Rob Blank and Mike Forte Convince Jury to Find No Permanent Injury


The Plaintiff claimed serious injuries from two rear-end car accidents, one in 2004 and one in 2006. Both accidents were joined in the same lawsuit.  According to the Plaintiff, these accidents caused her to undergo surgery to her neck, two left shoulder surgeries and one surgery for her right knee. In addition, her doctor recommended a future jaw surgery. Attorneys Rob Blank and Mike Forte from the Tampa office of Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell represented the 2004 driver and vehicle owners. In closing arguments, Plaintiff’s attorney asked the jury to award $2.2 million against both drivers. The Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell trial team convinced the jury there was no permanent injury from the 2004 accident, persuading them to award only prior medical expenses of $33,217.48 for the 2004 accident, no future medical expenses, no lost wages, no past pain and suffering and no future pain and suffering. Reduction of set offs left the total judgment against Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell’s clients at $18,217.48. (The jury awarded $1.2 million in damages against the 2006 driver and vehicle owners.)

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