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Man, run off road, suffered significant orthopedic injuries – $2,500,000 Verdict

Plaintiff’s car was sideswiped twice by a tractor-trailer rig on I-81 North in Botetourt County. The impact caused the car to run off the road and run into the median strip, injuring plaintiff.



Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident
Injuries alleged: Neck injury, headaches, right knee injury requiring surgery, exacerbation of pre-existing left knee and back condition requiring significant back surgery
Name of case: Earls v. Arthur Smith Trucking Inc.
Court: Botetourt County Circuit Court
Case no.: 12-121
Tried before: Jury
Judge: Malfourd Trumbo
Date resolved: July 14, 2015
Demand: $5,000,000
Offer: $50,000
Verdict or settlement: Verdict
Amount: $2,500,000
Attorneys for plaintiff: Jonathan S. Kurtin and Gordon H. Shapiro, Roanoke
Attorney for defendant: Gregory Cochran, Lynchburg
Plaintiff’s experts: Dr. Cyrus Bakhit, pain specialist, Roanoke; Dr. William J. Richardson, orthopedic spine specialist, Durham, N.C.; Dr. Claude T. Moorman III,  orthopedic surgeon, Durham, N.C.
Defendant’s experts: Dr. William Andrews, orthopedic surgeon, Lynchburg
Insurance carrier: Sentry Select

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