A terrible nightmare is fighting a long expensive case only to get so little that your client has to pay out of pocket costs to defendant!
Actress Paula was driving a 2012 Ford Flex and was rear-ended on the freeway. Defendant Auto Club argued the accident was so minor no one could have been injured.
Paula incurred over $130,000 in medical costs. She claimed to have lost TV and movie roles. She claimed migraines, cervical radiculopathy, thoracic outlet syndrome, foot pain, neck and back pain and permanent nerve damage. The jury did not believe Paula.
Indeed, the jury did find that defendant was at fault, but it did not believe Paula was seriously hurt and was greatly exaggerating.
Paula demanded $1,000,000 before trial. Defendant offered $525,000. The jury awarded ONLY $4,862 for her medical bills and $25,000 for past pain and suffering.
Defendant paid over $70,000 in litigation costs. After deducting Paula’s award, Paula personally owes Auto Club attorneys $39,851 out of her pocket.
Paula vs. Koga -- Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Patrick Madden.
PRACTICE TIP: Don’t let your patient get greedy.