FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 8, 2018
Contact:Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
305.670.1101 Ext. 1023
QPWB ATTORNEY GETS COMPLETE DEFENSE VERDICT
IN AN ADMITTED LIABILITY CASE
Insurance Defense / Automotive Liability
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. ― Dennis P. Dore, a partner in the Jacksonville office of Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A. (QPWB), received a complete defense verdict in a tender rejection case on behalf of GEICO, the clients’ carrier.
The essential facts included an admitted liability rear-end motor vehicle accident where the plaintiff’s vehicle was “totaled.” The plaintiff was removed from the scene by ambulance. He came under the care of a rehab facility for seven months, and was then referred to an orthopedic surgeon, who eventually recommended surgery for his shoulder, ulnar nerve and carpal tunnel. He was also referred to a neurosurgeon who then recommended neck and back surgery, and another specialist who recommended knee surgery, with obvious permanent impairments.
The medical specials for the surgeries alone exceeded $300,000. The plaintiff also had a life care expert, who is also a physiatrist associated with the University of Florida, who opined future medical specials totaling more than $500,000. The defense arranged a compulsory medical examination (“CME”) with results indicating no permanent impairment, but that a course of conservative care was reasonable. The defendants’ policy limits had been tendered and rejected, and a significant confidential extra contractual amount had been offered and rejected.
After two hours of deliberations, the jury answered the first question: “Was the negligence on the part of the defendants a legal cause of loss, injury or damage to the plaintiff?” Their answer was no! Accordingly, the defendants obtained a complete defense verdict in an admitted liability case with significant property damage, and six surgical recommendations.
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Dennis P. Dore is a partner in the Jacksonville office and is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law since 1988 by The Florida Bar Board of Legal Education and Specialization.
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., is the largest minority and women owned law firm in the nation with more than 360 lawyers serving clients from 21 offices in the United States and abroad across a spectrum of industries in over 40 areas of practice. Our lawyers provide representation in litigation, business, real estate and governmental law