Illinois Jury Awards Record Verdict for Soft Tissue Injuries Arising out of Truck Accident

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A Chicago, Illinois jury awarded $550,000 to a 76-year-old woman who sustained soft tissue injuries to her upper back as a consequence of a truck accident in 2004. The verdict was the highest verdict ever reported in Illinois to a plaintiff over the age of 60 for purely soft tissue injuries. The jury also awarded the 80-year-old husband $60,000 for injuries to his rotator cuff as a result of the truck accident.

Top Chicago Personal Injury Lawyers, Passen Law Group, secured a record jury verdict in Illinois on behalf of their clients who were injured when their car was rear-ended by a semi tractor-trailer.

A jury in the Circuit Court of Cook County, IL (NO.06 L 2777) returned a verdict yesterday of $610,000 for a married couple, ages 80 and 76, who live in DeForest, Wisconsin, whose vehicle was rear-ended by a semi truck on I-90 near the Illinois/Wisconsin border on April 12, 2004.

The couple filed a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company, Inland Traffic Consulting Corp. The defendant admitted negligence, but claimed the plaintiffs were not injured as a result of the accident to the degree and extent alleged.

The 76-year-old wife sustained soft tissue injuries to her neck, shoulders and upper back. She incurred $55,255.30 in medical bills. She was treated by her primary care physician and received physical therapy through the present time. The defense argued that she was fully healed as of September 2004. The jury awarded her $550,000, including damages for future medical treatment, pain and suffering and loss of normal life.

According to the editor of the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter, the $550,000 verdict to a 76-year-old female is the highest verdict ever reported anywhere in Illinois to a plaintiff over the age of 60 for purely soft tissue injuries.

Her 80-year-old husband sustained an injury to his right shoulder as a result of the motor vehicle accident, which led to him having surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in 2007. He incurred $25,987.50 in medical bills. The defense argued that the rotator cuff tear was a preexisting condition that was only temporarily aggravated. The jury awarded him $60,000. The husband was unfortunately unable to have rotator cuff repair surgery until June 2007 because of unrelated cardiac problems.

The case was tried in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, by Stephen M. Passen and Matthew A. Passen of Passen Law Group for the plaintiffs. Passen Law Group is a Top Chicago Personal Injury Law Firm based in Chicago, Illinois.

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