“Shocking” pattern of events

January 2, 2013

  • 157 Evidence
  • 157IV Admissibility in General
  • 157IV(C) Similar Facts and Transactions
  • 157k133 Showing Intent or Malice or Motive
  • 157k135 Fraud
  • 157k135(1) k. In general.

157 EvidenceTrial court in personal injury action in which guest alleged that she received severe electrical shock when attempting to turn off light in her motel room did not abuse its discretion in admitting, in support of defense theory that “accident” was staged, evidence pertaining to prior accidents involving guest, her family, and/or various family operated businesses and resulting insurance claims; such evidence was admitted to show a pattern and practice involving acquisition of large amounts of insurance, followed in close order by accident, usually either unwitnessed or witnessed by party involved in some capacity in other related accidents, for which injuries are claimed but in connection with which no extended hospitalization occurred, and which usually resulted in relatively modest settlement readily accepted by allegedly injured party.
Williamson v. Haynes Best W. of Alexandria, 95-1725 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1/29/97), 688 So. 2d 1201 writ denied, 97-1145 La. 6/20/97, 695 So. 2d 1355 (La.App. 4 Cir. 1997)
Suggested By Jody Nathan, Partner; Stauffer & Nathan; Tulsa, OK