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Ohio Verdicts

Find out about the most important recent Ohio cases, selected by VerdictSearch editors. Coverage includes Cuyahoga, Franklin and Hamilton counties.

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Insurer argued that driver’s injuries were pre-existing

A Summit County jury awarded $150,000 to Janelle Bilek for injuries she allegedly sustained in a motor vehicle accident. This was a broadside collision caused when Loria Testa failed to yield the right-of-way to Bilek’s vehicle when making a left turn. Bilek settled her claim against Testa and then pursued underinsured motorist benefits from Peerless Indemnity Insurance Company. According to Bilek, she suffered chest, knee and wrist injuries in the subject accident, for which she required treatment with her primary care physician, as well as several knee injections for pain. While Testa’s fault was not contested, Peerless disputed the nature and extent of the injuries claimed and also argued that the injuries were pre-existing.
Bilek v. Testa
Summit County

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Leaky propane tank not cause of headaches, defense claimed

A negligence suit filed by Manav Manawalia in Franklin County resulted in a defense verdict. Manawalia had argued that a propone tank he purchased at a Kroger store, and which was filled by Ferrellgas LP, had leaked gas while he was seated in his car with the windows closed, causing headaches and lightheadedness. He sued Kroger and Ferrellgas, but Ferrellgas was dismissed prior to trial. Kroger argued that there was no proof of a causal connection between the alleged exposure to propane gas fumes and Manawalia’s headaches and lightheadedness. Kroger further argued that Manawalia assumed the risk of injury by transporting the tanks in the car with closed windows. The jury agreed with Kroger and apportioned 51-percent liability to Manawalia.
Manawalia v. Kroger Co.
Franklin County

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Plaintiff: Police punched him, kept him in locker room for days

A Cuyahoga County jury awarded $22 million to a man who claimed his rights were violated by members of the East Cleveland Police Department. Arnold Black, who was arrested by detective Randy Hicks and officer Jonathan O’Leary, claimed Hicks struck him in the face at the time of the arrest and during transport. He also claimed he was kept in a locker room for four days without food and water and was forced to urinate in a nearby locker. He sued the city of East Cleveland, Hicks, O’Leary and police chief Ralph Spotts. Liability was disputed, but the jury found for Black on his claims for civil rights violations, false imprisonment/arrest, battery, supervisor liability and spoliation. The award included $10 million in punitive damages.
Black v. Hicks
Cuyahoga County

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Ohio Verdicts

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