Explaining the full impact of a traumatic brain injury can be difficult when the effects of that injury aren’t immediately obvious from the jury box. But in a recent trial over the skull fracture a Georgia teenager suffered in a “bubble soccer” game, Brad Thomas’s closing vividly detailed the teen’s lifelong loss, helping seal a seven-figure verdict.
Bradley Beckworth in closings of a landmark trial trial against Johnson & Johnson over its alleged role in Oklahoma's opioid crisis. It's just one of several blockbuster trials CVN has added to its library recently. You can see this trial, and hundreds of others, gavel-to-gavel, with a CVN subscription.
Over the past few weeks, CVN has added an array of blockbuster trials to our unsurpassed courtroom video library. The newest additions include major verdicts in two traumatic brain injury trials, a landmark opioid judgment, and a pair of big defense wins in medical malpractice and premises liability cases.
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Arguing the long-lasting effects of a traumatic brain injury at trial can be difficult. Symptoms may not be immediately and obviously visible to others, and the defense may argue that the impact of the injury is less than what the accident victim claims. But at trial in June over a traumatic brain injury a Georgia taxi driver suffered, Bethany Schneider’s vivid closing countered defense arguments on the injury's severity and won a seven-figure verdict.
In mild traumatic brain injury cases, jurors may not be able to see the outward symptoms of a plaintiff's brain damage immediately. Because of that, it’s critical for a plaintiff’s attorney to lay the groundwork for a significant damage request by conveying the severity of the injury in the first moments of an opening statement. In Wicker v. American Family Insurance, Cash, Krugler & Fredericks’ Alwyn Fredericks combined visual aids and clear analogies during his opening to set up a seven-figure verdict in his client’s 2015 trial.
Update 1/20/17: Jurors awarded $15 million in compensatory damages to Megan Richards for the injuries she suffered in the 2015 trucking crash that killed five of her Georgia Southern University classmates. The jury apportioned 100 percent of fault to trucker John Wayne Johnson and trucking firm Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC. It also found Johnson's actions showed conduct potentially warranting the imposition of punitive damages. However, Bryan County Superior Court Judge Charles Paul Rose told jurors the parties' attorneys agreed to accept the award "as-is," without a determination of punitives. CVN will provide additional news coverage and gavel-to-gavel, on-demand video of the trial as soon as possible.
Pembroke, GA—Attorneys Tuesday battled over the injuries a former Georgia Southern University nursing student suffered in a fiery tractor trailer collision that killed five of her classmates, as trial opened against the trucker and trucking companies she says are responsible. Richards v. Total Transportation of Mississippi LLC, et al. SUV2015000174.