Rear End Auto; Directed Liability; Chiropractic

Style of Case: Ellen Fronabarger v. Edith Burns
Client:    Edith Burns
Trial End Date:   5/14/2007
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Rear End Auto; Directed Liability; Chiropractic Treatment
Judge:    The Honorable Nicholas G. Byron
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Dominique N. Seymoure
Jury Verdict

On November 29, 2003, the plaintiff was traveling west on S.A. 35 at its intersection with Illinois Rout 111 in Nameoki, Illinois. The defendant was also traveling west on S.A. 35 directly behind the plaintiff when she failed to stop and hit the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle. At trial, the Court determined the defendant was negligent.

Following the accident, the plaintiff sought treatment with Lawrence Shipley, D.C. and continued treatment for approximately a year following the accident. She incurred chiropractic bills of approximately $10,000. Defendant established the impact was minimal and that Plaintiff returned to her hobby, bowling, after only five weeks despite her claim of needing a year of chiropractic treatment. Defendant argued Plaintiff was not injured to the extent she claimed and that the amount of treatment was excessive. Plaintiff asked the jury to award her $30,000 at the trial. The jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiff for $3,141, which represented five weeks of chiropractic treatment and an award for pain and suffering and loss of a normal life.

Last Demand:    $17,000
Verdict:    Verdict for Plaintiff for $3,141.