TRILOGY ASSISTS FL LAW FIRM IN CASE WHERE JURY RETURNED VERDICT FOR $12.6 MILLION
After 6 1/2 hours of deliberations, an Escambia County jury awarded Jerry M. Hendrix and his wife Verna $12.6 million dollars. The case arose out of an automobile accident that occurred in Pensacola, FL on 2/23/11. On that day, Jerry Hendrix was severely injured when an industrial truck owned by Burford's Tree Surgeons, an Alabama based company, turned in front of his vehicle while he was traveling to work. The truck violated Mr. Hendrix's right-of-way and caused a head-on collision. However, the defense attorneys alleged that Mr. Hendrix was not wearing a seat belt and that his injuries were primarily caused by his own negligence in failing to wear a seat belt. The jury rejected that argument. The jury found that the Defendant was 85% at fault for Plaintiff's injuries. Our Director of Trial Consulting, Dr. Amy Singer and I assisted the law firm during the trial preparation phase by utilizing an innovative method of conducting jury research called SimulJury®. The case was tried by attorneys Troy Rafferty, Fred Levin and Aaron Watson of the Levin Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor law firm in Pensacola, FL. The Defendants were represented by attorneys Millard Fretland of Pensacola, FL, and Jeff Luther of Mobile, Alabama. Circuit Judge Ed Nickinson presided.
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