FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 28, 2018
Contact:Eric W. Boyer, Esq.
305.670.1101 Ext. 1023
QPWB GETS DEFENSE VERDICT FOR TRUCKING COMPANY AND DRIVER
Trucking and Transportation / Tort Liability Defense
OKALOOSA COUNTY, Florida ― Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., Michael W. Kehoe, a partner in the Pensacola office, obtained a defense verdict on behalf of a trucking company and its driver for an accident that allegedly resulted in herniated lumbar discs and surgery.
Plaintiffs alleged that the tanker truck driver negligently crashed into their SUV, injuring both he and his wife, while driving through the convenience store parking lot to fill the underground gas tanks.
A settlement was reached for the wife’s claim for the amount of her medical bills. The husband’s bills were approximately $90,000.00 following a laminectomy. Plaintiff testified at trial he wants a lumbar fusion surgery for recurring low back pain and his surgeon testified that he needed fusion surgery. Plaintiff’s counsel sought over $800,000.00 in total damages. The defense’s lowest pretrial demand was $195,000.00 and the defendant’s highest offer was $30,000.00.
The defense obtained the convenience store videos showing the accident from two angles. The videos arguably supported the defense position that the tanker truck had already started out and the plaintiff driver pulled forward, putting himself into a position that resulted in the tanker truck trailer traveling over and crushing part of the plaintiffs SUV. The case was defended both on negligence and causation. The jury returned a defense verdict on the threshold question of negligence.
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Michael W. Kehoe, a partner in the Pensacola office, concentrates his practice on a broad range of civil litigation including medical malpractice, professional malpractice, construction litigation and all aspects of insurance defense including automobile, trucking, premises, and long-term care liability claims. In over 30 years of practice he has served as lead counsel in jury trials throughout the Florida Panhandle. He has attained the highest Peer Review ranking of AV® Preeminent™ from Martindale Hubbell Law Directory. Kehoe received his law degree in 1988 from Florida State University College of Law.
Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., is the largest minority and women owned law firm in the nation with more than 370 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.