$900,000 Car Accident Settlement
||Lisa Gilson v. George Marnin and American International South Insurance Company
||Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri
||William Sanders, Jr.
||Dr. James Stuckmeyer (orthopedics), R.S. McKinzie (accident reconstruction)
$165,000.00 medical expenses
||Auto-Owners Insurance, American International South Insurance Company
||James Montee, The Montee Law Firm, P.C.
On May 8, 2005, Lisa Gilson was struck head-on by George Marnin. Mr. Marnin
originally claimed that he encountered a phantom vehicle and was forced
to swerve into Ms. Gilson's lane. Mr. Marnin also claimed to be traveling
less than 40 miles per hour when he hit Ms. Gilson's vehicle. After
recovering "black box" data from Mr. Marnin's vehicle, it
was determined that he was traveling 81 miles per hour four seconds before impact.
Ms. Gilson suffered multiple fractures to both legs, and was required to
undergo extensive surgical procedures involving the use of internal fixation.
A college sophomore at the time of the accident, Ms. Gilson missed a semester
of school due to her injuries, and was forced to change her career plans
to accommodate her permanent physical limitations.
Ms. Gilson filed suit against Mr. Marnin, along with an uninsured motorist
claim against her own carrier, American International South Insurance,
based on Mr. Marnin's phantom vehicle claim.
After Ms. Evans filed suit, the case was resolved at mediation for $900,000.00.
Mr. Marnin's carrier paid $850,000.00, and Ms. Gilson's carrier
paid $50,000.00 on her uninsured motorist claim.