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June 2, 2004

Morgan v. Statewide Wrecker

Defense verdict for plaintiff with alleged soft-tissue injury

Facts: HCF’s clients were Statewide Wrecker and its driver, Michael Plough. Plaintiff was an on-duty officer working an accident scene and Statewide Wrecker was called to remove the disabled vehicles. Mr. Plough was backing the wrecker into position when he allegedly struck Mr. Morgan, who claimed he had his back to the wrecker.

Mr. Morgan allegedly suffered numerous injuries to the discs and soft tissues in his lower back. However, he had a significant pre-accident history of back pain and injury.

Alleged injury/damages: Herniated discs in neck and lower back. Medical expenses of $35,000 and lost income of $20,000.

Result: Defense verdict

Court: State Court of Gwinnett County, Georgia

Attorneys: Richie Foster for defendants; James L. Kraemer for plaintiff