Mr. Wine defended a State Farm insured who struck Ms. Romano’s car. There was no doubt about the liability of the defendant but a significant question existed as to Ms. Romano’s injuries and casual relationship to the accident. The evidence showed that Ms. Romano had no significant history as to her neck. Ultimately, after conservative treatment such as physical therapy and injections, she underwent cervical fusion surgery. Her medical bills were just under $200,000. The surgery left her with a scar. Mr. Wine deposed all the physicians who cared for Ms. Romano and had her medical data reviewed by a orthopedic spine surgeon. Counsel for Plaintiff demanded $1 million to settle. Mr. Wine recommended a binding arbitration. Judge Egan, Retired, of the Circuit Court of Cook County heard the matter taking evidence of 4 medical witnesses, the Plaintiff and several thousand pages of medical records. After considering the evidence and hearing the arguments of counsel for Plaintiff and Mr. Wine, the court returned a verdict of $294,100.