Attorney Matthew Biegert secures $586,246.36 verdict for accident victim.
In November of 2013, while traveling in an SUV to go deer hunting, our client’s vehicle was struck by a pickup truck that failed to yield as it entered the intersection. The force of the impact caused the SUV to roll. Two of the SUV’s occupants died as a result of their injuries. Our client suffered multiple lacerations as well as neck and shoulder injuries, resulting in extensive physical therapy and epidural steroid injections to manage and ultimately reduce the pain. In addition to his physical injuries, he suffered severe emotional distress, including nightmares, flashbacks and recurring memories of the accident.
Our client had significant prior medical problems, as well as no documented earnings since 2008, and had applied for disability multiple times before the accident. However, he had no ongoing treatment for his neck before the accident.
The other driver’s insurance attempted to place part of the fault for the accident on our client. They also claimed that his injuries had fully resolved and any lingering pain or symptoms were caused by problems he had before the accident.
Prior to trial, the defendant’s insurer offered $200,000.00 to settle the claim. The case was tried before a jury in Douglas County by Attorney Matthew Biegert of Doar, Drill & Skow. On July 12, 2018, the jury found the other driver to be 100 percent at fault for the accident. The jury awarded a total verdict of $586,246.36, valuing the damages as follows: past health care expenses $62,246.36; future health care expenses $165,000.00; pain, suffering and disability from the time of accident to present $77,000.00; pain, suffering and disability from today into the future $182,000.00; and severe emotional distress $100,000.00.