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Truck Accident Jury Verdict is One of the Largest in Macomb County, Michigan

August 26, 2008 by Steven M. Gursten

On Sunday, the Macomb Daily newspaper published a front-page story about Steven Gursten’s recent jury trial in Macomb County, Michigan; which resulted in a $5.65 million verdict for his clients, Tony and Lisa Broeren of Bruce Township. Tony was seriously injured in a truck accident after a friend accidentally ran him over and propelled him head-first into a log cabin.

The seven-day trial in Macomb County Circuit Court had more than 20 witnesses. The verdict is one of the largest Macomb County has ever seen for an auto accident. Doctors say Tony — who suffered crushing injuries to his leg that have required many surgeries and a traumatic brain injury for starters — will never be able to return to competitive employment. Prior to the November 2006 accident, he was an electro-mechanical engineer.

Tony sued Roy Bates II of Chesterfield Township. Chrysler owned the Dodge Ram pickup truck, and Bates was employed with Chrysler when he accidentally stepped on the gas instead of the brake and struck Tony during a group hunting trip in Evart, Michigan. Although the verdict was issued against Bates because Chrysler had been removed as a named defendant in the case, Chrysler remains financially responsible for the award. For more information about the case and the affects of the truck accident on Tony, read the Macomb Daily newspaper article.

Michigan Auto Law helps people who have been seriously injured or wrongfully killed in car accidents, truck accidents and motorcycle accidents throughout Michigan. Of several Michigan locations, Michigan Auto Law has an east side office available for clients, located at 38600 Van Dyke, suite 250 in Sterling Heights. The Sterling Heights/Warren office phone number is (586) 217-2180.

In the newspaper, Tony said, “(The verdict) gave us a sense of relief… It gives us some justification for everything we’ve gone through.

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