Alabama personal injury attorney Morris Lilienthal represented our client who was involved in a serious car wreck on January 19, 2007. The plaintiff and her husband were driving north on a 5 lane highway (2 southbound lanes, 1 turn lane and 2 northbound lanes) at the time of the accident. Evidence at trial revealed the defendant was traveling southbound in the northbound lanes and had been weaving back and forth across the highway and driving on the sidewalk prior to the impacting the Plaintiff’s vehicle in the Plaintiff’s lane of travel. As a result of this accident, our client suffered a severe wrist sprain and bruising all over her body. Our client’s most severe injury was not a physical injury, but rather the emotional distress and mental anguish she has suffered as a result of this car wreck.
At the time of the car accident, the defendant was an uninsured motorist. The Plaintiff’s uninsured motorist carrier intervened into the case. Prior to trial, the uninsured motorist carrier valued the Plaintiff’s claim at $40,000.00 and paid this amount to the Plaintiff. Based upon the severity of our client’s psychological injuries and the defendant’s wrongful conduct, we valued the case at a higher amount. We are pleased to announce that we received a verdict in the amount of $80,000.00, twice the amount originally paid by the uninsured motorist carrier. This bench verdict consisted of an award of $50,000.00 in compensatory damages and $30,000.00 in punitive damages.