Mountain Dearborn Wins Record Worcester Jury Award of $7.5 Million

March 28, 2019 2:29 pm Published by Katherine A. Bagdis Patricia Finnegan Gates James D. O'Brien, Jr.

Attorneys for Mountain Dearborn and Whiting LLP prevailed at trial in a personal injury lawsuit that produced a jury verdict believed to be the highest recorded in Worcester County.

Our client, a 34-year-old woman, was a passenger in a car that was stopped in a traffic jam on an interstate highway. Her car was struck from behind by the defendant’s pickup truck at a speed of 63 miles per hour. The impact forced our client’s car into and beneath a tractor-trailer that was stopped in front of her car.

Defendants admitted liability; the case went to trial solely to determine the amount of damages.

After a two-week trial, a Worcester Superior Court jury awarded our client $7.465 million dollars for injuries that have left her with major physical limitations, chronic and severe pain, and incurable incontinence. As a result of the award, our client will be able to obtain the assistance she needs on a daily basis, to move into a barrier-free residence, and to pay for her future medical bills. The award is believed to be one of the largest ever made by a Worcester Superior Court jury.


Attorney Katherine Bagdis works on a variety of issues, including estate planning, divorce, guardianships, conservatorships, civil litigation, personal injury claims, medical malpractice, tax questions, real estate transactions and Civil Appeals, as well as other legal issues.
An experienced adviser and forceful client advocate, Attorney Patricia Gates provides valued counsel on diverse real estate matters, from simple real estate transactions to complex land use and development issues. She has handled numerous Applications for Abatement on significant commercial properties in Worcester, netting her clients close to $1 million in tax refunds in the last three years. 
Attorney James D. O'Brien, Jr. has represented clients in every court in the Commonwealth. His practice concentrates primarily in diverse civil matters such as contract and tort claims between individuals and corporations, complex commercial litigation, personal injury claims, stockholder disputes, medical malpractice, probate and domestic relation cases, municipal disputes and employment litigation.

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