Castilla and Hurst Secure Defense Verdict
On October 13, 2017, Hilliard Castilla and Matthew Hurst secured a defense verdict in a case in the Superior Court of Fulton County. Following an investigation of the accident, Mr. Castilla’s client was cited for failure to yield, and at trial, the officer was permitted to state that Mr. Castilla’s client caused the accident. Plaintiff sued for injuries and healthcare bills in excess of $215,000.00. Additionally, plaintiff had four friends take the stand and testify about plaintiff’s reduced quality of life as a result of this accident. On cross-examination, Mr. Castilla successfully impeached the plaintiff to the extent that the jury did not believe her account of how the accident occurred. Ultimately, the jury of 12 agreed that plaintiff failed to meet her burden of proving that Mr. Castilla’s client was liable for the subject accident. Defendant had offered $250,000 prior to trial.