A crash which was the fault of the truck driver resulted in a back injury. Plaintiff could not return to her prior work. A vocational expert helped prove loss of earning capacity
Donald French v. Norfolk Southern Railway Co.
Jan 17, 2000
$45 million verdict and $15 million interest
Plaintiff French was a gas station manager. While sitting in his office, a derailed train tore through the building causing him life threatening injuries, including a traumatic brain injury. Lawyer Francis Hajek tried the case in Manassass, Virgina and the jury awarded the largest personal injury verdict ever in the state of Virginia. It is also the largest award for a mild traumatic brain injury in the world. The case was settled for a confidential amount.
Adminstratrix of the Estate of Steven Carper v. Norfolk Southern Railway Company
Settlement of $2,000,000
Wrongful death case involving a railroad conductor who was crushed between two engines. Surviving him were his wife and infant son. Settlement was encouraged by use of video brochure illustrating the impact of Mr. Carper's death on his family. I also utilized experts to animate the circumstances of the accident and show how the defendant was responsible for the death. Case settled the night before trial after the defendant increased its offer 100%.
Wilkerson v. Wintergreen Ski Resort
Verdict of $150,000
Plaintiff was injured while waiting for a ski lift. Her knee was severely injured and required surgery. Wintergreen refused to pay her medical bills and offered nothing to settle the case before trial. An expert in the ski industry evaluated the resort's lift operation practice and found several problems which contributed to the accident. The jury awarded over six times the actual damages in the case.