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Verdicts & Settlements

2019:  Seven-figure settlement for policy limits for serious injuries sustained from side impact collision by commercial truck.

2019:  Six-figure wrongful death settlement for policy limits from homeowner’s policy after a horse, that was inadequately tied to a tree, broke loose during 4th of July fireworks and crashed through the front windshield of a car.

2019:  Wrongful death settlement for policy limits for the death of a child by a distracted teenage driver that rear-ended the car in which the child was riding.

2019:  Six-figure policy limits settlement from a homeowner’s policy, plus money paid out of pocket by the Defendants for ATV wreck in which one 13 year old was driving and the other was severely injured when the ATV rolled over.  Insurer and parents paid even though prevailing case law stated that parents could not be liable for crash of recreational vehicle driven by a child.

2019:  $77,000.00 settlement for vehicle crash with injuries to shins from airbags. Received policy limits from at fault driver and $52,000.00 from client’s own underinsured motorist coverage.  $18,000.00 medical expenses.

$1.35 Million settlement. Wrongful death, Client was hit in rear by commercial delivery truck while stopped.  Passenger killed.

$1.2 Million settlement – wrongful death – Superior Court of Murray County, Georgia. Plaintiff was in a collision while passing multiple vehicles on a rural highway.

$1.2 Million settlement – Viar v.Decatur County, Georgia, Federal District Court, Middle District of Georgia. Plaintiff suffered stroke after being released from jail because of abuse suffered in jail allegedly by officers.

$750,000.00 settlement against Ford.  Recovery for defective seat belt against automotive manufacturer.

$700,000.00 jury verdict for interference with tortious contract.
Dalton Machinery adv. Firstline Corp and Amoco Fibers
Whitfield Superior Court against Webb, Carlock

$450,000.00 settlement from two different insurance carriers.  Client suffered injury to neck and arm. Side impact collision, Neck surgery and significant treatment for infection in arm from embedded glass.

$430,000.00 settlement – Vaughn v.Cox, Federal District Court, Northern District, Newnan Division 343 F.3d 1323(2003)
11th Circuit and U.S. Supreme Court. Serious injuries from officer shooting.

$350,000.00 settlement – Client v. Travelers Insurance and Brooks Welding Supply, Whitfield Superior Court. Back injury.  Commercial truck hit another commercial truck in the rear.

$330,000.00 settlement – Broken forearm, contusions. Client v. Patterson, R & D Trucking, Inc., et al
United States District Court
Northern District of Georgia – Rome Division
Police Officer hit by tractor-trailer while on a traffic stop.

$280,000.00 police misconduct settlement.
Federal District Court, Northern District of Georgia, Rome Division
Police Misconduct – settled. officers tore ligaments and tendons in Plaintiff’s elbow.  Had Federal  Judge reversed by the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals

$275,000.00 settlement – School bus driver hit by logging truck that slid across the center line on wet pavement.  Exhausted all available insurance coverage from four different policies.  Defendant only had $100,000.00 in coverage.

$250,000.00 comp settlement for independent truck driver who was not technically covered by comp insurance.

$250,000.00 settlement – policy limits
Whitfield County, Georgia
Broken hand and foot, surgery required with plate in hand.

$225,000.00 settlement just before trial
Client v. Gallegos and Caraustar Industries
Whitfield Superior Court
Car Rear-ended by tractor trailer at sop
Offer at mediation was $500.00
Pre-existing injuries.

$190,000.00 jury verdict with punitive damages-police misconduct.
Vineyard v. County of Murray, 990 F.2d1207(1993)
Federal District Court in Rome
After appeal the Plaintiff received a check for $286,000 with interest and attorney’s fees

$170,000.00 settlement – involving Ga. Farm Bureau and Allstate.  Client had back surgery but also had preexisting back problems. Cherokee County Superior Court.

$167,500.00 settlement for slip and fall in convenience store on a rainy day. 75-year-old client had a hip surgery, liability disputed, Gordon County Superior Court suit. Survived summary judgment.

$165,000.00 settlement of case filed in Federal District Court in the Northern District of Georgia against Koch Foods.  Rear-end collision by Tractor trailer. Back injury, no surgery, no significant lost wages, herniated disc.

$100,000.00 policy limits settlement for client with $33,000 in medicals, wrist surgery, Whitfield County, Georgia.

$100,000.00 policy limit settlement for client with neck injury that required surgery, initial offer was less than $20,000.00.  Murray County, Georgia.

$100,000.00 policy limits settlement where client (65) suffered neck injury.  No surgery.

$100,000.00 policy limits settlement in wrongful death suit.

$100,000.00 settlement of policy limits – rear end collision – pre-existing injury and only about $10,000.00 in medicals.

$100,000.00 settlement client was hit head-on and suffered a broken ankle. Murray County, Georgia

$85,000.00 Broken toes with surgery required, Murray County, Georgia;

$50,000.00 – jury verdict against a State Farm insured for compensatory damages. Client only had $6,000.00 in medicals with no permanent disability
Whitfield Superior Court – DUI driver.

$42,500.00 – client was injured in a slip and fall at a restaurant. Catoosa Superior Court.

$35,000.00 policy limit settlement based on $5,024.00 in medical expenses and $12,000 of lost wages.

Policy limits settlement for a client that was a passenger in car hit head on. Murray County, Georgia.

Significant confidential six-figure settlement reached for client who suffered serious electrocution injuries from 7,000 volts.  Premises liability, plaintiff also had an active worker’s comp case.  Liability was highly contested. Fulton County State Court.

Criminal – all charges dropped in arson case after the court granted our motion to exclude the state’s expert witness.

Significant 6 figure settlement of wrongful death case where decedent was intoxicated and fell from a car window.  Driver was also intoxicated.  Defendant asserted defenses of contributory negligence and assumption of risk.
Superior Court of Whitfield County.

Defense jury verdict for our client, a small business, in a case where they had been sued by their workers comp insurance and the insurer sought $42,000 from the small business as a result of a workman’s comp audit.  The insurance company got nothing from the small business.

$275,000.00 settlement – School bus driver hit by logging truck that slid across the center line on wet pavement. Exhausted all available insurance coverage from four different policies.  Defendant only had $100,000.00 in coverage.

$250,000.00 comp settlement for independent truck driver who was not technically covered by comp insurance (employer by estoppel).

$250,000.00 settlement for policy limits, Whitfield County, Georgia. Broken hand and foot, surgery required with plate in hand. $12,000.00 of lost wages.

Policy limits settlement for a client that was a passenger in a car hit head on in Murray County, Georgia

Significant confidential six-figure settlement reach for client who suffered serious electrocution injuries from 7,000 volts.  Premises liability, plaintiff also had an active worker’s comp case.  Liability was highly contested.  Fulton County State Court.

Criminal – all charges dropped in arson case after the court granted our motion to exclude the state’s expert.

Significant 6 figure settlement of wrongful death case where decedent was intoxicated and fell from a car window.  Driver was also intoxicated.  Defendant asserted defenses of contributory negligence and assumption of risk. Superior Court of Whitfield County

$170,000.00 settlement involving Georgia Farm Bureau and Allstate.  Client had back surgery but also had preexisting back problems.  Cherokee County Superior Court.

$167,500.00 settlement for slip and fall in convenience store on a rainy day.  75 year old client had hip surgery, liability disputed. Gordon County Superior Court suit.  Survived summary judgment.

$165,000.00 settlement of case filed in Federal District Court in Northern District of Georgia against Koch Foods.  Rear-end collision by Tractor-trailer.  Back injury, no surgery, no significant lost wages, herniated disc.

$100,000.00 policy limits settlement for client with $33,000 in medicals, wrist surgery, Whitfield County, Georgia.

$100,000.00 policy limit settlement for client with neck injury that required surgery, initial offer was less than $20,000.00. Murray County, Georgia.

$100,000.00 policy limits settlement where client (65) suffered neck injury. No. surgery.

Rear end Collision – policy limits settlement of $100,000.00 – preexisting injuries and only about $10,000.00 in medicals.