Habush’s Wagner, Blocher secure $550k verdict in car crash case

One of Milwaukee County’s first civil jury trials since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic concluded on April 15, 2021 with a big victory for the plaintiff who was represented by lead attorney Benjamin Wagner and attorney Jesse Blocher. The case emanated from a rear-end collision that occurred on October 24, 2015. Liability was not contested. The plaintiff had significant pre-existing conditions which included cervicalgia, migraines, and fibromyalgia. The plaintiff claimed the accident aggravated her pre-existing migraine and neck condition, and caused a soft tissue injury to her left knee. The past medical bills were approximately $108,000 and her past wage loss was $4,009.

The Defendant, West Bend Mutual Insurance Company, filed a statutory offer of judgment for $135,000 within a month before trial. The Defendant’s final offer before trial was $150,000.  The Plaintiff’s final demand was $200,000. After a three day jury trial, the jury returned a verdict for approximately $550,000.  The Plaintiff will be able to claim taxable costs (times two) and interest due to beating previously filed offer of statutory offer of settlement.

Photo of Attorney Ben Wagner next to a window

Benjamin S. Wagner is a shareholder with the firm. His practice includes nursing home abuse and neglect, personal injury, car accidents, construction accidents, premises liability incidents, wrongful death and motorcycle accidents. Benjamin has successfully tried numerous cases throughout Wisconsin. Because of his significant trial experience and success, he has been certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and as an advocate by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy.

He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2003 and received the Phillips Owens Memorial Scholarship for outstanding academic achievement and community service.

Wisconsin Personal Injury Attorney Jesse B. Blocher

Jesse Blocher is shareholder with Habush Habush & Rottier and practices in the firm’s Waukesha office. He represents people injured in a variety of cases from automobile collisions to complex products liability claims.

Jesse is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, having successfully conducted numerous jury trials throughout the State.