Our Case Results: Compensation for Injured Victims

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.

Featured Case Results

  • $34,697,465: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death (A final judgment was entered for this amount; may be subject to appeals; see entire case summary for more details).
  • $20,000,000: ATV Accident (Awarded following a default judgment by the Court; entire judgment not collected; see entire case summary for more details.)
  • $15,310,000: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death
  • $11,500,000: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death
  • $11,100,000: (Jury Verdict) Motorcycle Accident
  • $11,000,000: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death
  • $6,100,000: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death
  • $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
  • $2,900,000: (Jury Verdict) Wrongful Death
  • $2,800,000: Tortious Interference
  • $2,500,000: (Jury Verdict) Auto 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
  • $1,008,258: Motor Vehicle Accident
  • $1,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident – Truck / Trailer Accident
  • $1,000,000: Motor Vehicle 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
  • $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
  • $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
  • $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.

$1,575,000/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.

$1,000,000 / 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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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.

$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

$34,697,465: (Jury Verdict) Product 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.

$15,310,000 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Pasco County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability
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.

$5,050,000 / 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.

$2,900,000 (Jury Verdict) / Product Liability / Past Pain and Suffering / Alachua Co.
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.

$1,500,000 (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.

$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.


Product Liability

$34,697,465 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Escambia Co.
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.

$15,310,000 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Pasco County
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.

$6,100,00 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability
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.

$2,900,000 (Jury Verdict) / Product Liability / Past Pain and Suffering / Alachua Co.
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.


Jury Verdicts

$34,697,465 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Escambia Co.
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 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.

$15,310,000 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Hillsborough County
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.

$11,100,000 (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.

$11,000,000 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability / Lung Cancer / Wrongful Death / Pasco County
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 (Jury Verdict) Product Liability
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.

$2,900,000 (Jury Verdict) / Product Liability / Past Pain and Suffering / Alachua Co.
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 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.

$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.