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Kimball Jones · Mark Rouse · Dan Ambrose

$2.8M Verdict After State Farm Rejects A $50k Offer To Settle

TLU Icon October 27, 2023 5:30 PM||TLU n Demand

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This involved a major rear-end collision, which ultimately resulted in a 1-level cervical disc replacement procedure four years later. During litigation, State Farm rejected a $50,000 policy limit demand, taking the position that Plaintiff's "related" treatment ended a few months after the crash when Plaintiff’s bills were around $9,000. State Farm then hired a defense expert who made the same claim. State Farm's first offer in the case came just three weeks before trial, for $550,000, which was rejected. After an 8-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $2.8M.

The defense denied liability until the day of trial. At trial, the defense focused on a prior collision 18 months before, on two 1-year+ “gaps” in Plaintiff’s treatment, and problematic social media posts. None of these defenses were credible when considered in a fair light.

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