Defense Verdict Obtained When Plaintiff Lacked Credibility
Hilliard Castilla obtained a defense verdict in a dangerous personal injury lawsuit filed in one of Georgia’s most plaintiff oriented venues. The suit, filed by the ex-wife of a successful plaintiff’s attorney, included a claim for medical special damages in excess of $80,000 as well as a claim for future medical expenses. The jury was swayed to render its verdict based on plaintiff’s perceived lack of credibility. Extensive research into plaintiffs past, including her divorce proceedings revealed that she had claimed that many of her injuries were caused by her ex-husband. Because plaintiff was unable to explain away the impeachment, the jury concluded that her automobile accident claims lacked credibility.