Washington, D.C (PRWEB) October 21, 2013
The Cochran Firm, D.C. today announces that David Haynes, its managing partner, secured a $1.026 million verdict on Oct. 10, 2013, in the case of Michael and Amanda Spence v. Thomas E. Shockley, et al., Case No. 22-C-11-001912 MT, in the Circuit Court for Wicomico County, Maryland. Wicomico County is a venue commonly thought to be an unreceptive jurisdiction where significant verdicts are rare. The jury found that two defendants were negligent when they towed a farm implement that extended far into their adjacent road lane. Because of glare from the light of the vehicle towing the equipment and low visibility during the sunset hours, the plaintiff alleged he was unable to see the equipment infringing into his lane when he tragically collided with the farming equipment. The defense contended they had the right to be in the other lane due to width exemptions for farm equipment.
According to court documents, despite towing wide equipment that occupied space in the lane next to his vehicle, the defendant neglected to use a wide load sign or a lead car to prevent the accident that tragically occurred. In the collision, the court documents state that the injured victim suffered serious injuries, including the permanent loss of an eye. His wife, who was a passenger in the vehicle, suffered a fractured hip.
After the violent crash, the victim and his wife chose The Cochran Firm, D.C. to represent them in filing a claim against the occupants of the vehicle towing the farm equipment and their employers. During the subsequent trial, a Wicomico County jury heard extensive testimony including expert witnesses, police officers, paramedics, and medical doctors, according to court documents. Wicomico County is a rural farming county located on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. To provide high-caliber legal representation for the injured victims, The Cochran Firm, D.C. conducted depositions, conducted an extensive discovery process for evidence gathering, analyzed medical records, appeared at multiple court hearings and drafted legal motions vigorously opposing the defendants and their insurance provider who refused to offer the injured victims adequate compensation. The last offer in the case was $200,000 – or less than 20% of the jury verdict.
After weighing the evidence and listening to Haynes’ legal arguments, the jury returned a verdict of $1.026 million. According to court documents, the verdict is designed to cover past and future medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of companionship, physical impairment, inconvenience, and disfigurement.
“We are pleased that the jury in this matter recognized the serious harms directly caused by the unacceptable negligence of the defendants. Justice has been served in Wicomico County, Maryland for our clients,” David Haynes, managing partner of The Cochran Firm, D.C., said. “I believe this case should send a message that all drivers on the road will be held accountable for their actions and ultimately, will lead to greater safety on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.”
Haynes is available for comment regarding this important and historic verdict. According to the legal research database WestLaw, this is the first jury verdict of more than $1 million in a non-medical malpractice personal injury case in Wicomico County, Maryland.
About The Cochran Firm, D.C.
With decades of collective legal experience, the team of seasoned attorneys at The Cochran Firm, D.C. represents victims of catastrophic personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home abuse and neglect, child care abuse, and other injuries in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. The qualified legal professionals with The Cochran Firm, D.C. brings experienced, high-caliber legal expertise to ordinary citizens who have been injured by others’ careless actions. Attorneys with The Cochran Firm, D.C. were selected as 2013 Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and have received top ratings from their peers, local and national publications and organizations, and clients for achieving successful verdicts and settlements for injury victims.
The team of seasoned lawyers at The Cochran Firm, D.C. handles a variety of claims, including medical malpractice, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, motor vehicle accidents, product liability, premises liability, nursing home abuse, and police abuse and brutality
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