Firm scores million dollar plus verdict in personal injury case
March 12, 2019 – Following a three-week trial in Santa Clara County Superior Court, firm partner Nick Carlin, assisted by associate Michael Levinson and paralegal Kaylee Racs, obtained a $1.25 million jury verdict (increased to over $1.3 million with the court’s award of costs) in favor of firm client Darrick Figg in his personal injury case against the driver of a car that rear-ended him at 50 m.p.h. on Interstate 880 near San Jose. Mr. Figg sustained soft-tissue injuries to his shoulder, neck and back, as well as a mild concussion (a traumatic brain injury), on impact. Because the crash occurred while he was at work, Mr. Figg’s medical care came through the workers’ compensation system; those doctors never ordered MRIs of the back and shoulder. MRIs taken after the the firm was retained showed internal injury to those areas. The jury took less than half a day before reaching its verdict, awarding Mr. Figg over $500,000 for past and future medical costs and lost earnings, and $750,000 for past and future pain and suffering. The jury’s award more than doubled what the defendants ever offered in settlement. Judgment is expected to be entered soon.