WRONGFUL DEATH: ELDERLY MICHIGAN MAN. ONE-CAR OHIO ACCIDENT. OVER $1,000,000 IN ECONOMIC DAMAGES.
Our client, an elderly Michigan man, was killed when his friend lost control of the vehicle the friend was driving in Ohio. Our client left behind a loving wife and daughter. Economic damages, such as lost wages, were over $1,000,000. The insurance company for the party at fault fought liability and injury causation during litigation but a settlement was reached in January 2014 just before trial.
Awarded: Confidential Settlement: January 2014
WRONGFUL DEATH: ONE-CAR ACCIDENT: HUSBAND FROM LEBANON, OHIO KILLED. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT.
Our client, a male Ohio resident from Lebanon, Ohio, was killed in a one-car accident while he was a passenger in the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle lost control and all four people in the vehicle were killed. Our sincere condolences go out to his family.
Awarded: Confidential Settlement: February 2014
WRONGFUL DEATH: CAR ACCIDENT: MIDDLE-AGED NORTHEAST OHIO MAN DIED. ALMOST $900,000.00 IN ECONOMIC DAMAGES.
Our client was a middle-aged man from northeast Ohio. He was killed in an auto accident. His future lost wages and other economic damages totaled almost $900,000. Liability was in doubt in this case. We argued that the party at fault crossed a double yellow line on the road. The case was settled before a jury trial was necessary. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Awarded: Confidential Settlement: See also auto accident above: January 2014
MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: WRONGFUL DEATH: $850,000; FAILURE TO DIAGNOSE TOXIC KIDNEY STONE.
Our client, an Ohio resident in her eighties, went in for treatment of kidney stones. It was our position that the doctor did not do the proper testing to determine if the kidney stones were toxic. When the doctor dissolved the kidney stones, the toxic remains killed our client. We co-counseled this claim which settled for $850,000 before trial. There was very little in economic damages due to our client’s advanced age. We are sorry for her family’s loss.
Awarded: $850,000: January 2013
WRONGFUL DEATH: RAILROAD ACCIDENT: 12-YEAR-OLD BOY KILLED. CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT.
Our client was a 12-year-old Northwest Ohio boy who was out walking near parked train cars in his backyard. The railroad company moved the trains and ran over the little boy. We argued that the railroad company was negligent for not inspecting the train tracks before moving train cars and for violating their own safety protocols. After extensive litigation discovery, we negotiated a sizable confidential settlement in November of 2013. Confidentiality and secrecy are often conditions of settlement in these types of cases.
Awarded: Confidential Settlement: November 2013
WRONGFUL DEATH; YOUNG WOMAN KILLED IN TRUCK ACCIDENT | LICKING COUNTY WRONGFUL DEATH. INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS.
An 18-year-old female from Newark was in a drunk driving truck accident after a truck being driven by man from Westerville ran a red light. The accident occurred on SR 310 in St. Albans Township. She died while on route to the hospital. In this case there was not enough insurance to fully compensate the family of the deceased.
This happens quite often in wrongful death cases. The party at fault has little or no insurance or leaves the scene for fear of being arrested. The client does not have enough auto insurance to cover the medical bills or injuries sustained. Most of the time in Ohio, the party at fault has no assets to recover, which makes the bad situation even worse.
This is why it is so vital to carry a large Uninsured Motorist policy. The Uninsured Motorist policy (UM) pays for injuries, pain and suffering, etc, when the party at fault has no insurance. It is also a good idea to buy Underinsured Motorist coverage (UIM), which pays when the party at fault has little insurance. I suggest that clients carry as much UM and UIM insurance as they can afford. You must protect yourself both from hurting someone (liability coverage) and from an uninsured or underinsured motorist crippling or hurting you (UM and UIM coverage).
The two types of coverage, UM and UIM, are often sold together, but not always, so make sure both are listed on the declarations page of your auto policy you get in the mail. If you are not sure, call your insurance agent, and remember, “full coverage” may be only $12,500 coverage for UM and UIM, which is hardly enough to compensate a person or their family in the case of a wrongful death case. I believe at least $100,000 liability and $100,000 UM/UIM coverage is the least you should carry for most clients.
Awarded: Insurance Policy Limits
WRONGFUL DEATH: TRAILER CRASH; HUSBAND/FATHER KILLED. INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS.
Our client, an Ohio resident, husband and father, was a passenger in a vehicle pulling an enclosed trailer. The driver of the vehicle failed to negotiate a left hand turn and our client was ejected from the vehicle and subsequently died. We are sorry for his family’s loss.
Awarded: Insurance Policy limits
WRONGFUL DEATH: AUTO COLLISION: 82-YEAR-OLD WOMAN: LEFT OF CENTER IMPACT. INSURANCE POLICY LIMITS.
Our client, an 82-year-old woman from Columbus, Ohio, was killed in an auto collision in Franklin County, Ohio. The party at fault went left of center and struck the vehicle my client was in. Sadly, my client suffered for a period of time after the collision and subsequently died as a result of her injuries. We are sorry for her family’s loss.
Awarded: Insurance Policy Limits