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Case of the Month August 2015

Bayside Motor Vehicle Accident Returns $375K

Jones v. Inderrieden

Case Type:
Vehicle Negligence - Controlled Intersection


Specific Liability:
Distracted driving - Cell phone

General Injury:
Multiple Fractures of One Shoulder
Multiple Fractures of One Leg; Vascular: Arm; Multiple Rib Fractures; Tendon: Hand

Jurisdiction:
State: Wisconsin
Court: Circuit Court of Wisconsin, First Judicial District, Milwaukee County.

Related Court Documents:
Plaintiffs' amended complaint: 2013 WL 10724298
Defendants' pretrial report: 2014 WL 9865685
Plaintiffs' pretrial report: 2014 WL 9865673
Verdict form: 2014 WL 9865705

Case Name:
Jones v. Inderrieden, American Family Mutual Insurance Company

Docket/File Number:
2013-CV-001756

Result Amount:
$375,000


Result Date:
August 19, 2014

Judge:
David A. Hansher

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Fred N. Tabak, Tabak Law L.L.C., Glendale, WI
Defendant: James T. Murray, Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C., Milwaukee, WI
Defendant: Kevin M. Fetherston, Peterson, Johnson & Murray S.C., Milwaukee, WI

Result Type:
Jury Trial

Experts:
Plaintiff: Not reported
Defendant: Not reported

Breakdown of Award:
Total: $375,000
Compensatory Pain & Suffering: $250,000
Total Compensatory Award: $250,000
Punitive Damages: $0
Hedonic Damages: $0
Property Damages: $0
Interest: $0
Other Damages: $0

Loss of Services: $125,000 Loss of Services: Yes
Comparative Negligence Percentage: 50


Summary of Facts:
Leo Jones, a 90-year-old male, claimed he suffered a broken left shoulder in 8 pieces, broken left femur in 15 places, 7 fractured ribs on his left side, severed artery in his left arm, and 2 torn tendons in his left hand, requiring two weeks in intensive care and a lengthy rehabilitation as a result of an automobile collision in which his vehicle was struck at a controlled intersection by a vehicle allegedly operated by defendant Edward Inderrieden and insured by defendant American Family Mutual Insurance Company. The plaintiff contended that Inderrieden entered the intersection against a red light and was on his cell phone at the time of the collision. The defendants denied liability and contended Inderrieden entered the intersection on a green light. An award for past medical expenses was to be answered by the court.

Court: Circuit Court of Wisconsin, First Judicial District, Milwaukee County.

Westlaw Citation:
2014 WL 9953831


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