Injured motorist reaps $229K jury verdict

David Yates Aug. 20, 2012, 12:56pm

An injured motorist recently reaped more than $229,000 from a jury verdict following a four-day trial.

Nederland resident Michele Mumford filed suit against Dylan Prejean on March 31, 2011, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging the defendant negligently caused an automobile collision.

According to the plaintiff's original petition, on March 4, 2010, Mumford was traveling west on 39th Street in Groves when Prejean disregarded a stop sign on Taft Street and pulled out in front of her, causing her to strike the driver's side of his vehicle.

The suit accused Prejean of negligently failing to obey traffic laws and keep a proper lookout.

A Jefferson County jury agreed, assigning no blame to Mumford following a trial earlier this month.

According to the charge of the court, filed Aug. 16, jurors found that Prejean negligently caused the collision, awarding Mumford $229,206.05 in damages.

Mumford was awarded $30,000 for her mental anguish, $139,206.05 for medical expenses, $30,000 for her impairment and disfigurement and $30,000 for lost wages.

Beaumont attorney Brett Thomas of Roebuck, Thomas, Roebuck & Adams represents her.

Prejean is represented by Germer Gertz attorney Collin Shellenberger.

Judge Milton Shuffield, 136th District Court, presided over the trial.

Case No. D189-684

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