Hal Madison, 41, collided with Taylor Ward after Ward ran a red light. After realizing that Ward had died in the collision, Madison went into shock. He continued to suffer emotional distress after the accident and sought professional help about six months later. He was diagnosed as having posttraumatic stress disorder.
Madison is unable to continue working in his sales position, at which he had earned about $65,000 annually. He continues to require counseling and has incurred medical expenses totaling $38,000.
Madison and his wife sued Ward’s estate, alleging speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, and failure to heed a red light. The parties agreed to arbitrate.
An arbitrator awarded about $385,800.
Citation: Madison v. Landwehr, No. 27-CV-10-12721 (Minn., Hennepin Co. Dist. Mar. 9, 2011).
Plaintiff counsel: AAJ member James R. Schwebel, Minneapolis.