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Wausau man gets $40,000 settlement from US Postal Service


WAUSAU, Wis. (WSAU) -- A Wausau man has settled a lawsuit with the US Postal Service over an incident in the winter of 2009 when he was struck by a postal truck.

The Postal Service and Stephen Zick agreed to a settlement of $40,000 with no stipulation of wrongdoing. According to court records, Stephen Zick was clearing out snow and righting mailboxes that were tipped over by the plows when a postal truck that was sliding due to conditions struck him from behind and injured him.

Postal Service officials argued that Zick caused the accident by being in the road and not paying attention to the truck. Zick and his attorney Christine Bremer-Muggli argued that the postal worker should not have been trying to deliver in conditions that would cause a truck to lose control.

The Postal Service tried to have the case thrown out earlier this year, but a judge tossed the motion, saying that a jury would have to decide if the postal service or Zick were at fault. Before the case could reach a trial, a settlement was reached.

The settlement includes a payment of Bremer-Muggli's attorney's fees and Zick's medical bills.