Attorney Tim Knurr and Attorney Steven Gruber won a very significant and unique trial in Racine County against Progressive Universal Insurance Company. The trial dealt with several very important personal injury and contractual issues surrounding insurance policies and the legal concepts of insurance company “bad faith.”
Before trial, Progressive Universal Insurance Company offered absolutely nothing, zero dollars, in addition to what had previously been paid out as the entire settlement before suit was filed, approximately $16,000. The end result was a jury verdict drastically different. After the jury deliberated and the defendants appealed (the verdict was confirmed on appeal), the final result was that Attorney Tim Knurr and Attorney Steven Gruber ultimately recovered over $300,000 on behalf of the injured individual.
The jury verdict and judgment ultimately included compensatory damages, punitive damages, attorney fees, interest and costs. When asked about the outstanding result, Attorney Tim Knurr noted “We stood up to the insurance industry for what we believed was right, and the jury certainly agreed with us.” Attorney Steven Gruber explained, “We are very happy for the Meistad family. We are very thankful for the jurors’ service and are very thankful that the jurors truly stood up for what is right and just.”
The case dealt with a situation where the plaintiff settled his claim with Progressive University Insurance Company without representation, prior to hiring a lawyer. The settlement was crafted to primarily compensate Mr. Meistad for lost wages and to address an injury to his vertebrae following a motor vehicle collision. Mr. Meistad signed a release created by Progressive.
Throughout the course of the litigation and trial, the lawyers for Progressive argued that the injury was not as serious as the plaintiff and the lawyers made it out to be. The insurance company also argued that the plaintiff signed a release and thereby he had released any rights to a further claim. Attorney Knurr and Gruber argued successfully that the settlement and signed release were procured in “bad faith” by the insurance company and was thereby not enforceable. Attorney Knurr and Attorney Gruber also successfully argued about the seriousness of the plaintiff’s injury.
After several days of trial before Judge Charles Constantine in Racine County, as well as an appeal, the result was that Attorney Tim Knurr and Attorney Steven Gruber ultimately recovered over $300,000 on behalf of Mr. Meistad.