Moments before trial was scheduled to begin, Jason M. Whiteside, Michael J. Goldberg, and Brent R. Eames obtained a record recovery of $2,250,000.00 for a 54 year-old man who suffered serious injuries as the result of an automobile collision in Rock Island County, IL. The Plaintiff’s car was struck from behind at a high rate of speed, resulting in the Plaintiff suffering a fractured spine which required fusion surgery to repair. Subsequently, the Plaintiff developed chronic pain and was unable to return to work. The Defendant denied liability for causing the collision and also disputed the nature and extent of the Plaintiff’s injuries. Specifically, the Defendant hired two expert doctors in an attempt to prove that the Plaintiff was faking his complaints of pain, and that the Plaintiff was physically and emotionally capable of returning to gainful employment.
Attorneys Jason M. Whiteside, Michael J. Goldberg and Brent R. Eames aggressively pushed the case towards trial. After the jury was picked and in the moments before Michael J. Goldberg was to deliver his opening statement, the Defendants offered and the Plaintiff agreed to accept the lump sum of $2,250,000.00 to resolve the case. It is believed that $2,250,000 represents one of the largest, if not the largest, recoveries in 2014 for a victim of automobile negligence in Rock Island County. It should also be noted that the defendants’ offer 2 ½ weeks before trial was only $100,000.