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ATTORNEYS DAVID WINTER AND STEPHEN LEUCHTMAN WIN PERSONAL INJURY CASE AGAINST GENERAL MOTORS

ATTORNEYS DAVID WINTER AND STEPHEN LEUCHTMAN WIN PERSONAL INJURY CASE
 AGAINST GENERAL MOTORS
 SOUTHFIELD, Mich., Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- Attorneys David J. Winter and Stephen N. Leuchtman, shareholders with the Southfield law firm of Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz, P.C., were awarded a verdict in excess of $2 million from a Wayne County Circuit Court jury in a personal injury case against General Motors (NYSE: GM).
 The verdict for Robert Jenkins, a 32-year-old Clare County man, against General Motors totaled $2.27 million, with 50 percent comparative negligence. The net verdict award for Jenkins is $1.125 million, exclusive of court costs, attorneys' fees and interest.
 The trial began Sept. 10 and the jury reached a decision Oct. 2. The case was filed in 1990. The three-week jury trial was heard by Judge Kathleen MacDonald.
 In 1989, Jenkins was employed by N.K. Parker Transport Company in Dearborn, Mich. He earned $40,000 annually as a fuel tank driver. On Nov. 17, 1989, Jenkins drove his fuel truck to GM's Lake Orion plant to make a delivery. When he arrived at GM's unloading area it was covered with ice. Jenkins climbed up the ladder on the back of the fuel truck and while descending, slipped and fell on the ice. He suffered a herniated disc which resulted in a permanent back disability.
 "We maintained that General Motors was aware of the icy condition at the Lake Orion loading dock, yet did nothing to remove it or protect Jenkins from it," said attorney David Winter.
 "Throughout the trial, we also attempted to settle this case for an amount that was more favorable to GM -- a significantly lower amount than the jury ultimately returned. But GM took a hard line with the case and refused to negotiate," Winter added.
 Winter and Leuchtman both specialize in personal injury litigation at Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz. Winter has practiced with the firm for 10 years; Leuchtman for 12 years.
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 /CONTACT: Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz, 313-355-0300; or Nikki Grandberry of Simons Michelson Zieve, 313-362-4242, for Sommers, Schwartz, Silver & Schwartz/
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