Tom Metier, the senior managing partner of Metier Law Firm, has secured the largest personal injury verdict in Colorado’s history after completing a two-week trial in Denver District Court. The lawsuit focused on a claim of negligence against an at-fault driver and a product liability claim against a seatbelt manufacturer.
Tom represented a Colorado woman who suffered a cervical fracture and spinal cord injury at C6-7 leaving the married mother of four small children without the use of her legs, and with only limited use of her hands.
In 2013, Tom’s client was riding in a 1994 Honda Civic southbound on I-25 when her car was struck by a driver attempting a U-turn through the emergency median. After being hit by the at-fault driver, the woman’s car rolled over multiple times.
Tom argued the case before a millennial jury. Except for one juror, all were between the ages of 20 to 29. Most were single and did not have children. One juror was married and pregnant, and another was in a serious relationship. Despite the lifestyle differences between Tom’s client and the jurors, he secured the amount in damages he asked for in his closing argument.
The jury verdict resulted in $5,000,000 in non-economic damages, $15,000,000 in economic damages, $30,000,000 for permanent impairment and disfigurement, and $2,000,000 for her husband’s loss of consortium.
After three years of case preparation, Tom and his partner Phil Chupik were pleased to obtain this significant victory for their clients, but all the accolades and awards count for very little considering the permanent damage these negligent acts have inflicted on a strong woman, mother and wife.