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Wittmer & Linehan Obtains Record $19.2M Verdict

On Sept. 20, 2010, Matthew Martin was a 19-year-old backseat passenger in a Mini Cooper being driven by Raymond Consul. Consul was traveling down Bayshore Boulevard, a residential street in Nokomis, at speeds exceeding 65 mph. He lost control of his vehicle while going around a curve and crashed into trees and a concrete pump house.

Martin was airlifted from the accident and was found to have sustained a severe traumatic brain injury, which left Martin in a persistent vegetative state. At the time of the accident, Geico insured Mr. Consul with minimal liability limits. Geico failed to settle Mr. Martin’s claim, and a lawsuit had to be filed.

The litigation over Mr. Martin’s damages took four years. Geico hired lawyers who made every effort to delay the case, retained expert witnesses to contest liability and damages, and did everything they could at the trial to prevent entry of a just verdict for Mr. Martin. Our firm met every challenge.  

On Sept. 1, 2017, after $200,000 in legal costs and years of protracted and contentious litigation, a Sarasota jury returned a verdict of $19.2 million in Mr. Martin’s favor. This is the largest reported personal injury verdict in the history of Sarasota or Manatee counties.

This is a perfect example of why it is imperative to retain a knowledgeable firm that has the resources necessary to handle cases where large insurance companies are involved. Our experience shows us that many insurance companies are notorious for not wanting to pay out on claims. Insurance companies can afford to outspend most firms and require years of dedication to recover the full measure of a client’s losses. If you want real results in a serious case, you need a team like Wittmer & Linehan on your side: a firm that has the expertise, knowledge, and resilience to fight. Results matter!!