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Bell v Parwn, Miller-Jones Mortuary (12/95)

Plaintiff Lawyer: Boyd F. Jensen II

Facts: Rocky Bell was a motorcycle escort for the Miller-Jones Mortuary in Hemet California. During one procession to the local cemetery three non precession vehicles got into the line and one of them turned into Mr. Bell. He was not seen by this person because he was traveling 70 mph in a posted 45 zone and was traveling on the wrong side of the street going the wrong way. Mr. Bell argued that he should have had another escort to assist him. The police report was adverse to him. The jury rendered a verdict for $1,799,000 and held Rocky 85% at fault. His net verdict was $266,850 about $100,000 more than the defendants were ever willing to offer!!!

Damages: Multiple fractures and internal injuries.
Medical Loss $550,000 - Loss of Earnings $100,000 - General Damages $2,000,000
Jurisdiction: Riverside County
Judge: V. Miceli

Plaintiff's Demand: $600,000
Defendant's Offer: $170,000  

Verdict: $266,850 Net, reduced from $1,799,000 for 85% negligence of Plaintiff.