Cross examination helps jury see the facts
The owner of a piece of property was facing a lawsuit from a construction worker who claimed to have been struck by scaffold planks at a jobsite. The worker said he suffered permanent traumatic brain injury, vision problems, as well as back, neck and head injuries as a result of the incident.
While the plaintiff had been awarded summary judgment on liability, his attorney sought $3.6 million in damages in a jury trial.
In a seven-day jury trial, the plaintiff’s attorney brought in as witnesses five doctors, two financial experts, a vocational rehabilitation expert, a job placement counsel and several lay people. Our attorneys’ cross-examination of these witnesses revealed a lack of objective medical testing, inconsistencies in records, pre-existing complaints and outright discrepancies between the limitations the plaintiff claimed and his actual abilities.
The jury awarded the plaintiff just $45,000, less than 2 percent of what the lawsuit sought.
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