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Michigan Auto Law in Michigan Lawyers Weekly highest car accident verdicts and truck accident verdicts for 2011

January 16, 2012 by Steven M. Gursten

Michigan Lawyers Weekly list of top-reported verdicts

Our Michigan personal injury lawyers have made it on the Michigan Lawyers Weekly year-end list of the top-reported verdicts and settlements. Last year, Michigan Auto Law received the second top-reported verdict for a car accident case and top reported verdict for a truck accident case in Michigan in 2011.

This marks the 15th consecutive year that Michigan Auto Law has made the Michigan Lawyers Weekly list for earning top auto accident verdicts and settlements for our clients. It’s an honor for the lawyers here who work so hard and are so dedicated on behalf of our clients. With 50,000 lawyers in Michigan, and several thousand personal injury lawyers, it’s also a nice honor to be able to say that no other personal injury law firm or Michigan injury lawyer can say that they have been featured for 15 consecutive years for the highest auto accident and truck accident verdicts and settlements in this state.

Here’s more information on our top auto verdicts for 2011:

Transportation company disputes extent of injures from truck accident (Sand v. Towles Transport, Inc., et al.): Personal injury lawyer Leonard Koltonow received a $1.45 million truck accident verdict on for his client in Wayne County Circuit Court.

The truck accident occurred in March 2009 after the defendant’s semi-truck struck an overpass, causing the load he was carrying to spill onto the freeway and in front of the plaintiff Larry Sand’s vehicle. The plaintiff couldn’t avoid the spilled contents, and suffered several injuries from the resulting truck accident, such as a neck injury requiring surgery, a shoulder injury requiring arthroscopic surgery, and mild traumatic brain injury (MTBI).

The defense lawyer tried to argue that Lenny’s client, a tradesman, had pre-existing injuries. The jury rejected these arguments — as well as testimony from seven defense experts at trial — and found the plaintiff will never work again after his injuries and surgery.

The highest defense offer before trial was $400,000.

Auto accident victim’s future as dental hygienist is disputed (Hannay v. Michigan Department of Transportation): Michigan Auto Law received a $1.4 million verdict for their client in Ingham County.

Plaintiff Heather Hannay was hit by a salt truck driven by an MDOT employee who ran a stop sign. She sustained serious shoulder and neck injuries that prevented her from working in her planned career as a dental hygienist.

The defense lawyers contended that the plaintiff was not entitled to recover work-loss damages based upon a dental hygienist salary, as she was not yet working in that capacity. She was going to school and training at a dentist’s office where she was employed.

The court concluded that the plaintiff proved that she could only work part time (60 percent) and awarded a $1.4 million verdict.

Steve Gursten is one of the nation’s top personal injury lawyers handling auto accident and injury lawsuits. He is head of Michigan Auto Law and current president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association.

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