In August 2016 Ted was returning from a friend’s house going south on Highway 164 in Washington County. A northbound SUV crossed over the center line a smashed into Ted’s small car driving it into the roadside ditch and mangling it almost beyond recognition. Ted received severe injuries to his face, head, and neck, and suffered the rupture of his right eye globe resulting in the loss of the eye. He also was left with considerable scars on the right side of his face all the way from just below the eye socket to the corner of his mouth.
Ted had been married just a few months before the highway crash and had been working full time as a roofer for several years before he was injured. Eventually, Ted underwent five separate scar revision procedures on his face and was fitted with a prosthetic eye. His determination to return to work saw him back at his employer within nine months of the accident.
Going to Court After Washington County Highway Accident
The defendant driver was covered by two liability policies issued to his parents; the underlying policy was $500,000 and the umbrella limits were $5,000,000. The underlying carrier did not try to defend the case and paid their $500,000 limits in short order. The umbrella carrier did not step up and a pre-suit mediation failed to resolve the matter necessitating a lawsuit. Depositions of the defendant driver, Ted, and his wife, as well as his treating neurosurgeon, plastic surgeon, prosthetist, and psychologist (Ted was left with a pervasive anxiety disorder which bordered on PTSD) positioned the case for a second mediation several months before the designated trial date. At the time of the second mediation, Ted had received $200,000 in medical care and faced a couple additional scar revision procedures as well as continuing psychological guidance and the probability of a spinal fusion as he aged. He had lost nearly $40,000 in wages before being able to return to work.
Ted had been born to a quintessential Wisconsin dairy farming family and his strong work ethic and superb family support helped him cope with the inevitable residuals from the loss of his eye and the significant facial scars.
Domnitz Wins for Ted – Far Above Avg Recovery!
Jury verdict research indicated the average settlement value for a loss of an eye case was in the range between $800,000 and $1,200,000. Due to the diligence of the car accident lawyers at Domnitz & Domnitz in coordinating the workup of the highly involved damage case, the case resolved at the second mediation for an additional $1,650,000, making a total recovery of $2,150,000, fully $1,000,000 above the average recovery in such cases.