Cruser Mitchell Obtains Defense Verdict

Cruser Mitchell attorneys obtained a unanimous defense verdict after a three-day jury trial in Seminole County, Florida. The defendant is a major telecommunications provider and a subsidiary of the 46th largest private company in the United States, according to Forbes. Plaintiff alleged that he tripped and fell over a coaxial television cable that was left unburied by the defendant. He claimed injuries that required two back surgeries and probable future surgery. His past medical expenses exceeded ½ million dollars. Plaintiff presented a witness who testified at trial that she watched a representative of the defendant bury the cable shortly after plaintiff’s fall. Despite the witnesses’ testimony, the defense team was successful in convincing the jury that the subject cable was not a cable owned by the defendant. The defendant is now entitled to collect from the plaintiff its costs and attorney’s fees for defending the case based on a statutory proposal for settlement that plaintiff previously rejected.