Racine, Wis. – Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. is pleased to announce that on February 12, 2020, Attorney Timothy S. Trecek successfully obtained a verdict of $38.1 million against Hyundai Motor Company in an enhanced injury case. At trial, Atty. Trecek was assisted by attorneys Jesse B. Blocher, Elissa M. Bowlin and Susan Tyndall, as well as staff members Ken A. Jarvis, Mary G. Brennan and Kevin M. Hood. Racine County Circuit Court Judge Eugene Gasiorkiewicz presided over the trial.

On July 31st 2015, Edward Vanderventer was rear-ended while driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra. Mr. Vanderventer suffered significant injuries, including spinal fracture and paraplegia. On behalf of the Mr. Vanderventer and his wife, Attorney Trecek made the case that a defect within the front seat headrest and seatback caused Mr. Vanderventer’s horrific injuries, and that absent the defect, Mr. Vanderventer would have walked away from the accident. Instead, he will never walk again.  Hyundai denied liability and argued that the injuries were a result of the collision and/or a degenerative spine condition known as diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH).

During the 18-day trial, jurors heard testimony from over 25 witnesses, including seat design and medical experts. In valuing the Vanderventers’ damages at $38.1 million, the jury found that Hyundai’s defective seat design was 84% responsible for causing Mr. Vanderventer’s injuries.

“I could not be prouder of our Racine County jury.  They listened intently to all the evidence presented over the course of the entire trial, using their life experience and common sense in order to render an extremely just verdict.  This kind of verdict helps ensure that companies put safety before profits,” said Trecek.


Attorney Tim Trecek

Tim Trecek is a shareholder and has been a member of the law firm since 1995. In 2017, he was elected by his partners as a corporate officer of the firm (Secretary). He is a managing partner of both the Milwaukee and West Bend offices. Tim specializes in all types of personal injury litigation. He has successfully litigated cases involving automobile defects (airbags, seat belts, seats and structural integrity), construction accidents, misfilled prescriptions, car/motorcycle accidents, truck/semi accidents, slip/trip and falls, dog bites, injuries involving horses, brain injuries, RSD (reflex sympathetic dystrophy), machine defects (saws, chippers, cement mixer defects, deer stands, snow blowers), child car seats, personal watercraft, and specialized experience with serious burn injuries from events such as explosions and utility/electrical accidents. In 2020, he obtained the largest single plaintiff verdict in the history of the State of Wisconsin, when a Racine County jury awarded his client $38.16 million, for injury caused by a defectively designed driver’s seat in his 2013 Hyundai Elantra. (See News Story) 

Although he was born, raised, and works in southeastern Wisconsin, Tim has earned a national reputation as a successful plaintiff’s trial lawyer. Tim’s successes have been so noteworthy that they have been chronicled in papers such as the Boston Globe, the Washington Post, the Fort Worth Star Telegram, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the San Francisco Chronicle and dozens of other publications.