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JC collision suit ends with 17K jury verdict, Arnold & Itkin represented plaintiffs

By David Yates | Aug 6, 2019


BEAUMONT – A pair of Georgia resident were recently awarded more than $17,000 in damages for injuries they received in an automobile collision.

Plaintiffs Oswald Brown and Melbert Christie filed suit against Justin Wade Potter last March in Jefferson County District Court.

According to an amended petition, on Oct. 11, 2017, Potter was driving a large box truck for Matco Tools when he failed to control his speed and crashed into a vehicle in front of him, causing that vehicle to crash into the plaintiffs’ vehicle.

The impact caused injuries to the plaintiffs’ necks and backs.

The case was called up for trial in late July and ended with jurors finding Matco Tools 25 percent responsible for causing the collision and Potter 75 percent responsible, according to the charge of the court, which was filed on July 25.

The jury awarded Brown $2,760.68 for his past medical expenses, $2,100 for past loss of earning capacity, $1,000 for past mental anguish and $200 for past impairment.

No damages were awarded for Brown’s future medical expenses, future loss of earning capacity, future mental anguish or future impairment.

Christie was awarded $7,693.68 for past medical expenses, $2,100 for past loss of earning capacity, $1,000 for past mental anguish and $200 for past impairment.

Like Brown, no damages were awarded for Christie’s future medical expenses, future loss of earning capacity, future mental anguish or future impairment.

The plaintiffs are represented by the Arnold & Itkin law firm in Houston.

Judge Baylor Wortham, 136th District Court, presided over the trial.

Case No. D-201509

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