Milwaukee. A Dousman man was awarded $300,000 for injuries suffered in an auto accident more than six years ago caused by a driver who fell asleep and ran a stoplight.
Greg Kressin, a 43 year old postal worker, suffered neck and shoulder injuries as a result of the accident, and has undergone three separate surgeries since the accident.
Kressin was represented by the attorneys at Gatzke Law. Allstate Insurance Company and Heritage Insurance will split the responsibility for payment of the $300,000 pursuant to the agreement signed by all parties.
The accident occurred when another motorist ran a red light and struck the front end of the GEO Metro driven by Kressin. The force of the collision tore off the entire front end of Kressin’s car. Kressin was ambulatory at the scene, but went to see his doctor as a precaution. His doctor determined that Kressin had suffered a shoulder injury and following a brief period of conservative care, they performed the first surgery to repair the tear.
Doctors performed surgery again one year later, and ultimately followed up with a complete shoulder reconstruction two years after that.
“Greg has undergone a lot in the last six years,” Gatzke said. “While he is pleased with the award, I’m sure that if he had his choice, he’d rather the accident never occurred.”
“The hope is that the award will provide Greg with the resources he will need to insure that if he wants to change careers or if he needs additional medical care, it’s there for him,” Gatzke said.
Kressin, who is married and has five children, has worked as a letter carrier in Waukesha for more than 18 years. During his recovery from the initial injury and the subsequent surgeries, Kressin missed more than 1400 hours of work and incurred more than $30,000 in medical bills.
Throughout the course of litigation, Allstate had refused to make any offer of settlement, despite the demand made by Gatzke Law attorneys more than three years ago. When it finally acceded to the demand for payment, Allstate paid its policy limits.