Fayette County Verdict for Defendant
Following a 2 day trial in Fayette County, jurors returned a defense verdict for Ashley Rice’s client. The case arose from a rear-end auto accident in 2018. Although plaintiff reported no injury at the scene, she began treating that day and ultimately underwent two epidural steroid injections to her cervical spine. Plaintiff introduced healthcare damages in excess of $33,000. Pre-trial, a court-ordered judicial evaluation conference had resulted in a non-binding verdict for plaintiff of $60,000. At trial, however, Ms. Rice successfully argued that plaintiff failed to carry her burden of proving that the relatively small impact was the cause of the injuries plaintiff claimed. The jury deliberated for less than an hour.