N. Abramson v. N. Jurkovic/United States Automobile Assn.
Peter J. Wanek won a victory in favor of USAA in the case entitled N. Abramson v. N. Jurkovic/United States Automobile Assn. in the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans in May 2004. Plaintiff, who was a lawyer himself, sued USAA claiming 5 years of medical treatment and future neck surgery resulting from a motor vehicle accident. Plaintiff demanded $186,000, including $6,200 in past medicals, and $30,000 in future medicals. Although USAA had the plaintiff on surveillance video playing softball and other sports, the judge would not allow the tape into evidence. Even so, the jury, after 1 ½ hours of deliberation, awarded only $6,000 in general damages and $1,100 in past medicals. They rejected plaintiff’s claim for future medicals in its entirety. The jury also found the plaintiff to be 5% at fault.