$386,500 Verdict - Negligence of Garage - Wheel Falls off Truck
Our client was turning her Dodge Ram pick-up truck into the Groton Post Office parking lot when the front driver's side wheel dislodged causing the vehicle to lunge forward violently. Her truck had been serviced by Holmgren Subaru four days before. She went to the Emergency Room with complaints of right arm pain and eventually needed two arthroscopic surgeries performed on her right shoulder. This was very troublesome to her because she worked as a barber and needed her right arm to perform the duties of her employment. Following the surgeries she was unable to return to her job.
As a result of Attorney Crismale's work in this matter, Holmgren Subaru admitted it was responsible for the accident at the time of the trial. However, it denied it was responsible for the client's need to have surgery. The defendant argued Debra's right shoulder pain and need for surgery were due to her 30 years of work as a barber and the repetitive use of her right arm. The jury rejected Subaru's argument and after deliberating four hours, returned a verdict in favor of our client for a total of $386,500.00. This award included $136,500.00 for her lost wages and medical bills, and $250,000.00 for her pain and suffering. Prior to trial, Holmgren Subaru's attorney offered only $50,000.00 to settle the case. Attorneys Crismale and Faulkner tried this case together.