$1,610,000 for 31-Year Old Mother of Three Injured in a Car Crash
Through its attorneys, Sara M. Davis and Bradley N. Barker, Whiting Law Group secured a $1.61 million verdict for a 31-year-old mother of three children who was injured in a motor vehicle collision in Cook County, Illinois. Ms. Davis and Mr. Barker won the verdict following a jury trial in March 2018.
A Multiple Vehicle Car Crash in Cook County, Illinois
As a young mother was stopped at a red light at an intersection in suburban Cook County, Illinois, she was rear-ended. That collision pushed her car into the intersection, where she where she was struck again by an oncoming car.
As a result from, and since the day of, the crash, this young mother has suffered neck pain and post-concussive side effects. Due to the impact of the two car crashes, this mother developed occipital neuralgia, a condition characterized by terribly painful and debilitating headaches.
Auto Accident Attorneys Protecting Rights
After being retained by the mother, both Sara Davis and Bradley Parker began to fight for their client’s rights. Through Whiting Law Group’s expert accident investigation team, they ensured that the accident was thoroughly investigated. The firm's auto accident attorneys filed suit against the driver and insurance company of the car that initially struck our client, which caused her to be pushed into the intersection.
Proving a Connection between the Crash and Occipital Neuralgia
During the course of litigation, the defense attorneys hired a well-respected neurosurgeon to explain that our client must have sustained only a minor neck sprain, as there was no “objective” evidence on any of the X-ray films.
Personal injury and car crash attorney Sara M. Davis countered that approach by consulting with a physical medicine and rehabilitation expert to counter the defense’s expert. The rehabilitation expert retained by Whiting Law Group testified that concussions can cause changes in the brain at the cellular level. Those cellular level changes would not show up on X-rays or MRIs. Moreover, the rehabilitation expert testified that those changes caused our client’s pain and suffering from her injuries. Our medical rehabilitation expert further testified that these painful medical conditions (including the headaches) that plagued our client since the accident were likely permanent.
Recording Jury Verdict for Occipital Neuralgia in Illinois
Both Sara Davis and Bradley Barker fought very hard on behalf of our client. Working together to co-lead the trial for the plaintiff, and through persuasive, passionate, and honest arguments, Sara and Brad proved to the jury of 12 people how the headaches and daily pain affected and changed the client’s life on a daily basis, from the time she gets up in the morning until the day ends, and what she will endure for the rest of her life.
The Illinois jury returned a record verdict in our client’s favor, awarding the mother $1.6 million. That amount is the most ever award to a plaintiff in Illinois for occipital neuralgia.