In the early morning, our client was proceeding through a Chicago intersection on the green light when his vehicle was broadsided by a car driven by defendant O'Donnell, who was being chased by defendant Officer Longini of the Village of Merrionette Park. The fleeing suspect was chased out of Merrionette Park and into Chicago on suspicion of driving under the influence. As a result of the collision, our client was ejected from his vehicle, suffered skull, facial, and spinal cord fractures, as well as a closed head injury, and was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic. Despite partial recovery five years later, our client continues to deal with residual spinal cord injuries. His therapy continues, but a news account showed he has yet to resume his full job with a Chicago law firm, needs an electronic device to walk, and may never be able to pick up and cradle his newborn child. Shortly before trial, the Village of Merrionette Park agreed to pay its full insurance amount of $5 million and an extra $250,000 as compensation for our client's injuries and for his future medical care.

$5.25 Million

C. v. O'Donnell, Longini and Merrionette Park

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