On April 26, 2009, Julie Paterson was driving westbound at Route 116 in Fauber Road in Germantown Hills, Ill. The defendant, Corey Funk, was driving northbound, did not yield the right-of-way and struck Paterson’s car in the intersection. Paterson was going about 55 mph. The impact caused Paterson’s car to roll over.
Paterson suffered a laceration above the elbow with a possible tear of the common extensor tendon, scarring and residual pain treated with physical therapy and massage therapy. It was determined that plastic surgery would not resolve Paterson’s scar. Paterson had $4,200 in medical bills and four days lost from her job as an office manager.
The defendant admitted negligence. After the verdict, the parties agreed to a judgment of $54,300 to conform to the evidence presented in the case.
The jury’s verdict of $55,000 was made up of the following damages:
- $39,000 for past and future pain and suffering;
- $5,000 for loss of normal life;
- $5,000 for disfigurement;
- $5,000 for past medical expenses; and
- $1,000 for lost wages.
The attorneys representing Paterson were Christopher Doscotch and Robert W. Boucher. Before trial, the demand to settle the case was $35,000. The defendant offered $18,500 to settle the case before trial.
Julie Paterson v. Corey Funk, No. 11 L 36 (Tazewell County, Ill.).
Kreisman Law Offices has been handling intersection car crashes, automobile 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 38 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Blue Island, Dixmoor, Mount Prospect, Niles, Northbrook, Northlake, Olympia Fields, Orland Park, Willow Springs, Chicago (Andersonville, Belmont Harbor Bridgeport, Bucktown, Chinatown), Westchester, River Grove, Park Ridge and Palos Heights, Ill.
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