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Kimball Jones · Dan Ambrose

CASE FRAMING AND CROSS EXAMINATION: Turning an $18,000 offer into a $2,400,000 Judgement

TLU Icon May 10, 2023 5:30 PM||TLU n Demand

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Kimball will discuss creativity in case framing to overcome challenging facts. The case discussed included a liability dispute regarding who ran the red light, a total of $37,000 in medical bills, and a 3-year gap in treatment which began with medical records stating the client was “symptom free” just two months after the collision. Moreover, State Farm went all in to litigate the case, hiring a good trial firm and four experts to ensure a defense verdict. Plaintiff offered to settle for $25,000 (the policy limit) several times pre-lit and offered to settle for $80,000 during litigation. State Farm refused to make any pre-lit offers and made a top offer of $18,000 during litigation. After a 7-day trial, the jury returned a verdict of $1.6M, resulting in a judgment of $2.4M.

Kimball will discuss how to eliminate or neutralize dangerous defense experts before trial where possible, and how to co-opt the remaining defense experts at trial as a larger part of your presentation to the jury, to both build your case and expose the defense hypocrisy. The session will discuss when to go on the attack and when to frame the defense expert as an additional victim of the defense. The session will provide examples and techniques to make cross examination exiting and memorable.

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