Our firm tried a most interesting case recently that involved an apartment complex consisting of 35 separate units. Six persons were injured in the collapse of a second story landing at the apartment complex, which was located in an Alabama city, and our firm represented all six of them. We filed suit on behalf of the six victims against the corporate owner of the complex and the management company that operated the complex. Two of the individuals who were injured in the collapse had settled their claims prior to the trial for confidential amounts. We proceeded to trial on behalf of the other four. After a month-long trial, the jury returned a $24,750,000 verdict in the case.
We were able to prove a very strong case of extreme neglect on the part of both Defendants over an extended period of time. I believe liability in this case was as strong as I have ever seen in any other case. For example, the corporation safety officer, who was totally unaware of the safety standards involved in the case, actually was our best witness. He made out a case of wanton conduct for us. Hopefully, the Defendants, who own and operate a number of apartment complexes located in several southern states, learned a valuable lesson from this trial and will change the way they operate.
Kendall Dunson, who was the lead attorney, and I tried the case. The jury, after four weeks of testimony, found the Defendants guilty of wanton conduct. I talked to several jurors after the trial, and based on what they told me, the Defendants were most fortunate that the verdicts for at least three of the Plaintiffs weren’t much higher.
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