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July 6, 2011
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Trial Report

Willetter Morrison-Johnson and Steven Johnson v. Republic Services of Indiana, L.P. and Jason Stanley
Marion Superior Court No. 12
Injuries: post-traumatic fibromyalgia
Date: May 10, 2011
Trial Type: jury trial
Judge: Hon. Heather A. Welch
Disposition: Verdict for plaintiff Willetter Morrison-Johnson in amount of $91,314.99 and $0 for plaintiff Steven Johnson
Plaintiff attorney: Bradford J. Smith, Ken Nunn Law Firm
Defendant attorney: James E. Zoccola and Kevin Morrissey, Lewis & Kappes
Case Information: This case involved a rear-end collision on I-465. Plaintiff was a restrained rear seat passenger. She and two other co-workers were traveling to a work-related meeting at the time of the collision. A Republic Services garbage truck driven by Jason Stanley was unable to get stopped when traffic slowed abruptly on I-465. Plaintiff claimed ongoing headache and neck and back pain immediately after the accident. Despite no findings of acute trauma, plaintiff received a battery of diagnostic tests, physical therapy, chiropractic treatments, and spot injections. Johnson was diagnosed with post-traumatic fibromyalgia. Plaintiff received workers’ compensation benefits from her employer in excess of $42,000 for which the workers’ compensation carrier was claiming a subrogation lien. At mediation, defendants made a final offer of $97,000 which was refused by plaintiffs. Plaintiffs requested damages of $400,000 at jury trial.
– James E. Zoccola
 

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  • Auto accident! Urgent!
    Hi, I had an auto accident on 12/26/2012 on I-65 near Lafayette, IN. I rear hit a semi truck. Meanwhile, I got a traffic ticket. I went to White Superior Court to have a hearing. I thought that I could win the case. I lost. I am not sure if you will be able to reverse the judgment in the White Superior Court. Meanwhile, I will try to let the insurance agency for the truck driver to pay the damages to my car. I wonder if your office is willing to handle the case. Thanks.

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