Platte County jury returns defense verdict in case tried by Ryan Karaim
Following a week long jury trial tried by Ryan Karaim, a Platte County Missouri jury returned a complete defense verdict in the case of Jason Carnes v. Rick Hill, Hill Brothers Construction and HB Construction, Case No. 07AE-CV03824. In that case, Plaintiff was a Platte City, Missouri, police Sergeant. He was dispatched to a construction job site in Platte City, at the request of defendants, because two unauthorized persons were operating a track hoe owned by defendants at the job site, without permission. At the scene, a scuffle ultimately ensued. Plaintiff alleged that defendant Hill pushed the plaintiff into the side of the plaintiff's patrol car, and then tried to get into the patrol car. Plaintiff and the other police officer at the scene then attempted to handcuff and detain defendant Hill, but defendant Hill resisted. Plaintiff submitted on the theory of negligence, and was also allowed to submit a claim for punitive damages. Plaintiff's claimed injuries included a Labrum tear of the left shoulder, resulting in surgery, an ACL tear of the left knee, also resulting in surgery and the need for future surgery. Plaintiff's claimed medical bills totaled $88,883.95 and an additional $30,190.00 for future surgery. Plaintiff also made a claim for lost income, alleging that he lost his job because of the work he missed after the two surgeries. The jury never reached the issue of plaintiff's claimed damages as it found no fault against defendant or his employer.