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Fireworks verdict is $4.75 million

A Fairfax County jury returned a $4.75-million verdict Friday for a county woman who suffered brain damage and other injuries when a wayward rocket exploded next to her in 2007.

The verdict comes in a suit filed by Kathryn Hollis against fireworks company Schaefer Pyrotechnics. That firm also faces a claim from Hollis’ young son, Max, who was injured in the same accident, reports The Washington Post. Similar claims from another family injured in the accident were settled for undisclosed amounts, according to the paper.

Hollis was represented by Scott Surovell of Fairfax. Schaefer was represented by Francis Prior, also of Fairfax.

Posted by Peter Vieth

4 comments

  1. Scott did a hell of a job. It was a four week trial with 57 witnesses! Plaintiff’s counsel utilized Freedom of Information Act requests in part to develop the liability issues. At trial technology was used extensively from video depositions to power point presentations. Jury was out for a day and a half.

  2. Scott did a hell of a job. It was a four week trial with 57 witnesses! Plaintiff’s counsel utilized Freedom of Information Act requests in part to develop the liability issues. At trial technology was used extensively from video depositions to power point presentations. Jury was out for a day and a half.

  3. As a recovering attorney, but, more importantly, the husband and father of the injured plaintiffs, I cannot express well enough my deep personal gratitude and personal admiration for Scott Surovell and his team. They represent the highest ideals of the profession and always treated my wife and children with compassion, understanding and zealous advocacy. I wish all trial lawyers possessed Scott’s ability and integrity.

  4. As a recovering attorney, but, more importantly, the husband and father of the injured plaintiffs, I cannot express well enough my deep personal gratitude and personal admiration for Scott Surovell and his team. They represent the highest ideals of the profession and always treated my wife and children with compassion, understanding and zealous advocacy. I wish all trial lawyers possessed Scott’s ability and integrity.

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