After the defense rejected a $15,000 settlement, a Waterbury Superior Court jury has awarded $228,000 to a woman who was injured in a car accident on Interstate 84 in 2016.
The six-person jury deliberated for 45 minutes Dec. 19 before rendering the verdict in favor of the plaintiff. The defense has filed a motion to set aside the verdict.
The plaintiff was the only person to testify during the seven-hour trial, which boiled down to causation and damages, according to her attorney.
“The jury realized that the injury to her left shoulder was lifelong and permanent,” said Krevolin, an associate with Adelman Hirsch & Connors in Bridgeport. “Adrienne was believed by the jury. Oftentimes, one of the biggest fears is whether you will be believed by a group of strangers on a jury.”
The plaintiff, 60, was driving her 2012 Honda CRV eastbound on Interstate 84 in April 2016 when Romina Halim’s Chevrolet Cobalt crossed three lanes of traffic and struck her head-on, Krevolin said.
Police cited Halim for failure to maintain a proper lane.
The plaintiff, a Hamden resident, suffered injuries to her left shoulder, a strain to her cervical spine and injuries to her left arm and hand, Krevolin said.
She described pain in her left upper shoulder during the trial, Krevolin said.
While neither side called on doctors to testify, Krevolin said two doctors’ reports attributed Delucca’s pain to the accident. Those doctors were her primary care physician and an orthopedist.
Krevolin said the defense offered to settle for $6,500, which was immediately turned down. Krevolin said he offered $15,000, which the defense refused.
Superior Court Judge Barbara Brazzel-Massaro presided over the case.