After four days of trial, attorneys Amy Hemmingsen and Ryan Showalter obtained a not guilty verdict in a case in which their client backed out of a parking space and struck the plaintiff’s parked vehicle while the plaintiff was sitting in the driver’s seat talking on her cell phone.
The plaintiff claimed to have sustained severe low back pain, multiple disc herniations in the lumbar spine, depression, anxiety and an inability to be employed as a licensed practical nurse. Ms. Hemmingsen and Mr. Showalter argued that the plaintiff had long-standing mental and physical issues, and those conditions and complaints were unchanged following the collision.
The jury deliberated less than an hour before returning their verdict in favor of the defense. The case is captioned as Hatter v. Silva, 12 L 6558.