A Duval County jury awarded my client, a widower, $1.7 million in damages after his wife was killed in an auto crash. The couple were riding together in his car when a drunk driver ran a red light and t-boned them. My client’s wife died in his arms from her injuries.
We successfully proved the at-fault driver was working in the course and scope of his employment, allowing us to seek damages not only from him, but his employer, too. This is significant in wrongful death cases because it could mean a better recovery for our client. Our investigation revealed the driver was doing renovation work at a home owned by his employer. After clearing the last of the debris, he was instructed to take it to the dump. He decided to return to his home instead, and that fateful decision, coupled with drinking and driving, stole a precious life and ruined another. The Court excluded all evidence of the defendant’s intoxication from the trial.
“Climbing in His Skin”
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, lawyer Atticus Finch said, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view….until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” Applying this philosophy to my pursuit of justice, I spent several hours alone in my client’s home to get an idea of what it was like to be alone in the house he had shared with his wife for 15 years. Seeking to understand my client’s loss helped me convey that more effectively.
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