A St. Petersburg woman received a verdict of more than $600,000 on Wednesday for injuries she suffered in an April 2008 car accident. The verdict was reached by a Pinellas County jury after it deliberated for 1½ hours.

Katie Burnett, 32, received the verdict at the end of a three-day trial. Burnett sued Robert Norwood, the driver of a truck which ran a red light and hit her car in St. Petersburg.

Burnett suffered multiple injuries, including a broken pelvis and left hip, as a result of the accident. She testified that she was hospitalized for five days and had to use a walker while her hip and pelvic fractures healed.

Clearwater personal injury trial lawyer, Mark Roman of Roman Austin Personal Injury Lawyers claimed Burnett never fully recovered from her injuries and will need medical care for the remainder of her life. Norwood’s lawyer, Nathaniel Fisher, acknowledged the accident was serious but alleged Ms. Burnett recovered well after several months.

The jury of four women and two men awarded Ms. Burnett about $60,000 for past medical bills and $100,000 for future medical care. It awarded past and future pain and suffering damages of $260,000 and $224,000 respectively.

Burnett’s treating surgeon, Dr. George Canizares, testified that Ms. Burnett still suffers from accident-related injuries. He said she would probably need medical care at a cost of $1,500 to $2,000 per year.

Dr. John Shim, an expert witness for the defense, said Burnett’s hip could deteriorate as she ages. However, he said her remaining injuries were sprains and strains which should have healed fully by now.

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