On Wednesday night, after a three-day jury trial, a five-man and one-woman Pinellas County jury handed down a $9.5 million dollar verdict (including $6 million dollars in punitive damages) in favor of our client, Dermatologist Robert Albergo, M.D. of Palm Harbor. Dr. Albergo suffered from severe injuries after his wife, the Defendant, pointed a .357 Smith & Wesson Magnum Revolver at his knees and pulled the trigger in their home in December 2014. Dr. Albergo’s direct injuries from the attack triggered the onset of a severely painful condition called Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, or CRPS, formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy, or RSD.
One of the most critical issues in this trial addressing damages for the injuries caused to Mr. Albergo from the assault and battery was determined by ballistic, firearm, and blood spatter evidence provided by several experts including Firearm Specialist Jennifer Clark of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) and Blood Spatter Expert Anna Cox. The verdict to find liability on the part of the Defendant was returned after less than an hour of jury deliberation, demonstrating a message of Pinellas County’s intolerance towards those who choose to commit domestic violence with a handgun. It is our sincere hope that this trial result will provide Dr. Albergo peace of mind and help to make our communities a safer place to live and raise our families.
Congratulations to the trial team for this victory (pictured above from left to right) Legal Assistant John Hart, Litigation Paralegal Margo Lee, Attorney Wil Florin, Dr. Albergo, and Attorney Chad Florin. We would also like to congratulate and thank Dr. Albergo as well, whom we were pleased to represent through this process.