notable cases: Personal Injury

 Every personal injury claim is serious. When the injury is debilitating or permanent in nature or requires specialized medical care, it is considered to be a catastrophic personal injury. We handle everything from catastrophic injuries to minor injuries including, motion vehicle accidents, boating accidents, slip and falls and other acts of negligence. While past results are not indicative of future outcomes, and every case is different, we are pleased to have been able to obtain numerous multi-million dollar verdicts for our personal injury clients – including an $11 million and an $18 million claim. Further, we have settled various claims ranging from $100,000 to $10 million. These claims represent our ability to help our clients and their families seek justice and move forward in their pursuit of happy and normal lives.

Take a moment to review some of our successes below. And feel free to contact us directly with questions.

Jane Doe v. Four-Wheeled Cart

The client, an 80-year-old woman, was injured by a four-wheeled motorized cart causing her to sustain a bilateral subdural hematoma (blood clotting) which required a dual craniotomy (surgery on the skull to drain the fluid). Subsequently, the client experienced a pulmonary embolism (blockage of the pulmonary artery) and had related seizures.

result

Critton, Luttier & Coleman LLP settled the case for in excess of $1.2 million one month before trial as a result of mediation and aggressive lawyering.

Jane Doe v. John Doe

The client, an amateur golf pro, was driving her vehicle on a local street when she was suddenly broadsided by the defendant’s vehicle. The defendant’s vehicle was insured for only $10,000. The client sustained several cervical and lumbar injuries including, but not limited to, C3-C4 and L5-S1 herniations. She underwent a percutaneous discectomy (removal of a herniated disc). A demand was made for the $10,000 policy limits. The insurance carrier refused to timely tender policy limits. The firm filed a lawsuit for negligence.

result

A settlement in excess of $510,000 was reached as a result of a global resolution of the underlying personal injury claim and the bad faith claim.

Jane Doe v. Owner of Luxury Vehicle

The client was a construction worker, working in Palm Beach County. He was run over repeatedly by a driver operating a luxury vehicle. The plaintiff sustained substantial injuries to his body including, but not limited to, his knees, back and spine. The plaintiff sought punitive damages as a result of the defendant’s intentional act.

result

Our attorney Robert D. Critton, Jr. was instrumental in negotiating a settlement in excess of $1 million.

Richard Cruz, et al., v. J.B. Roig Corp., et al.

One of the firm’s associate attorneys and paralegal, Al Benavente (assisting), represented multiple family members (6); including two minors in an automobile crash involving a commercial tractor-trailer. As a result of the accident, one of the firm’s clients was diagnosed with brain contusions, cerebral hemorrhaging, multiple left-sided rib fractures, pulmonary contusions, a left clavicle fracture, and other injuries. The other family members sustained various injuries, including broken ribs, a broken sternum and whiplash damage to the neck.

result

The case was settled pre-suit in excess of $2.1 million.

Rodriguez v. Pollock and Probation Services

Our client was injured when his motorcycle was struck by a car while turning at an intersection.

Result

Our attorneys J. Chris Bristow and Mark Luttier obtained a $2.9 million dollar settlement of behalf our client.

John Doe v. ABC Corporation

Our client was injured when his scooter was struck by a commercial vehicle.  The client suffered a traumatic brain injury (“TBI”), which affected his daily activities.

Result

Our attorneys J. Chris Bristow, Mark Luttier, and Gregory W. Coleman obtained a settlement in excess of one million dollars.

Pedestrian v. Driver

Pedestrian was thrown out of a vehicle, then run over by the vehicle’s driver.

Result

Our attorneys J. Chris Bristow and Mark Luttier obtained a policy limit settlement on behalf of our client, the injured Pedestrian

John Doe v. Richard Roe and ABC Corporation

A client suffered several fractures in his leg after being struck by a semi-trailer being driven by a driver who was under the influence at the time of the accident.

Result

Our attorneys Gregory W. Coleman and Santo DiGangi obtained a $725,000 settlement on behalf of our client.

Jane Roe v. Jane Doe

Our client suffered an ankle fracture after being struck by a golf cart.

Result

Our attorneys Gregory W. Coleman and Santo DiGangi obtained a $625,000 settlement on behalf of our client.

Jane Doe v. School

Our client was a minor victim who was sexually abused by her grade school teacher.

Result

Our attorneys Gregory W. Coleman and Santo DiGangi obtained a confidential dollar settlement.

John Doe, Personal Representative of the Estate of Jane Doe v. Drunk Driver

The client was the personal representative of the estate of his wife, Jane Doe, with respect to an automobile collision which occurred in Lake County, Florida. Jane Doe was a patient being transported in an ambulance while on a gurney. She was a 78-year-old woman. The defendant was the permissive driver of a vehicle owned by a friend, traveling in the opposite direction, when he made a rapid, improper and sudden left turn, crossing the median and striking the ambulance in which Jane Doe was being transported. The speed and force of the impact caused the ambulance to hit a telephone pole, completely breaking it in half. Jane Doe was thrown from the gurney onto the floor, sustaining serious injuries. She was provided emergency medical assistance at the scene by a second crew and immediately transported to the local hospital for her injuries. Upon arrival at the hospital, Jane Doe was immediately administered emergency medical assistance. Her condition took a turn for the worse due to severe internal bleeding and a significant back fracture. She died at the hospital.

Result

The case settled pre-suit for a collective amount of $290,000 upon submission of a demand letter to each of the prospective defendants.