As Seen On TV

Eucabeth Ongau - $660,000 Settlement (case featured in Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre commercial - currently running on TV)

Eucabeth Ongau was traveling on Bell Road in Davidson County when an adverse driver crossed the center line causing a head-on collision. Eucabeth was transported by ambulance to Southern Hills Hospital. She suffered multiple injuries including a fractured right ankle and foot. After two surgeries and rehabilitation, her medical bills were over $250,000.00.

Our office filed a law suit in Davidson County Circuit Court (case no.11C1255) against the adverse driver. The case was settled at mediation for $660,000.00

Jeffrey Oliver - $450,000 Settlement (case featured in Reality Show commercial - currently running on TV)

Jeffrey Oliver was traveling on Darks Mill Road in Maury County when an adverse driver failed to yield the right of way and t-boned the Oliver vehicle. Jeffrey was ejected from the vehicle after it flipped several times. Jeffrey was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt Medical Center where he was treated for multiple injuries including a fractured left arm, shoulder and collarbone. Medical expenses totaled over $200,000.00.

Our office filed a law suit in Maury County Circuit Court (case no. 14217) against the adverse driver. The case was settled for $450,000.

Summer Stovall- $450,000 Settlement (case featured in Foreign Exchange Student commercial - currently running on TV)

Summer Stovall was traveling on Bell Road in Davidson County when an adverse driver fell asleep and crossed the center line causing a head-on collision. Summer was transported by ambulance to Southern Hills Medical Center where she was treated for multiple injuries including a left clavicle fracture and a right talus fracture. Her medical expenses were over $145,000.00.

Our office filed a law suit in Davidson County Circuit Court (case no. 13C3058) against the adverse driver. The case was settled at mediation for $450,000

Gerald Foust - $1,450,000 Settlement (case featured in Luau commercial - currently running on TV)

Gerald Foust was a passenger in a vehicle that was traveling on Fort Campbell Boulevard in Hopkinsville, Kentucky. An adverse driver, driving a company truck, failed to yield the right of way and caused a multiple vehicle accident.

Gerald was transported by ambulance to Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Clarksville. He was later transported by life flight to Vanderbilt Hospital. He suffered multiple injuries including a fractured cheekbone, fractured ribs, punctured lungs, lacerated liver and a traumatic brain injury. Medical expenses were over $250,000.

Bart Durham Injury Law partnered with attorney Scott Foster of Somerset, Kentucky. A lawsuit was filed in Christian County (Case No. 09-C1-00329) against the adverse driver and the company the driver was working for at the time of the accident. The case was settled for $1,450,000.

Rebecca Wade - $475,000 Settlement (case featured in Mini-Golf commercial - currently running on TV)

Rebecca Wade was at the intersection of East Trinity Lane and Ellington Parkway in Nashville, Tennessee, when an adverse driver failed to yield the right of way and caused a t-bone collision.

Rebecca was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt Hospital where she was treated for two broken ankles and a fractured right leg requiring surgery. After being released from the hospital, she was admitted to a rehabilitation center for physical therapy. Rebecca's medical expenses totaled $128,640.98. Our office filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Circuit Court (Case No. 04C429 ). The case was settled at mediation for $475,000.

Cynthia Lane - $340,000 Settlement (case featured in High School Reunion commercial - currently running on TV)

Cynthia Lane was traveling on Conference Drive in Goodlettsville, Tennessee, when an adverse driver was unable to control his vehicle and rear-ended the Lane vehicle. The adverse driver was cited for reckless driving and excessive speed.

Cynthia was transported by life flight to Vanderbilt Hospital where she was treated for a fractured back that required surgery. Her medical bills totaled $93,979.70. Our office filed a lawsuit in Davidson County Circuit Court (Case No. 06C1152) against the adverse driver. The case was settled at mediation for $340,000.

James Crowell - $998,649.72 Settlement (case featured in Football Party commercial - currently running on TV)

James Crowell was traveling on Lynchburg Highway in Lynchburg, Tennessee, when a tractor-trailer driver locked his brakes and crossed his lane of traffic causing the collision.

James was transported by life flight to Vanderbilt Hospital where he was treated for fractured arms and legs, broken ribs and fingers, collapsed lungs and internal injuries. After his release from the hospital, he remained in a rehabilitation center for over a month. Medical expenses totaled $635,927.22.

Our office filed a lawsuit in Moore County Circuit Court (Case No. 2010-CV-988) against the tractor trailer company and the driver of the vehicle. The case was settled for $998,649.72.

Ebony Luna - $250,000 Settlement (case featured in Swim Meet commercial - currently running on TV)

Ebony Luna was traveling on Huntsville Highway in Fayetteville, Tennessee, when another driver, following too closely, rear-ended her vehicle. The collision pushed the Luna vehicle into oncoming traffic and eventually ejected Luna from the vehicle.

Ebony was transported by ambulance to Lincoln Medical Center. She was later transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital where she was treated for a fractured ankle requiring surgery, a fractured tailbone, two fractured vertebrae, bruised lungs and a punctured lung. Ebony's medical expenses totaled $63,731.93.

A lawsuit was filed in Lincoln County Circuit Court (Case No. C1000194) against the adverse driver and owner of the vehicle. The case was settled for $250,000.

Lizbeth Aguirre - $250,000 Settlement (case featured in Marriage Proposal commercial - currently running on TV)

Lizbeth Aquirre was traveling on 17 th Avenue in Springfield, Tennessee, when another driver ran a red light causing the collision.

Lizbeth was airlifted to Vanderbilt Hospital where she was admitted and treated for multiple injuries including a fractured pelvis, fractured back, lacerated bladder, head trauma and internal bleeding. She was an inpatient at Vanderbilt Hospital for over a month and then transferred to a rehabilitation center. Medical bills exceeded $728,000.

A lawsuit was filed in Robertson County Circuit Court (Case No. 74CC1-2010-CV-313) against the adverse driver and owner of the vehicle. The case was settled for insurance limits of $250,000.

Lisa Curtis - $650,000 Settlement (case featured in Dance Competition spot- currently running on TV)

Lisa Curtis was traveling on US 70 in Camden, Tennessee, when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her vehicle. The impact pushed her vehicle into oncoming traffic causing another collision.

Lisa was immediately transported by ambulance to Three Rivers Hospital in Waverly, Tennessee. She was later transported to Vanderbilt Hospital where she was treated for multiple injuries including lacerations all over her body. She also sustained a knee injury which required multiple surgeries. Her total medical bills exceeded $100,000.

A lawsuit was filed in Benton County Circuit Court (Case No. 1CCV584) against the adverse driver and tractor-trailer company. The case was settled at mediation for $650,000.

Cecille Irwin - $360,000 Settlement (case featured in Paranormal spot- currently running on TV)

Cecille was a passenger in a vehicle that rear-ended a tractor-trailer truck in Mississippi. She sustained a compound fracture to her ankle that resulted in two surgeries. She also had a crushed left shoulder, a broken left humerus, a splintered tibia and suffered neck pain. Her medical expenses totaled $50,652.

A lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court against the host driver and host owner of the vehicle. The case was settled for $360,000.

Jamie Barrett - $290,000 Settlement (case featured in Welcome Home spot- currently running on TV)

Jamie Barrett was traveling on McMinnville Highway, in McMinnville, Tennessee, when a tractor-trailer crossed the center line causing a collision. Mr. Barrett's vehicle caught on fire after impact.

Jamie was immediately transported by ambulance to Riverpark Hospital in McMinnville. He was later transported to Vanderbilt Hospital where he was treated for multiple injuries including a fractured hip, dislocated leg and a knee injury. His medical bills totaled $94,163.15

A lawsuit was filed in Warren County Circuit court (Case No. 2100) against the adverse driver and tractor trailer company. The case was settled at mediation for $290,000.

Our office filed a lawsuit in Lawrence County Circuit Court (Case No. CC 1764-05). The case was settled for insurance limits of $250,000.

Paul Busby - $250,000 Settlement (case featured in Basketball commercial- currently running on TV)

Paul Busby was traveling on Highway 43 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, when another driver failed to yield the right of way causing a major collision.

Paul was immediately transported by ambulance to Crockett Hospital. Paul was later life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital where he remained for two weeks. Paul suffered a fractured neck and a fractured pelvis requiring surgery. His medical bills totaled $197,089.19.

Our office filed a lawsuit in Lawrence County Circuit Court (Case No. CC 1764-05). The case was settled for insurance limits of $250,000.

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Charles Hilty - $400,000 Settlement (patriotic party ad)

Charles Hilty was a passenger in a Greyhound bus which was traveling on I-65 South in Crown Point, Indiana. The driver of the bus fell asleep causing the bus to hit a barrier.

Charles was transported by ambulance to an Indiana hospital where he remained for seven days. He suffered a cracked scapula, a fractured neck and a knee injury. He was later transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in his hometown of Nashville.

Bart Durham Injury Law partnered with Parr Richey Obremskey Frandsen & Patterson, a law firm in Lebanon, Indiana. A lawsuit was filed in Marion County Court (Case No. 49D06-0808-CT-034582) against the adverse driver and bus company. The case was settled for $400,000.

Larry Cheers - $550,000 Settlement (go-kart ad)

Larry Cheers was traveling on his motorcycle, wearing his helmet, when the adverse driver, driving a company truck, made a left turn and hit Larry's bike head on. Larry was thrown from his bike with such force that his helmet cracked and came off.

Larry was life-flighted to VUMC and suffered multiple injuries including: closed head injury, bilateral frontal contusion, subarachnoid hemorrhage, some seizure activity, open left tibia fracture with surgery, right eye surgery, left scapula and bilateral rib fractures with pulmonary contusion, L1 to L5 transverse process fractures, right and left tears to medial meniscus. Medical bills exceeded $220,000.

My firm filed a lawsuit in the Rutherford County Circuit Court (Case Number 48972) against the adverse driver and the company the driver was working for at the time of the accident. The case was settled at mediation for $550,000.

Ronald Poston - $600,000 Settlement (theatre ad)

Ronald Poston was traveling on U.S. Highway 431 in Maury County. A drunk driver crossed the center line and hit the Poston vehicle. Ronald was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where he remained for 10 days. He received lengthy follow-up care for multiple injuries including torn ligaments in left hand, fractured clavicle, fractured ribs and a kidney laceration. His medical bills were over $120,000.

My law firm filed a lawsuit in Maury County Circuit Court (Case No. 12658) against the adverse driver. The case was settled for $600,000.

Shirley Flood - $350,000 Settlement (Hypnotist ad)

Shirley Flood was a passenger in a vehicle which was traveling on Lone Oak Road at Goad Street in Lone Oak, Kentucky. A driver of another vehicle pulled out in front of the vehicle Shirley was riding in causing a collision.

Shirley was transported by ambulance to Western Baptist Hospital in Kentucky. She was then life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where she remained for 16 days. Shirley suffered two broken legs requiring surgery and a collapsed lung. She underwent four surgeries. Her medical bills totaled $290,858.93.

My firm filed a lawsuit in McCracken Circuit Court (Case No. 07C1-1341) against the adverse driver. The case was settled for $350,000.

Joni Walley - $500,000 Settlement (Zumba ad)

Joni Walley was traveling on I-40 when she approached a trailer which had disconnected from a tractor cab and was stuck in the middle of the interstate. Unable to stop, Joni hit the trailer and then was hit by another vehicle. Joni sustained multiple disabling injuries including a grade IV liver laceration, scalp avulsion and post-traumatic stress disorder. Her medical expenses were over $133,000.

My firm represented Ms. Walley by filing a lawsuit in the United States District Court (case no. 3-97-1237) against the adverse drivers and the tractor-trailer company. The case was settled for $500,000 at mediation.

Margaret Luna - $250,000 Settlement (haunted house ad)

Margaret Luna was traveling on Union Street in Shelbyville when another vehicle failed to yield the right of way causing a collision. Another vehicle then hit Margaret's vehicle from behind. Margaret was air-lifted to Vanderbilt Hospital where she stayed for over two weeks. She suffered multiple injuries including fractures to her leg, hip and jaw requiring four surgeries. Medical bills exceeded $300,000. The case was settled for the insurance policy limit of $250,000.

Peggy Zick - $590,000 Settlement (wedding ad)

Peggy Zick was a passenger in a vehicle which was traveling on I-75 in Jacksboro, Tennessee. A driver of a tractor-trailer rear-ended the vehicle Peggy was riding in. That collision caused a chain reaction collision with three other vehicles.

Peggy was air-lifted to Mercy Hospital in Port Huron where she would spend nine nights. She suffered multiple traumatic injuries including: C5 - C6, L-facet distraction, C5 - C6, retrolisthesis, C5 - C6 disc herniation with cervical cord flattening, vocal cord contusions, disruption of the anterior and posterior longitudinal ligaments, right L3 transverse process fracture, 2.5 cm right forehead laceration, prevertebral soft tissue edema hemorrhage extends from the occiput to C6,C4 - C 5 a new small central disc extrusion that minimally indents the anterior aspect cord, C5-C6 cord edema; C6 - C7 cord edema, and a right median mononeuropathy (carpel tunnel syndrome) of mild to moderate severity with left C 5 radiculopathy. Peggy's medical bills totalled $217,752.05.

My law firm filed a lawsuit in Louden County on her behalf (Circuit Court Case No. 7744). The case was settled at mediation for $590,000.

Tammie White - $260,000 Settlement (gymnastics ad)

Tammie White was traveling on South Cumberland Street in Wilson County when a tractor-trailer driver failed to yield the right of way causing the collision. Tammie was transported by ambulance to the University Center where she was treated for acute cervical sprain, acute right hand contusion and a concussion. She underwent a course of physical therapy and epidural injections. She continued to have problems which ultimately required surgery. Tammie's medical expenses totaled $111,651.88.

Bart Durham Injury Law served as legal counsel, filing a lawsuit in the United States District Court (case no. 3-07-cv-01050) against the adverse driver and tractor-trailer company. The case was settled for $260,000 at mediation.

Neva Herman - $3 Million Settlement (shopping ad)

Neva Herman was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on U.S. Highway 431 in Maury County. A drunk driver crossed the center line and hit the vehicle Neva was riding in head on. Neva was life-flighted to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville where she remained for over four weeks. After her long hospitalization, she spent time in a rehabilitation center. Neva suffered multiple permanent disabling injuries requiring surgery and ongoing care. Her medical bills were close to $750,000.

My firm filed a lawsuit in Maury County Circuit Court (Case No. 12658) against the adverse driver. The case was settled for $3 million.

Kendra Northington - Confidential Settlement (model shoot ad)

Kendra Northington was traveling on US 41 in Springfield, Tennessee when a drunk driver ran a red light and ran into her vehicle. Kendra was transported by ambulance to Northcrest Medical Center where she was treated for a broken arm. Her medical bills were over $9,000. Our office filed a lawsuit in Robertson County (Case No. 11592)against the adverse driver.

Alfred Potter - $741,500 Settlement (dog park ad)

Alfred Potter was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Interstate 40 East near State Highway 284, 50 miles west of Memphis. A tractor-trailer rear-ended the vehicle Alfred was riding in, causing the host driver to lose control of the vehicle. Alfred was life-flighted to the Regional Medical Center at Memphis where he was treated for multiple injuries and then transferred to Vanderbilt Hospital in Nashville. Alfred sustained multiple permanent injuries requiring surgery and ongoing medical treatment. Medical bills exceeded $242,000.

My office filed a lawsuit in the United State District Court (Case Number 2-06-CV-0064) against the tractor-trailer company. The case was settled for $741,500.

Elizabeth Gosby - $300,000 Settlement (softball ad)

Elizabeth Gosby was a passenger in a vehicle operated by a friend. The friend lost control of her vehicle causing the car to flip three times and hit a tree.

Elizabeth was transported by ambulance to the hospital. She sustained four compound fractures to her wrist requiring two surgeries and resulting in medical bills over $82,000. My law firm filed a lawsuit against the host driver of the vehicle. The case was settled for the insurance policy limit.

Lencoya Crawford and Family - Over $1 Million Judgment (family gathering ad)

Lencoya Crawford was a passenger in a vehicle operated by her husband, Quintin Crawford. Lencoya's minor children, Shawn and Coleshawn Mitchell, were also passengers in the vehicle. The Crawford vehicle was traveling on Gallatin Road, in Madison, Tennessee, when another vehicle was being chased on Gallatin Road by a police officer driving a police car. The adverse driver lost control of his vehicle and collided with the Crawford vehicle. The adverse driver was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.

Lencoya was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where she was treated for multiple injuries. Her medical bills exceeded $9,000. Lencoya's children were also taken to Vanderbilt Hospital. Shawn suffered fractures to his skull and eye requiring surgery and resulting in medical bills of over $80,000. Coleshawn suffered minor injuries with medical bills just over $2,000.

As legal counsel for Mrs. Crawford, my law firm filed a lawsuit in the Davidson County Circuit Court (Case Number 01C552) against the adverse driver and the police department. A confidential settlement was reached with the police department. Our office pursued a judgment on damages against the adverse driver. Although we knew any judgment would be basically uncollectible (because the adverse driver did not have insurance or assets), we thought it was important to obtain an award against the drunk driver. A judge heard the case and Lencoya Crawford and her family received a judgment against the adverse driver for over $1 million.

Karen Paxton - $425,000 Settlement (ballroom dancing ad)

This incident occurred at an apartment building in Nashville where Karen Paxton tripped over an extension cord and injured her right knee. The extension cord was being used by workers who were authorized to work on the apartment complex. The extension cord was stretched across a pedestrian walkway without warnings of any kind. There were no orange cones, signs, or other notice.

Karen required multiple surgeries to her knee. Medical expenses totalled $399,224.50.

My law firm represented Ms. Paxton, filing a lawsuit in Davidson County Circuit Court (Case Number 99C-2597) against the apartment complex. The defendant denied liability. The case was settled at mediation for $425,000.