Christine Caminita v. Laura Cashio, USAA, and General Insurance Company
Donna Bramlett Wood tried a jury trial in 24th JDC, that defendants successfully defended on medical causation. The plaintiff had a long history of back issues emanating from scoliosis. She was involved in the subject rear end accident on February 13, 2012 and a subsequent rear end accident on March 21, 2012. Dr. Rand Voohries performed an SI joint fuse procedure after both accidents but assigned medical causation to the February 13, 2012 accident. After hearing the evidence and the testimony of Dr. Andrew Todd, defendants’ expert orthopedic surgeon, the jury was swayed that plaintiff could not satisfy her burden of proof that the SI joint injury was caused by the first accident. Plaintiff’s counsel asked the jury for $480,000. and the jury only awarded plaintiff her ER bill from the date of the first accident and $2,000. in pain and suffering for a total jury verdict of $3,710.