Our client, the defendant, ran a stop sign causing a nasty T-bone collision with the plaintiff’s vehicle. The 39 year-old plaintiff, then a corporate sales manager and now allegedly disabled, brought suit in Erie County alleging traumatic injuries resulting in a three-level cervical spine fusion, two right shoulder surgeries, cervicogenic migraines, anxiety, depression, and an additional three-level spine fusion expected in the future, according to his two orthopedic spine surgeons who testified at trial. He had no pre-accident diagnoses or imaging studies of these injuries.
After 11 days of trial on liability and damages, the plaintiff asked the jury for $2,700,000 in economic damages and $1,000,000 in pain and suffering. After two hours of deliberations, the jury returned a unanimous defense verdict finding no proximate cause.