Motor Vehicle Liability

In l996, partner Tim Rivernaught obtained a 5.75 million dollar arbitration award for a young female police officer who lost her right leg after exiting her squad car in the line of duty. This recovery is the largest uninsured motorist award in Illinois history.

In l997, a seventeen-year-old high school honor student was killed in a one-vehicle crash in McHenry County, Illinois. On behalf of the family, Tim Rivernaught settled the case for 1.2 million dollars, representing the full amount of the insurance policies available on the vehicle, after State Farm Automobile Insurance Company was sued for spoliation of evidence.

In l997, partner Kurt Stoid obtained a 1.1 million dollar underinsured motorist settlement against a driver for the wrongful death of a fourteen-year-old girl who was a passenger in a one-car crash. The death occurred after the Illinois Legislature had passed into law a new wrongful death limit on awards for $500,000. This is the only reported case to settle in excess of limit before Illinois Supreme Court struck down the limit as unconstitutional.

In 1995, Tim Rivernaught again obtained a 586,000 thousand dollar wrongful death jury verdict for the family of a man who had only months to live before he died as the result of an automobile collision caused by a taxi driver.

In 1990, Kurt Stoid was the plaintiff’s trial attorney marketing and procured a 310,000 thousand dollar verdict from a Milwaukee, Wisconsin jury for a woman who was knocked down in a crosswalk by a left turning school bus. The plaintiff, a 37 year old insurance claims adjustor, had suffered a bulging disc in her lower back which she claimed was inoperable and caused chronic depression and pain. The defense argued that the plaintiff was a former drug abuser and alcoholic who was already depressed and had psychosomatic pain.

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