On February 15, 2013, David W. Heinlein, a partner at Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman, P.C., with offices in Boston, Cambridge and Natick, obtained a personal injury jury verdict in Las Vegas against the Excalibur Hotel and Casino in the amount of $1,291,435.53. The jury, in this case involving a car striking a pedestrian, entered its verdict on Friday evening after a week-long trial. Once the post-trial calculations are added to the verdict, the judgment is expected to be well in excess of $1.5 Million.
The case against the Excalibur arose out of an incident where Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman’s client, a New Hampshire man, had his foot run over in a crosswalk by a valet driver who was working on behalf of the Excalibur. Most significantly, the Plaintiff’s injuries were a Lisfranc dislocation in his foot. Because the Plaintiff’s job necessitates him spending a significant portion of his time on his feet, he was out of work for many months. The jury’s award included sums to compensate the injured client for medical expenses, lost income and pain and suffering.
The trial was not without risks for the Plaintiff, and the attorneys at Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman, P.C., a Boston personal injury firm that handles cases all over the country. Before the trial, the attorneys for the Excalibur made an “offer of judgment” in the amount of $425,000.00. Once Attorney Heinlein rejected the offer of judgment, it meant that his client would need to pay the Excalibur’s attorney’s fees and costs from the time he rejected the offer through the trial, if the Plaintiff was awarded less than $425,000.00. Not only did Attorney Heinlein reject the offer, he made an offer of judgment of his own for just less than $1 Million. Since the jury’s verdict came in above Attorney Heinlein’s offer of judgment, the Excalibur will now be required to pay his attorney’s fees and costs from the time they rejected his offer through trial. This strategy by Attorney Heinlein results in his client receiving a significantly greater sum of money than he would have otherwise.
It should be noted that the laws and rules of procedure in Nevada are different from Massachusetts. Many of the things that Attorney Heinlein did in connection with this case would need to be done differently were the case tried in Massachusetts.
While we are based in the Boston area, Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman, P.C. handles personal injury cases around the country. In fact, this is not our first case in Nevada. So if you or a loved one has been seriously injured anywhere in the country, call the personal injury attorneys at Heinlein Beeler Mingace & Heineman, P.C. We are a Boston firm with a national reach.