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SHRR Trial Team of McCarthy and Wikander secure $14.4 million verdict for estate of individual killed by garbage truck

March 27, 2015

Grand Rapids, Mich., March 27, 2015 — Tom McCarthy and Matt Wikander achieved a jury verdict in Kalamazoo County of $14,450,683 for the estate of an individual who was killed in a catastrophic motor vehicle crash with a garbage truck. The case, Blahnik vs. Republic Services, et al.,  involved a garbage truck driver who ran a stop sign resulting in the death of Lary Blahnik in 2011.  Claims were brought against the garbage truck driver and his employers—whose representatives failed to implement proper driver safety training and allocate proper funding for the training.  After a two week trial, the jury returned its verdict on March 27, 2015.