Motorist awarded $14,000 in trial over Collinsville crash

By Heather Isringhausen Gvillo | Apr 16, 2019

A Madison County jury awarded a motorist $14,000 in a suit involving a Collinsville collision.

The one-day trial ended Monday in Circuit Judge David Dugan’s courtroom when jurors awarded plaintiff Edward Palmisano $10,357.55 for expenses and $3,642.45 for past pain and suffering.

Palmisano was represented by Chet Kelly of Foley & Kelly LLC in Belleville.

Defendant Tiffany Conrad was represented by Paul Travous of St. Louis.


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Palmisano filed his one-count complaint June 19, 2017, alleging he was traveling eastbound on Beltline Road in Collinsville on Nov. 30, 2015. He claimed he was in the turn lane at the intersection of Keebler Road when Conrad allegedly caused a collision. The suit stated Conrad was exiting private property and making a left turn onto Beltline Road when she struck the front of Palmisano’s vehicle.

Palmisano alleged Conrad failed to keep a proper lookout for other vehicles, failed to keep her vehicle under proper control, failed to properly apply the brakes, and failed to yield the right of way to the plaintiff’s vehicle.

As a result, Palmisano claieds he suffered injuries to his head, hip, back and neck. He also claimed he sustained injuries to the soft tissues of the cervical, shoulder and lumbar area, including the muscles, ligaments, tendons and nerves.

Conrad denied liability in her answer to the complaint.

Palmisano filed a motion in limine prior to the start of the trial, seeking to exclude testimony and any evidence regarding collateral payments for medical expenses, including worker’s compensation or health insurance.

He requested the court to bar the defendant’s counsel from asking questions or introducing testimony involving similar or dissimilar injuries from other accidents as well as any mention of other claims or lawsuits involving Palmisano.

Palmisano also moved to bar Conrad’s counsel from arguing during closing arguments that he has asked for a greater amount of money than he actually expects to be awarded.

Madison County Circuit Court case number 17-L-861

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