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.