Favorable Gwinnett County Verdict for UM Carrier
Carolyn Lee secured a favorable verdict on behalf of a UM carrier in the State Court of Gwinnett County. The admitted fault case involved a 2018 automobile accident with significant damages to the plaintiff’s vehicle. The plaintiff sustained a partial torn ligament in his thumb that required a surgery. The plaintiff argued that the thumb injury was permanent and argued that their daily activities would be forever changed as the result of continuing issues with their injury. The plaintiff also introduced the trial deposition of his surgeon, who related the plaintiff’s injury to the accident. The total UM policy exposure was $750,000, and the plaintiff asked the jury to award $3,000,000 in pain and suffering. Prior to trial, the UM carrier offered $60,000 to settle the lawsuit.
After an hour of deliberation, the jury returned a verdict of just $60,000, the amount suggested by the defense. Carolyn Lee was able to impeach the plaintiff regarding his physical limitations, including but not limited to impeaching the plaintiff with deposition testimony that proved to the Gwinnett County jury that the plaintiff was no longer suffering any physical limitations.
Prior to the verdict, the plaintiff received $25,000 from the at-fault party. Due to prior payments by the UM carrier, the payments were reduced to zero.