$51,000 Cook County Jury Verdict in Intersection Crash

On Aug. 12, 2009, Jaime Lindsey’s vehicle was stopped on northbound Hawthorne Road (Route 59) awaiting a red light at Dundee Road in Barrington Hills, Ill.  At that point, the defendant Stephen Pernal lost control of his car while turning from Dundee Road (Route 68) onto southbound Hawthorne;  his car collided with Lindsey’s vehicle in a head-on impact. Lindsey is a 17-year-old student.  She sustained a medial meniscus tear in her right knee, which required surgery. 

The defendant argued at the trial that the torn meniscus came from  Lindsey’s long dancing career and was not related to the collision because it was not diagnosed until March 2011, almost two years after the crash.

The jury, however, had a different opinion.  The jury’s verdict of $51,361 was made up of the following damages:

  • $27,361 for medical expenses; and 
  • $24,000 for pain and suffering.

The attorneys representing Jaime Lindsey were Colin J. O’Malley and Janine M. Rosana.Before trial, Lindsey’s attorneys made a demand of $50,000.  There was no offer made by Pernal to resolve the case before trial.

Jaime Lindsey v. Stephen Pernal, No. 11 L 13569 (Cook County, Illinois).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling intersection crashes, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents and truck accidents for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 37 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Park Forest, Northlake, Schiller Park, Franklin Park, Park Ridge, Chicago (Edison Park, Norwood Park, Edgebrook, Sauganash, Pulaski Park), Morton Grove, Skokie, Prospect Heights and Mount Prospect, Ill.

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