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$7.85M Settlement Awarded in Bus Accident

A Chicago accident lawyer at our firm recently read a news report detailing the settlement of a bus accident lawsuit. NJ.com reports that the devastating accident transpired in October 2008 when the 59 year-old accident victim was walking through a pedestrian crosswalk when she was struck by a city transit bus. The bus, which was being operating by a newly hired driver, ran over the woman’s legs and subsequently pinned her underneath the vehicle. According to the article, emergency medical personal described the woman’s injuries as the “worst they had ever seen.”

The accident victim was required to undergo an above-the-knee amputation to her left leg, in addition to, amputation to her right foot as a result of the bus accident. The woman also suffered traumatic brain injury and a fractured cheekbone that required numerous metal plates to be placed into her face. For 18 days, the 59 year-old was placed in intensive care and on a ventilator – requiring multiple additional surgeries that later led to her contraction of sepsis.

On Friday, a settlement was reached in the bus accident lawsuit and the 59 year-old was awarded $7.85 million dollars. Our Chicago truck accident attorneys read that the lawyer for the woman stated that the woman will receive the finest care available as a result of the settlement. Given the accident victim’s contraction of sepsis, she is unable to speak or stand. She presently requires a specialized wheelchair, lift, as well as, a mattress. The woman is currently bedridden in a rehabilitation center and will be moved to a private facility.

Given the severe nature of these types of accidents, it is important that accident victims obtain experienced legal aid in order to obtain the maximum compensation possible. Our accident attorneys in Chicago have extensively handled personal injury cases, such as the one previously mentioned, and have obtained successful settlements on behalf of our clients. Recently, our attorneys obtained a $1.25 million settlement on behalf of a 50 year-old woman who sustained multiple pelvic fractures, rib fractures, as well as, spinal transverse process fractures when she was struck by a city bus while walking through a crosswalk.

If you have been injured in an Illinois trucking accident or have lost a loved one at the hands of a negligent driver, please contact our experienced attorneys at Levin & Perconti to see what legal rights and relief may be available to you.