Our Case Results: Compensation for Injured Victims

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Featured Case Results

  • $20,000,000: ATV Accident (Awarded following a default judgment by the Court; entire judgment not collected; see entire case summary for more details.)
  • $11,100,000: (Jury Verdict) Motorcycle Accident
  • $6,100,000: Pedestrian Accident
  • $5,050,000: Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death
  • $5,000,000: Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death
  • $5,000,000: Medical Malpractice / Brain Injury
  • $5,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $4,899,000: Motorcycle Accident
  • $3,500,000: Maritime / Wrongful Death
  • $2,800,000: Tortious Interference
  • $2,500,000: (Jury Verdict) Auto Accident
  • $1,600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,575,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,529,282: (Jury Verdict) Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,500,000: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death
  • $1,350,000: (Jury Verdict) Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,330,000: Motorcycle Accident
  • $1,269,936: (Jury Verdict) Motorcycle Accident
  • $1,100,000: Motor Vehicle Accident / Wrongful Death
  • $1,074,169: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,020,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,008,258: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident – Truck / Trailer Accident
  • $1,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,000,000: Motorcycle Accident
  • $875,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $875,000: Maritime / Slip & Fall on vessel
  • $850,000: Premises Liability
  • $800,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $799,000: Death / Motorcycle Accident
  • $780,000: Maritime / Slip & Fall
  • $775,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $775,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $775,000: Motor Vehicle Accident / Wrongful Death
  • $750,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $750,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $750,000: Premises Liability
  • $736,512: (Jury Verdict)/Premises Liability
  • $725,000: Nursing Home
  • $700,000: Motorcycle Accident
  • $689,000: Premises Liability
  • $675,000: Nursing Home / Wrongful Death
  • $650,000: Premise Liability
  • $650,000: Premise Liability
  • $600,000: Nursing Home / Wrongful Death
  • $600,000: Medical Malpractice
  • $600,000: Motor Vehicle / Bicycle Accident
  • $600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $550,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $550,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $549,999: Premises Liability
  • $530,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $525,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $525,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $525,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $505,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $500,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $500,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $500,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $500,000: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $500,000: Wrongful Death / Motorcycle Accident
  • $500,000: Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death
  • $500,000: Medical Malpractice
  • $300,000: Premises Liability

Motor Vehicle Accident

$20 million (Jury Verdict) / 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.

$11,100,000 (Jury Verdict) / Motorcycle Accident / Brain Injury / Brevard County, FL
Our firm’s recent jury verdict illustrates the importance of drivers being diligent in watching out for motorcyclists. Our client was riding his motor scooter on the Melbourne Causeway (US 192) when he was rear ended by the at-fault driver. He sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting in severe brain damage. He had over $800,000 in medical bills and had significant limitations as a result of the brain injury. We took the case to trial. On the evening of August 11, 2011, a Brevard County jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client for just under $15 million dollars. The jury found that our client was 25% comparatively negligent for not wearing a helmet. Thus, the net verdict was over $11.1 million dollars. We were able to collect the entire insurance proceeds.

We pursued a “bad faith” claim against the insurance company in which we attempted to collect the judgment amount which was in excess of their insurance policy. We also pursued an action against additional defendants which were alleged to have contributed to our client’s serious injuries. That case was eventually settled for a substantial amount. We hope that these results will enable our client to receive the medical treatment and continual care which he needs for the duration of his life.

$6,100,000 / 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.

$5 million / Motor Vehicle Accident / Quadriplegic / Hillsborough County
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.

$2.5 million (Jury Verdict) $2.2 million (settlement) / Auto Accident / Cervical Surgery / Hillsborough County
Client was a 43-year-old female who was rear-ended by a commercial truck resulting in injuries that included disc herniations requiring anterior cervical fusion.

$1,600,000 / Motor Vehicle / Hillsborough, FL
Our client was a passenger in a friend’s vehicle at which time his friend made an improper left-hand turn and violated the right of way of another vehicle proceeding in the opposite direction resulting in a substantial impact with massive amounts of property damage. The client was taken by ambulance to the hospital and diagnosed with a neck fracture, a subdural hematoma, and pelvic fractures.

After conservative care and treatment, he was ultimately diagnosed to have the following permanent injuries: a mild traumatic brain injury; an unoperated cervical herniated disc; and an aggravation of previously existing lower back degenerative changes. In 2019, the defendant initially disputed liability and merely offered $350,000 as their “final offer”.

We filed suit and proceeded to take depositions from several witnesses to establish defendant’s fault for causing the accident. Additionally, we hired several well qualified experts to examine our client who ultimately verified that the client suffered permanent spine injuries and a traumatic brain injury that would continue to affect his cognitive abilities.

The case was mediated resulting in the defendant’s “final offer” of $750,000. A mediation impasse was declared, and a trial was set to take place.

Defendant’s experts examined the plaintiff and eventually had to admit that our client suffered a permanent mild traumatic brain injury caused by the accident.

A second mediation took place several months prior to the scheduled trial date. At that time, the defendant’s “final offer”, was $1 million. The second mediation, as with the first mediation, resulted in an impasse. Shortly after the second mediation the case settled for $1.6 million several weeks prior to trial.

$1,575,000 / Motor Vehicle / Hillsborough, 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 (Jury Verdict) / 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.

$1,350,000 / Motor Vehicle / Hernando Co., FL (Jury Verdict)
48-year old female was injured when her car was struck by Defendant who ran a red light. As a result of the accident our client suffered significant cervical sprain and cervical root compression.

$1,330,000 / 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 / 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 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Right Arm, Neck and Back Injuries / Hillsborough
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.

$1,020,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Hillsborough County
In this tragic accident, our client had hired the defendant company to move a box trailer from one residence to the other. Upon arrival at the residence where the trailer was to be delivered, the defendant’s employee asked our client to hold locking lever of the hitch up while he operated the hydraulics to disconnect the trailer. When the trailer failed to disconnect, the employee proceeded to raise and lower the hydraulic mechanism, slamming the hitch onto the concrete block that he had placed with the jack stands in an attempt to get the hitch to release. After repeating this maneuver several times, the jack stands collapsed causing the trailer to fall on top of our client’s legs.

Our client was rushed to the hospital where it was determined that she had suffered a severe crush fracture to her left leg as well as significant injuries to her right leg. Surgery was performed to repair the fracture. Unfortunately, however, the fracture failed to heal correctly resulting in another surgery three months later.

We were able to resolve the case for an amount in excess of one million dollars. Unfortunately, our recovery was limited by the amount of liability insurance available. Based on our efforts, however, we were able to recover all of the available insurance for our client.

$1,000,000 / 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.

$1,008,258 / 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 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas
Client made a left turn to travel north on Carillon Parkway on a green arrow. Defendant ran the red light and t-boned the client’s vehicle causing him to strike another vehicle. As a result of the collision, the client sustained a closed head brain injury.

$875,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas Co.
36-year old female was rear ended by the Defendant. Client suffered cervical and lumbar spine injuries.

$775,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas Co.
61-year old female was struck when Client was backing out of a parking space. Client suffered multilevel cervical and lumbar herniations.

$775,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Hernando Co.
This unfortunate accident occurred on Cortez Boulevard in Brookville, Florida at an intersection. The defendant driver, who had a solid green light, failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle our client was a passenger in by turning left directly into our client’s path and causing a massive impact.

Our client was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries where she remained in intensive care for a lengthy period of time. Among other things, she underwent back surgery right after the accident. After her hospitalization, our client continued to require long term assisted living.

In addition to our client, we also represented her husband who ultimately died as a result of his injuries in the accident. Between the two cases, we were able to secure a recovery of $1,550,000.00 which was divided evenly between the claims. This was the limit of all available insurance policies.

$775,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Wrongful Death / Hernando Co.
This unfortunate accident occurred on Cortez Boulevard in Brookville, Florida at an intersection. The defendant driver, who had a solid green light, failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle our client was driving by turning left directly into our client’s path and causing a massive impact.

Our client was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries including broken vertebrae and a fractured pelvis. Tragically, our client did not survive his injuries and passed away shortly after the accident. His son was appointed personal representative of his estate so that a wrongful death claim could be presented.

In addition to our client, we also represented his wife who sustained significant injuries. Between the two cases, we were able to secure a recovery of $1,550,000.00 which was divided evenly between the claims. This was the limit of all available insurance policies.

$750,000 / Motor Vehicle/Polk Co., FL
Client’s vehicle was rear ended by Defendant which results in multiple injuries.

$750,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Paralysis / Pasco County, FL
69-year old male client was paralyzed when the defendant lost control of her vehicle and crashed into the client’s vehicle. We obtained the maximum available insurance proceeds on behalf our client in this case.

$600,000 / Motor Vehicle/Bicycle Accident / Closed Head Injury / Bradenton/Sarasota, FL
Our client sustained a closed head injury while riding a bicycle when struck by a vehicle.

$600,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pasco Co.
41-year old disabled male was struck at an intersection and suffered multiple herniations of his lumbar discs and underwent surgery and a fusion.

$600,000 / Motor Vehicle / Hillsborough Co., FL
Plaintiff was struck by Defendant’s vehicle while in the parking lot.

$600,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Neck and Knee / Homosassa, FL
38-year old female was injured when the defendant pulled out of a parking lot and struck the client’s vehicle. As a result of the crash, the client sustained herniated in her neck requiring surgery and a damaged ligament in her knee. We obtained the maximum available insurance proceeds on behalf our client in this case.

$550,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Hillsborough County
61-year old male who was injured when another vehicle lost control and rammed into the side of a truck he was driving. His neck injuries required epidural steroid injections and a cervical discectomy and fusion.

$550,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas Co., FL
Plaintiff suffered severe injuries as a result of being rear-ended by Defendant who failed to observe the stopped traffic in front of Plaintiff.

$530,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Sumter County, FL
Our client was working in a construction area on an interstate highway when a trailer being towed by a passing truck became dislodged and collided with a truck our client was in. The defendant was cited for careless driving in that he negligently failed to secure his trailer. Our client was diagnosed with a lumbar fracture and herniated discs and underwent a radiofrequency ablation and a lumbar fusion.

$525,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pasco Co.
Client was in the median waiting to make a U-turn, the defendant, who was traveling southbound, left the roadway, crashed through a road sign and collided with client. This caused client’s vehicle to collide sideways with another car. Our client sustained significant back injuries which led to surgery.

$525,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas Co.
62-year-old male was rear-ended by Defendant and underwent shoulder surgery and surgical procedures to repair the client’s cervical spine.

$525,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Citrus Co.
Our client, a 75-year old woman, was traveling north on State Road 491 when the defendant inexplicably pulled out in front of her from a side street. Our client attempted to swerve left to avoid the accident but was unable to avoid broadsiding the defendant. The defendant was found to be at fault for the accident and cited for failure to yield. Our client was taken to the hospital for numerous injuries and later followed up with several doctors. She was diagnosed with low back herniated discs and an extruded disc and ultimately required the implantation of a spinal cord stimulator to help relieve her pain.

$505,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Flagler Co.
61-year-old male was a passenger in a van owned by a resort. The driver of the van employed by the resort pulled into the path of another driver resulting in an accident. Client suffered injuries to both wrists and knee resulting in surgery of the right wrist.

$500,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Pinellas County
Our client was a passenger in a vehicle when the defendant slammed into the rear of her stopped vehicle causing her to be pushed into the vehicle in front of her. Our client, 21 years old at the time, was taken to the ER, and then began treatment. An MRI scan revealed herniations in the neck and back, and she later underwent steroid injections and surgery.

$500,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Fractured Collarbone / Zephyrhills, FL
67-year old female was injured when the defendant lost control and struck the vehicle that the client was a passenger in. As a result of the crash, the client sustained a fractured collarbone and neck injuries. We obtained the maximum available insurance proceeds on behalf our client in this case.

$500,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Herniated Disc / Pinellas County, FL
The defendant in this case turned left into our client’s path causing a serious accident. Our client suffered a herniated disc in his neck which required surgery.

$500,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Brain Injuries / Pasco County, FL
41-year old male was severely injured while crossing the street. The driver of the defendant vehicle was in the scope and course of his employment at the time of the accident and struck the plaintiff who was a pedestrian. As a result, the plaintiff sustained severe head injuries as well as numerous broken bones throughout his body.

$500,000 / Auto Accident / Back Surgery / Hillsborough County, FL
52-year-old male driver was rear ended by a limousine and pushed into the traffic in front of him. His back injuries required lumbar discectomy and surgical epidural steroid injections.


Motorcycle Accident

$11,100,000 / (Jury Verdict) / Motorcycle Accident / Brain Injury / Brevard County, FL
Our firm’s recent jury verdict illustrates the importance of drivers being diligent in watching out for motorcyclists. Our client was riding his motor scooter on the Melbourne Causeway (US 192) when he was rear ended by the at-fault driver. He sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting in severe brain damage. He had over $800,000 in medical bills and had significant limitations as a result of the brain injury. We took the case to trial. On the evening of August 11, 2011, a Brevard County jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client for just under $15 million dollars. The jury found that our client was 25% comparatively negligent for not wearing a helmet. Thus, the net verdict was over $11.1 million dollars. We were able to collect the entire insurance proceeds.

We pursued a “bad faith” claim against the insurance company in which we attempted to collect the judgment amount which was in excess of their insurance policy. We also pursued an action against additional defendants which were alleged to have contributed to our client’s serious injuries. That case was eventually settled for a substantial amount. We hope that these results will enable our client to receive the medical treatment and continual care which he needs for the duration of his life.

$5,050,000 / Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough, FL
Plaintiff was riding on a motorcycle when he was struck by Defendant. As a result of the impact Plaintiff was ejected and killed instantly.

$5 million / Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death / Pasco County
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.

$4,899,000 / 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.

$1,330,000 / 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.

$1,269,936 / (Jury Verdict) Motorcycle Accident / Fractures / Citrus County, FL
Our client was on his motorcycle approaching a large car carrier truck which had negligently parked in the road without any warnings. As a result, he ended up going up the ramp of the car carrier and was ejected from the motorcycle. Our client sustained injuries, including a broken hip, leg, and other fractures. The jury’s verdict in this case was reduced by the amount of fault our client was found to have contributed to causing the accident.

$1,000,000 / Motorcycle Accident / Fractures / Sarasota County, FL
This tragic accident occurred at the intersection of 10th Street and Cocoanut Ave. in Sarasota, Florida. Our client, a 56-year-old caretaker and carpenter, was proceeding north on Cocoanut Ave. on his motorcycle when the defendant, who was southbound on Cocoanut Ave., violated our client’s right of way by turning left directly into his path. In the violent collision that followed, our client was ejected from his motorcycle and landed on the pavement in the intersection.

It was immediately obvious that our client had suffered serious injuries, and he was rushed to the emergency room at Sarasota Memorial Hospital where he was admitted. It was determined that he had sustained a compound fracture to both bones in his forearm as well as fractures to the hip, knee, and foot. Multiple surgeries were performed to repair the fractures. In addition to the fractures, out client also suffered a nerve injury in his arm and shoulder injuries which also required surgery.

The insurance company for the defendant driver initially attempted to claim that our client was partially responsible for the accident. Their first offer was only $115,000.00, an amount that didn’t even pay our client’s medical bills, let alone compensate him for his lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Therefore, in order to get our client properly compensated, we filed a lawsuit on his behalf and aggressively prosecuted the case. We attended multiple traffic court hearings and after the court was made aware of the facts we had discovered in our case, the judge found that the defendant was guilty of failure to yield right of way. Thereafter, we took the defendant’s deposition and were able to firmly establish that the accident was entirely his fault.

After the defendant’s insurance company hired new lawyers, the case proceeded to mediation. At that settlement conference, we were able to convince the insurance company to pay the defendant’s $1,000,000.00 policy limit to our client. This was a terrific result for our client, and he was very pleased with the outcome. We have represented victims of motorcycle accidents for over 30 years, and we hold drivers responsible when their carelessness causes injury to riders.

$799,000 / Wrongful Death / Pinellas County, FL
47-year-old male was killed when the defendant driver crossed a paved median in front of him. The 47-year-old male was driving his motorcycle and died at the scene of the accident. This settlement amount reflects the total available insurance.

$700,000 / Motorcycle Accident / Permanent Foot Injury / Pasco County, FL
Our client was found at fault at the scene of this motorcycle accident for turning left in front of the defendant. We produced compelling evidence, including eye witness and expert testimony, that the defendant, who was distracted by his cell phone, should’ve had time to stop or otherwise avoid the accident. Our client suffered a partial amputation of his left foot as well as a concussion.


Premises Liability

$850,000 / Premises Liability / Pasco Co., FL
49-year old female was injured when she sat on a bench in the fitting room of a department store when it collapsed and Plaintiff fell to the ground. As a result of this incident, Plaintiff suffered from multiple injuries to her hip and back.

$800,000 / Premises Liability / Knee Surgery / Land O’ Lakes, FL
56-year old male knee was badly injured after the arm of a front end loader struck the client while demonstrating the equipment. As a result of the injury, the client required surgery on his knee.

$750,000 / Premises Liability / Knee and Spine Injuries / Duval County
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.

Premises Liability / Pinellas County
In this unfortunate case, our client was violently assaulted by another patron at a commercial establishment. The assailant had been previously told not to return to the property, but security failed to insure he remained off the premises. We filed suit against the establishment for their failure to provide adequate security.

As a result of the assault, our client suffered facial fractures and a closed head injury. He was hospitalized for an extended period due to his injuries.

The defense initially denied the claim outright. We took extensive depositions of the relevant witnesses and experts. Through these efforts we were able to establish solid evidence that the defendant had been negligent. Ultimately, the case settled for a substantial confidential sum. Our client was extremely happy with our representation and the result.

$736,512 / (Jury Verdict) / Premises Liability/Pasco Co.
62-year old female tripped and fell in a parking lot due to an unmarked concrete bumper resulting in shoulder and rotator cuff tears as well as disc herniations.

$689,000 / Premises Liability / Pinellas
Client sustained a back injury when he slipped and fell at Wal-Mart

$650,000 / Premises Liability / Hillsborough Co., FL

Plaintiff tripped over cables and fell head first into a concrete barrier.

$650,000 / Premises Liability / Hillsborough County, FL
This accident occurred when our client, a 36-year-old medical assistant and teacher, was shopping at a Wal Mart in Brandon, Florida. Unfortunately, Wal Mart had allowed water to accumulate on the floor in the jewelry department of the store. The store also failed to take steps to clean up this dangerous condition or to warn customers of its presence. As our client was walking by the jewelry department, she unknowingly stepped into the water and slipped and fell hitting her head on the floor.

Immediately after the accident, our client was taken to the emergency room where she complained of headaches as well as neck, shoulder, and knee pain. After being treated at the hospital, an MRI scan was performed on her neck which revealed a herniated disc in the lower cervical spine. Following considerable conservative care, including therapy and injections, our client ultimately required surgery to repair the damage to her neck.

Wal Mart disputed that it had any responsibility for the accident. Their first offer to settle the case was $60,000, an amount that did not even cover our client’s medical bills, much less compensate her for her pain and suffering and lost wages. We rejected Wal Mart’s offer and filed a lawsuit against the company. We aggressively pursued discovery from Wal Mart by taking the depositions of numerous employees and, importantly, obtaining surveillance video from the store on the day of the accident. The video showed that a couple of other customers slipped in the water prior to the time our client fell. The video further showed several employees of the store walking by the spill but failing to conduct proper visual inspections that they were required by Wal Mart to perform.

The employees in their depositions all admitted that the water on the floor was a dangerous condition that presented a slipping hazard to their customers. Through these depositions and the video evidence, we were able to make the required showing that Wal Mart should have known about the water on the floor before our client’s fall. Recognizing that we had established the legal elements necessary to hold them liable for the accident, Wal Mart ultimately agreed to pay $650,000.00 to compensate our client. This was a terrific result, and our client was very happy with it.

$549,999 / Premises Liability / Right Ankle / Hillsborough Co., FL
Male client entered an elevator for when the elevator suddenly dropped approximately 2-1 / 2 floors causing him to sustain an injury to his right ankle. As a result of this incident, the client tore his right Achilles tendon and had to undergo surgery to repair it.

$300,000 / 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.


Wrongful Death

$5,050,000 / Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough Co., FL
Plaintiff was riding on a motorcycle when he was struck by Defendant. As a result of the impact Plaintiff was ejected and killed instantly.

$5 million / Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death / Pasco County
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.

$3,500,000 / Maritime / Wrongful Death in Hillsborough Co.

$1,500,000 (Jury Verdict) / Wrongful Death / Lee Co.
32-year old male was in a cherry picker at work controlled by another worker when the cherry picker hit a power line. Plaintiff was electrocuted.

$1,100,000 / 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.

$799,000 / Wrongful Death / Pinellas County, FL
47-year-old male was killed when the defendant driver crossed a paved median in front of him. The 47-year-old male was driving his motorcycle and died at the scene of the accident. This settlement amount reflects the total available insurance.

$775,000 / Motor Vehicle Accident / Wrongful Death / Hernando Co.
This unfortunate accident occurred on Cortez Boulevard in Brookville, Florida at an intersection. The defendant driver, who had a solid green light, failed to yield the right of way to the vehicle our client was driving by turning left directly into our client’s path and causing a massive impact.

Our client was rushed to the hospital with multiple injuries including broken vertebrae and a fractured pelvis. Tragically, our client did not survive his injuries and passed away shortly after the accident. His son was appointed personal representative of his estate so that a wrongful death claim could be presented.

In addition to our client, we also represented his wife who sustained significant injuries. Between the two cases, we were able to secure a recovery of $1,550,000.00 which was divided evenly between the claims. This was the limit of all available insurance policies.

$675,000 / Nursing Home / Wrongful Death
Due to confidentiality concerns, we are not providing specific details of this particular nursing home case.

$600,000 / Nursing Home / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough Co.
Due to confidentiality concerns, we are not providing specific details of this particular nursing home case.

$600,000 / Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death / Leon Co.
Female was a patient in the hospital. Due to an improper mixture of medication, she died. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk received this settlement on behalf of the deceased’s family.

$500,000 / Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death / Pasco Co.
Clients intestinal pains were misdiagnosed, and his intestines ruptured. During recovery, hospital ER X-rays was misread. Client was admitted and misdiagnosed with Diverticulitis. Blockage was detected on the following day and he had surgery. During surgery or in the recovery room the client had a heart attack. Two days after surgery, the ICU had to resuscitate him. He developed sepsis and gangrene and died 30 days after being admitted.

$500,000 / Wrongful Death / Pasco County
33-year-old male killed when driving a motorcycle. The defendant attempted to make a left turn in front of the deceased’s vehicle.


Medical Malpractice / Nursing Home

$5,000,000 / Medical Malpractice / Brain Injury / Brevard Co.
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.

$725,000 / Nursing Home / Pasco Co.
Plaintiff developed bed sores on his leg due to negligence by the facility and had to have his leg amputated.

$675,000 / Nursing Home / Wrongful Death
Due to confidentiality concerns, we are not providing specific details of this particular nursing home case.

$600,000 / Nursing Home / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough Co.
Due to confidentiality concerns, we are not providing specific details of this particular nursing home case.

$600,000 / Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death / Leon Co.
Female was a patient in the hospital. Due to an improper mixture of medication, she died. Abrahamson & Uiterwyk received this settlement on behalf of the deceased’s family.

$500,000 / Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death / Pasco Co.
Clients intestinal pains were misdiagnosed, and his intestines ruptured. During recovery, hospital ER X-rays was misread. Client was admitted and misdiagnosed with Diverticulitis. Blockage was detected on the following day and he had surgery. During surgery or in the recovery room the client had a heart attack. Two days after surgery, the ICU had to resuscitate him. He developed sepsis and gangrene and died 30 days after being admitted.

$500,000 / Medical Malpractice / Hillsborough Co.
Our client was in need of a blood transfusion. The medical provider negligently allowed the transfusion to be made with improper blood.


Maritime / Boating Accidents

$3,500,000 / Maritime / Wrongful Death in Hillsborough Co.

$875,000 / Maritime Law / Neck, Back, Left Leg / Monroe County, FL
48-year-old male was injured when he slipped and fell while walking on a vessel. The fall caused him to have pain in his lower back and neck as well as a loss of feeling in his left leg.

$780,000 / Maritime / Boating Accident / Pinellas
Client slipped and fell on the gangway leading to a boat.


Jury Verdicts

$20 million (Jury Verdict) / 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.

$11,100,000 (Jury Verdict) / Motorcycle Accident / Brain Injury / Brevard County, FL
Our firm’s recent jury verdict illustrates the importance of drivers being diligent in watching out for motorcyclists. Our client was riding his motor scooter on the Melbourne Causeway (US 192) when he was rear ended by the at-fault driver. He sustained a traumatic brain injury resulting in severe brain damage. He had over $800,000 in medical bills and had significant limitations as a result of the brain injury. We took the case to trial. On the evening of August 11, 2011, a Brevard County jury rendered a verdict in favor of our client for just under $15 million dollars. The jury found that our client was 25% comparatively negligent for not wearing a helmet. Thus, the net verdict was over $11.1 million dollars. We were able to collect the entire insurance proceeds.

We pursued a “bad faith” claim against the insurance company in which we attempted to collect the judgment amount which was in excess of their insurance policy. We also pursued an action against additional defendants which were alleged to have contributed to our client’s serious injuries. That case was eventually settled for a substantial amount. We hope that these results will enable our client to receive the medical treatment and continual care which he needs for the duration of his life.

$2.5 million (Jury Verdict) $2.2 million (settlement) / Auto Accident / Cervical Surgery / Hillsborough County
Client was a 43-year-old female who was rear-ended by a commercial truck resulting in injuries that included disc herniations requiring anterior cervical fusion.

$1,529,282 (Jury Verdict) / 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.

$1,500,000 (Jury Verdict) / Wrongful Death / Lee Co.
32-year old male was in a cherry picker at work controlled by another worker when the cherry picker hit a power line. Plaintiff was electrocuted.

$1,269,936 (Jury Verdict) / Motorcycle Accident / Fractures / Citrus County, FL
Our client was on his motorcycle approaching a large car carrier truck which had negligently parked in the road without any warnings. As a result, he ended up going up the ramp of the car carrier and was ejected from the motorcycle. Our client sustained injuries, including a broken hip, leg, and other fractures. The jury’s verdict in this case was reduced by the amount of fault our client was found to have contributed to causing the accident.

$736,512 (Jury Verdict) / Premises Liability / Pasco Co.
62-year old female tripped and fell in a parking lot due to an unmarked concrete bumper resulting in shoulder and rotator cuff tears as well as disc herniations.