Law Week Colorado released its annual list of top verdicts for 2016 this week and a Burg Simpson case made the top 10.
The $3.25 million personal injury verdict in Angela Rodgers and Jeff Nuttall v. The Hertz Corp. ranked as the eighth-largest jury verdict and third-largest personal injury in the state last year.
After a five-day trial, a Denver District Court jury awarded Burg Simpson client Angela Rogers $3.25 million in damages for serious injuries she sustained in a motor vehicle collision after being rear-ended by a Hertz employee on I-25 near Monument, Colorado. Burg Simpson shareholders Peter W. Burg, Reeves D. Whalen, and Steven G. Greenlee represented Rogers and her husband, Jeff Nuttall, at trial.
At trial, Hertz admitted that it negligently entrusted its vehicle to its employee, admitted its employee was negligent and admitted Hertz was responsible for its employee’s negligence. Despite all of that, Hertz denied responsibility for the injuries and damages claimed, forcing the case to trial. The jury awarded $750,000 in non-economic damages and $2.5 million in economic losses to Rogers. With interest, the verdict would have been over $4 million. The case settled shortly thereafter for $3.9 million.