Difficult lawsuit for driver blinded by falling concrete

CREATED Jan 26, 2013

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FALL RIVER, Wis. (AP) - A Wisconsin man who was blinded in one eye after a chunk of concrete flew through his windshield isn't finding many avenues for recourse.


A Capital Times report says that's because of the state's "pothole-liability law," which took effect last spring. The law makes it harder for drivers to sue local governments for most damages or injuries resulting from highway defects.


Before the law, 51-year-old Kevin Droz of Fall River could have filed a claim for up to $50,000. But now to win he has to prove negligence, which isn't easy.


The law was pushed by two Republican lawmakers: state Sen. Glenn Grothman of West Bend and state Rep. Andre Jacque of De Pere. Jacque says on his website the $50,000 is better spent fixing roads than enriching lawyers.

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