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Jury Awards Sacramento Woman $680,000 for Auto Accident Caused by Distracted Driving
Date:9/5/2013

Sacramento, CA (PRWEB) September 05, 2013

On August 28, 2013, a Sacramento jury (California Superior Court, County of Sacramento, Amy Caldwell v. Ashleigh Hughes, et al. 34-2009-00064793) awarded $680,000 to a woman seriously injured in a car collision caused by a driver allegedly distracted with a text message. The plaintiff was represented by experienced auto accident attorneys, John Demas, of Demas Law Group and Eric Ratinoff of Kershaw, Cutter & Ratinoff, LLP.

According to court documents, the insurance company for the car’s driver offered $300,000 to settle the case. However, plaintiff's attorneys Demas and Ratinoff demanded $500,000 based on their client's medical expenses, loss of wages, and need for future surgery and medical treatment. Based on the evidence presented at trial, the jury ultimately sided with the plaintiff, exceeding their demand with a verdict of $680,000 plus costs and interest, including all past medical expenses, $77,000 in past wage loss and $316,000 in future damages. With costs and interest, the total awarded to the plaintiff is approximately $930,000.

Plaintiff's attorney John Demas attributed the victory to their outstanding legal team. “It was a true team effort and there is no way we would have gotten the same result without Eric and I working together on the case,” he stated. "Our client persevered through substantial loss and injury, and in the end she was awarded more than twice what the defense originally offered. We are very pleased to know that our client can move on with her life without having to worry about how to pay for future medical treatments arising from th
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