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JC jury delivers $676K verdict in car wreck lawsuit, Spindletop Center cleared of any negligence


By David Yates | Aug 12, 2019

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BEAUMONT – Four years ago, Candee Daily was injured when the vehicle she was riding in collided with a vehicle owned by the Spindletop Center.

Last week, a Jefferson County jury placed all the blame on the woman driving Daily, handing down a verdict worth more than $676,000 in damages.

Dailey filed her suit on Nov. 19, 2015, naming the Spindletop Center, Allstate Texas Lloyds and Elizabeth Howell as defendants.

According to the third amended petition, the wreck occurred on Aug. 17, 2015 at the intersection of Gladys and Lucas in Beaumont. Dailey was a passenger in vehicle owned and operated by Howell when Howell collided with a vehicle owned by the Spindletop Center.

The other driver was in the course and scope of her employment with the Spindletop Center at the time of the incident.

Both drivers claim they had the right of way, according to the lawsuit.

Following the collision, Dailey’s ankle had to be reconstructed, and she cannot ambulate without the aid of a cane, court records show.

The case was recently called up for trial and on July 31 the jury placed all of the negligence on Howell, finding the Spindletop Center was not negligent in causing the collision, according to the charge of the court.

The jury awarded Dailey $150,000 for her impairment, $165,000 for her pain, $150,000 for her mental anguish and $61,058.85 for her medical expenses.

Dailey husband was awarded $100,000 for loss of consortium.

Dailey is represented by Beaumont attorney Gilbert T. Adams III.

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

Case No. D-197831

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