Kathleen Young suffered a neck injury when her vehicle was hit in the rear by Cantrice Henderson on Hopkins Road in Chesterfield County. At the time of the crash Henderson had a blood alcohol content of .26. Liability was
Young was transported by ambulance to the emergency room and received follow up care from her primary care physician, an orthopedic surgeon and two pain management physicians. Plaintiff’s expert, Michael DePalma, M.D. performed radiofrequency ablation procedures beginning approximately 18 months after the collision and testified the 63-year-old plaintiff had suffered a permanent C5-6 facet joint injury as a result of the crash.
Defense expert, Mark Ross, M.D., testified Young suffered only a minor sprain/strain injury and required no additional medical treatment after eight weeks. The defense admitted approximately $10,000.00 of Young’s claimed medical expenses.
Plaintiff’s expert toxicologist, S. Rutherfoord Rose, PharmD, FAACT, testified to the severity of Henderson’s impairment with a BAC of .26. Defendant testified she had pled guilty to DWI, served 30 days in jail and paid a fine.
Defendant’s insurance carrier, GEICO, tendered their $25,000.00 policy limits early on. Plaintiff was covered by a UIM policy with State Farm which provided an additional $225,000.00 in coverage. State Farm offered $45,000.00 bringing the total offer to $70,000.00 a few weeks before trial. Plaintiff’s last demand of $240,000 was not reduced since State Farm indicated that would be their highest offer.
Type of action: Personal Injury
Injuries alleged: Cervical facet joint injury
Name of case: Young v. Henderson
Court: Chesterfield County Circuit Court
Case no.: CL16-1875
Tried before: Jury
Name of judge or mediator: Hon. T.J. Hauler
Date resolved: Aug. 9, 2017
Special damages: $34,215.04 in past medical bills and $4,695.00 for future medical care
Verdict or settlement: Verdict
Amount: $230,000 ($80,000 in compensatory damages and $150,000 in punitive damages)
Attorneys for plaintiff: Bridget N. Long, Petersburg; and Amy S. Whitelaw, Richmond
Attorneys for defendant: Jayne Randall, Richmond; and for State Farm: Walker Terry, Richmond
Plaintiff’s experts: Michael DePalma, M.D., VA Ispine Physicians; S. Rutherfoord Rose, PharmD, FAACT
Defendant’s experts: Mark Ross, M.D.
Insurance carrier: GEICO (Liability) State Farm (Underinsured)