A 56-year-old Gurnee man who suffered a leg amputation after his motorcycle was struck by a car in 2018 received a record $16 million settlement.
Tim Walsh, 56, was riding his motorcycle home from work near the intersection of Woodland Terrace and Hutchins Road in Gurnee on June 14, 2018.
Walsh was struck by a 2018 Honda Civic, driven by Raul Bahena, 18, who was working as a porter at Muller Honda of Gurnee.
According to the law firm Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard, who represented Walsh, Bahena was asked to get gas for a potential buyer of a new 2018 Honda Civic and drove the vehicle toward a nearby Mobil gas station.
Bahena approached a stop sign at Woodland Terrace and Hutchins Road and slowed to 7 mph but then sped across the intersection, according to a lawsuit.
Walsh, who was on his motorcycle and did not have a stop sign, entered the intersection and was struck by the Honda Civic, which did not brake or swerve before impact, the lawsuit said.
The collision caused Walsh to fly off his motorcycle and onto the sidewalk.
Paramedics were unable to feel a pulse in Walsh’s left leg and transported him to a nearby hospital. Due to the extensive injuries, his left leg was amputated below the knee on the same day as the accident.
Walsh experiences phantom pain, complications with his amputation stump, leg pain, and neuropathic pain of his left lower extremity, according to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.
He also suffered multiple tears in both shoulders and underwent surgeries on his shoulders to repair the damage.
“Despite very serious injuries, Tim has worked extremely hard to get back to some degree of normalcy in his life,” attorney Patrick A. Salvi Sr. said.
Bahena admitted he never saw Walsh before the impact and initially said that a Little Learner’s preschool sign on the corner of the intersection blocked his view.
However, Bahena admitted that he only noticed the sign when he went back to the intersection two days later, according to Salvi, Schostok & Pritchard.
The lawsuit was resolved following mediation with former Judge Bill Gomolinski on August 28.
The $16 million settlement represents the highest leg amputation settlement on record in Lake County. The prior Lake County leg amputation record-high was a $1,275,000 settlement reported in 1988, according to John Kirkton of the Cook County Jury Verdict Reporter.