Jury Determines That Pedestrian Had Already Been Fairly Compensated
In June of 2015, Jonathan Adelman obtained a winning jury verdict on behalf of an underinsured motorist carrier in a Cherokee County case. Plaintiff was a pedestrian when she was struck by a car in a parking lot. Following the accident, plaintiff immediately sought treatment for knee pain and was diagnosed with a torn meniscus. Within two months after the accident, plaintiff underwent arthroscopic knee surgery. Plaintiff’s surgeon testified by way of video deposition at trial that the tear and surgery were due to the accident. Plaintiff’s medical expenses were $30,000. The jury returned with a verdict in the amount of $27,000, which was offset to $0 as a result of the pre-trial settlement with the at-fault driver’s liability carrier and the medical payment coverage benefits already paid. Prior to trial, Mr. Adelman’s client had extended a settlement offer in the amount of $20,000. The pre-trial demand was $100,000.