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Posted by: Kreis White & Christy Gibson on Nov 27, 2013

Court: TN Court of Appeals


Donna Keene Holt, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellant, Johnny Pyle.

Brian H. Trammell, Knoxville, Tennessee, for the appellee, Betty Mullins.


Johnny Pyle sued Betty Mullins for personal injuries sustained in a three-vehicle accident.1 Mullins admitted liability. The issue of damages was tried to a jury. At the close of the proof, the jury returned a verdict awarding Pyle $15,000 in compensatory damages. The trial court, in its role as the thirteenth juror, affirmed the verdict. Pyle appeals. He claims the verdict should be set aside because of a lack of material evidence to support the verdict, erroneous evidentiary rulings, and the failure of the court to instruct the jury regarding a preexisting condition. On our review, we conclude that there is no reversible error. Accordingly, the judgment of the trial court is affirmed.

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