RD’s Baxter Obtains Multiple Jury Trial Verdicts
Melissa Baxter obtained a $133,121.00 jury verdict in Camden, County for a 39 year old driver of a school bus that was struck by an SUV in traffic. The defense maintained that the impact was light and that all of the injuries were pre-existing however at trial, Melissa dismantled the defense by catching the defendant lying on the stand and by successfully utilizing the testimony of defendants’ own expert witness to support the case. Using technology to her client’s advantage, Melissa also created a power point presentation to prove the case and obtain a verdict that was over $50,000 more than the offer to settle.
That win came at the heels of a $115,000.00 verdict Melissa won for 27 year old single mother who sustained neck and back injuries she was rear-ended in her minivan by a commercial pickup truck at a red light in Atlantic City, New Jersey. In that case, which was also venued in Camden County, the defense refuted the extent of the injuries but could not overcome the evidence Melissa introduced at trial including the testimony of an orthopedic expert and a treating chiropractor to prove that all of the injuries were directly related to the crash and to highlight the severity and life-long impact of the injuries.
Most recently Melissa obtained a $62,581.98 jury verdict in Camden County for a 52 year old pediatric critical care nurse who sustained significant low back injuries which required injections and a rhizotomy when she was struck by an uninsured driver while stopped in traffic. The case was litigated against Liberty Mutual who provided uninsured motorists coverage and who argued that the injuries were due to aging. At trial, Melissa called the treating physician, the family doctor, and family members to the stand to testify to prove that all of the injuries were related to the crash. By utilizing the NJ Court Rules to her client’s advantage, Melissa was also awarded trial costs and attorneys’ fees because the verdict was more than 120% above the settlement offer.