Joseph P. Crane secured a defense verdict in favor of a large insurance carrier after a three day jury trial in Philadelphia County. The case was seeking underinsured motor vehicle coverage damages. The jury found that Plaintiff did sustain an injury as a result of a motor vehicle accident and awarded $5,000 for future medical bills. However, they found that Plaintiff’s injuries did not pierce the limited tort threshold and therefore did not award non-economic (pain/suffering) damages. The judge molded the verdict in consideration of the $15,000 tortfeasor credit owed to the insurance company resulting in no recovery for Plaintiff.
During the trial, Plaintiff and her expert alleged ongoing neck pain resulting in interruption of Plaintiff’s work and daily living activities in an effort to support claims of serious injury. Plaintiff had sparse treatment and there was a the minor impact. Plaintiff also didn’t miss any time from work, and had no restrictions set by any physician. The Plaintiff was not awarded a recovery and judgment was entered in favor of the Defendant.
Questions regarding this verdict can be directed to Mr. Crane.