A St. Clair County jury awarded a motorist $100,000 following a rear-end collision on Green Mount Road.
The two-day trial began May 7 in Circuit Judge Vincent Lopinot’s courtroom. After deliberating for more than two hours, the jury reached a verdict in favor of plaintiff Janine Cox on May 8.
Cox was awarded $5,000 for past disability, $5,000 for future disability, $5,000 for past pain and suffering, $5,000 for future pain and suffering, $40,000 for past medical expenses and $40,000 for future medical expenses.
Cox was represented by Gregory Shevlin and Leah Captain of Cook, Bartholomew, Shevlin & Cook LLP in Belleville.
Defendant Brett Tady was represented by James DeFranco of DeFranco & Bradley PC in Fairview Heights.
Cox filed her complaint on July 22, 2013, alleging she was operating her vehicle on Dec. 13, 2011, in a northerly direction on Green Mount Road in Shiloh. She claimed she was stopped in order to make a left turn onto Cascade Lake when Tady rear-ended her vehicle.
As a result, Cox alleged she suffered injuries to her neck, back, chest and coccyx.
She alleged Tady failed to reduce speed to avoid a collision, drove his vehicle at an excessive rate of speed, failed to apply his brakes in order to avoid a crash and failed to keep proper lookout ahead for vehicles.
Tady answered the complaint on Aug. 27, 2013, admitting that he rear-ended Cox’s vehicle. He also admitted that he failed to reduce speed to avoid the collision and failed to keep a proper lookout. However, he denied that Cox suffered severe and permanent injuries as a result of the crash.
St. Clair Circuit Court case number 13-L-379