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Successful Defense of Punitive Damages Claim Stemming From Auto Accident
Sean W. Scoggin provided a successful defense to our client in an automobile accident.  Plaintiff met our client a local bar and proceeded to ask him for a ride.  Plaintiff alleged that she did not know that Defendant had been drinking.  The ride resulted in a one vehicle accident and our client was found to be driving under the influence of alcohol.  Our client admitted fault but did not waive a finding of comparative fault on the part of the Plaintiff.
Expert testimony of Plaintiff`s emergency room doctor established, contrary to her testimony, that there was no loss of consciousness and she was discharged without pain medication with a pain level no pain.  A defense expert reviewed Plaintiff`s medical records and testified at trial that Plaintiff suffered no more than a bruised sternum and small abrasions and that complaints regarding the low back and neck were pre-existing complaint and not related to the accident.
Plaintiff made a claim to the jury for $850,000 in damages.  The Jury awarded $15,000 in damages and denied a request for punitive damages. Our client was found negligent by the jury but also apportioned 45 percent of the fault to Plaintiff thereby reducing her award to $8,250.

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