Jury Awards Medical Costs in Tripping Case
(ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.) – A Bernalillo County District Court jury awarded $200,000 to a woman who tripped and shattered her wrist while looking at a car in the lot of an Albuquerque car dealership.
David Houliston of the Will Ferguson & Associates Law Firm, New Mexico’s largest personal injury law firm, turned down an offer of $12,000 offer before trial. Houilston said that amount did not adequately address the 58-year-old woman’s medical costs.
At trial’s outset, Houliston asked for damages and costs in the amount of $154,000. After three days of testimony, on March 7, the jury took 50 minutes to return a unanimous verdict for the plaintiff that was $46,000 higher than the amount requested. A decision by a jury to return a damage award higher amount than sought is unusual.
The woman had been looking at a car in the lot of Larry H. Miller Hyundai in Albuquerque and tripped over a concrete planter, falling and shattering her wrist, evidence showed. Despite the severity of her injury – a plate and pins were required to repair her wrist – the dealership declined to acknowledge any liability.
“This case showed that when people are treated unfairly and the facts are presented to a jury, jurors do the right thing,” said Houliston, who is “AV” rated by the rating firm Martindale Hubbell. The case was tried before District Court Judge Clay Campbell.
The Will Ferguson & Associates law firm represents people seriously injured by the negligence of others and the families of persons who die because of the negligence of others. For more information, contact Will Ferguson & Associates at (505) 243-5566 or 1 (800) 251-5566.