Harnish v. Corra (Signed Opinion)Annotate this Case
Plaintiff filed a complaint against Defendant alleging that he suffered past medical expenses arising from a car accident. Defendant admitted liability for the accident but denied that the accident injured Plaintiff’s right knee and caused the need for knee surgery. Rather, Defendant argued that Plaintiff’s knee problems were caused by preexisting conditions unrelated to the accident. The jury awarded Plaintiff past medical expenses of $9,620, which is the amount of damages that Plaintiff alleged were the result of his neck and back injuries. Plaintiff moved for a new trial, arguing that there was uncontroverted evidence that his knee condition was caused by the car accident. The circuit court granted a new trial, finding that the preexisting conditions in Plaintiff’s right knee were aggravated in the car accident. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that the circuit court abused its discretion in deciding to grant Plaintiff a new trial based on its finding that the jury verdict was against the weight of the evidence.