I am using a bit of “Ingenuity” for the blog posting. This time I had to email it to post it. I decided that you didn’t want to hear an excuse like it was too windy or the blog got rained out.
Normally I steer clear of mentioning verdicts. It’s that ethic “stuff” where you have to make sure that there’s clear indication “that all cases are different”. Actually, the disclaimer is even a bit longer; including that every case is different and previous results are no guarantee for the future. Plus, I really don’t want insurance companies and defense lawyers to read our “trial thinking”.
For this blog, I am breaking my self-imposed verdict discussion because it’s a “feel good” story about our client, and I can’t personally take any credit for the result.
This week, Rick Zahn had a one-day jury trial in Richmond Circuit Court. There were no independent witnesses. It was simply a case of our client saying that she had the green light; and the defendant claiming that she had the green light. That fact pattern usually makes it difficult to even take the case.
The client had gotten emergency room treatment and some visits for physical therapy. The insurance company had made no offer. They based their no offer on their insured saying that she was not at fault.
Our client had told the police officer at the scene that the other driver had been talking on the cell phone at the time of the crash. In fact, the evidence did show that, and the defendant did admit that.
Rick had said to me, the day before trial, that he really liked our client. He also really believed her and thought she would be a believable witness; and believed that the other driver was at fault.
You know where this is going. Otherwise, it would not have made it to the blog. Yes, the jury heard the evidence; retired to the jury room; and returned in 20 minutes with a verdict of $50,000. One juror even told Rick after the trial that everyone knows how distracting that cell phones can be.
Our client felt a tremendous burden lifted because the jury believed her. She had waited almost two years to get her bills paid and reimbursed for the damage to her car. The jury made the defendant accept responsibility! I told Rick, like I used to tell my grandmother when she would read a story to me… “Tell it again”.
And for pic o’ day, Is Silly String really that bad?
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