A Cook County, Illinois jury awarded $24 million last month to a man badly injured in a 2004 crash. On April 19, 2004, an SUV driven by Andrzej Chraca’s SUV and an Illinois Department of Transportation truck collided in Schaumburg, Illinois. Chraca, 38, suffered a fractured vertebra in his spine, leaving him unable to walk without leg braces, canes or a walker. Chraca, a project manager for a furniture-building company, was left a paraplegic and he hasn’t returned to work since the crash. The IDOT driver, Steve Miles, was also severely injured in the crash.
Both drivers in the accident sued each other and the jury award, in favor of Chraca, came after a two-week trial in Cook County Circuit Court. Both Miles, an IDOT employee using IDOT equipment at the time of the crash, and the state, are responsible for the jury award. Martin Healy, Jr., a Chicago, Illinois, lawyer, represented the Plaintiff and did a very good job.
Source: Chicago Sun Times
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