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Injured Truck Driver Settles with Integrated Industries for 6.99 Million

Cogan & Power, P.C. Secures Compensation for 46 Year-Old Man Run Over by Truck in Shipyard.

Chicago, IL (PRWEB) April 08, 2013—In a truck injury case that was resolved during trial in Cook County Circuit Court, a 46-year-old man who was run over by a tractor three years ago at a Will County shipping yard will receive a $6.99 million settlement as compensation for his injuries.

According to the Settlement Report, Simon Estrada-Varela, a truck driver, was walking across the Channahon Yard to check on his cargo when fellow truck driver Mihai Orha began to execute a three-point turn. Orha, failing to notice Estrada-Varela, backed his tractor over his body below the waist, resulting in fracture and crush injuries to the pelvis, legs and feet. According to Estrada-Varela’s attorneys, John M. Power, a partner at Cogan & Power, P.C., and his colleague, Jon C. Papin, Estrada-Varela sustained permanent injuries from the incident that include pain in the back and legs and erectile dysfunction.

Estrada-Varela and his wife, Marciela Estrada, filed suit in Cook County Circuit Court against Orha and his employer, DMTI Inc, as well as shipping yard operator Integrated Industries Corp. The lawsuit alleged that Intergrated Industries failed to take proper safety measures at the shipyard and allowed it to become overcrowded with too many trucks and containers, impairing safe traffic flow. The suit also alleged that Orha’s actions in failing to see Estrada-Varela and avoid hitting him were negligent.

On March 1, the first day of trial, Orha and DMTI reached a settlement with the plaintiffs for $990,000. However, the case against Integrated Industries proceeded to trial, with Cook County District Judge Donald J. Suriano presiding. After more than a week, during which the plaintiffs presented several witnesses, Integrated Industries admitted responsibility and consented to a judgment against itself, citing a newly discovered gap ininsurance coverage as its reason for capitulation in the case.

According to court documents, Judge Suriano entered a consent order in the case on Tuesday. Details of the settlement include a judgment of $6.99 million to the plaintiffs, with $990,000 covered by the settlement with DMHI and $5 million to be covered by insurance.

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