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Symptoms develop two years after minor rear-end crash – $125,000 Verdict

In this 2003 accident, plaintiff had $300 worth of scratches and a bent bumper to the rear of his motor vehicle. Two years after the accident, plaintiff had an accident in a parking lot and complained of pelvic pain for the first time.

Plaintiff was treated for six years and ultimately had a pubis symphysis fusion due to sacroiliac joint dysfunction. The jury accepted damages at $28,000 and awarded the balance for pain and suffering, according to a post-trial juror interview.


Type of action: Personal Injury
Injuries alleged: Sacroiliac joint dysfunction, fusion of pubis symphysis
Name of case: G. Geffert v. Jennifer Wiltshire
Court: Henrico County Circuit Court
Case No.: Case No.: CL06-002588
Tried before: Jury
Name of judge: Gary Hicks
Special damages: $107,034
Verdict or Settlement: Verdict
Amount: $125,000
Date: Oct. 16, 2009
Highest offer: $11,000
Experts: Dr. Geoffrey Higgs and Dr. Albert Jones
Insurance carriers: Allstate, Travelers
Plaintiff’s attorneys: Irving M. Blank and Keith B. Marcus, Richmond

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