Following an unexpected turn of events a month before trial, Laurel Stevenson became lead counsel in a transportation case involving significant orthopedic injuries and a traumatic brain injury.  Laurel associated with Adam Reich of Thorpe Shwer in Phoenix, Arizona after she became lead counsel, and they were assisted by paralegal Kellie Mitchem.  The case was tried in Webster County, Marshfield, Missouri.  The plaintiff, who was 25 years old at the time of the accident, claimed that Laurel’s client violated multiple federal regulations.  Plaintiff underwent eight surgeries following the accident, and one of her medical experts testified that she would need at least two knee replacements within the next 20-25 years. Plaintiff had medical bills in excess of $360,000, and other economic losses in excess of $4 million. There were eight experts in the case, six of whom ultimately testified at trial. After seven pre-trial conferences and a five-day jury trial, the jury deliberated for 40 minutes before returning a unanimous defense verdict.