Successful defense of high value pedestrian vs. automobile case

With only a month to prepare for trial, successfully defended client in a pedestrian versus automobile personal injury action in DeKalb County where the pedestrian was injured while crossing a busy street. The pedestrian claimed she was crossing in the crosswalk and had the walk sign when she entered the cross walk. The Defendant consistently testified that she had a green light and that the pedestrian was running across the street, not in the crosswalk, waving down a MARTA bus. Plaintiff sought punitive damages, attorneys’ fees, and at trial, asked for a $700,000.00 verdict, including $150,000.00 in medical expenses. The jury returned with a verdict awarding Plaintiff her medical expenses, but finding Plaintiff 49 percent at fault which reduced the final judgment to a little over $75,000.