In September 2014, a boy was crossing the street outside of the crosswalk when he was struck by a car and broke his arm. An eyewitness supported the defendant driver's statement that the boy was outside of the crosswalk and there was nothing he could do. State Farm refused to make an offer and the jury returned a defense verdict.
Low Impact Collision with Commercial Vehicle with Surgery Settles for Fair Sum
John Doe. v ABC Company
A confidential settlement was reached in a case in November 2014. It all started with a minor rear end impact with a commercial vehicle. The plaintiff had solid immediate treatment with epidurals and physical therapy over the ensuing months, progressing to cervical disc fusion. The defense tried to argue that because the surgery was 2 years later, it was unrelated. This case stands for the proposition that with a commercial defendant and legitimate medical care followed by a discectomy, even though the impact might not look that bad, the case has a value several times the medical bills of $75,000. The case settled for $350,000.
Drunk Driving Increases Value of Injury Case in Athens
Robins v. Mull
A drunk driver with a .26 blood alcohol level crashed into another car causing wrist and spinal injuries. The Plaintiff incurred $5,148 for past medical expenses and around $25,000 in future medical expenses.
One of the key value drivers was the fact that the drunk driver had a prior DUI collision over 10 years before. It is unclear if it was Progressive or Allstate but regardless they paid $112,500 to settle the case.
Banks County Jury Ignores State Farm Lawyers and Finds for Plaintiff
Davis v. Cruz
Our good friend Josh Branch had an excellent result against Cowsert and Avery in a case with $16,000 in medical bills stemming from a high impact rear end collision. The Plaintiff had suffered a serious prior disabling injury but was active. The Defense tried to argue that all of the treatment was related to the old injury. One thing played in the Plaintiff's hands and that is the defendant latino driver was uninsured so State Farm as uninsured motorist carrier pretended to be their insurance. The jury awarded all of the medicals plus $25,000 for pain and suffering for a $41,000 verdict. State Farm's last offer had been $20,000. Well done Josh!
Pedestrian on the Side of the Road gets a Split Decision
Clark v. Jackson
This is an ugly case that illustrates how hard Athens juries can be on pedestrians. A 15 year old was jogging on the grassy shoulder of a roadway when she was hit by the mirror of a passing truck in broad daylight and suffered a serious shoulder injury and underwent surgery and physical therapy.
The jury almost split the baby and found 51% liability on the defendant driver and 49% on the plaintiff. That is just brutal. She received a net award of $36,000, but still.