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DUI MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT ● $2 M (POLICY LIMITS) DEMANDED BY EACH OF FOUR PLAINTIFFS ● $181,056.83 JURY VERDICT (COMBINED)

September 2012

Guernier, et al. v. Estate of Dyer (A-10-622287-C)

Our client (who died from unrelated causes before trial) caused a traffic accident while intoxicated.  The four plaintiffs received a series of spinal injections and radiofrequency ablation (RFA) for claimed accident-related injuries.  The plaintiffs all made policy limit demands and went to trial anticipating verdicts in excess of our client's auto liability policy limits.  At trial, the plaintiffs sought combined damages of approximately $2 M.  In a case of clear liability, our evidence focused on the individual plaintiffs' damage claims, and that each plaintiff had overtreated.

VERDICT: $31,979.56; $24,777.64 (amended); $83,071.63; and $41,228.00.  None of the plaintiffs received an award exceeding pre-trial offers of judgment made by the defense (all of which were well below policy limits).  

Practice area(s): DUI / DWI, Insurance, Personal Injury

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William H. Pruitt

Bill Pruitt's extensive trial experience in wrongful death and serious bodily injury claims over his twenty-plus years of practice in Nevada and Utah includes traffic and over-the-road transportation accidents; products liability; insurance disputes and bad faith litigation; asbestos claims; professional negligence; complex litigation and appeals.

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