In November 2014, Steve Johnson and Chris Metcalfe (Denver Family Lawyer) represented one of two defendants in Jefferson County District Court in the case of Gallegos v. Bradshaw and Barr, 2013CV32556. The case arose as a result of two rear end automobile accidents which took place within several weeks of each other. Plaintiff claimed that as a result of the accident, she had permanent neck and back injuries, and required ongoing medication and treatment. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Metcalfe argued that their client was driving reasonably at the time of her accident with the plaintiff, and that the accident was caused by a patch of black ice which caused their client’s car to slide into the rear of the plaintiff’s car. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Metcalfe also argued that the plaintiff had failed to seek appropriate treatment for her injuries following these accidents. Mr. Johnson and Mr. Metcalfe prevailed at trial with the jury returning a defense verdict in favor of our client.
In December 2014, McConaughy & Sarkissian obtained the second jury verdict in favor of its clients in less than a month! On December 15, 2014, Chris Metcalfe represented the defendant in the Denver District Court in the case of Brooks v. Minor, 2014CV30754. The case centered on a t-bone accident which happened in the middle of the night. Both parties claimed that they had the green light, and were not negligent. Plaintiff’s car was flipped three times in the accident, and he sought money damages for injuries to his hips, neck, and back. During trial, plaintiff had a traffic engineer testify that the defendant’s version of the accident did not correspond with how the traffic light at the intersection actually worked. In response, Mr. Metcalfe had another engineer and an traffic engineer working for the City of Denver explain to the jury that the plaintiff’s theory was not credible. Mr. Metcalfe also argued to the jury that the plaintiff was not familiar with the area of the accident, and may have been tired and/or distracted by his phone when he was driving. At the conclusion of trial, the jury found that the defendant was not negligent and returned a verdict in favor of our client.
Congratulations to Steve and Chris and to the carrier who made the decision to allow these two cases to go to trial. The carrier made the correct decision and we are pleased their confidence was rewarded. Last, but certainly not least, thanks to our clients who participated in the defense and did a great job at trial.