Category Archives: Verdicts & Settlements

Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Largest Personal Injury Verdict of 2001

Adele Janow, 60, of White Plains, N.Y., sued Great Coastal Express of Richmond for injuries she sustained in a crash on Dec. 21, 1997, that began when the tractor-trailer truck leaked diesel fuel on the roadway. Ms. Janow was injured when her car drove through the spill and spun out of control, said her attorney Stephen M. Smith of the Brain Injury Law Center.

A jury last year awarded Ms. Janow $5.2 million, the largest personal injury verdict in Virginia in 2001. Continue reading

Trial for Gas Station Manager Results in $60,000,000.00 Verdict in Mild Head Injury

The accident happened May 2, 1997, when a train operated by Norfolk Southern derailed in Gainesville, Va., near Manassas, according to the lawsuit filed in Circuit Court for Prince William County.

Donald French, 37, was working in the office building at the Race-Trac service station, when the 38-car train, No. 214, derailed and sent all three locomotives and seven cars off the track, Continue reading

HRT Bus Company pays $3,000,000.00 to woman with closed head injury from wreck in Hamptom Roads Bridge Tunnel

The Hampton Roads Transportation District has entered into a settlement in the amount of $3,000,000.00 with Fatima Fortmuller for injuries she sustained in a crash in the Hampton Roads Bridge Tunnel on 2/21/02. Ms. Fortmuller was stopped in traffic when she was rear ended by a city bus. She sustained low back injuries and a mild traumatic brain injury. Continue reading

Williamsburg Woman Awarded $2,900,000.00 in Tractor-Trailer Accident for Mild Head Injury

The woman, Ann C. Redford, 52, was a passenger in a car driven by her husband on Aug. 25, 1998, when it was struck from behind by a truck driven by Clarance Vincent, said Redford’s attorney, Stephen M. Smith of the Brain Injury Law Center. The truck was owned by Rack Room Shoes, Inc., of North Carolina.

Mrs. Redford suffered injuries that did not become apparent until about five months after the accident, which occurred on Virginia Route 199 in James City County, Smith said. Continue reading

Cyclist Struck by Passing Truck’s Side Mirror Awarded $2,400,000.00 for Mild Head Injury

John Doe, 60, was severely injured June 22, 2001, as he rode his bicycle along Shore Drive in Virginia Beach. According to the lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Virginia Beach, a commercial, box-type delivery truck, was traveling in the same direction as Doe, at about 50 mph, and passed Doe, who was in the right lane.

The truck’s side mirror struck Doe and knocked him to the ground, where he apparently lost consciousness, Continue reading

USPS Settles Suit For $1,760,000.00

Carla Bridget Cox-McCoy, 33, was driving her pickup truck eastbound on I-64 in eastern Henrico County about 10:55 p.m. on Aug. 3 when the driver of a westbound USPS tractor-trailer crossed the median and sideswiped the pickup.

McCoy, who lived in the 1200 block of Admiral Gravely Boulevard, died about two hours later.

The family’s attorney, Stephen M. Smith of The Brain Injury Law Center, alleged that the driver of the tractor-trailer had fallen asleep. Continue reading

South Carolina Resort Award of $1,750,000.00 In Collapse of Rental Bicycle; Largest in State History for Mild Traumatic Brain Injury

Christopher Cox, 32, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Kiawah Island Golf & Tennis Resort. Cox, who was 28 at the time of the accident, had gone to the resort with some friends to celebrate Cox’s graduation from Harvard University’s Business School, where he had just received his master’s degree in business administration. The group had gone for a vacation as they awaited their graduation ceremony, said attorney Stephen M. Smith of the Brain Injury Law Center.

During a bicycle ride on the beach on May 4, 1997, one of the rented bicycles that had been left at the beach house for their use collapsed and Cox was thrown over the handlebars, Smith said. He suffered a separated shoulder and a mild traumatic brain injury, Smith said. Continue reading

Award of $1,250,000.00 Police Brutality Suit

Lisa Hendrick, guardian for Larry J. Hendrick, 42, filed the lawsuit in Circuit Court against the city, Police Chief Dennis Mook, and officers C.M. Hall and M.A. Johnson. Hendrick suffered a moderate brain injury as a result of the injuries he suffered on May 27, 2000.

Hendrick’s attorney, Stephen M. Smith of Hampton, said that Hendrick was at a Memorial Day party, drinking beer with friends and got into an argument with his girlfriend. Smith said that Hendrick was asked to leave and was in the process of leaving the party when he fell and passed out. Paramedics were notified, but Hendrick had come to by the time the¬†paramedics arrived and required no assistance other than a check of his vital signs. Continue reading

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