Charles W Ross Jr. v. Donna L Paper, et al.

  • Court: Florida State, Duval County, Fourth Circuit Court
  • Case number: 2021-CA-003764
  • Filed: July 1, 2021
  • Judge: Wallace, III, Waddell A.
  • Case Type: Auto Negligence Case

Parties Involved

  • Plaintiff: Charles W Ross Junior
    • Counsel for Plaintiff: Julissa Rivera Ali | Adam Frederick Regar
    • Expert Witnesses for Plaintiff: Mark Frisk, MD
  • Defendant: Donna L Paper | Samuel E Paper
    • Counsel for Defendant: Tiffany Monique Jones | James Conor Durstein
    • Expert Witnesses for Defendant: Philip R. Hardy, M.D.

Verdict Information

  • Verdict date: April 11, 2024
  • Total damages awarded to Plaintiff: $78,060.00
    • Past medical expenses: $47,380
    • Past non-economic damages: $30,680

About the Case


Samuel E. Paper , a resident of Duval County, Florida, owned a 2008 Toyota Sequoia. On February 18, 2020, he had permitted Donna L. Paper to drive the vehicle and knew it was being operated near Kernan Blvd. and Atlantic Blvd Service Road in Jacksonville, Duval County, Florida. At that time and place, Donna L. Paper had failed to observe Charles W Ross Junior’s (the Plaintiff) vehicle traveling north on Kernan Blvd. Consequently, she collided with the left side of the Plaintiff’s vehicle. Donna L. Paper had a duty to exercise reasonable care in the operation of her motor vehicle. However, she breached this duty when she failed to exercise reasonable care and ended up colliding with the Plaintiff’s vehicle. The Plaintiff was exercising due care for his own safety at all times. On July 1, 2021, the Plaintiff filed an auto negligence case against the Defendant.


As a direct and proximate result of the motor vehicle accident, the Plaintiff had suffered bodily injury. This resulted in pain and suffering, disability, and disfigurement. Furthermore, the Plaintiff had lost the capacity to enjoy life and had lost earnings. The Plaintiff had also lost the ability to earn money and had experienced mental anguish. Additionally, the Plaintiff had incurred expenses for hospitalization, medical, and nursing care. The Plaintiff had also experienced an aggravation of a previously existing condition. These losses were either permanent or continuing, and the Plaintiff would suffer from them in the future.


In the present auto negligence case, the Plaintiff demanded damages in excess of $30,001 dollars for all the injuries suffered by him as a result of the accident. This amount was exclusive of attorney’s fees, interests and other costs. The Plaintiff also demanded for a trial by jury.

Jury Verdict

On April 11, 20234, a Florida jury found the Defendant to be guilty of the charges and awarded the Plaintiff a total of $78,060 in past damages. Out of the $78,060, $47,380 was awarded to cover the past medical expenses and $30, 680 was awarded as damages for the past emotional, mental and physical suffering, pain and anguish of the Plaintiff.

Court Documents:

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