Verdict Against Drunk Driver


Verdict Amount: $293,000.00
Verdict Date: 12/2002
Attorney: Howard D. Mishkind

Description of Case: The Plaintiff, a 49-year-old female, was injured when the Defendant drove left-of-center, striking her motor vehicle. The Defendant at the time had a blood alcohol of .249. Plaintiff sustained a cervical strain, cervical vertigo and tinnitus. Defendant admitted negligence, but disputed the nature and the extent of Plaintiff’s injuries. Defendant further disputed Plaintiff’s entitlement to punitive damages. After a six-day trial before Judge Mary Jane Boyle, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in the sum of $118,000.00 in compensatory damages and $175,000.00 in punitive damages. Plaintiff’s past medical specials totaled $7,000.00 and future medical specials $2,000.00 – no lost income.

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