PRESS RELEASE, November 2, 2017: The Law Offices of Terence F. Traverso, P.S., is pleased to announce a record jury verdict of $131,000,375.00, obtained on behalf of its client, Melissa Blaylock.
The verdict, announced today by a King County jury, stems from a lawsuit against a drunk driver and a restaurant/bar. Melissa Blaylock, a mother of four, was a passenger in her own car. The driver, her estranged husband, had a blood alcohol level over .21. After driving only two miles after leaving a restaurant, they were involved in a horrific accident on their way home. Following the accident, Melissa suffered a spine fracture, which resulted in her being rendered a quadriplegic. Melissa cannot move her body but feels chronic pain and is trapped in a prison of her own body.
“This is a case of negligence and multiple poor decisions and irresponsibility which resulted in forever changing Melissa’s life,” said Mr. Traverso’s co-counsel and lead trial lawyer, Nick Rowley. “Melissa will never walk again, will require constant aid for basic everyday tasks, will continue to incur medical bills, and will remain a prisoner of her own body due to this horrific incident. This could have all been avoided had someone with a BAC of nearly 3 times the legal limit not been behind the wheel.”
The jury deliberated for nearly two days before reaching a record-setting verdict of $51,000,375 in economic damages and $80,000,000 in non-economic damages. The verdict apportioned fault against all parties in the case, 44% against the restaurant and bar, 39% against the drunk driver, and 17% against Melissa Blaylock.
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