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Airline rep missed four months of work due to auto accident – $243,000 Verdict

Plaintiff sustained a fractured left wrist in a motor vehicle collision, requiring placement of an external fixator. She missed four months from work at her long time job as a customer service representative for United Airlines at Dulles Airport. Although her fracture healed in good alignment, she continues to experience intermittent pain and is unable to make a complete fist with her left hand. Kostas Constantine, M.D., testified by video deposition.

Three insurance policies applied. GEICO offered $25,000 liability limits on behalf of defendant. Hartford offered their total underinsurance coverage exposure of $75,000. Foremost would offer only $25,000 of their $50,000 underinsurance coverage limits.



Type of action: Personal injury – auto accident
Injuries alleged: Fractured left wrist requiring placement of an external fixator
Name of case: Durrett v. Lamsal
Court: Fairfax County Circuit Court
Case no.: CL2014-8049
Tried before: Jury
Judge: Michael F. Devine
Date resolved: June 16, 2015
Special damages: Medical bills – $28,277; lost earnings – $15,806
Demand: $150,000 (total insurance available)
Offer: $125,000
Verdict or settlement: Verdict
Amount: $243,000
Attorney for plaintiff: Edward L. Allen, Fredericksburg
Attorney for defendant: Jeffrey Gaull
Plaintiff’s expert: Kostas Constantine, orthopedics, Fredericksburg

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