Establishing a franchisor's right of control over a franchisee is crucial to proving vicarious liability in a personal injury case. And at trial over a retired fire chief’s fatal crash with a Domino’s Pizza delivery driver, Mark Avera adeptly countered a defense argument on the purpose behind the pizza giant's franchise restrictions to prove that right of control and win a 7-figure verdict.
Joseph Wilson, of JL Wilson Trial Law, contends Loomis Armored delayed in admitting responsibility for the armored truck crash that fractured Kirche Hall's arm.
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“This is a case about a young woman who has a caregiver’s heart, but no longer has a caregiver’s future,” Joseph Wilson told jurors as trial opened over the armored truck crash that shattered a Georgia woman’s arm.
It was a theme intended to resonate with jurors as they saw Kirche Hall, whose injury ended her career as a certified nursing assistant. But it also set up a larger contrast Wilson framed for the jury: the empathetic caregiver v. the evasive corporation. And that approach secured a $584,000 verdict in the type of case — because Hall had largely recovered from her injury — that carried the possibility of a much lower award.
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Arguments on non-economic damages can turn into a veritable courtroom minefield for plaintiffs’ attorneys. An overly aggressive request can alienate a jury, while not being specific enough risks jurors undervaluing the case. At trial over a fatal truck collision, however, The Vartazarian Law Firm’s Steve Vartazarian delivered a masterful argument on non-economic damages to secure an eight-figure verdict.