Defense Verdict – Auto Accident – Hillsborough County

Michelle Bartels and Dan Shapiro, partners in CSK’s Tampa Office, secured a complete defense verdict in a rear-end auto accident trial in Hillsborough County.

Plaintiff was travelling on I-4 in heavy traffic when our client rear-ended him at a very low speed. Plaintiff claimed $800 in damage to his rear-bumper. Plaintiff began treatment the same day with a chiropractor, continued on to have injections, and eventual low back surgery. His past medical bills were approximately $80,000. The defense argued that this was a minor accident, and that Plaintiff did not sustain a new injury, but was suffering from symptoms from a degenerative condition from a prior accident that resulted in surgeries to his neck and low back. Of note, there were no medical records to evidence any treatment from 2015 up until the date of the subject accident in 2021. Plaintiff asked for $3.8 million in closing arguments. After deliberating for more than two hours, the jury found that no injury was caused by the accident and returned a complete defense verdict.

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