Demand
$2 million

Offer
$75,000

Result
Defense Verdict

Venue
Erie County

Judge
Anthony

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
December 2002

Tractor-trailer accident / wrongful death and survival action

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The Plaintiff-estate filed a wrongful death and survival action as a result of this motor vehicle accident. The Defendant’s tractor-trailer was¬†pulling out from a gas station onto the main thoroughfare. The Plaintiff-decedent impacted with the trailer immediately in front of the left rear tandems. Plaintiff-estate’s economist testified that economic losses for the 35 year-old decedent totaled $1.6 million. After a five-day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.


Demand
$1.75 million

Offer
$200,000

Result
Defense Verdict

Venue
Allegheny County

Judge
Baer

Attorney
Paul J. Walsh III

Date
September 1999

Tractor-trailer accident kills two

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The Defendant’s tractor-trailer was unable to stop before it ran over the Plaintiffs’ vehicle after the Plaintiff braked suddenly to avoid hitting a deer that jumped onto the road. The Defendant successfully argued that Plaintiffs’ vehicle cut him off without a sufficient clearing distance. Both Plaintiffs were killed and their estates brought suit pursuant to Pennsylvania’s wrongful death and survival statutes. Both Plaintiffs were under 20 years of age, and special damages totaled over $1.6 million.