$81,000 Cook County Jury Verdict for Cab Passenger Injured in Car Crash

On March 25, 2011, Patricia Anderson was a passenger in a taxi driven by the defendant Chouaib Sadix, who was driving westbound on Grand Avenue in Chicago. As the cab approached Central Park Avenue, other westbound cars were stopped for a red light. The cab passed those vehicles on the right side by traveling in the curb lane, which Anderson contended was a parking/bus lane.

In the meantime, another driver was attempting to make a left turn from eastbound Grand Avenue into a CVS parking lot at 3552 W. Grand Ave. The driver of that car, Robert Andino, turned between two stopped westbound vehicles and crashed into the cab in the curb lane.

Anderson, 60, suffered aggravation of a pre-existing partial thickness rotator cuff tear, which caused it to progress to a full thickness tear and required arthroscopic shoulder surgery.

The defendant cab company, Raja Express, was voluntarily dismissed as there was no evidence of agency between it and the driver. The defendant denied the cause of Anderson’s injuries arguing that she already needed shoulder surgery to repair her partial rotator cuff tear before the collision occurred.

Before the beginning of the trial, the demand to settle the case was $40,000. The jury was asked to return a verdict of $121,872 by Anderson’s attorney, David C. McCracken.

The attorneys for the defendant were Robert Schey and John E. Broussard.

The offer to settle the case made by the defendants’ insurance company and the defendants before trial was just $15,000.

The jury’s verdict of $81,872 versus the taxi driver, Sadix, was made up of the following damages:

• $51,872 for medical expenses;
• $20,000 for pain and suffering;
• $10,000 for disability.

The verdict of $81,872 is subject to a setoff of $15,000, which was the amount of the settlement paid by the eastbound driver, Robert Andino.

Anderson presented evidence of her medical treatment by an orthopedic surgeon.

Patricia Anderson v. Chouaib Sadix, Raja Express, Inc., No. 12 L 11442 (Cook County, Illinois).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling automobile accident cases, intersection car accident cases, truck accident cases and bicycle accident cases for individuals and families who have been harmed, injured or died as a result of the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Willow Springs, Thornton, Summit, Streamwood, River Forest, Rolling Meadows, Schaumburg, Lyons, Matteson, Maywood, Melrose Park, Niles, Oak Lawn, Forest Park, Evergreen Park, Crestwood, Chicago Ridge, Chicago Heights, South Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bedford Park, Lansing, Chicago (Pill Hill, Oz Park, Morgan Park, Loyola Park, Little Italy, Avondale, Chinatown, Diversey Harbor, Greek Town, Gladstone Park, Garfield Ridge, Wrigleyville), Lincolnshire and Vernon Hills, Ill.

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