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$350,000 for a 38-Year Old Man Injured in a CTA Bus Crash

November 2018

Whiting Law Group, under the leadership of personal injury and truck accident attorney, Timothy M. Whiting, won a $350,000.00 verdict for a 38-year-old single father who was injured in a bus crash in Chicago, Illinois. The successful verdict followed a 12-person jury trial. 

A Bus Crash in a Busy City Intersection

In 2015, an articulated “accordion-style” CTA bus entered the intersection of Lake St. and Michigan Ave. in Chicago. The massive bus entered the intersection against the red light. Once in the intersection, the articulated CTA bus struck a number of cars, pushing them into our client’s car. The bus subsequently ran directly into our client’s car, dragging it through the intersection. 

Serious Injuries Requiring Surgery and On-Going Medical Care

As a direct result of the crash, our client suffered numerous injuries throughout his body. The most serious injury that our client suffered in the crash was a serious aggravation of an existing right wrist ligament injury, which subsequently required surgery, and which will require future medical care.

Proving the Case to the Jury

The defense for the CTA contended that the wrist injury could not possibly have happened in the bus crash. To that end, the CTA hired a medical expert to contend that all aspects of the right wrist injury pre-existed the crash.

Our personal injury attorneys fought back, and through the firm’s own medical experts, provided evidence that while our client had suffered a previous wrist injury, the bus crashing into our client’s car seriously worsened that wrist injury. That further injury required surgery and subsequent medical care. Through the firm’s medical expert, and our attorneys’ own line of questioning of the defense medical expert, the jury accepted our firm’s approach to the facts, injury and the relationship to the bus crash.

Verdict Almost Nine Times the Final Settlement Offer

At the end of the four-day jury trial, the twelve jurors took only slightly more than an hour to return a verdict in our client’s favor. The jury returned an award which was nearly nine times the final pre-trial settlement offer from the CTA.