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Jury awards $72K plus 2x costs in Madison car crash case

A Dane County jury awarded a man more than $72,000 plus two times costs in a car-crash case.

Curtis Rauls was rear-ended while stopped in heavy traffic on Highway 12 at the Verona Road exit in Madison in May 2016. The defendant’s vehicle hit Rauls’ car at highway speed.

Hupy and Abraham, who successfully tried the case, said Allstate Insurance offered $4,500 at mediation and $13,500 before the lawsuit. The firm said Ramzy Halaby, Rauls’ attorney, tendered a statutory offer of settlement of $49,000 before trial. After a three-day trial, the jury awarded Rauls $72,403.45. Because the award exceeds the offer of settlement, Rauls will also recover double costs.

Jury verdict: $72,403.45 plus two times costs

Special damages: Plaintiff’s past medical bills were $24,995.45. His anticipated future medical expenses were $12,408.00. Total specials were $37,403.45.

Date of resolution: Feb. 5, 2020

Case name: Curtis J. Rauls vs. Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance Company et al

Case type: Car crash

Injuries: The plaintiff sustained sprains to his neck, shoulder and upper back, and nerve damage on the right side into his right hand and arm.

County: Dane

Presiding official: Judge Valerie L. Bailey-Rihn

Case number: 18-CV-2205

Plaintiff’s lawyer: Ramzy Halaby, Hupy and Abraham S.C.

Defendant’s lawyer: Jeffrey Wilson, Allstate Property and Casualty Insurance

About Michaela Paukner, [email protected]

Michaela Paukner is the legal reporter for the Wisconsin Law Journal. She can be reached at (414) 225-1825 or by email at [email protected]

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