Case Results for Motor Vehicle Accident Claims
$1.6 Million Dollar Settlement. Don Woody represented the surviving wife in a wrongful death action involving a trucking accident. Her husband was driving his rented convertible along Highway 71 when a semi-tractor-flat bed trailer unit was backing across four lanes of the highway. Her husband died instantly as the convertible ran under the trailer unit. The trucking company blamed the Missouri Department of Transportation for inadequate signage alleging the State did not warn travelers on Highway 71 that a side road was temporarily closed due to flooding. The trucking company also blamed her husband for failing to see the tractor trailer unit backing across the highway.
$870,000 Settlement. Don Woody represented a 33-year-old truck driver who ran into another tractor trailer which had turned over an interstate highway in Pennsylvania rear-ending a car. The trucker suffered a number of broken bones and a closed-head injury.
$900,000 Verdict ($1,012,397.73 total recovery). Ben Stringer represented a young woman who suffered a low back/disk injury when her vehicle was struck from behind by another vehicle. The client received a $900,000 verdict at trial but the insurer appealed the judgment. Attorney Steven Blair successfully handled the appeal, getting the judgment affirmed by the appellate court and allowing the client to recover nearly $90,000 of interest on her original judgment. Mr. Stringer was also able to obtain a $25,000 under insured motorist payment from the client's own insurance company.
$525,000 Settlement. Debbie Dodge represented a 48 year-old nurse who was injured in a vehicular accident and suffered from an exacerbation of her pre-existing neck pain. The nurse required two cervical fusions. She has a decreased range of motion in her neck, continued pain and reduced work expectancy. The case settled for policy limits of the nurse's under insured policy limits without the necessity of filing suit.
$425,000 Settlement. Ben Stringer represented a young man who was injured when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a vehicle driving in the wrong direction and in his lane. The young man suffered a concussion and fracture of his right femur. After discharge from the hospital he developed blood clots which traveled to his heart and lungs and required another hospital admission for treatment.
$100,000 Settlement. Don Woody represented a 63 year old man who suffered neck and eye injuries in a rear end collision while he was delivering auto parts which he did for a part-time job. The case settled for policy limits.
$60,000 settlement. Don Woody represented a 20 year old boy who injured a tendon in his foot when it was run over by a car on his way through the high school parking lot after school. The case was settled without a lawsuit being filed.
Motor Vehicle Accident
$1.5 Million Settlement. Don Woody represented a family whose car was rear-ended by another car on their way to Silver Dollar City resulting in severe skull fractures to a five-year-old boy, and multiple minor injuries to his seven-year-old sister and his parents.
$175,000 settlement. David Ansley and Adam Pihana represented a 74-year-old female who was involved in a motor vehicle accident with an uninsured motorist. She sued the driver of her car, the uninsured motorist who drove the other car, and her insurance company for uninsured motorist insurance benefits alleging that the accident caused an aggravation of an underlying condition of dementia. The defendants took the position that the accident only caused fractured ribs and bruising. The case ultimately settled for $175,000 which represents the policy limits of all insurance coverage available.
$250,000 Verdict. Benjamin Stringer and David Ansley represented the husband and children of a woman killed in a motor vehicle collision on Highway 13. The accident occurred when a vehicle drove past a stop sign and into the intersection of Highway 13 striking the vehicle of the woman who was traveling on highway 13. Plaintiffs filed suit against the Missouri Highway and Transportation Commission (MHTC) alleging that inadequate visibility and traffic controls on Route CC contributed to cause the accident.
After two hours of deliberation the jury returned a verdict in favor of Plaintiffs, awarding $250,000 and writing on the verdict form, "The consensus of the jury is to request that in addition to the Plaintiffs' settlement [sic], the MHTC improve the safety of intersection Route BB/CC and northbound Highway 13 by installing rumbled dash strips and an overhead flashing light."
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$100,000 Settlement against Allstate. Debbie Dodge represented a 79 year old lady from Camden County, Missouri who was injured in a car wreck, while driving in Springfield, Missouri on a major thorough fair. The wreck occurred when a vehicle t-boned into the vehicle of the woman. She sustained soft tissue damages and a bulging disk in her lumbar spine. Her medical expenses totaled $39,000.00
**Past results afford no guarantee of future results. Every case is different and must be judged on its own merits.