Seven Million Dollar Jury Verdict to Motorcyclist for Pain and Suffering

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After a two week trial, the jury determined the corporate auto dealership was 100% at fault, and awarded Plaintiff $53,000.00 for medical bills and lost wages, and seven million dollars for pain and suffering.

Attorneys Nicholas C. Rowley and Courtney Yoder, working together with attorneys Howard Kitay and Kimberly Barrows, obtained a jury verdict of over seven million dollars in El Cajon Superior Court on December 16, 2011.

The Plaintiff was an active duty sailor, 23 years old at the time he was injured. He had been married for one month and was about to leave on Westpac. He was driving his Harley Davidson motorcycle to work at the Submarine base in San Diego.

According to court documents, a shuttle van from a local auto dealership turned left in front of the motorcycle. The motorcycle struck the side of the van. The Plaintiff was thrown forward and hit his groin on the handlebars; he broke his pelvis and smashed his testicles. As a result of the collision, Plaintiff, now 27, has permanent injuries. He incurred $43,000.00 in medical bills and lost approximately $10,000.00 in wages.

Plaintiff's lawyers argued that the shuttle van violated Plaintiff's right of way and was 100% at fault. The Defendant corporation hired an accident reconstruction expert who testified Plaintiff was speeding and not paying attention, and the collision was Plaintiff's fault. The defense also argued Plaintiff's injuries were exaggerated.

After a two week trial, the jury determined the corporate auto dealership was 100% at fault, and awarded Plaintiff $53,000.00 for medical bills and lost wages, and seven million dollars for pain and suffering.

CASE NO.37-2009-00068436-CU-PA-EC
SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA
COUNTY OF SAN DIEGO, EAST COUNTY DIVISION

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