Manny Alvarez, Esquire and Matt Holtsinger, Esquire tried a case to a verdict in Hillsborough County, Florida in the case of Jerry Ivey & Tambra Ivey v. National Environmental Technology, Inc. The trial was a jury-trial and lasted a full two (2) weeks. The case involved claims for personal injury made by Jerry Ivey and a claim for loss of spousal consortium by his wife Tambra Ivey following a motor vehicle collision between a bus (driven by Mr. Ivey) and a truck and trailer owned by NET, Inc. The accident occurred when upon the two vehicles passing each other, a gull wing door on our Client’s vehicle (which was accidentally left open) impacted the driver’s side of the bus and windshield, sending glass onto Mr. Ivey. Video inside the bus depicts Mr. Ivey slumping over afterwards, and he appeared to be knocked out; at a minimum, he was dazed. At trial, Mr. Ivey contended he suffered neurocognitive, psychological, and vestibular injuries, including an acute balance disorder, dizziness, vertigo, loss of hearing, memory loss, PTSD, and major depressive disorder. He also was seeking lost past and future wages (he was 62 at the time of the MVA), future medical damages, and pain and suffering. At trial Mr. Ivey asked for the jury to award something between 5.5 million dollars and 11 million dollars. The defense asked the jury to return a verdict between $30,000 and $67,000. The jury deliberated for approximately two hours and returned a total verdict of 36,000.
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