Peter Andresek, a 41-year-old tool and die maker, was driving his motorcycle northbound through an intersection when he was stuck by a car driven by Gilbert Nelson, who was crossing eastbound after stopping at a stop sign. Andresek suffered a traumatic closed-head injury, multiple fractures, and various other injuries that left him with serious cognitive and physical deficits. His medical expenses were about $350,700.
Andresek claimed that Nelson failed to yield the right of way. Nelson asserted that Andresek was contributorily negligent for operating his motorcycle with THC in his system.
The parties settled before suit was filed for $1.05 million.
Citation: Andresek v. Nelson, settled before filing (Wis. Apr. 7, 2010).
Claimant counsel: AAJ member Laurence J. Fehring, Milwaukee.
Claimant experts: Laura Liddicoat, crime, Madison, Wisconsin; Gregory J. Schmeling, orthopedics, and John LoGiudice, plastic surgery, both of Milwaukee; and John Baumgart, vocational rehabilitation, Mequon, Wisconsin.