Catastrophic injury case settles while in trial after watching the testimony in the parties during the second week of trial
Post jury verdict settlement: Life changing injuries of two brothers involving a trucking company with a tower of insurance. Extension of filing the court ordered judgment accomplishes negotiations and a mid 7-figures settlement. After 5 mediations over 2 years and watching portions of trial testimony and before judgment is entered by the court.
College bound only daughter struck in crosswalk by senior with her own family settles with a mid 8-digit personal contribution motivated by integrity and honor.
Personal injury: Pit bull bit the nose of a girl age 5 who had permanent scarring. Future damages included three complicated surgeries involving skin flap removal.
Plaintiff is a 40+ woman who sustained an undisputed traumatic brain injury in a serious automobile accident. Co-defendants are an employee alleged to be driving under the influence of marijuana and alcohol at the time of the accident and two international common carriers who in the first bifurcated trial exclusive to the issue of agency were both found to be employers of the defendant driver. Two previous mediations with two prior Mediators resulted in impasse. Two days before answering ready for trial with millions of dollars apart, the case settled when a blind Mediator’s Proposal was presented to each side separately achieving a global settlement on the eve of trial for over 8-figures.
A high school football player knocked unconscious by other player, rushed for care and despite surgeries permanently quadriplegic. Plaintiff, sued the high school and his coaches alleging they breached their duty to ensure he had proper protective equipment, training and technique, and played him at a position where he had no training or experience. The helmet company manufacture was sued for defective design. The helmet company opposed liability attesting to the state-of-the-art helmet used at all skill levels including the NFL; sufficient warnings were provided. Defenses also included the waiver signed by Plaintiff which he acknowledged competitive athletics may result in paralysis or death. Preserving the integrity of all concerned, the case settled for a confidential amount.
While attending a “pre-rush party” at a fraternity house, Plaintiff and Defendant, both college students, got into a verbal followed by a physical altercation “about the girl.” After Plaintiff threw beer at Defendant, Defendant returned the favor punching him in the face causing broken teeth, facial fractures and an orbital fracture surgically repaired with permanent hardware. Plaintiff portrayed Defendant as having a history of bullying issues. Defendant slanted the case as two young men letting their testosterone and alcohol getting the best of them. After twelve hours of fierce negotiation the case settled for high 6-figures.
Plaintiff, a television and red carpet interviewer who had her hair highlighted and colored at an established beauty salon. After the color was applied, her scalp burned resulting in a permanent bald spot requiring emergency medical treatment, conditioning treatments, surgeries, scar revisions and hair extensions for life. All parties were sensitive to media publicity that could have had a negative impact on them. The case settled via a Mediator’s Proposal for a confidential amount in the mid-six figures.
Plaintiff, age 11, was struck by a vehicle going the posted speed limit, suffered a traumatic brain injury while attempting to cross in the dark at night at an unlit unmarked intersection with no traffic controls. Plaintiff sued a City contending their approved plans for the installation of street lights and traffic signals were never installed. Defendants vigorously challenged liability without disputing Plaintiff’s significant injuries or need for a life care plan. After 44 hours of mediation, including 20 hours dedicated to eliminating insurance coverage issues and collecting layers of coverage from multiple defendants the case settled in excess of 8-figures.
Plaintiff, a single senior religious woman, alleged sexual assault by one of the defendant’s building owner’s employees who was sued along with the management company for negligent supervision. Insurance coverage issues overwhelmed the day along with liability contending a long-term consensual sexual relationship that shattered. Plaintiff’s spiritual calling, assistance of counsel and the mediation process assisted her toward closure.
Four Plaintiffs, including parents of a decedent son and three others, alleging wrongful death, assault, battery, premises liability, sued a bar when an after hours knifing resulting in death and permanent injury. Gang members and a love triangle gone wrong, the parents lived in a colored world of denial that once delicately unraveled, gave all parties permission to settle. Treading lightly, late in the evening, the case settled for seven figures.
Personal Injury – Multiple Pedestrians Struck by Senior Citizen A senior widow lost control of her vehicle colliding with 12 pedestrians resulting in serious injuries and surgeries. Insurance coverage was insufficient to cover all claims, the case settled at 7-figures with a significant personal contribution by defendant over the policy limits.
Plaintiff, an off duty police officer forced to retire due to permanent injuries from a fall. Liability disputed, large damages including losing retirement benefits, lost profits in a business, medical specials and liens. Three mediation sessions, a principled Plaintiff, with a City unwilling to reduce their lien. Ruthless weekend follow up and a Mediator’s Proposal when assigned a courtroom Monday settled the case.