MATTHEW A. HILLMAN
COREY SENECA ET AL.
FROM THE FIFTEENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT PARISH OF
LAFAYETTE, NO. C-2017-265 HONORABLE MICHELLE BREAUX, DISTRICT
G. Young Young, Cotter & Meade, LLC COUNSEL FOR
PLAINTIFF/APPELLANT: Matthew Hillman
composed of Sylvia R. Cooks, John D. Saunders and Elizabeth
A. Pickett, Judges.
R. COOKS JUDGE.
AND PROCEDURAL HISTORY
Hillman (Plaintiff) filed suit against Corey Seneca
(Defendant) and an unknown insurance company seeking damages
for injuries sustained as the result of an unprovoked attack
upon Plaintiff. Defendant did not file an answer to the
petition. Plaintiff obtained a default judgment and confirmed
the judgment after a hearing on the matter. The evidence
presented at the confirmation hearing in support of
Plaintiff's claims consisted of Plaintiff's testimony
and the "Sworn Narrative [Statement] of Treating
Dentist," Dr. Adrian M. Simms, DDS.
testified at the hearing giving his account of the attack and
explaining his injuries. He testified he did not provoke the
incident. His injuries required emergency medical treatment
at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital immediately following the
attack. Plaintiff needed fifteen stitches to repair the
damage to his upper lip. He visited his dentist two days
after the incident, at which time he says Dr. Simms diagnosed
a fracture to the backside of two of his front teeth. He made
two additional visits regarding his injuries. According to
this testimony, Plaintiff understood that the injury might
heal on its own but only time would tell. As of the date of
the hearing Plaintiff's injuries were not healed.
Plaintiff explained he could not eat solid food for two
months and endured "a great amount of pain and suffering
or anguish because of [his] injury" and was still
experiencing some level of pain as of the date of the
hearing. He was unable to work his regular job as a private
pilot for two months. Plaintiff testified his bill for the
emergency room was $1, 500 and his "out of pocket
cost" for the dentist was "about $1, 200."
Simms' written statement sets forth the following
undisputed facts which corroborate Plaintiff's testimony:
1. Dr. Simms is a doctor of dental surgery and is a
"Master of the Academy of General Dentistry."
2. He treated Plaintiff for injuries described in
Plaintiff's petition beginning on January 4, 2017.
3. Plaintiff was "hit in the mouth with great
4. Plaintiff sustained fractures to two of his teeth referred
to as "#24 and $25 [sic]."
5. Plaintiff's injuries to his teeth will require
treatment at a cost of $2, 590.
trial court awarded a total of $5, 394.19 in damages itemized