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John Andrew Houghton
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John Houghton’s Legal Cases

45 total

  • J.E. vs. A. Inc. & S.M.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Sep 04, 2013
    Outcome:
    $149,500.00
    Description:
    Rear-end collision involving a Defendant operating a commercial van attempting to pass client on Stone Mountain freeway. Client was struck in the rear and pushed into median wall. Client's vehicle sustained minimal damage to the driver's side wheel well, and EMS was not called to the scene. Client / Plaintiff followed up with his primary care physician four days after the wreck with pain in his lumbar region. Plaintiff never visited the ER. Defendants vehemently disputed the origin of client's lumbar injuries, citing prior worker's comp injuries to the same region of his back. Plaintiff never underwent surgery, and his medicals were approximately $28,000.00, a significant portion of which included MRI's and physical therapy. Plaintiff prevailed on Defendants' summary judgment motion on punitive damages, citing the considerable history of prior wrecks and aggressive driving of the defendant employee reported to the company. Case settled on the eve of trial for nearly 6 times Plaintiff's medical expenses.
  • K.E. vs. P.D.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Sep 19, 2013
    Outcome:
    $85,500.00
    Description:
    Broad side collision resulting from Defendant's failure to observe a red light at a Carrollton, Georgia intersection. Client sustained a clip injury to her left knee when it struck the lower portion of her steering column at impact. Defense disputed the origin of the injury, as client was actually on her way home from her orthopedist who had just released her from his care for injuries to the same knee when the collision occurred. Carroll county venue, case settled pre-suit for the limits of Defendant's liability coverage and a subsequent resolution with client's UM carrier.
  • G.M. & K.M. v. L.E., LLC, et al.

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    Jan 06, 2014
    Outcome:
    $245,000.00
    Description:
    Client sustained shoulder injuries and concussion in a multi-claimant rear-end collision from a fully-loaded tractor-trailer. Depositions of safety director and operator revealed a significant history of regulatory compliance failures by both the company and its driver. There was also evidence that a shift of the driver's loaded cargo created instability in the tractor-trailer which contributed to the secondary impact of this wreck. Case was filed in federal court in the Northern District of Georgia. Settlement was reached with multiple insurance carriers during mediation at the conclusion of the discovery period.
  • Confidential vs. S.J., Inc. d/b/a T.M. & J.F.

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Sep 22, 2014
    Outcome:
    $1,000,000.00
    Description:
    Dram shop case resulting in a tragic double fatality in Douglas County. Defendant driver was a patron at a well-known local bar & restaurant after consuming numerous alcoholic beverages at an Atlanta sporting event. Defense counsel disputed that the bar knew Defendant would be driving soon. Time-stamped surveillance video, along with testimony from other patrons, law enforcement, and the Defendant driver himself confirmed that he was served additional alcoholic beverages while noticeably intoxicated. Case settled with a $1 million policy limits tender split evenly between the two families of the decedents.
  • Confidential vs. J.R., et al.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Sep 11, 2014
    Outcome:
    $100,000.00
    Description:
    Policy-limits tender for client who sustained a fractured femur in a disputed liability collision that occurred in Hiram, Georgia. Defendant failed to yield the right-of-way, although defense would contend that client was speeding and failing to maintain a proper lookout when approaching the intersection. Paulding County venue.
  • L.B. vs. A.M.

    Practice Area:
    Wrongful Death
    Date:
    Sep 25, 2014
    Outcome:
    $161,799.04
    Description:
    Tragic fatality arising from an auto collision in which Defendant was texting while driving. All coverage limits were tendered by both the liability insurer and the UM carrier in settlement of this very sad case. Venue was Forsyth County.
  • Confidential v. C.H.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jun 09, 2014
    Outcome:
    $65,000.00
    Description:
    Case arose out of an auto wreck in which the Defendant failed to observe a traffic control device resulting in a head-on collision with our client. Our client sustained significant inoperable chest and sternum injuries in the collision, as well as severe retrosternal hematomas from a seat-belt injury at impact. Case was filed in Paulding County, Georgia. Client recovered over three (3) times her medical expenses from a policy limits settlement with the at-fault driver’s insurer and the client’s own underinsured motorist carrier. Case resolved a week after mediation midway through the discovery period.
  • S.D. vs. C.B.C.A., Inc.

    Practice Area:
    Personal Injury
    Date:
    Apr 28, 2014
    Outcome:
    $300,000.00
    Description:
    Case involved a client who sustained severe and permanent elbow injuries resulting from a fall that occurred outside of her own condominium. Pre-suit investigation revealed multiple prior complaints about the area where the fall occurred. Photos taken at the scene demonstrated that there were numerous code violations for the manner in which the step was constructed, as well as the material used to cover the step. Client had multiple surgeries to repair the fractured elbow. The case settled pre-suit.
  • Confidential

    Practice Area:
    Trucking Accident
    Date:
    May 05, 2014
    Outcome:
    Confidential
    Description:
    Case arose from a tractor-trailer wreck involving an improper lane change by a truck driver on I-20 Eastbound at its intersection with I-285 Northbound. Defendant driver and motor carrier destroyed the driver’s logs after being placed on notice of the claim. Liability was disputed throughout litigation, and suit was filed in federal court. The defendant motor carrier’s principal place of business was in Texas, and there was evidence that the company consciously ignored an extensive history of drunk driving, speeding, and preventable collisions in hiring the driver. Our client had medical expenses around $19,000.00 arising from back and neck injuries with some evidence of degenerative disk bulging. The case settled in Court-ordered mediation 2 weeks before the pretrial order was due for over four and a half (4.5) times the Plaintiff’s medical expenses.
  • N.J. v. M.A.

    Practice Area:
    Car Accidents
    Date:
    Jan 29, 2015
    Outcome:
    $650,000.00 jury verdict
    Description:
    Broken leg non-commercial auto case involving a Defendant driver under the influence of prescription medication. Jury verdict obtained in Polk Superior Court after a 2 day trial. Mr. Houghton put up 11 witnesses in one day, and presented his closing argument before the jury returned the verdict in just under two hours.