Defense verdict despite admitted negligence, three surgeries and $475,000 in special damages

November 20, 2019

First-chaired a four day jury trial in an admitted negligence case in which Plaintiff asserted that she began to suffer neck pain shortly after an automobile accident. The plaintiff underwent three cervical spine surgeries, the first surgery occurring a mere five months after the accident. Plaintiff had no significant complaints of neck pain prior to the accident and the defense took the position that the need for the surgeries was not due to the symptomology (neck pain) but instead due to the condition (compression on her spinal cord caused by congenital stenosis) which likely would have required a cervical surgery anyways. Plaintiff had $475,000.00 in special damages and requested a verdict of $2MM. The jury returned a defense verdict in a little over one hour.