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Case Style: Thomas Duty v. Pritchett Trucking and Connecticutt Casualty
Case Number: CJ-2000-128
Judge: David Nelson
Court: District Court, Wagoner County, Oklahoma
Plaintiff's Attorney: Greg A. Farrar of Farrar & Farrar, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Defendant's Attorney: Jon A. Starr of Atkinson, Haskins, Nellis, Holeman, Phipps, Brittingham & Gladd, Tulsa, Oklahoma
Description: Automobile truck accident - Tractor trailer attempted to turn left from a construction site onto the highway into the traffic lane of the plaintiff. Plaintiff sustained a traumatic amputation of all of his fingers except his thumb on his non-dominate left hand.
Defendants claimed that Plaintiff should have been able to avoid the collision by stopping in the clear assured distance ahead. Plaintiff also attempted to prove that Plaintiff was intoxicated.
Outcome: Plaintiff's verdict for $900,000 with a finding that the plaintiff was 45% at fault.
Plaintiff's Experts: Dr. Archibald Miller, plastic surgeon (treating); Dr. Joey Manduano, general, plastic surgeon and hand surgeon; and Dr. Joseph Fritsch, Tulsa, Oklahoma, clinical psychologist
Defendant's Experts: Harold Miller, Ph.D., Dallas, Texas, toxicologist and Jimmy Jackson, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, accident reconstructionist
Comments: Defendants offered plaintiff nothing before the trial of the case. It is not known what the demand before trial by the plaintiff might have been.