Our Client’s Challenge:
Our client was at fault in an automobile collision where he rear-ended the Plaintiff’s vehicle at highway speed in Vancouver, Washington. The Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against our client in Clark County Superior Court claiming that he suffered a permanent injury to his neck. The Plaintiff incurred around $30,000 in medical expenses, but never made a settlement offer below $120,000 before trial. Our client’s insurance carrier made a pre-trial offer of $25,000, which the Plaintiff rejected.
At trial, we presented a medical causation defense and called an orthopedic surgeon to testify. In closing, the Plaintiff argued that he suffered a permanent injury and asked the jury to award him a total of $250,000. Our insurance coverage and defense team argued in closing that the Plaintiff failed to prove that the accident was the proximate cause of his claimed injuries and damages. After a four-day trial, the jury agreed with our argument and returned a defense verdict.
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