Rear-end Auto, Interstate

Style of Case: Bandy v. Wehmeyer
Client:    Linda K. Wehmeyer
Trial End Date:    6/20/2012
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County
Type of Case:    Rear-end Auto, Interstate
Judge:    The Honorable Thomas Chapman
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Dominique N. Seymoure
Jury Verdict

While driving to work on Interstate 55/70 near Collinsville, Illinois in stop-and-go traffic, the defendant mistakenly drove forward when the traffic in front of her had not yet started moving. The defendant’s vehicle hit the rear of another vehicle that was then pushed into the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle. There was minimal damage to all three involved vehicles. The plaintiff refused medical treatment at the scene but then went to two emergency rooms the day of the accident. She started treating with a chiropractor two days later that referred her to a pain management physician and an orthopedic physician. The plaintiff claimed injuries to her neck, left arm and low back. She incurred medical bills of $15,505.11. Treating physicians testified the accident caused the plaintiff’s alleged injuries. Defendant’s expert medical witness testified it was likely the plaintiff suffered a cervical strain and that the plaintiff’s ongoing complaints were not caused by the accident but were due to the degenerative condition in her neck.

Defendant rejected the mandatory arbitration award returned for plaintiff in the amount of $25,000 and proceeded to trial by jury.

Last Demand:     $55,000
Verdict:     $18,255.11