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Meyer and Parker Secure Defense Verdict in Chatham County

Posted on Jan 16, 2024 in Results

On January 12, 2024, following a four (4) day trial, a Chatham County jury returned a defense verdict. Plaintiff claimed past medical specials of $279,000 which included a neck surgery and $51,000 in future medical expenses. The case resulted from a 2018 car accident involving a minor rear-end impact. Plaintiff was also involved in a subsequent accident three (3) months after the subject accident. The defendant admitted fault but disputed that the accident caused the extent of injuries the plaintiff claimed. Mr. Parker successfully impeached the plaintiff on cross-examination as to statements made at her deposition and in her medical records that showed her claims of severe injury had been greatly exaggerated.  In closing argument, Mr. Meyer asked the jury to award an amount that would compensate plaintiff for the early days of her treatment.  The plaintiff introduced testimony from multiple witnesses including two (2) of her treating physicians and a biomechanical expert. The defense introduced testimony from an orthopedic surgeon to counter plaintiff’s expert testimony about the severity of her injuries. Plaintiff asked the jury to award over $1,300,000 in damages. The defendant’s pre-suit statutory Offer of Settlement was $70,000.