June 2012 - Aaron Haber and Todd Muchnick Obtain $3.1 Million Verdict for Death and Injuries Caused by Negligent Police Chase

A St. Louis City jury returned a total verdict of $3.1 Million for a family that suffered traumatic injuries in a motor vehicle accident. On December 3, 2009, agents of the Uplands Park Police Department attempted to stop a car that was traveling 46 in a 30 mile per hour zone. When that driver did not stop, the uncertified officer, at the direction of another officer, started a high speed police pursuit into the City of St. Louis. The fleeing vehicle struck another vehicle, causing the death of the driver, and serious personal injuries to the other occupants of the vehicle. After four days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for the plaintiffs.

A St. Louis City jury returned a total verdict of $3.1 Million for a family that suffered traumatic injuries in a motor vehicle accident. On December 3, 2009, agents of the Uplands Park Police Department attempted to stop a car that was traveling 46 in a 30 mile per hour zone. When that driver did not stop, the uncertified officer, at the direction of another officer, started a high speed police pursuit into the City of St. Louis. The fleeing vehicle struck another vehicle, causing the death of the driver, and serious personal injuries to the other occupants of the vehicle. The case has been followed by various media outlets over the last couple years, including FOX 2, the St. Louis Post Dispatch, and KMOV. After four days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict for the plaintiffs.

The attorneys at Muchnick & Haber worked with co-counsel, Richard Banks, who represented part of the family that was devastated in the accident. A lawsuit for wrongful death was filed in 2010 for the death of the driver and another lawsuit was filed for additional family members injured in the accident. After two years of significant discovery, it became clear that the pursuit was dangerous, erratic, and was not terminated as first reported. Through use of dispatch recordings and eyewitness testimony, we were able to show the pursuit had never been terminated.

In addition to the death of the driver of the vehicle struck during the pursuit, the remaining occupants of the vehicle suffered serious injuries. One plaintiff suffered multiple pelvic fractures. Two young boys suffered broken femurs and clavicles. A young girl suffered a fractured hip and a closed head injury. Our attorneys used expert medical testimony to explain the injuries and treatment to the jury. After two and a half hours, a unanimous verdict was returned by the jury.

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