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.
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.