The following is a very small sample of the results that have been achieved on specific cases. Please keep in mind that every case is unique and must be evaluated on its own facts and circumstances. Our firm represents people in both large cities and small rural communities, and handles cases ranging in value from a few thousand dollars to cases that are worth millions of dollars. Since 1984, our firm has recovered over one billion dollars* for our clients.
*Cumulative results, not indicative of results for any individual case.
Eight-year-old boy was rendered a quadriplegic after being involved in a horrendous automobile collision. The driver at fault was traveling in a county ambulance. He was not responding to an emergency call, nor were any lights or sirens in use. In the right lane next to him and ahead was a second potentially at fault driver. The second driver pulled into the ambulance's lane and stopped at a signal. The ambulance driver did not brake in time and clipped the rear of that vehicle. Instead of swerving to the right where the traffic was light and moving in the same direction, the ambulance driver swerved into oncoming traffic. He ran head on into the vehicle where the child was a backseat passenger.
Testimony varied as to whether the car that pulled into the ambulance driver's lane did so negligently, but it was established that the ambulance driver had time to either stop or move to the right to avoid the collision. The child was unconscious at the scene with obvious serious injuries but emergency personnel failed to stabilize his neck and spinal cord before moving him from the vehicle. The child was taken to a local emergency room where his parents were told that his neck was broken and that he would probably never walk again. The child is quadriplegic and dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He is catheterized for urine every four hours and receives tube feedings every four hours through a tube inserted into his abdomen directly into his stomach. He also suffered a seatbelt injury, which resulted in the necessity of a colostomy - where a segment of the bowel is brought through the abdominal wall for drainage into a bag. He requires round the clock supervision. He receives daily anti-depressant medication. Insurance proceeds were obtained from both personal and county government policies.
Seven year old girl killed when drunk driver in an SUV forcefully rear ended the mid-sized car where child was a back seat passenger. The smaller vehicle burst into flames after the collision. Her mother who was driving suffered minor head injuries.
An eight year old boy drowned while in the care of camp counselors. Prior to the child attending the camp, his parents had signed a waiver releasing the camp from liability. Camp attorneys attempted to use this as a defense to accepting liability for the negligence of the camp counselors.
Failure to diagnose meningitis in a 7 month old resulting in profound mental retardation and paralysis. Parents had taken the child to the emergency room with a fever and vomiting. Lab results either were not received or not reviewed promptly resulting in a delay in diagnosis. Condition could have been treated with hospitalization, antibiotics and spinal taps. The defendant was a well-known HMO.
Our client's life was forever changed when her vehicle crashed into a guardrail on the highway. Instead of helping protect our client, the guardrail failed; it pierced through the front of the vehicle and all the way through our client's legs. She lost both of her lower legs as a result. A mother to three young boys, she persevered through countless challenges as she adjusted to her new life without legs.
There were numerous facts and legal circumstances that negatively impacted the value of this case. In fact, this legal matter was turned down by several other law firms. However, this case was very important, not just for our client, but it has also already affected how safer guardrails will be built in the future, to potentially save lives and prevent catastrophic injuries in Georgia.
Suit was filed against the parties who installed the guardrail improperly, causing it to fail. The case settled one week before trial. The defendant parties have since modified the way they install guardrails in the State of Georgia, largely because of this lawsuit.
Rear end collision. Driver of other vehicle was texting. Our client was killed by the impact.
Two sisters, ages nine and eleven, were traveling as backseat passengers in parent's car. Drunk driver crossed the centerline and hit vehicle head on. Children maintained severe internal and spinal injuries with one child being rendered a paraplegic. Defendant driver had insurance limits of $25,000. Suit was filed against the driver and the manufacturer of the car with service of pleadings in the United States and overseas. The allegations against the car manufacturer included failure to provide appropriate three point type seatbelts for children. The child sitting in the rear middle seat was restrained by only a lap belt that resulted in her body pivoting around the belt and then being thrown violently backward when the collision took place. The child in the rear left seat was in a three point system so poorly designed that the shoulder harness crossed her face and neck and caused her to wear the harness below her left arm making it useless for all practical purposes.
Client was killed instantly when the driver of a pick up truck lost control of his vehicle and slid into the client's lane of travel. Client was fifty years old and worked as a clerk. She was survived by her husband and minor daughter.
Death of woman in multi-car pile-up involving fog.
Our client was driving an SUV. The at-fault driver was coming from the opposite direction and lost control of his vehicle, ran off the right side of the roadway, overcorrected and then crossed into our client's lane of travel.
It was later determined that the defendant was driving under the influence of alcohol. Our client sustained a hip fracture that required surgery (open reduction with internal fixation). Our client incurred approximately $206,000.00 in medical bills.
On behalf of our client and pursuant to O.C.G.A. § 9-11-67.1, our firm made an offer to the insurance carrier for the at-fault driver to settle the claim for the full limit of liability coverage or $25,000.00. The insurance carrier accepted our offer but failed to issue payment within 10 days of acceptance. Timely payment was an essential element of acceptance.
To prevent suit against the at-fault driver, the at fault insurance carrier later succumbed to our demand for payment in excess of the insurance coverage. The claim was ultimately resolved at mediation for $1,500,000.00 or 60 times the liability policy limits of coverage.
Client was traveling on I-20 West bound when a Wal-Mart Tractor Trailer merged into his lane of travel striking the left rear corner of his bumper. The collision caused client to spin out and strike the right median wall, come back into traffic and be struck again by the Wal-Mart Tractor Trailer resulting in Client's vehicle to flip over into the far left lane of travel and was struck again by another motorist. Our client was treated and released by EMS and did not seek emergency room treatment. Client began having pain the day after collision and began treatment two (2) days after collision. Client sustained a herniated disk in his cervical spine as well as bulges in his lumbar spine. Suit was filed against Wal-Mart and its transportation subsidiaries. Mediation was scheduled soon after suit was filed and at mediation a settlement was reached for $1,000,000.00.
Our client was a passenger in this one vehicle collision. The defendant driver lost control and ran off the roadway into a ditch/embankment. Our client sustained a broken ankle/leg and a C1 fracture, that required surgery. This case was complicated by allegations of assumption of the risk and our client's felony criminal record. The case settled at mediation for $900,000.
Client walking down a public sidewalk near a construction site. Unsecured construction materials were carried by wind and struck him in the head. Wind speeds were 17 mph and gusting to 29 mph. He suffered lacerations, a partially amputated ear, facial fractures and traumatic brain injury. Brain injury did not totally disable the client, but it did limit him in ability and the opportunity for employment.
Death of thirty-nine year old due to negligent treatment from physician. The physician had documented a severe allergic reaction related to certain medication. Some years later, the doctor prescribed this same drug to the decedent which caused a severe and debilitating reaction resulting in death about 2 months later. Decedent was not married and had no children. Parent and siblings brought claim.
Our client, the mother of three children, was killed when the vehicle she was driving was rearended by a drunk driver. The drunk driver had no insurance and there was no insurance on the mother's car. Investigation revealed that the drunk driver at been at a local bar. Suit was filed alleging the bar was responsible for letting the drunk driver get into a vehicle to drive in an obviously intoxicated condition. A settlement was reached at mediation. The funds were divided among the children and the settlement structured through the court.
Four year old child killed when tractor-trailer driver failed to keep a proper look-out when backing truck up in parking lot of convenience store. Liability was disputed as defendant claimed that parent was not supervising the child.
Client was a passenger in her adult daughter's car and her daughter was driving. Client vehicle was in the left lane on interstate when a tractor/trailer in the right lane pulled over into the left lane without warning. Client vehicle was propelled across the interstate into oncoming traffic. It hit another vehicle head on and a third car with its passenger side, where client was sitting. Client suffered a broken right arm and leg, fractured ribs, fractured pelvis, fractured skull, tendon damage to her right hand and nerve damage to her left eye. She incurred over $127,000 in medical expenses as well as significant wage loss.
Fifteen-year-old client was a passenger in a car driven by his brother when their vehicle was violently hit by another car. The driver who struck their vehicle had been the subject of a police chase which had escalated. He had minimal insurance, and an offer for the policy limits was tendered early in the case. However, the investigation showed that the offense for which the at fault driver was being pursued by officers of two cities was a minor traffic offense. The police chased him for approximately forty miles and their actions were in violation of police policy and training. Our client suffered a dislocation fracture to his neck and had to undergo major surgery. He also suffered memory loss, depression and pain disorder. This resulted in a substantial loss of school time and the need for ongoing therapy and tutoring. He is at significant risk of arthritis in his neck, as he grows older. A settlement of $525,000 was obtained from the police departments at mediation.
Client was standing at the docking area of a distribution center waiting to pick up a delivery of produce. Suddenly, an employee of the distributor who was driving a motor driven pallet jack came around a corner at high speed. The employee driver lost control of the vehicle and jumped off. The pallet jack kept moving. It struck a stack of boxed grapefruit and the grapefruit and the vehicle then crashed into the client, slamming her against the wall. The client had had previous surgery on her back and had returned to full time work some years earlier. Client underwent surgery for two ruptured discs in her lower back. The total amount recovered includes both a personal injury and a worker's compensation claim.
Client was coming off I-75 Southbound exit ramp at exit 265. As she proceeded to make a right hand turn, an employee for local energy company ran the red light at the intersection, causing a t-bone collision with our client's vehicle. Client sustained a compound leg fracture to her right leg requiring Open Reduction Internal Fixation surgical repair and hardware placement. Client sustained approximately $79,000.00 in total medical damages and $12,600.00 in lost wages. Suit was filed against the defendant driver and defendant company that employed the driver. Following extensive discovery, the parties reached a settlement in the amount of $475,000.00.
Twelve-year-old boy drowned in a state park creek. We alleged that his death was caused by failure of the lifeguards to promptly respond to requests for help that were made by others.
Client was working on the job as a flagman at a construction site. The defendant drove his vehicle over the crest of the hill at the point of construction, but was unable to stop when he saw the backed up traffic. Unfortunately, his vehicle crossed the median and hit our client. Client sustained multiple injuries including broken ribs, injury to his spleen and kidney and a badly fractured leg thatrequired the placement of metal plates and screws. Suit was filed against the driver and a claim was also made against the repair shop that had checked the brakes on the truck.
Five-day-old child suffered strokes and ruptured intestine as a result of emergency room physicians repeated failure to properly diagnose the bowel condition from which the child suffered. The child was developmentally delayed as a result of hypoxic brain damage.
Represented 21 tenants, the victims of fire at apartment complex. Firefighters could not battle the blaze effectively because the valves to the two nearest hydrants had been paved over during a road construction project. Seventeen units were destroyed by fire and the tenants lost most or all of their personal belongings. Suit was filed against the city and the company that paved over the valves.
Client, a truck driver, was headed to Atlanta on interstate when the at-fault driver failed to merge safely, resulting in client's truck colliding with her vehicle. Client's truck then jack-knifed and landed in a ditch in the woods off the side of the road. Liability was disputed (the other driver contended that the accident was caused by our client). Client suffered a herniated disc in his neck and underwent a cervical fusion surgery. Client had several other medical problems which required treatment but were unrelated to this wreck. The worker's compensation carrier paid for medical bills of approximately $48,000 and wage loss. Unfortunately the other driver had minimal insurance, so there was not enough money available. However, our client had uninsured motorist coverage. As the bulk of the recovery was from the client's uninsured motorist carrier the worker's compensation carrier did not have to be paid back.
Client was a long haul trucker and had stopped at a truck stop waiting to fuel. The line was quite long so the client began to prepare his bed inside his vehicle as he planned to stop for the night once his truck was fueled. While doing this, another rig hit the back of the client's truck and the impact threw him onto the floor of his cab. The at-fault driver had apparently been told to move his rig as he had it parked illegally. Angry, that driver negligently moved his truck, hitting our client's rig during the process. Client suffered back pain and underwent a regimen of conservative treatment including physical therapy and epidural injections. Unfortunately he ultimately required back surgery. Client incurred medical bills of approximately $55,000 and wage loss of approximately $47,000 that were paid for by out of state worker's compensation carrier and did not have to be repaid. Client had had a previous on the job injury.
Husband and wife involved in a head-on collision resulting in multiple injuries including broken leg and hip to husband and facial lacerations, fracture to orbit of the eye and fractured wrist to the wife.
This was the present day value of a structured settlement which would provide income to the client over the course of his lifetime. Client was a security guard at motel and noticed a suspicious person in the parking lot. Although his shift had not yet started, he confronted this person and determined that he was not a motel guest. As he began to take this man into custody, the man pulled a gun and shot the client 8 times at point blank range. The client suffered incomplete paralysis of arms, legs and trunk as well as a fracture and other injuries from the gunshots. The property owner tried to say that because the client's shift had not started that he was not on the job at the time of the incident.
Client, a police officer, was working a DUI stop in the center lane of highway. The at-fault driver was towing a vehicle but had not secured the steering wheel on the vehicle being towed. When he entered the highway from a cross road, the towed vehicle swung over the center lane as it passed our client and hit him in the back. Client suffered two herniated discs in his back that required surgery. He had initial treatment after the incident but then there was a three month delay in further treatment as he was caring for an ill spouse. He incurred $57,000 in medical expenses and $4,440 in lost wages. The lien with his worker's compensation carrier was negotiated.
Unfortunately, as is so often the case, the insurance coverage available was not sufficient to compensate our client and the defendant did not have assets to pursue. All available insurance was recovered in this automobile collision case, which tragically resulted in blindness to our forty-one year old client.
Client caught head in production machinery while trying to fix equipment. He suffered a closed head injury with permanent damage to his memory. Settled for $250,000 plus $100,000 annuity after mediation.
Young woman sustained serious injuries including fracture to three thoracic vertebrae and scarring when she lost control of her vehicle. A sprinkler from a local farm had been left running, soaking the road and giving the illusion of heat mist rising off the road. Client lost control and rolled her vehicle.
Client was a front seat passenger in a vehicle whose driver ran a stop sign. Client had had a previous back surgery and after this wreck eventually underwent another back surgery as well as neck surgery requiring grafting and fusion. The maximum amount of insurance available was obtained.
A car coming from the opposite direction turned in front of our client's vehicle. She suffered fractures to her right leg and her right ankle when her foot was caught under the brake pedal. After four surgeries and rehabilitation, she was released from ongoing care seven months after the incident.
Client was ordered to move a multi-ton shipping container in railroad yard by tractor. The container was not secured properly to prevent shifting. When the client moved the container, the load shifted with such force that the operator's cab in which the client was sitting was slung violently backwards and forward. The client's head went through the cab window, causing multiple trauma including a head injury and scarring to his face.
On-the-job injury where client suffered a below-the-knee amputation. Settlement included one year of open medical.
Client was a truck driver who had stopped for the night. He parked his rig and climbed into the bed of the tractor-trailer to rest. When another truck driver who had also parked his vehicle failed to secure the brakes on his trailer, it crashed into the client's truck causing the client to fall from the bed into the cab space. He suffered a neck injury which required surgery.
Client was a passenger in an SUV, which was involved in a severe collision when the driver of a dump truck attempted to pass the SUV at a high rate of speed. The dump truck driver hit the SUV and knocked it from the roadway. The driver of the SUV lost control and the vehicle flipped over. Client died as a result of head injuries and severing of her torso when she was flung from a window while her seatbelt was still in place. Client's relatives elected to settle early in the process as they did not want to follow through with litigation.
Teenage boy killed when driver of vehicle in which he was a passenger lost control of the car rounding a curve. Head-on collision resulted. Boy was killed instantly. Insurance company tried to negotiate with mother directly and alleged that she agreed to settle this claim for $75,000. Once suit filed, case settled quickly. The remainder of the $300,000 policy limits was paid to the driver of the other vehicle who sustained injuries.
Client, on the job, was a passenger in a golf cart being driven by a co-employee on a college campus in Georgia. An 18-wheeler truck was parked at a corner. The driver of the golf cart pulled up behind the truck and waited for a signal to proceed across road. The truck unexpectedly backed up and hit the golf cart on the client's side. Client sustained a traumatic injury to his elbow and was diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome as a result of this collision. He underwent two elbow surgeries which included debridement of the elbow and removal of the membranous lining of the joint. He incurred approximately $20,000 in medical bills and lost wages. The defendant originally argued that the co-employee was at fault but eventually agreed to negotiate. The case settled at mediation and the worker's compensation lien was reduced by 50%.
Seven-year-old mentally disabled child suffered second degree burns to back and buttocks while under the care of a private facility. Child was unable to communicate verbally nor was he able to move purposefully. Child had soiled himself and he was placed under a shower of scalding water while the attendant cleaned him. The attendant was indicted on criminal charges. Facility claimed it was a problem with the plumbing.
Client was injured when another driver pulled out from a stop sign directly into his path. The client tried to take evasive maneuvers but his vehicle left the roadway and turned over. The client sustained a fracture to his cervical spine as well as a fractured rib, and a shoulder injury that required surgery.
Driver of tractor-trailer traveling at a high rate of speed crashed into the rear of the tractor-trailer the client was driving. The client's back and spine were badly injured, requiring surgery.
Client was shopping and looking at clothing on the racks when a bed headboard fell directly into her lower back forcing her into the clothing rack in front of her. The original bruising to her back progressed to persistent neck and back pain requiring ongoing treatment including epidurals, pain medication and physical therapy. The client ultimately underwent an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion at C5-C6 nine months after the incident.
Our Client was returning a purchase at the return desk of a retail store. Another customer had returned a leaking air-conditioner and placed it in a shopping cart by the return desk. The air-conditioner had been leaking long enough to create a sizeable puddle which was not seen by our Client. As a result, she fell to the ground due to the accumulated water and suffered a severe knee injury. She ultimately underwent two arthroscopic knee surgeries and incurred substantial medical bills. The retail store originally denied it was responsible for the client's injury by claiming that the air conditioner had not been there long enough for the store to be required to inspect the area. The trial judge did not accept this argument and the case eventually settled.
Our Client was on the job working at a saw mill factory. She was positioned at a "round table" where a machine for wood products rotates in a circular fashion. There is a motor underneath that works the equipment and spins the table. There is a protective shield or guard in front of the motor to keep it stable which is supposed to be mounted to the floor. On the day of her injury, this shield tipped forward and landed on client's leg. It weighed in excess of 150 lbs. The client sustained a partial rupture of the large muscle in her lower leg and eventually the some of the muscle in the leg atrophied. She underwent repair her leg.
The company that installed this equipment was sued for failing to properly secure the shield/guard. No negotiations took place until suit was filed as the company that installed the product said that the client's employer or one of the employees must have interfered with the installation. As the case proceeded, it became apparent that the company could not prove anyone else had interfered with the installation of the shield/guard. The client incurred lost wages and medical bills of about $55,000 were paid by the workers's compensation carrier. The case settled for $200,000 and the worker's compensation reimbursement was waived.
Thirty two-year-old client was carrying an airless paint sprayer while working on a 40-foot ladder. He slipped and gripped the ladder to prevent himself from falling. In doing so, he inadvertently squeezed the trigger of the sprayer with his left hand and essentially shot off the tip of the fifth finger (pinkie) on his right hand. He was taken to the hospital where the finger was amputated. Under pressure from his employer, he returned to work in two days and ultimately had to undergo second and third surgeries. The original surgery was revised and nerves had to be transposed. He had persistent and extreme pain. The client was diagnosed with reflex sympathetic dystrophy and also needed treatment for depression. His treating physician ultimately found him to be permanently disabled and unable to be gainfully employed.
Client sustained serious neck injury when her car was rear ended. Client underwent a cervical fusion with grafting and placement of a plate in her neck in addition to extensive therapy and spinal injections.
Client worked at a bakery for over ten years and had developed occupational asthma from exposure to flour and cleaning chemicals. In addition, he suffered severe psychological problems due to loss of income and the need to file bankruptcy. Worker's compensation carrier was forced to pick up the psychological claim and reclassify case as a catastrophic injury.
Client was adjusting the ramps in front of a trailer while a coworker was attempting to load a trencher onto it. The trencher's brakes failed and the client's left leg was crushed between the trencher and the trailer. Client had numerous surgeries for the comminuted open fractures to the leg. He also underwent skin grafting procedures to the leg.
Our client was using a double chain hoist to raise a radiator when the chain snapped. Part of the radiator fell onto his hand from a height of about ten feet, crushing the nerves in his hand. The client had persistent and severe pain without relief. He ultimately underwent surgery to remove the sympathetic nervous system from the left side of his body. Because of the surgery, feeling will always be diminished on his left side.
Client fell out of a tree while working for a tree service. Suffered a fracture to his arm, hip, and also broken teeth and nerve damage. Settled after two mediations.
Under Georgia Law, insurance companies owe a fiduciary duty to their policy holders to protect them from exposure of their personal assets to a claim. However, insurance companies do not always do so, and can be held responsible for paying a verdict in excess of the liability policy limits (an excess verdict) if the company acts in bad faith in failing to settle for policy limits when they have an opportunity to do so, provided the case is taken to trial and a jury awards the plaintiff more than the insured’s policy limits. In this situation our Client suffered from a concussion as well as injuries to the neck and back. The medical expenses amounted to $20,605.72, and Allstate would only offer $20,800 to resolve the claim, prior to trial. The defendant’s policy limits were $100,000
Tractor trailer crashed into the rear of client's vehicle as client was proceeding through an intersection. After a course of physical therapy and steroid injections, the client ultimately underwent a lumbar discectomy for a herniation at the L4-5 level.
Low impact automobile wreck causing aggravation of neck and back problems to client. Underwent back surgery for removal of 2 disks a year after the collision.
Client involved in car wreck. Injuries necessitated the removal of his spleen.
Client and the at fault driver were traveling in opposite directions on a road with a posted speed limit of 45mph. Our Client was injured when the at fault driver crossed over double yellow lines, striking his vehicle and forcing it off the highway. Client was extricated from his vehicle by the "jaws of life" and immediately airlifted to the hospital. He suffered multiple fractures of his femur and underwent several surgeries. The maximum amount of available insurance was obtained.
Policy limits of $300,000 split between the divorced parents of a sixteen year-old girl who died in a car wreck. Her boyfriend ran a stop sign and the car was hit. Girl had been in high school and worked part-time.
Policy limits of $300,000 split between families of the two decedents of the wreck. Our client was teenage girl who was ejected from vehicle when car ran off the road after driver fell asleep at the wheel.
Client underwent ankle surgery requiring pins. Also required shoulder surgery after symptoms noted nine months after the wreck.
Truck crashed into the rear of the small economy vehicle in which client was a passenger. The force was so intense that the client's pelvis was fractured and her hip was dislocated. She underwent an open reduction and internal fixation to repair the injury. Plates were inserted to secure the bones
Client, an ironworker, was on the job when he stepped into a hole, which had been improperly marked by a worker from another company. At the time, the client was carrying steel bolts and other equipment which weighed over 100 pounds. Thus, he fell through the hole with great force. Luckily, his body ended up wedged into the hole at the hip level or he would have fallen 70 feet to the ground below. Unfortunately, the client herniated a disc in his neck. When conservative treatment failed, the client had no choice but to undergo the surgical repair of a cervical discectomy and fusion.
Eighteen-year-old client was a passenger in her father's car when another vehicle pulled out in front of them. She suffered a severely broken left arm requiring surgical repair. She also had facial injuries and lost several teeth. Dental treatment included removal of bone chips and tissue due to damage to her gum line before permanent replacements could be completed. This recovery represented the maximum amount of insurance available.
Client suffered a fracture to his neck requiring hospitalization and traction. He suffered no ongoing impairment.
Three potential defendants contributed to settlement. Client was a passenger in a vehicle which came over a hill where a truck had crashed underneath a parked school bus. The vehicle in which client was a passenger ran into the truck and then was rearended by a third vehicle. Client suffered a fractured ankle. She underwent two ankle surgeries and had pins placed.
Client's leg was severed below the knee by a chainsaw while he was on the job.
Defendant was cited for reckless driving and road rage after driving into client's lane and forcing her vehicle off the road. Client sustained a broken ankle and required surgery for repair incurring medical bills of approximately $32,000. She will continue to attend physical therapy as needed. It is expected that she will eventually suffer from arthritis in the ankle joint. The maximum amount of insurance available was obtained.
Client was traveling in a northerly direction on a Georgia highway. Defendant driver had been traveling south on this highway and made a turn onto a connecting road. Defendant driver was operating a tractor-trailer loaded with farm machinery. When he turned into the connecting road, the top of the tractor-trailer struck a telephone line and pulled the line down. This caused the line to break the telephone pole in two pieces. The pole fell onto the roadway and was struck by a driver heading north on the highway causing that driver to lose control, cross the northbound lane and sideswipe the client's vehicle. Suit was filed against the defendant driver and the telephone company for failure to maintain the telephone line at the regulated height. Client sustained neck injury with some nerve damage. She underwent epidural steroid injection.
While on the job, our client was injured in an automobile collision where he was at fault. He sustained numerous injuries including a closed head injury and bilateral leg/ankle fractures, and underwent a variety of surgeries. Rods and pins were inserted into his right leg, surgical repair to his left heel was performed and he had his left ankle surgically fused.
Decedent, a young adult male, was walking down a street when his way was blocked by an illegally parked pick. As a result, he was forced to go around the truck into the street to pass. An unleashed pit bull was in the back of the truck and lunged at him as he walked behind the vehicle. The decedent jumped back attempting to avoid being attacked and tragically was hit by an oncoming vehicle in the road. He ultimately died from his massive injuries. Unfortunately, the available insurance was inadequate, and it was determined that the defendant's could not pay a personal judgment. We represented decedent's father. Recovery included all available insurance - $25,000 from the insurance on the pick up truck, $100,000 from the auto insurance on the car that hit the decedent and $100,000 from the homeowners' insurance of the owner of the pick up truck for a total of $225,000. This amount was split between the parents of the decedent.
Defendant became angry when client passed his vehicle and entered his lane safely. Client had her minor child with her. After the passenger in the other vehicle made a rude gesture, that driver proceeded to speed up, pulled to the right lane and then immediately pulled in front of client's vehicle and slammed on his brakes. Client moved lanes and the defendant would "track" her back and forth. Finally, he again pulled in front of the client, slammed on his brakes, forcing her to swerve and roll into the median. The other driver did not stop and was later detained by the police. His insurance limits were $100,000; he paid $10,000 out of his own pocket.
Disputed liability case where client fell on wet floor at local market. These types of cases present unique challenges, because the law of burdens of proof can be difficult for the injured person to overcome. This fall aggravated a pre-existing back condition of the client who underwent fusion surgery to her lower back as well as bilateral ankle surgery.
Client slipped and fell on greasy substance at restaurant. Liability was disputed. Client suffered bruising and abrasions and exacerbation of existing back pain. The settlement resulted through mediation.
Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a wreck when the at-fault party ran a red light. The client sustained contusions, cervical strain and a shoulder injury. He ultimately underwent arthroscopic surgery for repair of a torn tendon in his shoulder. The total amount of available insurance was recovered.
Client was injured when the at-fault driver made a turn directly into her path. Vehicle was extensively damaged. Unbeknownst to the client at the time, she was 10 weeks pregnant. The trauma of the wreck caused her to miscarry. The total amount of available insurance was recovered.
Client was a construction worker who suffered injuries when he fell from a third floor construction site. The employer initially denied claim.
Client fell at local store and liability was disputed. Cleaning company ultimately settled the case. After investigation, it could be established that inadequate warnings had been posted that floor was recently waxed. Client underwent a lower back fusion surgery.
Insurance policy limits recovered in this homeowner's case. Client working on a ladder and fellow worker negligently overextended his ladder, knocking into client who fell to the ground. He suffered a broken wrist, ankle and hip.
At-fault party turned in front of the client's vehicle which was rendered a total loss. Client suffered a break to an anklebone as well as a splintered fracture of her knee. She underwent immediate surgery for repair of the fractures. The maximum amount of available insurance was obtained.
Client was asked to assist homeowner with siding on house. Homeowner supplied equipment and assisted with the siding. Both were positioned on 20-foot ladders when the homeowner overextended his reach causing his ladder to slide along the side of the house. He then rammed into our client who fell to the ground. Client suffered multiple fractures - left wrist, pelvis and right knee. The maximum amount of insurance available was obtained.
At-fault party failed to yield to client vehicle causing a wreck. Client suffered disc herniations at the cervical and lumbar levels of his spine. The client eventually had to schedule surgery for repair of the lumbar herniation due to ongoing pain. The maximum amount of insurance available was obtained.
Client was a passenger in a vehicle where the driver fell asleep, lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a utility pole. This twenty three-year-old client suffered a fracture to his pelvis and hip joint. He underwent surgical repair where a plate with screws was inserted to stabilize the pelvis. The maximum amount of insurance available was obtained.
Montlick & Associates has many additional cases, too numerous to list, where the policy limits of $100,000 or more were recovered on behalf of our clients.
Please note that the amounts that we have stated above are the dollar amounts actually collected for our client(s). This distinction is important, because on many occasions there will be a large dollar verdict that cannot be collected. For example, you may hear about a 5 million dollar judgment in the news, but the injured person might only receive a small percentage of that amount, such as $100,000, due to limited insurance or assets being available. Therefore, the ability of a defendant to actually pay a judgment is another important factor to be considered.