Severe burns to child result in scarring
PERSONAL INJURY: $653,021 Settlement
Case name: Kyla A. Crooks v. Family Living Child Care Center
Case number: 08-CV-607
Court: Brown County Circuit Court
Judge: John D. McKay, mediator
Settlement amount: $653,021
Special damages: Plaintiff’s past medical expenses: $76,333; plaintiff’s past wage loss: Mother: $2,450
Date of incident: July 26, 2007
Plaintiff’s attorneys: Ralph J. Tease, Jr., Habush Habush & Rottier SC
Defendant’s attorneys: Joseph J. Beisenstein, Menn Law Firm, Ltd.
Insurance carrier: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company; Liability Policy Limits: $1 million underlying liability and $1 million umbrella
Injuries claimed: Severe burns to 20 percent of her body; permanent scarring to Kyla’s left face, left neck, left shoulder/trunk and back.
Verdict & Settlement: Settlement for plaintiff
Disposition date: Nov. 16, 2009
Plaintiffs expert witnesses: John N. Jensen, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Andrea L. Winthrop, M.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee; Brad Grunert, Ph.D., Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Plaintiff counsel’s summary of the facts: This accident occurred on Thursday, July 26, 2007 at the Family Living Childcare Center on Cormier Road in the city of Green Bay. During snack time Kyla Crooks was put into a highchair next to a crockpot of water, which was used for warming bottles. Kyla pulled the electric cord on the the crockpot causing it to spill on her.