Jackson County, MO Jury Assess 50% Fault to Plaintiff and Awards Only Medical Specials03/13/2015
Following a three day jury trial, a Jackson County, Missouri jury rejected plaintiff, James Nanson's request for $625,000 in damages and assessment of fault to the defendant. Plaintiff was involved in a high speed collision with defendant's vehicle on the Interstate 70 following a snow/ice storm. Plaintiff filed suit against the defendant claiming the defendant's negligence caused the collision. As a result of the collision, Plaintiff sustained multiple fractures including a crushed hip/pelvis. After undergoing two surgeries and a month long hospital stay, Plaintiff claimed his injuries were permanent. Plaintiff claimed the need for future medical treatment including pain managment and future hip replacement surgery. Plaintiff additionally claimed that his work life expectancy was reduced by 10 years as a result of his injuries. The jury deliberated for several hours before returning a verdict assessing 50% fault to both parties for the accident. In assessing Plaintiff's damages, the jury returned a verdict for plaintiff's past medical special only ($122K), and did not award any loss of income, future medicals, or pain and suffering. The case was tried by Nikki Cannezzaro, attorney for the defendant.