October 14, 2017 –The Defendant, who was working at the time, fell asleep at the wheel, and after striking the Plaintiff’s truck, the vehicle flipped several times.  The Plaintiff, who was a front seat passenger, claimed injuries to his neck and back. Ultimately Plaintiff underwent surgery to his back, accruing past medical expenses in excess of $324,000.  The Plaintiff’s employer, family members and treating physician testified that his injuries were due to this car accident.  Specifically, Dr. Armin Oskouei testified that the Plaintiff’s herniated disc in his low back was due to this car accident, and that he had performed surgery to correct the problem.  Defense counsel, Nik Makarenko, Jr., retained a physician to review the Plaintiff’s scan, who ultimately testified that the surgery was not due to the car wreck.   Following 6 hours of deliberations to consider the Plaintiff’s request to award past medical expenses, and an additional $400,000 in pain and suffering damages against the Defendants, a Henry County jury secured a verdict in the amount of $123,000.  The verdict represented medical expenses prior to the treatment with Dr. Oskouei and some amount for pain and suffering.