Congratulations to Patrick A. Salvi, Patrick A. Salvi II, and Brian L. Salvi of Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard P.C. in Chicago, IL for the $14 million settlement they obtained on behalf of their client. The Plaintiff, a 49-year-old married woman with a 9-year-old daughter, suffered multiple injuries from being struck by a New Bern Transport Truck driver.
The Plaintiff proceeded through a yellow light when a transport truck turned left in front of her (before it was safe to do so), striking her. As a result, the Plaintiff endured a spinal cord injury at C6, causing weakness in her extremities (most pronounced in her left hand), spasticity, neuropathic pain, and a neurogenic bowel and bladder and has to catheterize
4-6 times per day to empty her bladder. She takes medication for pain, spasticity, and bowel dysfunction. A former grade school teacher, the Plaintiff can no longer work.
Mr. Salvi argued that the Plaintiff is no longer employable. She needs 12 hours of nursing care per day and has permanent and disabling pain. The Defense argued that the plaintiff is employable with accommodations, and needs only 1.5 hours of nursing care per day. They also argued that her pain and disability are not as bad as the Plaintiff claimed. They further argued that the Plaintiff was simply asking for too much money for the injuries sustained.
Before trial, the offer from the defense was $4,000,000. After closing argument, the settlement offer increased to $9,000,000 and then to $10,000,000. Immediately before the verdict was read, the offer was increased to $14,000,000, which was accepted by the Plaintiff. The parties stipulated to a 70-30 liability split before trial. The trial was on damages only. The verdict was $17,970,000, which would have been reduced to $12,579,000.
Mr. Salvi partnered with MediVisuals to develop multiple animations of the Plaintiff’s spinal cord injury, her surgeries, and demonstratives to depict her neurogenic bladder, neuropathic pain, and other future risks of harm. View 2 out of the 11 animations created to support the Plaintiff arguments below.