Demand
$300,000

Offer
$35,000

Result
$50,000 settlement after jury selection

Venue
Allegheny County

Judge
Lutty

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
April 2001

Passenger sues drunk driver for broken neck and closed head injury

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This case arose out of a motor vehicle accident which occurred on S.R. 60 near the old airport. Our client was a driver with a blood alcohol content of .21 and the Plaintiff Passenger had a blood alcohol content of .37. The defense strategy was to posture the case for a non-suit based upon the assumption of the risk doctrine. In that non-suits are rare, the alternative strategy was to argue that the Plaintiff was comparatively negligent by getting into the vehicle with a visibly intoxicated driver. The Plaintiff sustained serious injuries. He had a broken neck which required a halo vest for three months in addition to sustaining a closed head injury. After jury selection the case settled for $50,000.