Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, P.A. attorneys Alejandro Garcia and Todd Baker were successful in winning a $1.475 million verdict for a father who can no longer play basketball and enjoy other activities with his son after two tractor trailer trucks collided in an accident in Collier County. Collier County, which is largely considered one of the most conservative counties in Florida, makes the verdict that much more significant.
The firm’s client, Octavio Naranjo, was making a U-turn in his 14-wheeler, when the Defendant, Yosbani Cuesta, who was in an 18-wheeler and driving too fast to stop in time, ran the red light and crashed into his vehicle. Mr. Naranjo suffered lumbar injuries and underwent a laminectomy at L4-L5. The plaintiff’s argued he would need significant future care for multiple cervical and lumbar herniations. The defense argued Mr. Naranjo could not have completed the U-turn in his truck and was at fault for putting himself in the path of the defendant’s vehicle who had a green light.
Through a recreation of the U-turn in an exemplar tractor trailer, Garcia and Baker, through their expert accident reconstructionist, were able to successfully argue to the jury that the defendant was liable and that he was lying about many facts to attribute fault to the plaintiff. After a four day trial before Collier County Judge James Shenko, a jury awarded $195,000.00 in medical expenses, $455,000.00 in lost wages and $825,000.00 in pain and suffering to Mr. Naranjo on March 24.
Case: Octavio Naranjo v. Yosbani Cuesta
Case no.: 11-2014-CA-001587-0001-XX
Plaintiff’s Firm: Steinger, Iscoe & Greene, P.A.
Defense Firm: Kubicki Draper