Style of Case: Ryan Mueller v. Nicole Beer
Client: Nicole Beer
Trial End Date: 9/17/2010
Court: 4th Judicial Circuit, Clinton County, Illinois
Type of Case: Alcohol Impairment; Personal Injury Auto; Contributory negligence
Judge: The Honorable Douglas Garman
Reed Armstrong Lawyer who tried the case: Martin K. Morrissey
Plaintiff and Defendant were involved in a vehicular accident during the early morning hours in rural Clinton County, Illinois. Plaintiff was a passenger in his own truck and alleged the defendant drove his truck off the road into a concrete culvert causing him injury. Plaintiff experienced a serious foot injury, two surgeries for fracture, and he claimed medical specials of $95,000 with lost wages of $40,000. Defendant admitted fault but alleged that the plaintiff was significantly contributorily negligent in allowing her to drive his truck while they were both under the influence of alcohol; that his own negligence caused his injury.
At trial, plaintiff asked the jury to award $250,000 for his medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering. The jury returned a verdict for the defendant. Plaintiff’s post trial motion was recently denied.
Last Demand: $190,000
Verdict: Defense Verdict