WACHP Continues Remote Work During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In compliance with Federal and State guidelines, the attorneys of Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout have transitioned to working remotely for the coming weeks. Our technology allows us full access to client matters. All attorneys are available by email and cell phone to assist with ongoing cases, accept new assignments, and advise clients as to the effect of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Statewide Judicial Emergency Order and Governor Brian Kemp’s Executive Order on pending claims and litigation. When possible and in the best interest of our clients, depositions and other meetings will be held via videoconference. A skeleton staff will be physically present on a rotating basis to process mail and execute essential in-office operations. Upon request, we will hold invoices for ninety (90) days on new litigation matters received during the pandemic in an effort to ease cashflow for existing and new clients. Waldon Adelman Castilla Hiestand & Prout is dedicated to protecting the health of our firm members, clients, and community. We look forward to seeing everyone back together as soon as we are assured it is safe to return.
Castilla Obtains Defense Verdict In Clayton County
After a four-day trial, Hilliard Castilla obtained a defense verdict in Clayton County for his client. Plaintiff alleged $239,897 in healthcare specials which included a multilevel anterior cervical fusion. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $959,588 in total damages. Mr. Castilla was able to impeach the plaintiff a number of times. Even though plaintiff had two (2) doctors testify that the fusion was a result of the accident, the jury felt like plaintiff did not come clean regarding his prior injuries.
Despite Testimony of Treating Physician, Cobb County Jury Returns Double Defense Verdict
On March 8 and March 9, 2020, Taylor Barnett successfully defended a case involving an admitted liability, rear-end accident. Both plaintiffs were transported from the scene via ambulance. Plaintiffs introduced the testimony of their treating chiropractor and orthopedist, both of whom related their alleged injuries to the accident. Both plaintiffs’ MRIs showed multiple bulging discs. Ultimately, plaintiffs presented evidence of approximately $49,000 in medical bills and $6,700 in lost wages, combined. In closing, they asked the jury for an award of $80,000. After a short deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict as to both plaintiffs.
Matt Hurst Successfully Protects his Client
On March 5, 2020, after a two (2) day trial, an Athens-Clarke County jury awarded a plaintiff $16,591.10, which was under the $25,000 liability limits that were already paid. Matt Hurst tried the case for the defendant. Plaintiff alleged more than $21,000 in healthcare specials and $30,000 in lost wages. Mr. Hurst was able to impeach plaintiff with his employment file to disprove the lost wage claim and had more than $10,000 of the medical bills excluded. The jury did not find plaintiff credible.
From 2018 thru 2019, WACHP closed 7,767 matters.
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Defense Verdict in Disputed Fault Case
Marcia Freeman recently obtained a defense verdict in a hotly contested, disputed liability case in Fulton County. It was a “who ran the red light” case involving a well-spoken, likeable plaintiff with extensive driving experience. Our insured driver (a minor) had been dismissed pursuant to service and statute of limitations motions. The case continued against the named insured on various agency theories of liability. Shauna Hill was instrumental at trial in having plaintiff’s investigator excluded and the live chiropractor’s testimony limited. Plaintiff presented medical special damages, lost wages, and asked for an award for future pain and suffering. After a brief deliberation, the jury returned with a defense verdict.
McNeill Secures Defense Verdict for John Doe
On January 28, 2020, Rakhi McNeill secured a defense verdict for her client in Floyd County following a two day trial. Plaintiff was involved in a rear-end accident where the defendant blamed “John Doe” for causing the collision. She was transported by ambulance to the hospital. Following discharge, plaintiff treated with her primary care doctor who referred her to a neurologist and pain management doctor for further care. Plaintiff’s incurred medical bills were $14,000 and she claimed an additional $9,000 in future treatment. After deliberating for forty minutes, the jury returned a defense verdict for both John Doe and the named defendant.
WACHP is pleased to announce that Brian McCarthy had been named a partner of the firm.
Jury Limits Recovery to ER Bill
On January 8, 2020, a Cherokee County jury entered a verdict of only $4,546.75 in favor of a plaintiff who sought $37,000 for past medical bills and over $10,000 in lost wages. Ashley Rice represented the defendant who admitted to striking plaintiff’s vehicle twice in 2016 but contended that neither impact was very hard. Plaintiff went to the emergency room a few hours after the accident with complaints of neck, left shoulder, and back pain. A subsequent MRI revealed a left rotator cuff tear. Plaintiff was recommended for surgery and underwent multiple injections to her spine. She claimed to have been unable to work for 7 months. Following a three (3) day trial, the jury’s award represented the amount of plaintiff’s initial emergency room bill. Before trial, plaintiff demanded $99,000. Defendant’s highest offer was $11,500.
Gwinnett Jury Finds Plaintiff’s Chiropractic Treatment Excessive; Awards Only a Fraction of his Medical Charges
Anthony Matthews successfully defended his client before a Gwinnett County jury, securing a judgement far below the plaintiffs alleged medical charges. The plaintiff introduced evidence of approximately $9,000 in healthcare charges, and claimed injuries to his neck and back from a low speed rear-end accident. At trial, the plaintiff asked for an award of $18,000 to $27,000. However, the jury only awarded $2,500.