passenger’s side of the plaintiff’s pick-up truck. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his back and neck, including two herniated disks. CONFIDENTIAL

Confidential– Confidential Settlement. In a big box store, some boxes fell off a shelf, causing her to sustain a left medial meniscus tear and to have surgical intervention. The claim was settled at mediation.

Confidential– Confidential. As our 61-year-old client turned right into a store aisle, she found herself on the floor. She noticed her pants and shoes were wet and saw a trail of water about 20 feet long coming from under the service desk. A store would be liable for falls on its premise if they are caused by a foreign substance of which they had actual or constructive notice, and for which they did not warn their customers. That is exactly the case in this instance. The water clearly came from an area controlled solely by store employees who therefore will be charged with actual knowledge of that foreign substance. Additionally, the floor covering is of such a substance that water on the floor is many times impossible to see, so there is no comparative negligence attributable to our client. She suffered injuries to her wrist, hip and knee. Claims Management.

Confidential– Settled before trial. In the entrance of a dollar store in Byron, Illinois, employees had placed two large, dark-colored mats in order to cover an electrical cord, that was itself covered by a large mental strip. There were no warning signs posted around the tripping hazard. As our 63 year-old client entered the store, she turned to grab a cart, caught her foot on the large ridge in the middle of the floor mats and fell with considerable force, striking the upper left side of her body with her full weight. She suffered serious injuries to her left shoulder. Her treatment included surgery. Navigators Insurance.

Confidential– Settled before trial. While our 32-year-old client was in her vehicle waiting to exit from a shopping mall parking lot in Ogle County, Illinois, an IDOT snow plow backed into her vehicle, causing her to sustained injuries to her neck. Self-insured.

Confidential– Settled before trial. Our two clients received an electrical shock while participating in therapy in an aquatic therapy pool located in Sycamore, Illinois. In addition to physical and neurological symptoms of electrocution such as muscle aches, spasms, tingling, tightness, and pain, one of our clients sustained injuries to her eye; and the other suffered post-traumatic stress disorder. The three defendants were all self-insured.

Confidential– Settled. The at-fault driver admitted to police that while he was driving on Mulford Road he was on his cell phone searching the internet. He struck the rear of our client who was waiting to turn left, who in turn struck the vehicle in front of him, also waiting to turn left. Our client suffered a rotator cuff tear with surgical intervention. Liberty Mutual Insurance.

$6,227,368– Verdict. The 48-year-old man was riding his motorcycle when run over by a pickup truck and dragged.  He sustained a traumatic amputation of his left leg below the knee on the scene, which required revision to an above the knee amputation later at the hospital. He also sustained multiple fractures to his left (dominant) arm, multiple fractured ribs, a fracture at C5, and developed compartment syndrome requiring fasciotomies on both upper extremities. He developed radial nerve palsy in his left arm and vocal cord damage which continue to make it difficult for him to speak. He spent nearly one month in the hospital and another month in a rehabilitation facility. He underwent nearly twenty surgeries and will need more in the future. He has permanent pain in both arms, his left leg and neck. A loss of consortium claim was asserted on his wife‚ behalf.

$6,062,253– Verdict. 17-year-old female suffered fatal injuries when 44-year-old male defendant, intoxicated, disobeyed red traffic signal and collided with plaintiff broadside. Witness confirmed that plaintiff had a green light. Previously settled with DRAM Shop defendants for statutory limit. Verdict includes $3,000,000 in punitive damages

$5,500,000– Verdict. A 34-year-old woman and her 17-year-old daughter were in the street when a vehicle driving by hit them both and fled. He was eventually identified. The mother suffered two neck fractures, a pelvic fracture, three leg fractures, crushed right side ribs, a punctured lung by those ribs, and facial lacerations ($5,000,000 judgment). Her daughter suffered a fractured left femur, fractured pelvis, fractured ribs and injuries to her right arm and face ($500,000 judgment). Both the driver of the vehicle and his mother, the owner of the vehicle, were uninsured. Settled January 19, 2010, $20,000 uninsured claim, Liberty Mutual.

$2,585,195– Verdict against one defendant; Settlement with two defendants. Defendant was a patron of two bars in Machesney Park, Illinois, both of which provided him with alcoholic beverages. In the early morning hours in January 2014, the Plaintiff‚ Decedent was also present at one of the bars. Our client’s decedent attempted to converse with Defendant in a partially-enclosed smoking area outside of the main bar area, and Defendant forcefully pushed our client’s decedent to the ground without any known provocation. The Plaintiff‚ Decedent struck his head on the cement floor, rendering him unconscious. Plaintiff‚ Decedent was taken by ambulance to Rockford Memorial Hospital and was found to have a skull fracture and other massive head injuries, including a large subdural hematoma with hemorrhaging of several areas of the brain. He underwent decompressive craniotomy and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. He remained in Intensive Care, but never regained consciousness. He died in the hospital.

Special Administrator for Plaintiff‚ estate filed a complaint, including counts for Wrongful Death and Survival Act, under the Liquor Control Act, against both bars; as well as counts for Wrongful Death and Survival Act, sounding in Battery, against the individual defendant.

The bars settled the Liquor Control Act counts for a total of $125,000.00 ($62,500.00 from each establishment). The individual defendant was found in default. After an evidentiary hearing, the Court entered a judgment against the individual defendant for $2,460,195.53 ($2,000,000.00

Wrongful Death, $259,195.53 medical expenses, $1,000.00 lost wages, $100,000.00 pain and suffering, $100,000.00 loss of normal life). Criminal charges for Involuntary Manslaughter, Aggravated Battery with Great Bodily Harm, and Aggravated Battery in a Public Place remained pending at the time of Civil judgment against the defendant.  Society Insurance; Specialty Risk of America.

$1,550,000– Settlement. Defendant was having a party at his parents‚ farmstead. When the 21-year-old plaintiff arrived, Defendant asked the Plaintiff to join him on a “Rhino” all-terrain vehicle for a ride around the property. Defendant made a sharp turn at approximately 40 miles an hour causing Plaintiff‚ leg to become pinned under the vehicle. He suffered displaced fracture of the mid shaft of the tibia and fibula on his right leg. The Plaintiff was not aware that there was a seatbelt present in the vehicle when he was offered the ride. Therefore, he was not wearing a seatbelt. The adult driver‚ parents were named for negligent entrustment. Auto Owners Insurance.

$1,300,000– Settlement. A 62-year-old man was operating his semi-tractor in a northerly direction on IL Highway 20 and the defendant was operating his semi-tractor in a southerly direction on IL Highway 20.  The defendant lost control of his vehicle, crossed the median, and hit the plaintiff head-on. The defense contended that due to wind conditions the defendant’s vehicle went out of control. Plaintiff’s injuries included loss of consciousness at the scene, laceration of the right ear with detachment from the face, loss of feeling in two fingers of the right hand, open fracture/dislocation of right ankle, nerve disruption and torn artery. Plaintiff’s doctors considered an ankle fusion or possible amputation, but the plaintiff decided against these procedures. Settled before trial by Crum & Forester.

$1,250,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm Insurance). Plaintiff was a 17-year-old female who was a passenger in the defendant’s vehicle.  They were traveling southbound on Highway 76 in Boone County, IL.  Defendant hit gravel, lost control of his vehicle, slid into oncoming traffic, and was hit broadside by another vehicle.  Plaintiff sustained a depressed skull fracture on the right side with subarachnoid bleeding. Plaintiff had over $600,000 in medical bills and settled for policy limits with State Farm Insurance.

$1,100,000– Settled policy limits. Our 79-year-old client was T-boned by a pick-up truck hauling a too-large trailer which ran a stop sign. She sustained multiple traumatic injury to her brain, chest with left pneumothorax, respiratory failure requiring intubation, intra-abdominal injury with splenic laceration requiring laparotomy and splenic resection, as well as pelvic injury and hip fracture. Progressive.

$866,666– Settlement. The Plaintiff was eastbound on US Route 20 approaching the intersection with Rock City Road. Her 7-year-old daughter was restrained in a child safety seat in the backseat. Plaintiff was 36 weeks pregnant with her son. The at-fault driver entered the intersection in the Plaintiff‚ path, colliding with her vehicle. The Plaintiff‚ vehicle spun around and became disabled in the intersection, across eastbound lanes of traffic. The Plaintiff exited her vehicle to attempt to get her daughter from the car and get out of the roadway. Another driver who was at a distance behind the Plaintiff hit the Plaintiff‚ vehicle at 55 mph. This second collision caused the Plaintiff to be thrown onto the northbound shoulder and the daughter was still in the vehicle at the time of the second crash. The collision caused a premature delivery by cesarean section at 36 weeks’ gestation. The new born had a 10-day stay in the neonatal intensive care unit and experienced apnea, intolerance to oral feeding, difficulty sucking from a bottle, sinus bradycardia and jaundice. The daughter made a good physical recovery after many months of inpatient care and outpatient therapy; she continues to have cognitive difficulties. State Farm Insurance.

$800,000– Settlement. While boating, the father of the minor plaintiff allowed her to dangle her arms and hands outside the railing of the boat, in violation of Coast Guard rules.  He drove into a buoy in the dark. Her elbow was smashed into the buoy. Her parents did not take her to the emergency room until nearly two hours later even though she was bleeding profusely enough to soak her clothing. She suffered an open left humerus fracture. When this incident happened, the plaintiff was a 15-year-old girl with some learning disabilities. This injury caused her severe problems with her education. She spent many weeks in the hospital and underwent at least six surgeries and yet still lacks elbow function. Currently, she experiences reduced range of motion in her arm, with which, as the doctors noted, she will continue to have problems for the rest of her life. American Family Insurance

$750,000– Settled. Our 61-year-old motorcyclist was eastbound on the through street of Harmony Road in Riley Township, Illinois. The other driver, sitting at the stop sign on Genoa Road, pulled onto Harmony directly in front of our client. Our client avoided hitting the other driver broadside, but did clip the left rear of the car, apparently with his left foot and his motorcycle. This caused him to begin losing control, but since he was an experienced rider, he was able to maintain the motorcycle upright until it could be more safely laid down in the ditch rather than on the blacktop. This action probably saved his life. His right leg was fractured in two places, the distal one essentially at the ankle. He also suffered fractures of his left foot and a full tear in his right rotator-cuff and bicep. All of these injuries required surgeries. Country Financial.

$555,000– Settlement. Plaintiff was a 25-year-old male who was a back seat passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend.  Defendant ran red light and hit the vehicle broadside.  Plaintiff sustained a shattered kidney, 7 fractured ribs on the left side, and a collapsed lung.  Plaintiff had over $185,000 in medical bills.  Defendant was uninsured.  Settlement paid by Travelers Insurance.

$549,500– Verdict. Clients, 50-year-old male driver and 58-year-old female passenger were involved in a three-car collision. The teenaged defendant turned his vehicle from a direct course, leaving the roadway striking the driver’s door of the plaintiff’s vehicle which was stopped at a stop light on a cross street. The plaintiff driver injured his back and right shoulder requiring surgery. The plaintiff passenger injured her neck, both shoulders, left elbow knee and back, requiring rotator cuff surgery to her left shoulder and surgery for tennis elbow to her left elbow.  State Farm Insurance.

$500,000– Settled. Our 44-year-old motorcyclist was proceeding southbound on the service road located next to North Second Street, as it approached the 9400 block in Machesney Park, Illinois. The other driver was in a 2007 Hummer northbound on the service road and attempted to make a left-hand turn across our client‚ lane of traffic. When he realized that the motorcycle was coming, he stopped his vehicle–blocking the cycle‚ lane‚ and he just sat there, blocking the street. Our cyclist was so close it impossible for him to stop or swerve or otherwise avoid colliding with the Hummer; he went over the handle bars and landed in a ditch. Our client sustained a displaced mid-third tibia fracture and an avulsion fraction at the fibular head of his left leg and serious injuries to his forehead, neck, back and knee and has significant scarring. Frankenmuth Ins.

$475,000– Settled. Plaintiff was standing in the grass near the curb talking with a neighbor when a sinkhole opened up beneath her feet causing her left leg to drop into the sinkhole. According to City records, neighbors had called the City several times in the preceding 2 months complaining of the sinkhole, but the City took no action until after this injury. The Plaintiff sustained a large degloving injury to her left leg with a significant scar. The City admitted negligence. Self Insured

$472,332– Verdict. A Winnebago County jury returned a verdict in the amount of $472,332.10 for a 53-year-old male who was struck by a golf cart while riding his motorcycle on an interior road at the Winnebago County Fairgrounds. The plaintiff sustained a lis franc fracture/dislocation of his left mid foot (all five bones dislocated, three fractured with open reduction/internal screw fixation) when the motorcycle was forced over onto his left foot, bending it in half. The evidence showed he would need a future ankle fusion. The jury deliberated three and one half hours before awarding the plaintiff $47,332.10 for past medical bills, $25,000 for future medical bills, $250,000 for pain and suffering and $150,000 for disability/loss of a normal life (the plaintiff was an avid outdoorsman who had great difficulty walking on uneven ground as a result of his injury). This is believed to be the largest verdict in Winnebago County in 2005.

$375,000– Settled. A woman traveling eastbound on Hwy 64 going about 55mph.  Def. was eastbound on Hwy 64, pulling a construction/office trailer (wide load).  Wheel came off trailer and crashed into her car.  Wheel flew at her face.  She leaned to the right to avoid the wheel which hit her windshield  and peeled the roof of the car back.  She was trapped in her car.  She sustained brain bleeding, neck injury (several herniated discs), and a rotator cuff tear. The Hartford Insurance

$354,280– Verdict. Euro Tattoo–UNINSURED. On Tuesday, March 18, 2014, cases on behalf of 11 injured plaintiffs against Euro II Tattoo were brought to trial in the Circuit Court for Winnebago County before Judge J. Edward Prochaska. The injured plaintiffs ranged in age from 14 to 53 years old and all suffered confirmed cases of pseudomonas aeruginosa shortly after obtaining piercings at Euro II Tattoo. All infections were confirmed by the Winnebago County Department of Public Health and were caused by using piercing equipment and supplies that were contaminated. These infections can be quite serious and, in some cases, can result in death.

Medical bills for these victims totaled $109,280, with one‚ bills exceeding $41,000. The piercings occurred between October 2012 and July, 2013. All 11 victims underwent treatment with courses of antibiotics plus cleaning of the infected sites and underwent surgical incisions to drain the infected areas. Six of the victims had such severe cases of infection that they were hospitalized and administered antibiotics by IV. All 11 have various degrees of permanent scarring and disfigurement, and 2 even suffer hearing loss in the affected ears.

The total award for all 11 plaintiffs was in the amount of $354,280.41, which includes compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and disfigurement. The plaintiffs were also awarded $1,582.50 in court costs. All plaintiffs were represented by MacCloskeyKesler & Associates and the case was tried by Attorney Mary Wood of that office.”

$325,000– Settled. A huge truck and trailer pulled the wrong way out of the one-way Post Office driveway right in front of the plaintiff. She could not stop and hit him. The 43-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck, back, shoulder and collar bone. Her medical treatment included surgery on her back and injections in her shoulder. Her medical bills totaled $83,717.94. Continental Western Group Insurance.

$325,000– Settled. Our 19-year old client was westbound in a construction zone on Bypass Route 20, south of Rockford, Illinois, when she was rear-ended by a semi-truck traveling too fast for conditions. Among other injuries, she suffered a displaced fractured clavicle which required surgical intervention.  Her medical bills exceeded $90,000. Progressive.

$310,000– Settled. There was a broken olive oil jar on the floor in an aisle where customers shop, pushing their grocery carts.  Plaintiff did not see the olive oil on the floor while shopping and slipped, pulling his grocery cart on top of himself.  There were no signs indicating the floor was slippery.  Due to the Plaintiff‚ injuries and the severity of his pain he passed away prior to a trial and the matter was settled with his Estate.  Sedgwick Claims Management Co.

$300,000– Policy Limit Settlement (Liberty Mutual) As one of the household residents was cutting the lawn, he backed up the tractor, running over the visiting 8-year-old boy, whose legs were caught under the mower‚ deck. A tourniquet was applied to save his life and he was rushed to the emergency room via a helicopter. The 8-year-old boy lost one foot and part of the other.

$300,000– Settlement Policy Limit. The 87-year-old defendant turned left directly in the path of the 18-year-old female‚ vehicle, causing them to collide. Plaintiff hurt her nose, neck, back and ribs, and severely fractured her right leg, ankle and foot. Full policy limit paid by Travelers.

$300,000– Settled. At a family party, our 7-year-old client was petting the German Shepherd/Huskie mix dog tried to the tree in the back yard, when without warning he bit her in the face, fracturing her nose and upper teeth, and lacerating her cheeks. State Farm.

$281,000 – Settlement. A 32-year-old mother and her 2-year-old daughter were traveling on a through street. The defendant was stopped at a stop sign; she then pulled out into the path of the mother, causing a collision. The mother suffered a fracture of her right tibia and an ankle sprain. The daughter, a back seat passenger, had only an ER visit. Paid by West Bend Insurance

$275,000– Settled. A 40-year-old woman, recovering from recent neck fusion surgery, was driving through an intersection on a green light when the defendant ran his red light and they collided. The defendant hit her so hard his pick-up truck flipped over. She suffered a herniation at the C6-7 vertebral space and was caused to have a second fusion. MetLife Insurance.

$270,000– Settled Policy Limit. Our 37-year-old mother, with her 3-year-old and 5-year-old as back seat passengers, was traveling south on North Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, when a northbound vehicle attempted to pass a stopped garbage truck by entering her southbound lane, hitting their vehicle head-on. The force of the collision caused so much damage to my client‚ car that she had to be extricated from her vehicle. Among other injuries, she sustained a comminuted fracture of the distal fibula and a fracture of the distal tibia in her right lower leg. Doctors at the emergency department found abrasion to her 3-year old‚ upper chest and her 5-year-old sustained abrasions to his abdominal wall and right arm. Our mother underwent an open reduction internal fixation of the fractures in her right leg. Our 3-year-old settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with American Access for $2,000; and our 5-year-old settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with American Access for $1,200. Our mother settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with American Access for $16,800.00; and also with her own underinsured policy with American Family for $250,000.

$265,500– Settled. Our father, with his wife and two daughters as passengers, was driving north on Pecatonica Road in Seward Township, Illinois, when the young, at-fault driver, traveling east on Edwardsville Road, ignored the stop sign and T-boned their vehicle in the driver‚ door. There was a prolonged extrication to free the family. Our father sustained serious injuries to his head, jaw, neck, left shoulder, chest, abdomen, and pelvis; his treatment included surgery, and he settled for $120,000. His wife sustained injuries to her face, right arm and shoulder, and settled for $500. Their 14-year-old daughter sustained injuries to her neck and fractured her right ankle; and settled for $30,000. Their 12-year-old daughter sustained serious injuries to her head and settled for $115,000. State Farm.

$250,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Farmers Insurance.) Vehicle in which female, age 95, was a front seat passenger, was hit head-on. She suffered a fractured neck and a concussion and died less than two months later.

$250,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Harleysville) Underinsured defendant pulled out in front of our client, who was traveling on a through street, causing a collision. Our client, a 62-year-old male, suffered a hip fracture and right femur fracture. He had to have an open reduction internal fixation of his right hip the following day. We settled for policy limits, $100,000, with the at-fault driver’s insurance on 10/12/10 and then pursued an underinsured claim against our client’s  own automobile policy.

$250,000– Settlement. Vehicle in which Female, age 23, was a passenger hit by left-turning defendant’s vehicle. Crash fractured plaintiff’s lower left leg (rod inserted) and her left arm. Residuals include a limp and surgical scars ($56,657 medical expense). Paid by USAA.

$250,000– Settled. A 41-year-old man was putting up the storm windows on his house when, while on a ladder holding a glass window, he fell. The emergency department spent hours removing glass from multiple cuts and suturing wounds. One piece of glass in his chest was overlooked. When he complained about the pain in his chest, his doctor kept sending him for massage therapy. The massaged glass, a triangular piece measuring roughly 4 centimeters, harmed him even more. This piece of glass can be clearly seen by laymen on the x-rays. Paid by self-insured hospital.

$250,000– Policy Limits Settlement. As the 74-year-old woman walked through the parking lot of Panera Bread in Machesney Park, Illinois, she was hit by a driver backing out of a parking stall and suffered fractures to her neck, elbow, and hip. Country.

$250,000– Policy Limits Settlement. After my client was removed from the crash scene by ambulance, the at-fault driver, smelling strongly of alcohol, barricaded himself against the police in my client‚ car. My client had been traveling east on Route 30 and as he approached the stop sign at the intersection with Galt Road in Whiteside County, Illinois, he slowed and stopped. The driver behind him neither slowed nor stopped, striking the rear end of my client‚ vehicle at full speed. My 62-year-old client had previously had cervical spine surgery, with a decompression and fusion at C3, C4, C5, and C6, because of fractured vertebrae in 2000, and due to the force of this collision, previously-placed spinal hardware had become loosened at the C7 level, which was causing a screw to interfere with his spinal cord causing numbness and tingling in his hands, as well as extreme pain in his neck. He underwent a complete replacement of the hardware from C5-T1, and the addition of new hardware into T2 vertebrae. Erie.

$250,000– Settled. As our client was attempting to get something out of the back of her truck parked on Maple Street in Machesney Park, Illinois, the 80-year-old driver of the vehicle parked behind her started her vehicle and, instead of putting the vehicle in reverse, put the vehicle in drive and went forward. This caused the front of her car to strike our client and pin her between the two vehicles. She was pinned between the vehicles for less than one minute before the at-fault driver got her car in reverse and backed it up. Our client collapsed and crawled up and over the curb to lie in the grass next to the street. She suffered an impaction fracture of her left thigh and her treatment included surgeries. AutoOwners

$250,000– Settled for policy limits. On our client‚ 67th birthday, an uninsured driver struck our client in the intersection of Charles and 29th Streets in Rockford, Illinois, when he did not stop for his stop sign. Our client suffered significant injuries to her neck and shoulder and her treatment included surgical manipulation of her right shoulder and a spinal fusion. Her medical bills were almost $200,000. Her own insurance, The Hartford, paid its uninsured policy limits.

$250,000– Settled for policy limits. After causing a three-car crash at the ‚ intersection of IL Route 173 and Siedschlag Road in McHenry County, Illinois, the at-fault driver fled the scene. The Fox Lake police apprehended her at a nearby Marathon gas station. Our client‚ injuries included a herniated disk at C4-5 which required surgery. The at-fault driver‚ policy with Country Financial paid its policy limits of $100,000.  In addition, her own State Farm policy paid $150,000 from her underinsured policy.

$250,000– Settled after filing suit. In July or August 2012, Comcast installed a new coaxial cable at our client‚ home. The cable ran from the house through portions of the backyard, and was strung up into branches of a pine tree and across a brick walkway, before finally connecting to the Comcast cable box located on an overhead pole. Our client was told by Comcast that another crew would bury the cable at a later date. During the next two years, our client made multiple requests to Comcast to bury the cable. Our client explains that he made these requests by phone, and in person when any Comcast repair technicians were at the home. Comcast denies having any records of our client‚ requests.

As of March 12, 2014, Comcast had not yet buried the coaxial cable. On that date, our client was in his backyard, taking his young puppy outside on a leash. The puppy bolted after a squirrel, pulling the leash out of our client‚ hand. As the puppy ran around the side of the house toward the street, he chased the dog, trying to prevent her from running into the street. As he rounded the side of the house, he remembered at the last second that the Comcast cable was suspended at chest/neck level. Our client lurched backwards to avoid running into the cable, and fell on the brick walkway, landing with his full weight on his left elbow.

Comcast finally buried the coaxial cable on April 9, 2014.

Our client suffered a left triceps tendon tear, left cubital tunnel syndrome and left ulnar nerve injury (2 surgeries); left AC joint separation

Liberty Mutual.

$240,000– Settlement. Female, age 58, sustained a fractured ankle when the vehicle she was driving was hit head-on. She had medical expenses in the amount of $21,756.15. Paid by Farmers Insurance Group.

$240,000– Settled, policy limits. Thinking she could make a quick left turn onto Sandy Hollow in front of the car approaching her on 20th in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver instead caused a collision. Our 17-year-old client was her passenger, and her life-threatening injuries included collapsed lungs, a fracture of the right humerus, a liver laceration, a closed fracture of her right rib, pulmonary contusions, closed fractures of the sacrum, iliac wing of pelvis on both sides, right inferior pubic ramus, and a lumbar vertebrae. Our client received the policy limits of $25,000 from American Family for the vehicle in which she was a passenger; and $210,000 from the underinsured portion of her own policy with American Family.

$225,000– Settled. A 71-year-old woman was driving on a through street when the defendant ignored his stop sign and pulled out in front of her causing a collision. She suffered injuries to her head, neck, chest and abdomen, and fractures to her right hand. Country Insurance

$225,000– Settled. As our client traveled northbound on Poplar Grove Road in Belvidere approaching the intersection with Marengo Road, he saw the eastbound defendant stopped at the stop sign. However, the defendant did not wait for traffic to clear before pulling out directly in front of our client, who had no time to react. The two vehicles collided. Our client‚ body flew forward and his face went right into the windshield. He sustained injuries to his face, head, mouth and teeth, neck, chest, ribs, shoulder, elbow and knee. His treatment included surgeries. American Family

$225,000– Settled before trial. The at-fault driver was northbound on Belvidere Road when her truck slid on the ice covered road, went into the southbound lane, hit the back of our client‚ vehicle, spinning it into the ditch where it landed upside down. Our client suffered back, neck and bilateral shoulder injuries, treatment included two surgeries on her neck and on her back. State Auto

$220,000– Settlement. A 22-year-old woman was driving her automobile when a vehicle crossed the median hitting her head-on and another vehicle rear-ended her before her vehicle came to a stop. She suffered a fractured tibula/fibula. Settled with AAA Insurance shortly after filing the case with the court.

$215,000– Settled. Our 39-year-old client was walking north on the sidewalk along South First Street in Dekalb, Illinois. When she arrived at the intersection with Gurler Street and saw that a driver had stopped at the stop sign, she proceeded across Gurler Street in the cross walk. As she crossed in front of the car, he, suddenly and without warning, began moving forward striking her in the left leg with the front of his car. The impact caused our client to first land on the car‚ hood and then fall to the ground. She suffered a tibial plateau fracture, which necessitated an open reduction internal fixation surgery on her left knee. State Farm

$212,000– “Settlement. The driver was our 48-year-old client and her front seat passenger was her 25-year-old daughter and also our client. They were. driving north on Main Street approaching the intersection of Latham Road in Rockford Township, Illinois, when the southbound driver of a large flat-bed truck turned left directly into our clients‚ vehicle.

Our mother sustained extensive contusions of her chest, neck, abdomen, right knee, right hip and back; she suffered a fracture of her right pubic ramus with total hip replacement four months post-collision. Her case settled for $150,000.

Our daughter sustained extensive contusions of her chest and abdomen; a large seatbelt abrasion to right side of her neck with subsequent development of right-sided facial droop/weakness of facial muscles on the right. Her case settled for $62,000. Farmers.”

$208,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our mother and her 6-year-old son and passenger were traveling on East State when the at-fault driver turned left in front of them, causing a head-on collision. Our mother sustained serious injuries to her head, neck and back, including a focal central disc protrusion at C6-C7. Her treatment included steroid injections and surgery. Her 6-year-old sustained bruising to his neck and chest. Her son settled with the at-fault driver‚ policy with State Farm for $5,000. Our mother settled with State Farm for its policy limits of $100,000 and with the underinsured portion of her own policy with Progressive for $103,000.

$200,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (AAA.) A mother and her 2-year-old daughter were passengers in the defendant‚ vehicle. Mother does not remember the crash. The daughter was unconscious for eight days and did not start walking again until almost two months after the incident. The defendant was charged with a DUI and four Class-4 Felonies, failure to reduce speed to avoid a crash, improper lane usage. The officer told the mother that the defendant had also hit a parked tow truck. The defendant admitted drinking heavily. Mother did not know he was intoxicated when they got into the vehicle. The daughter suffered a right hip fracture, center skull fracture, walking problems, cuts on right arm and face. The mother suffered an injury to the right eye, hand, right kidney, right lung, multiple lacerations, liver damage, bruises on the left of her back, right hip fracture in three placed, right elbow fracture, right tibia fracture, right skull fracture, burns, neck, lip, nose fracture, underwent four surgeries, and damage to her teeth. The minor’s settlement funds were placed in an interest-bearing account until she reaches the age of 18.

$200,000– Settled policy limits. Our passenger client suffered 11 fractured ribs (for which he underwent surgery); a fractured pelvis; brain bleed; a fractured sternum; a fractured lumbar vertebrae; a punctured right lung; and now suffers from permanent short term memory loss and permanent double vision in both eyes when a speeding 16-year-old ran a stop sign, t-boned him and wrapped his vehicle around a tree yards away. Shelter Insurance paid $100,000 and Hartford/Twin City Fire paid $100,000.

$200,000– Settled. Our client fell on a ramp while working and shattered her kneecap. The ramp was clearly in violation of the BOCA codes. A workers‚ compensation claim had also been filed and settled previous to this. Foremost Ins. paid $180,000 and Amboy MHPI. paid $20,000.

$200,000– Settled Policy Limits. Our client was a passenger in his own vehicle. As their vehicle approached the intersection of Colorado and Harrison Avenues in Rockford, Illinois, his driver started to turn left. As verified by an independent witness, the other driver entered the intersection on a red light directly in front of our client‚ vehicle and they collided. Both drivers were later found to be driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. My client sustained a ruptured bladder, a blowout fracture to his left eye and a fracture to his L5 vertebra. His medical billings were almost $120,000 and he lost close to $8,000 in wages. $100,000 from each driver; Liberty Mutual and Farmers Insurance.

$199,000– “Settled. One July evening, as our 7-year-old client was sitting on the front end of a pontoon boat with her legs dangling in the water as it was traveling on the Rock River near Rockford, Illinois, the driver struck a nearby dock, causing the pontoon to shift suddenly — throwing her off the front of the boat and pinning her underneath the front platform. The driver did not attempt to stop the boat but continued proceeding forward, with her still trapped underneath the boat. Ultimately, she passed between the pontoons and struck the propellers at the rear of the boat.

The driver had been drinking before this occurrence and was operating the boat while intoxicated. He had had a duty to prevent a 7-year-old from riding on the pontoon boat with her legs dangling in the water while it was moving; he had had a duty to be aware of the area surrounding the boat to avoid colliding with the dock in front of him; he had had a duty to kill the motor immediately after she fell off the boat; and he had had a duty to not operate the boat while under the influence of alcohol, and to otherwise act with reasonable care for the people on the pontoon. This driver breached his duty and is responsible for the injuries sustained by this little girl.

She was treated on the scene by paramedics, who found large lacerations, one across her right thigh, measuring about 12 inches long and four inches wide involving the deep underlying tissues, with visible muscles and tendons beneath, one under her right buttock about four inches long, and two lacerations on her foot about two inches long. Upon examination at the emergency department, it was found that she had, in addition to what was described by the paramedics, contusions and abrasions to the left pelvis, right upper medial thigh, right labia, an abrasion to the right elbow, and contusions to the left thigh, knee, and foot. She was admitted to the hospital and rushed to emergency surgery to undergo surgical repair of these lacerations. This procedure included irrigation, debridement, and closure of the lacerations to the right posterior thigh and buttock. Today, as she herself puts it, the scars are “”big and nasty.”” Nationwide Insurance.”

$198,333– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver was ejected from the vehicle and killed while the other three passengers, including my client in the back seat, remained inside while the car rolled. The vehicle was heading northbound on I-39 in Cherry Valley Township in Winnebago County, Illinois, when the driver fell asleep at the wheel, hit the guardrail and roll down an embankment, landing on a roadway below. Once the car stopped, my 27-year-old client removed himself by crawling out of a broken window before paramedics arrived. Among other injuries, he sustained injuries to his head and right eye, his chest, and an open left ankle fracture. He was admitted to hospital for breathing problems and underwent an open reduction and internal fixation of the left fibula fracture, followed by a syndesmotic repair of the left ankle and the application of a wound vac. The at-fault driver‚ insurance, Liberty Mutual, settled for its policy limits of $100,000; the insurance for the vehicle‚ owner, State Farm, settled in the amount of $33,333.33 and his own underinsured policy with American Family settled in the amount of $65,000.

$195,000– Settlement and Award. As our client was traveling west on Schick Road at its intersection with Glenwood Drive in Bloomingdale, Illinois, another driver pulled from a bank parking lot directly into the path of her vehicle. He intended to cross straight over the four-lane street directly into the Burger King. My client was unable to avoid the collision and sustained a seatbelt burn, several fractured teeth on the left side of her mouth, right shoulder impingement syndrome and a rotator cuff tear requiring two surgeries, and injuries to her tongue and head. Policy Limit Settlement in the amount of $100,000 from at-fault driver‚ Allstate policy; and an Arbitration Award in the amount of $95,000 from client‚ underinsured policy with American National.

$185,720– Settlement. A 78-year-old male was diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer shortly before this crash. His prognosis was poor, and his family had prepared for the likelihood that he only had a matter of months to live at the time of the crash. He died hours after the crash. The wheelchair van in which the plaintiff was a passenger was struck head-on by a defendant with a $50/100 policy. The $35,720 represents the plaintiff’s proportionate share of the $100,000 coverage spread among three claimants, one of whom had over $100,000 in medical expenses related to the collision. Through discovery we were able to prove that the OSF driver was taking prescription narcotics which affected his ability to drive. Moreover, our reconstructionist was able to prove that the driver of the ambulance did not react appropriately to the underinsured driver‚ vehicle crossing the median. His widow did not want to go to trial; this was settled with State Farm and Gallagher Bassett.

$180,000– Settled. One dark night, a stolen Ford Winstar, traveling without headlights and at a high rate of speed, ran the stop sign on Rose Avenue and collided with my clients‚ vehicle on Morgan Street in Rockford, Illinois. The driver and occupants of the Ford Windstar fled the scene on foot after the collision. Our driver sustained five fractured ribs in addition to various abrasions and contusions, and his wife sustained injuries to her head, neck, right shoulder, flank, right leg, and right foot. The driver settled for $70,000 and his wife and passenger for $110,000 under the uninsured portion of their own policy of insurance with Country.

$175,000– Settlement. A 47-year-old female was involved in a hit-and-run collision. She suffered aggravation of an underlying degenerative condition and herniated disk at C6-7 requiring a fusion. Claimant did not want to go to arbitration. This was settled with her own insurance, American Family. The settlement was in addition to the medical payments.

$172,500– Settled. After running the stop sign on Gregory and Kishwaukee Streets in Rockford, Illinois, and colliding with our pregnant 31-year-old client‚ vehicle, the driver left the scene on foot and was never identified. Our client suffered injuries to her shoulder, knee, upper back and lower back. Most significantly, she was pregnant at the time of the collision and suffered a premature rupture of her membrane causing a continuous loss of amniotic fluid, which ultimately resulted in the loss of her baby. Settled with client‚ own uninsured motorist policy with Country.

$170,000– Settled. The driver who was traveling north on Shaw Road, in Boone County, Illinois, pulled out from a stop sign on Spring Creek into the path of our eastbound client who, at 45 mph, had insufficient time to stop, and collided with that vehicle. Paramedics at the scene noted that our client‚ truck had moderate to severe front-end damage and that the steering wheel was deformed from the impact. In addition to other injuries, our client sustained a nasal fracture with deviation of the nasal septum to the right, a disc herniation at C3-4 in his neck, and fractures of the cartilage connecting the ribs to the sternum in the area of the 4th-6th ribs on the right. Travelers Insurance.

$165,000– Settled. The Defendant ran a red light and T-boned the 19-tear-old Plaintiff‚ vehicle. She sustained a fractured ulna of her right arm. Although her medical treatment included surgery, it only lasted 3 months with near complete resolution of symptoms andtotaled$47,329.46. Case settled at mediation. Country Financial Insurance

$163,772– Jury Verdict. Just after midnight, a 26-year-old man was walking home from a house where he had been drinking. He was wearing a jacket with reflective materials on it, and was properly walking along the road facing traffic, well off the road itself. As the defendant (who had also been drinking) approached, his van left the roadway and struck the plaintiff head-on, driving his body approximately 175 feet. The plaintiff sustained a lacerated liver, an adrenal hematoma, severe and significant forehead lacerations with a closed head injury (causing significant scarring), and last but not least, a right open tibia fracture that required external and permanent internal fixation. The insurance would not settle before trial because both the plaintiff and the defendant had been drinking. Nationwide Insurance.

$163,000– Settled after filing suit. Our 52-year-old client was a passenger on a RMTD bus when the at-fault driver turned left in front the bus, causing a collision. Our client suffered injuries to his neck, left shoulder which included a rotator cuff tear, and both knees. Erie Insurance.

$158,500– Settled. The driver on Stephenson Street, in Stephenson County, Illinois, pulled out onto Van Brocklin directly into the path of our client father and his passenger son, causing a collision. Our father sustained injuries to his head, neck, back, shoulders, left arm, shoulders, and right knee, and his treatment included surgery on both shoulders. His son sustained injuries to his head, face and back. Our father settled for $155,000; his son, $3,500. Farmers.

$155,000– Settlements (two). Our 16-year-old client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle driven by the 18-year-old defendant. They were southbound on South Scout camp Road near its intersection with East Welch Road in JoDaviess County, Illinois. The driver lost control of his vehicle and the car spun and rolled down an embankment, coming to rest against a fence. Our client was ejected from the car and sustained multiple pelvic fractures. After plaintiff settled with the at-fault driver‚ liability carrier for its $50,000 policy limit, plaintiff sought underinsured motorist coverage from Grinnell Mutual under a policy issued to her father. Grinnell filed a declaratory judgment action in the Northern District of Illinois Federal court, arguing that there was no coverage for the collision, since our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was not listed as a ‚covered auto‚ on the underinsured motorist policy at issue. The parties filed cross motions for summary judgment and the District Court ruled in favor of our client on the issue of coverage. Grinnell appealed, and the Seventh Circuit eventually upheld the decision of the District Court, ruling in favor of coverage for our client. After the Seventh Circuit issued its opinion, the parties settled for an additional $105,000 of underinsured motorist coverage. Country and Grinnell Mutual.

$154,500– Settled. The uninsured driver was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he slid into our clients‚ lane of Fairview Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, and hit them head on. In additional to neck, back and abdominal injuries, our six-month pregnant client sustained a fracture in her right foot and right ankle which required surgery, but the orthopedic surgeon decided against surgery due to her pregnancy. Her 9-year-old son and front seat passenger had gone partially through the windshield, sustaining two severe head lacerations along with injuries to his left leg, head, left side, left shoulder, and neck. Her 11-year-old daughter and passenger sustained injuries to her right ankle, left toe and nose. Our mom settled for $80,000; the 9-year-old for $73,500; and the 11-year-old for $1,000. Uninsured portion of the client‚ policy with Farmers.

$151,000– Settlement. Female, age 41, sustained a full thickness tear of her right rotator cuff ($25,461 medical expense) when the vehicle in which she was a passenger was involved in a collision at a Rockford intersection. She underwent arthroscopic surgery and, later, an open procedure due to shoulder impingement syndrome. Paid by Country Companies.

$150,000 – Settlement. A 30-year-old mother with her 11-year-old daughter and 10-year-old son as passengers were injured when a drunk driver crossed the center line and hit them head-on. The mother suffered a fracture in her right foot and right ankle which did not require surgery. Today she continues to have problems with her right ankle and foot. The son had gone partially through the windshield and split his forehead to the bone. He has fortunately recovered from his massive lacerations but has some scarring. The daughter had abrasions on her nose and right ankle pain and was treated at the ER and released. She continues to suffer with nose respiratory problems. The uninsured defendant died at the hospital. This was an uninsured motorist claim. The mother‚ claim settled for $80,000.00; the son, for $73,500.00 and the daughter, $1,000.00. Paid by Farmers Insurance.

$150,000– Settled. Defendant‚ agent ran a red light striking the Plaintiff‚ vehicle. Plaintiff was unwilling to undergo more treatment. Settled at pre-trial conference. Westfield Insurance Company.

$150,000– Settled. Plaintiff was in the left turn lane stopped waiting for traffic when the Defendant struck her vehicle from the rear. Delay in initial treatment and no police were called to the scene. Settled at mediation. Wilson Mutual Insurance

$150,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant sped through a stop sign and struck the plaintiff‚ vehicle on the passenger side, causing her to sustain truly profound and life-threatening injuries. Initial diagnoses included a complex fracture of the pelvis, hematuria with a possible ruptured bladder, an almost circumferential laceration of the left upper thigh, and massive blood loss from the pelvic fracture and laceration. She was transported by helicopter to the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Her injuries were noted as follows: bi-frontal petechial hemorrhage; left parietal axonal injuries; C5-6 fracture/dislocation; C5-6 compression fracture; C7, L3-4, T5, and T10 spinus process fractures; severe comminuted pelvic fracture in several places, requiring external fixation; a large laceration of her left common femoral artery and vein; and an extra-peritoneal bladder perforation. She had to be followed by the Psychology and Psychiatry Departments at UW for depression/anxiety and posttraumatic stress disorder. She required skin grafting to her left buttock, left groin and medial thigh. She was also diagnosed with a traumatic brain injury. General Casualty paid its policy limit of $100,000, plus plaintiff received a personal payment of $50,000 from the defendant.

$150,000– Mediation Award. An 82-year-old nursing home resident fell and suffered from a fractured hip which was left untreated, causing her death. Allied Insurance

$150,000– Settled. The defendant was unable to stop his vehicle in time behind slowing traffic and attempted to avoid a collision by crossing into the opposite lane, where he caused a head-on collision with the Plaintiff. The defendant admitted fault to the investigating police officer and was issued a citation, to which he pled guilty, for improper lane usage. The 49-year-old plaintiff sustained comminuted fractures of the right radius and ulna at the union of the wrist. An open reduction internal fixation of the right radius and ulna was performed. Zurich Insurance

$150,000– Settled. As she was shopping, the plaintiff suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon when she tripped over a pipe that was concealed on the floor between two tables in the gardening barn. The business owner had been made aware of the pipe previously, but had neglected to make a safe environment for his shoppers. The 41-year-old plaintiff‚ treatment included surgical repair and her medical bills were over $30,000. Harleysville Lake States Insurance

$150,000– Settled. A mother failed to properly teach her son how dangerous a Rhino could be, and failed to prohibit him from allowing others to drive it. He allowed a friend to drive the Rhino without proper instruction. Shortly after starting off, the friend lost control and rolled the Rhino in my minor passenger client‚ direction, landing on her right lower leg. She severely fractured her right ankle and her treatment included an open reduction and internal fixation of the right medial malleolus fracture. Assurant Insurance.

$150,000– Settled. In Dement Township, Illinois, the defendant backed his John Deer snowplow from a driveway into oncoming traffic, crushing our client‚ car on the driver‚ side door. Our 38-year-old client needed to be extricated from her vehicle. She suffered a laceration to her ear requiring surgical repair. Additionally, she suffered injury to her neck which resulted in disc bulges at C5-C6 and C6-C7. She also suffered trauma to her head and her abdomen, and bruising to her arms and legs. Nationwide/Allied Property.

$150,000– Settled. As our client was proceeding east on a green light at Fifth Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver, traveling north at full speed, entered the intersection from Kishwaukee Street against his red light, striking our client so hard that his vehicle spun around. In addition to other injuries, our client suffered an extruded disc herniation in his lower back, and aggravation and soft tissue injuries to his neck. His treatment required surgery. Country Insurance.

$146,528– Settlement Policy Limit. Defendant turned left in front of 83-year-old woman driver, causing her to hit Defendant and spin into a third vehicle. Plaintiff‚ injuries were to her head, neck, right shoulder, chest, abdomen, knees and back, and even after intensive rehabilitation, Plaintiff will now live in an assisted-living facility for the rest of her life. Progressive Insurance for Defendant (minus property damage previously paid) and American Family, Plaintiff‚ underinsured policy.

$140,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm.) Male passenger, age 25 suffered fatal injuries when his driver, allegedly intoxicated, ran a stop light and collided with a Boone County Sheriff’s vehicle at Rockford intersection. Witnesses said the police had a green light. In addition to the State Farm full policy limit of $100,000 for its driver; $40,000 by AAA Auto for Boone County, even though there was no real evidence of wrong doing on the part of the Boone County deputy. State Farm also waived a $10,000 med pay lien.

$140,000– Settled. The uninsured motorist sped through the stop sign at the intersection of Lydon Road and US Route 30 in Whiteside County, Illinois, striking the passenger side of our clients‚ vehicle, causing it to leave the roadway. Our husband, the driver, suffered a broken nose, multiple contusions and bruising to his body, a severely sprained ankle, and most seriously, a partially torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder and settled for $65,000.. Our wife suffered severe injuries, most significantly an abdominal hematoma from the seatbelt and transverse process fractures in her spine at L2 and L4; she also broke her twelfth rib on the right side and shattered tooth No. 14, which required extraction and settled for $75,000. This was settled with our clients‚ uninsured policy with Farmers.

$140,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was southbound on State Highway 31 in the right lane. At the same time the at-fault drive was northbound on State Road Highway 31, attempting to make a left turn onto County Highway KR. She failed to yield the right-of-way to our client and her failure to yield caused the front of her vehicle to strike the side of our client‚ vehicle. The initial impact caused him to veer to the right and struck a traffic signal located on the southwest corner of the intersection. After striking the traffic control signal, his car continued to spin 180 degrees and entered the ditch on the southwest corner of the intersection. The responding Mount Pleasant Police Officer made it clear in his motor vehicle accident report that the cause of the collision was negligence on the part the other driver, not our client. He sustained injuries to his left shoulder which required surgery. His medical bills exceeded $50,000. AAA Chicago Motor Club, at-fault driver‚ policy, settled for policy limits of $100,000; Erie, client‚ underinsured policy, settled for additional $40,000.

$138,500– Settled. About 8 p.m. one February evening, our client went into the Phillips 66 gas station on Blackhawk Boulevard in Rockton, Illinois, and a few minutes later, as she left the building, she tripped over a rolled up mat that had been left directly in front of the exit door, falling to the pavement and striking the right side of her body and face. Due to the lack of any light fixtures near the front entrance and the time of night during which this incident occurred, she was unable to see the dark mat that an employee had put out on the step while she was inside. In addition to lacerations and contusions to her forehead, nose, and right upper arm, she suffered a serious fracture of her right humerus, involving the humeral head, as well as tearing of the surrounding cartilage. The fracture was so serious that the entire end of her humerus was shattered. Her doctor was forced to remove the loose fragments and implant hardware and perform a “partial shoulder replacement. Hanover Ins.

$135,000– Settled Policy Limit. The vehicle in which she was a front seat passenger pulled out to make a left turn directly into the path of an oncoming car. She sustained a neck fracture which required her to wear for months a halo device with pins screwed into her head to hold it in place; fractures of her right ribs; an abdominal wall contusion; and an injury to her right knee. Her medicals totaled $33,858.89. The insurance of the vehicle in which she was a passenger, West Bend, paid its policy limit of $100,000.00; and the other driver‚ insurance, State Farm, paid $35,000.00.

$125,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our client stopped for the red light at Alpine and Harrison in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver rear-ended her so hard she was pushed into the vehicle in front of her. She sustained injuries to her neck, both shoulders and her back. She also experienced right ear fullness, dizziness and nausea, a change in tone and a ringing in her right ear, and a change in her vision. Her doctor associated her symptoms with the collision and subsequent vestibular concussion. Her medical special damages were almost $34,000. Nationwide‚ policy limit of $50,000; underinsured policy with Erie settled for $75,000..

$120,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A 56-year-old woman was exiting a grocery store, and was about half-way across the fire lane in front of the store when the defendant, driving in front of the store, hit her. The defendant did not brake until hitting the plaintiff. The woman fell backwards hitting her head on the pavement. Our plaintiff suffered a fractured skull and bleeding on the brain. Allstate Insurance and Travelers Insurance

$120,000– Settled Policy Limits. The 23-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle in which the driver was speeding. The vehicle left the roadway and crashed. The plaintiff died just hours later. $100,000 From Farm Bureau General Ins. Co. of Michigan and $20,000.00 from American International South Ins. Co.

$120,000– Awarded after a Hearing in front of an Illinois Commissioner. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended by a State of Illinois Park Ranger on East Riverside Boulevard and North Second Street in Rockford, Illinois. She sustained a torn rotator cuff and torn ligaments and cartilage in her right shoulder. Her treatment included surgery. State of Illinois.

$120,000 – Settled. Entering the intersection on a red light at Ford Avenue and Main Street, Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver struck our client so hard he flipped her car and slammed it into a building. With the driver‚ side of the car on the ground, our client had to be extricated from her vehicle. In addition to facial lacerations, her injuries included a fracture of her distal ulna, and injuries to her left knee. West Bend Insurance.

$115,000 – Settlement. On December 11, 2006, a 59-year-old man was taking trash out of his rented office space to the dumpster near the parking lot/driveway, when he slipped on an accumulation of ice on the driveway. The gutter was leaking melted snow onto the driveway which had frozen causing a “black ice” situation. He fell on the ice fracturing his left humerus and left elbow. The gutter and down spout were situated so that any water would run out of the down spout onto the driveway where people would walk to the parking lot and the trash bin. The plaintiff could not state with specificity exactly where he fell. Settled with Auto Owners Insurance prior to trial.

$115,000– Settled. As our 47-year-old client walked properly across Sibley Boulevard at the intersection of Chicago Road in Chicago, Illinois, a commercial vehicle proceeding westbound on Sibley Boulevard failed to stop his vehicle and struck her in the lower left leg. She sustained an open fracture of the tibia/fibula. (An open fracture would indicate that the bone was sticking out through the skin.) She underwent a surgical repair of the break, including an installation of a metal rod in her bone. Northland Insurance.

$110,000– Settlement. The two young men stepped off a curb into a water puddle in the street near their parked car at Broadway and Eleventh in Rockford, Illinois. Electricity from a metal utility pole nearby shocked them and when they fell, held them to the ground. Paramedics noticed the puddle was smoking. One suffered electric shock injuries to his chest, heart, legs, toes abdomen and head; the other to his left hand and fingers, legs, back and feet. Each client settled for $55,000. Paid by Commonwealth Edison.

$110,000– Settled. While checking out her groceries at a store in Rockford, Illinois, our 37-year old client was told by the cashier to go to the shelf to find the price of an item which would not ring up because they were too ‚short-staffed‚ for her to leave the register. In returning to the checkout line, her foot caught the end cap which was protruding into the aisle. There were no warnings for the protruding end cap. The store has a duty to maintain a safe premise for its invitees, to not create a hazard, to warn its invitees of any dangerous conditions and to otherwise insure the safety for invitees on its property. The store also has a duty to properly staff its store. The store and/or its employee(s) breached its duty and is responsible for our client‚ injuries and other damages as a result of its negligence. Our client suffered a fractured left big toe, and more seriously, a displaced patella (knee cap), requiring surgery. CCMSI.

$110,000– Settled. While checking out her groceries at a store in Rockford, Illinois, our 37-year old client was told by the cashier to go to the shelf to find the price of an item which would not ring up because they were too ‚short-staffed‚ for her to leave the register. In returning to the checkout line, her foot caught the end cap which was protruding into the aisle. There were no warnings for the protruding end cap. The store has a duty to maintain a safe premise for its invitees, to not create a hazard, to warn its invitees of any dangerous conditions and to otherwise insure the safety for invitees on its property. The store also has a duty to properly staff its store. The store and/or its employee(s) breached its duty and is responsible for our client‚ injuries and other damages as a result of its negligence. Our client suffered a fractured left big toe, and more seriously, a displaced patella (knee cap), requiring surgery. CCMSI.

$107,350– Policy Limit Settlement. Two 26-year-old women and a two-year-old child were traveling in the round-about at Main and Auburn in Rockford, Illinois, when a driver approaching from Auburn Street ignored her yield sign, entered the circle and struck our clients‚ vehicle. One of our clients, the driver, suffered injuries to her neck and back, along with a cartilage tear in her right wrist which resulted in surgery. She settled for the policy limit of $100,000. Our mom suffered injuries to her head and neck; she settled for $7,150. Her son‚ claim settled for $200. State Farm.

$107,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The driver admitted to police that she fell asleep and that was why she rear-ended the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. Our 51-year-old client sustained injuries to her neck, back, and left hip. During her treatment, she underwent a discectomy and fusion of the C6-7 spine. $50,000 Policy limits with the at-fault driver‚ policy with Progressive; and $57,000 with our client‚ underinsured policy with Progressive.

$106,600– Policy Limit Settlement. Our father and his two children were stopped at the light at Meridian and State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when a vehicle rear-ended them at a high speed. Our father sustained injuries to his head, neck, lower back, and left knee; his 12-year-old daughter sustained injuries to her head and neck; and, his 8-year-old daughter sustained injuries to her head and neck. Our father settled for $100,000; the 12-year-old for $4,300 and the 8-year-old for $2,300. GEICO.

$105,000– Settlement. A 42-year-old waitress in the process of leaving the restaurant was hit by a vehicle that crashed through the wall injuring her back, right hip and right knee. She suffered a torn meniscus of the right knee. She underwent a surgical (arthroscopic) repair of her right knee, physical therapy for her back, hip and knee, and pain management for a significant time period after the incident. Settled prior to trial with Farmers Insurance and Erie Insurance.

$105,000– Settled. Client was a sleeping passenger in a vehicle when the uninsured driver lost control, hitting a pole. The Plaintiff suffered brain injury, right side weakness, seizures, memory loss and speech problems but has recovered well and will return to work and activities of daily living. State Farm insured the Plaintiff’s mother. The Plaintiff was found to be a household resident. State Farm originally argued over whether the Plaintiff was a passenger or driver.  State Farm Insurance.

$105,000– Settled policy limits. The 26-year-old pedestrian was standing on the west side of Rice Avenue near Ellis Road, in Rockford, Illinois, talking to a friend. A motorcyclist proceeding south on Rice Avenue was startled when he noticed her, causing him to lay his bike down and slide into her with some force. She sustained a nondisplaced fracture of her medial malleolus requiring ORIF, and incurred medical bills in excess of $35,000.  She also lost income in the amount of $500.00. She settled for $25,000 from at-fault driver‚ policy with Pekin Insurance and $80,000 from her own underinsured policy with AAA.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm.) Male, age 25, suffered fatal injuries ($40,665 medical expense) when vehicle in which he was a passenger collided with another at Rockford intersection.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Male, age 30, suffered a fractured femur (open reduction with internal fixation) plus a fractured pelvis ($38,078 medical expense) when the pickup in which he was a passenger crashed into a tree.  Driver was uninsured. Settled with Metropolitan Life — plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client, a 15-year-old male, was a passenger in a vehicle traveling 60 mph down a gravel road. The driver did not know they were coming to a “T” road. The driver saw the “T” road too late to hit the brakes and hit a pole. Our client suffered a fractured left ankle, with neck and back pain. Pekin Insurance

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. There was a down spout on the side of the building on top of the sidewalk area. This caused ice to form on the sidewalk and in parking lot. A 52-year-old man parked his truck to go to work and walked over a light dusting of snow, and slipped and fell on the ice under the snow. Ice formed by down spout depositing melted snow/ice onto area. He suffered a right shoulder torn rotator cuff which was surgically repaired. Settled with Auto Owners Insurance prior to trial.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Defendant pulled out in front of our client, who was traveling 45 miles per hour on a through street, causing a collision. Our client, a 48-year-old male, suffered injury to his patella, a fractured left leg, a broken collar bone, a rotor cuff tear in left shoulder, a compound fracture of his right arm and has regained only 60 percent use of arm. Paid by Farmers Insurance.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (GEICO.) Date of injury 6/17/06  Plaintiff left dance club and was walking across the street to get into her vehicle. She was struck by a vehicle going approx 30 mph – defendant driver received citation for DUI and reckless driving. Her injuries included fractured tailbone, soft tissue injuries to her neck, back, and shoulders, lacerations to her right shoulder, sprained left ankle, and swollen right knee.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Farmers Insurance) Female pedestrian, age 83, was hit by left-turning defendant while in a crosswalk, suffering a fractured thoracic vertebra (unoperated), plus left knee damage resulting in valgus deformity ($28,079 medical; $2,595 LT).

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (Redland Insurance) Female, age 45 slipped/fell on water near the buffet table of a local restaurant. There were no “wet floor” signs where plaintiff fell, but signs were in place on the other side of the buffet. She allegedly injured her right knee (medial collateral ligament and medial meniscus), but sought no medical treatment for 3 weeks post-accident ($14,975 medical expense).

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm) Vehicle in which male, age 21, was a passenger was rear-ended by defendants. Impact aggravated a prior L5-S1 fusion, necessitating a second such surgery ($41,855 medical expense).

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. (State Farm) Defendant pulled out in front of our client, who was traveling on a through street, causing a collision. Our client, a 62-year-old male, suffered a hip fracture and right femur fracture. He had to have an open reduction internal fixation of his right hip the following day. We pursued an underinsured claim against his own automobile policy which was settled on 4/12/11 for $250,000.

$100,000– Settlement Policy Limits. A 28-year-old woman was a passenger in an underinsured vehicle. The driver of my client‚ vehicle failed to yield to oncoming traffic, pulling out in the direct path of a taxi cab, causing it to strike their vehicle. Upon impact, their vehicle was flipped on its side and slid. Plaintiff suffered neck, chest and right shoulder injuries, and the bone in her right elbow was chipped. Founders and Country Companies.

$100,000– Settlement Policy Limit. A 30-year-old woman was traveling through an intersection on a green light when the defendant, who was stopped in the turn lane, suddenly turned left directly in front of her, striking her almost head on. A witness told the police that the plaintiff had no chance to avoid the collision. She sustained a herniated cervical disc which was not diagnosed for approximately a year. Allstate.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. A 70-year-old female was rear-ended by an underinsured driver while she waited to make a left turn. She suffered an injury to her back which required surgery. Infinity Insurance paid $20,000; her own insurance, Nationwide, paid $80,000.

$100,000– Settled.  Plaintiff, his wife and friend were patrons of a bar/restaurant/dance hall. One of the Defendants started to give the girls a hard time and Plaintiff told him to leave them alone when the Defendant pushed the Plaintiff down and struck him with a bar stool. Founders Insurance

$100,000– Settled policy limit. Plaintiff‚ vehicle was struck head on by the Defendant when he swerved into her lane. She suffered a shattered right hip &amp; pelvis and a broken ankle. Plaintiff‚ leg was amputated due to injuries sustained in this collision. Policy limit offer from a judgment-proof Defendant.  West Bend Insurance.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. An 18-year-old male sustained a fracture of the femur, now with an orthopedic rod and steel nails in his hip; an open fracture in his lower right arm; chemical burns to his face, eyes and teeth; re-occurring vision loss in one eye; and lost most of his teeth when he was a back seat passenger in Jeep that crossed the center line and hit another car head-on, ejecting him from the vehicle. He landed in a puddle of gasoline and lost consciousness. There were several injured plaintiffs and the policy limits of each insurance company were divided among them. Our Plaintiff received $37,500 from Allstate, $37,500 from Progressive and $25,000 from Mid-Century/Farmers Insurance

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 29-year-old man was a passenger on a motorcycle traveling in the curb lane alongside a school bus. When they reached the intersection, the bus slowed to turn left and the defendant, coming in the opposite direction, turned left directly in front of the cycle, causing a collision. The plaintiff was ejected off the cycle and sustained multiple fractures to his right leg and knee, left arm, and right thumb. GEICO

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 64-year-old man was killed when the 19-year-old defendant ignored his stop sign and collided with the plaintiff‚ vehicle. Progressive Insurance.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. She was a back seat passenger in vehicle which was being chased by police and tried to beat an oncoming train. The vehicle struck the side of the moving train. The 19-year-old suffered a fractured face bone, a fractured jaw, the loss of her top and bottom front teeth, a fractured left arm, a fractured pelvis, a fractured left knee, a collapsed lung, and blindness in her left eye. State Farm

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. On Thanksgiving, a 17-year-old riding his bike down the street was killed by a drunk driver.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. A 19-year-old defendant talking on her cell phone did not stop for a stop sign and collided with a 60-year-old woman who was traveling on the through street. The plaintiff suffered a crushed elbow and crushed wrist; her treatment included surgeries, plates and pins. Country Companies.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Our client was eastbound on Howardsville Road and the underinsured defendant was westbound. He was going too fast for conditions, hit a patch of ice, and hit her head-on. Our client’s husband overhead the defendant telling the police officer that it was his fault and that the plaintiff had been as far over to the side as she could go. The 61-year-old plaintiff has no memory of the collision. She suffered injuries to her head, face and legs. The defendant‚ Unitrin policy paid its limits of $20,000; the plaintiff‚ underinsured policy with Progressive paid its limits of $80,000.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Defendant stopped suddenly and swung sideways to back into a drive. Plaintiff was too close to be able to stop and collided with him. The 60-year-old plaintiff’s left forearm and elbow were shattered; his medicals were $139,775. Farmers Insurance.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. When the underinsured defendant, following behind the plaintiff, noticed that she had stopped at a stop sign, it was too late for him to slow his vehicle or stop, due to the combination of his speed, his close proximity to her vehicle, and ice on the roads. He collided with the rear end of her vehicle at almost full speed. The 35-year-old plaintiff sustained a C6 disc herniation that was pressing on her spinal cord, requiring immediate surgery to reduce the risk of spinal cord injury. As such, she underwent a discectomy and fusion at the C6-C7 level. Her medicals were $89,756. Defendant’s insurance, State Farm paid its policy limit of $50,000; the plaintiff’s underinsured policy with Allstate paid its $50,000

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant told them she was sorry and mumbled something about her cell phone after she rear-ended them while they were stopped at a red light. The plaintiff was a front seat passenger. She sustained injuries to her neck, back and shoulders. Her medical treatment included back surgery. AIG Insurance

$100,000– Settled. A  21-year-old male was a restrained front seat passenger of a small car that was rear-ended at high speed. He had had a L5-S1 fusion eight months earlier and was caused to undergo a repeat posterior fusion, made necessary by this motor vehicle collision. State Farm

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 39-year-old woman with pre-existing scoliosis was a passenger on a city bus which was rear-ended. She sustained an aggravation of her disease. Auto Owners Insurance.

$100,000– Settled. As our client was traveling down the street in the left lane, the driver in the car next to her in the right lane suddenly turned left directly into her car. She sustained injuries to her neck, back, shoulder and left elbow. Chrysler Insurance.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. The driver was talking on his cell phone as he rear-ended our client at full speed. Her right shoulder suffered a full thickness tear at the supraspinatus tendon, and a partial thickness intrasubstance tear at the myotendinous junction, involving the infraspinatus tendon. She underwent surgical repair of the right rotator cuff and her medical special damages totaled almost $65,000. Country Companies.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limit. Our plaintiff was riding his motorcycle southbound on Route 251 and as he crossed the intersection with West Lane Road, the defendant proceeded through a red light and crashed into him. The defendant pled guilty to his tickets for disregarding a traffic signal and failure to yield the right of way. Our plaintiff sustained injuries to his left shoulder, right knee, left leg, left calf, back left shoulder region, the back of his left arm, and his left thumb and his treatment included surgeries. Farmers

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which was traveling 45 mph on Rt. 251 when a vehicle pulled out directly in front of them.  He suffered a fractured left leg, the loss of his patella, a broken collar bone, a rotator cuff tear in his left shoulder, and a compound fracture of his right arm. His medical bills totaled $238,947.42. There was no underinsured policy available. Farmers Insurance.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Our 27-year-old client was the passenger of a driver who, while traveling northbound on Stockton Road near its intersection with Binkley Road, lost control of his vehicle and crashed. The responding officer listed the primary causes of the crash as drinking and driving in an erratic, reckless, careless, negligent and/or aggressive manner. In addition to other injuries, he suffered a neck fracture. Auto Owners paid its policy limits.

$100,000– Settled Policy Limits. Witnesses saw the defendant run the red light at North Sixth, T-boning our client who was traveling with the green light on Jefferson in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to the injuries to her left leg, lower back, and right knee, our 56-year-old client sustained neck injuries with recommended surgery. Allstate.

$100,000– Settlement. The 83-year-old woman was crossing properly with the light at East Locust and South State Streets in Belvidere, Illinois, when a van attempted to make a left-hand turn onto South State, striking her. The power of the collision caused my client, an 83-year-old woman, to roll up onto the hood of the van and fall forcefully to the pavement, landing on her left side. She sustained injuries to back and left knee. Farmers Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limits Settlement. The uninsured driver violently struck the motorcycle as he turned left directly into it, causing the cyclist to be thrown onto the hood of the car, into the windshield, then over the other side of the car into the street. Our client sustained an avulsion-type wound deep down to the calvarium in his forehead, along with a highly displaced, comminuted distal radius and ulnar styloid fracture of his right wrist, with generalized parethesias in the fingertips. Client‚ uninsured portion of his State Farm policy.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client-motorcyclist was traveling east on Sandy Hollow, in Rockford, at the same time that the at-fault driver was traveling west on Sandy Hollow. The driver then proceeded to turn south onto 11th Street, directly in front of the motorcycle. Although she told the responding officer she did not see the motorcycle, two independent witnesses told the officer that they saw her turn directly in front of him, causing the collision in the intersection. Our client sustained a right bicep rupture resulting in surgery, closed head injury with concussion and a possible bleed, dislocation of the right toe, a contusion hematoma of the right thigh and a lateral collateral ligament tear of the right knee. State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 21-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle being driven by his cousin traveling west on Addison in Chicago, Illinois. An unidentified white truck approached them from behind, struck the rear of their vehicle and proceeded around their car to leave the scene. The driver-cousin lost control of the car, veered off the road and struck a building. Our client sustained an open fracture of his right arm. His treatment included open reduction and internal fixation of the fracture of his right humerus. Uninsured portion of policy of Country Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limits Settlement. As our client traveled west on Newberg, she watched helplessly as an eastbound driver lost control of her vehicle on the icy road, slid into her lane, and collided with her. Our client sustained injuries to her back, pelvis and right knee. Her treatment included arthroscopic repair of the torn ACL of her right knee. Farmers.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The 57-year-old woman was required to stop just past the intersection of Spring Creek Road and Saxon Place, Rockford, Illinois, since traffic in front of her was stopped due to a red light further east on Spring Creek Road. While sitting there, she saw a vehicle approaching in her rear view mirror and it became apparent that this approaching vehicle was not stopping. The woman driving this vehicle collided with the rear-end of our client‚ vehicle, pushing her forward, causing her to strike the rear-end of the car in front of her, which in turn struck the car in front of it. Her vehicle was rendered a total loss. The driver apologized at the scene and admitted that she did not realize traffic in front of her was stopped. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, right shoulder, right hip, right foot, right ribs, right thigh, right knee, and right ankle. Her treatment included surgery consisting of anterior cervical fusion and discectomy with bilateral foraminotomy and central spinal canal decompression at C4-5, C5-6, and C6-7. Her medical bills were over $104,000, but her own policy of insurance with Progressive was less than the $100,000 of the Country policy that the defendant carried, so there was no other policy to look to for payment.

$100,000– Policy Limits Settlement. Our 58-year-old client was traveling north on Route 251 when he was sideswiped and spun over the median into oncoming traffic where he was hit again. Both of the vehicles that hit him were uninsured. His severe injuries included a broken diaphragm, a punctured lung, blood in his brain, and he had to have his liver removed. His medical bills were over $130,000. Client‚ own uninsured policy with State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A witness at the scene at Forest Hills verified that the other driver pulled from a stop sign directly into the path of our 69-year-old client, causing a collision which sent our client into the ditch. In addition to many contusions, lacerations and abrasions, she sustained a displaced medial malleolar fracture of her left ankle and underwent surgery that same day. State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 60-year-old client had the green light while traveling north on Longwood Street near its intersection with State Street, in Rockford, Illinois, when a westbound driver on State Street advanced into the intersection despite having a red light, and they collided, both ending up in the McDonald‚ parking lot. Witnesses at the scene of the collision verified that the other driver ignored the a red light. Our client had had a total spinal fusion in 1999 and this collision caused the breakage of two of the Harrington rods. Although his medical bills were over $230,000, the full insurance available was only through the at-fault driver‚ insurance, American Family.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A witness at the scene stated that the defendant had stopped at a stop sign at Alma Drive, and then pulled into the path of our 55-year-old client traveling on Phelps in Rockford, Illinois, causing her to hit him. She sustained serious injuries, including a fractured left ankle that caused her to undergo two surgeries. AAA Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was the passenger of an uninsured driver who had been drinking. They were traveling south on Twelfth Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, and disobeyed the stop sign on Sixth Street, colliding with another vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to his head and face and suffered a right femur fracture. His treatment included surgery. This settlement was with his own uninsured policy with Indiana Ins.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client and her newborn ended up in the ditch in the northeast corner of the intersection of Olson and Squaw Prairie Roads in Belvidere, Illinois, when an eastbound driver failed to stop, or even slow his vehicle, at the stop sign and hit our client‚ vehicle at full-speed as she crossed through the intersection. Our 27-year-old new mother sustained injuries to her neck, back, and right knee, and her right wrist was fractured and displaced; her treatment included surgeries. Liberty Mutual.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our client walked through the parking lot to her car in the evening after work, a vehicle driving through struck her, knocking her to the ground and pushing her several feet. Among her injuries was a fracture at the tibial plateau of her right knee. A Workers‚ Compensation claim had been settled previous to this claim. AAA Insurance.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 38-year-old client was driving south on Sixth Street in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver, driving east on Sixth Avenue, ignored the red traffic light and pulled directly in front of her as she entered the intersection, causing our client‚ vehicle to broadside him. She sustained serious injuries to her neck and back; her treatment included steroid injections. Auto Owners Insurance.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was traveling west on Route 173 in Machesney Park, Illinois, when another driver rear-ended him with such force that it caused several large bottles of water in his back seat to be propelled forward and burst open, covering him in water. My 51-year-old client severely injured his lower back and left knee; his treatment included surgery. His medical bills were over $100,000, but this is the only policy available to him. Settled with West Bend before a trial date was set.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. An independent witness verified that the driver pulled out of the parking lot of the Mobil Station on Orlando Road in Machesney Park, Illinois, directly in front of our client‚ southbound motorcycle. Our 39-year-old client attempted to prevent himself from striking your insured‚ vehicle and lay down his bike but smashed into the passenger side front bumper and front side door at nearly full speed. He suffered significant injuries including an open fracture of the right forearm bones, which required surgical stabilization and the placement of hardware; soft tissue damage around the fracture site, which required debridement. Apart and separate from the fracture, he had significant lacerations to his wrist and forearm, which also required suturing. In addition to the forearm fracture, he sustained six fractured vertebrae which required no surgical intervention. This is the only policy available to him. State Farm.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The 17-year-old girl sustained life-threatening injuries when the vehicle in which she was a passenger and which her boyfriend was driving on Baxter Road in Rockford, Illinois, left the road and crashed into a tree at high speed on the north side of the street. Her injuries included a fractured clavicle, a fractured left femur, fractured ribs, a pulmonary contusion, a spleen laceration, a contusion of the duodenum, and a pneumothorax, and her treatment included surgical procedures to repair the fractured left femur, with implantation of surgical hardware. Although her medical bills were in excess of $197,000, this was the only insurance available. Allstate settled with its policy limit amount of $50,000; and her own underinsured policy with Farmers settled with its policy limit amount of $50,000.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement.  The Plaintiff was driving in an easterly direction on Harlem Road in Loves Park, Illinois. The at fault driver crashed into the driver’s side of the Plaintiff’s vehicle fracturing the driver’s neck. After a short hospitalization the Plaintiff passed away due as a result of the injuries. American Family Insurance.

$100,000– Settled. As our client was proceeding northbound on South Mulford Road as it approached its intersection with Harrison Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, the traffic light in her direction was green. She entered the intersection and the light turned yellow. The other driver was proceeding southbound on South Mulford and as he approached this intersection he turned left in front of our client‚ vehicle, causing a collision. Our client suffered two fractured ribs and injuries to her neck, back and knees, and suffered from anxiety and PTSD following the collision. Her medical bills were over $60,000. Allstate.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The uninsured driver blew through the stop sign and smashed into our client‚ vehicle at a very high rate of speed. Her vehicle was flipped over and fell down into a loading lot. She suffered injuries to her head, neck, back, and left shoulder. Her medical treatment included rotator cuff repair and back injections, and exceeded $90,000. Unable to work, she lost approximately $35,821 in wages. The only insurance policy available to her was her own uninsured policy with Founders.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was northbound on Highway 251 in South Beloit, Illinois, when the southbound at-fault driver turned left directly in front of her. As verified by an independent witness, she had no time to react. The collision caused her vehicle to go down into the ditch. Her right ankle was shattered, requiring surgery. Her medical bills were almost $65,000, but the policy limit of the insurance was only $100,000. Allstate.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. One night in January, 2014, the side rear of our 51-year-old client‚ vehicle was hit by an unlit vehicle pulling out of a driveway. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and left shoulder, resulting in rotator cuff repair surgery. $50,000 from State Farm; $50,000 underinsured claim against her own policy with Progressive.

$100,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our 76-year-old client left work at Walmart and walked through the parking lot, the at-fault driver backed out of a parking stall and struck her, knocking her to the ground. She fell backwards and hit her head hard enough on the pavement to cause her to sustain a traumatic subarachnoid hemorrhage in the right frontal region of her brain and fracture the back of her skull which caused her to have fluid accumulation in her middle ear. Her medical special damages were over $73,000. State Farm policy limits.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Defendant, in a Toyota Matrix, was following the plaintiff who was on a motorcycle. When plaintiff stopped for the stop sign at Prairie and Simpson Roads, Defendant failed to do so. The front of defendant‚ truck struck the motorcycle, pushing it through the intersection, and knocking the plaintiff off the bike. The impact of the collision was so hard that it resulted in a total loss of both vehicles. Plaintiff‚ injuries included abrasions and pain about his head, left shoulder with decreased range of motion, and medial aspect of the right calf. Progressive.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. As our 54-year-old cyclist was northbound on Kishwaukee, the southbound driver turned left in front of him, causing him to hit the front passenger wheel of the car. His injuries included bi-lateral wrist fractures requiring two surgeries; a fractured right ankle; fractured L5; a lacerated spleen and liver. Although his medical bills were over $220,000, his health insurance accepted $15,000 as its subrogation reimbursement. State Farm.

$100,000 – Settled; policy limits of $100,000 minus medical payment set-off of $5,000. Our 23-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle driven at a high speed by a friend who had been drinking. Traveling north on Beloit Road in Boone County, Illinois, the driver lost control of his vehicle and it left the roadway. It rolled multiple times before it came to rest in a nearby field. Our client‚ injuries included fractured ribs and lacerated organs. State Farm.

$100,000– Settled policy limits. Ignoring his red light, the at-fault driver hit our client‚ vehicle on the passenger side with such force and at such speed that both the vehicles ended up in the ditch on the northeast corner of the intersection. This happened on Alpine and Siseman Roads in Rockford, Illinois. Our 20-year-old client sustained many injuries including multiple abrasions and lacerations to her faced and head. AAA Insurance.

$100,000– Settled after filing suit. The at-fault driver pulled out of a Rockford, Illinois, McDonald‚ parking lot directly in the path of our client, causing her to strike the rear of that vehicle at full speed. Her vehicle was spun around and ultimately hit another vehicle head-on. She was pinned inside her vehicle and required extrication. The at-fault driver received a citation for failure to yield the right of way. Our 55-year-old client suffered catastrophic injuries to her leg and hip, requiring extensive, complicated surgery to repair the fractures. Allstate.

$100,000– Settled for policy limits. About 6:45 on an October evening, our 13-year-old client was walking along the shoulder of Hononegah Road when he was struck by a vehicle. He was transported to the hospital and died soon after. The at-fault driver‚ policy with Progressive paid its policy limits.

$100,000– Settled for policy limits, after suit was filed. The at-fault driver was operating his vehicle at too great a speed and on the wrong side of North Main Street near Bauer Parkway, Rockford, Illinois, when he struck our client head-on. In addition to other injuries, our client suffered a fractured right knee and a shattered knee cap. Her treatment included surgery. Her medical bills were in excess of $130,000, but as she did not have automobile insurance, the only policy available was the at-fault driver‚ policy with Progressive.

$100,000– Settled for policy limits. Distracted by her dog in the back seat, the at-fault driver did not realize that the vehicle in front of her was slowing for the southbound stop sign on Route 64 in Lincoln Township, Illinois, and she rear-ended him at full speed.  She pushed our client into the intersection where he collided with a third vehicle. Our 47-year old client suffered, in addition to other injuries, a significant injury to his small intestine requiring surgery and repair. Country Financial.

$97,500– Policy Limit Settlement. A 39-year-old male drove off the side of the road and parked in the grassy part of the median on his left side because of the road‚ icy conditions. The defendant, who was fast approaching, slid off the road and hit his truck, flipping it. He was ticketed for driving too fast under the current weather conditions and pled guilty to the ticket. Plaintiff suffered contusion of the head, laceration of the scalp, sprain of the neck, and lacerations to his right extremity. He continues to suffer headaches, some memory loss, neck pain and weakness in his right arm and hand. Policy limits paid by American Family; and under insured policy, Harleysville.

$97,500– Policy Limit Settlement, plus underinsured claim. As a 39-year-old man eastbound on Bypass 20 just crossed the Kishwaukee River, the icy conditions caused him to slide off the left side of the road. Examining his pick-up and finding no damage, he called for a tow truck and sat in his vehicle to wait. Another vehicle, traveling too fast for conditions, slid off the road and hit our client‚ truck, flipping it. He sustained serious injuries to his head and neck; his medical bills were over $45,000. He settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, American Family for its policy limits of $50,000, and with his own underinsured policy with Harleysville for $47,500.

$97,500– Settled. My client was a passenger in a car traveling south on Poplar Grove Road as it approached its intersection with North Boone School Road in Poplar Grove, Illinois. Another driver was traveling east on North Boone School Road. and failing to stop at his stop sign, proceeded directly into the intersection just as my client‚ vehicle also reached it and they collided, causing a massive crash. Both cars were totaled and towed from the scene, and all parties were taken by ambulance, with one of the drivers being helicoptered to the nearest hospital. My client was trapped in the rear seat of the vehicle and had to be cut out of the car by the fire department before being taken to the ambulance. My client sustained severe injuries to his chest, left shoulder, right elbow, both knees, and abdomen. Settled with State Farm in the amount of $36,000 and settled his own underinsured policy with Erie Insurance in the amount of $61,500.

$95,000– Settlement. Uninsured driver ran red light at Rockford intersection and broadsided plaintiff’s auto. Plaintiff male, age 48, claims incident caused a lumbar herniation that required a 2-level fusion ($24,000 medical expense). Plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier, American Family, had contested the relationship between the crash and the fusion because plaintiff (a factory worker) had a workers’ comp case pending involving his neck and low back.

$95,000– Settled. At Riverside Boulevard and McFarland Road in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver ignored the red light and T-boned our client. Treatment included spinal fusion back surgery. She settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, US Agencies for $15,000 and with her own underinsured policy with Progressive for $80,000.

$95,000– Settled. As our driver and passenger were traveling east on the private drive at the entrance of Cherryvale Mall in Rockford, Illinois, the at-fault driver was approaching from the south on Outer Mall Drive. He ignored his stop sign and entered the intersection, striking the front driver‚ side of my client‚ vehicle. The force of the collision was such that the steering wheel bent under the dashboard, and our driver had to self-extricate by climbing out of the passenger‚ side window. Our driver sustained severe injuries to her head, neck, back and hips; our passenger sustained severe injuries to her head, neck and right shoulder. Our driver settled in the amount of $45,000 and our passenger settled in the amount of $50,000. Nationwide.

$94,574– Settled. Our client, on a work-related errand, was driving southbound on North Main Street, East Peoria, Illinois, when suddenly the at-fault driver turned left in front of him, hitting him head on. He suffered bilateral acute chronic subdural hematomas (brain injuries) causing progressive worsening of generalized weakness and an unsteady gait. He underwent bilateral burr hole placements to relieve pressure from the subdural hematomas. Workers‚ Compensation claim was settled previous to this settlement. Allstate.

$92,500– Settled Policy Limit. A 29-year-old female was in a low impact rear-end collision with an underinsured defendant, causing her to sustain left shoulder strain and left upper extremity peripheral neuropathy. American Family Insurance was both the defendant‚ insurance and the plaintiff‚ own underinsured policy.

$90,000– Settlement. A 44-year-old female was a restrained driver of a small car that was rear-ended at high speed. She suffered persistent neck, shoulder and arm pain, resulting in a successful three-level cervical fusion, where the initial three months of treatment was mostly chiropractic, and there was a four-month gap between the end of the chiropractic treatment and Plaintiff‚ first examination by her orthopedic surgeon. She also had two prior neck injuries. State Farm Insurance.

$90,000 – Settled. The vehicle needed to be cut open in order to extricate the plaintiff after the defendant ignored the red light, entered the intersection intending to turn left, and collided with plaintiff‚ vehicle on the driver‚ side. the 62-year-old man suffered multiple left rib fractures, and a laceration to the top side of his head. Country Insurance

$90,000– Settled. The sandal-wearing semi-truck driver rear-ended the stopped plaintiff when the sandal caused his foot to slip off the brake pedal. She sustained injuries to her neck and spine; her treatment included surgery. Self-insured Covenant Transport.

$90,000– Settled. The defendant blew a stop sign at the intersection of Routes 72 and 26 in Ogle County, Illinois, and our client, driving southbound on Route 26, did everything he could to avoid the collision leaving significant skid marks approximately the width of the intersection. Our driver sustained injuries to his nose, neck, chest, ribs, abdomen, middle back, left shoulder, right elbow, right wrist, and right knee; and our passenger sustained injuries to her face, neck, back, right shoulder, left breast, right hip, both knees, abdomen, pelvis, and left foot. The driver settled for $40,000 and his passenger settled for $50,000. State Farm

$90,000– Settled. Our 44-year-old client severely injured her neck, shoulder, arm, and back when rear-ended at a high speed. State Farm.

$90,000– Settled. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle proceeding southbound on I-39, near Mendota, Illinois, when a vehicle behind them attempted to merge into the left lane in order to pass a vehicle in front of him. However, in attempting to merge, he ultimately crashed into the driver‚ side of my client‚ vehicle so forcefully my client‚ vehicle ended up in the ditch. Our 49-year-old client sustained serious injuries to her neck and back and sustained a non-displaced avulsion fracture of the proximal tip of the greater trochanter (upper femur). Great West Casualty

$89,667 – Settlement. Plaintiff was a 54-year-old male who was sitting in his stopped vehicle in a line of traffic at a red light. The defendant rear-ended him. During treatment, an MRI of his back showed bruised and several bulging discs pushing on nerves. He suffered pain down to his knees. His neurosurgeon recommended he have back surgery. $20,000.00 paid by Universal Casualty; $69,667.14 paid by Country Mutual Insurance (client‚ underinsured motorist policy).

$87,500– Settled. The Plaintiff was stopped at a red traffic signal when she was rear-ended by the at-fault driver. She sustained injury to her neck and back. Plaintiff underwent chiropractic treatment, physical therapy and eventual epidural steroid injections. Disc bulges were noted on MRI 2 months after the collision, but causation was disputed. Nationwide Insurance

$87,000– Settled. Our client was northbound on IL-39 in Rockford, Illinois, and as she approached a construction site, she slowed and merged with other traffic, as did the semi behind her. Traffic then came to a stop. Two vehicles behind our client was another semi that did not stop and crashed into the rear end of the semi in front of him at full speed, which caused that semi in turn to slam directly into my client‚ car. Our 28-year-old client suffered a compression fracture at T12 and a herniated disc at L5-S1. She was forced to undergo several different types of treatment, ranging from consults with a neurosurgeon to chiropractic care. Hartford.

$85,000– Settled. A 38-year-old female was a restrained passenger in a SUV that had flipped and landed on its roof. She had to be extracted from the vehicle. The window had shattered and she had an extensive laceration to her right forearm; treatment included immediate surgery and plastic surgery. She was not sure if she hit her head on the roof of the car when it flipped, but she also suffered head and neck pain. State Farm

$85,000– Settled. The Pit Bull continued to maul our 19-year-old client even as people hit him repeatedly with a metal bar. The dog had burst through a screen door and cornered her at the fence where he grabbed her right buttock and threw her down, causing her to smash her face into the ground. She now has at least 25 scars, including ones on her lower leg where the Pit Bull‚ tooth pattern is permanently imprinted, and x-rays revealed numerous cracks in her teeth as a direct result of her face being smashed into the ground during the dog‚ attack. Grinnell Mutual Ins.

$85,000– Settled. Although the Rockford Police had turned off their sirens and lights at State and Fincham because they didn’t want to chase the driver in the stolen vehicle through a busy intersection, the driver continued to travel at 100 mph, ran the red light at Mulford and hit our client as she was making a left turn from Mulford onto State. Our client sustained severe injuries to her head, neck, chest, abdomen, pelvis, and knees; her left hand was fractured and one of her fingernails had been torn off. Settled with client‚ uninsured policy with Country.

$83,000– Settled. The other driver turned left directly in front of our client who was traveling east on Whitman Street in Rockford, Illinois, causing a collision. Our 42-year-old client sustained injuries to her back and chest and suffered multiple fractures to her left forearm. Her treatment included surgery. 21st Century.

$80,000– Settled. On a snowy day, while our clients‚ vehicle waited to make a left turn at the intersection of Alpine and Route 20 in Rockford, they were rear-ended so hard it pushed their vehicle into the intersection. Our driver sustained injuries to her head, neck, back and right arm and received $30,000; our front seat passenger sustained injuries to her neck and head and received $25,000; and, our 17-year-old back seat passenger sustained injuries to her neck, shoulders and back and received $25,000. CNA

$80,000– Settled. At the traffic signal at Shepherd Road and Main Street, two witnesses confirmed that the at-fault driver ran the red light and collided with our client‚ vehicle. Our 62-year-old client sustained multi system trauma secondary to the motor vehicle crash including left wrist fracture, probable sternal fracture, and probable right rib fractures. State Farm.

$77,000– Settled. In a hurry to leave the Rockton Wal-Mart parking lot, the at-fault driver ignored the stop sign controlling her exit from Wal-Mart before proceeding onto Quail Trail in Rockton, Illinois, and struck the passenger side my client‚ vehicle, severely damaging the door and breaking the passenger side front window. My client sustained injuries to her neck, back, hip along with chondromalacia patella, or bursitis, under her left kneecap which is commonly known as “dashboard knee” because it is generally caused by the knee hitting the dashboard or the inside of the car. State Farm.

$75,000– Settlement. Plaintiff was northbound and had a green light. The defendant, coming from opposite direction, ran the red light hitting the plaintiff. Plaintiff suffered low back injury (ruptured disk-slipped); he cannot bend over, has trouble walking, and pain in left leg to his foot. Paid by Septran, a self-insured entity.

$75,000– Settlement.  Plaintiff was driving in the right-hand lane when the defendant pulled out of a strip mall directly in front of him. The Plaintiff hit his brakes just as he crashed into the defendant. Plaintiff hit the steering wheel upon impact. The plaintiff suffered a right shoulder tear requiring arthroscopic surgery, back pain, neck pain, and headaches. Paid by Progressive Insurance.

$75,000– Settlement. Defendant pulled out from side street, failing to yield the right-of-way to plaintiff’s vehicle at Rockford intersection. Female, waitress age 35 suffered a broken right humerus that required open reduction with internal fixation ($19,132 medical expense; $2,500 LT). Paid Allied Insurance.

$75,000– Settled.   Client was a back seat passenger in a vehicle when the driver and front seat passenger began to argue. The front seat passenger grabbed the steering wheel causing the vehicle to leave the road way striking a tree.  Both passengers were intoxicated but Defendant driver was sober. The front passenger and driver claimed a deer caused the crash.  West Bend Insurance.

$75,000– Settled. The plaintiff‚ decedent was driving his semi truck with trailer when he observed an Explorer on the cross street speeding toward him. The defendant‚ decedent disobeyed his stop sign and drove into the intersection in front of the plaintiff‚ decedent‚ semi truck and they collided. The plaintiff‚ decedent sustained injuries to his hands and knees; and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The plaintiff‚ decedent was so emotionally distraught over the ordeal, that three months later he suffered a fatal heart attack. Nothing in the 52-year-old man‚ prior medical records indicated that he suffered from any form of heart disease or hypertension at all, much less anything serious enough to cause his death. The Director of the Coronary Care Unit, NWU Medical School, was hired as an expert, reviewed all of the records, and testified at his deposition that the cause of death was indeed related to the motor vehicle collision. Erie Insurance settled the day before the trial was to begin.

$75,000– Settled. As our 40-year old driver just cleared the intersection of Charles and Hunter in Rockford, the at-fault driver hit him head-on, pushing him back into the intersection where he was hit by another vehicle. A witness chased down the other driver as he attempted to run from the scene. Among other injuries, our client suffered a central disc herniation at L3-L4 and underwent epidural injections. Farmers paid its policy limits of $50,000; Country Insurance paid $25,000.

$75,000– Settled. As part of her housekeeping duties, our client was outside blowing leaves. As she stepped backwards onto the patio step, a loose stone gave way, causing her to fall backwards onto the patio below. She suffered a distal radius fracture with comminution and an associated ulnar styloid fracture and underwent an open reduction internal fixation of the left wrist. The homeowner had been aware of this loose stone for some time. He had a duty to maintain his property, to warn of the dangerous condition that was present, to repair the dangerous condition, and to otherwise ensure the safety of all invitees on the property. State Farm.

$75,000– Settled with Binding Arbitration. As the left turn arrow came on, our client started to turn left from Alpine onto Maple and was broadsided by a woman who ran her red light. He suffered a closed head injury with bleeding on the brain and swelling; fractured his left elbow in two places; and sustained a fractured cervical vertebra as well as a fractured left rib. Auto Owners.

$72,956– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver left 75 feet of black tire marks prior to striking the rear of our motorcyclist client as he sat at the signal on Springfield at Safford in Rockford, Illinois, waiting to make a left turn. It is noted in the medical records that our client was wearing protective gear at the time of the collision. During the collision his right foot caught on his hand brake as he was thrown backwards onto the hood of the other driver‚ vehicle. He sustained injuries to his hip, upper leg, knee, lower leg, ankle, foot and great toe. A CT scan of the thoracic spine showed a superior endplate compression fracture of L1 and a possible superior endplate compression fracture of T11. His medicals were a little over $18,000 and his wage loss was almost $13,000. He settled with the at-fault driver with Progressive for the policy limit of $25,000; and with his own underinsured motorist policy with State Farm for $47,956.

$72,534– Settled. Our two clients, the driver and the passenger of a vehicle on Illinois Route 173 were in the right turn lane to proceed south on North Second Street, when the vehicle behind them, which had been stopped, advanced suddenly, rear-ending their vehicle. Our driver, who had been looking to the left at the time of impact, sustained injuries to the left side of her neck and back. Our passenger sustained injuries to her neck, right shoulder and back. The driver settled with State Farm for $41,849 and the passenger settled with State Farm for $30,685.

$70,000– Policy Limits Settlements. Our client, and the other driver were traveling west on US 20 as it approached the off-ramp to Illinois Route 2 in Rockford, Illinois, when –the other driver told the police — she became distracted and tried to switch lanes in order to exit onto Illinois Route 2. In doing so, she struck our client‚ vehicle, causing him to fly off the roadway and roll. Our 64-year-old client needed to be cut out of his vehicle by the responding fire department. In addition to other injuries, he sustained a fractured elbow. The underinsured driver‚ insurance with United Equitable Insurance settled for its policy limits of $20,000; our client‚ underinsured portion of his policy with California Casualty settled in the amount of $50,000.

$67,500– Settled. After patronizing three bars, the intoxicated driver was traveling north on Springfield Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, when she drifted into the on-coming lane. Her passengers, of which our client was in the middle of the back seat, warned her to go back in the proper lane. She over corrected, went into the ditch and rolled over. Although our client knew the driver was drunk, she did not have a driver‚ license, so her friends would not let her drive. Our client sustained a collapsed lung, fractured four of her vertebrae and two of her ribs. She crawled through the window after the crash. Farmers Insurance.

$67,500– Settled. As the defendant walked by our client on the bike path located at Prairie Fields Park in Belvidere, Illinois, his pit bull jumped and bit her on the left forearm. The defendant let go of the leash, allowing the pit bull to further jump on top of her and bite her in the right leg as well. Her injuries include nerve damage in her arm. State Farm.

$67,163– Settled before trial. Our motorcyclist client was westbound on Harlem in Machesney Park, Illinois, when the at-fault driver pulled into traffic in front of him. He hit the vehicle, was ejected off his motorcycle, rolled over the hood and landed on roadway. He sustained a left knee meniscal tear with arthroscopic surgery. Allstate.

$67,000– Settled. The uninsured driver traveling east on Broadcast Parkway in Loves Park, Illinois, ignored the stop sign at McFarland Road and collided with my clients‚ vehicle with such force that the airbags deployed in my clients‚ vehicle. Our driver sustained injuries to his back, left hand and wrist, and left foot; his wife and passenger sustained contusions to her head and chest, and a strain to her neck and back. Our clients settled with the uninsured portion of their own policy with American Family: The driver in the amount of $20,000 and the passenger in the amount of $47,000.

$66,000– Settled. My client was a passenger in a car traveling south on Poplar Grove Road as it approached its intersection with North Boone School Road in Poplar Grove, Illinois. Another driver was traveling east on North Boone School Road. and failing to stop at his stop sign, proceeded directly into the intersection just as my client‚ vehicle also reached it and they collided, causing a massive crash. Both cars were totaled and towed from the scene, and all parties were taken by ambulance, with one of the drivers being helicoptered to the nearest hospital. My client was trapped in the rear seat of the vehicle and had to be cut out of the car by the fire department before being taken to the ambulance. My client sustained injuries to his neck, back and shoulder, his right knee, multiple fractures to his left ribs, an abrasion to the right side of his face, near the eye, and he suffered double-vision which was probably secondary to the swelling that he had in his face due to the trauma of the crash. Settled with State Farm in the amount of $21,000 and settled his own underinsured policy with Erie Insurance in the amount of $45,000.

$65,000– Settlement. Male, age 19 suffered a mild closed head injury (temporarily causing headaches and balance problems) plus back/neck soft tissue damage ($18,641 in medical expense including chiropractic) when defendant’s truck rear-ended the stopped vehicle in which he was a back seat passenger. Paid American Contractors Insurance.

$65,000– Settled. An 18-year-old woman was traveling on a through street when the defendant failed to yield at the intersection‚ stop sign, causing a collision. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her back, chest, shoulder, a concussion, a fractured wrist, and contusions of her left orbital tissue, eyelid and peri-ocular area resulting in loss of vision. Country Insurance

$65,000– Settled. At a Village fireworks display with some of her friends, a 15-year-old girl received third degree burns and scarring to her right arm, the right side of her chest by her breast, the right side of the abdomen, and small burns from debris on the right side of her face, causing scars. The Village was negligent for failing to provide proper crowd control and maintain control of the perimeter of the area in which the fireworks were being discharged. Martin Boyer Co. paid $2,000, and Haight Brown & Bone steel paid $63,000.00

$65,000– Mediation Award. A rear-seat passenger in a vehicle stopped at a stop light when it was struck from behind by a heavy equipment truck with such force as to push the vehicle several car lengths forward and into oncoming traffic. The 19-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to his head, face, neck, and back American Contractors Ins Group

$65,000– Settled. When Plaintiff moved into her rental home, the landlord promised to fix the rotten front steps, but never did. Eight months later, while she was going down the steps, the middle step broke, and the 27-year-old plaintiff fell. She suffered an L4-L5 disc bulge and underwent sacroiliac joint injections. State Farm Insurance.

$65,000– Settled. The at-fault driver ran a stop sign and struck our client as he traveled northbound on Nestler Road at its intersection with Gansett Parkway in Elgin. He was admitted to the hospital with post-concussion syndrome, a scalp laceration and a lumbar strain. He has continued having concentration difficulties and has not been able to return to college. Nationwide Ins.

$65,000– Settled. Our 46-year-old client sustained a fractured neck when the at-fault driver ignored the stop sign on Flora Church Road and pulled directly into the path of our client who was traveling on Irene Road. Farmers.

$65,000– Settled. After he hit our client‚ vehicle head-on, the at-fault driver told police he was looking down and did not realize he had swerved into the oncoming traffic. Our client sustained a right shoulder fracture and severe lacerations to his face. AAA Ins.

$64,500– Settled. As the screaming ambulance approached, all of the traffic stopped, except for the driver behind our client. Traveling on Mulford Road in Rockford, Illinois, our client was rear-ended hard enough to sustain a partial rotator cuff tear, among other injuries. State Farm.

$62,500– Settlement. An uninsured motorist improperly turned left in front of a 24-year-old woman’s vehicle at a Rockford intersection. Plaintiff (a teacher) claims collision caused a sprained shoulder and dashboard knee which may require surgery ($2,756 past and $10,000 estimated future medical expense). However, she made no complaints of knee pain for 9 months post-accident. The case settled with Farmers Insurance prior to trial.

$62,500– Settlement. A 21-year-old female was a passenger in a motor vehicle in which her driver ran a stop sign on a rural road and collided with another vehicle. Plaintiff suffered C2 fracture dislocation, broken right leg, left renal contusion, lacerations to the forehead, wrists and knee, with closed head injury. This was settled before trial by GEICO and American Zurich insurances.

$62,500– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was sitting in the driver‚ seat of her vehicle parked in the lot of Wal-Mart in Rockford, Illinois, when she observed a woman get into her vehicle, put the car in reverse and back into a yellow cement pylon. She then drove her vehicle forward in between two parked cars striking them both before heading directly at my client‚ vehicle. This caused my client to grab the steering wheel in an attempt to brace herself, which in turn caused her to break her finger. Fortunately, the woman swerved and hit another pylon and another vehicle and did not strike our client‚ car. Allegedly the woman‚ accelerator or clutch stuck; however, the fact that she was able to reverse her car and then put it in drive and strike random objects in both incidents implies otherwise. My client‚ medical bills were over $34,000. The at-fault driver‚ insurance, Affirmative, settled for its policy limits of $20,000 immediately before trial; our client‚ underinsured portion of her policy with Standard Mutual settled for $42,500.

$61,000– Settled. While sitting at the red light on Route 20 and Irene Road in Boone County, our 58-year-old client was rear-ended. She sustained a broken jaw and a right orbit fracture. State Farm.

$61,000– Settled. The hit-n-run driver left an imprint of his license plate on the bumper of our client‚ vehicle before the driver hit our car a second time while turning to flee the scene. Our 48-year-old client was sitting at the red light on Route 251 and Forest Hills Road when he sustained serious injuries to his head, neck, shoulder, back, chest and abdomen. His treatment included steroid injections in his shoulder, neck and back. He settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, State Farm.

$60,000– Settled. A 22-year-old man was at a party in a third floor apartment and was standing with ten others on its balcony when they heard a loud crack and the balcony fell from beneath them. The plaintiff suffered a fractured left heel and ankle, and bone bruising on both heels. Auto Owners settled before a trial date was set.

$60,000– Settled. Melting snow from the repair shop‚ roof was directed to the sidewalk by two down spouts and then continued to flow downhill to collect in the low spot in front of the service door forming an unnatural accumulation of ice upon which the plaintiff slipped, fell, and fractured his hip. Premises owners in Illinois have a duty to remove unnatural accumulations of ice from their premises. They also have a duty to warn those on the premises of the existence of that unnatural accumulation. Federated Mutual Insurance

$60,000– Settled before trial. Our mother (50), with her daughter (26) as her passenger, was traveling on Bell School Road near Guilford in Rockford, Illinois, when her vehicle was rear-ended by a small truck with an attached snow plow. The truck driver told them that because of the newly attached plow, he could not judge his distance well enough. Both of them sustained injuries to their necks and backs. Mom received $25,000 and daughter received $35,000. Acuity Insurance.

$57,500– Settled. The elevator doors opened and the 50-year-old woman stepped out, tripping on the floor because the elevator stopped 3 inches below it. She fell on her right knee, injuring it severely enough to require surgery. QBE Regional Ins.

$57,500– Settled Policy Limits. At the same time the defendant was pulling out of a parking lot onto Windsor Road, the 22-year-old motorcyclist was traveling eastbound on Windsor Road in Loves Park, Illinois. As the defendant pulled out onto Windsor, he observed a vehicle coming westbound so he came to a stop across the eastbound lane in which our client was already traveling. The motorcyclist was unable to avoid a collision and struck the front driver‚ side of the defendant‚ truck head-on. He was thrown off his motorcycle, rolled across the front of the truck and landed in the westbound lane. He sustained multiple injuries, but especially to his right thumb. The adverse insurance, Grange paid its limits of $25,000 and the plaintiff‚ underinsured policy with State Farm paid $32,500.

$57,000– Settled. No manager came to our client‚ assistance and no IHOP staff would call an ambulance despite my client‚ requests. Consequently, her friend took her to the hospital to treat the burns that occurred when a carafe of boiling water for the tea she ordered slid off the saucer-sized plate when the server leaned over the table to set it down, spilling its entire contents of boiling water onto her lap and abdomen. The boiling water immediately began burning her skin and she screamed out in pain. Her friend threw ice water into her lap to attempt to stop the burning process. She ran to the restroom, where she removed her clothing and put cold water onto her burns. She noticed that her skin was already blistered and peeling in several areas. She was left with significant scarring and discoloration in the areas of the burns. American Family

$56,000– Settled. As my wheelchair-bound client took her Chihuahua for a walk around the block, a Lab-mix dog came through a fence and began attacking her small dog. A neighbor heard the squealing of the small dog and found my client laying on the sidewalk where she landed while trying to break the bite grip that the big dog had on her small one. When he yelled, the owner came out, grabbed the big dog and took him into their house. The witness helped her up from the sidewalk and called the police. Both the woman and her small dog were injured and bleeding. The big dog had not been up-to-date on his shots and Animal Control quarantined him. The treatment for her bite injuries included surgery on her finger. State Farm.

$55,000– Settled at mediation. A 48-year-old woman was shopping and slipped in a puddle in the aisle caused by a leaking roof. She fell on her left knee and suffered a fractured left patella. CONFIDENTIAL Insurance info.

$55,000– Settled. School bus failed to stop in time hitting plaintiff from the rear, pushing her vehicle into the vehicle in front of her. This matter was settled with the insurance company for the Defendant prior to a defense attorney‚ involvement and shortly after the matter was filed with the Winnebago County Court system. Gallagher Bassett Services, Inc.

$55,000– Settled. A mother permitted two children to jump on the trampoline at the same time, resulting in her son jumping on the ankle of a 10-year-old girl, dislocating and fracturing it. American Family settled before a trial date was set.

$55,000– Settled. The driver of the school bus full of children rear-ended our 24-year-old client so hard that she was pushed into the vehicle in front of her. She sustained severe injuries to her head, neck and back. Gallagher Bassett.

$55,000– Policy Limit Settlement – $20,000 – American Access (at-fault driver=s insurance). On Michigan Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, a westbound driver entered the eastbound lane to pick up her mail, then suddenly turned her vehicle to the right to turn in her own driveway, crossing through the westbound lane of traffic where my client was traveling west on his motorcycle. He was caused to forcefully strike the passenger=s side of her vehicle with his face and fly off the cycle and over her vehicle. He sustained serious injuries to his head, face, neck and back, including a broken maxilla (upper jaw), which was ultimately determined to be a comminuted fracture; he was left with a large disfiguring scar across his upper lip. By definition, a comminuted fracture involves the bone breaking into multiple fragments. An additional $35,000 from client‚ underinsured policy with West Bend.

$54,700– Settled. On Main Street in Decatur, Illinois, the driver behind them was looking to his left at a new restaurant, and when he returned his eyes to the road, he realized he was coming up too fast on their vehicle, smashing into the rear end of them at nearly full speed. One of our clients was driving and our grandmother and granddaughter were passengers. The driver sustained injuries to her back. Our grandmother sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, right arm and knee; her granddaughter sustained injuries to her back. Our grandmother settled in the amount of $27,000, our 7-year-old granddaughter settled in the amount of $2,700 and our driver settled in the amount of $25,000 with Pekin Ins.

$53,500– Settled. Our 17-year-old client was a backseat passenger in a car heading west on Brentwood Road in Machesney Park, Illinois, when the driver began swerving and lost control of the vehicle, causing him to go off the roadway and crash into a tree. When paramedics arrived, they found our client sitting on the back seat with his upper body outside of the car back window, which was broken out. Our client sustained multisystem trauma secondary to a motor vehicle collision, consisting of a concussion, left hip fracture-dislocation, possible C5 fracture, and pneumomediastinum of unclear etiology. SafeCo.

$53,000– Settled. Witnesses at the scene indicate that the defendant lacked time to turn left, but did so anyway, turning directly in front of the plaintiff. He received a citation for failure to give the right-a-way. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her back, neck, right knee, and left ankle. Her medical treatment included surgery on her right knee. The defendant‚ insurance, Safeway, paid its policy limit of $20,000. The plaintiff‚ underinsured policy, Grange Insurance, paid $33,000.

$52,500– Settlement. A 72-year-old woman was visiting the Galena area and was shopping in a mass merchandising store when a shelving unit fell upon her causing a left medial meniscus tear. She had surgical intervention to repair the knee. She continues to have knee pain and discomfort if standing and/or walking for any length of time. This matter settled prior to trial with American Home Assurance Company.

$52,500– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 17-year old client was a passenger in Defendant‚ vehicle when he lost control of his vehicle and drove it into the ditch. He was later found to be intoxicated. Our client was not listed on the crash report. She walked home several miles from the scene of the crash and the driver did not tell police that she had been his passenger. She suffered a jaw fracture which required internal fixation to repair. Affirmative was the at-fault driver‚ insurance, with a policy limit of $20,000. Client‚ underinsured insurance policy was with GEICO, who settled for $32,500.

$52,000– Settled. Because the weather was making driving dangerous, our 38-year-old client, traveling east on I-90 in Spring Township, Illinois, began to slowly reduce his speed accordingly. The driver behind him, however, did not reduce his speed and collided with the rear end of his vehicle. Both vehicles were pushed into the concrete median in the center of I-90, damaging several guideposts along the way, as well as the rear and driver‚ side of our client‚ vehicle, along with the snow plow attached. He sustained injuries to his head, right shoulder, right wrist, right hip, neck, and lower back. Chartis Claims, Inc.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A 60-year-old man was traveling in a westerly direction on IL Route 20. The defendant did not stop for the stop sign in her direction, pulling out in front of him. He suffered a fractured sternum and back pain. He had surgical repair of the sternum, and physical therapy and chiropractic treatment for his back pain. Settled with Progressive Insurance prior to trial.

$50,000– Settlement. The Plaintiff was a restrained passenger in a vehicle that was struck by the Defendant who ran a stop sign. The Plaintiff sustained injuries to her shoulder due to the seatbelt restriction, neck strain and back strain. This matter was settled before trial.

$50,000– Settled. A 40-year-old woman was slowing down for traffic when she was struck from behind by the defendant, who had fallen asleep. The defendant hit her at about 60 mph. Plaintiff suffered severe neck and back injuries. Three weeks before trial State Farm settled.

$50,000– Settlement. Defendant’s dog attacked9-year-old girl, biting her on the right arm and back ($589 medical expense). The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until she reaches the age of 18. Country Companies.

$50,000– Settled. 32-year-old male was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a collision with an uninsured motorist. Claimant was severely intoxicated at the time of the crash. He suffered right renal bruise, hepatic bruise, bruising of right lower rib cage, right rib fracture, and fracture of his fifth metacarpal. American Family Insurance.

$50,000– Settlement – Policy Limits. Underinsured driver pulled out of parking lot into path of 48-year-old female causing collision. She sustained injuries to her face, including severe lacerations and fractured teeth, her left shoulder, low back and knee. Kemper Insurance.

$50,000– Settled. Plaintiff was a 16-year-oldpassenger in her grandmother‚ vehicle. Their vehicle was struck head on by the Defendant when he swerved into their lane. Treating physician testified that Plaintiff‚ recovery was good and she had no residual complaints. Treating physician denied she would have residual problems in the future. Plaintiff had two large gaps in treatment. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until she turns 18. West Bend Insurance.

$50,000– Confidential settlement.  Plaintiff’s mother asked the Defendant’s server to bring a cup of warm water so she could heat a bottle for her 9-month-old baby.  The server brought a cup of scalding water placing it in front of the child.  The child grabbed the cup spilling the scalding water causing first and second degree burns to his arm, groin and upper leg areas. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing structured Annuity.  The minor did not scar.

$50,000– Settled.  Client was mowing a ditch near his home along the edge when he struck a metal stake that was left by the City of Rochelle when the utility pole was no longer in use. Rochelle denied ownership and since the stake was over 50 years old it was impossible to prove ownership.  The mower flipped and he suffered injury to L1 and L2 and 4 bulging discs in his back. He was previously permanently disabled when he fell several stories on a job site in the 1980s.  His wife received $5,000 of the settlement for loss of consortium.  CCMI (Cannon Cochran Management, Inc.)

$50,000– Settled at mediation. The defendant drove through the red light into the path of the 41-year-old woman’s car, where they collided. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her hands, wrists, shoulders, neck, back, chest, abdomen, and legs. Liberty Mutual

$50,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant was cited for an improper left turn into oncoming traffic, to which she plead guilty. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his head, right foot, right shoulder and arm, and left leg; his treatment included surgery. USAA Casualty Insurance

$50,000– Settled a week before trial was to begin. The defendant tied a rope to the piece of the tree that was being trimmed off and tied the other end to the tractor that he was driving. As the plaintiff, on a ladder, began to trim the branch, the defendant got on the tractor and began to pull away, causing a “catapult” reaction with the tree, which caused the ladder on which the plaintiff was on to be forced away from the tree and he was thrown to the ground approximately 10-12 feet down. The plaintiff suffered bilateral fractured wrists. State Farm

$50,000– Settled Policy Limit. Passenger partially ejected from car and found face down in snow when the driver, going too fast for weather conditions, lost control of his vehicle. The vehicle had crossed over the center line and when the defendant attempted to return to the proper lane of traffic, the vehicle went off the road, crashed into a snowbank causing the vehicle to spin around and partially roll over before finally coming to rest on the passenger side. The 35-year-old woman sustained injuries to her back and neck, and suffered closed head injuries which caused her confusion, dizziness, frequent headaches, poor balance, sleeping disorders and impaired memory. Royal & SunAlliance Insurance.

$50,000– Settled Policy Limit. A woman pulled out of a private driveway directly into the path of the plaintiff’s vehicle, causing a severe collision. The defendant pled guilty for failure to yield while leaving a private drive. The 48-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to her face, neck, shoulder, back and knee, and fractured her tooth. It took approximately one hour and fifty stitches to suture her facial laceration; her head injuries continue to cause confusion, dizziness, frequent headaches, poor balance, sleeping disorders and impaired memory. Kemper Insurance.

$50,000– Settled. A cleaning crew employee negligently left his work van running in a closed space for over two hours, despite the knowledge that carbon monoxide would likely build up to dangerous levels. The cleaning company’s employee had a duty to turn off its running van, to warn anyone in the vicinity of the running van, and to ventilate the area appropriately. The 52-year-old plaintiff, working in the area, suffered carbon monoxide poisoning causing lung nodules, shortness of breath and pain in his lungs. Society Insurance. A Workers Compensation claim was settled prior to this personal injury action.

$50,000– Settled. At an independent living facility, a resident riding the elevator immediately stepped out when the doors opened. The elevator had not stopped flush with the floor, causing the 94-year-old woman to trip. She fell head-first into a door directly across from the elevator, striking her head and injuring her neck. She sustained a severe concussion and a contusion on the crown of her head; her general health deteriorated rapidly after this occurrence. This incident was due to the negligence of improperly maintained elevators and a failure to keep a safe and danger-free surrounding for the home’s residents. This case was filed, but both CNA and Willis Corroon Corp. each paid $25,000 to settle it before it went to trial.

$50,000– Settled. Our 50-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle on Cherryvale North Boulevard and Perryville Road in Cherry Valley, Illinois, when it was rear-ended. She sustained injuries to her neck and shoulders. Country Companies settled before it went to trial.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A 19-year-old was riding a motorcycle northbound on 20th Street when the southbound defendant turned left in front of him, causing him to smash into the passenger side of the vehicle. In addition to other injuries, his right knee was shattered and his right arm was fractured. His medical treatment included surgeries and totaled $170,282.86. Unitrin paid its policy limit of $20,000; Allstate paid $30,000 in underinsured motorist coverage.

$50,000– Settled before a trial date was set. Our 25-year-old client was traveling south on Belvidere Road, when a driver traveling north turned directly into him. He sustained injuries to his neck and back. General Casualty.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The driver of the other vehicle admitted to police that he was traveling too fast for the weather conditions after he slid through his red light at Newberg and Quentin Roads in Rockford, Illinois, and slammed into the vehicle in which my client was a passenger. Along with various contusions, abrasions and lacerations, he suffered internal derangement of the left knee with a torn medial meniscus. The at-fault driver’s policy with Farmers paid its $20,000 limit; Progressive paid $30,000 through its underinsured policy with our client.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. While fleeing from the Loves Park Police on Spring Creek Road, the driver lost control of his vehicle, drove off the road and hit a tree which caused his car to spin around and end in a ditch. His passenger, our 19-year-old client, sustained a right frontal contusion/closed head injury. The at-fault driver’s policy with State Farm settled for its policy limit of $20,000; our client’s underinsured policy with Allstate settled for $30,000.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A witness traveling north behind two vehicles on Longwood Street in Rockford, Illinois, told the investigating officer that the one vehicle remained in the left lane and was struck by the other as he tried to switch from the center lane to the left lane. My 84-year-old client was a passenger in the vehicle that was originally in the center lane and collided with the other. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. State Farm.

$50,000– Settled Policy Limits. As our client stopped for the red light on Perryville and State Street in Rockford, Illinois, the other, underinsured, driver rear-ended him at nearly full speed.  Our client suffered back injuries and a medial meniscus tear in his right knee requiring arthroscopic surgery to repair. His medical bills were $35,159.  He received the $20,000 policy limit from Grange and $30,000 from his underinsured policy with State Farm.

$50,000– Settled. Our 73-year-old client suffered a non-displaced fracture of her pelvis when her foot caught on a metal plate attached to the floor in the aisle by the vegetables. In that aisle, approximately 6 inches out from the railing, is a metal plate which is attached to the floor. This metal plate is a dull gray in color and not easily noticeable. The store and its employees had a duty to maintain safe premises for its customers, to properly notify its customers of any dangerous conditions that it created, and to otherwise ensure the safety of its customers. The store and its employees breached their duty and were responsible for her injuries and other damages as a result of its negligence. Self-insured.

$50,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Witnesses watched the underinsured driver, trying to avoid a construction roadblock ahead, force his vehicle into the right lane, striking the rear of our client’s vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, back, and the rotator cuff of her left shoulder. Her medical bills were just under $20,000. Founders (the at-fault driver’s insurance) settled for policy limit of $20,000; State Farm (our client’s underinsured policy) settled for $30,000.

$47,500– Settled. The drunk driver turned left directly into our client as she drove north on Alpine Road in Rockford, Illinois. In addition to various bruises and contusions, she suffered a fractured left wrist. Country Cos. settled right before trial.

$45,000– Settled. The first defendant crossed the center line while traveling at a high rate of speed, striking the second defendant’s vehicle and pushing it into the 22-year-old plaintiff’s vehicle. His vehicle in turn flipped onto its hood. This was a third-party Workers‚ Compensation case; plaintiff’s medicals were covered by the WC insurance and were reimbursed at the time of settlement. The second defendant was dismissed early on in the case. We settled after mediation with the remaining defendant. Nationwide Insurance.

$45,000– Settled. As the 30-year-old man was crossing the street, at the corners and almost across, a speeding vehicle hit him, causing him to hit the windshield before flipping over the trunk. He suffered a concussion, and cuts and bruises all over. We were forced to file suit to be able to settle this claim State Farm

$45,000– Settled. In a parking lot our client stopped to have a conversation with a friend who was still in his vehicle. After the conversation, she crossed in front of the stopped vehicle. As she stepped in front of his car, his foot came off his brake pedal, causing the vehicle to lurch forward and strike her left knee. She suffered a lateral tibial plateau fracture. American Family

$45,000– Settled. Our 21-year-old client was rear-ended as she sat behind a turning vehicle on Broadway in Rockford, Illinois. She sustained injuries to her neck and back, including a bulge at the T7-S1 level. Zurich American Insurance.

$45,000– Settled. A 44-year-old male on his motorcycle in the right lane on Route 251 was thrown off his bike when he was hit by the front right corner of defendant’s car which was traveling in the left lane. The defendant said she “didn’t see” him. He injured the right side of his face and forehead, his left hand, his left leg, his right shoulder, both arms, and suffered a closed head injury. State Farm.

$45,000– Settlement. As our 72-year-old client carried her small dog to an examining room at the veterinarian’s office in Rockford, Illinois, she slipped on the tile floor, falling and fracturing her wrist. There were no ‚wet floor‚ signs and the veterinarian was negligent in allowing a foreign substance to occur on the floor without warning patrons of said substance. Her medical bills were about $17,000. Travelers.

$45,000– Settled. As our client was proceeding eastbound on I-88 in DuPage County, Illinois, the defendant was also proceeding eastbound on I-88, behind her. As traffic became heavy, she slowly brought her vehicle to a stop to wait for the cars in front of her to begin moving again. The defendant did not, however, and struck the rear end of her vehicle at nearly full speed. She suffered neck and right shoulder pain, and suffered post-concussive syndrome with headaches. AAA Chicago Motor Club.

$45,000 – Settled policy limits. Our client struck defendant’s vehicle when it ran a stop sign in front of his motorcycle on Harlem and Douglas in Rockford, Illinois. He sustained a fracture of his big toe and chip fracture of his ankle. He incurred $7,945.34 in medical special damages and lost income in the amount of $1,565.33. Progressive Insurance paid its $25,000.00 limits; and UIM carrier Progressive paid an additional $20,000.00 in settlement

$44,300– Settled. Our husband and wife clients (both in their 70s) were traveling north on North Mulford Road in Rockford, Illinois, when the young driver behind them looked down to change the radio station, pushed on the gas pedal, and rear-ended them so hard they were pushed into the car in front of them. Our husband suffered closed head trauma and injuries to his neck and left shoulder. He settled for $35,000.  Our wife sustained injuries to her head and neck. She settled for $9,300. National General.

$44,000– Settled. Our 26-year-old client was traveling west on Roscoe Road in Roscoe, Illinois, when an uninsured driver traveling east suddenly lost control of her vehicle, swerved into our client’s lane and caused a collision which forced our client’s vehicle into the ditch on the side of Roscoe Road. She sustained injuries to her neck, back and left hand, and is suffering from ringing in her left ear. AAA Ins.

$43,590– Settled. Our father, with his wife and four children ‚one of whom was a newborn daughter–as passengers, was traveling south on South Veterans Parkway in Normal, Illinois, when a northbound driver lost control of her vehicle, passed across the center median divider, and caused a head-on collision. Our father sustained injuries, including fractures, to his shoulders, right wrist, and left hand; his treatment included injections and physical therapy. His wife and children suffered a varying degree of contusions, abrasions, lacerations and mental distress. The father settled for $36,304, the mother, $1,951, and the children for $3,161, $1,951, $2,877 and $1,951 with Farmers.

$41,258– Settled. Witnesses confirmed that the driver turned directly in front of our husband with his wife passenger who were traveling north on Perryville in Rockford, Illinois, smashing into them at full speed. Our 29-year-old husband sustained injuries to his face, left hand, right knee, and lower back; his 26-year-old wife sustained serious injuries to her head, hip, and knees, and a non-displaced talus fracture to her left ankle. Our husband settled in the amount of $7,756 and his wife settled in the amount of $33,502. State Farm

$41,233– Award. Because of the way the gym employee laid out the mats under the uneven parallel bars, when a 13-year-old gymnast fell backward, she hit the concrete floor. She sustained a fractured skull, a fractured neck, and a concussion. Crawford Insurance

$40,000– A 65-year-old driver and his 58-year-old wife passenger were struck by an underinsured motorist who ignored her red light. The driver sustained injuries to his ribs, neck, back, legs and feet; and the passenger sustained injuries to her ribs, head, right arm, left knee, back and neck. This was settled with Gallant Insurance: $3,579.96 for the driver; and $19,500.00 for the passenger. Gallant was becoming insolvent at the time and the driver’s settlement check bounced. The State of Illinois Department of Insurance took over the Gallant claim, but no money was ever received by the driver. Turning to the uninsured/underinsured portion of their own policy, American Family, the driver was paid $8,000.00 and the passenger, an additional $12,500.

$40,000– Settled. Plaintiff slowed and stopped, waiting to turn left, when she was rear ended by the defendant. The 56-year-old woman sustained median nerve compression of the bilateral wrists consistent with carpal tunnel syndrome. Auto Owners Insurance.

$40,000– Settled. A policeman making a left turn knocked the plaintiff off his bicycle and rolled the squad car over his foot. The cyclist sustained fractures to his foot. CCMSI

$40,000– Settled. A man with an uncontrollable Pit Bull who had a history of biting was walking it by a bus stop at Empire and Chicago in Freeport, Illinois. The dog came up behind our 11-year-old client and attacked her. She had bites on her right thigh and left wrist. Grinnell Mutual.

$40,000– Settled. As our client drove south on Barker near Mill Road in Byron, Illinois, the defendant pulled out in front of him, causing a collision in which he struck his head on the windshield. There were two witnesses. Our client sustained injuries to his head, neck and chest. Country Cos.

$40,000– Settled. As our 14-year-old client came up from the basement and walked through her friend’s kitchen, the family’s dog, a large German Shepard, pushed her into the wall, knocked her down and bit her left leg repeatedly. American Family

$40,000– Settled. Driving too fast on winding Roscoe Road in Roscoe, Illinois, the wheels of eastbound driver left the roadway during one of the curves, and he overcorrected causing his vehicle to drift into the westbound lane of traffic and collide with the vehicle in which my client was a passenger. She sustained injuries to her head, the left side of her abdomen, including her chest and ribs, and her right hand, along with disc herniation in her neck. Travelers.

$40,000– Settled. The at-fault driver admitted to the investigating officer that he had looked down to fasten his seatbelt as he was traveling east on Charles Street in Rockford, Illinois, which caused him to swerve his vehicle into the oncoming lane where his vehicle collided with our clients‚ vehicle, pushing it off the side of the road. Our three clients, a young pregnant mother and father with their 3-year-old, were in that vehicle. Our pregnant 24-year-old mother sustained injuries to her head, back and shoulder. Our 25-year-old father sustained cuts from broken glass and injuries to his mid and low back. Their 3-year-old sustained cuts from broken glass and bruising from his seat belt. Our father settled in the amount of $20,000; our mother, $18,000 and their son, $2,000. GEICO.

$39,000 – Settlement. A 21-year-old male was traveling in a southerly direction and stopped at a red light. He was rear-ended and pushed into the vehicle in front of him. He suffered a laceration to his left arm, neck pain, back pain and right leg pain. Settled prior to trial with State Farm.

$39,000– Settlement. A 27-year-old male was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle which was involved in a collision with an uninsured motorist. Claimant was severely intoxicated at the time of the crash. He suffered a large right frontal bruise, a black right eye, low back pain and neck pain from the motor vehicle collision. American Family Insurance.

$39,000– Settled. A 48-year-old man with his 43-year-old wife passenger were rear-ended at a good speed while they waited to be able to make a left turn. The plaintiff-driver sustained injuries to his neck, back, and left thumb, as well as sternal pain, and a tingling sensation from his left hip to his knee; and the plaintiff-passenger sustained injuries to her neck, the back of her head and her right shoulder. State Farm settled before a trial date was set; it paid the plaintiff-driver $33,000 and the plaintiff-passenger $6,000.

$38,000– Settled. He was looking over the garage sale items in a yard on Route 20 in Garden Prairie, Illinois, when he was struck at 40 mph by a vehicle driven by an uninsured motorist. He sustained injuries to his low back, neck, right arm, left lower chest, left lateral thigh and lower leg. Clients uninsured policy with American Family.

$38,000– Settled. She told the police that she did not look at the traffic light before passing through the intersection because she had looked at it previously and saw that it was green. Despite her red light, she proceeded into the intersection at East Jefferson and Sixth Streets in Rockford, Illinois, she striking our clients vehicle and pushing it into the vehicle directly to its right. Our client suffered a fracture on the left side of her pelvis and experienced significant pain in her lower back, pelvis, and left leg. Kemper Insurance.

$38,000– Settled. Because she was running late to work, she drove full speed into the driver’s door of my client’s vehicle which was entering the driveway of the McDonald’s on Perryville in Rockford, Illinois. My 41-year-old client sustained injuries to her head, neck, chest and abdomen, including internal bleeding. Country Insurance.

$37,500– Settlement. The hospital allegedly failed to provide home nursing care as agreed after 91-year-old woman was released following hip replacement surgery. However, no record could be found of the agreement. Allegedly, decubitus ulcer that was present on the patient’s coccyx at her release grew when untreated at home, leading to sepsis and her death. Defense asserted that the patient’s daughter had refused nursing help. Paid by self-insured hospital.

$37,000– Settled. As a 56-year-old woman exited her rental apartment at approximately 4 a.m. to go to work, she stepped on a loose piece of brick, slipped and started to fall forward down the stairs. As she was falling, she grabbed the railing, but since it was loose, she continued her fall and landed on her shoulder on the sidewalk, fracturing it. American Family Ins.

$37,000– Settled. Our father with his 3-year-old son passenger were traveling north on Poplar Grove Road in Poplar Grove, Illinois. As they approached the T-intersection with Woodstock, which has a stop sign for each of its directions, the at-fault driver ignored his stop and pulled out directly in front of my clients‚ vehicle, causing a collision so forceful that both vehicles were rotated multiple times, with our clients‚ vehicle ending up in the ditch on the west side of Poplar Grove Road. Our dad sustained serious injuries to his neck and back; his son suffered a blow to his head and experiences severe headaches. Acuity Insurance.

$37,000– Settled after filing suit. Our 80-year-old client was a front seat passenger in a vehicle stopped in traffic on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, which was rear-ended by an uninsured driver who was driving a company vehicle that was also uninsured. She suffered injuries to her chest, neck and back. GEICO, the uninsured policy for the vehicle in which she was a passenger.

$35,000– Settled.  Plaintiff was rolling forward at a stop sign facing north and Defendant coming from the west made a left-hand turn cutting the turn too short striking the Plaintiff‚ vehicle. Liability was disputed. Case went to mediation and defense attorney refused to make a second offer. Client, who was deeply in debt, demanded to have the case settled. Country Mutual Insurance Co.

$35,000– Settled.  Even though the Defendant stopped for a stop sign she did not remain stopped to allow the Plaintiff, who had no stop sign, to go by before pulling out into the intersection, colliding with the Plaintiff.  IMT Insurance.

$35,000– Settled. A 63-year-old male was traveling on a through street when the defendant pulled out from his stop sign, causing a collision. The defendant then left the scene. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his head, neck and back; his treatment included facet blocks and/or steroid injections State Farm

$35,000– Settled after arbitration. While a woman was in an aisle of a store, she turned, striking her head and eye on a glass display shelf which was at eye level and unprotected, causing her to fall backwards onto the floor. She suffered injuries to her head, eye and back; her treatment included surgery. Gallagher Bassett

$35,000– Settled. A 10-year-old boy was walking through the shopping mall when a maintenance worker on scaffolding approximately 15-20 feet in the air dropped a communications radio on his head. He has been suffering from bilateral pressure-like headaches and has been experiencing daily headaches, trouble sleeping, and some nausea. AIG Claims

$35,000– Settled. Trying to pass a garbage truck, the at-fault driver admitted to police that she lost sight of the vehicle due to the sun in her eyes, which caused her to strike the rear of the garbage truck, throwing our client 10 feet into the air where paramedics found him on the side of the road. He sustained a head injury, lumbar strain and contusions. The Workers Compensation portion of his case settled prior to this. Indiana Ins.

$35,000– Settled. Our client was the third car in line at the red light on Broadway and 20th in Rockford, Illinois, when she was rear-ended by a driver who stated “I thought everybody was going.” She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Country Ins.

$35,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was traveling south on North Sixth Street in Rockford, Illinois, and slowed his vehicle down because the vehicle in front of him signaled and slowed to make a left turn. The underinsured driver behind him did not stop and struck the rear-end of his vehicle at nearly full speed forcing my client‚ vehicle into the vehicle in front of him. My client sustained injuries to his neck, back and head suffering a closed head injury that resulted in bleeding over the left parietal lobe. This was settled with the at-fault driver‚ insurance, State Farm, for the full policy limits of $20,000 and settled with our client‚ own underinsured policy with Farmers for $15,000.

$35,000– Settled. Our client was in the back of a Winnebago County transport carrier westbound on Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois. A westbound semi-truck in the lane to the right of the van attempted to make a left turn onto North Church Street, and drove directly into the side of the van. This caused our client to be thrown about in the back of the van. She sustained injuries to her neck and a rotator cuff tear to her right shoulder. Great West Casualty.

$35,000– Settled before trial. Our client was seated in the back of a Winnebago County Sheriff‚ van going westbound on Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois, when the defendant made a left turn from Church Street directly into the side of the van. She sustained a right partial rotator cuff tear. Great West Casualty.

$34,027– Verdict. A 63-year-old woman was rear ended in a low impact crash. Her vehicle had less than $500 in property damage. No police officer was called to the scene. The Plaintiff admitted at trial that due to the fact that there was a gap of almost a month before her first complaint of back injury that she was unsure herself as to whether the back injury was caused by the car crash. The jury awarded the entire medical bills. Farmers Insurance.

$34,000– Settled. The defendant, whose visibility was blocked by a semi, pulled out anyway, turning left in front of our 46-year-old plaintiff. She sustained a fractured rib and injuries to her abdomen. State Farm.

$34,000– Settled. Both drivers were traveling at 40 mph in opposite directions on Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver attempted to turn left onto Rockton Avenue, turning directly into my client‚ vehicle. My mother sustained injuries to her head, jaw, neck and back; her 10-year-old daughter and passenger sustained injuries to her head. My mother settled in the amount of $30,000; her daughter settled in the amount of $400. State Farm.

$33,712– Settled. Our motorcyclist was traveling northbound on South Appleton Road in Belvidere, Illinois, approaching the on ramp to Bypass 20 when a southbound vehicle made a left-hand turn directly in front of him. The two vehicles collided. The cyclist flew off his motorcycle and struck his right knee on the vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his right leg and knee. West Bend Mutual

$33,000– Settlement. 25-year-old female passenger. Vehicle in front of them pulled over onto the shoulder of the road abruptly and attempted to make a u-turn. Vehicles collided and client had neck, shoulder, right knee and back pain. Her medical bills amounted to $17,097.13. Filed case, settled with American Family Insurance before going to arbitration.

$33,000– Arbitration Award. Our 51-year-old client suffers from low back pain and radial pain into his legs as a result of disc herniation at L4-5 that was caused when an uninsured driver rear-ended his work van. His Workers Compensation claim was settled previous to this. State Farm Uninsured Policy.

$33,000– Settled. The uninsured driver failed to stop behind our client who had stopped to make a left-hand turn from 23rd Street onto Charles in Rockford, Illinois, hitting him at full speed. Our 30-year-old client sustained severe injuries to his head, neck and back. He was forced to collect from the uninsured portion of his own policy with USAA.

$33,000– Settled before trial. Our minor client was playing with the dog owner‚ son when the St. Bernard attacked him. He was bitten in his face and right cheek, requiring 21 stitches. He has visible bite scars on his cheek and around his nose which may require revision at some point in the future. Allstate

$32,000– Settlement. A 64-year-old woman was traveling in a northerly direction with a green light. The defendant was traveling in a southerly direction attempting to make a left turn. The defendant failed to stop for oncoming traffic and collided with the plaintiff. The plaintiff suffered a left hand fracture which the doctor stated would be a long healing process due to the Lupus that was diagnosed previously. The doctor also stated her Lupus was flaring up due to the stress from the automobile collision. She also suffered a slight concussion. Four months after the collision she suffered a stroke which the doctor indicated could have been caused from the stress of the auto collision. At the scene the defendant was indicated to have been drinking, he smelled of alcohol, was staggering, slurring his words and was glossy eyed. Settled with Farmers Insurance before obtaining a trial date.

$32,000– Settled. The defendant, driving behind a 34-year-old motorcyclist, looked down at her cell phone, and when she looked up she crashed into the rear of the cycle. The plaintiff suffered acute concussion, acute cervical muscular strain, acute left hip contusion, and acute back contusion. State Farm.

$32,000– Settled. A 46-year-old woman was pushing her laden grocery cart through the store‚ parking lot when the defendant, turning left into the aisle, hit her with the side mirror of her car. The plaintiff suffered a non-displaced fracture of her left shoulder and cracked two teeth. Hartford/Trumbull Insurance.

$31,000 – Settlement. Defendant’s vehicle crossed the center line of Rockford roadway and hit plaintiff’s head-on. Female, age 24 sustained a shoulder sprain plus soft tissue injuries to her back and right knee ($7,413 medical). Paid Allied Insurance.

$31,000– Settled. A 53-year-old woman passenger was in a vehicle traveling down an aisle in a parking lot. The defendant was driving across the parking lot at a high rate of speed and hit their vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck and back. Unitrin paid $30,000 and Progressive paid $1,000. They settled before a trial date was set.

$31,000– Settled. Driving west almost side-by-side on West Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois, the driver in the center lane attempted to make a left-hand turn by turning directly in front of my client‚ vehicle, causing the front of my client‚ car to strike the left side of his vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to his head and neck. State Farm.

$30,000– Settlement. A 28-year-old female was driving a vehicle that collided with another in an intersection. She sustained injuries to her head and neck. State Farm Insurance.

$30,000– Settlement. A 14-year-old boy was bitten on the left cheek and left arm by a Labrador Retriever. After healing, there was very little scarring to the cheek and none visible on the child‚ arm. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until he reaches the age of 18. Allied Insurance.

$30,000– Settled. Our 25-year-old client was fishing at the Sky Ranch Bridge site in Tazewell County, Illinois. A severe electrical discharge from the power lines suspended above the bridge transferred to the fishing pole in his hand and discharged from his knee to a nearby metal guardrail. Our client has burns on his hand and knee and now suffers heart problems. Self-insured corporation.

$30,000– Settled. Illinois State Police responded to the scene where our bicyclist client, eastbound on Telegraph Road, was struck from behind by a motorist who told the police that she bent over to pick up a candy bar. This occurred around 5:00 p.m. on a balmy July day. In addition to many scrapes, abrasions, contusions and lacerations, he chipped a tooth and sustained injuries to his ankle, knee, thigh and hip. Liberty Mutual.

$30,000– Settled. Our client was proceeding slowly and cautiously on Alpine due to numerous potholes in the road. The defendant was driving at approximately 40-55 mph and, for reasons he could not explain, he failed to slow or stop his vehicle and rear-ended her. She sustained injuries to her neck and shoulder and her treatment included steroid injections. Pekin.

$30,000– Settled. Our client was traveling south on Appleton Road as it approached its intersection with Maryland Street in Belvidere, Illinois. The at-fault driver was traveling north on Appleton Road and attempted to make a left hand turn by crossing directly in front of our client‚ vehicle, causing a serious collision. The force of the collision was such that the at-fault driver‚ vehicle was knocked into another vehicle that was waiting at the stop sign on the west side of the intersection. Our client sustained injuries to her face, abdomen, left shoulder, both hands and knee. Acuity Insurance.

$30,000– Settled right before trial. Our client stopped behind traffic waiting at the red light on Guilford Road in Rockford, Illinois, but the at-fault driver behind her did not and collided with her rear end. Our client, who had previously had a spinal fusion, sustained a left foraminal disc protrusion at the L4-L5 level, as well as a left proximal foramina disc protrusion. Her treatment included physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and radiofrequency ablation. AAA Insurance.

$29,000– Settlement. A woman, while walking out of her rental apartment to run errands before a snow storm, was wearing hiking boots and slipped on the second step of her front porch, slipping down three to four more additional steps. She twisted her right ankle which caused a fibula fracture. Settled with Nautilus Insurance after oral discovery was taken but before a trial date was set.

$29,000– Settled.  Defendant attempted to pass a motorcyclist while she was turning into her driveway, hitting the front wheel of Plaintiff‚ motorcycle and knocking her over. Not all specials were related; she had multiple issues with pre-existing physical and emotional conditions, and had filed bankruptcy during the case, limiting her recovery. State Farm Insurance.

$27,087– Settled. Our 10-year-old client was bit in the face by his aunt‚ dog. His treatment included surgeries. State Farm.

$27,087– Settled. Our 10-year-old client had been camping in his aunt‚ yard with his father and some cousins. When it was time to leave he kneeled down in front of his aunt‚ dog, who had been sleeping, to tell him goodbye.  The dog became startled and bit him in the face. He sustained multiple lacerations to his face and nose. After healing he had small scars on his right cheek and left side of his nose, with scars on his forehead and near right ear that were mainly concealed by his hair. State Farm Insurance.

$27,000– Settled. A 34-year-old woman was one of several passengers on a Rockford City bus on State Street when a semi truck driver ran the red light at Third Street and crashed in the side of the bus on which she was sitting. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her chest and back. Sentry Insurance

$27,000– Settled. A 59-year-old man saw in his rear view that the defendant was coming up fast behind him. The defendant tried unsuccessfully to pass him on the left and when he tried to drop back behind the plaintiff, he did not slow enough and rear-ended him. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his head and neck. United Fire Group

$27,000– Settled. The 3-year-old boy was bitten in the face by a family friend‚ pit bull, sustaining serious injuries to his left cheek and lip area. He was caused to be admitted to the hospital and undergo surgical debridement and repair of the lacerations on the lip and cheek while under general anesthesia. He will need future plastic surgery in order to normalize the scar tissue that has been left on his face from this attack. State Farm.

$27,000– Settled. Our 21-year-old client was treated on the scene by paramedics for whiplash and for lacerations on his face, near his nose and on his forehead after he was rear-ended at full speed on West Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. Country Companies.

$26,500– Settled. The defendant ran a red light, crashing into a 31-year-old woman’s vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her head, neck, back and shoulder. Erie Insurance

$26,500– Settled. A witness on the scene told the investigating officer that the at-fault driver did not stop at her stop sign at Spring Creek Road and Bell School Road in Rockford, Illinois, but drove straight through, causing a collision. She ran into the driver‚ side of my client’s vehicle at nearly full speed. My husband sustained injuries to both of his knees and his wife sustained injuries to her right knee and left rib area. AAA Ins.

$26,467– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver sped down the westbound ramp from 11th Street to Bypass Route 20, south of Rockford, Illinois, striking our client‚ vehicle and pushing him into the ditch. He pled guilty to the ticket for failure to reduce speed. Our client suffered injuries to his neck and right shoulder and arm. At-fault driver‚ American Access policy limit of $20,000; and State Farm underinsured motorist coverage of $6,467.

$26,349– Settled. Distracted by a scene he was watching on the side of the road, he did not notice traffic in front of him had stopped and a rear-ended our client with considerable force while on the 7400 block of East State in Rockford, Illinois. our client, who had previously had surgical intervention and fusion in her back on multiple levels, sustained severe injuries to her head, neck and lower back State Farm.

$26,000– Settled at Mediation. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which was eastbound on Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, when it began sliding. The vehicle behind theirs was unable to stop and slid into our client‚ vehicle, hitting the front driver’s side. While they waited inside the car on the side of the road for police to arrive, a third vehicle smashed into the rear of their vehicle. Police and paramedics arrived at the scene, treated our client and placed her in the ambulance. While waiting in the ambulance, which was stopped on the side of the road with its red lights on, it was struck at full speed by a fourth vehicle whose driver was heard to have said “I didn’t even see the ambulance.” Ultimately, a second ambulance arrived and took her to the emergency department on a backboard and in a C-collar. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, back, and left forearm. This was settled with Country — $5,000; ANPAC — $6,000; State Farm — $6,500; and State Farm — $8,500.

$25,900– Settled. A mother and her 7-year-old son were passengers in a vehicle traveling north on Alpine Road. At the intersection of Guilford, a southbound vehicle attempted to turn left, pulled directly in front of them and caused a collision. Our mother‚ forehead hit the windshield and her right knee hit the glove box upon impact. She also sustained injuries to her head and neck, accompanied by nausea and dizziness; her son injured his right shoulder and back.. Pekin settled with the mother for $24,000 and with her son for $1,900.

$25,639– Settled. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at a red light and was struck from the rear by the Defendant.  The Defendant exited her vehicle stating I’m so sorry, I thought I was hitting the brake but I was hitting the gas. Farmers Insurance.

$25,368– Verdict. A 40-year-old male was a passenger in a vehicle which may or may not have run a red light. Their southbound vehicle and an eastbound vehicle collided in the intersection; both defendants claiming a green light. The jury paid all of the Plaintiff‚ medical bills along with money for pain and suffering and loss of normal life. The verdict was paid without an appeal by Travelers Insurance and American Family.

$25,000– Settlement Policy Limit. A 20-year-old woman fractured her right femur when the snowmobile on which she was a passenger was hit by another. Two surgeries were done (rod/screw fixation; bone graft; $50,571 medical expense). Paid by State Farm.

$25,000– Settlement. Female, age 47, says collision with left-turning defendant caused back/shoulder sprains/strains ($3,853 medical). Paid by self-insured USA.

$25,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As our 36-year-old male client slowed for a red light at Second Street and Harlem Road, the pick-up traveling behind him slammed into him at full speed. He sustained injuries to his back, head, neck, hips and legs. American Family.

$25,000– Settled. A 39-year-old man in his mobility scooter, holding his groceries, was crossing the street in the crosswalk when a turning car struck him. The defendant told the police officer that she was blinded by the sun and did not see him, but the plaintiff saw her talking to her passenger, which distracted her attention from him in the crosswalk. She received tickets for failing to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk, failing to keep a proper lookout, failing to yield while turning left, and failing to reduce speed to avoid an accident. The plaintiff suffered increased pain in his left leg and lower back. General Casualty

$25,000– Settled. Without warning or provocation, a golden retriever attacked a two-year-old girl causing her severe injury and resulting in significant scarring to her face. The child and her family had been visiting with the dog owners for a week before this attack. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest bearing account until she reaches the age of majority. American Family

$25,000– Settled. As our client was driving on a through street, the at-fault driver who had been stopped at the stop sign on Bigmound Road, pulled out and T-boned our client car. Our client sustained injuries to his head, neck, left shoulder, left elbow, left side of his abdomen, left hip, as well as fracturing four of his left ribs which punctured his lung. GEICO Ins.

$25,000– Settled. Our client was one of several passengers on a Rockford City bus on State Street when a semi truck driver ran the red light at Third Street and crashed in the side of the bus. Our client sustained injuries to his neck, back and shoulder. Sentry Insurance.

$25,000– Policy Limits Settlement. When her light at Longwood and State Street in Rockford, Illinois, changed to green, she proceeded forward, only to be broadsided in her driver door by another driver with such impact it caused drums of blacktop sealer in the back of his pick-up truck to fly out and spill on the roadway and all over my client vehicle inside and out. My client, several years past a joint fusion surgery of her left knee, injured her left knee, and her right shoulder. Infinity.

$25,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 25-year-old client accepted a ride in a vehicle with a driver he only knew slightly. The driver proceeded to speed down a country road, lost control of the vehicle and it rolled. Our client sustained extremely serious injuries to his neck and left arm and his medical bills were over $137,000. Neither our client nor the driver had insurance; this was settled with the vehicle owner policy with Progressive.

$25,000– Settled. Our 37-year-old mother and her 10-year-old son and passenger were traveling north on South Mulford Road in Rockford, Illinois, and as traffic slowed down, she brought her vehicle to a stop to wait. The driver behind her, however, did not slow his vehicle, and crashed into their rear at nearly full speed. Our mother sustained injuries to the left side of her rib cage, both of her knees, her back and neck, with pain radiating into her left arm. And her son sustained injuries to his neck and back. Our mother settled in the amount of $16,000 and her son settled in the amount of $9,000 with American Family.

$25,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The uninsured, at-fault driver was driving at 90 miles an hour north on Fairview in Rockford, Illinois, when he hit our southbound client head-on. He suffered severe lumbar strain. Although is medical bills totaled nearly $20,000, his policy limits were only $25,000. Lighthouse.

$25,000– Settled before trial. Traveling eastbound on I-90, our client slowed for a truck entering the highway. The vehicle behind her rear-ended her and pushed her into the vehicle in front of her. She sustained injuries to her neck. State Farm.

$25,000– “Settled for policy limits. At the intersection of Eighth Street and Fourth Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, the inebriated driver ignored his stop sign and struck our 38-year-old client vehicle at full speed. Our client suffered serious injuries and treatment included a spinal fusion. Her medical bills were in excess of $307,000. Because she had no insurance policy of her own, the only policy available was the $25,000 policy that the at-fault driver had with First Chicago Insurance.

$25,000– Settled for policy limits. The at-fault driver ran the stop sign on Wittwer Road and Yale Bridge and hit the passenger door of the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. Our 51-year-old client suffered injuries to her neck, right shoulder and right thumb. Progressive

$24,000– Mediation Award. The Public Works Department did not fill in all of the holes they had dug after working on water pipes on private property. The 38-year-old homeowner unwittingly stepped in one of these holes, severely injuring her ankle. Rockford.

$24,000– Settled. As our 58-year-old client sat at the red light at York and 22nd Street in Oak Brook, Illinois, he was rear-ended so hard his hat and glasses ended up by his rear window. He sustained injuries to his neck and back. Farmers.

$24,000– Policy Limit Settlement. A mother, with her daughter as her passenger, was turning from Bauer Parkway onto Main Street, in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver ran his red light on Main Street and crashed into their vehicle. The mother needed to be extricated from her vehicle and sustained severe head trauma. Her daughter sustained injuries to her neck and back. SafeAuto settled with the mom for the policy limits of $20,000; and with the daughter for $4,000

$24,000– Settled. As our clients, a father, his wife and their daughter, were driving south on Pleasant Valley Road in Seneca Township, in McHenry County, Illinois, they approached an S-curve where Pleasant Valley becomes north and southbound. As a westbound driver approached the S-curve, he lost control of his vehicle, crossed over the center line, and collided with the front and driver side of our client’s vehicle. Our father sustained severe injuries to his lower back; his wife sustained injuries to her back; their daughter was just shook up. Our father settled in the amount of $21,500; his wife, in the amount of $2,500 and their daughter, $1,000. State Farm.

$23,000– Settled. While traveling on Sixth Street in Rockford, the at-fault driver “forgot” he was on a one-way street and without even signaling his intension, turned left from the center lane, colliding with our client who was next to him. She sustained injuries to her chest, hip and knee. Country Companies.

$22,500– Settled after oral discovery, but before a trial date was set. As my client was driving east on Harrison Avenue approaching its intersection with Stowmarket Avenue, the at-fault driver turned left directly in front of him, causing a collision. This was verified by a witness. My 46-year-old client sustained injuries to his neck. American Family.

$22,500– Settled. Our 58-year-old client was rear-ended so hard that her vehicle spun around, whereupon the unlicensed defendant struck her car again. She sustained injuries to her neck and both knees. State Farm.

$22,000– Settled. A 44-year-old woman was traveling on a through street when the defendant failed to yield at the intersection stop sign, causing a collision. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck, upper back and right knee. Shelter Insurance.

$22,000– Settled immediately before trial. Police on Route 251 pulled the driver over for leaving the scene of an accident after he had moved from the left lane to the right, hitting a motorcyclist, and continued driving. Our 37-year-old client suffered road rash, injuries to his right shoulder and arm, left arm, both knees, left hip and ankle, and broken fingers on his left hand. American Family.

$22,000– Settled. Our 58-year-old client was rear-ended on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when he slowed to a stop because of traffic conditions. He sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. Country Ins.

$21,500– Settled. A 61-year-old man was sitting in traffic waiting to turn when he was rear ended by a defendant who admitted he “wasn’t looking” where he was driving. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck, back, and right shoulder, and suffered a right fractured rib. American Family

$21,000– Settled. As the driver crested the hill on Trask Bridge Road in Pecatonica Township, Illinois, he saw that an oncoming vehicle had turned left directly in his path. He attempted to swerve to the left but struck the other driver in the right rear, causing his vehicle to leave the side of the road, strike a wire fence and then a tree. Our client, his back seat passenger, sustained injuries to her head and neck, and also suffered traumatic choroidal changes to her eye. USAA Ins.

$20,500– Settled. A 23-year-old driver and his 36-year-old passenger slowed for traffic when the defendant rear-ended them. The defendant was ticketed for going too fast for conditions. The plaintiff-driver suffered injuries to his eye, neck and back; the plaintiff-passenger suffered injuries to her neck and back. Williams-Manny Insurance paid the driver $8,000 and the passenger $12,500.

$20,500– Settled. A distracted school bus driver rear-ended a mother and her pregnant daughter on Route 251 in Machesney Park, Illinois. Our mother sustained injuries to her neck, left shoulder, upper breast, abdomen, and back; her daughter sustained injuries to her head, neck, chest, back, and hip. Our mother settled for $12,000 and her daughter settled for $8,500 with Indiana Insurance.

$20,000– Settlement. A 53-year-old female was rear ended while waiting to make a left turn into a parking lot. Plaintiff suffered a pinched nerve in her lumbar spine causing right leg pain, numbness and tingling which in turn caused substantial problems at work. Due to her neck, low back and right shoulder injuries she was unable to continue working. This matter settled prior to going to trial. State Farm.

$20,000– Settled. A 58-year-old woman driver was rear ended by a defendant who admitted to police she had been distracted by her child. Our client injured her neck and back. Allstate Insurance

$20,000– Settled. A 32-year-old woman was driving on a through street when the defendant ran his stop sign and caused a collision. Plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck, upper back, left shoulder, left arm, and numbness and tingling in her left hand. Allstate

$20,000– Settled. A 32-year-old female was sitting in traffic at a red light when she was rear-ended. She sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, left arm and hand, and left hip. Founders Insurance

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 25-year-old man was a passenger in a vehicle which ignored a stop sign causing a collision. Plaintiff sustained injuries to his<span style=”font-size: small;”> head, face, chest, internal organs, and right arm</span>. These injuries will affect him the rest of his life. His medical expenses are in excess of $146,726.71 and he will need future treatment. Progressive Premier Insurance

$20,000– Settled. Claiming he could not see because he was blinded by the sun, the defendant-driver turned left directly in front of an oncoming vehicle, causing another driver to hit the passenger side of his vehicle. His front seat passenger, our plaintiff, was knocked unconscious, suffered an avulsion fracture to her right hip and a large laceration to her forehead. State Farm

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. A 47-year-old man was standing behind his incapacitated motor vehicle when he was struck by the defendant. He suffered injuries to his left leg and ankle. Gallant Insurance

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Approaching a construction zone, the defendant merged lanes without looking, hitting the side of a 49-year-old woman vehicle, causing her to sustain injuries to her left ankle and neck. 21st Century

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle that disobeyed a stop sign, causing another vehicle to strike it, spin it, and flip it onto its roof. The 18-year-old suffered a laceration to his lip, and injuries to his head, lower back and right rib. Permanent General Assurance Corp

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. While the he was making a left turn on the green arrow, the defendant ran the stop light and hit him so hard his car spun around, ejecting his dog. The 63-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to his chest, groin, neck, lower back, and shoulders. His medical bills totaled $14,982.33. American Freedom Insurance

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. The defendant pled guilty to disobeying a traffic control device. When she ran the red light, she T-boned the plaintiff who suffered abrasion to his face, a concussion with associated post-concussion symptoms, and injury to his neck and lower back. GEICO

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Believing his 17-year-old passenger to have died in the crash, the defendant ran from the scene while calling the owner of the car to tell her to call the police to report the car stolen. The plaintiff injuries included a fractured left femur and his treatment included surgeries. Although his medical bills were over $75,000, the policy limit was only $20,000. American Heartland

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Her windshield shattered when the Sheriff Deputy that she hit slammed into it. His squad car had its emergency lights activated as the officer was standing outside another vehicle. Our plaintiff sustained injuries to his entire body and his treatment included surgery. Although his medical bills were over $30,000, the policy limit was only $20,000. U.S. Agencies.

$20,000– Settled policy limits. A witness confirmed that the at-fault driver turned left directly in front of our 42-year-old client. She was caused to suffer injuries to her neck, back and right knee. Her medical special damages totaled almost $22,000. Affirmative Insurance.

$20,000– Settled. A mother and 16-year-old daughter were both passengers in a vehicle traveling north on South Western Drive in Peoria, Illinois, when a westbound driver on West Kettelle Road ran a stop sign striking their vehicle. The mother had injuries to her head, right wrist and knee; her daughter had injuries to her head. Each claim settled for $10,000. Interstate Bankers Casualty Company.

$20,000– Settled Policy Limit. Although our client suffered injuries to his forearm, hand, hip, knee, and ankle, his treatment included 7 surgeries, and his medical bills were in excess of $500,000, both our client own underinsured limits and the at-fault driver limits were only $20,000. Our client was driving west on Glenwood when the at-fault driver, approaching from the opposite direction, turned left directly into his driver door. Infinity Ins.

$20,000– Settled. Our client was in a telephone booth at the corner of 11th Street and Broadway in Rockford, Illinois, when the defendant vehicle left the street and ran into him. Our client sustained injuries to his right leg and arm. Settled after Pekin lost its Motion for Summary Judgment in which it claimed it was not liable for this collision as its insured may have been dead at the time of the crash. Witnesses at the scene testified that the defendant was alive.

$20,000– Policy Limits Settlement. Failing to yield while turning left, the at-fault driver turned directly in front of our motorcyclist at Glenwood Avenue and Rockton Avenue in Rockford, Illinois. In the emergency room, his treatment consisted of irrigation and debridement of left open knee dislocation, reduction of the left knee with application of multiplanar external fixator, closed reduction left ankle with application of external fixator, closed reduction of pelvic ring with application of external fixator, closed reduction of left radial shaft with application of long-arm splint, closed reduction of small, ring, middle and index fingers with application of splint, closed reduction of right hemipelvis with application of an external fixator, application of wound VAC to the left knee and intra-operative angiogram of the left leg; then he was admitted. He underwent seven more surgeries before he was released from the hospital. His medical bills were over $500,000. Infinity Ins.

$20,000– Settled. Our client was watching her grandson T-ball game when she was hit by a lawn chair being dragged by a dog, seriously injuring her leg. A spectator had tied his dog to an unsecured lawn chair and in the excitement the dog ran, dragging the lawn chair with it. Her treatment included a hospital stay. Her main permanent injury is the scar on her leg from the severe leg wound. State Farm.

$20,000– Settled. The Cookies Specialist driver lost control of his truck and T-boned our client in the Menard parking lot at Bowes and Randall Road in Elgin. She sustained injuries to her back and shoulder. Westfield Ins.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which, while trying to avoid construction barricades, struck a tree on the west side of Woodruff and 18th Avenues in Rockford, Illinois. The police officer indicated that the causes for the crash were driving under the influence of alcohol and failing to reduce speed to avoid the crash. The Emergency Department doctor diagnosed our 25-year-old client with acute lumbar transverse process fractures, abrasions to the face and right upper extremity, and blunt head injury. 21st Century

$20,000– Policy Limits Settlement. The defendant turned left in front of our 33-year-old client on Main Street in Rockford, Illinois, causing a collision which caused our client vehicle to catch on fire. Our client sustained injuries to her head, her right knee and fractured one of her fingers. Although her medical bills totaled almost $60,000 and her lost wages were about $20,000, the only insurance available was the defendant $20,000 policy with American Family; our client had neither uninsured/underinsured nor medical coverage with her own insurance.

$20,000– Settled after arbitration. Our 13-year-old client was a passenger in a vehicle which was driving too fast down Mulford Road causing the driver to lose control, starting swerving and run off the roadway. After exiting the roadway, the vehicle rolled an unknown number of times and landed on its roof top. She sustained injuries to her neck, head, left knee and back, and severe injuries to her right ankle. American Family.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our 17-year-old driver was rear-ended at full speed on East Riverside in Rockford, Illinois. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Safe Auto Insurance.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client pulled her vehicle into a private driveway on Harrison Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, put the car into park, turned it off, grabbed items from the car to get out of the vehicle when another driver pulled into the driveway directly behind her vehicle, striking it with considerable force. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Founders.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The at-fault driver told police that he did not realize, in spite of extremely heavy traffic, that the car in front of him, my client, had stopped before he hit her at full speed on East Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. My client sustained injuries to her lower back, neck, and right knee, and she developed a life-threatening condition known as a pulmonary embolus. She was admitted to the hospital. Although her medical bills totaled more than $83,000, the only policy available to her was the at-fault driver GEICO coverage.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The 12-year-old back seat passenger was sleeping on the side of the car that was hit when the drunk driver of her vehicle backed without looking from a private drive onto Kilburn Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, directly into the path of another vehicle. Our client struck her head and suffered seizures secondary to a concussion. United Equitable.

$20,000– Settled. The vehicle in the left lane next to him on East Jefferson, in Rockford, Illinois, turned right directly in front of my client, who was in the right lane on his moped. The at-fault driver told the investigating officer that he never saw him prior to the crash. He was ticketed for improper lane usage. My client sustained injuries to his left shoulder, left elbow, left hip, and left side of his chest, in addition to his left eye. Allstate Insurance.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. Our client, in the northmost/left lane, and the other driver, in the middle lane, were proceeding eastbound on Chestnut Street in Rockford, Illinois. The other driver attempted to make a left-hand turn into a city parking lot from the middle lane, cutting directly across our client lane of traffic. She was unable to stop and crashed into the driver side of his vehicle. She sustained a fractured sternum. GEICO

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. When his light turned green, my westbound client proceeded forward on Newburg. As he entered the intersection crossing Perryville, a northbound driver on Perryville ignored his red light and they collided. My client sustained severe injuries to his neck, left shoulder and arm, and fractured his right hip. Although his medical billings were over $20,000, this was the only policy of insurance available to him. PGAC.

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. As eastbound traffic on Auburn Street in Rockford, Illinois, became heavy, it caused our client to slow her vehicle to a stop, but the driver behind her did not, and smashed into her at nearly full speed. My client sustained serious injuries to her head, shoulders and neck. Although her medical billings were just under $20,000, this was the only policy of insurance available. Founders.

$20,000– Policy limit settlement. Plaintiff was traveling in a westerly direction in the north lane of Jefferson Street. The at-fault driver ran a traffic signal cutting in front of the Plaintiff and the two vehicles collided. Plaintiff vehicle was a total loss. She suffered head, neck, left shoulder, right knee, right thigh injuries and right ankle contusions. Unique Insurance Company

$20,000– Policy Limit Settlement. The southbound underinsured motorist disobeyed the red light on North Church and collided with our client vehicle in the intersection as she traveled on Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois. Our client sustained injuries to her head, neck, back, knee and, most significantly, her brain. Her medical bills were almost $12,000 and her lost wages were about $3,200. Settled with Unique Insurance for its policy limits; our client was not insured.

$19,503– Settled. Both drivers were traveling in oncoming directions on East Riverside Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver attempted to turn left onto Perryville directly in front of my client, causing a collision. My 18-year-old client sustained injuries to her head, lower back, and most significantly, her right knee. State Farm.

$19,500– Settled. As a driver swerved his vehicle to miss two deer standing in the road, a third deer jumped in front of the car. The driver hit the deer, lost control of the car, spun into a ditch and sideswiped a tree. His 15-year-old passenger sustained injuries to her back, right hand and suffered a small fracture of right tibial plateau. Allstate

$19,000– Settled. The at-fault driver admitted he was distracted as he was looking at a map and did not see the two vehicles stopped in front of him at the red light at Rte. 83 and 67th Street in Willowbrook, Illinois. He struck the car behind our client, pushing that vehicle into hers. She sustained injuries to her head and neck. Cincinnati Ins.

$19,000– Settled. The truck next to our client decided to make a U-turn across Town Hall Road in Belvidere, Illinois, causing a collision with the passenger side of our client vehicle. She sustained injuries to her left shoulder, left elbow, left knee and both of her ankles. Her treatment included bilateral ankle steroid injections. Farmers Ins.

$18,500– Settled. The 28-year-old man was injured when the driver of the vehicle in which he was a passenger swerved to avoid hitting a dog and crashed into a tree. He suffered injuries to his back and neck. General Casualty

$18,351– Trial Verdict. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle which was rear-ended at Alpine and Rt. 173. She sustained injuries to her neck and right shoulder. State Farm.

$18,000– Settled. As the woman was properly in the crosswalk crossing Wyman by Chestnut Street in Rockford, Illinois, she was struck by a left-turning driver. She sustained a closed head injury in addition to injuries to her left elbow, her left side, and her left ankle. American Family.

$17,820– Verdict. A 40-year-old male was operating a motor vehicle when the 85-year-old defendant failed to yield the right of way and struck the plaintiff vehicle. The plaintiff had a 16-day gap in medical treatment and his physician did not relate all the medical bills. State Farm.

$17,500– Settled. On 11th Street in Rockford, a snow plow pulled out of a parking lot, into the left lane of traffic, then proceeded to turn right back into the same address. A vehicle traveling on that street was unable to stop in time to avoid hitting the truck as it turned from the left lane back into the parking lot, and they collided. His passenger suffered severe sprain and a partial tear of the talofibular ligament in her left ankle. The responding police officer cited the plow for improper turning and he was found guilty in court for that citation. Erie Ins.

$17,500– Settled. As our client was turning into the driveway of her work place, a driver in a company van was backing down that same driveway and they collided. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Hortica Mutual Insurance.

$17,200– Settled. The defendant bent down to answer his cell phone, accidentally hitting the accelerator instead of the brake, pushing our client’s vehicle into the intersection from a parking lot driveway. The 48-year-old plaintiff-driver sustained injuries to her neck, back and shoulder; the 42-year-old plaintiff-passenger sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder, arm and hip; and the 41-year-old plaintiff-passenger sustained injuries to his neck, back, shoulder and arm. Esurance settled before a trial date was set, paying the driver $6,500, the female passenger $6,500, and the male passenger $4,200.

$17,000– Settled. Plaintiff passenger in Defendant vehicle and Defendant failed to merge properly colliding with Co-Defendant. Plaintiff was pregnant and the collision allegedly caused premature labor and neck and back problems. Not all claimed special damages were related to the collision. Indiana Insurance and American Family Insurance.

$17,000– Settled. According to the Illinois Traffic Crash Report, the defendant fled the scene and was found a short time later, very disoriented and unable to comprehend what had happened in the crash. She had been traveling east on Big Thunder Boulevard in Belvidere, Illinois, directly behind my client’s vehicle and when my client’s vehicle came to a stop at the top sign on Fairgrounds Road, she struck the rear end of my client’s vehicle, pushing it out into the intersection, before she left the scene. My 33-year-old female driver sustained injuries to her head, back, neck and groin; and my 36-year-old male passenger sustained injuries to his back. Our driver settled for $7,500 and our passenger settled for $9,500. State Farm.

$17,000– Settled. My client was on a business delivery to a building on Stateline Road in South Beloit, Illinois. When he walked into the building with the delivery, the dog came from the back of the building, stopped momentarily, and then proceeded to bite him in the left forearm and abdomen. He sustained injuries to his arm and abdomen. He did not pursue a Workmen Compensation claim; only this personal injury claim. Erie Ins.

$16,684– Settled after arbitration. Client was a 53-year-old female passenger in a vehicle that was rear-ended in Rockford, Illinois. She injured her chest, low back, neck and left hip. This case was filed in Winnebago County. American Family

$16,500– Settled. The Defendant pulled off of Broadcast Parkway onto Perryville Road in front of the Plaintiff traveling on Perryville. Broadcast Parkway has a stop sign at this intersection and those traveling on Perryville do not have a traffic control device. Client aggravated a prior knee injury but was diagnosed with an unrelated terminal disease after the collision and wanted the case settled. GEICO Insurance.

$16,000– Settled. When our 45-year-old passenger client first saw the at-fault driver, it was in the vehicle next to him at a red light and he appeared to be asleep. As our client vehicle proceeded forward, it was suddenly struck from behind at nearly full speed. The driver admitted to the police officer that he had just injected Suboxone (a synthetic opiate) before driving. Our client suffered injuries to his neck, shoulder, middle and lower back. State Farm.

$16,000– Settled. Our 16-year-old client had to crawl out the window in order to get out of her badly wrecked car after a driver ran his stop sign on Wills Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, hit her, causing her to spin around and hit two parked vehicles. She sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulders and left ankle. Founders.

$15,900– Settled. She told police that she had not been paying attention when she ran the red light while traveling south on Sixth Street and struck the vehicle containing our husband and wife which was traveling west on Jefferson Street with the green light in Rockford, Illinois. Our husband sustained injuries to his neck, back and right knee, including evidence of deep infrapatellar bursitis; our wife sustained injuries to her neck and back, including a disc protrusion on the left at the L5-S1 level, with posterior displacement of the left S1 nerve root. He settled in the amount of $7,400; she settled in the amount of $8,500. Farmers Ins.

$15,700– Settled. After the crash, the man who rear-ended him told our client “I didn’t mean to hit you.” Our client was rear-ended on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when he slowed to a stop because of traffic conditions. He sustained serious injuries to his neck and back. Liberty Mutual.

$15,518– Settled. My client was traveling south on East Rock Drive in Rockford, Illinois, when the at-fault driver pulled directly in front of him from a private drive. Despite my client attempt to brake and swerve, he struck the driver side of her vehicle at nearly full speed. My 24-year-old client sustained significant injury to his neck and back. State Farm.

$15,250– Settled. A 21-year-old woman was sitting in a line of cars behind a left turning vehicle. The defendant rear-ended the vehicle behind her, pushing it into her vehicle. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck and shoulder. Her shoulder treatment included injections of a sub-acromial space cortisone. Auto Owners

$15,000– Settlement.46 year old female passenger in a car that went through a red light and t-boned another vehicle. She had a nose fracture, fractured cheekbone in several places, and a laceration on the right side of her neck. Insurance company made offer after we filed the case. Kingsway America Inc. was the insurance company.

$15,000– Settled. Defendant ran a red light striking the Plaintiff vehicle on the driver side. Plaintiff wished to settle case and demanded it be settled rather than go to trial. Country Insurance.

$15,000– Settled. A church daycare failed to provide proper supervision; a four-year-old was injured – a broken arm, a bloody nose and a lump on his head – and no one had an explanation as to how this occurred. There was only one adult and a teenager to supervise 30 children. The lack of supervision is supported by the nursery workers stating that they had no idea what happened to the child. The settlement funds for the minor were placed in an interest-bearing account until he reaches the age of 18. Great Central Insurance

$15,000– Settled. While unloading a truck, because of a too-large gap between the truck and the dock, the plaintiff had to jump over the gap. His foot then hit a roller which is part of the dock, causing him to fall. The 3,800 pound freight skid continued to roll off the truck onto the dock, crushing his foot and causing his knee to suffer a meniscus tear. The 27-year-old plaintiff treatment included surgeries. Zurich Ins. A Workers Compensation claim was settled prior to this personal injury action.

$15,000– Settled. The defendant did not stop at the stop sign on Napolean and drove directly in front of the motorcyclist, who laid his motorcycle down in an attempt to avoid a collision. The defendant front bumper hit the motorcycle. The cyclist sustained deep lacerations, scrapes, road rash and bruises to both knees, his right shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. State Farm

$15,000– Settled. My client was sitting at the northbound stop sign on Olson Road and Spring Creek Road in Belvidere, Illinois. There was construction in the intersection which had reduced east- and west-bound traffic to one lane on Spring Creek. An Olson Road southbound driver on told the investigating officer that she proceeded into the intersection because she thought it was clear, but as it was not, she collided with an eastbound vehicle with such force that the eastbound vehicle was pushed into my client vehicle which was still waiting at the northbound Olson Road stop sign. My client sustained injuries to her head, neck and left arm. Auto Owners Insurance.

$15,000– Settled. My client was a passenger in a vehicle sitting northbound on 20th Street at the red light on Charles Street in Rockford, Illinois. One of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions on Charles Street attempted to turn left onto 20th Street, turning directly in front of the other and causing a collision. The force of the impact was such that one of the vehicles was deflected into the stationary vehicle in which sat my client. My client sustained injuries to her neck and lower back. AAA Ins.

$15,000– Settled. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle southbound on North Seminary Avenue in Woodstock, Illinois. The at-fault driver was directly behind my client vehicle. As traffic became heavy, our driver slowed and came to a complete stop. The at-fault driver, on the other hand, did not, and struck the rear end of my client vehicle at nearly full speed, causing a collision. My 43-year-old client sustained injuries to his head, neck and back. American Access

$15,000– Settled. As our westbound client stopped for oncoming traffic before making his turn from Harris Avenue to Alpine in Rockford, Illinois, he was slammed in the rear by an uninsured driver. He sustained injuries to his neck and right shoulder. He settled with his own uninsured policy with Affirmative Insurance.

$14,862– Settled. With a red traffic light, the defendant sped into the intersection and turned left directly into the driver side of the 47-year-old woman vehicle in the middle of the intersection. The defendant then fled the scene. An eyewitness at the scene verified this with the investigating officer. The plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck, shoulders, hips, and lower back. The force of the collision was such that she was thrown inside of her vehicle and struck her left side on the driver side door. State Farm paid $8,000 plus medical bills.

$14,792– Settlement. A 33-year-old man who was stopped in traffic was rear-ended so hard he was pushed into the vehicle in front of him. The defendant told police that she could not see plaintiff brake lights because the sun was in her eyes. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, neck, chest, knees, low back, and elbows. Farmers Insurance.

$14,750– Settled. The defendant crossed the center line and hit the plaintiff head-on. The 52-year-old plaintiff sustained two fractured ribs, two bulging discs, and various abrasions. His medical expenses were $2,153. United Services Automobile Association

$14,500– Settled. The driver who rear-ended the vehicle in which my client was a passenger told the investigating officer that he was attempting to plug in his phone and took his eyes off the road for a second prior to the crash. My client was in a vehicle traveling north on North Sheridan Road in Peoria, Illinois, and as traffic conditions became heavier, my client vehicle reduced its speed accordingly. The other driver, however, did not. My 79-year-old client sustained injuries to her right shoulder, as well as her chest, pelvic area, and lower back. Progressive.

$14,195– Settled. The intoxicated driver hit a mailbox on the side of the street before rear-ending our client at the red light on Riverside Boulevard and Owen Center Road in Rockford, Illinois. Our 27-year-old driver sustained injuries to her neck and left shoulder and arm. Our client settled for $7,000 over her medical bills. State Farm.

$14,130– Settled. The driver admitted that he had become distracted because he was reaching down to the floor of his pick-up truck to retrieve a water bottle he had dropped and he did not realize that our client vehicle was stopped in the turn lane when he crashed into his rear-end. This was at East State and Alpine in Rockford, Illinois. Our client sustained injuries to his head, neck and back. Pekin Ins.

$14,054– Settled. While sitting in the drive-thru lane of the Dairy Queen in Dixon, Illinois, they were suddenly struck from behind. The at-fault driver told them that he thought they had already received their order. Our driver-client, because his head was turned to the left at the time of impact and it hit the window frame, sustained injuries to his face, head and neck and shoulder; he received $5,300. Our passenger-client sustained injuries to her head, neck, shoulders and back; she received $8,754.00. Sentry Ins.

$14,000– Settled. My client was traveling north on North Central in Rockford, Illinois, and stopped at the stop sign at Halsted before proceeding. At the same time a Septran driver was traveling west on Halsted and failed to stop at the stop sign, crashing into the passenger side of our client vehicle causing her injuries to her head, neck and shoulder. Septran.

$14,000– Settled. Although it was December, the intersection was well-lit and our client had working lights on his bicycle when the driver ran the stop sign at Willoughby Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, and hit him from the left at full speed, knocking him up over the windshield and the roof of her car. He sustained injuries to his neck, back, shoulders, and right knee. Standard Mutual.

$14,000– Settled. Our client was eastbound on Freeport Road in Freeport, Illinois, when the vehicle in front of him stopped to turn right into a residential driveway. The vehicle behind him did not stop, rear-ending him. He sustained injuries to his neck and upper back. Country Ins.

$13,500– Settled. A dog chased a 49-year-old bicyclist, sinking his teeth into the outside of her left lower leg. The dog let go of her left leg, but he was not finished. He ran ahead briefly, then turned around, came back and sunk his teeth into her right leg, just above her ankle. She sustained serious pain and permanent scarring. Her medicals amounted to $653.28. Country Companies

$13,000– Settlement. Client was a 60 year old man who was waiting for traffic to move when he was rear-ended. He injured his neck and back. Allstate Insurance agreed to settle case after arbitration and before trial.

$13,000– Settled. As the 35-year-old male driver and his 21-year-old female passenger approached an intersection with a red signal, they saw the defendant sitting in the dedicated left turn lane. When they reach the intersection, the light turned green and the defendant turned right – directly in front of their vehicle. Our driver-plaintiff suffered injuries to his head, neck and back; and our passenger-plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck, left shoulder and abdomen. Westfield Insurance paid the driver $4,000 and the passenger $9,000.

$13,000– Mediation Award. While shopping, a 43-year-old woman slipped on some garbage/food on the floor in the aisle and fell, hurting her head, neck, back, right wrist, left leg and ankle, and right hip. After she fell, the cashier walked over and picked up much of the substance and threw it away. Gallagher Bassett

$13,000– Settled. At North Second and Clifford Avenue the driver lost control of his semi-trailer, which fish-tailed and struck a vehicle causing neck injuries to our client-passenger. Gallagher Basset.

$13,000– Settled. The force of the rear-ending was so great that the at-fault driver’s vehicle was pushed under the vehicle of our 15-year-old client who just obtained her permit. She and her father were stopped on Spring Creek Road in Rockford, Illinois, when they were hit and she struck the left side of her head on the driver’s side window. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and right knee.  American Family.

$12,600– Settlement. A 59 year old female was entering the intersection after the light turned green and was struck by the defendant who went through a red light. Client injured her back, head and left shoulder. Settled before trial with SafeCo Insurance.

$12,500– Settled. A 31-year-old woman and her husband were on their boat on the Rock River when a drunk defendant crashed into the back of their boat actually striking the plaintiff in the back of her head with his boat. The defendant then tried to flee the scene. She suffered post-traumatic headaches and concentration problems due to a closed head injury, and severe pain and limitation of movement in her neck. State Farm paid $2,500 and Standard Mutual paid $10,000.

$12,500– Settled. The woman in the store’s parking lot pushing her shopping cart to her vehicle saw that the oncoming driver was not looking at her. Without time to get out of the way, she tried to put the cart between herself and the car. The defendant hit the cart which in turn hit the plaintiff, causing injuries to her left knee and ankle. Hartford

$12,500– Settled. As our client was proceeding westbound in the right lane of West Lincoln Avenue in DeKalb, the at-fault driver was driving next to him in the left lane of that road. All of a sudden the other driver attempted to make a right-hand turn from the left lane, causing a collision between the vehicles and forcing our client’s vehicle into the ditch. Our client suffered a disc injury at L5-S1. American Family.

$12,500– Settled. Our 25-year-old client was a backseat passenger in a vehicle traveling north on Daysville Road when its driver, intending to travel west on East Washington in Oregon, Illinois, turned left in front of an oncoming vehicle, causing a collision. Our client sustained injuries to his neck and back. State Farm.

$12,000– Settled. During a storm one night, a tenant slipped in water on his kitchen floor and twisted both knees, requiring surgery. The landlord was negligent in the fact that he failed to fix the roof even after he had several notices from the plaintiff-tenant of the defects to the roof.  State Farm

$12,000 – Settled. A man was crossing the street in the crosswalk with the proper light when he was struck so hard by a vehicle that he was thrown about 15 feet. The 53-year-old plaintiff sustained injuries to his head and neck, and lost two of his front teeth. Universal Casualty

$12,000– Settled. The force of the impact was so great that my client’s vehicle spun 180 degrees and crashed into a nearby light pole. She had been traveling north on Kishwaukee Street in Rockford, Illinois, and when she reached its intersection with Buckbee Street, the at-fault driver ignored his stop sign and smashed into the passenger’s side of my client’s vehicle. She sustained a closed head injury, as well as injuries to her neck and face. American Heartland.

$11,700– Settled. The at-fault driver pulled out of the “On the Way” gas station on Auburn Street in Rockford, Illinois, directly in front of the vehicle in which my client was a passenger, causing a collision. My 37-year-old client sustained injuries to his upper and lower back. MetLife Insurance.

$11,500– Settled. Our client was a passenger in a vehicle stopped at the sign in the eastbound turn lane on Perryville Road just south of Cherryvale North Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois. The driver behind them began to advance, thinking that their vehicle was going to be moving forward, but instead caused a rear-end collision. Our client sustained injuries to her neck and back. State Farm.

$11,400– Settled. The defendant was picking up his cell phone when he rear ended our clients’ vehicle stopped at a red light. The 54-year-old plaintiff-driver suffered injuries to her neck, back and knee; the 26-year-old plaintiff-passenger suffered injuries to her neck, back and abdomen; and the 12-year-old plaintiff-passenger suffered injuries to his head and neck. Pekin Insurance paid the driver $3,500, the female passenger $5,000, and the minor male passenger $2,900.

$11,250– Settled. When the 40-year-old driver saw the roofing company’s pick-up truck speeding toward him in his lane while passing another vehicle, he had nowhere to go. Even though he swerved toward the ditch, the two vehicles hit head-on. He suffered cervical strain, spinal stenosis is spondylosis, and had to undergo several months of treatment, including a painful epidural injection. Highland Insurance Group.

$11,000– Settled. A 20-year-old woman was visiting at a friend’s home when the family pet, a Bull Mastiff, attacked her. She suffered bites on her bilateral lower legs with multiple cuts and abrasions. Met Life settled before a trial date was set.

$11,000– Settled. An uninsured vehicle made a sudden U-turn right in the middle of the 7200 block of Kishwaukee Road in Rockford, Illinois, colliding with the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. She sustained injuries to her head, neck and back. Uninsured portion of client’s policy with Unitrin.

$10,900– Settled. A 25-year-old mother and her 2-year-old son passenger were hit when the defendant ran the red light and hit them so hard the plaintiffs’ vehicle tipped on its side and slid across the road. The defendant told the plaintiff that he did not see her. He was ticketed for failure to obey a traffic control device. The plaintiff-driver sustained cervical strain and head contusions; the plaintiff-passenger sustained a forehead contusion. State Farm settled, paying the driver $9,800 and the passenger $1,100.

$10,834– Settled. Our 18-year-old client was traveling south on Sheridan Road in Peoria, Illinois, and as she approached Columbia Terrace, the light changed to red. The individual driving behind her failed to stop and struck the rear-end of her vehicle so hard that her vehicle ended up approximately 40 yards from the point of first contact. The driver of the other vehicle fled the scene and abandoned the car. The responding police officers were unable to determine the identity of the driver that struck her. During the crash she struck her head on the windshield, and sustained injuries to her neck and back. Our client’s own uninsured policy with Pekin settled with her for $5,000 over her medicals.

$10,500– Settled. While the drunk defendant was traveling west in the eastbound lanes of Route 20, the eastbound 19-year-old woman swerved in attempt to avoid a head-on collision, taking the blow on her passenger tire. The defendant had not attempted to swerve at all. He then begged her to not call the police. When she smelled the alcohol on his breath and saw that he could not stand up straight, she did call the police. Her injuries included pain in her upper neck, lower back, and pain radiating down to her left knee. Allstate

$10,500– Settled. A witness watched the defendant to through the red light at Jefferson and First, hitting the driver’s door of our client’s vehicle. The defendant told the police that her sandal caused her foot to be stuck on the gas pedal. Our client sustained injuries to his left shoulder. Progressive.

$10,225– Arbitration Award. At a local grocery store, our client opened the cooler door, took something out, then put it back and closed the door. A second or so after the door shut, an aluminum chair fell on the top of her head. She suffered from neck pain and headaches. Self-insured company.

$10,100– Settled. He asked if it was “safe” to go into the yard with the dog, and when told it was, he went outside to watch his grandson play. The 74-year-old grandfather was standing by the back of the house when the family’s pet German Shepherd viciously bit him on the hand and leg. American Family

$10,040– Settled. Our 39-year-old client, riding his bicycle, was at the intersection of Quaker Road and Seminary when he was rear-ended by a car. He sustained injuries to his right knee and hip. Founders.

$10,000– Settlement. A 30-year-old male was a back seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck head-on by a police vehicle. Allegedly, the police officer hit the vehicle and then proceeded to turn on his lights and sirens. Client injured his neck and back. This case was filed in Winnebago County. The City of Rockford & Geico each paid $5,000.00 to settle before arbitration.

$10,000– Settlement. A 47-year-old man was a passenger on the city bus. A semi had its right signal on and the bus continued to drive in the left lane, when the semi turned left into the bus. Client injured his right shoulder, neck and lower back. Settled for $10,000 against RMTD and Broadspire

$10,000– Settlement. Pharmacy filled prescription with incorrect dosage. 17-year-old male was violently ill for an extended period of time and was prevented from successfully pursuing his education which resulted in the loss of educational and financial aid opportunities. Kemper Insurance.

$10,000– Settled. As soon as her friend responded to her knock and opened the door, a 10-year-old girl was attacked by the friend’s pet pit bull. She suffered bites to both hands and her left wrist, including a partial median nerve laceration or contusion. Country Insurance

$10,000– Settled. A 51-year-old man was exiting the building in which he rented his apartment, when a door magnet weighing about five pounds fell off the door closure system and onto his head, cutting it and causing a hairline fracture. The plaintiff suffered severe headaches. RHA

$10,000– Settled. The at-fault, uninsured driver was tailgating our client on North University Street in Peoria, Illinois, making it impossible for him to stop in time when a driver suddenly pulled out in front of our client from Sunnyview Drive, causing our client to slow down, and he collided with the rear end of her vehicle. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Our client settled with her own uninsured policy with American Access.

$10,000– Settled. “I didn’t even see you; I am so sorry” the defendant told them after he had turned in front of the motorcycle, causing the cycle to hit the driver’s front tire. The 23-year-old motorcycle passenger sustained injuries to her neck, right shoulder, right hip, abdomen, and right knee. Progressive

$9,899– Settled before trial, but after witness depositions. Our client was sitting in the left turn lane on Cherry Vale North Boulevard in Rockford, Illinois, waiting to turn left onto Perryville Road, when the driver approaching behind her failed to stop, crashing into the rear of her vehicle. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Allied Ins.

$9,600– Settled. As the three passengers sat in a car parked in the lot of a supermarket located on South Western Street in Peoria, Illinois, another vehicle backed out of a parking spot, collided with the rear passenger side of the vehicle and then left the scene without leaving any identifying information. Our 38-year-old client sustained injuries to her neck and back; the 15-year-old and the 1-year-old sustained minor injuries. Our adult settled for $7,000; the others for $1,650 and $950 respectively, with our client’s own uninsured policy with GEICO.

$9,600– Settled. Our mother and her 12-year-old daughter were traveling north on Seventh Street in Rockford, Illinois, when an uninsured, unlicensed driver ran the red light at 18th Avenue and collided with their vehicle. Our mom sustained injuries to her neck and back; her daughter sustained injuries to her neck and right leg. Settled with her own uninsured policy with Affirmative.

$9,560– Settled after Arbitration. Caught on the bank’s parking lot surveillance video was a driver rear-ending our 57-year-old client as she was conducting a banking transaction in the drive-up lane, pushing her several feet forward, then fleeing the scene. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. The at-fault driver’s insurance was Affirmative Ins.

$9,500– Settled. The plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle which, when it began to slow for a vehicle in front of it, was slammed in the rear so hard it was pushed off the roadway and through a yard. The 31-year-old woman sustained injuries to her neck and back. State Farm

$9,500– Settled. At the red light in her direction, the right-turning defendant did not stop and look, she just turned, driving over the plaintiff, who was in the crosswalk on his scooter. In failing to yield, she caused the plaintiff to sustain injuries to his left ankle. His medical bills totaled $2,529.00. Auto Owners Insurance

$9,500– Settled. A 90-year-old driver rear-ended our client in a parking lot on South Alpine Road in Rockford, Illinois, before fleeing the scene. A witness was able to provide the police with her license plate resulting in her apprehension. Our client sustained acute cervical strain, contusions to her knees, and bilateral shoulder strain. Allstate.

$9,300– Settled. Our client was eastbound on State Street in Rockford, when a westbound vehicle suddenly pulled across the center line, hitting her head-on. Significantly, police report the primary contributory cause of the collision as the other driver’s erratic, reckless and careless operation of her vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, shoulder and back. Farmers.

$9,161– Settled. A 32-year-old female was driving on a through street when the defendant ignored her stop sign and pulled out in front of plaintiff causing a collision. Plaintiff suffered upper back pain and exacerbation of optic neuritis and aggravation of multiple sclerosis. State Farm paid $5,000 plus her medical bills.

$9,000– Settlement. 17 year old female received a second degree burn on her right calf three inches in diameter. She was entering the steam room at Weis-Morris and there was an uncovered steam vent that shot out steam and caused the burn. Case was filed and settled before arbitration. West Bend Insurance

$9,000– Settlement. While in the course of his employment, the defendant rear ended 23-year-old female while she sat in traffic. She suffered neck and back pain that radiated into her shoulder. Defendants disputed relatedness of medical treatment to collision after Plaintiff’s 3-month treatment gap between initial treatment and follow-up. Settled with Allied Insurance.

$9,000– Settled. A 42-year-old woman was a restrained passenger in a vehicle which was struck by a defendant pulling out of a private driveway. She sustained injuries to her neck and right knee. Allstate

$9,000– Settled. As a 42-year-old woman was walking from her car parked on a city street toward a driveway, she encountered a significant elevation drop in the pavement which caused her to fall, fracturing her right elbow. Martin Boyer Company, Inc.

$9,000– Settled. A 33-year-old man suffered a spiral fracture of his right little finger when he tripped over a six inch stump of metal post left in the sidewalk from a broken sign in the parking lot of a gas station. ClaimsCo International

$9,000– Settled. As a woman was crossing the street legally within the crosswalk, she was thrown about five feet when she was struck by a car. At the scene, the 47-year-old complained to the police officer of pain to her abdomen, back, sternum and hip. The defendant pled guilty to a citation for “failure to yield.” Hartford

$9,000– Settled. As the plaintiff walked to her car in the hospital parking lot after visiting hours, she did not see that the parking lot was six inches lower than the sidewalk, as both were asphalt and it was dark. Taking a normal step, her foot went lower than she expected, she rolled her ankle and fractured it. The drop off was not marked and there was inadequate lighting. The hospital is under a duty to provide reasonably safe premises for those lawfully on the property. Her medical bills were $1,570. Self-insured hospital.

$9,000– Settled. In a dark haunted house sponsored and conducted by a church group on the Boone County Fairgrounds in Belvidere, Illinois, patrons were required to climb five or six steps, cross a landing, and then jump down into a pile of hay. When our 26-year-old client jumped into the hay, she heard a crack. The force of landing in the hay had caused her ankle to roll outward (laterally) and break. She sustained a supination external rotation type-II ankle fracture. Brotherhood Mutual Ins.

$9,000– Settled. At 11:15 p.m., a Texan truck driver was attempting to back a 53-foot tractor trailer into a driveway on Fairview Drive in rural DeKalb County, Illinois, but while doing so he got the rear tires of the tractor stuck in a snowbank, and, as a result, the trailer was completely across the 22-foot wide road. Despite the darkness and the presence of heavy fog, he failed to place any flares or reflective triangles or any other warning signals to alert the oncoming traffic of the obstruction. Although our client was driving cautiously due to the fog, when he saw the trailer completely blocking the road, he was unable to stop and his truck impacted with the underneath side of the semi-trailer with significant damage and intrusion to the driver’s compartment. The ambulance crew found our client to have abrasions on his left knee, pain in his right knee, abrasions on his upper left arm, and he reported his head hurt. C.R. England.

$8,150– Settled. Our client did not move forward when the green left arrow came on because a police vehicle with its lights and sirens was approaching the Riverside and North Second Street intersection, but the driver behind him stepped on his gas the instant the green light lit up and rear-ended our client. He sustained injuries to his neck and lower back. Universal Casualty.

$8,108– Settled. Our client, on Best Road in Winnebago County, Illinois, observed the other vehicle going into the left oncoming lane and assumed she was turning into the next driveway. As he continued in his lane, he then saw her swerve her vehicle back into his lane and was unable to avoid the collision, crashing into her vehicle. She advised the responding police officer that she was distracted due to her cell phone and that she did not use her turn signal when returning to the proper lane. Our 40-year-old client sustained injuries to his left shoulder. Pekin Insurance.

$8,000– Settled. As our 49-year-old client traveled south on State Street in Bloomington, Illinois, and reached its intersection with Front Street, the vehicle in front of him unexpectedly swung in front of him to make a U-turn. As he stopped suddenly, he was rear-ended by the vehicle following him. He sustained injuries to his neck. The insurance for the U-turner, Universal Casualty, and the insurance for the rear-ender, Cincinnati, each settled with him for $4,000.

$7,775– Settled. Our cyclist client was traveling north on Big Hallow Road when the southbound defendant turned left directly into him. In addition to multiple scrapes and abrasions, x-rays also indicated the possibility of a nondisplaced left wrist fracture. Settlement was medical bills and $5,000. Affirmative Insurance.

$7,745– Settled. Our 10-year-old client was visiting a friend when the family dog suddenly bit him in the thigh, removing small chunks of flesh. He now has four scars on his thigh from this dog attack. AAA Insurance.

$7,525– Settled. The at-fault driver was plowing snow in the parking lot off of Highland College Loop Road, in Stevenson County, Illinois, when he lost control of his vehicle and proceeded out onto Highland College Loop Road, striking the driver’s side of my client’s vehicle with the plow as she passed him. She sustained injuries to her back; her treatment included physical therapy. General Casualty.

$7,500– Settled. The defendant was looking left as she turned right, hitting a 49-year-old pedestrian, properly in the crosswalk and almost across the street, with the front middle of her van. He sustained injuries to his left hip, left elbow and back. Allstate

$7,500– Settled. The plaintiff was coming down the stairs outside her apartment when she slipped on ice which had formed at the bottom caused by a down spout which directed the water to that area. She fractured her ankle. Her landlord had a duty to keep the premises of his renters safe and hazard-free. Country Companies

$7,500– Settled. The at-fault driver told police she rear-ended our client because her brakes failed, but an examination of the vehicle by her own insurance showed the brakes functioned properly. Our client, traveling east on Galena Boulevard in Aurora, stopped because the vehicle in front of her stopped to turn onto Blackhawk Street and was rear-ended. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. This was settled before a trial date was set. State Farm.

$7,500– Settled. The uninsured driver rear-ended the vehicle in which our client was a passenger. They had been traveling south on Winnebago Street and when the vehicle in which my client was riding stopped for the red light at Jefferson Street in Rockford, Illinois, the driver behind did not stop. He sustained injuries to his neck and back. This was settled with the uninsured portion of the driver’s policy with American Access Insurance.

$7,500– Settled. Our mother was in the parking lot of the Aldi grocery store in Belvidere, Illinois, leaning into the car through the rear door on the driver’s side, putting her 5-year-old son into his car seat. The at-fault driver backed out of a parking spot, struck her vehicle near the driver’s side rear wheel, pinning her left knee between the two cars. Our mother sustained a complex tear of the anterior horn of the lateral meniscus and underwent arthroscopic surgery of her left knee to repair it. American Family.

$7,250– Settlement. Automobile collision in which the driver, a 55 year old woman, was struck head-on by another vehicle. The defendant’s vehicle was stopped waiting to turn when it was rear-ended by a different car. After being hit head-on plaintiff’s car “bounced” and struck another vehicle. Her injuries were head, neck back, and knee pain. Filed case and settled with Country Insurance before arbitration and American Heartland after arbitration.

$7,250– Settled. The plaintiff slipped and fell on an unnatural accumulation of ice on the sidewalk caused by a leaky gutter. Her injuries included a non-displaced left distal radial fracture of her wrist. Kemper Auto & Home.

$7,000– Settlement. A 19-year-old male was hit head-on by a driver who crossed the median. He blacked out momentarily at the time of the crash and suffered neck, chest and shoulder pain. First Chicago Insurance

$7,000– Settled. A 70-year-old woman fractured her nose and sprained her left hand when she caught her foot on a crack in the ramp coming out of a grocery store. REM insurance.

$7,000– Settled. While in the school gym, a 12-year-old girl attempted to close a door from which the handle had fallen off months ago. She put her hand into the hole in the door, pulled the door, and caught her finger, sustaining an avulsion fracture of her left middle finger and severing the tip. Gallagher Bassett Insurance

$7,000 – Settled. As our client reached the bottom of the stairs of the porch of her friend’s home, she stepped on a piece of carpeting that covered a hole in the sidewalk. As her foot fell into the hole, she heard a crack sound and felt immediate pain in her ankle. She suffered a supination inversion to the left ankle. Kemper Ins.

$7,000– Settled. A witness on the scene told the investigating officers that the other driver ran the red light at South Wyman and Chestnut Street in Rockford, Illinois, causing my client to crash into the driver’s side, despite hitting his brakes, and attempting to swerve. My client sustained injuries to his neck and back and suffered a retinal hemorrhage from the crash. State Farm.

$6,750– Settled. At an intersection with four stop signs, a 17-year-old woman stopped and then proceeded forward. The defendant, driving on the cross street, ignored the stop sign and hit the plaintiff in the intersection. She suffered injuries to her neck, head and right arm. AAA Insurance paid her $2,000 plus medicals.

$6,518– Settled. A 47-year-old man had his 5-year-old daughter as a passenger in his car when they were rear-ended by the defendant while waiting for traffic to allow him to make a right turn. Our driver-plaintiff suffered injuries to his back; and our passenger-plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck. Country Companies paid the driver $4,888 and the passenger $1,630.

$6,500– Settled. As the 35-year-old man stood behind his truck in the lot at the Mobile gas station near Orlando Street in Machesney Park, Illinois, a driver backed out quickly from a parking spot directly into our client, pinning him between both bumpers. He sustained injuries to both legs. Progressive.

$6,300– Settled. Plaintiff sustained contusions from seatbelt, back strain and pain in her abdomen, chest, back, and neck. Defendant failed to yield to stop sign and T-boned 64-year-old plaintiff. American Access.

$6,250– Settled. A 58-year-old man was sitting in a legally parked vehicle when it was hit by the defendant who then proceeded to drive away. Defendant was later caught by police. Plaintiff sustained injuries to his back. Founders Insurance

$6,152 – Settled. As she tried to turn left onto Jefferson from Hiawatha, she lost control on the ice and hit the front end of the car in which our client was a passenger. Our client sustained injuries to her neck, upper back, right arm, and right leg. Our client settled for medical damages plus $3,000. State Farm.

$6,000– Settled. The store’s camera filmed a pick-up truck striking a pedestrian in the doorway’s crosswalk and driving away. The 57-year-old grandmother was leaving the store with her granddaughter when she was injured. The defendant turned herself into the police a week later. The settlement was $4,000 over her medical bills. State Farm

$6,000– Settled. Our 29-year-old male was a passenger of a drunk driver who backed without looking from a private drive onto Kilburn Avenue in Rockford, Illinois, directly into the path of another vehicle. He sustained injuries to his neck and left shoulder. United Equitable.

$5,232– Settled. When a 44-year-old woman driver slowed to make a turn, she was rear-ended. The defendant admitted to police that he was unable to control his vehicle and unable to avoid crashing into the plaintiff. She sustained injuries to her neck and back. Liberty Mutual paid her $2,000 plus medicals.

$5,000– Settlement. Client was a 62 year old man that was rear ended. He injured his neck and back. Case was filed in Winnebago County and settled after arbitration.

$5,000– Settled. A 54-year-old woman watched a car go by before starting to back out of her driveway. After passing her house, the defendant starting backing down the street and reached the foot of her driveway just as she did, where they collided. The defendant was ticketed for improper backing. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck. Founders Insurance

$5,000– Settled. A 43-year-old woman and her daughter were walking down the sidewalk. As they walked past a house, a tan and white American bulldog pushed halfway under the fence and bit her. She suffered a bite on her left lower leg resulting in a circular bite mark scar. Country Insurance

$5,000– Settled. Plaintiff in the custody of his foster parent darted out into the street and was struck by the Defendant.   Settled with Defendant adoption agency before summary judgment.  After settlement with the adoption agency the matter was settled with the Defendant at the request of the Plaintiff’s mother at a pretrial conference.  Trial Judge recommended and encouraged settlement. Foster parent was found not negligent by DCFS. State Farm and First Nonprofit Insurance Company.

$5,000– Settled before a trial date was set. While trying on sunglasses in a store, the tag hanging from the arm of the glasses poked the 42-year-old woman in the eye, causing corneal abrasions. CNA Insurance

$5,000– Settled. His wife backed up her vehicle without looking and slammed into a parked car. He was a back seat passenger and sustained injuries to his neck. AAA Motor Club.

$5,000 – Settled. The ice (which had been caused by a drain from the roof which deposited melting snow on the sidewalk causing ice to form) was rendered impossible to see because of the dusting of snow which covered it and our client fell, sustaining an acute non-displaced fracture of her coccyx. This happened in front of a business in Rockford, Illinois. Bridgestone America Insurance.

$4,754– Settled. While sitting at a red light, our client was rear-ended by a driver who “thought she had already moved.” She sustained injuries to her lower back. Settlement was medical damages plus $2,000. State Farm.

$4,500– Settled at arbitration. The plaintiff, working as a store security guard, sees and confronts a girl stealing merchandise. She runs into parking lot with the plaintiff following. When he stoops to pick up the merchandise she has thrown down, the defendant uses her truck to run over his left foot. His body twists as he tries to move away. He sustains injuries to his left heel, right leg, and back. State Farm. A Workers Compensation claim was settled prior to this personal injury action.

$4,500– Settled. An on-duty officer, who was parked at a nearby gas station, observed the at-fault driver fail to stop at the red light she had on Harlem Road and collide in the intersection with my client who was traveling south on Forest Hills Road with the green light. My client sustained injuries to her neck, right arm and right knee. State Farm.

$4,400– Settled. Our client purchased a large can of beans at the Rockford Fruit and Vegetable Market, located in the Fairview Shopping Center in Rockford, Illinois. After the beans were rung up by the cashier, the cashier placed the large can in a thin plastic bag which was then handed to our client. The bag immediately ripped, causing the can to fall approximately five feet down onto her right foot and her pinkie toe immediately began to bleed. She sustained a distal fifth-toe fracture and underwent and anesthetized wound closure procedure with four sutures. She settled for $2,000 over her medical bills. General Casualty.

$4,196– Settled. Our client was stopped light on East State Street in Rockford, Illinois, when suddenly he was rear-ended by a driver in a 1985 Buick Electra. The force from the collision with the large car was serious and it caused severe whipping of my client’s head, neck, and back. Our client settled for $2,000 plus his medical bills. Farmers.

$4,057 – Settled. The plaintiff was traveling in the left-hand lane immediately behind a semi in the right-hand lane when suddenly, the semi’s driver’s side rear tire blew out sending debris flying on the highway. Fearing that the debris would strike his windshield, the plaintiff attempted to avoid the debris by swerving to the left. His reaction to the debris flying at his car caused his car to eventually go out of control into a ditch. The defendant obviously failed to repair the tire and/or inspect the tire. Negligence in this type of situation would be supported by a res ipsa loquitur theory (this type of incident would not occur absent negligence). The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back. Progressive Insurance

$4,000– Settled. While a 38-year-old man was snow blowing his neighbor’s driveway, a car skid across the front lawn, hitting him with the passenger door of the vehicle. He sustained injuries from both the car and his plow to his right ribs, right hip, and both shins. American Family

$4,000– Settled. Our 4-year-old client and his friend were playing catch with a football in the friend’s front yard, when the family’s German Shepherd suddenly got out the front door of the house and ran straight toward him. He became understandably frightened and attempted to run away from the dog, but the dog caught up to him and bit him in his left buttocks. Progressive Insurance.

$4,000– Settled. As my client walked out of her home in Peoria, Illinois, in order to pick up her empty trash can from the curbside, her next door neighbor let out his Border Collie without a leash. The dog immediately ran to my client and bit her in her left thigh. She now sustains unsightly, discolored bite marks on her inner left thigh. American Family.

$3,900– Settled. Although there was previous notice, the bank-landlord did nothing to repair the defects to its rental house. Stepping out on the back porch, the 36-year-old man fell through a hole in the floor that was covered by carpeting. The vibration of the porch shook the door that was missing hinges, causing it to fall on his back. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his neck and back. The bank breached its duty to provide reasonably safe rental premises. St. Paul.

$3,500– Settled. Our client was rear-ended while he sat at the red light on Perryville and East State in Rockford, sustaining injuries to his head and neck. The young, at-fault driver pled guilty to her ticket for failing to reduce speed to avoid a collision. State Farm.

$3,300– Settled. While traveling west on Auburn, our client hit a deer. She pulled over to the side of the road and put on her flashers so she could make a phone call. The defendant, traveling east on Auburn, crossed over into the westbound lane and struck our client, causing her to sustain injuries to her head, neck, abdomen and right knee. Her medical bills totaled $1,603. Progressive.

$3,250– Settled. A pit bull running loose attacked a three-year-old girl, biting her left ear and arm, and fracturing one of her teeth. American Family Insurance paid the medical plus $2,775.

$3,179– Settled. The at-fault driver told the responding police officer that she could not stop because a bug had flown between her eye and her glasses. Even if she had been telling the truth about the bug in her eye, she would still presumably have the ability to look out the other eye in order to see where she was going. Furthermore, a safe driver who was suddenly unable to see in front of himself or herself would slow down and pull off of the road until he or she could see again. She rear-ended our 33-year-old client at Ralston Road near its intersection with Debbie Lane in Machesney Park, Illinois, and our client watched her in his rear-view mirror talking on her cell phone before she hit him. Our client sustained injuries to his neck and back. State Farm.

$3,042– Settled. The uninsured driver told the officer that she was unable to stop her vehicle before rear-ending our client because her sandal came off her foot got stuck behind the brake pedal. The police officer noted that she was distracted from inside the vehicle and thus caused the crash on I-73 near Kimber Drive. Our client sustained a right ankle sprain. Affirmative Insurance, the client’s uninsured portion of the policy.

$3,000– Settled. The defendant, driving in the right lane and talking on her cell phone, wanted to make a left turn, so she turned her vehicle into the vehicle traveling in the left lane in which our client was a passenger. After the impact, the passenger door would not open. The 42-year-old plaintiff suffered injuries to her leg, hip, neck, and back. United Equitable

$3,000– Settled. While sleeping in a local hotel, she was awoken by a bat on her face. While attempting to remove the bat, it bit her eye. A maintenance man was called to the plaintiff’s room and killed the bat. Animal Control picked up the dead bat and, as a precaution, the Health Department was also contacted. GAB Robins

$3,000– Settled. A dream vacation to Mississippi to take part in the World Series of Poker became a nightmare when the plaintiff was lodged in a room infested with bedbugs. As a result of the many insect bites, the 48-year-old woman suffered a maculopapular rash primarily on her chest, face, and arms. The casino is solely responsible for its negligent failure to provide a safe environment for its customers and is liable for damages to them. CCMSI

$3,000– Settled. She mistook a tinted window immediately adjacent to a door for an exit door and walked into it. The window shattered causing severe and multiple lacerations to her finger and right thigh. Medical bills totaled $509.90. Both the landlord and the business owner are legally responsible as this constituted a hazardous condition in that the window looked just like the door that was right next to it, and was not of sufficient strength to withstand the minor impact caused when the 19-year-old plaintiff bumped into it. Westfield Companies and Frontier Insurance each paid $1,500.

$2,600– Settled. A 48-year-old male was stopped in traffic to make a left turn when he was struck from behind. The defendant admitted to the responding police officer that she had pulled her visor down because the sun was in her eyes prior to the crash. The plaintiff sustained injuries to his back. Liberty Mutual

$2,500– Settled. Headed for the check-out in a gas station store, the plaintiff turned a corner and fell over a case of oil sitting in the aisle. The 60-year-old male suffered injuries to his wrist and knee. His medicals were $388. Cincinnati Insurance

$2,500– Settled. A hospital’s cafeteria cappuccino vending machine poured scalding liquid on the hand of a 16-year-old girl, burning her. The plaintiff had used this machine before and knew that the door automatically opened when the cup was ready for removal. She reported the injury and the machine to an employee and when she returned, hot liquid was still pouring out. Indiana Insurance

$2,500– Settled. The uninsured, at-fault driver was talking on her cell phone when she rear-ended our client who sustained injuries to his right arm. First Acceptance Ins.

$2,500– Settled. While shopping for jeans in a CherryVale store, our client reached up to pull a pair off the shelf and as she did so, the sign also slid off the shelf. The corner of the sign hit her in the forehead. The employees of the store saw her forehead bleeding, gave her a bag of ice from the food court, paper towels, and cold water. She left the store holding the ice on her head. When signs are set on shelves and are not secured by anything other than the merchandise that they are advertising, it is a hazard to customers. Our client sustained a 3-4 cm hematoma in her mid-forehead and was diagnosed with head trauma with probable concussion. Eddie Bauer

$2,500– Settled. The other driver pulled out in front of our 35-year-old client as he was traveling south on North Main Street near Latham Road. He sustained injuries to both of his shoulders and his medical bills totaled $817. Auto Owners.

$2,500– Policy Limit Settlement. Our plaintiff was riding his motorcycle northbound on Eleventh Street when a westbound driver on Samuelson pulled out on a red light, making a right turn directly in front of him. His cycle could not avoid hitting the automobile. His injuries included a concussion, loss of consciousness, a punctured lung, four fractured ribs, fractured bones in his foot, and clavicle fractures. Although his medical bills were $331,508.67, the full insurance available was only $25,000. Infinity Insurance.

$2,000– Settled. A 25-year-old driver was waiting to turn left when he was rear-ended. He sustained injuries to his neck and left arm. State Farm

$2,000– Settled. Lying peacefully in the tanning bed, the 20-year-old was startled by a sudden “pop” above his head and shattering hot glass falling on his face and body. An employee responsible for cleaning had neglected to put the acrylic back on the bed over the bulbs. Plaintiff suffered third degree burns to his face and required stitches in his lip and elbow. Empire Indemnity

$1,950– Settled. Because she was on her cell phone, defendant was looking down when she rear ended a 50-year-old woman stopped at red light. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck. Erie Insurance settled before a trial date was set.

$1,750– Settled. A nine-month-old was sitting in her baby carrier with the Carrier Toy Bar attached to the handle as it was designed to do, when she suddenly started screaming. Acid from the battery had begun to drip on her face causing serious burns and blistering. Her mother immediately washed her face with water and took her to Rockford Memorial Hospital Emergency Room. The staff at the hospital examined the toy and battery involved. It was later discovered that the battery leaked because it was punctured by the toy when it was installed. The battery was installed, the toy punctured it, the battery cover was reinstalled, and the mother did not know the battery had been punctured. It was this puncturing of the battery which led to this little girl’s injury. Dorel Juvenile Group, Inc.

$1,710– Settled. Our client was burned on her groin and inner thighs during a Brazilian wax procedure. She received her medical expenses and $1,000. CNA Ins.

$1,600– Settled. A grocery store employee, not being able to see around a tall cart he was pushing down the aisle, knocked into an 84-year-old woman from behind. She sustained injuries to her legs, back and rib cage. Her medicals totaled $449. Sedgewick Insurance

$1,500– Settled. A 33-year-old woman and the defendant were traveling in opposite directions on the same private driveway when the defendant swerved into plaintiff’s lane and they collided. The plaintiff sustained injuries to her neck and back. Kingsway America (Universal Casualty) Insurance

$1,300– Settled. A 6-year-old girl on her bicycle leaned over to pet her friend’s Golden Retriever and the dog attacked her. She suffered bites to her right leg which resulted in puncture scars and a and linear scar. Allstate

$1,035– Settled. Not hearing the plaintiff’s blaring horn, the defendant backed up from a parking spot directly into the driver’s side front bumper and quarter panel of our client’s car. The 32-year-old plaintiff was in a parking lot, in a line of cars in an aisle, with nowhere to move. She suffered neck strain. Grange Insurance

$1,001– Arbitration Award. The defendant admitted to police that she was “messing with her cell phone” when she rear-ended a 33-year-old woman who was stopped at a traffic light. The plaintiff injured her back. State Farm paid the $750 award plus $251 in court costs.

$700– Settled. As a 32-year-old woman was unloading items from the passenger side of her vehicle which was parked on the right side of a one-way street with flashers on, the defendant struck the rear of plaintiff’s vehicle, causing the passenger door to strike the plaintiff, causing her to fall to the ground. Plaintiff suffered from right hand contusion and lumbar strain. Universal Casualty

$350– Settled. The inexperience of the 17-year-old driver no doubt played a part when he took a curve too fast and lost control, skidding approximately 220 feet before hitting a sign and a fence. His carload of young occupants all had to be taken to the emergency room. Our plaintiff was a 15-year-old back seat passenger. The settlement was in addition to the $503 in medical bills which were paid. Hartford Insurance.

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