Rear-end Auto, Whiplash/Cervical Strain

Style of Case: Sickmier v. Bronsman
Client: Aaron Bronsman
Trial End Date: 12/15/2015
Court: Twentieth Judicial Circuit, St. Clair County, Illinois
Type of Case: Rear-end Auto, Whiplash/Cervical Strain
Judge: The Honorable Heinz Rudolf
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case: Joshua Severit

Jury Verdict

The defendant struck the rear of Plaintiff’s vehicle at a very low rate of speed at the intersection of Green Mount Commons and Carlyle Avenue in St. Clair County, Illinois. No injuries were reported at the scene. Plaintiff later claimed a cervical strain injury as a result of whiplash. His medical bills totaled $9,382.34.The defendant denied he proximately caused Plaintiff’s alleged damages to the extent claimed. Plaintiff waited almost four months before seeking any medical treatment related to the accident. Expert testimony established a cervical strain injury would have resolved within six weeks following the accident. Therefore, the defense established all of the treatment beginning four months later was not related to the accident.

Last Demand: Mandatory arbitration award: $16,000.00 rejected.
Verdict: Defense Verdict