$475,000 Motor Vehicle Accident

Jury Verdict for man who was injured in motor vehicle accident in Palm Beach County. The client had suffered same injuries in a previous motor vehicle accident, but had not yet had surgery.

$400,000 Motor Vehicle Accident

Settlement for family of a man who was killed in a motor vehicle accident in Palm Beach County. The client’s father drove into the back of a boat that was being trailered without taillights. The accident occurred just before sunrise and there were no streetlights in the vicinity. The insurance company for the driver of the vehicle towing the boat denied liability and suit had to be filed. The parties agreed to a summary trial procedure and the jury found the boat owner 100% at fault. The parties settled the case shortly after the summary trial. The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of our firm’s West Palm Beach office.

$300,000 For 19 Year Old Hit By A Drunk Driver

Settlement for a 19-year-old client who was struck by a man who was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident. The Defendant had a blood alcohol limit of 0.15 at the time of the accident. The Defendant had two prior DUIs, which was a big factor in getting the case settled. Our client was rendered unconscious by the impact and regained consciousness in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. CT scans and an MRI of the brain were normal, but the client had residual cognitive deficits and was determined to have suffered a mild brain injury. The client also suffered from disc injuries to her neck and back, but had not been determined to be a surgical candidate. There were two other persons injured in the accident and the policy limits of the Defendant were divided equally between the three claimants. The case was handled in our West Palm Beach office by Brian W. Smith

$190,000 14 Year Old Hurt In Motor Vehicle Accident

Jury Verdict for 14-year-old girl who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. She suffered soft tissue injuries but was unable to participate in cheerleading or scuba diving as a result of her injuries. MRIs and EMGs were normal. The doctors testified at trial that the client had suffered only a soft tissue injury, but that the effects were permanent. The case had to be tried before a jury. The Defendant had only offered $15,000.00 before trial. The Plaintiff had filed a Proposal for Settlement for $35,000.00. As a result of the verdict and judgment, the Defendant was also required to pay the Plaintiff’s attorney’s fees and costs. The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office.

$1.5 Million Dollar Verdict

Georgia Accident

$1.5 Million Dollar Verdict for the family of a woman killed in a motor vehicle accident near Atlanta, Georgia.

The client’s mother was a passenger in a car that was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. The vehicle that she was in was then pushed off the highway, down an embankment and into a heavily wooded area. The vehicle came to rest after striking a tree at high speed. The clients’ mother died at the scene.

The case was tried before a jury in Atlanta, Georgia. It is believed that the driver of the tractor-trailer truck fell asleep at the wheel. The driver denied that claim and he claimed that the vehicle that the Plaintiff was in slowed suddenly and unexpectedly. The jury determined that the driver of the tractor-trailer was 100% at fault for the accident.

The jury awarded the woman’s estate (including two surviving adult children) $1.5 Million. The Defendant appealed the jury’s verdict and it was upheld on appeal. The Defendant then had to pay an additional $300,000.00 in interest, bringing the total recovery to $1.8 Million.

The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office, with the assistance of local counsel in Atlanta.

$1,000,000 Settlement

$1,000,000 Settlement for a man who was seriously injured while driving a tractor-trailer. His vehicle was cut off by a small car, whose owner carried minimal liability insurance. The claim settled with the client’s uninsured carrier for policy limits, based in part on the actions of the adjuster during the negotiation process. Among other injuries, the client suffered a fractured arm and partial loss of vision in one eye. He technically still met Federal vision requirements for truck drivers, but had changed jobs as result of his visual limitations

The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office.

$ 850,000 Settlement

Toe Amputation Case

$ 850,000 Settlement for a woman whose big toe had to be partially amputated after construction materials were dropped on her foot.

The client, a woman in her 40s, was waiting for an elevator in her office building. Workers for a construction company that was doing renovation work in the building dropped heavy construction materials on the client’s foot. Her big toe was smashed and, despite efforts to save it, the toe had to be amputated at the first joint.

The client had developed osteomyelitis (infection) in the big toe, which resulted in the need for antibiotic treatment administered through a port line placed in her chest. The atial amputation was performed after the antibiotic treatments were unsuccessful. The client was also diagnosed with RSD (Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome).

Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office handled the case.

Confidential settlement

Anthrax Practical Joke

Confidential settlement for client who was the subject of a practical joke involving exposure to Anthrax. A manager at the Wal-Mart store where she worked told her that she had been exposed to Anthrax and needed to be tested. That turned out to be a practical joke, but client suffered from anxiety and depression as a result.

This incident occurred shortly after the national Anthrax scare in 2001. Due to extensive press coverage of the case, the parties agreed to keep the terms and amount of the settlement confidential.

The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office.

$1.5 Million Dollar Verdict

Georgia Accident

$1.5 Million Dollar Verdict for the family of a woman killed in a motor vehicle accident near Atlanta, Georgia.

The client’s mother was a passenger in a car that was struck from behind by a tractor-trailer truck. The vehicle that she was in was then pushed off the highway, down an embankment and into a heavily wooded area. The vehicle came to rest after striking a tree at high speed. The clients’ mother died at the scene.

The case was tried before a jury in Atlanta, Georgia. It is believed that the driver of the tractor-trailer truck fell asleep at the wheel. The driver denied that claim and he claimed that the vehicle that the Plaintiff was in slowed suddenly and unexpectedly. The jury determined that the driver of the tractor-trailer was 100% at fault for the accident.

The jury awarded the woman’s estate (including two surviving adult children) $1.5 Million. The Defendant appealed the jury’s verdict and it was upheld on appeal. The Defendant then had to pay an additional $300,000.00 in interest, bringing the total recovery to $1.8 Million.

The case was handled by Brian W. Smith of the firm’s West Palm Beach office, with the assistance of local counsel in Atlanta.