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Case of the Month November 2018

Bus Collides with Light Pole; Injuring Worker

Stroik v. Milwaukee County

Case Type:
Vehicle Negligence - Pedestrian

Specific Liability:
Contention that defendant driver was negligent in the speed, lookout, management and control of the bus

General Injury:
Amputation: Leg

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

Related Court Documents:
Plaintiffs' complaint: 2014 WL 12838828
Plaintiffs pretrial report: 2017 WL 10237674
Defendants' pretrial report: 2017 WL 10237675
Order for approval 2018 WL 4346275


Case Name:
Stroik vs. Milwaukee County; Milwaukee County Transit System; Milwaukee Transport Services, Inc.; Ihrcke

Docket/File Number:
2014-CV-002774

Result Amount:
$500,000


Result Date:
March 14, 2018

Judge:
Clare L. Fiorenza

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Thomas S. Trecek, Habush Habush & Rottier S.C., Milwaukee, WI
Defendant: Emile H. Banks Jr., Emile Banks & Associates L.L.C., Milwaukee, WI

Result Type:
Settlement

Experts:
Plaintiff: Not reported
Defendant: Not reported

Breakdown of Award:
$500,000
Total Compensatory Award: $250,000
Loss of Services: $250,000
Loss of Services by Spouse: Yes

Summary of Facts:
Matthew Stroik, an adult male, reportedly suffered amputation of his left leg below the knee and scalp lacerations, resulting surgeries and the development of a pulmonary embolism during his hospitalization, as a result of a cable hooked to a light pole that he was installing for the display of holiday lights, tightening around his left leg when a bus operated by defendant Thomas Ihrcke and owned by defendants Milwaukee County, Milwaukee County Transit System, and Milwaukee Transport Services, Inc. struck the pole. The plaintiff contended that defendant Ihrcke in the speed, lookout, management and control of the bus. The defendants contended the cable was dangling form a light pole was virtually invisible to Ihrcke. The plaintiff received $49,144 from the settlement amount.

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

Westlaw Citation:
2018 WL 4357689


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