Kings County returned a Damages Verdict after they returned a Liability Verdict

June 26, 2014

On June 19, 2014, a jury in Supreme Court: Kings County returned a Damages Verdict after they returned a Liability Verdict on June 11, 2014 in favor our client who was a passenger in a motor vehicle who underwent an arthroscopic knee surgery arising from a motor vehicle accident. Sacco & Fillas, LLP cannot commend enough, Senior Trial Attorney and Associate of the Firm, Lamont K. Rodgers, Esq. for an outstanding result. Mr. Rodgers demonstrated his aptitude on the law by precluding the defendant’s bio mechanical engineer from testifying and from precluding one of the defendant’s medical expert from testifying. His trial skills then closed the trial by receiving a verdict for $400,000.00 far in excess of the available insurance policy of $100,000.00; and in excess of his request to the jury to award the client $250,000.00. The trial lasted approximately ten (10) days. The other significance of this matter was the insurance carrier’s outright “bad faith” negotiations. The carrier initially offered the plaintiff $35,000.00. The adjuster then withdrew all offers for no apparent reason. During the trial, and before the verdict they offered anywhere from $30,000.00 to $45,000.00 toying with the legal process and our client by dangling the proverbial carrot before him. Our client was more than willing to accept the policy limits of $100,000.00. The firm reached out to the adjuster and was encountered with outright unprofessionalism where in bad faith the adjuster pulled all the offers off the table once the demand for the $100,000.00 was made. He prolifically advised “you now got a verdict; goodbye” as he slammed the phone down. Mr. Rodgers properly placed on the court record the “bad faith” negotiations. We want to thank the adjuster for not offering the policy but a verdict because our client received justifiably $400,000.00. Notice to all consumers: if you are ever a defendant in a personal injury action always call the adjuster on your case to make sure that no bad faith negotiations are going on to limit your exposure to judgments in excess of your insurance policy; and, if so, find a different insurance carrier to insure you.

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