Tractor - In March 1996, my client (a 5 year-old boy) suffered
facial fractures and mild traumatic brain injury when he was run over
by a tractor in Montana. After the trial court granted his motion for
partial summary judgment on liability, the primary carrier offered its
policy limit ($500,000). In July 2001, he won a settlement that will provide
him with cash and substantial monthly and periodic lump sum payments that
should pay over $2 million over his lifetime.
Breast Implants - Since 1991, I handled many breast implant
cases and tried one to verdict in 1997. In 1996, one of my breast implant
clients who was suffering brain injury won a settlement for nearly $ 1.1
HMO Bad Faith - I have handled bad faith actions against
one of the largest HMOs in the nation over several years. In the early
1980's, one of my clients won a verdict for bad faith. In 1996, my client
(an 8 year-old girl) won a settlement that will pay more than $ 4.5 million
over her expected lifetime.
Forklift - In 1991, my client won a jury verdict on liability
against a manufacturer of a forklift which was sold without protective
guards. Once the jury returned a verdict finding the manufacturer liable,
my client (a warehouseman) withdrew his settlement demand for $1 million.
During the damages phase of the trial, my client won a settlement for
an amount which the manufacturer insisted should remain undisclosed.
Insurance Bad Faith - In 1995, my client (a small business)
won a settlement for more than $1.9 million for insurance company bad
faith. In that case, insurers failed to defend my clients against state
claims for cleanup of pollution caused by a company that had sold the
polluted property to them.
Swimming - Since 1991, I have represented children who
suffered serious spinal injuries diving off starting blocks into shallow
water. In 1993, my client (a 17 year-old boy) won a settlement that will
pay from $12 to 20 million over his lifetime.
Construction - In 1999, my client (a cement worker with
four children) won a settlement for nearly $1.2 million. He suffered a
disabling back injury when one floor of a parking structure collapsed
while he was pouring concrete.