Smith Haughey Client Receives "One of the Largest Jury Awards in Leelanau County's History" Amounting to $650K

Michigan, January 22, 2013 — Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge is pleased to announce that attorney R. Jay Hardin received a verdict on behalf of his client for $650,000, one of the largest jury awards in Leelanau County’s history. Jay represented client Colton Brooks, who was injured in a tractor accident while working voluntarily on a cherry farm.

In the summer of 2011, 17-year-old Brooks received little to no training before operating the cherry catcher (tractor) at Stanton Orchards. A brake on the cherry catcher failed while Brooks was on a hill. This caused him to lose control and the 4,000-pound tractor slammed into a tree, pinning Brooks against it. Brooks’ leg was broken, and he has experienced additional complications since the accident. He is expected to undergo more surgery in the future. Brooks’ award is intended to cover past and future health care costs and past and future pain and suffering.

Jay Hardin is an attorney in Smith Haughey’s Traverse City office. For 20 years, he represented health care providers in the defense of medical malpractice claims. Now, he uses his vast medical knowledge and trial skills to benefit his clients involved in personal injury, wrongful death, and other plaintiffs cases.

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