We began our case by investigating the social club who served beer to the intoxicated driver during the evening of the accident. Videotapes obtained from the social club depicted the defendant as swaying and having an unsteady gait prior to the time he was served. Pennsylvania law prohibits a liquor licensee from serving a patron alcoholic beverages if that individual is visibly intoxicated.
Based on the footage of the driver in the videotape, the case could move forward. The intoxicated driver testified while he was still in prison, conceding that he displayed behaviors that clearly showed he was intoxicated, while at the social club. Based on this testimony, his lawyers approached us about the possibility of pursuing mediation.
It was necessary to convey to the defense the unfathomable loss that was sustained by our client’s 8-year-old granddaughter. In order to portray the damages associated with the loss, our team interviewed approximately 20 individuals who knew the young mother well. Each witness was asked to relate a story about the young mother that best exemplified her character. These stories—unrehearsed, full of emotion, and heartfelt—conveyed the full extent of the loss by showing how she lived her life. The video recordings of the stories were shared during mediation and made great impact on defense counsel.