20 Jul Personal Injury
When you suffer a physical injury as a result of someone else’s actions, your entire world can change in an instant. Severe physical injuries take their toll physically and emotionally on both the injured person and his or her family. We have experience in handling personal injury claims, and will guide a family through the bewildering array of challenges that face it when one of its members has been seriously hurt. Not only will we handle your claim professionally and expertly, we will also be there to help you handle the many side issues that arise as a result of your accident, such as medical bills and subrogation claims. If you would like to contact us about a possible personal injury case, please click here.
Remember that each case is tried on its own merits, and that a successful result in one case does not guarantee a successful result in your case.
An 11 year-old minor and 21 year-old counselor v. Anonymous Camp Operator
Settlement of $2,000,000 (Elmore County, 2006). An 11 year-old camper’s right leg was amputated below the knee when she was run over by a pontoon boat belonging to a summer camp as she and a counselor were waiting to be pulled on a large tube while on a lake outing. Her attorneys prepared an extensive life care plan detailing her medical treatment, including future medical procedures, prostheses, as well as the economic impact and vocational losses due to her injuries. The settlement included a $195,000 recovery for the 21 year-old counselor who suffered a broken jaw.
Joe Lett v. Anonymous Defendants
Settlement of $1,750,000 (Jefferson County Circuit Court, 2008). The victim in this case was an elderly retired gentleman that was walking down the sidewalk on his way to an appointment at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in downtown Birmingham. He was struck by a station wagon that backed out of a loading dock at the rear of the hospital and suffered catastrophic injuries. The driver of the delivery vehicle testified that he did not even look in the direction from which the victim was walking prior to backing out of the loading dock. The vehicle was driven by a sub contractor of a company that delivers radioactive materials. The corporate defendant denied that there was any liability insurance coverage except for the $20,000 afforded by the individual driver’s liability policy. Through discovery and the application of relevant federal statutes, it was determined that the company was responsible for the actions of it’s contractor because he was involved in the movement and delivery of hazardous, radioactive materials.
Sue Ryan v. Hayes
Settlement of $1,106,141.50. (Circuit Court of Limestone County, 2002). Sue Ryan was assaulted and raped by an escaped convict from the Limestone Correctional Facility operated by the State of Alabama Department of Corrections. The inmate should never have been allowed to work on a chain gang due to his poor disciplinary record, but the prison reclassification officer failed to act on the inmate’s reclassification for more than thirty days – allowing the paperwork to sit on his desk. While out on a work detail, the inmate shook of his leg irons and escaped from the prison guard. Suit was brought against the leg iron manufacturer from Birmingham, England as well as the state prison officials responsible for the escape. The trial judge initially ruled that the case could not proceed due to existing Alabama law, but that ruling was appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court. In this reported decision, the Alabama Supreme Court reversed the trial judge and allowed the case to proceed. The leg iron manufacturer initially settled and then the Alabama Department of Risk Management eventually paid the limits available to the plaintiff and certain others injured by the inmate, although none as badly as Mrs. Ryan.