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Our VerdictsMr. Stephen’s Jury Verdict in an Aggravated Liability Case

March 27, 2016

From February 5 to February 18, 2016, Mr. Stephen tried to jury verdict 2012 L 6481 in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The case arose from a rear end auto accident after which the Defendant pleaded guilty to drunk driving. The Plaintiff alleged that she suffered a disk injury in her neck with radiculopathy in her arms together with shoulder injuries and headaches. The plaintiff demanded $100,000 to settle. The Defendant offered a binding arbitration of $0 low to $100,000 high. The Plaintiff rejected the offer and the case proceeded to trial. Mr. Stephen developed evidence tending to question the Plaintiff’s injury and her credibility. Counsel for Plaintiff asked the jury to award $151,000. Despite admitting fault for the accident, the Defense argued that the evidence of the Plaintiff’s injury was not as serious as the Plaintiff claimed and urged the jury to award fair and reasonable compensation. The jury returned a verdict of $62, 200.