On Friday a Hinds County jury returned a $2.5 million plaintiff verdict in Williams v. Ilercil. The jury apportioned 85% fault to St. Dominic Hospital, which settled before trial, and 15% to the defendant Orhan Ilercil.

Of the verdict, $872,000 was for economic damages. After applying the $500,000 cap for non-economic damage, the total verdict is $1,372,000. 15% of that is $205,800.

The pre-trial order explains the facts and parties’ theories: Ilercil pre-trial order.

The Defendant also wants a set-off for the amount of St. Dominic’s settlement.

Heber Simmons and Bryan ‘Trey’ Smith with Simmons Smith Mercier & Harris in Ridgeland represented the plaintiff.

Whit Johnson and Senica Tubwell with Currie Johnson in Flowood represented the defendant.

Circuit Judge Tomie Green presided.

My Take:

On the surface, the totality of the case seems like a good result for the plaintiff. It also doesn’t seem like a terrible result for the defendant. Even St. Dominic came out looking smart for settling.

It will be interesting to see whether the plaintiff cross-appeals on the constitutionality of the non-economic caps if the defendant appeals.

How the Court addresses the defendant’s argument for apportionment and set-off would also be interesting.