Medina County Courthouse

Monday, November 28, 2011

Jury Awards Nova Woman Verdict of $233,000.00

On Wednesday, November 24, 2011, a jury in Judge Kimbler's court returned a verdict of $233,000.00 in favor of Irma Hardesty of Nova, Ohio. The verdict was for damages sustained in an automobile collision at the intersection of Route 224 and Route 301 in Homerville in southern Medina County. The accident took place on November 18, 2007.

The jury broke down the damages as follows: $30,000.00 for medical bills; $3,000.00 for other economic damages; and $200,000.00 for non-economic damages. Prior to trial Mrs. Hardesty had offered to settle the case for $130,000.00.

There were two defendants. One was the person who Mrs. Hardesty alleged caused the accident, Lynn Dupree, and the other was Westfield Insurance Group, which had issued a underinsured motorist policy to Mrs. Hardesty.

During the trial Mrs. Hardesty settled with Mrs. Dupree's insurance company for $85,000.00. Westfiled then tendered that amount to Mrs. Hardesty in order to keep Mrs. Dupree in the lawsuit. Westfield offered $5,000.00 to settle the underinsured motorist claim in response to Mrs. Hardesty's demand of $30,000.00 following the tender of the $85,000.00 from Westfield.

The jury trial took three days. It started on Monday and finished on Wednesday

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