Law Firm Wins $1,375,031 for Atlanta Car Accident Victim

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Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC wins jury verdict in Fulton County State Court for Spinal Cord Injury

Atlanta Injury Attorneys
We were prepared from the start of the case to make sure she received all the compensation she was entitled to.

The law firm of Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC (“KSWF”) recently won a $1,395,031 verdict on behalf of a client involved in an Atlanta car accident. (Thurman v. United Services Automobile Association, Civil Action File No. 2009EV007882F). The 2-day jury trial was held before Judge Susan B. Forsling in the State Court of Fulton County, Georgia. KSWF’s legal team was led by partners Robert N. Katz and Lyn B. Dodson, which declined to accept the defendant United Services Automobile Association’s pre-trial offer of $100,000.

The facts of the case were unique. According to trial testimony, KSWF’s client was struck while waiting in a line of traffic on I-75 at the Howell Mill exit ramp. Two cars collided while moving in the adjacent interstate traffic lanes, causing one of those cars to hit the client’s vehicle in the driver side door area. KSWF’s client suffered a number of injuries, the most severe of which was a ruptured disc in the neck area of her spine. This injury resulted in her undergoing a cervical fusion, a very serious medical procedure.
According to plaintiff's counsel, Robert N. Katz, the case included a number of very challenging aspects. First, although KSWF’s client experienced neck pain 3 days after the accident, she did not see a medical doctor for her injuries until 3 weeks later. In addition, it was 5 months before she saw an orthopedic specialist. During that time, she trained for and ran a half-marathon. It wasn’t until 2 years after the accident that an MRI showed KSWF’s client had a herniated disc in her neck. Furthermore, the client’s orthopedic doctor was a childhood friend of her brother, an issue that required KSWF’s trial team to overcome a strong assertion of bias by the defense team.

Katz, an Atlanta injury attorney with 25 years of experience, explained the firm’s decision to take the case to trial as opposed to settling it. “Our client was very honest, and now has a 25% permanent impairment of her whole body. We felt she deserved more than the insurance company offered, and we were prepared from the start of the case to make sure she received all the compensation she was entitled to. We approach every case in our office that way.”

Note: United Services Automobile Association’s Motion for New Trial was denied by the court on February 12, 2012.

About Katz Stepp Wright & Fleming LLC: Founded by former DeKalb Bar Association President Robert Katz, KSWF is nationally recognized for their strong advocacy on behalf of the injured, as well as families of wrongful death victims. With offices across the Southeastern United States, the firm is well-positioned to handle the most complex car, truck, and motorcycle accident cases, workers compensation and medical malpractice claims, and wrongful death actions.

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