Marcia Stewart and Jodene White Obtain Verdict Significantly Less than Pre-Trial Offer
On May 25, 2017, Marcia Stewart and Jodene White obtained an excellent verdict in an admitted fault case in Henry County. The plaintiff presented $33,255.87 in medical special damages. Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury for $119,625.00. The verdict was only $1,153.03, substantially lower than the last offer of $5,500.00.
Jodene White Obtains Defense Verdict
On May 11, 2017, Jodene White obtained a defense verdict in a contested liability case in Fulton County. The defendant merged into plaintiff’s lane of travel after slowing down for a H.E.R.O. unit. The impact was hard and the property damage substantial. Jodene was able to convince the jury that the collision was caused by plaintiff traveling too fast for conditions. Plaintiff’s medial special damages exceeded $16,000.
WACHP Has a Successful May
David Smith Limits Exposure
On May 10, 2017, David Smith successfully limited his client’s exposure during a three (3) day trial in Gwinnett County Superior Court before Judge Laura Tate. The plaintiff, who alleged permanent injuries to her neck, asked the jury for $150,000. The jury awarded plaintiff $16,000, which was about $10,000 below the last pre-trial settlement offer from the defense.
Adam Smith Wins Defense Verdict in DeKalb County
On May 9, 2017, Adam Smith obtained a defense verdict in DeKalb County. The defendant admitted fault for causing a rear-end motor vehicle accident. The plaintiff incurred medical expenses in the amount of $60,989 for neck and back injuries and asked the jury to award more than $180,000 in total damages. After deliberating for approximately 30 minutes, the jury found that the accident did not cause any injuries to the plaintiff and returned a defense verdict
Mayfield Obtains Verdict Less than Pre-Suit Offer
On May 8, 2017, Alex Mayfield tried a case to jury verdict in Fulton County. Plaintiff alleged neck and back injuries from the accident. Pre-suit, plaintiff was offered $7,500, respectively to settle his claim. After deliberating for thirty (30) minutes, the jury awarded $5,500, significantly less than the plaintiff’s last demand of $35,000.
Meyer Limits Exposure
In April 2017, Travis Meyer successfully limited his client’s exposure during a three (3) day trial in Henry County State Court. The case involved a four (4) car accident. The defendants were blaming one another for causing the accident. Plaintiff suffered injuries to her neck and upper back resulting in a two (2) level fusion surgery. The treating physicians directly related plaintiff’s injuries to the accident. The claimed medical specials were $185,000. Plaintiff asked for $2,000,000. The jury returned a verdict in the amount of $787,000, but only apportioned 20% fault on his client. Plaintiff received less than what was offered prior to trial in settlement negotiations.
Meyer Obtained Defense Verdict
In May 2017, Travis Meyer obtained a defense verdict in Floyd County in an admitted fault case in which his client struck a crossing guard. Plaintiffs asked the jury for past medical specials of $25,000, future medical specials of $99,000, lost wages in excess of $550,000, and past and future pain and suffering. Plaintiffs requested punitive damages based on allegation that the defendant was texting while driving which lead to the plaintiff being struck in the crosswalk. The plaintiff’s primary physician directly related all of her medical issues, including Fibromyalgia (chronic pain), to the accident. The jury deliberated for approximately 45 minutes before rendering a defense verdict. The last pre-trial settlement offer was for $50,000 and plaintiffs never lowered their demand below $115,000.
Adam Smith Wins Third Trial In A Row
In March 2017, Adam Smith won a jury trial in Cobb County in which the plaintiff alleged incurred medical expenses of $112,000 and lost wages of $10,000. Plaintiff underwent a low back surgery after the accident and her doctor testified that the surgery was directly caused by the accident. Plaintiff asked the jury to award a minimum of $380,000 in damages; however, the jury awarded only $11,112. This March 2017 verdict follows two other recent jury trial wins for Adam Smith: In a January 2017 jury trial in Cherokee County, plaintiff sought total damages in a range of $28,000 to $38,000 and alleged ongoing problems with her right shoulder; however, the jury awarded $5,836. In an October 2016 jury trial in Newton County, plaintiff underwent a neck surgery following a serious collision at an intersection; plaintiff sought total damages of more than $980,000; however, the jury awarded $133,480.26, which was about $17,000 below the last pre-trial settlement offer from the defense and nearly $850,000 below the amount plaintiff asked the jury to award at trial.
Gabelman Obtains Verdict Less Than Pre-Suit Offer
On March 6, 2017, Becky Gabelman tried a case to jury verdict in Gordon County. Defendant admitted to causing a near head-on collision. Plaintiffs’ alleged neck and back injuries from the accident. Pre-suit, plaintiffs were offered $14,000 and $11,000, respectively to settle their claims. After deliberating for forty (40) minutes, the jury awarded $5,172.37 and $2,270.75, respectively, which was for ER treatment following the accident.