Automobile Injury, Improper Trailer Loading
Style of Case: Deborah Kohler v. Sonnenberg Paving and Landscaping Materials Company and Kenneth Kohler
Client:    Sonnenberg Paving and Landscaping Materials Company
Trial End Date:    8/26/2015
Court:    20th Judicial Circuit Court, St. Clair County, IL
Type of Case:    Automobile Injury, Improper Trailer Loading
Judge:    The Honorable Heinz Rudolf
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case:  Michael Hobin
Jury Verdict
The Kohlers purchased landscaping bricks and blocks from Sonnenberg Paving and Landscaping Materials Company. Personnel of Sonnenberg loaded bricks and blocks on the Kohler’s trailer, and Mr. Kohler assisted. Ms. Kohler was a front seat passenger in the truck Mr. Kohler was operating while hauling the load behind it when a single vehicle collision occurred less than two miles from Sonnenberg. The Kohlers alleged the uneven load caused their trailer to fishtail which then caused Mr. Kohler to lose control of the truck. Sonnenberg argued plaintiff did not present sufficient evidence of an uneven load. Both plaintiff and Sonnenberg alleged Mr. Kohler was driving too fast under the circumstances causing the collision to occur. Plaintiff fractured her left arm and damage to her left median and radial nerves. The fracture was operated and Dr. William Ricci testified the metal plates and screws he inserted could still be causing her occasional discomfort today. Plaintiff testified her nerve injury remains disabling to date. She testified that she still has difficulty with many activities of daily living and Mr. Kohler confirmed her testimony. Plaintiff testified her nerve injury has left her permanently and totally disabled from any gainful employment as well. She has not worked since the single vehicle collision. The jury returned a defense verdict for Sonnenberg and verdict of $100,000 against co-defendant Mr. Kohler.  
Last Demand:     None
Verdict:     Defense

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