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Personal Injury: $6.9 MILLION



Injuries claimed: Plaintiff’s car was occupied by a couple in their 50s and their 4-year-old granddaughter. The grandfather suffered a fractured left tibia and fibula repaired with intramedullary nailing, and post-traumatic stress disorder. His wife died instantly in the collision, and their granddaughter also died from traumatic asphyxiation as their car was crushed.

Court: Dane County Circuit Court

Judge: C. William Foust

Verdict & settlement: Settled during trial in favor of plaintiff

Settlement amount: $6,900,000

Date of incident: Aug. 17, 2004

Disposition date: July 23, 2009

Plaintiffs attorney (firm): David E. Rapoport and Paul D. Richter, Rapoport Law Offices, Chicago; Keith R. Clifford and Terrence M. Polich, Clifford & Raihala, S.C., Madison; Robert F. Foss, Baum, Hedlund Law Firm, Los Angeles, CA

Defendants attorney (firm): Jay Starret, Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek, S.C., Milwaukee

Plaintiffs expert witnesses: Robert Huntington, MD Gerald Lang, MD Frank Ochberg, MD

Plaintiff counsels’ summary of the facts: Semi-tractor-trailer rear ended a passenger car stopped in traffic, killing two occupants and seriously injuring a third.

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