Traffic Light Dispute
Style of Case: Daren Gleason and Stephanie Wills vs. Rick Healey
Client:    Rick Healey
Trial End Date:    11/13/2013
Court:    Third Judicial Circuit, Madison County, Illinois
Type of Case:    Personal Injury Auto Collision
Judge:    The Honorable Dennis Ruth
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Tori L. Walls
Jury Verdict
Defendant, Rick Healey, was travelling westbound on Landmarks Blvd. near the intersection of Ridge Street in Alton, Illinois on September 8, 2007. At that same time, Plaintiff, Daren Gleason, was travelling eastbound on Landmarks Blvd. at the intersection of Ridge Street with Plaintiff, Stephanie Wills, as a front seat passenger. At that time, Plaintiff Gleason made a left turn from Landmarks Blvd. towards Ridge Street and a collision occurred between Plaintiff’s vehicle and Defendant’s vehicle. The plaintiffs, along with two witnesses, claimed they had a green turn arrow when they entered the intersection. However, Defendant claimed that he had a green light when he entered the intersection. Both Plaintiffs claimed Defendant ran a red light and was negligent in causing the collision. Both Plaintiffs further claimed they suffered soft tissue injuries to their necks and backs and incurred medical bills and other damages as a result of the accident.

Both plaintiffs were treated and released from the emergency room then followed up with the same doctor and had physical therapy for about two months before being released. Two years later, both plaintiffs returned to the same doctor at the same time with the same complaints they related back to the accident two years before. Their doctor testified they suffered cervical and lumbar strains and further testified that all of their treatment and ongoing pain complaints were causally related to the accident. Defendant’s medical expert testified that each plaintiff suffered muscular strains of the neck and back that resolved by the time the plaintiffs’ doctor released them from his care two months after the accident. Plaintiff Wills asked the jury to award her over $13,000 in medical bills, $59,000 for pain and suffering and additional amounts for loss of normal life and emotional distress. Plaintiff Gleason asked the jury to award him over $20,000 for his medical bills, $60,000 for pain and suffering and additional amounts for loss of normal life and emotional distress.

The jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiff Gleason in the amount of $16,674.00, itemized as follows: $16,674 for medical bills, $0 for pain and suffering, $0 for loss of normal life and $0 for emotional distress. The jury also found Plaintiff Gleason 25% at fault for the accident, thereby reducing his total recoverable damages to $12,506.00.

The jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiff Wills in the amount of $10,250.00, itemized as follows: $10,250.00 for medical bills, $0 for pain and suffering, $0 for loss of normal life, $0 for emotional distress and $0 for lost wages. The jury also found Plaintiff Gleason 25% at fault for Plaintiff Wills’ damages.  
Last Demand:     None
Verdict:     $12,506 for plaintiff Gleason; $10,250 for plaintiff Wills; $2,562.50 for counterdefendant Healy

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