On May 9, 2017, Fatima Alexis Zeidan and Cameron Woodard began a two day trial before Judge Bessen in Fulton County State Court. Our client was a young man injured in a rear-end collision at a traffic light.
The defense contended this was a “low impact” collision and tried to convince jurors it was too insignificant to have caused injury. They also focused on gaps in our client’s treatment as evidence he was not actually hurt, plus the insurance carrier only offered $10,000 on $30,000 in medical expenses.
Undeterred, our lawyers rolled up their sleeves and went to work. It ultimately paid off as they persuaded the jury to see through the defense’s story and awarded $82,401.44 – over eight times the insurance carrier’s best pre-trial offer!
This is no easy task, as photos can be hard to overcome. In an age where jurors seem to want to see significant damage or gruesome injuries, they can be persuaded to think that collisions without much visible damage are not likely to cause serious injury, and so victims don’t deserve as much money for medical bills or pain and suffering. In fact, many attorneys lose cases identical to this one due to the low property damage argument. It’s so common there’s even a term for it: MIST cases. Minimal Impact Soft Tissue. The truth is, just as accidents with serious property damage don’t always produce significant injuries, accidents with low property damage do not always produce small or negligible injuries. Every auto accident case is unique.
The firm is very proud of this verdict!