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Case of the Month Mach 2016

Tractor Trailer Driver Recevies $1.45M for MVA

Johnson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.

Case Type:
Vehicle Negligence - Motor Vehicle v. Motor Vehicle
Vehicle Negligence - Truck Accident
Vehicle Negligence - Rear-End Collision


Specific Liability:
Rear-End Collision

General Injury:
Scapula Fracture; Multiple Rib Fractures; Herniated Disc; Spinal Stenosis; Lung: Pneumothorax

Jurisdiction:
State: Wisconsin
Court: Circuit Court of Wisconsin, Sixth Judicial District, Portage County.



Case Name:
Johnson v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co.; Sanderson

Docket/File Number:
2013-CV-000145

Result Amount:
Total: $1,450,000

Result Date:
June 29, 2015

Judge:
John V. Finn

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Theresa B. Laughlin, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Wausau, WI
Defendant: Mark A. Klinner, Zalewski, Klinner & Kramer, Wausau, WI
Defendant: John R. Shull, Terwilliger, Wakeen, Piehler & Conway S.C., Wausau, WI

Result Type:
Settlement

Experts:
Plaintiff: Physiatrist: Romang, Timothy, M.D., Wausau, WI
Plaintiff: Vocational Rehabilitation: Beining, Dana, Green Bay, WI
Defendant: None mentioned

Breakdown of Award:
Total Compensatory Award: $1,450,000


Summary of Facts:
Eric Johnson, an adult male, claimed he suffered a fractured scapula, rib fractures, punctured lung, cervical stenosis and lumbar disc herniation, resulting in a permanent disability, as a result of an automobile collision in which his tractor trailer, hauling lumber, was rear-ended by a vehicle operated by defendant Sanderson, and insured by defendant State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company, which caused lumber to come through the rear window and strike Johnson on the shoulder.

Court: Circuit Court of Wisconsin, Sixth Judicial District, Portage County.

Westlaw Citation:
2015 WL 9851878


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