On Tuesday, a Jefferson County jury awarded plaintiff Cassie Hawthorne more than $8,000 for injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle collision three years ago.

Alleging she did not receive uninsured motorist benefits after the collision, Hawthorne filed suit against her insurance provider, Mid-Century Insurance of Texas, on April 24, 2009, in Jefferson County District Court.

The case went to trial on June 6 and ended the following day.

Court records show that on Aug. 21, 2008, Quentin Derry, an uninsured motorist at the time of the incident, struck Hawthorne's vehicle.

After the incident, Hawthorne made a claim under her policy for uninsured motorist benefits, which was rejected by Mid-Century, court papers say.

The jury, tasked to decide who was at fault for causing the collision, found that Derry was 100 percent to blame.

According to the charge of the court, jurors awarded Hawthorne $7,908.13 for past medical expenses, $250 for her pain and suffering, $250 for her past impairment and $183.16 for past loss of earnings.

Hawthorne is represented by attorney David Ferrell of the Beaumont law firm Reaud, Morgan & Quinn.

Beaumont attorney Richard Hatfield of Harris, Duesler & Hatfield represents Mid-Century.

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

Case No. D183-874

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