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Jury awards less than arbitration board

Published March 07. 2012 05:01PM

A mother and daughter hoping to get a greater verdict from a jury than was awarded by an arbitration board were disappointed when the jury awarded them less than the board after a one day trial held Tuesday in Schuylkill County court.

Linette Krutz and daughter, Kristen Petrovich, 794 Schuylkill Mountain Road, were awarded damages of only $3,000 by a jury for injuries they suffered in an accident on Nov. 20, 2007, along SR183 in Cressona. An arbitration board had awarded them $6,000 in damages last June.

An arbitration board is composed of three attorneys appointed by the president judge to hear civil cases in which damages sought are less than $50,000.

The defendants, Christopher Declit, 920 Garfield Avenue, Pottsville, the driver whose vehicle collided with the car driven by Krutz, and Harold Hunsinger, 18 N. Lake Drive, Pottsville, owner of the car, both were named defendants in the suit. Neither one was in court as it was admitted their car struck the Krutz car.

The only issue raised before the jury was on the claim of injuries Krutz suffered. The defense brought out she had been involved in an accident about 20 years ago when her vehicle was rear ended by a tractor trailer truck and her medical records showed the treatment she has been receiving.

Judge Cyrus Palmer Dolbin was the trial judge. A group of seniors from Tamaqua Area High school sat in on the trial and were addressed by Dolbin before the trial started.

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