$4.5 Million Settlement
Bicycle Accident/Wrongful Death
The plaintiff in this case was the family of a bicyclist who was killed after being struck by a tractor-trailer. The defense alleged that the bicyclist was not using due care and not following the rules of the road. The plaintiff developed evidence and presented expert opinions that the bicyclist was in fact using due care, that the driver of the tractor-trailer improperly changed lanes and failed to keep a proper lookout for hazards like bicyclists, and that the driver was late and hurrying to meet his delivery deadlines. The plaintiff also developed evidence that the employer of the driver violated various federal safety regulations related to hiring, training, and supervising the driver, and that the tractor-trailer was not equipped with the proper mirrors.
$3.215 Million Settlement
The plaintiff was driving a car and slowing down, behind a large tractor-trailer. A truck hit the plaintiff’s car from behind, leading to the plaintiff’s car being pushed into and under the tractor-trailer. The issues in the case were whether the collision caused brain damage, the amount of the plaintiff’s medical bills and the projections for future needs.
$1.175 Million Settlement
Auto Accident/Pedestrian Injury
The plaintiff was a pedestrian who was hit by a car when she was about halfway across the street, in or adjacent to a crosswalk. After she was struck, she was dragged under the car. The issues in the case included the inadequacy of the driver’s underlying insurance policy and whether or not the plaintiff saw the car approaching her as she continued to walk into the crosswalk.
$3 Million Settlement
Loss of Consortium After Car Accident/Traumatic Brain Injury
The plaintiff was on the way back from dropping his son at school when a commercial van pulled in front of his vehicle. He suffered a closed head injury in the resulting collision.
After the accident, he continued running his businesses, managed his various investments, and drove himself around regularly. Over the next two years, however, he developed memory and cognitive issues.
The plaintiff’s behavior grew increasingly erratic, and he began to become forgetful, eventually becoming unable to work or manage his affairs. He became more distant from his family and had frequent violent outbursts.
The plaintiff alleged that the collision caused a traumatic brain injury that resulted in the development of traumatically induced fronto-temporal dementia.
The case settled at mediation four weeks prior to trial, including a $3 million settlement for loss of consortium allocated to the plaintiff’s spouse and four minor children.
Nursing Home Negligence
The plaintiff was an 89-year-old woman with advanced dementia, acute renal failure, and stage 3 kidney disease who was admitted to the defendant’s facility for rehabilitation following a broken hip due to a fall.
Upon admission to the facility, no breaks in skin were noted. The plaintiff was also known to be at high risk for ulcers. The staff of the rehabilitation facility was ordered to maintain treatment of the plaintiff to avoid ulcers. However, the staff failed to do so.
Within days of admission, the plaintiff developed redness in her heel that went untreated. Ulcers then formed, but the treatment for the ulcers was inadequate. The facility discharged the plaintiff with heel ulcers, did not note the ulcers in the original discharge papers, did not notify the plaintiff’s family of the ulcers, and did not provide any appropriate treatment plan for the ulcers.
When the family detected the ulcers after plaintiff returned home, in-home treatment was attempted but was unsuccessful. The plaintiff was sent back to the hospital for treatment of the ulcers, but the infection had progressed too far, treatment was unsuccessful, and the plaintiff was then referred to hospice where she died shortly thereafter.
The plaintiff presented testimony from three experts: one relative to the substandard administration of the facility, as well as a physician and a nurse to establish causation. The defendant denied causation and argued that the plaintiff’s preexisting conditions were the contributing factors.
Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death
The plaintiff was the estate of an 82-year-old man with pre-existing conditions who died after two surgeries to remove squamous cell carcinoma.
The plaintiff claimed that, after the first surgery, the treating plastic surgeon prematurely closed the patient’s wound before receiving the final pathology report. The report indicated invasive squamous cell carcinoma with deep perineural involvement. After the report was received, the plastic surgeon performed a second surgery to remove deep margins.
A second pathology report indicated that there was no residual tumor. The plaintiff argued that, after the second surgery, the plastic surgeon failed to follow up or recommend follow-up, allowing the cancer to spread and, ultimately leading to the patient’s death.
$1.25 Million Settlement
The plaintiff was riding his motorcycle down a main road and had the right of way, when the defendant’s car entered the intersection and struck the rear wheel of his motorcycle. The defendant claimed that she did not see the plaintiff when she proceeded into the intersection. The collision threw the plaintiff from his motorcycle, leading to serious injuries to his right leg, clavicle and ribs. He required extensive medical treatment and multiple surgeries, with some of his injuries resulting in permanent loss of function.