The devastating injuries frequently incurred in collisions involving a tractor-trailer often mean staggering medical bills, lifelong supportive care, significant lost wages, and diminished earning potential. The role of the jury in obtaining a full recovery can hardly be overstated, so jury misconduct is a serious issue though the vast majority of personal injury claims are settled prior to trial. In this blog, our personal injury lawyers review a recent $3.5 million trucking accident lawsuit involving serious allegations of jury misconduct. When jurors engage in improper conduct, both sides of a lawsuit might face significant repercussions that might even include the judge ordering a new trial.
In the recent case of Laylock v. TMS Logistics, the plaintiff’s $3.5 million verdict has been jeopardized based on allegations of inappropriate juror actions. The plaintiff in the lawsuit filed a certiorari petition with Florida’s 1st DCA seeking to block juror interviews targeting alleged jury misconduct that the defendant contended warranted a new trial. The 1st DCA allowed the interviews to move forward reasoning that any prejudice to the plaintiff could be resolved on appeal. The jury returned the $3.5 million verdict based on a finding that the defendant was responsible for 95 percent of the damages. Continue reading →