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

Steven M. Gursten

Case Conclusion Date:August 13, 2008

Practice Area:Car / Auto Accident

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.