Denver, CO February 29, 2016 – (Angela Rogers and Jeff Nuttall vs. The Hertz Corporation – Case No. 201cv750)
After a five-day trial, a Denver District Court jury awarded Burg Simpson’s client Angela Rogers $3.25 million in damages for serious injuries Ms. Rogers sustained in a motor vehicle collision after being rear-ended by a Hertz Corporation employee on I-25 near Monument, Colorado. Ms. Rogers and her husband, Jeff Nuttall, were represented at trial by Burg Simpson attorneys, shareholder Peter W. Burg, shareholder Reeves D. Whalen, and shareholder Steven G. Greenlee.
In the collision, Ms. Rogers had slowed her vehicle to adjust to the traffic ahead and was at a virtual stop when the Hertz employee, whom Hertz had hired to transport vehicles to and from DIA and was traveling in a car owned by Hertz, failed to slow down. The Hertz employee crashed at approximately 60 m.p.h. into the rear of Ms. Rogers’ vehicle. The crash totaled the Hertz car and caused over $20,000 of damage to Ms. Rogers’ vehicle.
At trial, Hertz admitted that it negligently entrusted its vehicle to its employee, admitted that its employee was negligent, and admitted that Hertz was responsible for its employee’s negligence. Nevertheless, Hertz denied responsibility for the injuries and damages claimed, requiring Ms. Rogers and Mr. Nuttall to proceed to trial.
The evidence at trial showed that the collision caused, among other things, serious injuries to Ms. Rogers, which led to debilitating chronic pain and over $390,000 in medical bills. The evidence at trial showed that Ms. Rogers’ injuries prevented her from continuing her career, leading to significant income loss.
Before trial, Hertz offered $6,000 to settle Ms. Rogers’ injury claims. The case was tried to completion and the jury awarded $750,000 in non-economic damages and $2.5 million in economic losses to Ms. Rogers.
Following the verdict, Mr. Burg said, “We are so grateful that the jury understood the truth and awarded appropriate and just compensation to Ms. Rogers.” He added, “This case was about accountability and, fortunately, Hertz has now been held accountable for its conduct and Ms. Rogers’ claims have been validated.” Mr. Whalen agreed, stating, “We were fortunate to have a smart group of jurors who were willing to follow the Court’s instructions and give Ms. Rogers the substantial compensation she deserved.”
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