DBJ Wins $3.25 Million Premises Liability Verdict

DBJ attorney Scott S. Bethune successfully earned a jury verdict on behalf of client Amie Wieland against Grain Valley truck insurance provider Owner-Operator Services, Inc. (OOIDA)  Wieland survived being shot in the head by her abusive ex-boyfriend after he waited for over an hour in ambush for Wieland in her car after work.  The Jackson County, Missouri jury found that OOIDA had a duty to follow its own domestic violence protocol, and that it did not follow that protocol when it allowed Wieland to park in a lot farther away from the building and in not notifying its security of the threat, leaving Wieland vulnerable.

Bethune noted, “It’s something that the defendant had experience with these type of issues in the past and they had a protocol in place, and they just didn’t follow the protocol.”  DBJ asked for $2.75 million in settlement prior to trial and defendants offered $520,000.  The jury sided with Wieland and awarded her $3.25 million.

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