MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT: $145,000
Injuries claimed: Depressed left lateral tibial plateau fracture and 3mm anterior knee joint fracture fragment with moderate joint effusion. She will continue to take blood thinners to avoid further embolism and clotting. Also, she runs a higher risk of spontaneous internal bleeding.
Court: Milwaukee County Circuit Court
Case name: Margaret Friar vs. Nicole Pusa
Case number: 08CV014235
Judge: Hon. Maxine White
Verdict & settlement: Settlement in favor of plaintiff
Plaintiff’s first demand: $150,000
Defendant’s first offer: $130,000
Settlement amount: $145,000
Special damages: Plaintiff’s past medical expenses: $97,575; Plaintiff’s future medical expenses: Use of blood thinners and regular lab work
Date of incident: July 9, 2008
Plaintiffs attorney (firm): Mark S. Young, Habush Habush & Rottier SC
Defendants attorney (firm): Richard Mueller, Mueller Goss & Possi SC
Insurance carrier: State Farm Mutual Insurance Company; liability policy limits: $150,000
Plaintiffs expert witnesses: Dr. M. Ismail Quryshi, physician, Wauwatosa
Plaintiff counsel’s summary of the facts: Friar was a pedestrian walking Eastbound on North Avenue and began crossing the street at a corner crosswalk of N. 103rd Street. At the same time, Pusa attempted to make a right hand turn and struck Friar.
Plaintiff’s negligence theory: 100 percent liable, Pusa failed to yield right of way to a pedestrian in a crosswalk and failed as to proper lookout.
Defendant’s position: Disputed value of damages.