Personal Injury - Cervical Disc - Judge Trial

In 2012, Mr. Keller represented an individual and her auto insurance carrier in a personal injury lawsuit involving an auto accident in Lafayette, Louisiana. Plaintiff steadfastly refused to take any responsibility for the car accident, and originally sought more than $400,000 for his general damages, medical expenses, and lost earnings (claiming it forced him into early retirement as a college professor). After two years of discovery, plaintiff stipulated to $50,000 in total damages just to avoid a jury trial. Then, on the eve of the judge trial, plaintiff retained a local plaintiff attorney to try the case. Based solely on Mr. Keller's presentation of the evidence, Judge Broussard flatly rejected plaintiff's claims for lost earnings, rejected plaintiff's claims for loss of consortium, and allocated 50% of the fault to plaintiff. The final award was $25,000.
Fred Farshad v. Commerce and Industry, Suit No. 2010-1737, The Honorable Ed Broussard, 15th JDC.