Case Results & Jury Verdicts

Table of Contents:

  1. Featured Case Results
  2. Motor Vehicle Accident
  3. Motorcycle Accident
  4. Premises Liability
  5. Wrongful Death
  6. Maritime / Boating Accidents
  7. Product Liability
  8. Nursing Home
  9. Jury Verdicts

 

Featured Case Results

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$34,697,465: (Jury Verdict) Product Liability/ Escambia Co. (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 in Pasco Co. (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 in Brevard Co.

$6,100,000: (Jury Verdict) Product Liability

$6,100,000: Pedestrian Accident in Collier Co.

$5,050,000: Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death in Hillsborough Co.

$5,000,000: Motorcycle Accident / Wrongful Death in Pasco

$5,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Hillsborough Co.

$4,899,000: Motorcycle Accident in Pinellas Co.

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

$2,800,000: Tortious Interference in Hillsborough Co.

$2,500,000: (Jury Verdict) Auto Accident in Hillsborough Co.

$1,575,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Hillsborough Co.

$1,529,282: (Jury Verdict) Motor Vehicle Accident in Levy Co.

$1,500,000: (Jury Verdict)/Wrongful Death/Lee Co.

$1,350,000: (Jury Verdict) Motor Vehicle Accident in Hernando Co.

$1,330,000: Motorcycle Accident in Pinellas County

$1,074,169: Motor Vehicle Accident in Hillsborough Co.

$1,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident – Truck / Trailer Accident in Citrus Co.

$1,000,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Pinellas County

$875,000: Motor Vehicle Accident/Pinellas Co.

$875,000: Maritime / Slip & Fall on vessel in Monroe Co.

$850,000: Premises Liability in Pasco Co.

$800,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Pasco Co.

$799,000: Death / Motorcycle Accident in Pinellas Co.

$792,574: (Jury Verdict) Bicycle / Motor Vehicle accident in Pinellas Co.

$775,000: Motor Vehicle Accident/Pinellas Co.

$750,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Polk Co.

$750,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Pasco Co.

$736,512: (Jury Verdict) /Premises Liability/Pasco Co.

$725,000: Nursing Home Incident in Pasco Co.

$689,000: Premises Liability in Pinellas Co.

$650,000: Premise Liability in Hillsborough Co.

$600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident/Pasco Co.

$600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Hillsborough Co.

$600,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Citrus Co.

$600,000: Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death in Leon CO

$550,000: Motor Vehicle Accident /Hillsborough Co.

$550,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Pinellas Co.

$549,999: Premises Liability in Hillsborough Co.

$525,000: Motor Vehicle Accident/Pinellas Co.

$505,000: Motor Vehicle Accident/Flagler Co.

$500,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Pasco Co.

$500,000: Motor Vehicle Accident in Hillsborough Co.

$500,000: Wrongful Death / Motorcycle Accident in Pasco Co.

 

Motor Vehicle Accident

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$20,000,000 (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.

$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.

$5,000,000 / 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.

$2,500,000 (Jury Verdict) $2,200,000 (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.

$1,074,169 / 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.

$1,000,000 / 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 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 / 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.

$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 / 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 / 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, 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

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$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 are currently pursuing a “bad faith” claim against the insurance company attempting to collect the judgment amount which is in excess of their insurance policy. We hope that this verdict will eventually 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.

$5,000,000 / 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.

$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.

 

Premises Liability

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$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.

$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.

$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.

 

Wrongful Death

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$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.

$5,000,000 / 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.

$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.

$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.

 

Maritime / Boating Accidents

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$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.

Medical Malpractice

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$600,000 / Medical Malpractice / 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.

Product Liability

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$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.

Nursing Home

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$725,000/Nursing Home/Pasco Co., FL

Client was a resident at a nursing home following a knee fracture at which time a brace was placed on the client’s knee by his doctors. Due to the negligence of the nursing home staff, the area under the brace became infected which eventually resulted in an above the knee amputation.

Jury Verdicts

Obviously, not all of our case results are listed. The case results provided are before the deduction of attorney’s fees and expenses. It should not be assumed that each case will have as beneficial a result. Most cases result in a lower recovery (based upon various issues such as limited insurance, extent of injuries, etc.)

$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.

$20,000,000 (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 are currently pursuing a “bad faith” claim against the insurance company attempting to collect the judgment amount which is in excess of their insurance policy. We hope that this verdict will eventually enable our client to receive the medical treatment and continual care which he needs for the duration of his life.

$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.

$2,500,000 (Jury Verdict) $2,200,000 (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.

$1,350,000/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.

$1,529,282 (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.

$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.