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John Carpenter · Jesse Wilson

“The Boy No One Knew”- Framing the Case with Truth, Love, Justice + Victim to Victor= $60 Million TBI Verdict

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A 15-year-old boy’s life was changed forever when a car ride turned into a nightmare. While traveling on the freeway, the plaintiff’s stepbrother, who was at the wheel, rear-ended a massive tractor-trailer truck. The violent impact caused the side of the truck to collide with The Boy, resulting in a fractured skull and severe traumatic brain injury.

Attorney John Carpenter (Carpenter/Zukerman) will share insights from a grueling six-year legal battle marked by an unusually obstinate insurance defense, while his client has spent the last eight years in hospice care. This case, tried in the challenging jurisdiction of Riverside County, California, provides a compelling narrative on navigating legal challenges in hostile environments.

Key Topics Covered:

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Applied to Legal Cases

See how Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs can be a powerful tool in illustrating your client’s life goals and celebrating their achievements despite severe injuries.

Innovative Economic Modeling

John Carpenter will introduce a groundbreaking economic modeling approach that visually depicts both economic and noneconomic damages over time.

This method uses a life-care plan of $9.9 million to maintain the injured person’s quality of life, emphasizing the critical need for these resources.

John Carpenter’s use of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs provided a framework to highlight his client’s achievable goals, like lifting his head when called or washing his chest by himself, demonstrating the profound impact of these seemingly simple tasks.

Insight into the personal aspects of the client’s life, such as his development through puberty and his interactions with caregivers, underscoring the importance of seeing plaintiffs as full individuals.

The defense's evolving tactics, from arguing the plaintiff’s injuries were too severe for long-term care to claiming The Boy was already content, showcasing the complexities and challenges of arguing for comprehensive damages.

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