Case results

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$750,000

Premises Liability Settlement

We represented a teacher who was staying with her family at a time share in Jackson County, MS.  The property was poorly lit resulting in our client falling into a concrete culvert head first at night.  Our client sustained a fractured cervical vertebrae and herniated lumbar disc.  During our investigation we brought an architect to the property who used a device to measure the lighting at night.  We proved that the light was inadequate.  We also proved through depositions of our client’s treating physicians that our client would continue to have a difficult recovery and would need significant medical treatment in the future.  This claim was resolved at mediation.

$700,000

Car Accident Settlement

Car wreck where our client suffered fractures to his tibia and fibula requiring knee and ankle surgery.

$460,000

Insurance Bad Faith Verdict

In Mahli LLC v. Admiral Insurance Company, we represented the owner of a hotel that burned down in Ocean Springs, MS.  The insurance company alleged that the owner had committed arson.  We filed suit in the Southern District of Mississippi federal court.  This case was tried in federal court over 4 days.  In Mississippi, to establish a claim for civil arson, the Defendant must prove motive, opportunity, and incendiary fire.  Our client’s finances were in dire condition following the BP oil spill’s financial impact on the Gulf Coast.  Our client was at the hotel at the time that the fire erupted.  There was eye witness testimony that our client had the keys to the room where the fire began shortly before the fire erupted.  Finally, there was expert testimony that gas was poured all over the top floor of the hotel.  However we were able to disprove each element of the arson defense and the jury’s verdict was for the Plaintiff.

$500,000

Overseas Accident/Defense Based Act/Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our client was a defense contractor who was killed while working in the country of Jordan in the Middle East.  We were able to obtain, on behalf of the surviving spouse, the maximum death benefits allowed under the Defense Based Act.

$500,000

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Settlement

Our client was overly sedated during a routine nerve block procedure.  She was also given inadequate care in the post anesthesia care unit (“PACU”).  We were able to establish that the anesthesiologist gave 10 mg versed and 200 micro grams of phentanyl prior to the procedure.  This is far beyond the standard of care for conscience sedation.  Further, the nurses in the PACU knew the patient had a low heart rate, was turning blue, and was non responsive.  The PACU nurse was very slow to respond to the patient and the treating anesthesiologist was performing other procedures and thus could not respond to the patient.  The patient suffered an anoxic brain injury and eventually died.  We sued both the hospital and the anesthesiologist and obtained justice on behalf of our client.

$437,696

Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our client, a registered nurse, suffered a neck injury while moving a patient.  We obtained a settlement on his behalf that included $331,696 for future medical treatment.

$408,334

Eminent Domain Verdict

We represented a business in an eminent domain claim where MDOT took a half acre of land along Hwy 57 from our client.  A south Mississippi jury returned a verdict of $408,334 in our client’s favor.

$350,000

Car Accident/Legal Malpractice/Underinsured Motorist Settlement

Our client suffered multiple herniated discs in their thoracic and lumbar spine after a multi-vehicle high-speed collision on the interstate in Tennessee.  Our client was originally represented by a lawyer in South Mississippi that allowed the Tennessee statute of limitations to expire.  Therefore, we filed two lawsuits.  The first was a legal malpractice lawsuit in Mississippi against the lawyer who allowed the statute of limitations to expire.  We also acquired pro hac vice admission to the Georgia Bar and filed a lawsuit against the at fault driver who was a Georgia resident.  We also brought claims against the underinsured motorist insurance carrier in the Georgia case.  After lengthy litigation this claim was resolved via global settlement of all parties.

$345,000

Bus Accident Settlement

Our client was driving a school bus when she was hit by a dump truck that ran a red light. The collision resulted in a knee injury necessitating an ACL reconstruction and a neck injury.  The defendant’s lawyer and their insurance company viewed this as a routine “accident” with no serious injuries.  We were able to prove that the dump truck driver had an extensive criminal background that precluded him from driving a commercial vehicle under state law.  Further, the dump truck was unable to stop properly because of bald tires.  We took the deposition of the police officer that responded to the wreck who confirmed the defects with the vehicle.  We hired a trucking expert who laid out the various violations of state and federal law.  We took the depositions of our client’s doctors who established her damages.  The defendant sought to limit discovery by admitting vicarious liability and admitting liability.  However, we were able to successfully defend their motions and leave discovery open regarding the trucking company’s history and background.  The claim settled at mediation for far more than the insurance company had originally foresaw.

$345,000

Truck Accident Settlement

A commercial vehicle wrecked into our client in East Ocean Springs. Our client suffered a bulging cervical disc that required radio frequency ablations.  This claim was settled pre suit at mediation.

$300,000

Medical Malpractice Settlement

Our client had elevated PSA levels.  A biopsy was ordered.  The biopsy showed that he had cancer.  However, our client was told that if he was not called after the biopsy, he should assume the biopsy was negative for cancer.  He was never called.  Years later he had stage 4 prostate cancer.  We gave notice of claim to both the urologist who performed the biopsy, the hospital he worked for, and the clinic that ordered the biopsy originally.  This claim was settled pre suit.  The recovery was limited by the Mississippi Tort Claim Act’s caps on damages.

$300,000

Truck Accident Settlement

Our client was driving on I-10 near Gulfport when he was side swiped by a commercial vehicle transporting multiple new vehicles that were to be sold.  The impact forced our client into the median.  After recovering from the shock of the incident, our client was able to catch up with the commercial vehicle and take a picture of his DOT # and phone number.  He then called the number on the side of the vehicle.  The driver that hit him hung up on him.  Using the DOT # we found the identity of the trucking company and sued them in Mississippi.  We were forced to hire a private investigator to serve the driver in Miami Florida.  We flew to Miami and took the driver’s deposition.  During the deposition the driver lied about hitting our client and we proved that he did not understand the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations.  We also used his log books to prove he exceeded his hours of operations.  We then subpoenaed the phone records from the driver and his dispatch company and proved our client did call him.  Shortly after our client called the at fault driver, the driver called dispatch for his company and reported the incident.  Once we proved the driver had lied , the claim settled at mediation.

$263,000

Car Accident Settlement

Haug, Farrar & Franco obtained a $263,000.00 settlement for a car wreck client after our client was rear-ended at a stoplight. After the automobile collision, the client had spine & shoulder surgeries. However, the client had a complex medical history that included previous back and shoulder surgeries and the recommendation for future surgeries that were very similar to our client’s post-accident medical treatment. The attorneys at HFF were able to hire an expert and successfully argue that the car accident aggravated the client’s pre-existing medical conditions, which led to the surgeries, and those arguments led to a successful resolution at mediation.

$260,000

Car Accident Settlement

Single vehicle motor vehicle collision where our client was a guest passenger and suffered injuries requiring an ankle fusion.

$250,000

Car Accident Settlement

Settlement in a car wreck that resulted in herniated lumbar discs and the need for lumbar fusion surgery.

$240,000

Premises Liability Settlement

Our client was staying at a local hotel with her family in adjoining rooms.  The hotel renovated the flooring a year prior to our client’s stay.  During the renovations the hotel removed a metal strip that covered television and data cables that ran the length of the threshold of the connecting interior door.  Our client tripped over the exposed cables and suffered a displaced hip fracture.  She required a hip replacement surgery and a year of physical therapy.  The hotel blamed our client for not seeing the cable even though it was hidden between the closed interior connecting doors.  This case was set for trial twice, mediated, and eventually settled before the third trial setting.

$230,000

Medical Malpractice Settlement

Our client was left with a foot drop after a surgeon incorrectly placed pedicle screws in his spinal nerve roots during a spinal fusion surgery.  We filed a lawsuit against the doctor and the claim settled at mediation.

$205,394

Shipyard Accident/ Longshore Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our client injured his neck and knee when he fell at the shipyard on the day he was set to retire.  The shipyard argued that he had voluntarily retired and was owed no compensation.  The claim settled at mediation.

$200,000

Medical Malpractice and Wrongful Death Settlement

This claim was filed against a public hospital and thus was governed by the Mississippi Tort Claim Act which has a cap on damages.  A local hospital failed to diagnose a clot in our 23 year old client’s brain.  She later passed away.  We filed suit and the claim settled at mediation.

$190,000

Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our client was injured when he slipped exiting his vehicle. The injury required surgery on his shoulder and neck.

$180,000

Premises Liability Settlement

Premises liability settlement. Our client suffered transverse process fractures and a SI joint injury after she fell down stairs that were not built to the local building code and that failed coefficient of friction testing requirements.  We hired an architect to establish that the front staircase should have had a middle rail.  We also established that the risers were improperly built.  Further, we hired an engineering expert to prove the stairs did not meet the local standards for coefficient of friction.

$175,000

Truck Accident Settlement

Our client was driving an 18 wheeler when he was hit by another 18 wheeler. We recovered $50,000 from the workers’ compensation insurance carrier then went on to recover $175,000 in the third party case against the at fault 18 wheeler driver.  The defendant claimed that our client’s MRI results were negative and that he was not injured.  However, we established through our client’s treating physicians that he would require significant future medical treatment.  We also hired a vocational rehabilitation expert to prove our client suffered a future loss of wage earning capacity.

$175,000

Medical Malpractice Settlement

Medical malpractice claim against the VA under the FTCA. This claim involved the lost chance doctrine and failure to perform a necessary surgery that would have saved a foot from being amputated.

$165,000

Workers' Compensation Settlement

Settlement in a worker’s compensation case where the client suffered a large loss of wage earning capacity due to a neck injury while installing fiber optic cables.

$157,500

Shipyard Accident/ Longshore Workers' Compensation Settlement

Shipyard worker injured his neck on the job.

$150,000

Truck Accident

18 wheeler wreck resulting in aggravations of long standing preexisting injuries to our client’s neck, back, knees, and arms. The insurance company for the 18 wheeler argued that no new injuries were caused by the collision and that our client overtreated. Our firm was able to successfully settle the case for well over six figures even with all the strong arguments the insurance company presented regarding medical causation.

$150,000

Shipyard Accident/ Longshore Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our client injured her lower back operating heavy equipment.

$145,000

Premises Liability Settlement

Confidential settlement in a negligent supervision claim.

$145,000

Truck Accident Settlement

An large commercial vehicle rear ended our client.  The collision exacerbated the client’s preexisting lumbar issues.

$125,000

Medical Malpractice Settlement

Our client was misdiagnosed with a GI virus at the ER when she actually had bleeding stomach ulcers.  She became so anemic that she fell and broke her ankle.  The fracture required surgical repair.  Additionally, she faced further complications and a more difficult recovery for the ulcers due the hospital and doctors’ failure to diagnose and treat the ulcers.  This claim was settled pre suit as the insurance carrier knew we had a strong liability case.

$107,500

Workers' Compensation Settlement

Injured worker who required neck surgery and was left with restrictions.

$100,000

Car Accident Settlement

Our client, a minor child, was injured in car accident resulting in facial scarring.

$100,000

Medical Malpractice Settlement

A surgical instrument was left in our client during a routine surgery at the VA.  Our client developed an infection that cleared up with antibiotics and removal of the instrument.  This claim was settled pre suit after a notice of claim was given to the federal government.

$61,500

Workers' Compensation Settlement

Our client faced a long physical and mental recovery after being electrocuted on the job.