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John Andrew Houghton
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John Houghton’s Legal Cases

47 total

  • M.W. v. R.P. Jr

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jan 21, 2011
    Outcome:
    $150,000.00
    Description:
    Case arose from a left turn collision which resulted in a non-operable tripod fracture on the left side of Plaintiff's skull as well as minor optic nerve damage to Plaintiff's left eye. Plaintiff had only $12,700 in medical expenses, and sought very little medical treatment after initial wreck. At the time of trial, he had made nearly a full recovery. Defendant's minimum limits bodily injury coverage was tendered pre-litigation, but Plaintiff's Underinsured Motorist carrier failed to pay limits demand and suit was filed. Through discovery, 3 separate UM/UIM policies were revealed and case was specially set for trial in Cobb State Court in January 2011. UM carrier paid limits on the Friday before Monday jury trial. Total amount recovered was over eleven (11) times the medical expenses incurred by Plaintiff.
  • P.H. v. Confidential Commercial Defendant

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Apr 22, 2011
    Outcome:
    $95,000.00
    Description:
    Defendant driver who was operating a 16 wheel box truck was attempting a right turn out of a shopping center in Albany, Georgia when he caused this failure to yield collision. Client was approaching Defendant in the far right lane of travel. Defendant rolled through his stop and pulled out onto the street directly in front of client. Client struck the rear driver side of the truck before coming to an uncontrolled rest on the side of the road. Client was diagnosed with a condition known as lateral epicondlytis from striking her left arm on the doorframe at impact. The property damage to client’s vehicle was minimal and the defense vehemently disputed the origin of the injury. Client had minimal wage loss and returned to work shortly after the incident. Case resolved for nearly five times the special damages through private negotiation 3 months after suit was filed in Fulton State Court.
  • M.E. v. E.W.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Sep 26, 2011
    Outcome:
    $75,000.00
    Description:
    Rear end collision on I-85 southbound with insignificant property damage to client's bumper. Both cars were drivable from the scene. Defendant was a non-commercial driver in his personal vehicle at the time of the wreck. Client sustained an inoperable fissure to her L1 vertebrae as well as soft tissue sprains to her back and neck. Suit was filed in Fayette County but later transferred to Newton County. Case resolved near the conclusion of the discovery period for over four times client's medical expenses.
  • R.S. v. A.R. & G.W.C.C., et al.

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jan 10, 2012
    Outcome:
    $225,000.00
    Description:
    Disputed liability failure to maintain lane tractor-trailer collision involving an out-of-state motor carrier. At the time of the wreck, the tractor-trailer driver had 7-8 prior violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Deposition testimony taken from the driver, safety director and safety assistant indicated a clear pattern of ignorance of the DOT regulations. The company failed to administer the required post-collision alcohol and toxicology test as required under the FMCSR. The company additionally failed to properly review the Defendant driver's history prior to his hire. Client sustained a knee injury, a fractured rib, as well as back, neck, shoulder and jaw injuries. Case was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta division and resolved near the conclusion of discovery.
  • M.M. v. Red Oak Sanitation, Inc., et al.

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jan 03, 2012
    Outcome:
    $55,000.00
    Description:
    Case involved a large sanitation truck that lost control while negotating a curve causing it to cross the double yellow and strike client's car. The wreck occurred during a heavy rainstorm, and there was evidence that the truck was going too fast for conditions given the size of the vehicle. Client sustained inoperable wrist, neck and back injuries, but her medical expenses were approximately $5,700.00. Despite the modest medical specials, client made a significant wage loss. Case filed in Fulton State Court. Resolved for over 9 times client's medical expenses.
  • S.L. v. Delta Express, LLC, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jun 16, 2011
    Outcome:
    $30,000.00
    Description:
    A disputed liability truck wreck in which Defendant truck driver veered left into client's lane striking the front passenger side of her vehicle. Client lost control of her car and swerved into the lane to her left before being struck by another vehicle. Client's car ultimately came to an uncontrolled rest in the median. Miraculously, the client sustained only minor back and neck injuries and had approximately $5,000.00 in medical expenses. Suit was filed in Fulton State Court against the at-fault trucking company and the insurance carrier under the Georgia direct action statute. Counsel for client prevailed in getting Defendant's motion for summary judgment on the direct action issue denied. Case settled for nearly 6 times the medical expenses.
  • L.S. v. G.H.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jan 30, 2012
    Outcome:
    $100,000.00
    Description:
    Defendant disregarded a red light in Hull, Georgia causing a high-impact collision. Client's right passenger side door of the van was crushed inward, pinning her foot to the floor. Client sustained fractured talus bone that required surgical repair as well as a fractured rib. Liability was vehemently disputed by the insurance carrier, and client's attorney had to conduct extensive interviews with the State Patrol officer and a scene witness. Case resolved for the insurance limits just prior to suit being filed.
  • B.S. v. C.L.T., Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Mar 05, 2012
    Outcome:
    $85,000.00
    Description:
    High impact wreck involving a pulpwood truck for a timber company that ran red light and t-boned client's vehicle. Case involved a significant negligent entrustment claim due to a complete lack of driver qualifications, even though the vehicle and its driver were exempt from most of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations. Non-surgical sternum / rib injuries with $8,160.00 in medical expenses. Case was filed in federal court in the northern district of Georgia. Settlement reached after extensive discovery efforts.
  • B.G. and K.G. v. J.S., Jr.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Mar 14, 2012
    Outcome:
    $20,000.00 jury verdict
    Description:
    One day trial in Fulton State Court involving a wrong-way wreck in which clients suffered multiple soft tissue injuries when struck by Defendant driver. Negligence was admitted, clients had no wage loss, and had made a full recovery at the time of trial. Jury returned verdict in excess of insurer's final pre-trial offer.
  • D.W. v. M.H.C., LLC

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jun 26, 2012
    Outcome:
    $65,000.00
    Description:
    Case involving a tire-tread that came unsecured from a tractor-trailer that client struck, coming to an uncontrolled rest in the median. Client's car sustained minimal damage, and she suffered non-surgical knee and back injuries in the wreck with no significant work time missed. Theory of liability rested on negligent maintanence claims against the truck company and driver for failing to inspect the worn tire treads. Defense contested liability. Case settled pre-suit, venue would have been Cherokee County.