Johnson & Bell Shareholders, Edward W. Hearn and Susan K. Swing, obtained a defense verdict in Monticello, Indiana, in a lawsuit brought by a plaintiff in a premises liability case. In this case, the plaintiff claimed that he suffered a traumatic brain injury during a ride at an amusement park in Indiana. Plaintiff claimed that the safety restraint on the seat behind him came loose and struck him from behind three times. Plaintiff claimed a traumatic brain injury (concussion and post concussive syndrome) from the incident and sought $600,000 in damages. In addition, plaintiff complained of headaches, nausea and memory problems. Defense countered by introducing evidence that the incident could not have occurred as the plaintiff claimed because it was not possible for the restraint to come loose. Defense also provided medical records that showed plaintiff had numerous pre-existing problems with memory and cognition. After three days of trial in White County, Indiana, the jury deliberated for one hour before returning a verdict in favor of the defense. Paralegal Christine Tucker assisted on this trial.
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