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John Andrew Houghton
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John Houghton’s Legal Cases

45 total


  • M.G. v. Bell

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Nov 16, 2007
    Outcome:
    $90,000.00
    Description:
    Case involved a rear-end collision into client's truck by Defendant driver who was cited for DUI at the scene. Client sustained soft tissue injuries and minor contusions. The wreck itself caused minimal property damage to the rear of the Toyota Tundra client was driving. Client had approximately $7,000.00 in medical expenses, a considerable portion of which was diagnostic tests. Deposition of Defendant revealed numerous prior instances of driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Dashboard camera footage obtained from investigating police department confirmed the severe intoxication of the Defendant at the time of the collision. Case resolved on the eve of the trial date.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Nov 07, 2008
    Outcome:
    Confidential amount
    Description:
    Client was driving home from work on an interstate highway. Client slowed his vehicle for a construction zone when a tractor-trailer violently struck his vehicle from the rear. The State Patrol's investigation indicated that the tractor-trailer's brakes failed in causing the collision. Trucking documents obtained in discovery revealed improper maintenance of the power unit's brake system, and this was confirmed in the deposition of the driver. Client sustained a C5-C6 disk herniation, and underwent fusion surgery to repair. Case resolved for a confidential figure at mediation.
  • Nelson v. Muldoon

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Dec 13, 2007
    Outcome:
    $1,106,165.02 jury verdict in Forsyth County
    Description:
    Rear end collision that resulted in the death of a 17 year old boy in Forsyth County. One of two named Defendants was driving a Ford F-150 with large mud tires and a lift kit when he struck the rear of a Mitsubishi that had stopped to turn left. Plaintiff's decedent was sitting in the rear of the Mitsubishi when it was struck and he was pronounced dead at the scene shortly thereafter. In deposition, Defendant driver refused to admit responsibility in causing the collision and blamed an unknown vehicle driving in front of him for obscuring his view and then making an improper lane change. The unidentified driver was named as a party to the lawsuit as a John Doe motorist and was defended by an Uninsured Motorist carrier at trial. Jury ultimately found the uinidentified driver to be 90% responsible for the loss in awarding a total verdict of $1,106,165.02. The UM carrier attempted an unsuccessful appeal, and the verdict was paid in addition to pre-judgment interest.
  • J.W. v. Lanta Kitchen & Bath Ltd.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jul 16, 2008
    Outcome:
    $150,000.00 judgment in Cobb County State Court
    Description:
    Client was driving a friend's car up I-75 North and came to a stop for rush hour traffic in front of him. A driver approached from the rear in a commercial box truck, and failing to see the stopped traffic in front of him, crashed into the rear of client's car. The force of the impact pushed client's vehicle into the car in front, and sadly killed client's 6 month old Chihuahua puppy. Client sustained a concussion and minor soft tissue injuries and had approximately $6,000.00 in medical expenses. Judgment was obtained in July 2008, and was subsequently resolved with the insurance carrier for a confidential figure.
  • A.S. v. Jackson

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jun 23, 2009
    Outcome:
    $90,000.00
    Description:
    Disputed liability pedestrian collision in Decatur, Georgia. Defendant driver struck client as he was walking on the side of the road pushing his scooter home in the evening. Client suffered elbow dislocation as a result of the wreck. Insurance carrier for defendant claimed client was improperly in the roadway at time of collision, and additionally alleged client was partly at fault because his scooter had run out of gas. Case resolved shortly after suit was filed.
  • S.M. v. S.W.

    Practice Area:
    Animal Law
    Date:
    Jul 18, 2008
    Outcome:
    $58,500.00
    Description:
    Defendant's boxers were left unrestrained outside of Defendant's house and attacked Plaintiff while she was taking her morning walk. Attack resulted in facial puncture wounds and a comminuted fracture of Plaintiff's wrist. Plaintiff incurred approximately $13,000.00 in medical expenses for these injuries. Deposition of Defendant revealed a prior instance of attack by same dogs which was confirmed by 911 audio log obtained by attorney. Case was ordered to mediate by Gwinnett State Court, and resolved for just under $60,000.00 a week prior to trial.
  • C.G. & L.G. vs. Pack

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Dec 30, 2010
    Outcome:
    $215,000.00
    Description:
    Wrong-way driver using a cell phone device crossed the double-yellow line causing a head-on collision that resulted in serious injuries to a young husband and wife. Cherokee County venue, case resolved pre-suit with a policy limits tender by bodily injury carrier and settlement with underinsured motorist carrier.
  • V.P. vs. Auto Truck Transport, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Sep 27, 2010
    Outcome:
    $61,500.00
    Description:
    Defendant tractor-trailer driver hauling two new power units caused an early morning collision on I-85 South when he attempted to merge onto the highway by going the wrong-way down a one-way exit ramp. Client struck the rear of the tractor and was forced off the road into the retaining wall on the shoulder of the highway. Miraculously, client sustained mainly soft tissue injuries and incurred only about $6,800 in medical expenses. Suit filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division and resolved at court-ordered mediation in the fall of 2010.
  • F.L. & D.L. vs. C.R.

    Practice Area:
    Animal Law
    Date:
    May 21, 2010
    Outcome:
    $50,000.00
    Description:
    Two year old little girl attacked at a neighborhood party by the property owner's Rottweiler mixed dog. Liability was strenuously disputed by Defendant in deposition who claimed that the dog had never previously bitten or behaved aggressively towards people. Suit was filed in Fulton State Court, and investigation by counsel revealed that a neighbor had previously been bitten by the same animal one year before the incident in question. Child sustained puncture wounds and faint scarring to her forehead, and parents incurred approximately $7,000.00 in medical expenses. The case resolved with the homeowner's insurance carrier at mediation in the Spring of 2010 shortly after the deposition of the prior bite victim.
  • S.M. vs. Sysco Atlanta, LLC

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jun 02, 2010
    Outcome:
    $35,000.00
    Description:
    Case involved a truck driver who was struck from the rear by another tractor-trailer driver inside the City of Atlanta in 2007 on I-75 south. Plaintiff sustained soft tissue injuries to his back and shoulders and continued driving for his company with no extended period of time off from work. Plaintiff did not seek immediate medical attention on date of wreck and later received mainly chiropractic therapy and care. Suit was filed in Fulton State Court shortly after Houghton Law Firm received this case from another law office. Extensive discovery production by Defendant trucking company revealed a significant history of wrecks and citations by the defendant driver. Plaintiff amended the complaint to include claims for negligent retention. The case settled three months into the discovery period by private negotiation.