Michigan Auto Law partner Lenny Koltonow wins $1.45 million on $175,000 Wayne County case evaluation award
Congratulations to Lenny Koltonow and his deserving client for last week’s $1.45 million truck accident trial verdict. The verdict was received on May 17 in Wayne County Circuit Court in Detroit.
What makes the case interesting is how the truck accident occurred.
The truck crash occurred in March 2009. Lenny’s client was driving on westbound I-94, in Detroit. The defendant was driving a semi-truck, also westbound on I-94, when his truck struck an overpass, causing the load he was carrying to spill onto the freeway in front of the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff could not avoid the spilled load, and Lenny’s client suffered several injuries from the resulting crash, including a neck injury that required surgery, a shoulder injury that required arthroscopic surgery, and a mild traumatic brain injury that fortunately resolved shortly after the crash.
The defense lawyer tried to argue that Lenny’s client had pre-existing injuries and treatment for neck, shoulder and head injuries, as he was a long-time tradesman. The jury rejected these arguments, and the testimony from seven (seven!) defense experts at trial, and found the plaintiff will never work again after his neck injury and surgery.
What makes this truck accident like all the others is how it was defended. One thing our truck accident lawyers know is that truck accident defense lawyers will almost never take responsibility for injuries caused by the companies they represent. This case was no exception. The defense lawyer hired seven doctors as experts, including many who are quite notorious among Michigan personal injury lawyers as “usual suspects” who do hundreds of exams for defense lawyers and insurance companies every year and rarely find anyone disabled from injuries, no matter how serious.
With 35 years experience fighting for his clients and receiving some of the highest auto and truck accident jury verdicts in the courtroom, Lenny is one of the most respected injury lawyers in Michigan. He does not accept mistreatment of his clients by auto insurance companies and the defense lawyers representing them.
Lenny is a Michigan Super Lawyer, and has been an AV-Rated lawyer (the best rating for legal ability and ethics) for the past 25 years. He has served on the executive board of the Michigan Association for Justice, and lectures on personal injury cases to Michigan lawyers at numerous seminars.
Congratulations to Lenny and his client.
– Steven Gursten is a partner of Michigan Auto Law and one of the top truck accident attorneys in the country. He is past president of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Litigation Group, and has received the top-reported jury verdict in Michigan for truck accidents. Steve was named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law for his work to promote national truck safety.
Michigan Auto Law exclusively handles car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases throughout the entire state of Michigan. We have offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Ann Arbor, Grand Rapids and Detroit to better serve you. Call (800) 777-0028 for a free consultation with one of our truck accident attorneys.