$5.25 Million Jury Verdict Obtained for Missouri Woman Injured in Head-On Collision

Langdon & Emison obtained a $5.25 million verdict on behalf of a woman injured in a 2016 head-on collision yesterday afternoon in Dallas County, Missouri.  After a four-day trial, the jury awarded $4.25 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.  Langdon & Emison attorneys Mark Emison and Lindsey Scarcello led the legal team in this matter, Knight v. Zey, Case No.: 17BE-CC00008-01.

The crash occurred on Highway 7 in Benton County, Missouri. The plaintiff suffered severe and permanent orthopedic injuries to her leg, ankle, and arm. The plaintiff’s legal team showed that the defendant drove under the influence at the time of the crash and showed a reckless disregard for the safety of others, which justified punitive damages.  The verdict also includes damages for past and future medical costs, past and future pain and suffering, mental anguish, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Mark Emison has been recognized by Missouri Lawyers Weekly and Super Lawyers as one of the state’s top lawyers under 40, with special distinction for his work in personal injury litigation.  He serves on multiple boards of legal and nonprofit organizations, including the Midwest Innocence Project, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the investigation, litigation and exoneration of wrongfully convicted men and women. A graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, he is also a board member of the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys and the Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. 

Lindsey Scarcello has been a member of legal teams at Langdon & Emison in a wide array of personal injury matters.  In 2018 she was included in the National Trial Lawyers’ 40 Under 40 list for the state of Missouri.  Before joining the firm nearly six years ago, Lindsey earned her law degree from University of Missouri – Kansas City School of Law, where she was awarded a Second Century Scholarship for academic excellence.  She also received the Robert C. Byrd and Bright Flight scholarships.   

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