Joseph M. BaczewskiPartner
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Mr. Baczewski practices insurance defense, medical malpractice defense, and general civil litigation. He earned his Bachelor of Science in Political Science in December 2005 and then received his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University in May, 2009.
At Brandon & Schmidt Mr. Baczewski has successfully defended numerous personal injury cases. In an age where many attorneys are afraid to go to trial, Joe looks forward to the ability to advocate for his clients before a jury. He has tried several cases to verdict in multiple counties in Southern Illinois.
- J.D., Southern Illinois University, 2009
- Admitted to Order of Barristers, 2009
- B.S., Southeast Missouri State University, Cum Laude.
- Illinois State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
Professional Associations & Memberships
- Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (2018-2019 Board of Directors)
- Illinois State Bar Association, Member
- Jackson County Bar Association, Member
Honors & Awards
- Rated Distinguished by Martindale Hubbell
- Emerging Lawyer – Leading Lawyers Magazine 2015-2018
Personal Injury Cases
The following are personal injury cases tried to verdict in which Joseph M. Baczewski represented the defendant during the last few years:
- 2013 – Saline County
Plaintiff claimed to have slipped and fell at Defendant’s Chinese restaurant and claimed that she suffered lower back and neck injuries. Defendant denied being negligent and also denied that Plaintiff had been injured based upon preexisting lower back and neck problems. Defense verdict.
- 2014 – Williamson County
The Defendant rear ended the vehicle in front of him, which struck the vehicle in front of it that the Plaintiff was driving. Defendant admitted liability for the collision, but denied the nature and extent of Plaintiff’s injuries. Plaintiff had incurred in excess of $70,000 in claimed medical bills over a seven year period. Plaintiff asked the jury to award in excess of $200,000. Verdict for Plaintiff of $70,000.
- 2016 – Massac County
Defendant rear ended the vehicle driven by the Plaintiff. The Plaintiff had a long history of right knee problems. Plaintiff claimed an aggravation of his right knee arthritis, which led to the need for a right knee replacement five years after the accident. Defendant admitted liability. Plaintiff claimed $68,000 in medical bills, which were admitted into evidence. Plaintiff asked jury to award in excess of $100,000. Verdict for Plaintiff of $9,240.
- 2017 – Jackson County
Plaintiff was travelling on a bicycle on the wrong side of the road through an intersection near Southern Illinois University campus. She was struck by Defendant’s SUV after Defendant had stopped at a stop sign. Plaintiff suffered multiple injuries, including a broken wrist, broken nose, and other abrasions. Plaintiff asked the jury to award over $400,000. Defense verdict.
- 2018 – Perry County
Plaintiff was the passenger in the back seat of a DuQuoin Police car after being arrested. Defendant parked his truck in front of the police car, and when doing so, struck the front left portion of the police car. Plaintiff claimed injuries to multiple body parts. Defendant admitted fault for the accident, but denied that the Plaintiff was injured. Defense verdict.
- 2019 – Johnson County
Plaintiff was working as a truck driver delivering a large load of steel culverts to Defendant’s quarry. One of Defendant’s workers was an operating engineer who was operating a forklift to assist in the unloading process. During the unloading process, the load become unstable and Plaintiff attempted to re-secure the load, placing his body under the load. A pipe fell from the truck, striking Plaintiff, causing him to suffer significant injuries and medical bills in excess of $200,000. Plaintiff asked the jury to award $1.2 million. Defense verdict.