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Mark T. Schneid Wins $315,754.70 Judgment for Client Injured by a U.S. Postal Service Truck

Mark T. Schneid recently obtained a $315,754.70 judgment at trial for our client against the United States of America for a crash caused by a U.S. Postal Service truck driver. The trial took place over several days in January and February 2018, in the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, located in Chicago.

On April 5, 2014, our client was stopped at a red light at the intersection of Route 64 and Randall Road in St. Charles, Illinois, when an inattentive U.S. Postal Service truck crashed into the rear our of client's Ford Escape. Our client was a 65-year-old man, a U.S. Army veteran, a self-employed food sales executive, and an avid amateur golfer. Right after the crash he felt severe pain in his back and neck, had a headache, and experienced dizziness. Later that day he went to the Delnor Hospital emergency room for his symptoms and was diagnosed with whiplash. His neck pain progressed over the next few months and he saw his family doctor, went to physical therapy, and ultimately started receiving epidural steroid injections in his neck from a pain medicine specialist. The injections helped for about 6-9 months, but the pain kept coming back and our client had several more rounds of injections. The neck and back injury continued to impact our client's ability to live pain-free and play golf like he did before.

Prior to trial, Mark T. Schneid won an argument and convinced the judge to hold the United States responsible for causing the crash, so that the only issue at trial was the amount of injury damages caused by the crash. At trial, the United States brought in a highly-trained medical expert from the University of Chicago to testify that our client was not seriously injured in the crash. Using that expert's own book about how serious "whiplash associated disorders" can be, Mark T. Schneid conducted a vigorous and entertaining cross-examination of the expert which lead to some great admissions for our client's case. Then, our client's pain specialist expert doctor, Dr. Scott E. Glaser, M.D., testified at trial and clearly explained the nature and seriousness of our client's cervical facet joint syndrome injury, and our client's need for continuing epidural steroid injections in the future.

After multiple rounds of written and oral closing arguments, on May 8, 2018, Federal Judge Gary Feinerman found in favor of our client and allowed justice in the amount of $315,754.70, which includes $51,754.70 for past medical bills, $104,000 for future medical bills, $80,000 for pain and suffering, and $80,000 for loss of normal life. The last settlement offer from the United States was only $90,000 just before trial.

It was an honor to represent our client throughout the case and at trial, and we are grateful we were able to secure justice for all of his harms and losses.

Law Offices of Mathys & Schneid continues to represent people and families who have sustained catastrophic injuries or wrongful death due to car accidents,truck accidents, and motorcycle accidents in Cook, DuPage, Kane, Will and Kendall Counties, plus Federal Courts in Illinois and throughout the United States.

  1. "Committed To My Cause"

    I was struck by a car while cycling and severely, almost fatally injured. A team of excellent medical professionals performed complicated and extensive surgical and medical procedures as part of a successful effort to restore my health....
    -Jeff D.

  2. "Could not have made a better choice"

    We found Mark [Mathys] through the web after an auto accident in October 2011. While selecting someone you don't know to represent you can be a gamble, we could not have made a better choice....
    - Dave

  3. "Very satisfied"

    Mark [Mathys] is very professional. He responds almost immediately, via email, to any question, comment or concern I have and if he is not able to respond right away, he will let me know. I have been very satisfied with Mark so far and I am happy to be his client.
    -Jennifer

  4. "Easy to talk to"

    Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid were very professional and easy to talk to. Prior to working with them, my wife and I had no real experience with the legal system beyond a house closing, yet Mr. Mathys and Mr. Schneid explained the whole process to us very well. I knew that whenever I had a concern about our case or the legal system in general I could call their office or send an email and receive answers the same day... -Larry

  5. "Provided very wise advice"

    I've dealt with attorneys on a variety of issues, almost all of them since leaving college and entering the workplace. Mr. Mathys was the first attorney I had any real experience with, and I was impressed then and remain so. He provided very wise advice and always kept me informed. In the end, he delivered a favorable result. I recommend him highly.
    - Tyler D.

  6. "In-depth knowledge of the law"

    Mark [Schneid] is an excellent and skilled attorney and demonstrated in-depth knowledge of the law when he helped settle my dog bite lawsuit resulting from a traumatic incident. He explained what was needed of me and how I should handle the situation in a professional manner.
    - Karen K.

  7. "They went to bat for me"

    Not long ago I was involved in a car accident where I was hit by a gravel truck at an intersection. After I called Mathys & Schneid, even though I didn't have a very large case, they made me feel like I was one of their most important cases. They went to bat for me with the trucking company's insurance and got me a settlement. I would definitely recommend them to my family and friends. -Dan H.

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