In early October 2018, Mr. DiPino defended State Farm in an underinsured motorist claim arising from an accident at the Kentucky Derby. The claimant had been at Churchill Downs after recovering from breast cancer surgery. While returning to her hotel after the Derby, an underinsured motorist blew a stop sign striking the claimant’s car injuring her and 3 of her friends. The underinsured motorist had a $20,000 policy and it was split equally between the claimant and her passengers. The claimant spent the night at the local hospital for complaints relating to her head, breast, neck, and back. She was released and began a course of physical therapy and medical evaluations. Her medical bills totaled $31,000 and her expert projected an additional $80,000 for a future cervical fusion. After extensive medical discovery, the case proceeded to a three person arbitration panel. The claimant sought an award of $300k to $350k together with a bad faith claim against the claimant’s insurer. The defense argued that the evidence showed nothing more than a neck strain and that the cervical fusion had no basis in the evidence. The panel returned an award of $27,000 for the claimant. Prior to the arbitration, an offer of $43k had been made to claimant which she rejected. Mr. DiPino’s work was noted in the “And the defense wins” column of the October 24, 2018 issue of The Voice published by DRI.
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.