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Julie Tiedeken Successfully Defends in Auto Accident
Julie Nye Tiedeken successfully defended our client from personal injury claims stemming from a motor vehicle accident that occurred on October 2008. Our client was driving his vehicle and the Plaintiff was a passenger. The Plaintiff contended that he suffered extensive injuries from the accident including injuries to his foot that required surgery.  
 
The jury returned a verdict in favor of our client finding that although he was negligent, his actions were not the cause of Plaintiff`s injuries.  
Successful Outcome from Arbitration in Claim for Uninsured Motorist Coverage
Sean Scoggin represented our client in an arbitration before a panel of three Wyoming attorneys, Mark W. Gifford, Joesph E. Vlastos and Richard H. Honecker.  The issue at the arbitration hearing involved our client`s claim for uninsured motorist coverage against her liability insurer arising out of a motor vehicle accident in April 2008 in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  The arbitration panel heard and considered all the evidence and found that our client was entitled to recover significant additional compensation from the insurer for her injuries and damages stemming from the accident.
Sean Scoggin Obtains Defense Verdict in Trial Involving Car Accident
Sean W. Scoggin successfully defended a case brought by a Plaintiff alleging that a car accident in July 2009 caused chronic neck pain and depression.  Medical bills were presented to the jury in the amount of $166,000.00.  Plaintiff`s medical expert testified that both of the cervical fusions that she had prior to trial were necessitated by the accident.  Plaintiff also claimed damages for severe pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life and loss of consortium on the part of her husband.
 
Plaintiff did not attend the trial except to testify as she alleged that she was too emotional about the accident to sit through trial.  Plaintiff`s own treating healthcare provider testified that imaging prior to and after the accident did not show more than normal degeneration of the cervical spine and did not indicate an acute injury.  This doctor testified that despite some minor disc protrusions he saw nothing that would have necessitated surgery.  
 
The jury found that out client was negligent with regard to the accident, but he was not the cause of the plaintiffs` injuries.  
Second Successful Appeal of Denial of Permanent Total Disability
This is the second of two successful appeals to the Wyoming Supreme Court involving our client, Tyler Stallman, in pursuit of benefits that she was eligible for related to her Workers` Compensation claim for Permanent Total Disability.  
 
 Appellant Tyler L. Stallman worked for the Wyoming Department of Corrections at the Wyoming Women’s Center in Lusk, Wyoming. She sustained significant injuries during a vehicle rollover while driving to pick up a prisoner in Sheridan. Ms. Stallman suffered from multiple pelvic fractures, pulmonary and bodily contusions, a chipped tooth, and an impacted humeral head fracture of the right shoulder. A doctor’s notes indicated that “[t]he accident appears to have been quite significant.” Ms. Stallman was hospitalized for a week, during which her pelvic fractures were stabilized. She later underwent several surgeries, including a rhinoplasty1 and a resurfacing arthroplasty of the right shoulder. After she was released from WMC, Ms. Stallman attended physical therapy and counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and she participated in several years of post-operative care and rehabilitation.
 
After receiving a 22% permanent partial impairment award from the Wyoming Workers’ Safety and Compensation Division (the Division), she applied for permanent total disability (PTD) benefits. The Division denied her application, finding that she did not meet the statutory definition of permanent total disability. Ms. Stallman requested a contested case hearing, and the case was referred to a panel of the Medical Commission (the Commission or panel). 
 
Following the hearing and based upon the evidence presented, the Commission concluded that Ms. Stallman did not meet her burden of proving that she was entitled to PTD benefits under the odd lot doctrine. The decision was appealed to the district court which affirmed the Commission. We appealed to the Wyoming Supreme Court, claiming that the Commission’s final order was unsupported by substantial evidence and contrary to applicable law due to improper application of the odd lot doctrine.
 
The Supreme Court held that Ms. Stallman presented a prima facie case showing that she was unemployable in her community due to her injuries, and that the Division failed to rebut this showing by demonstrating that there was in fact gainful employment available to her within a reasonable geographic area. The Court reversed the district court’s order affirming the Commission’s final order, and remanded this matter to the district court with directions that it remand the case to the Commission for an award of Permanent Total Disability.
 
See 2013 WY 28 (Wyo. 2013).

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