From October 2 to October 8, 2017, Mr. Stephens defended State Farm’s insureds, Mr. and Mrs. Amoroso in a jury trial before the Honorable Joan Powell in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The plaintiff was hit by the nanny of the Amoroso’s while driving their car. She made a left turn on a green light while the plaintiff proceeded through the intersection. The plaintiff suffered injuries to his pelvis and lower back requiring surgery and external fixators. He also developed chronic pain. Before trial, the plaintiff demanded $775,000 to settle. At trial, the counsel for plaintiff asked the jury for $3.6 million. At trial, Mr. Stephens offered $725,000 to settle the case. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff in the amount of $479,000.
Mr. Srodulski defended an American Family insured in a auto accident matter. Although Mr. Srodulski’s client was at fault for the collision, he built a medical defense raising questions about the Plaintiff’s quarter million dollars in medical bills and their connection to the incident. After extensive medical discovery, the parties reached an impasse with the Plaintiff insisting that her case was worth $1.2 million dollars. The parties litigated the matter before Retired Judge Jennifer Duncan Brice. After hearing from the witnesses and the respective experts for each side, Judge Duncan Brice returned a verdict of $35,000.