Rear End Auto Accident; Lumbar Injury

Style of Case: Emma Moore v. Donald Ahern
Client:    Donald Ahern
Trial End Date:   1/25/2007
Court:    Seventh Judicial Circuit Court, Morgan County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Rear End Auto Accident; Lumbar Injury
Judge:    The Honorable Richard T. Mitchell
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Dominique N. Seymoure
Jury Verdict

On January 28, 2002 the plaintiff was riding as a front-seat passenger in a mini-van in the northbound left-turn lane on South Main Street at its intersection with Morton Avenue in Jacksonville, Illinois. The defendant was also traveling in the northbound left-turn lane on South Main Street directly behind the plaintiff’s vehicle. While making the turn on a left-turn signal, the plaintiff’s vehicle stopped and the defendant was unable to stop before contacting the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff claimed injuries to her low back, including the discs in her low back. The defendant presented evidence showing the minimal nature of the impact and that the plaintiff had a 20-plus year history of low back problems and complaints. The plaintiff asked the jury to award her in excess of $100,000 at the trial. The jury returned a verdict for the defendant.

Last Demand:    $50,000
Verdict:    Defense Verdict