Alcohol Impairment; Personal Injury Auto; Contributory Negligence

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
Jury Verdict

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