Successes

Below is just a sampling of some of the results we have achieved for our clients.  As you review these please understand that even if your case (or potential case) sounds similar to one of those listed below that each case is different. The results below are not necessarily indicative of the value of any other case.

Result: $2,550,000

A downstate Illinois male bicyclist was struck from behind by the driver of a pickup truck. The driver fled the scene but was arrested after a few days and charged with felony hit-and-run.

He later admitted that he had dropped a cigarette onto the floorboard of his Ford F-150 and reached down to pick it up. By the time he looked up it was too late to avoid hitting the cyclist.

The settlement was the all-time largest reported verdict or settlement in the county in which the case was brought.

Result: $490,000

A 59 year old Chicago accountant was struck by a left turning driver while riding his bicycle to work. The male cyclist suffered fractures to both lower bones of his left leg, a torn left meniscus, a fractured left hand and a broken nose. He underwent several surgeries to treat his injuries and spent months in a wheelchair.

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Result: $375,000

An elderly man was struck and killed by a minivan while riding his bicycle through a traffic intersection in Mattoon, Illinois

The defense was prepared to present extensive scientific evidence from an accident reconstruction expert that the deceased man himself was at fault for the incident.

However, investigation uncovered a witness to the scene who observed the defendant driver speeding through the intersection while not paying proper attention.

Result: $300,000

A 33 year old female bicyclist was struck from behind in Chicago by a taxi cab driver who fled the scene. She suffered torn cartilage in her left knee requiring surgery.

Employed as a flight attendant, her injuries left her unable to work for a significant period of time. She incurred over $60,000 in medical bills.

Result: $250,000

A woman driving a pick-up truck struck and killed a bicyclist as she was overtaking him on a rural road.

The defense claimed the bicyclist “swerved suddenly” into the path of the truck, but they eventually paid their full policy limits.

Result: $245,000

A 23 year old Chicago man was struck by a right-turning dump truck with an attached trailer.

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Result: $175,000

A car meandered into a bicycle lane and almost struck a bicyclist. In order to avoid the collision the bicyclist pushed off the car and straddled her bicycle.

When she pushed off the car she felt a “pop” in her shoulder. She ended up with a latent injury to her shoulder, and she eventually had a surgery to correct the problem.

Result: $130,000

A male bicyclist suffered a fractured leg after colliding with a friend who was cycling with him. The collision occurred when our client scrambled to get out of the way of an Allied Van Lines semi tractor trailer which came perilously close to striking him from behind.

Though the truck never stopped and the driver was never identified, we filed a lawsuit against Allied in DuPage County, where the company was headquartered.

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Result: $100,000

A Northwestern University student was struck from behind by a driver on Sheridan Road in Chicago. The female bicyclist was in the midst of merging left when she was hit by the motorist.

She sustained a fractured vertebrae without paralysis, incurring more than $50,000 in medical expenses. The case settled for the full amount of available insurance.

Result: $100,000

A Chicago bicycle commuter was doored by a driver stopped along the curb on North Lincoln Avenue in the Lakeview neighborhood.  The bicyclist was riding in the bicycle lane when the carelessly opened door sliced into the bottom of his left leg causing a serious injury requiring surgery.

The motorist was uninsured, so resolution of the case was reached with the cyclist’s own auto insurer pursuant to his uninsured motorist coverage.

Result: $100,000

A 42 year old Chicago cyclist was struck by a SUV emerging from an alley on the 4800 block of West Belle Plaine Avenue.  The bicyclist suffered a torn right labrum (shoulder) requiring arthroscopic surgical repair.

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Result: $82,500

A bicyclist was struck by a car making a left turn across a marked bike lane. The collision happened at night.

The ambulance report showed that the bicyclist was dressed head to toe in black without a functioning headlight at the time of the subject accident. The bicyclist suffered two broken teeth.

Result: $75,000

A 31 year old Chicago man riding his bicycle home from dinner with his girlfriend was struck by a motorist who blew a red light in the Logan Square neighborhood.

The bicyclist suffered facial injuries but recovered fully.  The cyclist was riding without a headlamp as is required under Illinois law.  However, we used photographic evidence, along with the testimony of a witness, to demonstrate that the intersection was very well lit at the time of the crash and the cyclist’s lack of lighting was not a contributing cause of the collision.

Result: $75,000

A 38 year old man was riding his bicycle home from work in front of Chicago’s East Bank Club along West Kinzie Street when the driver of a Mercedes Benz opened her car door into his path.

The cyclist struck the door with his right shin resulting in a significant laceration requiring 11 stitches.  The man experienced temporary nerve damage affecting his lower right leg that took several months to heal.  This incident occurred just prior to the installation of Chicago’s first segregated bicycle lane along West Kinzie Street.

Result: $70,000

A 24 year old man was riding his bicycle to work at his Loop office when a taxi cab suddenly swerved into him.

The bicyclist was thrown off his bike, crashing hard to the ground.  He suffered a fractured clavicle requiring surgical repair.

Result: $35,000

A 20 year old female photography student was struck by a 74 year old driver who was attempting to turn left from northbound Lincoln onto westbound Barry in Lakeview.

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Result: $30,000

A female bicyclist suffered a fractured collarbone after being struck by a driver at the intersection of Grand and Columbus in Chicago. She did not have health insurance to cover her out-of-pocket costs which totaled about $3,000.

The driver fled the scene, but with the license plate number and a description of the vehicle we were able to track her down. She turned out to be a licensed lawyer and medical doctor in Indiana.

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Result: $11,500

A 29 year old man was struck by a taxi cab while riding his skateboard through the intersection of Lake Street and North Clinton Street in Chicago’s Loop. He was skating with his girlfriend to a movie theater.

As he skated off of the sidewalk to cross the street with the light in his favor a right turning taxi cab crashed into him. The driver did not stop immediately, and carried the man down the street on the hood of his vehicle before halting. Our client sustained a hip pointer and knee sprain from the collision, incurring about $5,300 in medical bills.