Despite Testimony of Treating Physician Recommending Future, Costly Treatment, DeKalb County Jury Returns Nominal Verdict for
On November 12 and 13, 2019, Taylor Barnett successfully defended a UM case before a DeKalb County Jury involving an admitted liability, front-end impact. Before trial, the plaintiff received $25,000 from the defendant’s liability carrier. The plaintiff sought to recover $26,352.75 in medical expenses as well as $30,556.81 in lost wages. Plaintiff’s orthopedist also testified that he would require future medical treatment at a cost of $40,000-$50,000 per year. Plaintiff ultimately asked the jury to award in excess of $80,000. After a short deliberation, the jury returned with a nominal verdict of $942.87.
Fulton Jury Finds Plaintiff Already Compensated By Liability Carrier
Ashley Rice successfully defended a UM case before a Fulton County jury, securing a judgment on which plaintiff could not recover from the UM carrier. Before trial, the plaintiff received $25,000 from the defendant’s liability carrier and sought additional recovery from her underinsured motorist carrier. The plaintiff introduced evidence of over $45,000 in healthcare charges and claimed injuries to her neck, shoulder, wrist, and back following a low-speed rear-end accident. On September 27, 2019, a Fulton County jury awarded the plaintiff less than $7,000.
Rice’s Client Vindicated After 7 Years
After deliberating for twenty-five minutes on August 21, 2019, a Carroll County jury returned a defense verdict for Ashley Rice’s client. The three day trial focused on whether the plaintiff executed a proper U-turn on the University of West Georgia campus in 2012. The plaintiff insisted that she initiated the U-turn from the travel lane, but Ms. Rice’s client maintained that the plaintiff had moved into an adjacent bus lane before re-entering the travel lane as she made her turn. Although the investigating officer found Ms. Rice’s client (a college student) to be at fault, two independent witnesses supported his version of events. At trial, plaintiff introduced over $16,000 in bills for treatment of her alleged injuries. She had asked the jury to award $75,000.
Jury Sides Finds Against Motorcycle Driver In Brain Injury Case
On August 21, 2019, a Cobb County jury returned with a defense verdict for Jonathan Adelman’s client after only forty-five (45) minutes of deliberations. Plaintiff claimed over $120,000 in medical expenses and $140,000 in lost wages due to an alleged permanent brain injury and cervical injury. Plaintiff was thrown from his motorcycle following a series of lane changes by both the defendant car driver and plaintiff. Plaintiff claimed defendant caused the accident. Defendant claimed otherwise. Plaintiff had two (2) medical experts testify via video depositions. On cross-examination, it became apparent that the experts were in the dark regarding plaintiff’s prior medical history. Likewise, plaintiff’s eyewitness was impeached with an affidavit which she had previously provided. Prior to trial, the lowest pre-trial demand was $300,000. The insurance company’s pre-trial offer was $75,000.
Habersham County Jury Awards Nominal Damages in Significant Damage Auto Accident Case
After a two day trial in mid-July, Habersham County Jurors awarded less than half of the alleged medical specials of the plaintiff in a case involving a significant rear-end collision. Attorney Brian Williams persuaded the jury that a large portion of plaintiff’s post-accident treatment was unnecessary. After 32 minutes of deliberation, the jury rejected the plaintiff’s proposed range of damages of between $45,000 and $79,000.
Henry County Jury Rejects Injuries Claimed by Plaintiff
In a July 8, 2019 trial, where the defendant admitted fault for the accident, the jury was not convinced the October 2016 accident caused plaintiff any injuries. Despite plaintiff’s claims that she accrued over $20,000 in medical expenses, a Henry County jury found in favor of the Defendant. Attorney Andrea Baker obtained the defense verdict, after a one-day trial in which the jurors repudiated plaintiff’s requested award of $21,470.56 in medical expenses plus pain and suffering.
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Barrow County Jury Left Unconvinced by Plaintiff
Despite plaintiff’s contention that an August 2015 motor vehicle accident caused him ongoing back pain, which had greatly diminished his active lifestyle, a Barrow County jury awarded plaintiff only half of the more than $50,000 in medical expenses he incurred. Attorney Brian Williams obtained a favorable verdict on April 16, 2019, after a two-day trial in which jurors rejected the plaintiff’s requested award of $100,000.
Gwinnett County Jury Unpersuaded by Orthopedic Doctor’s Live Testimony at Trial
On March 27, 2019 and March 28, 2019, Alex D. Mayfield obtained a very favorable verdict in the State Court of Gwinnett County. Plaintiff claimed physical injuries as a result of an admitted fault motor vehicle collision. Plaintiff had his chiropractor and orthopedic doctor testify live at trial. Both testified that plaintiff’s injuries were related to the subject accident. Plaintiff claimed nearly $30,000 in medical bills and asked the jury to award up to $5,000 a month for pain and suffering. Ultimately, the jury awarded $8,500. Plaintiff demanded policy limits prior to trial.