JURY REFUSES TO AWARD PLAINTIFF THE MILLIONS REQUESTED
After a four (4) day trial, Brian McCarthy secured a very favorable jury verdict in the Superior Court of Newton County. This case involved an admitted fault rear-end accident. Plaintiff claimed serious spine injuries, receive multiple spine injections, underwent a three (3) level cervical fusion, and had a spinal cord stimulator implanted. Plaintiff claimed that his injuries left him totally disabled and unable to return to his job as a baggage handler. Plaintiff’s trial evidence included two (2) surgeons, one (1) pain doctor, one (1) vocational expert, and one (1) economist. Plaintiff blackboarded special damages in the amount of $1,650,000 (approximately $460,000 in medical bills; $760,000 in future lost wages; $250,000 in future medical bills; and $180,000 in lost wages) and requested the jury to return a verdict of $4,000,000. During closing arguments, the defense requested the jury either return a defense verdict or a verdict of $50,000. After approximately two (2) hours of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict for plaintiff in the amount of $50,000, well under the pre-trial offer.
ANOTHER GREAT RESULT AS TRIALS CONTINUE TO PROCEED IN THIS NEW REALITY
On August 30, 2021, Kayla Bell defended the estate of a defendant who passed away prior to trial. Plaintiff alleged injuries to her neck and shoulders, as well as low back pain that she testified she still experienced as a result of a minor accident in 2016. A Fulton County jury awarded plaintiff $3,274.51, less than defendant’s last offer and well below the more than $20,000 plaintiff asked the jury to award. Ms. Bell was able to impeach plaintiff regarding a prior accident and subsequent injuries and successfully argued for more than $7,000 in medical bills to be excluded from evidence. The deceased defendant’s granddaughter attended trial and was pleased with the rigorous defense mounted on behalf of her grandfather’s estate.
WACHP is Proud to Participate in 2021 Legal Food Frenzy
Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout is a proud participant of the 2021 Legal Food Frenzy benefiting the Atlanta Community Food Bank. We are thrilled to accept donations in any amount to our team’s efforts. Please visit our firm’s team page: https://www.classy.org/team/352444
Back to Trial Success!
Rakhi McNeill has successfully tried the first case post-pandemic for the firm. This was a minor accident where plaintiff alleged $30,000 in medical bills plus $8,700 in lost wages. Our client was pregnant and therefore, did not appear at trial. However, her mother, also a defendant, was present. After a day of jury selection, a lengthy one-day trial, and 35 minutes of jury deliberation, the Wilkinson County jury awarded only $11,000, just slightly more than defendant’s last offer. Plaintiff’s last demand was $50,000.
WACHP is proud to announce the members of its 2021 Diversity Committee
The members of the committee are Ashley Rice, Rakhi McNeill, Brian McCarthy and Marcia Freeman. Diversity Members Announcement
Rakhi McNeill has been nominated to the Board of the CLM Greater Atlanta Chapter
Congratulations Rakhi McNeill for being nominated to the Board of the CLM Greater Atlanta Chapter. She has been named the director of events. We look forward to attending any future events that Ms. McNeill organizes.
Congratulations to Hilliard Castilla
Hilliard Castilla has been selected as a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, which is associated with the ABA. This is a significant honor which only 1% of lawyers receive. The award is a sign of extraordinary leadership in the legal community. Only a select few are even nominated. Congrats Hilliard!
Casey Brown has been Selected as the Recipient of the WACHP Community Spirit Award
Please join us in congratulating associate Casey Brown as the inaugural recipient of the WACHP Community Spirit Award. Casey’s commitment to pro bono legal matters, volunteer efforts, and fundraising in our community are commendable. Casey has done pro bono work with the Cherokee County ADA office and the Atlanta Volunteer Lawyers Fund. He has also served the Atlanta Community Food Bank.
Congratulations to Hilliard Castilla for his Invitation to Join the Fellows of the American Bar Association
Hilliard Castilla recently accepted an invitation to join the Fellows of the American Bar Association. This honor is limited to one percent of the legal profession in each jurisdiction. The Fellows comprise a global honorary society of attorneys, judges, law faculty and legal scholars whose public and private careers have demonstrated outstanding leadership and dedication to the highest principles of the legal profession and to the welfare of their communities. Fellows are recommended by their peers and elected by the Board of the American Bar foundation, the nation’s leading research institute for the empirical study of law.
October Attorney Spotlight
Thank you to firm associates Andrea Baker and Lucy Aquino for not only spending each day working to achieve lawful and just outcomes for clients, but also for their efforts to support our election process by volunteering through “We the Action,” a group of lawyer volunteers, to assist voters encountering issues on election day.