Jury awards $78,400 to Crown Point woman injured in collision

2013-10-31T00:00:00Z 2013-10-31T22:47:11Z Jury awards $78,400 to Crown Point woman injured in collisionSusan Brown susan.brown@nwi.com, (219) 662-5325 nwitimes.com
October 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

CROWN POINT | A Lake County Superior Court jury awarded a Crown Point woman $78,400 for injuries suffered in a 2009 traffic collision.

Jurors initially awarded plaintiff Crystal Frahm, who recovered from neck injuries but now suffers from a chronic shoulder condition, $112,000 in damages.

As the law allows, jurors reduced the amount after determining Frahm was 30 percent at fault, according to an announcement issued Thursday.

Frahm was injured in an August 2009 collision at the intersection of Morse Street and 159th Avenue with a car driven by the defendant, Katie Bolton, of Lowell. Jurors determined Bolten was 70 percent at fault.

"This case should have been settled years ago, but State Farm, Bolton's insurance company, made their typically ridiculous low offer of only $20,000 to settle the case," said Frahm's attorney, John Kopack, of Merrillville.

Defense attorney Christopher Johnson, of Crown Point, declined comment Thursday.

Kopack said State Farm's expert witness, an Indianapolis medical doctor paid $1,200 an hour for his services, admitted his opinions were based on a review of Frahm's medical record, having never examined Frahm.

The medical doctor testified Frahm's shoulder condition was not caused by the collision but from repetitive strain and use of her shoulder while moving heavy patients as a certified nursing assistant, Kopack said.

Jurors reviewed thousands of pages of medical records and exhibits and judged the credibility of witnesses, rendering a fair verdict, Kopack said of the trial's outcome.

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