Boca Raton Attorneys Balkan & Patterson Win $1.8 Verdict for Auto Accident Victim

June 27, 2013 – Collier County, FL – The personal injury and auto accident law firm of Balkan & Patterson won a jury verdict of $1.85 million on Friday, June 21, on behalf of our client who suffered a stroke that caused permanent damage as a result of an auto accident.

The accident occurred on July 1, 2009, when our client’s vehicle was struck by the defendant, Wendy Warren, when she did not properly stop at a stop sign. The collision caused our client, Brian Turner, to  suffer a stroke on July 29, 2009. He continues to live with the effects of his stroke today.

“Our client was the victim in a series of events that began with his car accident,” said attorney Adam Balkan. “The injuries he suffered have seriously altered the quality of his life and have caused him a great deal of suffering. The defendants maintained that the stroke was not a result of the accident, but the jury made their decision based on the facts of the case and the testimonies from our expert witnesses.”

As a result of the accident, Turner suffered a left-brain stroke causing permanent speech, leg and arm impairment to Brian’s right side. The plaintiff’s experts concluded that the stroke was caused when his carotid artery was injured in the car crash, causing a clot that made its way to Turner’s brain.

The defendant’s legal team vigorously contested that the accident caused the stroke.  Prior to going to trial, the defense’s top offer to settle was $50,000. Experts for both the plaintiff and the defendants testified in regard to the damage caused by the accident and the potential for Turner’s stroke to be caused by the accident.

The case was filed and tried in the 20th Circuit Court in and of Collier County in Florida. Attorney Derek Verderamo of Naples, FL, acted as co-counsel to Balkan on the case.

Balkan & Patterson, LLP was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, at 1877 S. Federal Highway, Suite 100. All of the firm’s partners are board certified civil trial attorneys, a distinction that fewer than 1 percent of attorneys in the state have achieved.

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