Stahl Obtains Favorable Verdict in Forsyth County
Ben Stahl obtained a favorable verdict in Forsyth County following a one-day trial on October 2, 2023. The case involved a 2018 automobile accident where Defendant admitted to negligence after rear ending plaintiff’s vehicle. Plaintiff alleged injuries to his lower back. Plaintiff’s treatment included chiropractic therapy for his lower back and one epidural steroid injection. Plaintiff’s medical expenses amounted to $16,000.33. However, just two months before this accident, Plaintiff had been treating for identical injuries from a prior accident. Plaintiff submitted into evidence only the photographs of the accident, records from the chiropractor and the bill for the injection. The defense was able to impeach and discredit Plaintiff using deposition testimony and refreshing his recollection of the prior similar accidents and identical claims of injury. The defense was also able to exclude causation narratives contained within Plaintiff’s chiropractor records. Plaintiff asked for an award of medical specials plus an additional $40,000 for pain and suffering. Before trial, Plaintiff’s last demand was for about $32,000, while the last offer was $16,000. After about two hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict for $16,000.33.