MOTOR VEHICLE: $703,641
Injuries claimed: Skull injury, traumatic brain injury, right hip fracture, and muscle/nerve injuries
Court: La Crosse Circuit Court
Case name: Anthony J. Perez vs. Terrance K. Welch
Case number: 07 CV 843
Judge: Scott L. Horne
Verdict & settlement: Jury verdict in favor of plaintiff
Original amount sought: None
Original offer: Zero dollars
Special damages: Plaintiff’s past medical expenses: $249,640.65; Plaintiff’s future medical expenses: $54,000
Plaintiff’s percentage of contributory negligence: 50 percent
Date of incident: Nov. 17, 2006
Trial dates: March 9-13, 2009
Plaintiffs attorney (firm): Edward J. Vopal & D. James Weis, Habush Habush & Rottier, S.C.
Defendants attorney (firm): Ward I. Richter, Bell, Gierhart & Moore, S.C.
Insurance carrier: American Family Insurance Company
Plaintiffs expert witnesses: Dennis Skogen, accident reconstruction, Skogen Engineering Group, Madison; Dr. Andrew Saterbak, orthopedics; Dr. Jerry Davis, neurosurgery; Dr. William Hitch, neuropsychology; Dr. Ahmet Dervish, interventional pain management
Defendants expert witnesses: Charles Scalia, accident reconstruction
Plaintiff counsel’s summary of the facts: Plaintiff struck by a car while crossing the street in La Crosse.
Plaintiff’s negligence theory: Defendant driver’s failure to yield the right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
Defendant’s position: Plaintiff’s failure to yield the right of way to the defendant.