Bradley Devitt Haas & Watkins P.C. successfully prosecuted another plaintiff's personal injury case in Jefferson County District Court. The attorneys that tried the case were Jon Bradley and Leslie German.

 

Our client sustained personal injuries when the vehicle he was driving was struck from the rear by a vehicle driven by the defendant, a friend of his. Both drivers were high school students and were good friends when the accident occurred. The plaintiff, who was 18 at the time, was a high school athlete. As a result of the accident, he lost an opportunity to get a Division 1 college track and field scholarship to a Division 1 college or university. The defendant admitted liability for the rear-end collision but disputed the accident was the cause of the our client’s injuries and damages and disputed the extent of the claimed injuries and damages.

 

 

Our client suffered soft tissue injuries to the neck and spine, chronic headaches, vertigo, nausea, sleep disturbance and neck and shoulder pain. He was a high school senior who was on his school’s track team and as a result of the accident he missed the opportunity to compete his senior season. His hopes for a Division 1 college scholarship as a hurdler were dashed because of injuries sustained in the auto collision. He estimated that the scholarship was valued at $40,000. His past medical expenses were $23,701.92. In closing argument, our client requested $173,100 for pain and suffering and no-economic losses.

 

 

The last settlement demand from our client was for the limits of the automobile insurance policy, $100,000. The final offer from the insurance company for the defendant was $35,000.

 

 

After considering all of the testimony and the arguments of the attorneys, the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client in the amounts of $173,100 for non-economic losses, $23,701.92 for economic losses and $18,500 for physical impairment, for a total award of 215,301.92 plus statutory interest from the date of the accident, September 19, 2008.

 

 

We were adamant, as was as our client, that the value of the case exceeded the defendant's policy limits. Because our client had agreed to accept the policy limits, which the insurance company refused to pay, the insurance company paid the entire judgment amount plus interest.

 

 

Please contact Jon Bradley at 303-384-9228 or Leslie German at 970-249-4488 to discuss any of your legal needs if you have been injured.