Appeal from the 35th District Court Brown County, Texas Trial
Court Cause No. CV-11-10374
consists of: Bailey, C.J., Stretcher, J., and Wright, S.C.J.
WRIGHT SENIOR CHIEF JUSTICE
Simpson sued Christina Juarez Bright to recover damages for
injuries that she received as the result of a car wreck.
After a jury trial, the trial court entered a judgment in
favor of Simpson in accordance with the verdict of the jury.
This appeal is from that judgment. We reverse and remand.
testified that, as she drove to work on the morning that the
collision occurred, she approached a familiar intersection.
As she came up to the intersection, she noticed that the
traffic light changed to yellow; she thought that she could
safely proceed through the intersection. Bright testified
that she was traveling below the speed limit.
however, testified that the traffic light was green when
Simpson entered the intersection. The front of Bright's
vehicle collided with the side of Simpson's vehicle, and
the impact caused Simpson's vehicle to go into the
adjacent lane of traffic where it collided with another
vehicle. Simpson's vehicle finally came to rest in
oncoming lanes of traffic on the other side of the
two years after the collision occurred, Simpson sued Bright
for damages allegedly suffered as a result of the collision.
In her lawsuit, Simpson alleged that Bright's negligence
and/or gross negligence caused Simpson's injuries, most
of which were related to her back and leg.
case went to trial before a jury about seven years after the
date of the collision. The jury awarded the following damages
to Simpson, for a total of $213, 561.08:
• $50, 000.00 for past physical pain and mental anguish
• $75, 000.00 for future physical pain and mental
• $25, 000.00 for past physical impairment
• $40, 000.00 for future physical impairment
• $23, 561.08 for past medical expenses
the jury returned its verdict, Bright filed a motion for
judgment notwithstanding the verdict. In her motion, Bright
claimed that Simpson did not present any expert medical
testimony to support the jury's verdict that the