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Milwaukee.  A Dousman man was awarded $300,000 for injuries suffered in an auto accident more than six years ago caused by a driver who fell asleep and ran a stoplight.

A 43-year-old postal worker suffered neck and shoulder injuries as a result of the accident and has undergone three separate surgeries since the accident.

The client was represented by the attorneys at Gatzke Law. Two separate insurance companies will split the responsibility for payment of the $300,000 pursuant to the agreement signed by all parties.

The accident occurred when another motorist ran a red light and struck the front end of the GEO Metro driven by the client. The force of the collision tore off the entire front end of the client’s car. The client was ambulatory at the scene but went to see his doctor as a precaution. His doctor determined that he had suffered a shoulder injury and following a brief period of conservative care, they performed the first surgery to repair the tear.

Doctors performed surgery again one year later and ultimately followed up with a complete shoulder reconstruction two years after that.

“Our client has undergone a lot in the last six years,” Gatzke said. “While he is pleased with the award, I’m sure that if he had his choice, he’d rather the accident never occurred.”

“The hope is that the award will provide our client with the resources he will need to ensure that if he wants to change careers or if he needs additional medical care, it’s there for him,” Gatzke said.