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.