$547,000 Jury Verdict in Rear-End Crash

Michelle Olivarez was stopped in traffic when a vehicle driven by Kelsey Nelson rear-ended her vehicle.  The crash aggravated Olivarez’s pre-existing neck pain, migraines and fibromyalgia.

Olivarez, 39, also suffered a soft-tissue injury to her left knee. She received physical therapy for her knee injury, was prescribed medicine, and received neck injections.

Olivarez’s medical expenses totaled more than $108,000.

Olivarez was a phlebotomist and missed approximately two months of work, resulting in $4,000 in lost income.

Olivarez sued Nelson, alleging negligence for causing the rear-end crash.

This was one of Milwaukee County’s first civil jury trials since the beginning of COVID-19. The jury returned a verdict of more than $547,300.

The attorneys successfully handling this lawsuit for Olivarez were Benjamin S. Wagner and Jesse B. Blocher.

Olivarez v. West Bend Mutual Insurance Co., No. 2018 CV 007691 (Wis. Cir. Ct. Milwaukee County, April 15, 2021).

Kreisman Law Offices has been handling car accident lawsuits, rear-end crash cases, back and neck injury lawsuits, traumatic brain injury lawsuits, and truck accident cases for individuals, families and loved ones who have been injured, harmed or killed by the carelessness or negligence of another for more than 45 years in and around Chicago, Cook County and its surrounding areas, including Antioch, Barrington, Calumet City, Deerfield, Evanston, Franklin Park, Gurnee, Homewood, Inverness, Joliet, Kenilworth, Long Grove, Mount Prospect, Naperville, Orland Park, Palos Heights, Richton Park, Chicago (Back of the Yards, Pilsen, Chinatown, South Shore, Bronzeville, Calumet Heights, Andersonville, Uptown, Ukrainian Village, Roscoe Village, Near West Side), Schaumburg, Tinley Park, University Park and Vernon Hills, Ill.

Robert D. Kreisman has been an active member of the Illinois and Missouri bars since 1976.

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