Personal Injury Auto; Admitted Negligence

Style of Case: Shelby Graham vs. Kevin Chenault
Client:    Kevin Chenault
Trial End Date:   3/12/2009
Court:    20th Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Personal Injury Auto
Judge:    The Honorable Vincent Lopinot
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Michael C. Hobin
Jury Verdict

Defendant admitted negligently causing a vehicular collision on the morning of March 15, 2006. Plaintiff went to the emergency room later that morning and began treating with a physical therapist less than a week later. Further, he claimed he was unable to work as a school district custodian for approximately two months after the collision. Dr. Robert Schultz opined there was a 30% chance plaintiff would need surgery in the future to repair a herniated disc. Defendant did not obtain an independent medical examination.

Defendant rejected a $40,000 award to plaintiff entered pursuant to mandatory arbitration on October 13, 2008. Thereafter a jury awarded plaintiff all of his post accident medical bills ($11,208.97), all of his lost wages ($7,036.50) and $3,000 for his purported pain and suffering but did not award damages for plaintiff’s claims of future damages or loss of normal life for a total verdict of $21,245.47.

Last Demand:    $34,000
Verdict:    $21,245.47 for plaintiff