Car Crash Attorney Wins $8.1M Settlement for Woman Who Was Severely Injured in a 2017 Multi-Vehicle Crash in Illinois
By Dean I. Weitzman, Esq. on April 13th, 2020
An Illinois woman who suffered permanent life-altering injuries when the car she was driving in November 2017 in Oak Brook, Ill., was struck by a vehicle speeding at 98 mph will receive an $8.1 million settlement to help provide her long-term care.
The victim, Annette Kimmons, was driving her car when it was struck in an intersection by a vehicle being driven by Paul J. Murtagh, who ran a red light while traveling at high speed, according to a Feb. 25 story by the Chicago Law Bulletin. Kimmons’ husband, Eugene, was a passenger in the car she was driving.
Murtagh’s speeding vehicle also struck a second car in the intersection at the same time, killing the driver of the second vehicle, Tien Chen, who was 84 years old, according to the story. That consolidated case was recently settled for $3.2 million after Chen’s son, Thomas Chen, sued on his family’s behalf. The cases were consolidated in June 2018.
“Murtagh was transporting display booth materials to the Illinois Tollway Authority conference in Oak Brook on behalf of his employer, the Construction Business Development Center at Prairie State College,” the story reported. He was registered to attend the conference.
Following the crash, Murtagh’s vehicle landed on top of the vehicles being driven by Kimmons and Chen. An analysis of the crash determined that Murtagh was driving at 98 mph at the time.
Annette Kimmons’ injuries included a C1-C2 joint dislocation and spinal cord injury, broken ribs, lacerations to her liver and one of her adrenal glands and a traumatic brain injury, according to the story. Eugene Kimmons suffered back and chest wall pain from the crash, but had no broken bones.
Annette Kimmons’ injuries were permanent and life-altering injuries,” according to one of her attorneys.
In his defense, Murtagh “asserted an Act of God defense, claiming he suffered an ‘unforeseeable and unpreventable’ blackout due to his low blood sugar,” the story reported. Court records and testimony, however, indicated that his endocrinologist had previously instructed him to check his blood sugar three times a day and before he got behind the wheel each time, but that Murtagh hadn’t checked his blood sugar for three days prior to the crash. Murtagh had been diagnosed with diabetes at age 3.
Prairie State College contended that Murtagh was not acting in the scope of his employment at the time of the incident, the story reported.
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