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Defense Doctor Ruins Case; Man Hit in Rear Receives $1.6M for Spinal Injury


Posted on Dec 01, 2011

Last month, a Rochester jury awarded almost $1.6 million to a driver for injuries he sustained after being struck from behind in 2009.

Walter J. Nary was waiting at a stoplight when he was hit and suffered permanent acute lumbar spine injuries. The Monroe County Supreme Court jury handed $1.25 million to Mr. Nary for past, present, and future pain and suffering as well as loss of enjoyment of life. He also received $321,250 for past and future medical costs. The total bill came out to $1,571,250.

The defendant (unnamed in the article) was insured by State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. They originally offered only $5,000 in damages. This made the decision to go to trial simple.

One of the factors leading to the jury's decision was that the defendant's medical expert, Dr. Robert Lifeso, was found not to be credible. It was revealed that he has had a long relationship with State Farm, as well as the defendant's lawyers, Hagelin & Kent. Dr. Lifeso has received more than $10 million in independent medical examination fees over the past ten years. State Farm alone has paid him at least $2 million within that time.

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