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Chicago Lawyers Represents Plaintiff in Trial That Results in $23.7 Million Jury Verdict over Fatal 2004 Trucking Accident
Date:3/27/2009

Martin Healy, Jr. and Jack Cannon of The Healy Law Firm represent a plaintiff in a consolidated trial, producing largest ever injury verdict in Will County, Illinois

Chicago (Lexis Nexis) March 27, 2009 -- In what is believed to be the largest injury verdict ever in Will County, Ill., a jury last Friday awarded $23.7 million to three plaintiffs who sought compensation for two deaths and one serious injury that resulted from a 2004 vehicle accident near Plainfield, Ill.

The case, Sperl v. Henry et al. (04 L 428 consolidated), was tried in the Circuit Court of Will County over a three-week period. It was the culmination of nearly five years of litigation that was initiated after an April 1, 2004 multiple vehicle accident on Interstate 55 near Plainfield when DeAnn Henry, the driver of a tractor trailer, lost control of the truck and rear-ended multiple vehicles. The collisions caused the deaths of two individuals, Joseph Sperl (age 66) and Thomas Sanders (age 42) and serious injuries to William Taluc (age 30).

The plaintiffs pursued a lawsuit against the driver of the vehicle and her motor carrier, Toad L Dragonfly, both of whom admitted liability, but had limited coverage. Plaintiff also sued C.H. Robinson, the freight broker who dispatched the driver. C.H. Robinson, one of the world's largest freight brokers, contested liability for the accident, claiming Henry was an independent contractor.

Sperl's estate, which was represented in the litigation by Martin Healy, Jr. and Jack Cannon of The Healy Law Firm, was awarded $7 million by the jury for the benefit of the spouse and two adult children. The estate also awa
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