Antonio’s case was blown out by the jury in Riverside County.
Defendant Samuel rear-ended plaintiff’s vehicle with his 2005 GMC Sierra.
Defendant argued that Antonio did not report complaints of pain or physical injuries at the scene, that damage to the GMC was $892.02, that plaintiff did not call police, or an ambulance, and that he did not go to an emergency room or hospital.
Antonio admitted in deposition that his body did not move inside his car upon impact and that he experienced work injuries 5 years before. His post-accident MRI was not different from the one taken for his work injury.
Antonio demanded $54,000. Defendant offered $18,000. Antonio asked the jury for $75,000. Defendant argued to the jury to award nothing. The jury rendered a defense verdict.
Antonio Martinez vs Bautista Riverside Superior Court, Judge Harold Hopp, August 10, 2021.
Sadly, Antonio will be personally responsible for paying the defendant lawyers’ court costs plus expert fees, which could be well over $25,000. Antonio very likely regrets going to trial. This means that none of his doctors will get any money from this case either.