J. Robb Cruser and Katy Hurley received a favorable verdict from a Gwinnett County jury

J. Robb Cruser and Katy Hurley received a favorable verdict from a Gwinnett County jury on behalf of a defendant and the defendant’s employer. Plaintiff claimed that the defendant caused an accident by failing to yield the right of way while turning left. In addition, Plaintiff sought punitive damages against the defendant’s employer for negligent hiring and retention. Defendants claimed that the driver of Plaintiff’s vehicle could have avoided the accident had she been paying attention and retained an accident reconstructionist to support that opinion. The jury determined that the defendants were only 60% responsible for the accident and refused to award punitive damages. Plaintiff, a 22 year old hairdresser, sustained a broken right arm with hardware, a facial scar and incurred approximately $60,000 in medical bills. There were claims of permanent diminished capacity. Although the demand was well over $1,000,000, the jury awarded only $236,000 – likely due to Plaintiff’s Twitter posts, which showed her living an active life style. Because of the apportionment, defendants were responsible for $141,909.

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