Bill Chamblee and Annik Morgan: Thank you for your efforts the past several years defending this case culminating in our unanimous defense verdict yesterday afternoon. Bill, you tried a wonderful case. You put the complex evidence before the jury in understandable terms. Your closing remarks were powerful.
Annik, your work-up and relentless search to find outstanding expert support was vital to the defense. You found strong support with unimpeachable credentials and experience. Their credibility bolstered our insured’s credibility in a case that was not without challenges as no one had an answer, to this day, at to the cause of an apparent iatrogenic injury. Your efforts put Bill in position to effectively defend the case at trial. Annik, your participation at trial was just as important. It was truly impressive, and important to our defense, that you immediately pulled the pharmacy record on anxiety medications when she denied on direct examination that she’d taken anti-anxiety medications prior to her complications from surgery. That document further dented the credibility of the plaintiff and her attorney.
The insured wrote me this morning thanking me for assembling the team that defended him. We all know how important these cases are to our physicians. It had to be jarring to see plaintiff counsel blackboard over $21,000,000 in damages sought. You and I have worked with this insured on several cases over the past decade and have yet to make an indemnity payment on his behalf. He and I both are very thankful for your efforts. I only have a glimpse into the preparation and time spent in preparing to defend a case at trial. Your efforts do not go unnoticed or unappreciated.
Again, thanks and congratulations to each of you.
– Regional Manager, Claims Operations