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Case of the Month March 2018

Jury Awards $660K for I-43 Off Ramp MVA

Schaumberg v. Esurance Ins.

Case Type:
Vehicle Negligence - Motor Vehicle v. Motor Vehicle
Vehicle Negligence - Rear-End
Vehicle Negligence - Chain Reaction Collision
Vehicle Negligence - Excessive Speed
Vehicle Negligence - Interstate/Freeway

Specific Liability:
Motorist negligently collided with a vehicle on an interstate off ramp, causing a chain reaction collision

General Injury:
Left shoulder, head, neck and back; medical expenses; loss of earnings

Jurisdiction:
State: Wisconsin
Court: Circuit Court of Wisconsin, Eighth Judicial District, Brown County.

Related Court Documents:
Plaintiff's complaint: 2015 WL 13649674
Verdict form: 2017 WL 5638771



Case Name:
Laurie L. Schaumberg v. Esurance Insurance Company, Angela L. Bonfield, Liberty Mutual Insurance Company

Docket/File Number:
2015-CV-001586

Result Amount:
$660,287


Result Date:
April 20, 2017

Judge:
Timothy Hinkfuss

Attorneys:
Plaintiff: Bruce R Bachhuber, Hanaway Ross S.C., Green Bay, WI
Defendants: Peter M. Farb, Law Offices of Thomas P. Stilp, Milwaukee, WI

Result Type:
Jury

Experts:
Plaintiff: Not reported
Defendant: Not reported

Breakdown of Award:
$200,000.00 to plaintiff for past pain, suffering and disability from defendant Liberty Mutual
$20,000.00 to plaintiff for future pain, suffering and disability from defendant Liberty Mutual
$75,000.00 to plaintiff for past healthcare expenses from defendant Liberty Mutual
$60,000.00 to plaintiff for future healthcare expenses from defendant Liberty Mutual
$246,983.00 to plaintiff for past loss of earning capacity from defendant Liberty Mutual
$58,304.00 to plaintiff for future loss of earning capacity from defendant Liberty Mutual

Summary of Facts:
Laurie Schaumburg was operating a 1997 Pontiac Sunfire on I-43. She was exiting onto northbound State Highway 41 when she came to stop for traffic due to construction ahead and was struck from the rear by a 2004 Chevrolet Blazer operated by Angela Bonfield, which caused her to strike the vehicle in front of her.

Bonfield was insured by Esurance Insurance Company, and Schaumburg was insured by Liberty Mutual Insurance Company at the time of the collision.

Schaumbeurg filed a lawsuit against Bonfield and Esurance. The plaintiff alleged Bonfield was negligent in traveling at a speed too fast for conditions, and driving inattentively. She also sought underinsured motorist benefits from Liberty Mutual. Schaumburg sought compensation for her bodily injury, medical expenses, and loss of earnings.

A jury awarded the plaintiff damages in the total amount of $660,287.

Court: Circuit Court of Wisconsin, Eighth Judicial District, Brown County.

Westlaw Citation:
2017 WL 6803324


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