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Steven M. Gursten

Steven Gursten’s Legal Cases

7 total

  • Anthony G. Broeren and Lisa Broeren v. Roy Bates II

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Aug 13, 2008
    Outcome:
    $5.65 million verdict on initial offer of $600,000
    Description:
    The $5.65 million jury verdict in Macomb County Circuit Court was one of the largest awards ever for an automobile accident lawsuit in the area. My client Anthony Broeren was accidentally run over by an acquaintances pick-up truck, propelled head-first into a log cabin and then dragged by the truck. Now he is unable to return to competitive employment, due to injuries from the accident including a slight traumatic brain injury and severe leg injuries. The stakes were significantly high in this case, as the defendant had insurance by Chrysler because he was leasing a Chrysler car under the company’s employee lease program. But the defendants attorneys were successful in removing Chrysler as a named defendant in the case. Behind the scenes, Chrysler took a low-ball settlement position, contending that a friend suing another friend would never get what his injuries were worth, especially in a conservative venue like Macomb County, Michigan. Chryslers offer the day before trial was $1 million.
  • Barnes, Shelly A., Carl L., Tai N. and Jason v. Cassens Transport Company and Michael Arthur-Joseph Bisson

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Feb 22, 2007
    Outcome:
    $3.6 million arbitration award
    Description:
    In this case, three plaintiffs suffered mild traumatic brain injury and back, shoulder and carpal tunnel surgeries from a truck accident. The defendant alleged that there was very low vehicle damage and that the injuries had no causal relationship to the accident. The defendant’s offer before the award was $250,000.
  • Christopher Norris v. Atsalis Brothers Painting Company

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jul 27, 2006
    Outcome:
    $9 million settlement
    Description:
    This was the largest pain and suffering settlement in Michigan in the preceding decade. The young plaintiff lost both legs in a car accident. His Saturn was split in half when it was rear-ended by an Atsalis Brothers truck.
  • James William Fairley and Kim Fairley v. Schiber Truck et al

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Dec 15, 2010
    Outcome:
    $3.5 million verdict
    Description:
    This verdict was only for the pain and suffering of a 56-year-old man involved in a truck accident, with a corporate defendant. It is said to be the highest Jackson County jury verdict for an auto accident case. Defendant insurance company Zurich took the position that the "conservative" Jackson, Michigan jury would not award significant pain and suffering damages, and essentially forced the case to trial. The highest defense offer was $1 million before and during trial. We argued “chronic pain syndrome” throughout the 1 ½ week trial, and tactically waived an excess economic loss claim, where the Plaintiff was on Social Security Disability, so there would be no collateral source reductions from the verdict amount. The parties agreed to waive appeal in exchange for plaintiffs agreement on the last day of trial to cap the verdict at the defendant's insurance policy limits. In the accident, the Plaintiff's mini-van was rear-ended by defendant truck and pushed into another oncoming truck, causing Plaintiff's injuries. The injuries sustained were traumatic brain injury, depression and two fractured vertebrae.
  • Modzelewski-Shekoski, et al. v. Allied Excavation Inc., et al

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Nov 15, 2012
    Outcome:
    Verdict $2.55 million
    Description:
    Third-party auto negligence - Macomb County
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Nov 13, 2014
    Outcome:
    $34 million settlement
    Description:
    A $34 million settlement was reached in the case of a serious truck accident in Ohio. Steven Gursten was asked to participate in the case by Ohio-based co-counsel. The case settled after the first day of trial.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jan 06, 2015
    Outcome:
    $7 million settlement
    Description:
    A $7 million settlement was secured for a third-party car accident case in Oakland County, resulting in the death of an adult male. The case did not include any claim for economic damages. The $7 million settlement was made on behalf of the plaintiff’s parents as the estate. The case settled for an amount that was significantly higher than the insurance policy limits for the defendant, and included a $3 million contribution from defendant over policy limits.