PU law firm scores $747K jury verdict following auto collision trial

By David Yates | Feb 23, 2015

The Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont recently reaped a $747,750 jury verdict at the conclusion of an automobile collision trial.

Jury selection began Monday in a civil trial over an automobile collision that took place on Highway 69 more than two years ago.

Through PU attorney Mark Sparks, plaintiffs Lisa Chapman and Amanda Breeden, as next of friend of several minors, filed suit against Alex and Maura Tony, Susan and Robert Saurage, and Dana Baker Jr. on Feb. 28, 2013, in Jefferson County District Court, alleging reckless driving caused the collision.

Jeremiah Demarcus Kelly was later added as a defendant.

The trial of Chapman v. Jeremiah Demarcus Kelly began Feb. 9 and concluded on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

Court records show Chapman blamed Kelly for causing a collision on Aug. 16, 2013.

Jurors were asked if the negligence of Kelly caused the occurrence, for which they answered “Yes,” according to the charge of the court.

The jury awarded Chapman $150,000 for her past and future pain, $150,000 for her past and future mental anguish, $225,000 for her past and future impairment, $157,750 for her past and future medical expenses and $65,000 for her future disfigurement.

Judge Kent Walston, 58th District Court, presided over the trial.

Case No. A194-035

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