Passenger suffers torn rotator cuff after driver loses control of truck

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December 28, 2010

Passenger suffers torn rotator cuff after driver loses control of truck 

Alan Wundrow, 50, was a passenger in a truck driven by Lawrence Ryall. Ryall lost control of the vehicle, causing it to go into a ditch and strike a tree head-on. Wundrow suffered a left rotator cuff tear and a lower back injury. He was treated conservatively and incurred about $11,000 in medical expenses. He now has back pain and shoulder discomfort as a result of his injuries.

Wundrow sued Ryall, alleging that he failed to maintain control of the truck. The plaintiff did not claim lost income.

The jury awarded about $56,900.

Citation: Wundrow v. Ryall, No. 09 CV 41 (Wis., Rusk Co. Cir. July 2010).

Plaintiff counsel: Tracy N. Tool, River Falls, Wisconsin.

Plaintiff expert: John Cragg, orthopedics, Rice Lake, Wisconsin.

Defense expert: Paul T. Wicklund, orthopedics, Minneapolis.


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