Rear-End Auto, Personal Injury, Directed Negligence

Style of Case: Nina Miller v. Paul Cotton
Client:    Paul Cotton
Trial End Date:   2/3/2009
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit Court, Madison County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Personal Injury Auto; Summary Judgment Finding Negligence
Judge:    The Honorable Barbara Crowder
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Dominique N. Seymoure
Jury Verdict

Plaintiff was stopped in a 2000 Toyota Sienna northbound on Illinois State Route 159 at its intersection with Brenda Road in Glen Carbon, Illinois. The defendant, driving a 1989 Ford Taurus, was also traveling on IL 159 directly behind the plaintiff. The defendant rear-ended the plaintiff, pushing her car into the car in front of her. Prior to trial, the Court entered summary judgment in favor of the plaintiff on the issue of the defendant’s negligence, reserving the issues of proximate cause and damages to the jury. The plaintiff claimed the accident caused permanent injuries to her spine from her neck to her low back. The defendant presented evidence showing the plaintiff initially did not seek medical treatment until eight days after the accident and then did not return for treatment for over a year thereafter. The plaintiff asked the jury to award her in excess of $150,000 at the trial. The jury returned a verdict for the plaintiff for $6,000.

Last Demand:    $50,000
Verdict:    $6,000