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  • Congratulations to John Barr on his recent defense verdict in Philadelphia County!

    John defended a rear end accident in which liability was not in dispute. What makes this case particularly rewarding is that John was asked to take over the defense of the case after another firm did not want to take it to trial and the matter was referred over for his handling. John had the file for only three weeks. During that brief period, John took two expert depositions which greatly aided in the defense of the case. He successfully convinced the jury that the accident did not cause the injuries being alleged, including an upcoming low back surgery with rods and screws. After only an hour’s deliberation, the jury returned with a defense verdict! The demand was always the policy limit of 100k and plaintiffs refused to negotiate.

  • Reed Haywood Wins On Liabilty In Rear-end Accident Case!

    Reed Haywood again successfully defended an automobile negligence action in Chester County in which two plaintiffs claimed severe injuries including a total knee replacement surgery. Plaintiffs claimed to have sustained their injuries as a result of a rear-end collision. The jury of 12 concluded the defendant was not negligent and found in favor of the defendant.

  • Jim Godin does it again!!!

    Jim recently received a defense verdict in Philadelphia County following a three day Trial arising out of a motor vehicle collision. The Defense stipulated to liability leaving only issues of causation and damages to the Jury. Plaintiff claimed as a result of the accident he sustained herniated discs in his cervical and lumbar spine, strain and sprain injuries as well as both cervical and lumbar nerve injuries. Plaintiff’s medical expert related all of the aforementioned injuries to the accident and opined they were permanent in nature and would require ongoing care including potential surgery. Plaintiff claimed the injuries affected his activities of daily living. The defense attacked the minor nature of the accident as well as Plaintiff’s expert credibility. The defense presented expert testimony attacking the diagnostic studies opining that the findings were degenerative in nature and therefore preexisting.. After deliberation the Jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant finding that the Plaintiff did not prove any injury was causally related to the accident.

  • Reed Haywood Just Admitted to the United States Supreme Court!

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  • Jim Godin Wins 5th Defense Verdict of 2019!!

    Jim recently received a defense verdict in Bucks County following a three day Trial arising out of a motor vehicle collision.   The Defense stipulated to liability leaving issue of causation as well  serious injury to the Jury.   Plaintiff claimed as a result of the accident he sustained multiple herniated discs in his cervical and lumbar spine, strain and sprain injuries to his shoulders and spine as well torn meniscus in both knees.  Plaintiff’s medical expert related all of the aforementioned injuries to the accident  and opined they were permanent in nature and would require ongoing care and potential  surgery.  Plaintiff claimed the injuries affected all of his activities of daily living as well as his car washing business.   The defense was centered around the Plaintiff’s medical history as well as expert testimony that opined the findings were degenerative and therefore pre existing in nature.   After a brief deliberation the Jury returned a verdict in favor of the Defendant finding that the Plaintiff did not prove any injury related to the accident.

  • Kristine Meindl Wins Second Defense Verdict in One Month

    Kristine recently won a Philadelphia County case in which negligence was stipulated to. The issue before the jury was whether the plaintiff was injured in the accident. The plaintiff was claiming neck and back problems, including herniated discs and nerve damage that were confirmed via objective testing. Ultimately, the plaintiff developed and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome. Plaintiff’s expert, a respected hand surgeon, opined that plaintiff had sustained a double crush injury, cervical radiculopathy and carpal tunnel that required surgical intervention. Plaintiff was the mother of several small children and claimed that the injuries from the accident caused a significant amount of limitations in her daily activities as well as her job as a hairstylist. Ms. Meindl argued that the nerve and carpal tunnel diagnoses were unrelated to the motor vehicle accident. She presented a defense expert that concluded that plaintiff did have a nerve problem stemming from her elbow, but the expert did not agree with the plaintiff’s expert that the condition was a double crush injury or carpal tunnel. The defense expert further found that the present nerve problem was unrelated to the accident at issue and was instead a result of her job and history of pregnancy. . After three days of trial, the jury deliberated and rendered a verdict in favor of the defense concluding that the plaintiff had not established causation of the injury to the accident.  

  • Congratulations to John Barr on his recent Defense Verdict in Delaware County!  

    This matter involved a highly contested trip and fall which also had contested medical causation.  The Plaintiff alledged that they fell on a missing cover to a pipe that was obscured by grass on the Defendant's property. A further complicating factor was that the water utility company was alleging a tariff that said the responsibility for the cap was that of the homeowner and asserted immunity.  The Plaintiff alleged that the fall resulted in neck and back injuries, together with a torn rotator cuff with resultant surgery and ongoing physical limitations with day-to-day activities.  Of note is the Plaintiff’s pre-trial demand was $175,000.  After a three day trial, the jury unanimously decided the Plaintiff was completely at fault for the accident, finding both Defendants to be free of negligence. 

  • Reed Haywood Does It Again!

    Reed Haywood successfully defended an automobile negligence action in Philadelphia County in early March 2019 where the Plaintiff claimed severe injuries to her neck and lower back including herniated discs with alleged nerve damage. Treatment included two years of physical therapy as well as a recommendation for lumbar surgery and additional invasive medical treatment. Negligence was stipulated; however, the Jury found the plaintiff’s injuries did not meet the requisite threshold and awarded no damages.

  • James Godin Delivers 4 Defense Wins in the First 3 Months of 2019!!!

    In January 2019 James A. Godin successfully defended an automobile negligence action in Philadelphia County where the Plaintiff claimed herniated discs and nerve injuries in his low back. Treatment included physical therapy as well as multiple surgically guided injections. The Defense stipulated to Negligence; however, the Jury found the Defendant’s negligence was not the cause of Plaintiff’s alleged injuries.

    In February 2019 James Godin's second win was in an automobile negligence action in Montgomery County where the Plaintiff claimed a fractured vertebrae, herniated discs and nerve injuries in his low back. Treatment included physical therapy, injections, nerve ablation procedures as well as two surgeries, including a three level fusion in the lumbar spine. In addition, the Plaintiff was claiming $150,000 in past medical expense as well as future medical expenses. Negligence was stipulated; however, the Jury found the Defendant’s negligence was not the cause of Plaintiff’s injuries awarding no damages.

    For his third win, in March 2019, James Godin successfully defended another automobile negligence action in Philadelphia County where the Plaintiff claimed nerve injuries in his low back. Treatment included physical therapy as well as multiple surgically guided injections. Negligence was stipulated; however, the Jury found the Defendant’s negligence was not the cause of Plaintiff’s injuries.

    Finally, again in March 2019 James Godin successfully defended a homeowners association. In that case, Plaintiff, who was a member of the Association, claimed the Association failed to properly maintain a common area resulting in damage to his property. Mr. Godin was able to have the Plaintiff's entire claim dismissed after the Court granted his Motion for Summary Judgment.

  • Kristine Scores a Big Win in Philadelphia County

    In February, 2019, Kristine achieved a defense verdict in Philadelphia County case involving a rear-end accident where the plaintiff claimed that the significant impact, which totalled his car, caused him to strike his face resulting in an orbital fracture necessitating surgical repair. Ms. Meindl contested liability taking the position that the plaintiff caused the accident by suddenly stopping. Additionally, she argued that the plaintiff's injuries were not related to the accident as the facial fracture was old and was only an incidental finding after the accident happened. After 4 days of trial, jury reached a verdict finding the plaintiff was more at fault than the defendant for causing the rear-end crash after suddenly stopping.  

  • Kristine Meindl joins Palmer & Barr!

    Palmer & Barr is extremely pleased to welcome Partner, Kristine Meindl along with her team to the firm. Kristine is a seasoned litigator with over 15 years of experience and has focused her career on automobile and premise liability defense.

    She comes to Palmer & Barr as a well respected member of the legal community offering extensive trial experience throughout the Philadelphia area as well as New Jersey. We are pleased to welcome Kristine to Palmer & Barr. 

  • Palmer & Barr welcomes Brett Kier

    Brett Kier has joined the Palmer & Barr Philadelphia Office. After attending Drexel University and serving as an associate editor of the Law Review, Brett entered the private civil law sector. After several years of practice, he focused on civil defense litigation where he has earned esteem in his research and writing skills. Brett currently works in Pennsylvania and New Jersey on automobile and premises liability defense.  

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