Paul Chistolini & Kelly Charles-Collins, of Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett, obtained a favorable defense verdict on behalf of their client in Pinellas County on August 15, 2019, following a four day trial.
The lawsuit was based on a clear liability motor vehicle accident in which both vehicles were a total loss, and from which Plaintiff was transported to the hospital via ambulance. Plaintiff related a two-level lumbar back fusion and more than $322,000 in medical bills to the accident, and Plaintiff asked the jury to award $647,000. After less than an hour of deliberations, the jury awarded only $11,166, which was for medical expenses from the day of the accident; this was the amount Paul Chistolini recommended in closing arguments. The defense previously served a PFS for $100,000, and the issue of attorneys’ fees remains open. #defense #client #protection