Normally Courtroom View Network wraps up one year and begins the next with our popular “Top 10” lists of most impressive plaintiff and defense verdicts. Since the pandemic scuttled most of our live trial coverage in March, and we’re rolling over into a new decade, we decided instead to revisit some of the trials that stand out from the hundreds of others that CVN webcast and recorded over the last 10 years.
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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.
This is part of CVN's Trial Stories, spotlighting top lawyers and their standout trials.
“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.
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.
Courtroom View Network is the only news service in the country focused exclusively on gavel-to-gavel video coverage of civil trials. Among the trials we’re most focused on covering are those stemming from accidents involving trucks both large and small.