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“Continuing Difficulties” Required to Establish an Inability to Lead a Normal Life

Motor Vehicle Litigation / May 1, 2019


Shemetria Springer v John Doe and Liberty Mutual Insurance Company, illustrates that a minor injury for a short period of time is simply not enough to meet what is commonly referred to as the McCormick Threshold.

Springer underscores that a plaintiff must present evidence that the subject accident resulted in “continuing difficulties” in his or her general ability to lead a normal life. Moreover, a plaintiff’s testimony regarding occasional and rare physical activities, alone, is not significant enough to affect the general ability to lead a normal life.

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