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The defendant was distracted by his cell phone and failed to make proper observance before making a left turn into the plaintiff / decedent's lane, hitting her oncoming vehicle and killing her.

The plaintiff / decedent provided financial support and attendant care to her adult son, who was disabled.

Joseph Lucas, one of plaintiff / decedent's attorney's, provided case information.

Type of Action: Third party auto negligence; wrongful death.
Injuries alleged: Wrongful death.
Name of case: Confidential
Court / Case no / date: Arenac County Circuit Court;; 1/13/2021
Name of judge: Hon. David Riffel
Name of mediator: Daniel Makarski
Settlement amount: $2.7 million
Special damages: Value of lost attendant care of services for deceased's disabled son.
Most helpful experts: Tim Robbins, accident re-constructionist, Bay City; Dr. Gerald Shiener, psychiatry, Birmingham; Michael Thomson, economist, Birmingham; and Laurie McCollum, life care planner, DeWitt.
Attorneys for plaintiff: Joseph F. Lucas and Charles G. Skupin, Detroit.

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