Kurt Zaner

Friday, October 29th, 2021 // From 8:30am to 10:45am

Subject: Premises CRPS

2 hr Case Analysis


Kurt has secured the largest premises liability verdict in the history of Colorado ($16,000.000.00) and has appeared on Good Morning America, World News Tonight, and every local media outlet including the Denver Post and local CBS, ABC, and Fox affiliates. He is a published author of Federal and State case law, including Colorado law establishing the right to punitive damages for victims of drunk drivers; he also authored legal articles on distracted driving as well as articles on ancient Roman trial methods. Locally, he was recently elected to the Board of the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association (CTLA) for his fifth consecutive year and serves on several committees. Nationally, after serving as President of the New Lawyers Division for the American Association of Justice. Kurt now serves on the Budget Committee of the entire 20,000-member organization as well as the Board of Governors. He also acts as a certified End Distracted Driving (EndDD Program) presenter.

Case Analysis Details

"Valear v. Q3 Contracting"

Opening Statement & Closing Argument

Denver Jury found that Q3 negligently left three live electrical wires hidden in a power pedestal that provides power to mobile home park. Plaintiff Jon Valaer was an electrician who was working on the site five months later and was electrocuted when he touched the energized pedestal. 143,000 in past meds.

The shock was a 120v shock and D hired the electrical shock bioelectric scientist expert out of Minnesota to opine that this shock was .1 of a second and could never hurt anyone. They also had a handful of comparative fault arguments (failing to wear gloves and test for power) that the defense lawyer from Orange County told me worked on all five of his focus groups at 30% comparative.

The verdict was $8,400,000, the jury found 0% comparative fault and awarded 3 million for future meds, 1 million for pain and suffering (cap in CO is a million) and 4.4 in impairment (uncapped).