In October of 2016, Harrison & Hull attorneys Richard Harrison and Matthew Mumm defended their client Nedra Holly Johnson in Tarrant County Court at Law No. 3, Judge Mike Hrabal presiding. They prevailed with a $0 judgment against their Client and a jury finding of no negligence.
Date: October 26, 2016
Case: Marcus Darden and Candise Darden v. Nedra Holly Johnson (No. 13-6803-3)
Court: Tarrant County Court at Law No. 3
Judge: Mike Hrabal
Facts + Allegations
As reported by Verdict Search, Plaintiffs alleged that they were driving their van northbound on the service road of Central Expressway in Dallas County, near Mockingbird Lane, heading to a high school football game. Their claim was that the Defendant, Nedra Holly Johnson, rear-ended their van.
Johnson denied any contact between the vehicles. In fact, attorneys for Harrison + Hull argued that the “impact” that the Darden’s felt was actually the Plaintiff’s foot slipping off the brake and then suddenly reapplying it. Mr. Darden admitted that what he felt that day was consistent with the explanation of the defense.
Injuries / Damages
Plaintiffs alleged a laundry list of injuries, including everything from strains and sprains to sciatica. Each of the Plaintiffs went to the chiropractor 21 times, and underwent cervical and lumbar epidural steroid injections.
Mrs. Darden sought $19, 298 for past medical bills, as well as damages for future medical bills and past and future physical pain and mental anguish.
Mr. Darden sought $57,329.78 for past medical bills, as well as damages for future medical bills and past and future physical pain and mental anguish.
After attorneys for Harrison + Hull started poking holes in the credibility of Plaintiffs (including similar complaints of injury in 2006, 2008, and 2010), the jury found no negligence on the part of Defendant Johnson.