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Our VerdictsMr. Iovinelli’s Five Day jury Trial

February 14, 2015

From February 5 to February 10, 2015, Mr. Iovinelli defended Ms. Fininis in a jury trial of personal injury lawsuit filed by Ms. Heredia. The accident happened on March 9, 2010 in Schaumburg Illinois. At the time, Ms Fininis has tried to cross Golf Road when she was hit by Ms. Hamada and, in turn, crashed into Ms. Heredia. Ms. Heredia alleged injuries to her lower back consisting of multiple disc herniations. Dr. Dewald testified for Ms. Heredia that the injuries were caused by the accident. Mr. Iovinelli thoroughly investigated Ms. Heredia’s medical history learning that she had initially complained of back pain in February of 2010 and engaged Dr. Kale as Ms. Fininis’ expert. At trial, Ms. Hamada settled with the Ms. Heredia for $5,000. The case, tried before the Honorable Ken Linscomb in the Circuit Court of Cook County, went to the jury. During closing argument to the jury, Ms. Heredia’s attorney asked for a verdict in the amount of $88,958.45. Mr. Iovinelli argued that Ms. Heredia had failed to carry her burden of proof to establish her injuries were a result of the accident. The jury returned an award for Ms. Heredia of only $8,958.45 leaving a net verdict of $3,958.45 after the Court reduced it by the amount paid by Ms. Hamada.