In 2016, Mr. Keller and Mr. Kerrigan represented a corporate defendant, its excess insurer and its employee in a claim involving an auto/pedestrian accident in a parking lot. The case involved serious injuries including multiple broken bones and de-gloving of the skin from the lower extremities. The decedent eventually succumb to her injuries 28 days after the accident having never left the hospital. Plaintiff’s past medical expenses totaled approximately $230,000. The case went to jury trial in July 2016. After four days of trial and without the use of a single expert witness by the defense, Plaintiffs asked the jury for close to $43,000,000 in total damages (approx. $32M in survival damages and $10M in wrongful death damages). After deliberating just two hours, the jury returned a verdict of $760,000. As a result, the defendants did not have to pay any amount of this award because its coverage was not triggered until $2M. The jury verdict was reported in the New Orleans Advocate newspaper.
The Estate of Carrie Marchiafava v. Casey Jones Supermarket, Inc., et. al., Suit No. 732-565. Honorable Adrian Adams, Jefferson Parish Civil Court.