Featured Case Results

We feel privileged to have been given the opportunity to fight for injured victims. We are proud of our case results and proud of the jury verdicts that we have obtained at trial. Thank you for taking the time to review these results. To view an exhaustive list of our featured case results, click here.

$34,697,465.00

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Premises liability / Wrongful Death
Escambia Co., FL
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$34,697,465.00

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Premises liability / Wrongful Death
Escambia Co., FL

On September 10, 2015, in a case handled by our firm and the firm of Avera & Smith, a Pensacola jury returned a $14,697,465 verdict for our client against cigarette company RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company to compensate the surviving spouse and children of a decorated air force veteran and former smoker. Our client’s husband died from lung cancer caused by smoking. The jury found that the cigarette company was negligent and conspired to conceal material information about the hazards and addictiveness of its products for decades. In addition, at the second phase of the trial, that same jury assessed $20,000,000 in punitive damages against the cigarette company. A final judgment has been entered in the total amount of $34,697,465. Attorney’s fees and costs will also be assessed against RJ Reynolds for failing to reasonably settle the case earlier. It is expected that RJ Reynolds will appeal the judgment as that has been their usual practice.

$20,000,000.00

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Premises Liability / Wrongful Death
Pasco County, FL
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$20,000,000.00

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Premises Liability / Wrongful Death
Pasco County, FL

A teenage male was killed while riding an ATV. His neighbor invited him to drive the ATV. He was permitted to operate the ATV without proper safety equipment and without adult supervision. While operating the ATV on the defendant’s property, the teenage male struck a barbwire fence and was decapitated. The defendant’s homeowner insurance failed to timely appoint an attorney to represent the defendant. Subsequent to a default judgment granted by the Court against the defendant, the attorney, who was finally appointed for the insurance company, withdrew from representation of the defendant and we proceeded to trial. At trial, the jury found in favor of the teenage male and awarded his parents $20 million in damages. After trial we proceeded against the insurance company in an effort to collect the judgement. Of course, the insurance company had various defenses which they vigorously asserted. Ultimately a seven figure settlement was reached which enabled our clients to receive some compensation for the tragic loss of their son.

$15,310,000.00

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Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death
Hillsborough County, FL
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$15,310,000.00

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Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death
Hillsborough County, FL

We represented family members for the wrongful death of a former lifelong smoker who died of lung cancer caused by cigarettes manufactured by RJ Reynolds and Lorillard Tobacco Company. In what was at the time the largest verdict for a former smoker in Hillsborough County, the jury awarded approximately $3,000,000.00 in compensatory damages, and an additional $12.3 million dollars in punitive damages against RJ Reynolds.

$11,500,000.00

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Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death
Hillsborough County, FL
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$11,500,000.00

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Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death
Hillsborough County, FL

Our client’s mother, a registered nurse, died from lung cancer caused by her addiction to smoking cigarettes manufactured by the defendant, RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company. A jury in Tampa awarded each of her five children $1,000,000.00. This amount was reduced by the percentage of fault their mother was found to have. The same jury also awarded $6,500,000.00 in additional damages to punish RJ Reynolds for its conduct.

$11,000,000.00

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Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death
Pasco County, FL
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$11,000,000.00

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Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death
Pasco County, FL

We represented the family of a former pizzeria owner who died of lung cancer caused by his addiction to the defendants’ cigarettes. Our firm, along with co-counsel, obtained a verdict for compensatory damages in the amount of $10,000,000.00 after a five-week trial. In a separate trial, the jury also found that the defendants, Philip Morris and RJ Reynolds, deserved punishment for their conduct and awarded punitive damages of $1,000,000.00.

$6,100,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident
Collier County, FL
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$6,100,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident
Collier County, FL

A 12-year-old child sustained severe injuries as a result of being struck by a cement truck. At the time of the incident, the child did not have access to the crosswalk due to the fact that the sidewalk was under repair. Given that the driver did not have sufficient time to stop, the child was struck by the cement truck. A law suit was filed against both the driver of the truck and his employer and the contractor who was working on the road and sidewalk.

$6,100,000.00

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Product Liability
Hillsborough County, FL
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$6,100,000.00

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Product Liability
Hillsborough County, FL

After two weeks of testimony and trial in a Hernando County courtroom, the jury found that Philip Morris USA and Liggett Group were largely responsible for our client’s Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease (COPD). The jury found that the two cigarette companies were legally responsible for our client’s tobacco related past and future medical expenses and pain and suffering. We obtained a Final Judgment in our client’s favor in the amount of $6,100,000.

$5,000,000.00

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Motor Vehicle Accident / Quadriplegic
Hillsborough County, FL
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$5,000,000.00

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Motor Vehicle Accident / Quadriplegic
Hillsborough County, FL

This tragic accident happened in Hillsborough County when our client suddenly turned across three lanes of traffic on I-275 and into the path of a truck who did not have sufficient time to stop (we believed that the truck was going too fast for the traffic conditions). Her vehicle was crushed, resulting in her sustaining very significant injuries, including severe neurological injuries.

$5,000,000.00

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Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death /
Pasco County, FL
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$5,000,000.00

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Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death /
Pasco County, FL

A 34-year-old male who was riding his motorcycle when a tractor-trailer turned left into his right of way. The collision caused his death. He was survived by his wife and two minor children. Case was settled for the policy limits of all available insurance.

$5,000,000.00

settlement

Medical Malpractice / Brain Injury /
Brevard County, FL
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$5,000,000.00

settlement

Medical Malpractice / Brain Injury /
Brevard County, FL

Following an accident on his scooter, our client suffered a head injury which required treatment at a local hospital. It was alleged that the hospital and/or the physicians failed to recognize the need to perform an emergency procedure, and, as a result, our client sustained severe brain damage.

$4,899,000.00

settlement

Motorcycle Accident / Brain Injuries
Pinellas County, FL
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$4,899,000.00

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Motorcycle Accident / Brain Injuries
Pinellas County, FL

Minor male was seriously injured while riding a motorcycle with his father. The defendant changed lanes in front of the motorcycle causing the motorcycle to strike the rear of the defendant’s vehicle. The minor male was thrown from the motorcycle. As a result, he sustained serious brain injuries as well as extensive damage to bones, muscles, and tendons throughout his upper body.

$2,900,000.00

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Product Liability / Past Pain and Suffering
Alachua County, FL
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$2,900,000.00

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Product Liability / Past Pain and Suffering
Alachua County, FL

On December 14, 2012, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk obtained a substantial verdict for the past pain and suffering of a former smoker who suffered from larynx cancer and COPD. The case took a lengthy road to victory for the clients. Back in March 2011, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk previously won a $1 million dollar verdict with 51% fault on the tobacco company for a $510,000 net judgment, which at the time may have been the first personal injury survival action ever tried against a tobacco company in the United States. R.J. Reynolds appealed the trial judge’s exclusion of “alternative cause” evidence regarding limited exposure to asbestos and “various chemicals” and obtained a reversal and a new trial limited to the issues of negligence and strict liability only. On the retrial following the reversal on appeal, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk won a $2,900,000 verdict with 65% of the fault on the R.J. Reynolds resulting in a $1,885,000 million dollar net judgment. As a result of R.J. Reynolds refusal to settle in 2010, Abrahamson & Uiterwyk will be entitled to recover, on behalf of our client, attorneys’ fees and costs dating back to March 2010.

$1,575,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident
Hillsborough County, FL
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$1,575,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident
Hillsborough County, FL

53-year old male was rear ended by the Defendant. Client suffered from a three level herniation which was ultimately operated on with anterior cervical disc fusion. Case settled for $1,575,000 shortly before trial.

$1,529,282.00

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Motor Vehicle Accident / Shoulder Surgery
Levy County, FL
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$1,529,282.00

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Motor Vehicle Accident / Shoulder Surgery
Levy County, FL

69-year-old male was seriously injured when the defendant failed to observe clearance under power lines. The defendant caused the power lines as well as two power poles to fall into the road. The plaintiff subsequently struck one of the power poles. The plaintiff’s injuries included a left rotator cuff injury requiring surgery as well as a compression fracture in his spine. The jury awarded the plaintiff $1,529,282.

$1,330,000.00

settlement

Motorcycle Accident / Back and Fractured Pelvis
Pinellas County, FL
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$1,330,000.00

settlement

Motorcycle Accident / Back and Fractured Pelvis
Pinellas County, FL

63-year old male sustained a fractured pelvis, a right knee injury and a back injury when the defendant turned directly in front of the client while the client was on a motorcycle. The client’s fractured pelvis required two surgeries. We obtained the limits of all available insurance in the case.

$1,100,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident / Wrongful Death
Hernando County
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$1,100,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident / Wrongful Death
Hernando County

Our client was northbound on Commercial Way near the intersection of Kelso Road. The defendant was headed westbound on Kelso Road, but failed to stop for the stop sign at the intersection. As a result, our client’s vehicle T-boned the defendant’s vehicle causing substantial damages to both vehicles. Among other injuries, our client suffered a cardiac contusion which his treating physicians believed led to a stroke shortly after the accident. Unfortunately, due to the serious nature of his injuries, our client passed away shortly thereafter. He was survived by his wife. We were able to resolve the case for an amount in excess of $1 million dollars. Unfortunately, our recovery was limited by the amount of insurance available. Based on our efforts, however, we were able to convince them to pay every dollar of available insurance in settlement of the case.

$1,074,169.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident / Right Arm, Neck and Back Injuries
Hillsborough County, FL
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$1,074,169.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle Accident / Right Arm, Neck and Back Injuries
Hillsborough County, FL

44-year old male was injured when the defendant sideswiped the vehicle that the client was operating. As a result of the collision the client sustained a severely fractured right arm, cervical disc herniations, and back pain. Due the severity of the fracture to the client’s right arm, the plaintiff underwent two surgeries including bone grafts to repair his arm. The amount above represents the remaining limits of available insurance in this case.

$1,008,258.00

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Motor Vehicle Accident
Manatee County, FL
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$1,008,258.00

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Motor Vehicle Accident
Manatee County, FL

Our clients, husband and wife, were involved in a serious accident where the defendant ran a red light. He suffered back and shoulder injuries, and she had an injury to her neck. This settlement represented the maximum amount of insurance coverage available.

$1,000,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle / Multiple Surgeries
Beverly Hills, FL
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$1,000,000.00

settlement

Motor Vehicle / Multiple Surgeries
Beverly Hills, FL

41-year old male sustained severe injury to his foot requiring multiple ongoing surgeries including partial amputation when an oversized commercial toolbox that was loaded onto defendant’s tow truck came loose and landed on our client’s foot. We obtained the maximum available insurance policy limits of the defendant’s insurance.

$750,000.00

settlement

Premises Liability / Knee and Spine Injuries
Duval County, FL
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$750,000.00

settlement

Premises Liability / Knee and Spine Injuries
Duval County, FL

One defendant improperly stacked steel girders on a transport truck. Another defendant then improperly failed to adequately secure the girders. Our client was attempting to separate the girders when they came apart causing our client to fall into the girders and then down to the pavement. He sustained tears to his knee requiring surgery as well as neck and lower back disc herniations.

$300,000.00

settlement

Premises Liability /
Pasco County, FL
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$300,000.00

settlement

Premises Liability /
Pasco County, FL

Our client, a seven-year-old boy, was dropped off at a neighbor’s house with his siblings to be babysat. The babysitter was a twenty-year-old woman who resided at the house and was related to the homeowner. The babysitter also had several minor children of her own who were at the house. Shortly after their arrival, the client and all the other children left that house and returned to the client’s house, which was unoccupied. While at the client’s house, the children were playing with gasoline and the client’s legs were accidentally set on fire. The client was rushed to the hospital and treated for third degree burns. The client incurred over $100,000 in outstanding medical bills. Based upon the extensive medical bills and severity of their son’s injuries, the client’s parents contacted our law firm. We immediately initiated an extensive investigation which included a claim against the homeowner’s policy that covered the home where the children were supposed to be supervised. That insurance company denied coverage for the accident, citing that the babysitter was not a listed resident of the home. Abrahamson and Uiterwyk was able to show through the language of the homeowner’s policy that the babysitter was covered under the policy because she was related to the homeowner. The insurance company then denied liability, by stating that the accident was not the fault of the babysitter. Due to our aggressive representation and extensive legal research proving that the accident was foreseeable, the insurance company eventually accepted liability and tendered the policy limits of $300,000 to the client’s parents. This was such an unfortunate incident. We were pleased that we were able to get compensation for our client, which helped with his medical bills and provided some compensation for these tragic injuries.