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Roundtable affiliated attorney settles truck accident case in Rhode Island for $5 million

Written by Steve Gursten Posted March 6th, 2013

Congratulations to Morgan Adams on a fantastic $5 million settlement for his client on the eve of trial last week.

This case was a great example of the Roundtable in action: Morgan, who works cases inside and out, worked with Roundtable founding attorney Michael Leizerman on framing of this terrible death case and on the “Rules of the Road” that the trucking company violated. In addition, Morgan was assisted by Roundtable affiliated lawyer Ken Levinson of Illinois on focus grouping the case, and Roundtable affiliated lawyer Jason Studinski of Wisconsin on rebuttals to arguments the defense attorneys were making to mitigate damages.

Morgan, and founding member attorneys Michael Leizerman and Steven Gursten, are all past-presidents of the American Association for Justice Truck Accident Attorneys Litigation Group.

Roundtable allows outstanding truck attorneys to “stand on the shoulders of giants”

This is not the first case the team has worked on so closely together. Morgan and Michael, along with founding member Joe Fried, also worked very closely with Steve Gursten on his November 2012 truck accident death case which was the top reported truck accident verdict in Michigan in 2012 and, along with Ken Levinson, on a record $3.5 million dollar jury verdict a year earlier.

Case summary:

In September of 2001, Morgan’s client was a school bus monitor working for First Student in Rhode Island. Her sister was the school bus driver and had gotten her the job. Having just lost daycare, the 19 year old brought her first born daughter – then 8 months old – to work with her. First Student encouraged all of its drivers to bring their children to work and on the bus, mostly.

The accident happened on the first week of school, on a beautiful day. The school bus got onto the interstate and then, for reasons still unknown, the bus veered off the interstate and into a parked Jevic Hazmat truck. Sadly, the crash caused the side of the school bus to get peeled open like a sardine can. The seats where Morgan’s client and her child were sitting were uprooted from the floor of the bus, causing the baby to die. The injuries to the client involved significant burns to her lower leg involving skin grafts along with significant residual PTSD.

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About Steve Gursten

Attorney Steven Gursten is president of the Motor Vehicle Trial Lawyers Association and past president of the American Association for Justice Trucking Litigation Group. He has been named a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Leader in the Law" for his efforts to prevent truck accidents and promote national truck safety. Steve was also a Michigan Lawyers Weekly "Lawyer of the Year" for a record settlement in a truck accident case. He has received the top reported truck accident jury verdict and top reported truck accident settlement in Michigan for multiple years, according to published year-end compilations of all jury verdicts and personal injury settlements by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He has been named a "Top 50 Super Lawyer," by SuperLawyers, is listed in Best Lawyers in America, and has been awarded an AV-rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethics. Steve speaks to lawyers throughout the country on truck accident litigation. He is a founding member of the Truck Accident Attorneys Roundtable, head of Michigan Auto Law, and has dedicated his legal career to making our roads safer.
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