$1.5 million awarded to client in SEPTA case

Gary Phillip Heslin

Case Conclusion Date:November 16, 2006

Practice Area:Car / Auto Accident

Outcome:1,500,000.00

Description:$1.5 million jury trial verdict for woman with significant knee injury while a passenger on a moped that fell over when it ran into a pothole. The driver of the moped only had a $15,000 insurance policy. Mr. Heslin argued that Septa was also responsible for his client's injury for failure to fix the pothole. Septa denied the claim and used a highly tactical defense that septa needed to have advance written notice of the pothole before they could be held responsible. After exhaustive discovery, Mr. Heslin was able to obtain testimony from an inspector for the City of Philadelphia who produced an inspection report indicating that on a routine inspection of the area he saw and made note of the pothole and that it was his custom to mail the report to Septa. The jury accepted this testimony as the required written notice and awarded $1.5 million to his client.

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