Style of Case: Sherri J. Pate v. Patricia Dieu
Client: Patricia Dieu
Trial End Date: 1/7/2010
Court: Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, IL
Type of Case: Rollover Crash Aggravating Prior Lumbar Spinal Injuries
Judge: The Honorable Andy Matoesian
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case: William B. Starnes II
Before the accident, Plaintiff had 3 successive lumbar surgeries (one discectomy and two fusions) involving L4-5 and L5-S1 due to a prior work accident. At trial, medical evidence was conflicting as to whether plaintiff sustained a permanent or temporary exacerbation of her chronic low back condition and to what extent medical expenses and treatment were related to the accident as opposed to the prior chronic condition.
The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $5,795.56 ($3,995.56 in medical expenses, $900 for pain and suffering, and $900 for loss of normal life). Near the time of initial treatment, $6,296.16 of plaintiff’;s medical expenses had been paid on behalf of defendant. Accordingly, the judgment has been setoff to $-0-.
Last Demand: $65,000 during trial
Verdict: $5,795.56 for the plaintiff; Judgment setoff to zero ($-0-).