Personal Injury Recent Settlements South Florida
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$1,250,000: Wrongful Death – Car Accident
$1,250,000: Wrongful Death – Negligent Hiring
$1,168,000: Wrongful Death – Car Accident
$905,000: Trucking Accident
A tractor trailer rear ended our clients at a high rate of speed on the highway, causing a multi-vehicle pileup. The defense disputed liability claiming a malfunction with the defendant’s leased vehicle. Our attorneys sought to preserve the tractor trailer’s EDR/black box to determine its speed upon breaking. Our expert downloaded the EDR/black box. The results from the EDR/black box solidified our case that the truck driver was negligent and that there was no malfunction with the vehicle or its equipment. With the EDR/black box results revealed, the defense conceded on liability. The defense was left with no one to point the finger at and the case settled while in-suit.
$775,000: Head-on Car Crash
Our client was traveling straight through a green light. A distracted driver turned left on a green light and plowed into our client. Our client broke his hand and also injured his neck and back. Our client was taken to the hospital and initially treated, predominately, for his broken hand. A few weeks later, our client began to receive treatment for his neck and back. Years later, our client underwent surgery to repair his neck. The defense argued that since our client received delayed treatment on his neck and back, he must be lying as to the causation of his injuries. The defense also argued that our client was exaggerating the significance of his injuries for monetary gain. Litigation was contentious, however, on the eve of trial, the defense substantially raised their offer and we were able to settle.
$615,000: Rear-End Box Truck Accident
A box truck struck our college-aged client in the left rear quarter panel on I-595. Our client did not believe he was injured and went to work that day. Our client first saw a chiropractor for minor neck pain 11 days post-crash and his injuries progressively got worse. The insurance company’s initial pre-suit offer was $23,000.00. The defense’s argument for the low offer was the delay in initial treatment, insignificant original complaints and that our client played football in high school. During suit, the defendant’s doctor claimed that our client’s injuries were pre-existing and attributable to playing football. After we deposed the defense’s doctors, the case settled one week before trial for nearly 27x the defense’s initial offer.
$600,000: Pedestrian Accident
Our client was walking in his neighborhood when a distracted driver clipped him with his side-view mirror. Our client injured his lower back in the crash. Unfortunately, our client did not respond to conservative treatment, eventually undergoing a one-level disc replacement. By asking the right questions, we determined that our client had an umbrella insurance policy through his wife’s employer. The insurance carrier initially denied the existence of this umbrella coverage. We successfully recovered from three different insurance companies so our client could be made whole.
$575,000: T-Bone Pick Up Truck Accident
A pickup truck negligently turned left on a green light when our client had the right of way. The defense contested liability claiming our client ran a red light while speeding. Our client was transported to the hospital from the scene of the crash. The ER doctor noted that our client did not report any injuries to his neck, only his chest. Subsequently, our client later treated for neck pain. The insurance company’s pre-suit offer was $8,000.00. At the time of the crash, the defendant was in the course and scope of his job. After taking the deposition of the defendant and his manager, the Court granted our request to amend to seek punitive damages. The case settled soon thereafter for almost 72x the defendant’s pre-suit offer.
$525,000: Rear-End Car Accident
Our client was rear-ended at a high-rate of speed. Our client suffered numerous injuries to her neck, back and shoulder. Despite years of treatment post-crash (and no-pre-existing treatment), the defendant’s doctor issued our client a 0% impairment rating claiming she was exaggerating her injuries. We stay firm on our demand and set the case for trial. The case successfully settled at mediation.
$500,000: Head-On / T-Bone Car Accident
Our client was proceeding through a green light. The at-fault driver was turning left on a green light but our client had the right of way. Unfortunately, our client could not avoid the at-fault driver. The at-fault unsuccessfully argued comparative liability and that our client’s injuries were pre-existing. Prior to our case, our client underwent a fusion to her cervical spine. The case settled pre-suit.
$465,000: Rear-End Car Accident
Our client, a younger mother of three, was rear-ended in a multi-car pile-up. Despite significant injuries, the insurance company offered $15,000.00 to settle the case pre-suit. The case failed to settle at mediation as the sides were six figures apart. We prepared the case for trial. On the eve of trial, the case settled for $465,000.00. The defense tried to bully us into accepting a lower settlement. We did not budge.
$445,000: Rear-End Accident and Diminished Value
A car ran a red light and rear-ended our elderly client in Boca Raton. Our client was recommended for a cervical disc replacement just weeks before the crash. Our client underwent the same cervical disc replacement post-crash. The defense argued our client’s injuries were pre-existing but we were able to convince the insurance company that our client’s pre-crash injuries were manageable. Post-crash, our client exhibited significant myelopathy, including weakness in his legs. The defense reluctantly agreed and paid top dollar for the claim. Our client’s vehicle, a classic car, suffered property damage and we were also able to recover the vehicle’s diminished value as a result of the crash. The case settled pre-suit.
$415,000: Rear-End Trucking Accident
Our client was struck in the right rear quarter panel by a dump truck. Despite the mass of the dump truck, there was only minor property damage. The defense disputed liability. The litigation was contentious. The defense hired an expert, a mechanical engineer, to claim that our client could not have been injured in this crash. Our attorneys convinced the Court to severely limit the defendant’s expert from testifying to the mechanism of injuries. The case settled a week before trial for 10x the defendant’s pre-suit offer.
$410,000: Rear-End Car Accident
Our client was rear-ended in Plantation, less than a mile from our office. Our client was not a surgical candidate, but required routine painful injections in his spine and back. The defendant’s doctor claimed our client did not suffer a permanent injury and that the injections were unnecessary. On the eve of trial, the case settled for approximately 11x the initial pre-suit offer.
$380,000: Multi-Car Pileup
Our client was vehicle 3 in a multi-vehicle pile-up. Although our client’s injuries were significant, her vehicle only exhibited minimal property damage. The defendant’s pre-suit offer was $2,300.00. Two years later, the case settled for 165x the defendant’s pre-suit offer.
$350,000: Sideswipe Car Accident
Our elderly client was involved in a low-end collision in a parking lot in Boca Raton. Our client had a number of pre-existing injuries. Our client ultimately required a disc replacement at C5-6. We convinced the insurance company that our client’s injuries were acute and/or exacerbated and not pre-existing. The insurance company tendered their policy limits pre-suit.
$335,000: Rear-End Car Accident
The at-fault driver rear-ended our client on Glades Road in Boca Raton. Our client treated conservatively for 4 years. Our client was not a surgical candidate, but reported significant pain in her hands and feet. On the eve of trial, the defense raised their offer by nearly $100,000.00 and the case settled.
$325,000: T-Bone Car Accident
A 16 year old driver t-boned our client in Coral Springs while turning left through an intersection. Doctors initially diagnosed our client with a bulge at L4-5. Our client did not respond to treatment, however. Two years later, our client underwent a thoracic MRI which showed a small herniation at T11-12. Months later our client underwent a thoracic fusion at T11-12 . The defense’s expert argued that the thoracic findings were pre-existing and that the initial doctor diagnosed a lumbar injury and not a (pre-existing) thoracic injury. After a contentious litigation, we settled the case on the eve of trial.
$320,000: Rear-end Car Crash
Our 40-year-old client was rear-ended by a pick-up truck. Prior to the crash, she had been treating for neck and back pain, including undergoing several injections in her spine. As a result of this crash, she underwent a lumbar discectomy on her back (L5-S1). Prior to this crash, doctors had already recommended she undergo this procedure. The defense claimed her injuries were pre-existing and made an initial offer of $43,000.00. We hired an expert radiologist to compare our client’s pre-crash MRIs with her post-crash MRIs. Our expert radiologist confirmed our clients’ injuries worsened as a result of this traumatic event. The defense agreed and tendered their policy.
$300,000: Moped Crash
Our client, a local resident of Key West, was a passenger on a moped when a vehicle pulled out in front of them attempting to cross the intersection. Unfortunately, the at-fault driver failed to use reasonable care and failed to observe the moped causing a collision. Our client suffered injuries to his wrist, knee and elbow. We were able to get out client the necessary treatment despite him not having health insurance. Our client received excellent medical care and we were able to demonstrate the potential need for further treatment based on our expert’s analysis and report. The narrative we endorsed and provided to the at-fault insurance company led to a great result relatively quickly.
$275,000: Sideswipe Car Accident
Confidential Settlement. The case settled pre-suit.
$260,000: T-Bone Car Accident
A negligent driver attempted to “inch out” between traffic to make a U-turn. Thinking the coast was clear, the negligent driver floored her vehicle in our client’s vehicle. The defendant’s doctor claimed our client’s injuries were pre-existing despite the significant property damage. The case resolved at mediation.
$250,000: Sideswipe Car Accident
A reckless driver side-swiped our client’s vehicle in Plantation while attempting to cross 3 lanes of traffic. Prior to retaining our firm, our client almost accepted the insurance company’s offer of $3,500.00. The case eventually settled for the policy limits pre-suit.
$250,000: T-Bone Car Accident
A reckless driver plowed into our young client at a high rate of speed. The case settled for the policy limits.
$250,000: Negligent Hiring / Negligent Retention
$220,000: Bicycle Accident
A driver negligently attempted to make a left turn leaving a side street without accounting for our client riding her bicycle. Our client crashed into the vehicle and flipped over her handlebars. Our client suffered several injuries, including a non-displaced broken wrist and a partially torn meniscus. The defense initially argued that our client was partially at-fault for riding her bicycle “on the street” at dawn. In actuality, our client was biking on a bike path while wearing a bright yellow shirt. After providing the defense with pictures of our client’s clothing, the accident scene and google maps of the area, the defense admitted liability and we settled the case.
$200,000: Hazardous Grease at McDonald’s
The drive thru area at a McDonalds in Key West was covered with grease creating a dangerous condition for moped and motorcycles. Our investigation revealed that McDonalds was previously made aware of this dangerous condition. Unfortunately, despite prior occurrences, McDonald’s failed to remedy or warn patrons using the drive thru of the hazard. Our client’s moped slid out as he was driving through the area, causing injuries to his hip. Based on our diligent investigation and efforts, we were able to irrefutably prove their prior knowledge of the hazard and put our client in the best position for a settlement. Without our investigation efforts, McDonalds likely would have offered very little to nothing.
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