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Catastrophic Brain Injury, Automobile Liability, Binding Arbitration

Secured a defense verdict before an arbitration panel in an underinsured motorist case involving injury to a twenty year old, field hockey player from a major Virginia university who was in Chapel Hill to play a game against the UNC women's team. Plaintiff was crossing the road when she was struck by a car driven by the defendant. The defendant had attempted to bypass a line of cars stopped at a stop light by proceeding straight in a turn lane. Plaintiff suffered substantial head injuries and required over two years of rehabilitation to become functional. By the use of animation and forensic evidence of the traffic light sequence, the defense was able to show that the plaintiff was unable to have crossed with the lights as she and her eyewitness claimed. The arbitration panel issued a defense verdict on the grounds of contributory negligence.