McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC (New Orleans, LA)
In Larry Mitchell, et al. v. ACE Hardware Corp, USDC- Eastern District of Louisiana, Peter Wanek and Elizabeth McDermott of McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch LLC obtained a unanimous defense verdict in the defense of an 18-wheeler truck driver who allegedly rear ended another motorist driving him off the interstate highway resulting in serious spine injuries. The defendant–driver was cited for the accident. Plaintiff had a cervical fusion and his neurosurgeon recommended a three-level lumbar fusion. Past and future medical expenses purportedly totaled more than $400,000. Plaintiffs’ counsel asked for $1.29 million in closing. After approximately three hours of deliberation, the jury concluded that the defendant-driver was not negligent for the accident. There was an Offer of Judgment made by defendants of $200,000. Accordingly, certain trial cost and expert fees are now due to Ace.