Tulsa Accident Lawyer from Rode Law Firm Obtains ‘Excess’ Jury Verdict in Vehicle Crash Case

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The Oklahoma personal injury law firm announces a verdict in which a Tulsa County jury awarded the plaintiff a net award of $94,600 above the insurance policy limits.

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Tulsa accident attorney Jesse L. Fettkether

Tulsa accident lawyer Jesse L. Fettkether of the Rode Law Firm, PLLC, recently secured an “excess” jury verdict for his client in a motor vehicle collision case that was tried before a Tulsa County jury.

After an hour and 10 minutes of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous verdict on June 7, 2012, in the amount of $119,600 -- $94,600 in excess of the defendant’s insurance policy limits, according to the Oklahoma personal injury firm.

Judge Mark Barcus presided over the trial in the District Court In and For Tulsa County. (Case No. CJ-2009-6838).

The plaintiff’s lawsuit alleged that she was rear-ended by the defendant (with minimal property damage evident in photographs of the vehicle). She presented to the emergency room the following day. The plaintiff claimed a total of $13,400 in medical bills.

According to the Rode Law Firm, the defendant offered a $14,250 settlement the day before trial. The plaintiff rejected the offer. The plaintiff’s counter-offer, which fell within the defendant’s United Automobile Insurance policy limits of $25,000, was not met. The parties proceeded to trial.

Court records show that the plaintiff called Heath Travis, D.C., by video trial deposition as well as the plaintiff and a before-and-after witness.

The Robinson Law firm represented the defendant, who did not attend the trial. Court records show the defendant admitted liability, and the defense called Sami Framjee, M.D., as the sole witness by video before resting its case.

The plaintiff closed the trial by making a total demand of $104,000, including $13,400 in special damages, $65,000 in damages for loss of business income and damages for past and future pain and suffering, according to court records.

The result marks the second “excess” jury verdict obtained by Fettkether in the past four months. In March, Fettkether and fellow Rode Law Firm personal injury lawyer Dave C. Bean secured a net verdict of $59,500 for the firm’s client that was $9,500 in excess of the defendant’s insurance policy limits. (Case No. CJ-2009-749, In the District Court In and For Rogers County, State of Oklahoma).

About The Rode Law Firm

Attorney Robert L. Rode established the Rode Law Firm in 1992 with a focus on helping people who have been hurt in serious accidents, including Oklahoma truck crashes. The firm remains committed to providing aggressive, effective legal advocacy for victims of other people’s carelessness, negligence and recklessness. The Rode Law Firm is based in Tulsa and maintains an office in Sapulpa, Oklahoma. The firm’s accident attorneys and legal staff serves clients across the state, including Oklahoma City, Norman, Broken Arrow, Lawton, Edmond, Moore, Midwest City, Enid, Stillwater, Muskogee, Bartlesville, Shawnee, Owasso and Ponca City. The firm provides free case evaluations. The firm’s Tulsa office is located at 400 South Boston Avenue, #500, Tulsa, OK, 74103. To learn more, call (918) 599-8880 or use the firm’s online contact form.

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