a. $1,300,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz represented Lisa, a young female passenger in a car that struck a van after crossing the center line. Lisa received a devastating injury which left her right arm totally dysfunctional. A Waupaca County jury returned a verdict of $1,300,000 after a week long trial.
b. $800,000 Settlement - Our client, Wayne, was a bicycle rider struck by a left turning truck in Downtown Milwaukee. He received a traumatic brain injury from which he made a substantial recovery and continues to function at near normal levels. The case was resolved without the need for a trial for $800,000.
c. $250,000 Settlement - Noah Domnitz handled a case for a 7-year old boy who was killed when he was struck by a Milwaukee County Transit bus while crossing the street in the crosswalk. Case settled for $250,000, the maximum allowable under the applicable statute.
d. $460,000 Settlement - Tony Skemp represented Catherine and Robert, two elderly residents of Walworth County whose vehicle was struck by another vehicle that ran through a stop light. Each received serious orthopedic injuries and sadly each passed away during the pendency of their lawsuit. Despite this fact their cases were resolved for $460,000.
e. $250,000 Settlement - Noah Domnitz handled case for teenage girl left with permanent orthopedic and cognitive deficits after being struck by a Milwaukee County Transit bus while crossing the street in the crosswalk. Case settled for $250,000, the maximum allowable under the applicable statute.
General Liability Cases
a. $1,200,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial counsel in this personal injury case tried to verdict in Wood County, Wisconsin. After a week long trial the jury returned a verdict of $1,200,000 for a man injured by a chunk of wood propelled by a negligently operated hydro-axe used to clear brush. The award included a $1,000,000 punitive damage award based upon the company's blatant disregard of the manufacturer's warnings.
b. $1,900,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial counsel in this civil sexual assault case wherein the jury returned a verdict for two young girls who had been repeatedly victimized by a neighbor. The jury verdict was against the perpetrator's spouse who failed to act reasonably to prevent the continuation of the numerous assaults. The award for the girls was $1,900,000.
c. $950,000 Settlement - Tony Skemp and Ric Domnitz represented a drywall installer who fell at a residential construction site and sustained severe orthopedic injuries. The client fell through a camouflaged hole where a stairwell was to be constructed. Unfortunately, the general contractor failed to adequately guard that hole, in violation of code. When the client arrived on site for the first time and was performing his walk through, he fell approximately 15 feet onto the concrete foundation below. The case settled at mediation for $950,000.
Nursing Home Cases
a. $2,400,000 Settlement - Sandra was a resident of a nursing home unit dedicated to patients with breathing problems. After several weeks the nursing home moved her to a different floor which was not equipped with proper medical devices to deal with a respiratory emergency. When Sandra developed such an emergency the result was a complete respiratory failure which led to a stroke, leaving Sandra in a persistent vegetative state. Her case was resolved at mediation for $2,400,000 and a continuation of her lifetime care.
Insurance Bad Faith Cases
a. $3,500,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial counsel in this insurance bad faith case on behalf of the Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church tried to verdict in Waukesha County, Wisconsin. The punitive damages verdict was a county record $3,500,000 which was sustained on appeal by the Wisconsin Supreme Court. After interest the final judgment was $4,800,000. Trinity remains the seminal bad faith/punitive damage case in Wisconsin.
b. $2,000,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial counsel in this insurance bad faith case tried to verdict in Wood County, Wisconsin. The family had been denied Underinsured Motorist coverage through a clerical error by the agent of the insurer. After a two week trial the jury returned a verdict on behalf of the family which included a county record punitive damage award of $2,000,000.
a. $10,450,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial attorney in this nursing malpractice case tried to verdict in Ozaukee, County WI. The three week trial resulted in a verdict of $7,661,000. An error in the instructions required that the liability aspect of the trial be tried a second time resulting in a victory for Sean and his parents. The verdict was sustained on appeal and after interest was added the final resolution was $10,450,000.
b. $2,400,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial counsel in this nursing malpractice case tried to verdict in Brown County, Wisconsin. After two weeks of trial the jury returned a verdict of $2,400,000 for the young plaintiff rendered deaf by a negligently operated phone triage system at a Green Bay clinic.
c. $3,900,000 Verdict - Ric Domnitz was lead trial attorney in this obstetrical malpractice case tried to verdict in Waupaca County, WI. After two weeks of trial the jury returned a verdict for the brain damaged child and his mother in the sum of $3,900,000.
d. $550,000 Settlement - Ric Domnitz and Ann Jacobs represented a woman who suffered third degree burns over much of her body (Stevens-Johnson Syndrome) due to the improper prescription of anti-convulsive medication. The case resolved without need for a trial for $550,000.
Unusual Cases of Varying Values
a. $375,000 - Ann Jacobs represented a group of families whose parents had been taken advantage of and recovered $375,000 for the joint wrongdoing of the elders' guardians and their business associates.
b. $580,000 Settlement - Tony Skemp represented a woman who slipped and fell on ice in an underground parking ramp. The ice developed from the water based sprinkler system that had been installed in an outdoor canopy in violation of code. The pipes burst during a cold Wisconsin day spewing out gallons of water which seeped into the substructure and slowly dripped onto the floor of the parking structure below. The case was litigated against the company that made the decision to install the improper sprinkler system and settled for $580,000.
c. $15,000 Settlement - Noah Domnitz represented woman who suffered soft tissue, non-permanent injury. Treatment lasted 5 months. Defendant's insurance carrier sued our client in small claims court for property damage to the defendant's vehicle. D & S countersued against liability carrier and case was moved to Racine Co. Circuit Court. Insurance carrier ultimately paid Ms. Tyler $15,000 at mediation and waived their claim for property damage.
d. $160,000 Settlement - Ric and Noah Domnitz represented a man who slipped in a hotel parking lot and fractured his shoulder. Lot had dangerous slope which caused water to gather at a low point near parking spaces and then freeze when the temperature dropped. Case settled for $160,000 at mediation.
e. Ric Domnitz represented family of 18 year old resident of Kenosha County who was electrocuted after a power line collapsed onto the roof of his car. The power line fell due to a rotted power pole which broke apart in a wind storm. The damages were tripled pursuant to statute.
f. $500,000 Settlement - Ric Domnitz represented a business entity in an accounting malpractice claim against a CPA firm for a negligently conducted audit. The audit was requested by a lender but relied upon by our clients in the purchase of the company being audited. The case settled for $500,000.
g. $3,000,000 Settlement - Ric Domnitz represented a certified class of bondholders who lost their investments when the issuer defaulted as a result of fraudulent information provided to the underwriting firm. The defendants settled the claim for their $3,000,000 policy limits.