Callis opens damages trial in 2002 car accident personal injury case

Amelia Flood Jan. 18, 2011, 8:31am


A damages trial is under way in an eight year-old personal injury suit brought by a woman who claims her neck injuries were the result of collision in Alton.

Jury selection took place Monday morning in the suit brought by plaintiff Margaret Davenport with opening statements and the start of her case taking place after the lunch hour.

Margaret Davenport is seeking at least $11,000 in medical bills and other damages in the suit brought against Jason Krankle.

Krankle has admitted that his car struck the car Davenport was a
passenger in eight years ago.

While the defense has also admitted Davenport's $11,688.90 in medical bills is reasonable, defense attorney Paul Travous questioned whether all of Davenport's bills relate to the 2002 accident.

Davenport was riding in a car driven by Henry Campbell when Krankle struck their pick-up truck.

According to statements made by the attorneys in the case, the suit was dropped at one point and later re-filed.

Campbell as well as several of Davenport's treating doctors are slated to testify in the plaintiff's case.

Plaintiff's counsel David Dugan discussed his client's treatment history.

Dugan acknowledged his client had sought treatments over the eight year span and that she had one other incident involving her neck when a disabled client at her work attacked and choked her.

Travous questioned the onset of pain she sought treatment for in 2006, four years following the accident and again 2008.

Alton chiropractor Gerald Bemis took the stand to open the plaintiff's case.

Testimony was set to continue into Monday afternoon.

Former Madison County Circuit Judge Daniel Stack previously oversaw
the case.

Madison County Chief Judge Ann Callis presides.

The case is Madison case number 09-L-935.

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