As reported by Courtroom View Network, in a wrongful death case involving a 22-year-old mother of two, “Trent Speckhals’ closing argument emphasized the importance of non-economic damages and helped deliver a hefty award. Fatima Bird died in a late night, 2008 head-on wreck with Otis South, a drunk driver traveling the wrong way on I-20 in Douglas County, Georgia. Speckhals added Bird’s potentially most tragic loss fell with the life she would never share with her children, who were 2 and 10 months old when their mother died. ‘She’s never going to hear the four most beautiful words a mother could hear,’ Speckhals said. ‘She never got to hear, I love you, Mommy.’”
The jury returned a verdict for $5.35 million.