Neva Herman - $3 Million Settlement
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.
Bart Durham Injury Law filed a lawsuit in Maury County Circuit Court (Case No. 12658) against the adverse driver. The case was settled for $3 million.
Lencoya Crawford and Family - Over $1 Million Judgment
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.
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. My firm pursued a judgment on damages against the adverse driver. Although I knew any judgment would be basically uncollectible (because the adverse driver did not have insurance or assets), my firm 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.
Howard Patton - $100,000 Settlement
Howard Patton was a passenger in a vehicle traveling east on Interstate 40. At the same time, another driver was stopped in the right-hand lane attempting to recover a mattress that had fallen out of her truck. The driver of the vehicle Howard was in spotted the stray mattress and attempted to avoid contact by swerving into the right-hand lane. Consequently, the vehicle Howard was in collided with the adverse driver's vehicle.
Howard was transported by ambulance to Vanderbilt University Medical Center where he was treated for a dislocated left hip, a nasal fracture and a broken femur. After eight days in the hospital, he was released to Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Center where he remained for 10 days. Medical expenses totaled $79,330.26.
My firm filed a lawsuit in the Davidson County Circuit Court (Case Number 05C1072) against the drivers of both vehicles. The case was settled out of court for the insurance policy limit of $100,000.
Larry Cheers - $550,000 Settlement
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, and right and left tears to the medial meniscus. Medical bills exceeded $220,000.
As Larry's representative, 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.
Note: The firm erroneously ran a commercial on the Cheers case that displayed the incorrect settlement amount.
Karen Paxton - $425,000 Settlement
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 totaled $399,224.50.
My law firm filed 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.
Alfred Potter - $741,500 Settlement
Alfred Potter was a passenger in a vehicle traveling on Interstate 40 East near State Highway 284, fifty 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.
The firm 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
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 firm represented Ms. Gosby and filed a lawsuit against the host driver of the vehicle. The case was settled for the insurance policy limit.