A Chicago motorcycle crash attorney at Abels & Annes has settled a case on behalf of a Skokie resident.
This claim stems from a car vs. motorcycle accident that occurred on July 2, 2010 in Northfield Township, Illinois. Our client was driving a motorcycle westbound on Euclid Avenue approximately .25 miles East of River Road. At that time the defendant, who was driving a 2008 Jeep grand Cherokee, rear-ended the plaintiff’s motorcycle. The biker was knocked off his bike and onto the pavement, landing on his left side and back. The negligent motorist fled the scene of the accident but was tracked down by witnesses a short time later.
Cook County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene of the accident. The driver admitted to police that he rear-ended the plaintiff, and that he left the scene of the accident. The Sheriff’s Department ticketed the defendant with three separate counts of leaving the scene of an accident, and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident.
On the date of the crash, the plaintiff was treated at Glenbrook Hospital due to road rash abrasions on his back. He was instructed to ice the affected areas over the next 48 hours, take pain medication as needed, and follow-up with a physician for further evaluation.
Shortly after the accident, the motorcyclist started to experience neck and back pain. On July 7, 2010 he followed up with a doctor’s office. He rated his back pain as 9/10, stating that the pain was constant and he was having difficulty sitting and difficulty at work. His neck pain was rated as 4-5/10. He was also experiencing significant pain in both his right and left big toes. He was diagnosed with cervical sprain, lumbosacral sprain with a possible bulging disc, and bilateral first digit toe injuries. At that time diagnostic tests were ordered, and he was to be reevaluated for physical therapy after test results.
On July 8, 2000 he underwent an MRI. The scan revealed no significant injuries. X-rays were negative for fractures.
The plaintiff then started a course of physical therapy consisted of electric stimulation, heat treatment, manual therapy, neuromuscular reeducation, mechanical traction, chiropractic manipulation, and therapeutic exercises. He attended physical therapy on 12 occasions that lasted through August 10, 2010.
On July 20, 2010 my client was examined by a medical doctor. The physician diagnosed our client with a lumbar disc injury, cervical and lumbar sprain/strain, big toe injury/contusion, and stress/anxiety due to the accident.
On August 10, 2010 he was again examined by the doctor. At that time the client was still having intermittent neck pain and low back pain that would increase with prolonged sitting, and decrease with rest and therapy. The doctor gave a diagnosis of lumbar sprain/strain that had improved, cervical sprain/strain that had improved, and bilateral toe injuries that had resolved. He was discharged from treatment at that time.
The case settled for just under $10,000. State Farm paid on the claim.
As the weather warms up in Northern Illinois, drivers have to be aware of more and more motorcyclists on the road. Too often drivers pay attention to other cars, and fail to look out for those who are susceptible to much greater injuries.
If you are a motorcyclist who is been hurt in a collision, contact the Chicago personal injury lawyers at Abels & Annes for a free, no obligation consultation. Contact us online or call 312-475-9596 speak to an attorney today.
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