$4.97 Million Jury Verdict for Neck and Back Injury Suffered by Driver Injured in Rear-End Collision

Joao Junior’s car was stopped in a line of three vehicles when a car driven by Sharon Graham rear-ended the last vehicle in the line. Junior, whose car was destroyed, received treatment for a cervical strain after the crash. He was diagnosed with a herniated disk in his neck and underwent surgery more than a year after this incident. Junior is now 60 and continues to suffer pain related to this incident.

Junior offered to resolve the case with the defendant Graham’s insurer for the policy limits of $100,000. The insurer, however, initially offered $14,500, which Junior rejected.

Junior then sued Graham, alleging that she had caused the crash while under the influence of prescription and non-prescription drugs. The lawsuit did not claim lost income.

The jury’s verdict was for more than $4.97 million plus prejudgment interest and costs. The report of this case did not mention whether there was a bad faith claim brought against Graham’s insurance company for the excess verdict.

The attorneys who successfully handled this case for Junior were Ben C. Broadhead, Ashley B. Fournet, Holli L. Clark and John W. Nichols.

Junior v. Graham, No. 13 EV 017893G (Ga. St. Ct. Fulton County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling catastrophic injury lawsuits, rear-end motor vehicle crash lawsuits, truck accident cases, bicycle accident lawsuits and motorcycle injury cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 40 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Berwyn, Hinsdale, Schaumburg, Streamwood, Bartlett, Carol Stream, West Chicago, Oakbrook Terrace, LaGrange Park, North Riverside, Park Forest, Park Ridge, Summit, Oak Lawn, Chicago (Chicago Lawn, West Englewood, South Shore, Bronzeville, Lower West Side, North Lawndale, Austin, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, West Ridge, Buena Park, Wrigleyville, Hyde Park, Lakeview East, Wrightwood Neighbors, Park West, Mid-North District, Clybourn Corridor, Goose Island, Noble Square, Ukrainian Village, Gold Coast, Streeterville, West Loop Gate, Greek Town, Illinois Medical District, South Loop, Motor Row District, Bridgeport, Prairie Shores), Highland Park, Lake Zurich, Lake Forest, Round Lake Beach, Antioch, Orland Park, Harvey, Chicago Heights, Frankfort, Elmwood Park, Lockport, Lansing, Tinley Park, Lemont, Sauk Village, University Park, Crete, Matteson and New Lenox, Ill.

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