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July 31, 2013

Jury awards $5.2 million in personal injury lawsuit

Law firm says judgment one of the largest in Parker County history

From Staff Reports

Brown Fox, a leading Dallas-based law firm, said a Parker County jury has returned one of the largest jury verdicts in the history of Parker County in favor of its client, Jerry Wall.

The jury awarded Wall $5.2 million in the case of Wall vs. Ingram. The verdict is the result of Wall suffering the loss of a leg as a victim of a wrong-way driver on Interstate 20. In October 2010, Wall was riding a motorcycle when he was struck by a car driven by an elderly woman going the wrong way on Interstate 20.

The wreck occurred in Hudson Oaks in the westbound lanes at exit 415. Vernelle Ingram was the driver of the Buick sedan that struck Wall and she was the defendant in the civil case.

Following the wreck, the investigating police officer questioned the defendant’s competency to drive, leading to the request by the Texas Department of Public Safety that she submit to a driving test. The defendant subsequently failed four consecutive driving tests before narrowly passing on her fifth try.

It is uncertain what, if any, effect the large jury verdict will have on her license or existing law. Wall withdrew his punitive damages claim prior to closing the week-long trial. The jury found the driver of the other vehicle liable for $5,218,000 in actual damages.

“We are extremely happy to have been able to secure this verdict for Mr. Wall,” said Brown Fox partner Brad Kizzia. “I cannot think of a more deserving party, and the jury obviously agreed based upon the evidence presented, including the many witnesses who testified on his behalf. It is hoped, probably by all who participated in the trial or listened to the testimony, that the defendant will heed the message and give up her driver’s license.

Even though nothing can replace what Mr. Wall has lost as result of the defendant’s wrong-way driving, it is not too late for her to assume responsibility and accountability for the benefit of everyone.”

Bill Ucherek II of Juneau, Boll, Stacey & Ucherek PLLC, tried the case with Mr. Kizzia in the 43rd District Court of Parker County.

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