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Despite DUI and Surgery, Gwinnett County Jury Still Finds for Defense

Posted on Aug 31, 2018 in Trial Results

On August 27 and 28, 2018, Jonathan M. Adelman obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his client, who admitted fault for a motor vehicle collision.  At the time of the accident, the defendant was  intoxicated.  She was arrested for, and pled guilty to, DUI.  The accident involved a significant impact, totaling plaintiff’s vehicle.  Plaintiff claimed a knee injury consisting of a non-displaced tibia plateau fracture and a meniscal tear.  She underwent one surgery, and her surgeon recommended a second surgery.  Plaintiff claimed past and future healthcare expenses in the amount of $55,000, lost wages in the amount of $16,000, and punitive damages.  Prior to trial, the lowest demand was $150,000.   Defendant’s pre-trial offer, through her insurance company, was $80,000.  The verdict, which came after 45 minutes of deliberations, was influence by the repeated impeachment of the plaintiff during cross-examination.

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