Cook County Jury Verdict for Bicyclist Injured by Left Turning Motorist at Chicago Greektown Parking Lot; Beauford v. Kapsoulos

Kristen Beauford was on her bicycle in the northbound bike lane at 100 S. Halsted in Chicago.  The defendant, Nicolas Kapsoulos, was driving his car away from a Starbucks at that Chicago Greektown location.  As Kapsoulos attempted to make a left turn onto northbound Halsted, he struck Kristen, who was on her bicycle. The car knocked her off her bike and onto the adjacent sidewalk. 

Ms. Beauford, 22, suffered a torn medial meniscus of her knee and a bulging back disc at the lowest level, L5-S1. She underwent epidural steroid injections and physical therapy.

Ms. Beauford lost 3 days of work as an office assistant. The defendant, Mr. Kapsoulos, admitted his negligence.  The issue at trial was the nature and extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. Before trial, Ms. Beauford made a demand to settle the case for $65,000. The offer made by the defendant was $994. 

The plaintiff was represented by attorney Jeffrey D. Skly. After the jury deliberated, it entered its verdict in favor of Ms. Beauford in the amount of $30,073 made up of the following damages:

  • $25,863 for medical expenses;
  • $210 for lost time from work;
  • $2,500 for pain and suffering;
  • $1,500 for loss of normal life.

Kristen Beauford v. Nicolas Kapsoulos, 11 L 1484 (Cook County).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling bicycle 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 Chicago (Lincoln Park), Evergreen Park, Calumet Park, Forest Park, Oak Park, Park Forest, Franklin Park, Villa Park, Chicago (Austin), Cicero and Worth, Ill.

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