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Milwaukee judge orders insurance company to pay part of parking ramp damage award

Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Judge's Gavel By Brian Turner (Flickr: My Trusty Gavel) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A Milwaukee judge has ordered an insurance company to pay for a big part of a $39 million damage award to the victims of a fallen concrete panel at a downtown parking ramp.

Circuit Judge Christopher Foley ruled Monday that Liberty Insurance must pay for part of the damages awarded by a jury to the families of Jared Kellner, Amy Wosinski, and her son Eric. The 15-year-old Kellner died, and the other two were injured when a 13 ton decorative concrete panel fell on them from the second floor of the O'Donnell Park ramp in June of 2010.

Advance Cast Stone of Random Lake installed the panel -- and its insurance covered only $10 million.

The judge criticized the insurer's stance that the stone company knew that a bad accident would likely occur, which could negate the insurance coverage. Foley said, "I know an accident when I see it -- this was an accident."

Foley has yet to rule on whether the insurer must pay for Milwaukee County's costs in repairing the ramp, which totaled around $6 million.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)