Case Conclusion Date: May 12, 2005
Practice Area: Personal Injury
Outcome: Jury Verdict - $165,000
Description: Ms. Dotson was a front-seat passenger in a car driven by a friend. Another driver crashed into their car while attempting to illegally pass their car on the left. Ms. Dotson sustained a permanent neck injury which gradually led to TMJ dysfunction. Before trial, the at-fault driver's auto insurer, Allstate Insurance Co., offered $25,000 to settle the case, which we rejected. After a 3 1/2 day trial in the U.S. District Court, the Vermont jury returned a verdict of $165,000. Although the defendant's insurance policy provided only $100,000 in coverage, Allstate paid the entire verdict.