Case: Car Accident Injury -
Herb Sparks v. USAA and Kimberly Faulkner
Car Accident Verdict: $ 2,907,386
By: William F. McMurry
In September, 2001 Herb Sparks, an attorney in Metcalfe County,
was stopped in traffic on US 68 in Edmonton. His vehicle
was rear ended by a car driven by Kimberly Faulkner. Mr.
Sparks was taken by ambulance to the emergency room in Glasgow
with head, neck and back pain and released. Within days
of the accident he began experiencing memory and concentration
problems and headaches in addition to neck and back pain.
His treating physician ultimately referred him to a specialist
who performed a neuropsychological evaluation and diagnosed Mr.
Sparks with a traumatic brain injury.
Ms. Faulkner's insurance company offered its $25,000 policy
limits. Mr. Sparks then sought the underinsured motorist
(UIM) benefits he purchased from his insurance company, United
Services Automobile Association ("USAA"). After
reviewing the medical records and other information regarding
the accident, USAA informed Mr. Sparks that the $25,000 he received
from Ms. Faulkner's insurance company "adequately compensated"
him for his injuries. Represented by car accident attorney
William F. McMurry on September 15, 2005, the jury disagreed
with USAA's valuation of Mr. Sparks injuries and returned a
verdict in the amount of $2,907,386.
Testimonial from Herb Sparks