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I was on a jury in DC about 12 years ago with a very similar case. A UPS delivery man with documented prior back issues claimed his double parked UPS delivery van had been sideswiped by a Metro Bus. Further, he claimed that he had been in the back of the van, sorting packages at the time.

I was one of only two white jurors, judge, defendant bus driver, and plaintiff were all Aftrican-American. During trial it was obvious that plaintiff was not well educated but being led around by his attorney and supposed doctor.

We did not award anything to plaintiff. The jury expressed sympathy for the plaintiff but did not find any credible evidence that the back issues were due to the sideswipe (which left only faint scrapes on the van).

So, I don't think that even 10 years ago the jury would have found differently in your case.

by marie on Feb 21, 2013 12:14 pm • linkreport

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