Chicago Auto Accident Lawyers Won $10.4 Million Verdict for Tragic Accident

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Power, Rogers & Smith, leading personal injury lawyers in Chicago, help Caletz family find justice under Illinois accident law.

Chicago auto accident lawyers at Power, Rogers & Smith won a $10.4 million jury verdict on behalf of the Caletz family for the death of their 9 year-old daughter and injuries to other members of the family suffered during an auto accident.

The lawsuit, The Estate of Crystal Colon, a minor deceased, et al vs. Jesse Blackmon, Transport Carriers, Inc., Robert Lachowski, and American Shipping and Packing, Inc., 99 C 8146, was filed in The United States District Court For the Northern District Of Illinois, according to Stephanie Caletz, Special Administrator of the Estate of Crystal Colon.

“This is a tremendous win for a family that has suffered so much loss and pain as a result of the negligence of others,” says Larry R. Rogers, Sr., who along with a team of personal injury lawyers in Chicago, represented the Caletz family in their accident law claims.

The tragic and fatal auto accident occurred on July 1, 1999 on the ramp exiting the Chicago Skyway. On that day, the plaintiff, Mario Caletz, was traveling with his wife, Stephanie, and their three children, Crystal, 9, Joel, 3, and Brandon, 9 month old. An International tractor, driven by Jesse Blackmon of Transport Carriers, Inc., was also on the same ramp driving in front of Mr. Caletz at that time. At some point, Mr. Blackmon lost control of the tractor forcing Mr. Caletz to maneuver and break in an attempt to avoid hitting the tractor with his Nissan Van. As a result, the Caletz van was rear-ended by a truck driving behind him. The truck was operated by Robert Lachowski of American Shipping and Packing.

Crystal, the family’s 9 year-old daughter, died as a result of her injuries. The Caletz family sought help navigating accident law from Power, Rogers & Smith, one of Chicago’s premier personal injury law firms. After filing suit and months of trial preparation, the highly experienced Chicago auto accident lawyers at Power, Rogers & Smith brought the case in front of a jury, winning a significant $10.4 million jury verdict in U.S. District Court before the Honorable Michael Mason.

About Power, Rogers & Smith

For nearly three decades, Power, Rogers & Smith and its founding partners, have been dedicated solely to the representation of Chicago personal injury victims in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of auto accidents, train accidents, construction accidents, brain injuries, birth injuries, cerebral palsy, and many other forms of medical malpractice.

The skilled and experienced lawyers at Power, Rogers & Smith have obtained over 200 personal injury and wrongful death recoveries in excess of $1 million dollars for serious injury and wrongful death cases, totaling nearly $1 billion over time.

In addition to handling demanding personal injury caseloads, Joseph A. Power, Jr., Larry R. Rogers and Todd A. Smith are active in the community and have been recognized by numerous organizations for their contributions, including Joe Power's 2003 Citizen of the Year Award by the City Club of Chicago.

If you have suffered permanent injuries and significant economic damages within the last two years, or represent a family member who has been seriously impacted by someone's negligence, including wrongful death, please contact Chicago personal injury lawyers, specialists in Chicago, Illinois train accidents, Power Rogers & Smith by phone at 312-236-9381 or contact Mr. Todd Smith directly at 312-827-6108.

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