Case Results & Settlement

$1,500,000 Recovery for a Low back Fracture due to a Balcony Collapse.

Steve Caya obtained a policy limits settlement of $1,500,000 on behalf of his client who suffered a significant low back injury due to a balcony collapse.  The client, a college student, attended a house party at a rental property in Milwaukee.

The rental property included a second floor balcony that collapsed during the party resulting in injury.  The landlord denied responsibility and denied any knowledge the balcony was defective.  As a result of expert testimony developed by Steve Caya, and after two years of intense litigation, the insurance carrier agreed to pay its policy limits.

$900,000 settlement reached for serious injury from a fall because of a code violation

Steve Caya obtained a $900,000 settlement on behalf of a client who sustained serious injuries as a result of a fall at a friend’s home. The homeowner’s insurer initially denied any liability and claimed the accident was entirely the client’s fault.

Steve retained the appropriate experts to establish the doorway through which his client fell was defective and not up to code. Steve also worked closely with the client’s treating physicians to establish conclusively the severe nature of his client’s injuries. After reviewing all of the materials submitted by Steve on behalf of his client, the insurance company was compelled to change its mind and resolved the claim.

$850,000 RECOVERY FOR MILD BRAIN INJURY IN LOW IMPACT CASE

Steve Caya was able to recover $850,000 for a client who suffered a mild brain injury after his vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle at a speed of less than three miles per hour.

This very complex case required the use of numerous experts in various fields including Biomedical Engineering, Neuropsychology and Psychology. In addition, the client hired Steve Caya after his first attorney dropped the case believing there was no possibility of obtaining compensation for the client.

$766,000 VERDICT FOR A TORN ROTATOR CUFF

Steve Caya obtained a jury verdict of $766,000 for a client who suffered a torn rotator cuff after his vehicle was struck from behind at a high rate of speed.

The at fault driver was uninsured and the client’s own uninsured motorist carrier vigorously defended the claim. The client’s insurer made a top dollar offer of $175,000. Steve Caya refused to settle for that sum and took the case to trial. The jury returned a verdict even higher than what Steve Caya requested in his closing argument.

$750,000 settlement reached for back injury in a motor vehicle accident

Steve Caya obtained a $750,000 settlement for a young woman who sustained a significant low back injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

Because the client had a pre-existing history of similar low back problems, the insurance company initially argued the client’s problems were due to the pre-existing injuries. After filing a lawsuit on behalf of his client, Steve was able to establish the injuries were indeed related to the accident and the claim resolved for $750,000.

$650,000 RECOVERY FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

Steve Caya recovered $650,000 for injuries sustained by a motorcyclist who suffered numerous fractures after an inattentive driver turned left in front of the motorcyclist.

The insurance company for the at fault driver argued the policy limits available were only $300,000. Steve Caya reviewed the at fault driver’s policy and successfully convinced the insurer an umbrella policy applied creating more coverage to compensate the injured motorcyclist.

$575,000 RECOVERY FOR NUMEROUS INTERNAL INJURIES DUE TO MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Steve Caya recovered $575,000 on behalf of an elderly client who suffered numerous rib fractures and internal injuries in a motor vehicle collision.

The case was complicated by the fact the client was elderly with pre-existing conditions and required the coordination of Physicians from both Wisconsin and Florida.

$500,000 Settlement for a Fractured Leg due to a Motorcycle Accident.

Attorney Steve Caya’s client was injured while riding a motorcycle in the City of Milwaukee.

The accident occurred when the defendant driver attempted a u-turn while pulling away from a parking stall.  The Insurance Company claimed Attorney Caya’s client was substantially at fault and denied all of the medical treatment received by the client.  After Attorney Caya filed suit in Milwaukee County and conducted depositions of the driver of the vehicle and the investigating officer, the Insurance Company changed its position and paid the policy limits of $500,000.

$500,000 Settlement resulting from a Fireworks Show Accident.

Steve recovered $500,000 on behalf of a elderly woman who lost sight in one eye as a result of a Fireworks Show mishap.

Steve was able to establish the fireworks display operators failed to follow safety ordinances and industry standards concerning spectator safety while conducting this show resulting in serious injury to Steve’s client.

$450,000 Settlement for a Fractured Pelvis

Attorney Steve Caya’s client suffered a serious hip injury while a passenger in a vehicle that crashed into a trailer located just off a rural highway.

In addition to collecting this sum for his client, Attorney Caya was able to persuade his client’s health insurer to accept a fraction of what the insurer was arguably entitled to in reimbursement for medical expenses paid on behalf of the client.  This reduction resulted in tens of thousands of additional dollars in compensation for the client.

$450,000 settlement reached for motorcycle accident

Steve represented a motorcyclist who was killed when a van pulled from a stop sign into the path of the motorcyclist.

Unfortunately, Steve’s client was intoxicated at the time of the incident, and it further appeared his motorcycle had defective brakes. Steve was able to hire the appropriate experts who determined that even if sober, the motorcyclist did not have the opportunity to avoid the collision. The claim ultimately resolved for the sum of $450,000.

 $300,000 settlement for an individual who sustained injuries after a fall.

Client was performing “handyman” services inside of a large garage.

Upon arriving home, the homeowner opened the garage door knocking the client off a twelve foot ladder resulting in head and shoulder injuries.  The matter resolved for $300,000 without the need for a lawsuit.

$280,000 RECOVERY FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED IN A MOTORCYCLE COLLISION

Steve Caya recovered $280,000 for an injured motorcyclist who suffered an inner leg injury after being struck by an inattentive driver.

The insurance company’s original offer was less than $100,000. Steve Caya filed a lawsuit on his client’s behalf and obtained compensation far in excess of the insurer’s original offer for his client.

$262,500 RECOVERY FOR INJURIES SUSTAINED DUE TO A FALL FROM A ROOF

Steve Caya recovered $262,500 for a client who sustained neck and shoulder injuries after falling from a roof.

The client was injured while doing roofing work and the general contractor failed to provide fall protection to the subcontractors. The insurer denied liability throughout and alleged the client was responsible for his own injuries. After Steve Caya submitted a detailed report to the insurer describing why the insurer’s position was incorrect, the insurer agreed to resolve the claim.

Statutory Maximum for Wrongful death and $250,000 for minor children

In a tragic case, Steve represented the minor children of a woman who was killed in a motor vehicle accident.

The accident was the result of a government employee crossing the centerline and striking the vehicle of the deceased head-on. Initially, the government denied any responsibility, claiming the accident was due to an unforeseen medical issue suffered by their employee absolving him of any responsibility. After filing a lawsuit and conducting an intensive investigation of the incident, Steve was ultimately able to convince the government their defense was meritless, and the claim resolved for the statutory maximum of $350,000 for the wrongful death along with an additional $250,000 for the future care needs of the minor children, including college tuition.

$250,000 POLICY LIMITS RECOVERY FOR FACIAL FRACTURES DUE TO A MOTOR VEHICLE COLLISION

Steve Caya obtained a policy limit settlement of $250,000 on behalf of a client who suffered facial fractures when an inattentive driver turned left in front of the client’s pickup truck.

$250,000 policy limits settlement after a motorcycle accident.

In this particular case, the client was in a motorcycle accident when the at-fault driver turned left in front of the client’s motorcycle and sustained significant injuries.

Attorney Steve Caya was able to achieve a $250,000 policy limits settlement and  convinced the health insurer to waive their claim for reimbursement of medical expenses paid on behalf of the injured client and, therefore, the client received the benefit of the entire settlement.

$250,000 settlement for head and neck injuries after a motor vehicle accident.

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was able to reach a $250,000 settlement on behalf of a client who sustained non-surgical head and neck injuries due to a rear end collision without the need for a lawsuit.

$250,000 for a surgically repaired broken clavicle due to a motor vehicle accident.

The client suffered a broken clavicle and other related contusions and injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

The matter resolved without the need for a lawsuit for the sum of $250,000.

$225,000 RECOVERY FOR WRONGFUL DEATH AS A RESULT OF A DEFECTIVE BALCONY

Steve Caya recovered $225,000 for the family of a 69 year old man who was killed when he fell from a balcony during a social gathering at the defendant’s home.

The decedent fell through a temporary railing.  The case was complicated by the fact the defendant had no insurance and the decedent was legally intoxicated.  In addition, the decedent was warned of the condition of the balcony prior to his fall.  Despite these hurdles,  Steve Caya was able to obtain a significant settlement by establishing through expert testimony the balcony was improperly constructed, did not meet building code standards and was not properly inspected by the building inspector.   The settlement was reached shortly before trial.

$220,000 settlement for a shoulder injury due to a low speed impact.

In this case, the client was stopped at a stop sign and struck from behind by a truck that had “rolled” into the rear of  client’s vehicle.

The insurance company did not believe the impact was forceful enough to cause injury.  After filing a lawsuit, Rock County Injury Lawyer, Steve Caya was able to establish the shoulder injury, surgery, wage loss, etc., were caused by the collision and the matter resolved for $220,000.

$200,000 RECOVERY FOR INJURIES DUE TO A SLIP AND FALL

Steve Caya recovered $200,000 on behalf of a client who suffered a serious knee injury requiring surgery.

The client was injured when she slipped on a wet floor entering a store. The store denied liability and Steve Caya filed suit. After filing suit, Steve Caya discovered a store video that showed the event and, thereafter, the store agreed to resolve the claim for $200,000.

$200,000 Settlement for Neck Injuries and Headaches arising out of Teenage Drivers Racing.

Steve recovered $200,000 for a client who suffered neck injuries and severe headaches resulting from an automobile accident caused by two teenage drivers racing on a busy city street.

Statutory Maximum for Wrongful death and $200,000 for consequential damages

Steve represented a young mother whose husband was killed while transporting logs for a lumberyard.

While the deceased was in the process of unloading the trailer, a log rolled off the top striking the deceased and killing him instantly. The insurance company for the lumberyard initially took the position the lumberyard was not at all responsible and the accident was due to the decedent’s failure to properly check the load. After filing a lawsuit and after deposing various employees of the lumberyard, Steve was able to show to the insurance company the lumberyard’s safety procedures, or the lack thereof, were the cause of the decedent’s death. The claim resolved for the statutory maximum of $350,000 for the wrongful death and an additional $200,000 for other consequential damages.

$150,000 settlement for neck and back injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident.

In this particular claim, the client suffered non-surgical neck injuries, back injuries and related headaches.

After filing a lawsuit, Steve was able to achieve $150,000 for his client without the need for a trial.

$150,000 settlement arising out of a trucking accident.

In this particular case, Steve’s client was an over-the-road trucker who was involved in a collision in the state of Connecticut.

Steve’s client’s semi-tractor/trailer was struck from behind by another semi-tractor/trailer in rush hour traffic.  The trucking company was not convinced Steve’s client’s injuries were due to the accident.  After filing a lawsuit in Federal Court, the matter resolved for $150,000 without a trial.

$150,000 settlement as a result of a hunting accident.

In this unique case, the client was bow hunting from a tree stand.

While sitting in his tree stand, the client was struck in the face by shotgun pellets from a hunter who mistakenly believed Steve’s client was a turkey.  Fortunately, Steve’s client did not sustain any loss of vision and had a full recovery.  The matter resolved for the sum of $150,000 without the need for a lawsuit.

 $137,500 settlement for a broken ankle in a motorcycle accident.

The client sustained a broken ankle as a result of being struck while operating a motorcycle.

The accident occurred when a teen driver failed to keep a proper lookout and turned left in front of the motorcyclist.  Attorney Steve Caya was able to achieve a settlement of $137,500 without the need for a lawsuit.

$129,000 settlement for an injured shoulder as a result of a trucking accident.

In this case, the client was an over-the-road trucker who was involved in a motor vehicle/truck collision while operating his semi-tractor/trailer.

Janesville injury lawyer , Steve Caya was able to achieve a $129,000 settlement for his client without the need for a lawsuit.

$125,000 settlement due to a premises fall.

In this case, the client was a senior citizen who sustained injury to her hip when she tripped on an uneven surface after exiting a hotel resort entryway.

The case was complicated by the client’s pre-existing history of similar problems, including a previous hip replacement surgery.  The matter resolved for $125,000 without the need for a lawsuit.

$120,000 Recovery for a Motorcyclist who Sustains Injury to his Clavicle.

Steve Caya obtained a settlement of $120,000 on behalf of a motorcyclist who sustained a clavicle injury after a pick up truck pulled out from a stop sign in front of the motorcyclist.  The case resolved without the need for a lawsuit.

$88,500 Recovery for PTSD and Neck Strain due to striking escaped Livestock on Highway.

Steve Caya obtained a settlement of $88,500 on behalf of a client who suffered PTSD and neck strain when her vehicle struck cattle on a highway in the middle of the night.  Steve Caya’s investigation of the incident established the livestock were able to escape the fenced area as a result of pallets falling on the fence and knocking the fence down.  The pallets were owned by a business located next door to the livestock operation.  After filing a lawsuit and conducting two depositions, the business agreed they were responsible.

$80,000 RECOVERY FOR SOFT TISSUE INJURIES IN LOW IMPACT  MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT

Steve Caya was able to obtain an $80,000 settlement for his client on the eve of trial for soft tissue injuries to his client’s neck.

The insurance company for the at fault driver aggressively defended the claim alleging the rear end impact was so minor as to be incapable of resulting in long term injury.   Despite this position, Steve Caya was able to convince the insurance company his client’s injuries were indeed caused by the collision and a successful settlement was achieved.

$80,000 settlement for mild head and neck injuries after a motorcycle accident.

The client was operating a motorcycle when he was sideswiped by a vehicle changing lanes.

The client sustained mild head injuries of a non-permanent nature and non-permanent neck issues.  The matter resolved without the need for a trial for the sum of $80,000.

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