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Lauderdale County man awarded $800,000 in car accident trial

AL.com - May 21, 2018

On Thursday, May 17, 2018 a Lauderdale County AL jury awarded Joshua Francis $800,000 for injuries sustained in a 2011 automobile accident.

On September 6, 2011, Mr. Francis was injured in a car accident involving an uninsured driver. As a result of the injuries he sustained, Mr. Francis underwent six major back surgeries over the following five years.

Mr. Francis and family had purchased their auto insurance including uninsured motorist from GEICO. Although Mr. Francis had always paid his premiums, GEICO denied his claim and refused to make any payment for his injuries. The jury returned the $800,000 verdict on Thursday May 17, after four days of trial. This is believed to be the largest auto accident verdict ever given by a Lauderdale County jury.

Mr. Francis was represented by the law firm of McCutcheon & Hamner, PC. Attorney Joel Hammer commented, "For the past seven years I have had the pleasure of getting to know Joshua, Misty, and his two young daughters. The pain and financial hardship this family has had to endure because GEICO refused to uphold its obligations under the policy bought and paid for by the Francises was absolutely wrong. This jury's decision sends a message to all insurance carriers that if you fail to meet your obligations to your insureds, the members of this community will hold you accountable." Fellow attorney Tom McCutcheon added, "This case was about being safe on our roads, taking responsibility for your actions, and doing what is right. I have always held the belief that this wonderful community in which we live will uphold the rule of law and today's verdict is a clear indication of that."

The law firm of McCutcheon & Hamner PC, has represented people who have been injured for over 30 years. Having recovered tens of millions of dollars for their clients, McCutcheon & Hamner are members of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum as well as being selected as one of the top 100 Personal Injury Trial Firms in America. They maintain offices in Florence, Athens, and Huntsville, AL. For more information about McCutcheon & Hamner, PC, visit the website at www.mhatty.com.

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