Recent Verdicts and Settlements of Note
$23.6 MILLION VERDICT FOR CLIENTS OF THE STROUD LAW FIRM- MEDICAL MALPRACTICE (FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE BREAST CANCER)
The Stroud Law Firm in collaboration with Will Raiford of Merkel & Cocke of Clarksdale, MS and James B. Lees of Charleston, WV recently obtained a jury verdict in the total amount of $23,600,000 from a Shelby County, TN jury against Dr. Claudia Moise and her medical practice, OB-GYN Specialists, P.C. for Dr. Moise’s negligence in failing to timely diagnose breast cancer in Mrs. Courtney Hill, who was 23 years old at the time. For more information, click on the links below:
$1,750,000.00—EXCESSIVE FORCE – WRONGFUL DEATH (POLICE SHOOTING CASE)
Our firm represented the family of a man who was shot to death by police in his home. In short, police were called to the home to investigate claims that the client was destroying property on the inside of his residence (rental property). Police arrived on the scene and were met by client, who refused to come outside and speak to officers. Officers had made the decision to leave the residence when they heard glass break at the front of the house. Officers ordered client out of the house and shot him several times with a TASER gun through the hole in the front window. Eventually, officers forced entry in to the home and located client barricaded inside of a bathroom inside. Police forced entry into the bathroom and shot the client resulting in his death. Police claimed that client threatened the officers with a piece of the door trim that broke from the door jamb when the door was kicked in. Plaintiffs hired forensic experts to disprove that allegation and they testified that it was more likely that client was not threatening officers when the shots were fired. No other weapons were found at the scene. The case was filed in Federal Court in Illinois, and after extensive litigation, the case was resolved by settlement at mediation. See Order denying summary judgment.
$1.15 MILLION JURY VERDICT – TRIP AND FALL
On December 23, 2007, Horn Lake, Mississippi resident Vicki Whiteaker was shopping at the Fred’s Dollar Store in Southaven, MS. While exiting the store she fell over a merchandise corral placed in her path by Fred’s—suffering serious and life-altering injuries to her arms and face. Fred’s accepted no responsibility for her injuries and forced the case to trial. The trial started on November 15, 2010, in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi–Oxford, MS and after several hours of jury deliberation, Mrs. Whiteaker was awarded $1.15 Million Dollars in damages.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT—EXCESSIVE FORCE–POLICE K9 CASE
Client was severely injured after being attacked in Horn Lake, Mississippi by a K9 police dog following a traffic stop for suspected DUI. Client’s injuries from this attack amounted to the loss of his entire lower calf muscle. The case was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi and later appealed to the Fifth Circuit United States Court of Appeals. After the client prevailed in both Courts, the Defendant agreed to settle the case for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – PREMISES LIABILITY/PIT BULL ATTACK
Client suffered a gruesome attack by two large pit bull dogs that were owned by his neighbor. The injuries sustained in this attack resulted in the amputation of client’s arm. The case settled for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – Trucking Accident
Client suffered traumatic injuries following an accident involving an 18 wheeler that lost control and struck several vehicles before eventually bursting into flames and exploding. Client was personally injured in the collision, and during his efforts to rescue several of the passengers in his vehicle he received multiple burns to his body. Client also suffered emotional injuries due to the loss of a close friend, who was a passenger in his vehicle. The case was negotiated at mediation and ultimately resolved as part of a mutual confidentiality agreement.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client suffered a traumatic brain injury and broken nose in an automobile accident. Plaintiff’s symptoms included loss of memory, loss of cognitive function, and loss of fine motor skills, all of which made every day normal tasks and activities more difficult. After several years in litigation, the case ultimately resolved for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – Wrongful Death –Medical Malpractice
The firm represented the family of an individual that died while in the hospital from a fall inside of her patient room. Patient was at high risk for fall, but the hospital staff did not take steps to insure that the patient did not attempt to get in and out of bed. After several years of litigation, disclosing experts, and getting the case ready for trial, the case resolved for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – Wrongful Death –Medical Malpractice—Failure to Diagnose
The firm represented the family of an individual that died as a result of a doctor’s failure to timely diagnose a life threatening condition. After several years of litigation, the case resolved at mediation for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT (EXCESSIVE FORCE/POLICE MISCONDUCT)
Client was awakened early one morning by police beating on her front door. Before she could get dressed to see who was at the door, the police stormed into her home and held her at gunpoint while they searched for a suspect that they were told was staying at the home. The suspect was never found and the entry and search into the client’s home was performed without a warrant. Client had never been in any trouble with law enforcement before, and this incident resulted in her suffering severe emotional trauma from this ordeal. A lawsuit was filed alleging violation of the client’s Constitutional rights, and the case was eventually settled for a confidential sum at mediation.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT (EXCESSIVE FORCE/JAILOR MISCONDUCT)
Client was brutally assaulted by jailors while being held at the jail following arrest for a misdemeanor offense. Client suffered an orbital fracture (broken bone responsible for holding the eye in place) that required surgery to repair. Client was left with physical and emotional scars after this incident that resulted in eventual settlement with the governmental entity for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – PREMISES LIABILITY AND NEGLIGENCE CASE
Client was a minor that was injured as a result of medical negligence during a procedure performed at her school. The child collapsed and fell to the floor outside of her classroom, causing her to sustain serious injuries to her face and jaw.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – BUSINESS FRAUD/CONVERSION/PUNITIVE DAMAGES CASE
Client was the victim of a national company’s business practices, resulting in the taking of his property, selling it without his knowledge, and keeping the money. A lawsuit was brought on client’s behalf and after litigating the matter for several months, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT- GOVERNMENTAL LIABILITY CASE
Client was arrested for a minor traffic infraction and taken into custody by the Olive Branch Police Department. During this arrest, client alleged that she was mistreated physically and verbally. The client had visible bruising to her arms where she alleged that she was assaulted. A subsequent internal affairs investigation of the allegations was done, and the officers involved were acquitted of any wrong doing. Client claimed that the internal affairs investigation was improperly done and that the internal affairs officers were coerced to make the findings that they did. The case was settled after months of intense litigation for a confidential amount.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT – JAIL SUICIDE CASE
Client was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence. She was transported to jail for booking. During the booking process, the client told the booking officers that she was depressed and that she wanted to die. She was placed into a holding cell without “dressing her out” and without removing her shoelaces or belt. Within several hours of her arrest and booking, she was found hanging inside of her cell. A lawsuit was filed against the individual officers and the governmental entity allegedly responsible for her death. After 5+ years of litigation in several different state and federal courts, the governmental entity settled the surviving family’s claims for a confidential sum.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT- POLICE CHASE CASE
Client was seriously injured (including closed head injuries) when he lost control of his vehicle and was ejected from the vehicle onto the roadway, as a result of a police officer’s reckless pursuit for a misdemeanor traffic offense. A lawsuit was filed and the parties settled for a confidential amount at mediation.
CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT- CASINO HOTEL NEGLIGENCE CASE
Client was seriously injured while visiting a local casino/hotel by a dangerous condition on the premises. As a result of the injuries sustained, client sustained significant medical expenses for her treatment, was unable to resume her employment, and had to undergo counseling to deal with the life changes she experienced. After suit was filed and the depositions of the responsible parties were taken, the case was submitted to mediation and was resolved for a confidential sum.
LARGE SIX FIGURE SETTLEMENT – Workers Compensation/Third Party Liability case
Our firm represented an individual that was severely injured by a third party vendor while working at the employer’s job site. The individual suffered severe head and neck injuries, which resulted in complete disability and inability to return to work. The employee also suffered emotional trauma that required extensive psychological counseling. The case was settled for a confidential sum.
LARGE SIX FIGURE SETTLEMENT – COMMERCIAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT
Client was involved in a rear end collision with a large commercial vehicle in Bolivar County, MS. Client suffered neck injuries, requiring surgery. While the surgery was successful, client still suffers occasional pain and stiffness in her neck resulting from this collision. After years of litigation, the insurance carrier for the at-fault driver and the commercial vehicle agreed to settle the case for a confidential sum.
SIX FIGURE SETTLEMENT (CONFIDENTIAL)- EMPLOYMENT DISCRIMINATION/AMERICANS WITH DISABILITIES ACT
Client was terminated from her employment after returning from medical leave with a recognized disability. According to the company, the non-discriminatory reason for her termination was disruptive behavior. Plaintiff had been employed by Defendant for more than 14 years, was an exemplary employee, and had never received any formal discipline. A lawsuit was filed and the case was heavily litigated in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi for over a year. Prior to trial, Defendant made no offers of settlement. After two days of trial, the parties reached a confidential settlement.
$625,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Premises Liability
Clients were injured after falling over a defective and broken stair railing at a local housing complex. Injuries included calcaneus fractures, leg fractures and lower back injuries.
$550,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was a passenger in a vehicle driven by the defendant. The vehicle left the roadway and went down a 20 foot creek bed. Client suffered liver lacerations, fractured humerus, femur, clavicle and foot. Client required orthopedic treatment and daily physical therapy to recover from the injuries.
$490,000 SETTLEMENT – TRACTOR TRAILER ACCIDENT
Client was resting at a truck stop when his vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler attempting to back into a parking spot. As a result of this collision, client suffered neck injuries resulting in surgical fusion to his cervical spine. The case was heavily litigated and eventually settled for payment $490,000.
$375,000 SETTLEMENT – Slip and Fall
Client was a patron at a local restaurant. While walking to the counter to order food, he slipped and fell in mop water that had been placed on the floor by employees of the restaurant. Client contended that there was no warning of the dangerous condition on the floor and that he did not know that the employees had been mopping in this area. Client suffered a broken hip which required surgery. He made a good recovery, but still occasionally requires the assistance of a cane to walk.
$325,000 (POLICY LIMITS) SETTLEMENT – WRONGFUL DEATH
Client drowned in a neighborhood pool. Our initial investigation uncovered negligence on the part of the homeowner and the babysitter that was charged with the responsibility of watching the children playing in the backyard of the residence. Suit was filed and the case was settled for the homeowner’s policy limits in the amount of $300,000, with an additional $25,000 (policy limits) paid by the homeowner carrier for the babysitter.
$302,000 SETTLEMENT – ATV Accident
Client was riding as a passenger in an all-terrain vehicle. The driver of the ATV negligently lost control of the vehicle and flipped it, resulting in client sustaining serious injuries. The case settled for payment of policy limits.
$300,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was the victim of a head-on collision by a driver that was not paying attention to the roadway. Client suffered a head injury, rib fractures, and multiple lacerations from broken glass. He was out of work for several months, but eventually returned to full duty.
$250,000 JURY VERDICT (EXCESSIVE FORCE/POLICE MISCONDUCT)
Client was arrested in Horn Lake, MS for public intoxication and taken to Hernando, MS to the DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department for booking. Client was verbally assaulted and ultimately physically assaulted by jailors, requiring his hospitalization for three days for a broken orbital socket. The case was filed in the Northern District of Mississippi Federal Court and the jury found against DeSoto County and one of the jailers and awarded damages to the client in the amount of $250,000.00.
$180,000 SETTLEMENT – Slip and Fall
Client was walking outside defendant’s business and fell suffering serious injury to left shoulder. Client had to have shoulder replacement surgery and physical therapy. The plaintiff claimed no liability and suit was filed. Parties settled for the amount of $180,000.
$177,500 SETTLEMENT – SLIP AND FALL
Client fell on a patch of “black ice” located on the walkway in front of the rental office of his apartment complex early one winter morning after paying his rent. The fall resulted in a severe break to his left ankle and foot, which necessitated surgery to repair. The evidence in the case suggested that the ice was caused by a freezing of water from an overspray of the sprinkler heads in the flowerbeds adjacent to the walkway. A lawsuit was brought against the apartment complex, the management company, and the landscape company responsible for installing and maintaining the sprinkler system for claims of negligence. After several years of litigating the case, the parties settled for payment to the Plaintiff in the amount of $177,500.
$165,000 SETTLEMENT – SLIP AND FALL
Client fell on the marble entryway of her guest room at a local casino. The fall caused her to suffer lower back injuries, including a ruptured disc. Prior to suit being filed the casino accepted no responsibility for the incident and offered nothing to compensate her for her injuries. Suit was filed and discovery in the case uncovered numerous other similar incidents, all of which had occurred within a short period of time. With this information in hand, the complaint was amended to allege punitive damages, and the case settled for $165,000. Client had approximately $13,000 in medical expenses.
$160,000 SETTLEMENT – EXCESSIVE FORCE/POLICE MISCONDUCT CASE
Client was arrested on charges of driving with a suspended license, taken into custody, and held in a Mississippi county jail. During the booking process, client and the booking officer had a verbal disagreement which led to the client being returned to his holding cell. Shortly after the client returned to his cell, a jailer came into the client’s cell, taunted him, and physically assaulted him with a baton. The jailer also used a TASER gun on client repeatedly, resulting in physical scarring on client’s skin in approximately 11 different locations. After several years of protracted litigation, the county agreed to settle the case, inclusive of attorneys fees in the amount of $160,000.
$160,000 SETTLEMENT- WRONGFUL DEATH/BYSTANDER CLAIMS
The firm represented a family of a man that was struck and killed in a crosswalk while taking his children to a school function. After filing suit, the insurance carrier for the responsible party tendered its limits, including uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage limits. In addition to these monies, the firm was able to obtain an addition $25,000 in uninsured/underinsured limits for the emotional distress suffered by the children present at the time of their father’s injury.
$157,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend. The vehicle left the roadway and the client was transported to the hospital via ambulance with symptoms of loss of consciousness and internal injuries. Client remained hospitalized for treatment and observation for two weeks. Client made a great recovery and is back to performing daily pre-accident activities. Settlement represented all available insurance policy limits.
$150,000 SETTLEMENT – INADEQUATE SECURITY CASE
Client was injured as a result of an attempted purse snatching incident in the parking lot of a Kmart store location in Southaven, Mississippi during daylight hours. Client received abrasions to her legs and arms from being dragged across the parking lot by the assailant, and she received minor medical treatment at a local hospital for her injuries. She also underwent professional counseling due to emotional injuries resulting from the assault. A lawsuit was filed against Kmart Corporation in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi alleging that Kmart was negligent for failure to provide adequate security measures to protect its patrons that were shopping at this store location. It was discovered in the case that this particular Kmart store location was rated internally by the loss prevention department as a Level 5 store (highest risk level rating) and that Kmart had not undertaken to retain outside security services for the parking lot despite the store’s risk level rating. After almost three years of intense litigation, Kmart agreed to pay $150,000 to the Client for her injuries and emotional distress.
$150,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client sustained injuries to her lower back as a result of a “hit and run” accident. Prior to filing suit, the client was in discussions with the insurance carrier for the owner of the vehicle. The representative for the insurance company advised the client that it was not necessary to file suit within the applicable statute of limitations and that they would “see that she was taken care of”. Feeling uneasy, the client came to The Stroud Law Firm within days of the statute of limitations running and preserved her claim. Suit was filed and the responsible party’s insurance carrier was forced to pay policy limits of $25,000. Client was also able to recover an additional $125,000.00 from her own Underinsured Motorist insurance carrier, for a total settlement of $150,000.
$140,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Medical Malpractice/Nursing Home Neglect
Client suffered a broken hip while a resident of a nursing home. It was alleged by the client that he was dropped while being transported from his wheelchair to his bed. The nursing home denied these allegations and argued that the client suffered a broken hip from natural causes (such as movement in bed or physical therapy movements). Experts were retained to establish the cause of the injury, and the case settled before trial.
$125,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client sustained a severe fracture to her right leg from an automobile collision. She underwent surgery and intense physical therapy.
$105,000 SETTLEMENT- EXCESSIVE FORCE/POLICE MISCONDUCT CASE
Clients were arrested and housed at a local county detention facility. During their stay at the jail, disputes arose between the clients and the jailers in charge of their care. Clients claim that they were assaulted by the jailers resulting in injury to their persons. The County denied any wrongdoing. Lawsuits were filed in federal court, and the cases were settled for a total of $105,000.
$105,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was involved in a rear end collision, which resulted in lower back injuries and surgery.
$105,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was injured in a rear end collision and suffered a broken nose and a non-surgical fracture to her ankle. She underwent treatment for her injuries (including a procedure to repair the nasal fracture), incurring approximately $19K in medical expenses.
$103,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT Client sustained injuries to her neck and lower back as a result of a rear end collision accident. Client underwent physical therapy, as well as one round of steroid injections to provide her with pain relief. The case settled for payment of policy limits from the responsible party’s insurance carrier, with the remaining monies coming from a complete exhaustion of all of Plaintiff’s underinsured motorist carrier’s coverage.
$102,500 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was rear-ended at an intersection in Tunica, Mississippi by an eighteen wheeler. Client incurred approximately $18,000 in medical expenses and underwent several nerve blocks in her neck to relieve pain associated with a bulging disc. Suit was filed and the case settled at mediation for $102,500.
$100,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was a passenger in a vehicle driven by her husband. While sitting at a red light waiting for the light to change, their vehicle was rear-ended by a drunk driver. The driver left the scene of the accident and was eventually apprehended by police. Client underwent treatment for neck and shoulder pain (including several rounds of steroid injections). After completing written discovery and taking the deposition of the drunk driver responsible for Plaintiff’s injuries, the case settled at mediation for $100,000.
$100,000 SETTLEMENT – Slip and Fall
Client was walking inside a business and tripped over a merchandise display that was not safely and properly positioned. Client suffered injuries to her arm that required surgery and physical therapy.
$100,000 SETTLEMENT – Slip and Fall
Client slipped and fell on a dangerous area of flooring in a local business and suffered injuries to her right arm. It was discovered during the course of litigation that the business had not received proper certification from the local code enforcement agency prior to opening its doors to the public. The client contended that the dangerous condition upon which she fell would have likely been remedied had the business conducted a thorough inspection and/or allowed the local code enforcement agencies to complete its inspection prior to allowing the public access.
$95,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was traveling down highway when the defendant violently collided with the plaintiff’s vehicle causing injuries to eyes, legs, and lower back. Suit was filed and client was awarded $95,000 in damages.
$94,800 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client suffered hip injury following an automobile accident that occurred in Hernando, Mississippi during the early morning hours. The case was heavily litigated and liability was hotly contested. Both sides hired accident reconstruction experts, and just before trial, the defendant’s insurance carrier agreed to pay $94,800 of its $100,000 insurance policy limits to settle the case. Prior to taking this case, liability was disputed and there was no legitimate offer of settlement.
$92,000 SETTLEMENT – Negligence
Client suffered injuries to her right and left ankles while exiting a vehicle hired to transport her. Client was awarded $92,000 after attending mediation to resolve her claim.
$92,000 SETTLEMENT – PREMISES LIABILITY
Client was dining at a local restaurant. When she stood up to leave the restaurant, the booth in which she was sitting tipped over, causing her to strike her knee on the bottom of the table top where she was seated. Suit was filed and early investigation discovered that the booth in which she was sitting was not properly secured to the floor. She incurred approximately $19,000 in medical bills (the amount of the related medical bills was heavily disputed, as client had undergone previous knee surgery). The case settled for $92,000.
$87,500 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
While riding as a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend, client’s vehicle was struck head-on by the driver of another vehicle. As a result of the negligence of the other vehicle, client suffered neck and back strain injuries, as well as a seven centimeter laceration to her forehead that necessitated plastic surgery scar revision. The case settled for payment of $87,500 from the responsible party’s insurance carrier. The settlement represented approximately 5.5 times the client’s total medical expenses.
$85,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was attempting to turn across an intersection when the at-fault driver failed to stop and ran the red light colliding with his vehicle. Client required orthopaedic treatment for injuries to his shoulder and he missed extensive time from his work. The case was litigated for several years before it settled on the eve of trial.
$85,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client suffered a concussion from a rear end collision while stopped at a railroad crossing. She suffered for several months with recurring headaches, which necessitated ongoing treatment from a chiropractor and a neurologist. She incurred approximately $22K in related medical expenses, a large part of which was diagnostic testing to determine the cause of her headaches and the extent of her injuries.
$80,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client suffered injuries resulting from the negligence of another driver. The at-fault party tendered its policy limits of $25,000 and the client was able to recover an additional $55,000 in underinsured motorist benefits (UIM coverage), and medical payments coverage.
$75,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Olive Branch, MS client suffered injuries resulting from the negligence of another driver. The at-fault party tendered its policy limits of $25,000 and the client was able to recover an additional $50,000 in underinsured motorist benefits (UIM coverage), for a total settlement of $75,000.
$75,000 JURY VERDICT – GOVERNMENTAL LIABILITY CASE
Client’s constitutional rights were violated by law enforcement. Client was unlawfully arrested and jailed. Although the client did not seek any medical treatment and it was alleged by Defendants at trial that she sustained no physical injuries, the case was tried to a jury, and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $75,000. The case was settled thereafter for a confidential amount to include payment of attorneys’ fees.
$75,000 SETTLEMENT – Slip and Fall
Client was walking to her vehicle after visiting a local business when she slipped on ice covering the walkway outside. The business had taken steps to de-ice the walkways, but had not completed the process at the time that she fell. She suffered injuries to her arm that required extensive physical therapy and orthopaedic treatment. While she made a full recovery, she suffered for several months with the pain and missed significant time from work during her recovery period.
$70,000 SETTLEMENT-AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Clients received injuries following an automobile accident involving a van being driven by a local Shelby County, Memphis, Tennessee business. Clients suffered acute cervical strain and chest wall contusions requiring emergency room treatment and physical therapy. The cases settled with the business insurance carrier in the amount of $70,000.
$70,000SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was pulling out into an intersection when another vehicle drove recklessly into the turn lane resulting in a collision. Client suffered severe neck injuries requiring multiple pain injections.
$66,500 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was a pedestrian struck by a vehicle in a grocery parking lot. Client sustained injuries to her leg that required extensive treatment and possible future surgery to correct. The insurance carrier for the at-fault party tendered its limits of $25,000, and the client’s uninsured/underinsured insurance carrier paid the remaining– for a total payment of $66,500.
$65,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was injured in a rear end collision by a driver that was talking on his cell phone and speeding. Client incurred medical expenses of approximately $16K for treatment of muscle strain to her neck and back that lasted for several months before eventually resolving.
$62,500.00 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client, a 12 year old boy, sustained head injuries (laceration to his forehead and scalp) and several broken fingers in an automobile accident where the at fault driver failed to yield the right of way and pulled directly in front of our client’s vehicle, resulting is a high impact collision. After months of negotiation, the insurance carrier for the at fault party agreed to settle the case.
$60,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client suffered a laceration to his knee and a broken arm following an automobile accident occurring in DeSoto County, MS. There was limited insurance coverage for this claim, but after much research and negotiation, the client received payment from four different sources of insurance totaling approximately $60,000.
$60,000 JURY VERDICT – SLIP AND FALL
Horn Lake, MS resident Brenda Dowland, was visiting her husband at Baptist DeSoto on September 30, 2008, when she decided to visit the hospital’s gift shop. While on the premises at Baptist, she fell in an area of the hallway being mopped by an employee of Baptist. As a result of her slip and fall, she suffered injuries to her right arm for which she still undergoes pain management treatment today. Baptist refused to accept responsibility for her injuries and the negligence of their employee, instead claiming that their actions to warn Mrs. Dowland were reasonable. A DeSoto County, MS jury disagreed. The trial began on Monday, December 6, 2010, and after several days of trial, the jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of Ms. Dowland in the total amount of $60,000.
$60,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a head on collision. Client sustained a laceration to his forehead that was treated at the emergency room. He underwent two weeks of physical therapy and was released to return to normal activities. The estimated cost for surgical repair to the scar on his forehead was approximately $1,500. The case settled prior to suit being filed for $60,000.
$58,000 SETTLEMENT – Police Brutality/ 4th amendment violation
Clients were inside their home when an officer showed up at the door without a warrant and for an unrelated incident. Plaintiff refused entry into the home by officers and received injuries resulting from the forced entry.
$55,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was rear-ended by an eighteen wheeler and sustained an injury to his wrist and general soreness and discomfort in his neck and shoulders. He underwent physical therapy and was returned to his normal day activities. The case settled for $55,000.
$52,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client suffered neck and back strain following an automobile accident occurring in DeSoto County, MS. The at-fault party fell asleep behind the wheel and drove through a red light striking the vehicle in which client was a passenger. The claim was originally denied by the insurance carrier. After negotiation with the carrier, the parties settled for $52,000.
$50,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client suffered a concussion resulting in concussive syndrome following an automobile accident where the Defendant, without looking both ways at an intersection, pulled directly out in front of Client. Prior to seeking representation, client was unable to get an offer from the insurance carrier for the Defendant.
$50,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Marshall County, MS client suffered injuries resulting from the negligence of another driver. Client suffered neck and back strain, as well as several facial lacerations from broken glass on the scene. The at-fault party and the UIM carrier tendered their insurance limits after attorney involvement. Since this was a case involving a minor, the case had to be approved by the Court. The medical providers agreed to accept significant reductions to the medical bills, leaving the minor with a large recovery in relation to the injuries sustained.
$50,000 SETTLEMENT – AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT
Client was a injured following as a result of striking a home trailer that was being illegally transported at night without proper lighting. The case settled for payment of all of the client’s underinsured/uninsured insurance coverages.
$50,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was stopped at red light when the plaintiff crashed into the rear of her vehicle causing her to crash into the vehicles in front of her. Client suffered major bruising from impacting the inside of the vehicle. Suit was filed and was settled for the amount $50,000.
$50,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client suffered pulmonary injuries due to a head on collision (automobile accident) in icy weather. The insurance company initially indicated that it would dispute liability based upon the fact that icy roads were the cause of the accident and not the negligence of its driver. Eventually, the insurance carrier agreed to tender its limits of $50,000.00 to avoid litigation.
$48,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was a child passenger involved in a rear end collision. Client suffered back injuries and emotional distress caused by the accident.
$42,000 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was riding in the backseat of a vehicle that was struck from behind by the driver of another vehicle. She suffered muscle strain in her back and neck, but made a full recovery.
$38,000 SETTLEMENT – Home Invasion by Drunk Driver
Clients were asleep in their home one night when a DeSoto County, MS teenager, who had been drinking earlier that evening, drove his vehicle into the client’s residence. Clients suffered emotional injuries (shock and fear) as they thought that they were being intentionally invaded by intruders. They were forced to move from their home for several weeks while the residence was being repaired. In addition to recovering the full cost of the repair of their residence (and out of pocket expenses), clients received payment from the automobile insurance carrier for their inconvenience and emotional distress in the amount of $38,000.
$36,000.00 SETTLEMENT – Automobile Accident
Client was injured in an auto collision by a drunk driver. Client received treatment for neck and back muscle strain and incurred approximately $6K in medical expenses. Case was settled at mediation.
$30,000 SETTLEMENT – Governmental Liability Case
Without legal cause or justification, client was pulled over by undercover narcotics officers for the Olive Branch police department at gunpoint while traveling home after shopping. She tried to escape (what she thought was a car-jacking), but was eventually chased through the streets, her car was blocked in, and she was held at gunpoint until a marked car arrived on the scene. After realizing the mistake (she was apparently mistaken for a “drug dealer”), the officers left the scene and client was allowed to go home. The event disturbed her to such an extent that she was forced to seek medical treatment for anxiety.
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