EDIT: I was told the jury didn’t believe I was really hurt. …cuz I had surgery just cuz I FELT like it. Also, my favorite part of the trial is when Bob told everyone I was on Prozac…what?1 I’m sorry but you don’t do that!!
So only one person has any memories of me, huh?
Okay I’m sure everyone has heard about the Ashlee Simpson thing by now, but I actually SAW it for myself, I just haven’t had time to write about it yet, so I am going to write about it now. She was the musical guest on SNL. I really can’t stand this girl. She can’t act her way out of a paper bag, she’s a huge brat and she always has to get her way, and she’s just an okay singer and the only reason she gets all this hype is because of who her sister is. Anyway, she was the musical guest and her first song was “Pieces of Me,” which surprised me, cuz they usually don’t do their singles, and if they do, it’s usually the second song. I do like this song, I just don’t like her singing it. Anyway, when she sang it, I thought she sounded EXACTLY like the recording, the only difference is that she sounded a little off beat from her band. So the song ended and they went to the commercial and for the first time in like three years, nobody had sponsered the musical guest. And I laughed. So next song, the band starts playing “Pieces of Me” again and she turns around and looks at them and they don’t stop. She looked really mad. You could also hear her voice playing in the background and her lips were definitely not moving. She just walked off stage, way to be professional. She didn’t get a second chance. Then they came out for curtain call and she put her hands on her cheeks and said something like “I’m sorry guys, I’m so embarrassed. My band started playing the wrong song and I didn’t know what to do. Live TV, what can I say?” So then it came out a few days later that she was lip synching to save her voice. Psh.
Okay and now the real stuff…court.
Monday was jury picks. They gave us 28 jurors and we only needed twelve. We wound up taking the ENTIRE day until 5pm to pick them. 9 out of 10 challenges were used (each lawyer can dismiss up to five jurors) and the judge dismissed seven on his own and we went through EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE JURORS. There were only three women. We also had a Rabbi though heh. I didn’t feel really good about the jury though.
We had planned MONTHS ago that Brittany and Danna would testify. They have both met with Bob (my lawyer) TWICE, including this weekend. I talked to both of them on Monday night and they had BOTH said they would be coming in the next day. Then two hours later Bob calls me and tells me he just got an e-mail from Danna saying she doesn’t want to testify. No explanation. We tried getting a hold of her and she didn’t answer her phone and she didn’t call back. Still hasn’t. This isn’t like her. I don’t understand. The only thing I can think is that her Mom decided she didn’t want Danna to do it. Great.
Oh and yesterday morning Bob told us that the other side wanted to settle for $13,000, but he had told us that if we try it, we could get WAYmore than that, so we decided not to settle, cuz I REALLY need a car.
Yesterday we heard testifications (is that a word?) from my chriopractor, my surgeon, the woman who owned the physical therapy place (cuz my physical therapist just moved to California last month and it’s too expensive to fly her in), my Mom, Brittany, and myself. I was up there for a total of over two hours. It was scary. But it went really well and I was told by two of Bob’s lawyer friends that we have a really good case.
Then today Mrs Chiado and Mr Daley came in and testified. I really felt they helped us out. We waited 3.5 hours for the verdict and I downloaded Yahtzee for my cell phone hehe. Anyway, they found us each (MHS and myself) to be 50% at fault, so we did not win, but we did not lose either, so at least I will not be in debt. They decided that MHS should reimburse us for the medical bills, which totaled $12,515, but since they found me 50% at fault, we only get half of it, then I have to give Bob 1/3 and I have to pay people who testified for us and have to pay for depositions as well and I’ll only wind up with $1300. So then Bob tried to settle once again and they settled with $8900, so I’m going to wind up with a little over $2000.
The judge told me that the only reason I got any money at all is because I’m nice and that most people in my situation wouldn’t have gotten any money. And apparently we could have gotten more money in another county, but the people in Lake County are too conservative blah blah blah.
But we really don’t like Bob. He’s so whiny and a JAP (yes I realise I am projecting) but there is a time and a place for everything and if I can be not whiny in the court room, then ANYONE can be not whiny in the court room! Seriously. Not only that, but as soon as we got the verdict and the jury left the room, Bob told us he would have voted for MHS. WHAT THE EFF IS THAT?! My Dad is using him right now for his car accident and after hearing this, he is definitely firing Bob.
So much for getting a car. Oh well, it could be worse. :-