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Johnson Abdallah Wins $750,000 Jury Verdict for Injured Client

Oct 1, 14

Johnson, Abdallah, Bollweg & Parsons, LLP is pleased to announce that a Sioux Falls jury in Minnehaha County has returned a verdict in the amount of $750,000 in favor of one of the firm's clients.

Attorney Scott Abdallah represented the injured party, Trooper Dave Knutson, and tried the case before the jury.

Trooper Knutson was on duty and had parked in his vehicle along Interstate 229 to assist another motorist. The defendant was overdriving the icy conditions, lost control of her vehicle, and slammed into Knutson's parked patrol car at 65 miles per hour.

Trooper Knutson was left with permanent neck injuries.

As reported by the Sioux Falls Argus Leader, "[the defendant] pleaded guilty to overdriving for road conditions, and her insurance company paid the state for repair of the cruiser but balked at a settlement that would have covered Knutson's long-term medical bills or compensated him for pain and suffering."

In fact, the defendant's insurance company had made an offer of only $20,000 prior to trial.

As a result, Trooper Knutson was forced to proceed to trial in order to vindicate his rights.

After reviewing all of the evidence, the jury awarded Trooper Knutson a substantial verdict of $750,000 as compensation for his pain, suffering, and permanent injuries.

"Hopefully, this incident will remind people how important it is to slow down," said Abdallah.

Knutson v. Herberg, Civ. No. 11-2490 (Minnehaha County, Second Judicial Circuit).

It is great to work with the attorneys at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah. They always provide excellent advice and service that is second to none.

Mike Miller | former NBA player

The lawyers at Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah are consistently ranked as the top business lawyers in the state. Our business can always count on them to aggressively fight for our rights and provide straight-forward advice on complex issues.

Mark McNeary | Primrose Retirement Communities, LLC

Lawyers from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah regularly participate in legal education by judging intramural student skills competitions; helping prepare our nationally competitive litigation skills teams; serving or leading the South Dakota State Bar's Law School Committee; and, from time to time , providing guest lecturers. The Law School is grateful for the generous participation of lawyers like those from Johnson, Janklow, and Abdallah.

Tom Geu | former Dean, USD School of Law