Electrical Fire Kills Young Lovers

Joseph Raymond Neal Jr.

Case Conclusion Date:September 18, 2012

Practice Area:Wrongful Death

Outcome:Substantial Confidential Settlement against Ga. Power Co.. Settlement for $1,250,000 against uninsured City of Augusta. Settlement for approx. $200,000 in real estate and $10,000 in cash from uninsured landlord.

Description:On September 18, 2012 NEAL LAW obtained the biggest wrongful death settlement and recovery in history against the uninsured government of Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia for the wrongful deaths of 18 year old Ryan Holt and 20 year old Michelle Borror. These tragic, yet preventable deaths resulted from a double fatality trailer fire in which Ryan and Michelle, high school sweethearts who were deeply in love and renting their first home together, were burned alive and choked to death on super-heated soot and smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning. This case lasted nearly six years, including victories for the Plaintiff’s on sovereign and official immunity in the trial Court, the Georgia Court of Appeals, and the Georgia Supreme Court. See Vann v. Finley, 313 Ga. App. 153, 721 S.E.2d 156 (2011), cert. denied by the Georgia Supreme Court on 4/24/12. Lead Counsel: Joseph R. Neal, Jr. Co-Counsel: Douglas M. Nelson, Christopher J. Hudson, Charles M. Cork III