Liberty County Jury Returns with Defense Verdict Despite Expert Testimony
On February 8, 2023, after a three (3) day trial, Jonathan Adelman and Carolyn Lee obtained a defense verdict on behalf of an insured who admitted wrongdoing in causing a collision which pushed plaintiff’s vehicle off the road and into a ditch. Plaintiff was transported from the scene by ambulance and then began a nearly four (4) year course of treatment involving injections, radiofrequency ablations, and shoulder surgery. Plaintiff was also recommended for a lumber fusion. At trial, plaintiff had three (3) medical experts and one (1) functional capacity evaluator provided expert testimony that the accident caused plaintiff’s injuries and that plaintiff was permanently disabled. Plaintiff also had the investigating officer and plaintiff’s family members testify live at trial. Through the course of discovery, significant evidence of both prior and subsequent similar claims was discovered. On cross-exam, plaintiff was successfully impeached more than ten (10) times. Plaintiff presented evidence of $400,000 in medical expenses, and opposing counsel asked the jury to award $2,000,000 or more. The insurance company did not accept the pre-trial policy limits demand of $250,000 and offered $100,000.