$1 Million Settlement Car Accident

When two Illinois residents were "sandwiched" between two larger cars in wintry conditions, Hasssakis & Hassakis attorneys helped them obtain a large settlement for their injuries.

category: Car Accidents

$1 Million Car Accident Settlement


$1 Million Car Accident Settlement. Our two clients were driver and passenger in the same car in a major 24-vehicle pile-up on a major thoroughfare. Snowy/white-out conditions were present at the time. Plaintiffs were “sandwiched” in between two large motor vehicles. P2 suffered serious, severe injuries and multiple fractures and a stress-induced heart attack in the weeks following the incident. P1 also suffered serious injuries and multiple fractures. Many of the other vehicles were alleged to cause the wreck for driving recklessly and at unreasonable speeds given road conditions.

P1 was trapped inside the vehicle sandwiched between two larger motor vehicles. Emergency crews eventually freed P1 and airlifted P1 to a nearby medical institution. At the hospital, a number of CT scans, x-rays and tests were performed, with diagnoses of a nasal fracture, right calcaneus fracture, right navicular fracture, possible right posterior tibial injury, right medial malleolus fracture and right rib costochondral joint fracture. During the time following discharge from the hospital, P1 went to a number of different doctors’ appointments and underwent physical therapy. P1 also suffered and the resultant trauma.

P2 was impacted by parts of the vehicle P2 occupied pressed tightly against P2’s chest and abdomen, making it difficult to breathe. P2’s right wrist was contorted and pressed against the right cheek with P2’s right palm touching the anterior forearm, and remaining in this same position for nearly an hour.

Bystanders were unsuccessful in attempting to remove the P2 from the vehicle. Eventually, first responders had to extricate the P2 from the vehicle with equipment. P2 was then transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital. P2 was in the hospital for days undergoing numerous and various radiologic studies. Due to P2’s multiple facial fractures, teeth fractures and inability to shut mouth, P2 was required to undergo a full mouth extraction of all of teeth as well as a 4-quadrant alveoloplasty. P2 then underwent ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) of right subcondylar fracture and ORIF of left mandibular body fracture. P2’s diagnoses were nasal bone fracture, right subcondylar fracture with ORIF, mandible fracture with ORIF, extraction of all teeth, bilateral rib fractures, facial abrasions, lack of right wrist/hand control and left-hand partial-thickness laceration. Due to the stress and a myriad of factors from the event, P2 suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized.

The primary dispute by the defendants was over fault for the incident. Defendants’ representatives were blaming the white-out conditions and claiming an “Act of God” defense that nothing could have been done by defendants to avoid the pile-up. We engaged in a formal 12-hour mediation where a combined settlement of the two cases arrived at just under $1 Million dollars before totally extensive discovery was conducted and trial dates selected.

From the client:

William Rauen


Down to earth, knowledgeable, handled my legal issue in a timely fashion. 😎

- William Rauen

View All Testimonials

Category: Car Accidents

$1 Million Car Accident Settlement


$1 Million Car Accident Settlement. Our two clients were driver and passenger in the same car in a major 24-vehicle pile-up on a major thoroughfare. Snowy/white-out conditions were present at the time. Plaintiffs were “sandwiched” in between two large motor vehicles. P2 suffered serious, severe injuries and multiple fractures and a stress-induced heart attack in the weeks following the incident. P1 also suffered serious injuries and multiple fractures. Many of the other vehicles were alleged to cause the wreck for driving recklessly and at unreasonable speeds given road conditions.

P1 was trapped inside the vehicle sandwiched between two larger motor vehicles. Emergency crews eventually freed P1 and airlifted P1 to a nearby medical institution. At the hospital, a number of CT scans, x-rays and tests were performed, with diagnoses of a nasal fracture, right calcaneus fracture, right navicular fracture, possible right posterior tibial injury, right medial malleolus fracture and right rib costochondral joint fracture. During the time following discharge from the hospital, P1 went to a number of different doctors’ appointments and underwent physical therapy. P1 also suffered and the resultant trauma.

P2 was impacted by parts of the vehicle P2 occupied pressed tightly against P2’s chest and abdomen, making it difficult to breathe. P2’s right wrist was contorted and pressed against the right cheek with P2’s right palm touching the anterior forearm, and remaining in this same position for nearly an hour.

Bystanders were unsuccessful in attempting to remove the P2 from the vehicle. Eventually, first responders had to extricate the P2 from the vehicle with equipment. P2 was then transported via ambulance to a nearby hospital. P2 was in the hospital for days undergoing numerous and various radiologic studies. Due to P2’s multiple facial fractures, teeth fractures and inability to shut mouth, P2 was required to undergo a full mouth extraction of all of teeth as well as a 4-quadrant alveoloplasty. P2 then underwent ORIF (Open Reduction Internal Fixation) of right subcondylar fracture and ORIF of left mandibular body fracture. P2’s diagnoses were nasal bone fracture, right subcondylar fracture with ORIF, mandible fracture with ORIF, extraction of all teeth, bilateral rib fractures, facial abrasions, lack of right wrist/hand control and left-hand partial-thickness laceration. Due to the stress and a myriad of factors from the event, P2 suffered a heart attack and was hospitalized.

The primary dispute by the defendants was over fault for the incident. Defendants’ representatives were blaming the white-out conditions and claiming an “Act of God” defense that nothing could have been done by defendants to avoid the pile-up. We engaged in a formal 12-hour mediation where a combined settlement of the two cases arrived at just under $1 Million dollars before totally extensive discovery was conducted and trial dates selected.

From the client:

William Rauen


Down to earth, knowledgeable, handled my legal issue in a timely fashion. 😎

- William Rauen

View All Testimonials
blood-pressure-medication-medical-malpractice-settlement

$725,000 Settlement

CASE TYPE: Medical Malpractice

$725,000 Medical Malpractice Settlement. An elderly gentleman was injured when he developed severe rhabdomyolysis after a physician failed to monitor his lab results and continued to prescribe high doses of blood pressure medications. He suffered acute kidney injury and eventually required dialysis.


continue reading

$532,000 Settlement

Case Type: Workers' Compensation

An oil rig worker fell into the belt of the well's pump motor, nearly losing his right thumb in the process. It was later discovered that the scaffolding he was standing on at the time of the accide …

read more

continue reading

$484,000 Settlement

Case Type: Car Accidents

An elderly man was involved in a T-bone accident when another driver ran a red light. The victim suffered multiple injuries and it was later determined that he could no longer eat solid food. Our at …

read more

continue reading

$158,000

Case Type: Workers' Comp Cases

This case combined both workers' compensation and personal injury elements. A woman developed repetitive stress injuries while working, including carpal tunnel syndrome. This required her to undergo …

read more

Law Firm Recent Updates

view all articles

Keep up with the latest firm news and personal injury law insights from the Hassakis & Hassakis Southern Illinois personal injury lawyers trusted by Illinois families for generations.

Choosing a personal injury lawyer to represent you in your Southern Illinois car accident, workers' compensation, medical malpractice, or other type of injury case is no minor decision. You need a responsive, compassionate, knowledgeable team you can trust. Hassakis & Hassakis is that team.

Discover why thousands of Southern Illinois injury victims and their families have counted on Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.'s personal injury lawyers to help them recover. Learn more about who we are and what we do by checking out our latest updates.