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SOURCE: Michigan Auto Law
Secura insurance company only offers $250,000 before trial for the death.
Mount Clemens, MI (PRWEB) December 13, 2012
Michael Shekoski, 83, was riding his bicycle at 22 Mile Road and Van Dyke when he was run over and killed by an Allied Excavation commercial truck (Theresa Modzelewski-Shekoski, PR of the Estate of Michael Raymond Shekoski v. Michael Garrett Bindig and Allied Excavation, Inc., case no. 10-1959-NI). The truck driver never saw Mr. Shekoski, according to the trucker's testimony in court and the police report.
"What was notable about the case was that Secura Insurance only offered $250,000 to settle this wrongful death truck accident claim," according to Steven M. Gursten, attorney for the estate of Mr. Shekoski and head of Farmington Hills-based Michigan Auto Law. "Instead, Secura Insurance took the stance that the life of a man in his mid-eighties isn't worth very much money."
But on Nov. 15, 2012, attorneys Steven Gursten and Thomas James received a $2.55 million jury verdict for Mr. Shekoski's family in Macomb County Circuit Court, according to a verdict form signed by the jury.
"I take cases to trial because my personal sense of right and wrong is offended, and I wanted a jury as the protectors of our community to remind these insurance companies like Secura about the value of life and what life and suffering are worth," Gursten said. "Sometimes these cases are worth a lot more than what some insurance companies say they are."
Mr. Shekoski is survived by his 10 children, 38 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
About Steven M. Gursten: Steven M. Gursten is an attorney and head of Michigan Auto Law. He is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association. He has received the top-reported trial verdict in Michigan for a car or truck accident in four of the past eight years, according to published reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly.
About Michigan Auto Law: Michigan Auto Law has 18 lawyers exclusively handling auto accident and No-Fault insurance litigation throughout the state. The law firm has received the top-reported jury verdict for a car or truck accident victim in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011, according to published reports by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. Michigan Auto Law has offices in Farmington Hills, Sterling Heights, Detroit, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids. For more information, call Michigan Auto Law at (800) 777-0028.
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