Robert W. Johnson & Associates was retained to: (a) present economic testimony that would help the jury quantify the plaintiff’s loss of enjoyment of life as well as his wife's loss of consortium and (b) to prepare LIFE ACTIVITY CALENDARS, admitted through lay testimony, that would illustrate how this couple’s lifestyle had been shattered by his injuries.
Location: Altus, Oklahoma
Case: Henderson, et al., vs. Petro, et al.
Court: District Court of Jackson County No. CJ-95-64, Oklahoma.
Plaintiff’s Attorneys: Attorney John P. Zelbst, Lawton, Oklahoma.
Case Synopsis: Mr. Henderson, a 57-year-old rancher, earning $80,000 per year, was
attempting to make a left turn into a ranch driveway to check on a sale of livestock. The defendant,
driving a tractor-trailer, traveling in the same direction as Mr. Henderson but several cars behind,
crossed over the double yellow line and attempted to pass Mr. Henderson.
The defendant's tractor-trailer
struck Mr. Henderson's pickup truck flush on the driver's side. Mr. Henderson suffered
multiple skeletal and internal injuries and profound trauma to his brain that rendered him a
hemiplegic on his right side. His future medical cost and lost income from ranching had a present
value of approximately $1,000,000.
The injuries to Mr. Henderson drained the color out of his life. His activities that were greatly reduced or eliminated by his injuries, included working as a rancher,
horseback riding with his children and grandchildren, yard work, predator control, vacationing, rodeo
events, attending church, etc. Mrs. Henderson's life was altered from a happy homemaker, who
shared vacations, yard work, and attended church with her husband, to that of a 24-hour nurse's aide.