$1 Million Settlement for Aurora Man Injured by Negligent Truck Driver
A 57-year-old father of four was awarded a $1,000,000.00 settlement after sustaining serious injuries due to the negligence of a semi-trailer truck driver.
On February 12, 2020, Jose and his friend were driving eastbound on I-88 at approximately 3am on their way back to Aurora after picking up scrap paper in Dekalb when without warning a truck violently struck the back of their van. Jose was severely injured, requiring him to be airlifted to the nearest hospital where he was found to have suffered multiple rib fractures, injuries to his right arm, damage to his right eye and a mild traumatic brain injury.
During his extensive hospital stay, Jose was required to undergo wrist surgery and an operation to repair his orbital fractures in order to save his eye. After returning home, Jose’s physical pain and emotional trauma has only worsened. After completing months of physical therapy, Jose made significant improvements, but he still has lingering back pain that prevents him from performing any strenuous activities.
Despite Jose’s life-changing injuries, the defense did not offer a settlement prior to trial attorneys Craig D. Brown and Thomas M. Connelly, filing a lawsuit. The defense disputed liability, alleging Jose was guilty of comparative fault because he was operating his van at an unreasonably slow speed while his taillights were inoperable. Through compelling evidence found during discovery, Craig and Tom were able to demonstrate that the Defendant failed to keep a proper lookout and thus his negligence was the sole cause of the crash.
“Even with undisputed evidence, insurance companies do everything in their power to uphold foolish claims to deflect liability. Our client’s permanent injuries were preventable had the professional driver upheld his most basic responsibility to keep his eyes on the road,” said Craig Brown.
Our trial attorneys’ fierce advocacy convinced the defense to change their position and negotiate a settlement to award our clients the Defendant’s full $1 million policy limit, recovering $600,000 for Jose’s suffering and a compensation for his wife of $400,000 for loss of consortium.
The Meyers & Flowers team acted swiftly to resolve our client’s case in little over a year from filing, incurring minimal litigation costs to maximize Jose’s recovery helping him receive additional therapy and start rebuilding his quality of life.
At Meyers & Flowers, we understand the tremendous physical and financial toll a car accident can take on not only you, but your family. Our team of experienced injury attorneys knows how to treat your case with the compassion and relentless advocacy it deserves – your case is not just another file to us. If you or a family member have been involved in a car crash or trucking accident , please contact Meyers & Flowers at [email protected] , 877-221-2511, or online to request a free case evaluation.