Mr. Srodulski defended a snow plower company in a personal injury lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The case was tried before Judge Bartkowicz. The plaintiff filed suit alleging that Mr. Srodulski’s client had failed to properly remove snow from her condominium’s parking lot. She fell while walking across the parking lot injuring her wrist. The wrist injury required surgery to install hardware to give her partial function of wrist. She lost some movement of her wrist permanently. Despite her injury, the Plaintiff was less than honest about how and where she fell. Mr. Srodulski’s cross examination of her was devastating. Under his questioning, Mr. Srodulski forced the plaintiff to admit she fell in an area over which his client was not obliged to plow. Accordingly, Mr. Srodulski established that her fall too place in an area where his client had no legal and no contractual obligation to plow. Mr. Srodulski then urged the court to take the case from the jury and dismiss his client from the case. Despite counsel for plaintiff’s pleas that his client’s injury for which he sought $800,000 was entitled to her day in court, Judge Bartkowicz took the rare step of throwing the case out of court against Mr. Srodulski’s client holding that the plaintiff had utterly failed to establish any factual or legal reason to let the case proceed. The plaintiff has filed no appeal and the case has been terminated.
Mr. Iovinelli defended Dan Coffey and Sila Maintenance in a jury trial before Judge Axelrood at the Daley Center. The trial lasted 4 days. Joan Anaya alleged that as a result of a rear end motor vehicle accident her spine was injured requiring surgery. She put in evidence $222,800 in medical bills. The Plaintiff’s expert Dr. Lim testified for the plaintiff but Mr. Iovinelli’s cross exam undermined the reliability of his testimony. At closing argument, counsel for plaintiff asked the jury for $750,000. The jury, siding with Mr. Iovinelli, found that the plaintiff suffered only a minor strain of her lower back and returned a verdict of only $5,000.
Mr. Srodulski defended a State Farm insured in a jury trial in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The presiding judge was Judge Bartkowicz. The trial lasted several days. The case arose from a minor automobile accident. The plaintiffs alleged that as a result of the accident, they suffered injuries to spinal disks and were at risk of future medical care and treatment. Mr. Srodulski effectively attacked the questionable medical witnesses and showed the jury that the plaintiffs had significant problems with trustworthiness. He also mounted an effective medical defense using objective and credible medical witnesses. The lawyer for the Plaintiffs asked the jury for $190,000. The jury, however, agreed with Mr. Srodulski’s position and returned a verdict of only $8000 total essentially awarding emergency room charges only.
Mr. Wine defended Alexadra Bochis at a jury trial arising from a personal injury suit filed against her by Enrico Alberti. The case was tried on February 14, 2017 before Judge Desierto in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The case arose from an auto accident of December 14, 2012 at the intersection of Forest Preserve Drive and Overhill Ave in Chicago. The crash happened when Mr. Alberti turned left from Forest Preserve Drive onto Overhill while Ms. Bochis drove in the opposite direction of Forest Preserve Drive. The collision was heavy and Mr. Alberti alleged he lost two teeth requiring a permanent bridge together with neck and back injuries. He presented to the jury $10,000 in medical bills and his lawyer urged the jury to add $15,000 for his pain and suffering and $5,000 for loss of a normal life. Mr. Wine emphasized that Mr. Alberti had an obligation to yield because he made a left turn and that Ms. Bochis had no time to avoid the collision. The jury took only forty-five minutes for deliberation and returned a verdict in favor of Ms. Bochis.
Plaintiff Gregory Gordon, a professional truck driver for Watkins Brothers out of Georgia, drove a flat bed semi loaded with 70,000 pounds of building materials north bound on I-90 in downstate Illinois on his way to Minnesota. He came upon the slow moving passenger van of Dorothy Lucas who drove herself and her family back to Chicago from a vacation in Louisiana. Ms. Lucas experienced a flat tire and began to slow to keep control of her van and pull over onto the shoulder. The collision was extreme with the semi truck rolling over and the van being flipped onto its side. Mr. Gordon suffered injuries and incurred medical expenses of $66,000 for a fractured leg needing surgery and facial surgery for check bone repairs. He was in a wheelchair for 6 months and lost $35,000 in wages. He never returned back to work as an over the road driver. In addition, the 6 passengers in Ms. Lucas’ can brought claims against Mr. Gordon and Watkins which were settled for $120,000 collectively. Mr. Gordon sued Ms. Lucas in the Circuit Court of Cook County and Watkins Brothers joined the lawsuit seeking recovery against Ms. Lucas for the sums it paid to her passengers.
The evidence was disputed. Mr. Gordon contended that Ms. Lucas lingered on the highway too long travelling well below the minimum speed limit of 45 mph. He also contended that she was fully in the right hand moving lane and he had no chance to avoid her as traffic in between he and Ms. Lucas moved to the left lane. Ms. Lucas contended that as soon as her tire indicator activated on her dashboard, she slowed and activated her hazard lights. She also contended that she had almost fully pulled onto the shoulder when the collision happened. The Illinois State Police and its reconstruction team concluded that Ms. Lucas was at fault and ticketed her for the incident. Mr. Gordon and Ms. Lucas retained their own reconstruction experts who arrived at differing conclusions about Mr. Lucas’ speed and position on the roadway. Ms. Lucas also developed evidence showing Mr. Gordon’s rig violated some specifications of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act. The parties could not agree on settlement in that the Ms. Lucas’ insurer made no offers to settle and the Plaintiffs demanded the entirety of her $300,000 coverage.
The parties agreed to a binding arbitration before Judge Michael Panter, retired from the Circuit Court of Cook County, at ADR Systems, Inc. in Chicago. The parties testified as did their respective experts and submitted video evidence depositions of the State Police and medical witnesses. Counsels for Mr. Gordon and Watkins Brothers argued that their respective clients were entitled to an award of $500,000 in total. Ms. Lucas argued that she was not at fault for the accident and that Mr. Gordon was responsible for the accident urging the Court to find in her favor. Judge Panter, unaware of the insurance coverage and the limits pursuant to the arbitration contract, deliberated on the matter for 4 days and returned a verdict for Ms. Lucas on all claims.
Peterson v. Mahic arose from an auto and pedestrian incident at the intersection of Potter and Dempster near Main East High School. Mr. Mahic, a junior at Main East drove south bound on Potter intending to turn left onto Dempster and park at the school’s lot. Mr. Peterson walked to the intersection intending to catch a west bound bus on Dempster. The parties had differing versions about the accident. Mr. Peterson contended that he crossed from the west to east near the cross walk across Potter and that as he crossed the south bound left turn only lane, he saw Mr. Mahic coming at a high rate of speed trying to catch the green left turn arrow. Mr. Mahic contended that south bound through traffic was stopped for a circular red light and that he proceeded at about 10 mph in the left turn lane with the green arrow. He also contended that Mr. Peterson walked through the stopped cars in the two through lanes leaving Mr. Mahic no time to react.
Mr. Peterson’s head penetrated the windshield leaving him with 26 facial fractures, a subdural hematoma of his brain and a loss of 12 teeth. His medical bills were just under $70,000. Mr. Peterson demanded the $100,000 policy limits from Mr. Mahic. Mr. Mahic offered binding arbitration. The case was tried by Judge Michael Panter of ADR Systems Inc and he returned an award for Mr. Mahic and against Mr. Peterson.
This case involved a question of who had the green light at the intersection of Cicero and 83rd Street in Cicero Illinois. Plaintiff Orozco drove east bound on 83rd St contending that he had the green light and as a result of the accident, he suffered injuries to his neck and a herniated disk in his lower back together with a rotator cuff tear. He presented to the jury $6200 in medical bills having withdrawn almost an additional $11,000 in medical bills. Defendant Dyngosz, age 75, contended he drove south bound Cicero having the green light. No negotiations took place with both sides wanting to proceed to trial. The jury returned a verdict for Mr. Orozco in the amount of $18,187 after his counsel asked for $37,000.
In its June 1, 2016 newletter, the Defense Research Institute published Mr. DiPino’s result in the case of Huber v. Huber. More information about the case can be found on this website in the post of February 2, 2016. DRI’s The Voice newsletter can be found here: DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar [DRINewsletters@dri.org]
As of may 23, 2016, Ms. Kalli Kling has joined the firm. Ms. Kling graduated from John Marshall in 2014. Since obtaining her license to practice law in October 2014, Ms. Kling has already tried six personal injury cases to verdict in Cook County. Beverly and Pause is proud to have Ms. Kling as a member of our professional staff.
From February 5 to February 18, 2016, Mr. Stephen tried to jury verdict 2012 L 6481 in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The case arose from a rear end auto accident after which the Defendant pleaded guilty to drunk driving. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered a disk injury in her neck with radiculopathy in her arms together with shoulder injuries and headaches. The plaintiff demanded $100,000 to settle. The Defendant offered a binding arbitration of $0 low to $100,000 high. The Plaintiff rejected the offer and the case proceeded to trial. Mr. Stephen developed evidence tending to question the Plaintiff’s injury and her credibility. Counsel for Plaintiff asked the jury to award $151,000. Despite admitting fault for the accident, the Defense argued that the evidence of the Plaintiff’s injury was not as serious as the Plaintiff claimed and urged the jury to award fair and reasonable compensation. The jury returned a verdict of $62, 200.