Verdicts & Settlements

  • $2,825,000

    Brain Injury

    John Doe v. Hospital and Doctor, (Superior Court – Confidentiality Settlement)Baby suffered from hypoxia and traumatic brain injury during birth caused by negligence of treating doctor and hospital nursing staff. Baby was born cortically blind, with cerebral palsy and other multiple birth defects. Plaintiffs contended this was caused by medical negligence during birthing.
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  • $2,500,000+

    Medical Malpractice

    John and Jane Doe v. HMO facility: The health care provider failed to diagnosis an intracranial aneurysm which ruptured and caused permanent brain damage to a 54 year old mother, grandmother and house wife. She will never work again and need care 24/7.
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  • $2,500,000+

    Brain Injury

    Jane Doe v. Health Care Center (Superior Court – confidentiality settlement): Patient suffered from horrific headaches, nausea, vomiting, blurred and double vision–was told she had the flu. Over several weeks no imaging studies were ordered of the patient’s brain to rule out an intracranial bleed or subarachnoid hemorrhage. Because of the failure of multiple healthcare providers to consider a subarachnoid hemorrhage and to rule one out by ordering a CT or MRI scan of the brain, the patient’s aneurysm ruptured, causing permanent brain damage.
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  • $2,500,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Jane and John Doe v. Hospital XYZ (King County, Washington): A 53 year old father underwent surgery to repair an abdominal aortic aneurysm. After being incubated, ventilated and placed in CCU, the patient was placed under 24 hour care to monitor his tracheotomy. When he improved, he was transferred from CCU to a step down floor. Because of the ongoing development of mucus, which required suctioning of his tracheotomy, it was important that the patient be monitored, assessed and suctioned, if necessary, every two hours by the attending nurses or respiratory therapists. After the patient’s transfer to the step down floor, he was not regularly monitored and suctioned. During his first night, the patient was not assessed or monitored for over five hours. As a result, he developed a mucus plug, could not breathe, and suffered respiratory arrest and heart failure. The patient was revived but suffered catastrophic brain damage. He now requires care 24-7 by his wife.
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  • $2,362,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Jane Doe v. Hospital and Dr. Radiologist (confidentiality): A doctor and hospital agreed to pay $1,900,000 and a health insurer agreed to waive recovery of subrogation reimbursement of $462,000 as a result of a radiologist’s failure to correctly read a MRA which, if correctly read in accordance with the standard of care, would have shown a posterior communicating aneurysm and which was treatable. Had the aneurysm been timely treated when the woman presented to the hospital as it should have been, more probably than not, no hemorrhage would have occurred and the patient would have been working full time, living independently and not disabled.
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  • $2,300,000

    Personal Injury

    Dalgado v. Cosmos Shipping Lines: (Federal Court of Canada Court No. T-1601-98) (Vancouver, Canada) An unsecured gangway nearly drowned a merchant marine. The client suffered a traumatic brain injury and won a claim for lost wages, medical bills, and compensation for his head injuries.

    Total Settlement: $2,300,000

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  • $2,225,000

    Burn Electrocution and Chemical Exposure

    Wrongful Death and Electrical Burn – $2,225,000 settlement

    Rob Kornfeld of Kornfeld, Trudell, Bowen and Lingenbrink, PLCC successfully represented the estate of an deceased cable installer and his surviving wife and two children as a Seattle wrongful death settlement lawyer, as well as a surviving coworker in a contentious multiparty litigated matter which settled on the first day of trial, October 11, 2010.

    Defendants contended that the combined negligence of Plaintiffs and their employer, Metzker Communications, were the sole proximate cause for this tragic injury and death. The claim was made that Plaintiffs’ employer agreed to take on this project, knew or should have know about the regulations governing installation of cabling onto utility poles and, in turn, rented the wrong type of a boom lift to complete the installation, namely, a steel lift and not one with a fiberglass basket. Defendants also claimed the Plaintiffs were the installers and operators of the lift and were careless in its operation by their driving of it into the three phase energized power lines above their work.

    With the help of a Seattle wrongful death lawyer, plaintiffs contended that the trees grew up through the existing cable and created a danger or hazard preventing them from safely accessing and doing their work. Plaintiffs contended that they were denied access by the growth of untrimmed trees along the last cable run location. Photographs showed that Douglas Fir trees had grown up and through the existing cable runs they were instructed to attach a new fiber optic cable. Prior to the date of this tragedy, Plaintiffs had completed nearly 3000 feet of fiber optic cable installation without any safety issue, up until they encountered overgrown fir trees at the end of the job.

    No Defendant notified Plaintiffs of this tree hazard. No one did a prejob survey and identified the hazard posed by the tree overgrowth. No one suggested they would have the trees trimmed before the job started. Instead, the park was determined to have the cabling completed within the next two weeks before the opening of the park for the season sometime the first week of June, 2007. Dangers were ignored by the park owners and operators, including the enforcement of the park safety manual, all at the expense of the lives and safety of Plaintiffs.

    Defendants were Six Flags, the nationally recognized theme park, and Park Management, LLC and its affiliated CNL partnerships which operate theme parks in the greater Florida area, Western Telcom and Inter Tel Technologies, Inc., the latter of which was recently acquired by Mitel a nationally prominent cable installation and telecom company.

    Plaintiffs were cable installers who were asked to install cable onto utility poles owned by Puget Sound Energy (PSE). Unbeknownst to these untrained and inexperienced workers asked to attach cabling on PSE utility poles by Defendants and their employer, PSE was not consulted nor its permission obtained by any of the parties in this action. Further, PSE’s and other regulations in the state of Washington required the power to be de-energized in May 2007 at the time of this tragedy. No Defendant contacted PSE to obtain its consent to install cabling on PSE utility poles and no Defendant took any action to ensure that all power was turned off before Plaintiffs began to work from a boom lift and to install cabling per the instructions of Defendants.

    On May 21, 2007, the Plaintiffs were installing cable by strapping on the fiber optic cable onto the existing cabling strung between PSE utility poles. There were 4 other previous installations attached to the messenger wire between the utility poles. Unfortunately, because the trees overgrew these existing lines and denied them access to complete this work, a decision was made to raise the boom lift up a bit higher and then bring the basket down onto the branch to push it out of the way in order to access the cable to continue the strapping of the conduit. In this process, the operator lost his bearings in the trees and raised the lift too high making contacting with the three phase distribution lines.

    One worker was killed and a second was serious injured and suffered severe burns over his body.

    As a result of the failure of the Defendants to secure PSE consent, de-energize the lines and trim the trees, which had obviously overgrown the existing cable lines on the PSE utility poles on which Plaintiffs were told to strap new fiber optic, Plaintiffs unknowingly were placed in harm’s way and were asked to perform a job which was extremely dangerous. It was unlawful to work within 10 feet of energized lines, a violation of Washington and the National Electrical Safety Code. Plaintiffs did know about these safety rules and Defendant park owners/operators knew or should have known about the same rules but never enforced them for the safety of all workers over whom they retained the right to control any such work on their park property.

    Simply put, Defendants should have consulted with PSE. Defendants should have asked for permission and PSE’s consent to attach any cabling onto its utility poles as required by industry practice and the regulations governing this practice. PSE testified that it would have required the power to have been de-energized and that the trees to have been trimmed, had Defendants applied for PSE consent to install any cabling onto its utility poles, prior to allowing any work on its poles. PSE had no idea about the pirated and unlawful use of its utility poles on this and other previous occasions by Six Flags and its contractors.

    A more detailed analysis of the legal issues and the parties will be provided in a follow up to this post from Rob Kornfeld, an experienced Seattle wrongful death lawyer

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  • $1,350,000

    Spinal Cord Injury

    A young man in his 30’s was injured in a head-on car crash which resulted in discovery of Syringomyelia aka/Syrinx. The trauma from this collision lit up an underlying congenital condition which he did not know he had.

    As an athlete, basketball player and husband, ready to start a family, and just recently having completed his masters in divinity, this injury portended an unfortunate story for a young man and his family.

    Fortunately his faith and trust in the powers that be assisted him to weather the storm of surviving a serious spinal injury of Syrinx.

    Syrinx can be a disabling injury but not much is known about the long-term prognosis. Many with Syrinx who have minimal symptoms can from out of nowhere 10 to 20 years down the line find that an expanding Syrinx or cysts in the spinal cord have increased their neurological complaints.

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  • $1,200,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Bond v. Valley Medical Center (King County, Washington): Michael Bond, a 37 year old construction worker, went into the hospital complaining of an ailment. Incidental films showed a mass and a follow-up CT scan was read incorrectly, showing it cancerous. The attending surgeon, who held himself out as both a thoracic and general surgeon, ordered the patient to undergo a mediastinoscopy. During this biopsy of the mass, the surgeon was exploring an area nowhere near the site of the alleged mass and perforated the esophagus. The patient was sent home and returned within one hour complaining of horrific pain. He was admitted but the symptoms of an esophageal perforation were not diagnosed and treated for more than three days. The patient was then taken to the University of Washington for emergency surgery to repair and reconstruct his esophagus. He now has troubles swallowing, often regurgitates and has difficulty sleeping at night. According to experts, the surgeon both misread the films and performed the mediastinoscopy incorrectly.

    Settlement: $1,200,000
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  • $1,100,000

    Car Accident

    Knee injury of football player: $1,100,000 mediated settlement short of trial of knee injury of 30 year old football player following head on car collision.

    Total Award: $1,100,000

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  • $1,050,000

    Car Accident

    Ankle Fracture Injury: $1,050,000 litigated settlement short of trial of an ankle fracture and surgery of female driver with permanent injuries after a roll over collision.

    Total Award: $1,050,000

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  • $965,000

    Spinal Cord Injury

    John Doe v. ABR, (King County Superior Court SEA): Construction worker fell from roof due to the negligence of a roofing supplier in securing bundles of shingles onto the top of a roof, all of which broke loose, striking the client and catapulting him to the ground below. Mr. Doe underwent spinal fusion of L5-S1; a two level cervical fusion; and a partial meniscectomy in his knee.

    Total Settlement: $965,000

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  • $939,000

    Dog Bite Injury

    $939,000 Dog Bite Case Settlement. Fascial Injury
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  • $925,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Gutierrez v. Marumanji, et. al. (Lewis Co. Superior Court ): During labor and delivery of baby Armondo, the attending hospital and doctor failed to recognize that the baby was in fetal distress and deliver the baby sooner. To compound the neurological damage to the baby during the labor and delivery, the baby was severely burned when a hospital nurse improperly used a heating pad. Five years later, the child remains deeply scarred on his back.

    Settlement: $925,000

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  • $855,000

    Dog Bite Injury

    $855,000 for a dog bite on a minor child of 10 years old.
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  • $850,000

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Have you ever thought about the consequences of a cervical strain injury to someone who has a disability and who relies on his neck for his independence? Recently, our Seattle brain injury lawyer had the pleasure of representing a 75 year old man who suffered a cervical strain in a motor vehicle collision.Despite being in the middle of the van in his wheelchair with a neck support for the back of his head, our client suffered a cervical whiplash injury. This seemingly minor injury had catastrophic consequences for our client.

    Prior to the car collision, our client relied on his neck to operate his wheelchair and his power box for the same. Using a wand held between his teeth, GG was able to operate his wheel by using the wand to turn the wheelchair motorized power box on and off, steer, brake, and go by pressing various buttons with the tip of his wand.He used the wand to operate the keyboard on his computer. GG used his teeth to hold a pen, write and sign checks and to hold the wand to turn pages in books while he read or to surf on the internet. Remarkably, he was pretty independent.

    Once his neck was injured, his quality of life suffered because his pain kept him from using the remaining source of independence, namely, his neck.

    After the car accident, our client’s whiplash injury to his neck caused him to suffer from pain, discomfort, stiffness, and a greater loss of range of motion.

    GG had a great vision and outlook on life. He was positive, encouraging, thankful for all we did for him and grateful for his recovery in his case. Despite a lack of objective findings, neck strains can be devastating.

    It was a pleasure representing such a hard working individual with such a zest for life despite his disabilities.

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  • $825,000

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Sheet metal worker recovers $825,000 from fall off of man lift. Rob Kornfeld successfully litigated and settled at mediation an injury claim of construction worker after he suffered a spinal injury and underwent surgery.
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  • $825,000

    Spinal Cord Injury

    A sheet metal and HVAC worker with the help of a spinal cord injury attorney, Rob Kornfeld, settled a construction fall injury when he was thrown from a forklift used as a man-lift in a warehouse operation provided by another. This resulted in spinal fractures of the low back, and spinal cord injury noted by hyper-reflexia on clinical exam.

    Despite the injury, which resulted in a multi-level cervical laminotomy and foraminotomy, the worker recovered over the coming years. Unfortunately, as a result of his spinal stenosis and aggravation of underlying cervical disease, the worker can no longer return to work and a vocational assessment and economic work up of his loss of earning capacity was completed.

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  • $750,000

    Medical Malpractice

    The Estate of Jane Doe v. Hospital: A retired patient went in for heart surgery and removal of an intra-aortic balloon pump from her femoral artery in her leg. After the IABP was removed, the client bled internally. The bleed was not timely diagnosed post-surgery and the patient bled to death.

    Estate Settlement: $750,000
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  • $750,000

    Brain Injury

    Pierce v. Reliance: A commercial truck driver suffered a brain injury and underwent spinal surgery with placement of steel rods in his back.
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  • $750,000

    Medical Malpractice

    The Estate of Jane Doe v. Dr . Anesthesiologist: A patient with obvious facial and neck deformities went in for a routine D & C. Preoperatively, the anesthesiologist treated the intubation as typical despite the patient’s apparent deformities and dysmorphic features. The physician proceeded to put the patient to sleep with conventional intubation but was unable to find an airway. Because the patient was overly sedated, the doctor was unable to timely awaken the patient from the paralytic drugs after she was unable to intubate and establish an airway in a timely fashion. As a result, the patient suffered severe hypoxia and brain damage and died one week later.

    Estate Settlement: $750,000

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  • $700,000

    Personal Injury

    Eye Injury at school to boy in gym class. A 16 year old boy lost a great deal of his vision in his right eye after another two students were kicking around a tape ball and their activities were not supervised or stopped by two gym instructors in the immediate area. The tape ball struck the boy in the eye as he sat down tying his shoe.

    Total Settlement: $700,000

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  • $650,000

    Car Accident

    John Doe v. Trans-America Insurance: Commercial Dump Truck Driver suffered a hip injury and permanent nerve damage to his foot

    Total Settlement: $650,000

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  • $600,000

    Car Accident

    John Doe v. State of Washington, (King County Superior Court): Plaintiff hit by a Department of Transportation (DOT) vehicle while standing on the sidewalk. He underwent a shoulder arthroscopy and is living with the prospect of two hip replacements, in addition to the loss of his construction career.

    Total Settlement: $600,000

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  • $500,000

    Car Accident

    Jane Doe v. John Doe driver: King County Superior Court No. 02-2-26432-8 Seattle woman involved in a motor vehicle accident suffered spinal injuries to her neck and low back, radiculopathy, and a worsening of her pre-existing fibromyalgia. She was a Microsoft employee with a stellar record and was forced to miss about one year of work over 4 years. According to her rheumatologists, she could not return to her high-stress job as the extra hours and demands of being bent over a computer for most of the day made her injuries worse and caused her to lose sleep. The treating doctors told her to find a 30-40 hour a week job rather than her 50-60 hour position. Given that she was a large wage earner, the insurer agreed to pay its half million dollar policy limit to settle the case.

    Settlement: $500,000

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  • $500,000

    Construction Accident

    Client was injured on the job and required a knee replacement, received $500,000 in compensation.
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  • $450,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Jon Doe v. John Doe Entity: A young adolescent was injured in a playful accident and presented to the emergency department at a hospital. A physicians assistant examined the young teen and ordered a series of x-rays of his foot. The x-rays were read as negative but showed a fracture. The boy was sent home and allowed to walk on his foot for 1-2 months until he returned in continued pain. An orthopedist at the same facility read the film and diagnosed a fracture. In the interim, post traumatic arthritis set in which eventually led to a 4 joint fusion in the foot.

    Settlement: $450,000
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  • $450,000+

    Medical Malpractice

    Jane Doe v. John Doe Entity: Mrs. Doe complained of a growth on her left breast which was read as benign. No biopsy was taken or suggested. Over the next year or two it continued to grow, but the patient was reassured it was nothing to worry about. Eventually the patient sought out a second opinion. The health care provider ordered a biopsy which was malignant. This diagnosis led to a mastectomy and stem cell transplant.

    Settlement: $450,000+
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  • $425,000

    Car Accident

    Early v. Hess, et. al. (King Co. Superior Court): Motor vehicle crash – Plaintiff recovered compensation in a settlement for $425,000 for a knee surgery and permanent injury, along with compensation for the risk of a future knee replacement.
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  • $425,000

    Employment Law

    Jane Doe v. School District: (King County Superior Court) Two women bus drivers settle case with East King County School District for $425,000. Two women school bus drivers contended they were discriminated because of their gender and that they were bullied and harassed in violation of school district policies.
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  • $410,000

    Car Accident

    Wallace v. Sajner, et al, (Case No. : CV 98-11789- Arizona): A pedestrian hitchhiker from Phoenix, Arizona was struck by a vehicle going through an intersection as he was crossing the roadway to pick up some metal debris in the road. We obtained a settlement and a recovery for Mr. Wallace, short of trial, for $410,000. Given the fact that there was evidence that our client stepped out in front of a car, this recovery was an excellent result.
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  • $350,000

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Jane Doe vs Grocery Store, et al: A mother was shopping with her daughter, son in law and granddaughter. She reached down to select a spice bottle and the shelf system collapsed on her head and neck, causing neck and upper back injuries. The client suffered cervical injuries and underwent a double level cervical fusion with hardware and bone graft from her hip. The supplier, grocery store and manufacturer of the spice product each contributed to the settlement.

    Total Settlement: $350,000

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  • $350,000

    Burn Electrocution and Chemical Exposure

    Burn Injury to Two Boys Playing With Gasoline: Homeowners insurance pays $350,000 to an 11 year old boy and owners’ policy limits- 2010
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  • $345,000

    Car Accident

    Our client was walking on a side walk when they were hit by a car. They had shoulder surgery and a total knee replacement This is a good example as to why we need to have sufficient car insurance.

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  • $345,000

    Car Accident

    Resolution of a car crash case pre-suit $345,000 for a client with shoulder and knee surgery.

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  • $335,000

    Brain Injury

    Staub v. CIG Corporation, (King County Superior Court ): The injured worker fell in excess of ten feet to a concrete floor below because he was not given fall protection. The worker suffered a traumatic brain injury. Because we pursued a third party claim for the worker, we RECOVERED an additional settlement for him, in addition to L&I/worker’s compensation benefits, in an amount of $335,000.
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  • $325,000

    Brain Injury

    Jane Doe v. Scheister Truck Co: Jane Doe was rear ended by a truck and trailer and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury without any objective findings.
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  • $300,000

    Brain Injury

    An ex Army veteran recovered $300,000 after suffering a mild traumatic brain injury in a car accident. There was no objective signs of injury but neuropsychological testing was abnormal.
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  • $300,000

    Car Accident

    Witter v. Fireman’s Fund: Mr. Witter suffered from a fractured wrist and faced multiple wrist surgeries in the future caused from progressive post-traumatic arthritis.

    Total Settlement: $300,000 UIM arbitration

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  • $225,000

    Employment Law

    Age Discrimination and Wrongful Termination: 62 Year old woman employed by insurance company for over 25 years years is replaced by younger and less skilled worker because of her age and her inability to be treated equally as younger workers. Our client claimed she was constructively discharged and was forced to quit. Settlement short of trial was for $225,000.
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  • $210,000

    Car Accident

    Jane Doe v. John Doe and Budget Rental Car company: Snohomish County Superior Court No. 03-2-09292-2. After a motor vehicle accident, a 35 year old woman underwent multiple injections in her cervical and lumbar spine, radiofrequency treatments, and a rhizotomy but still had limitations and discomfort after 4 years of treatment.

    Settlement $210,000

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  • $200,000

    Employment Law

    Fish processor recovers $200,000 for Race Discrimination aboard a fish processor because he was Hispanic.
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  • $175,000

    Employment Law

    Jane Doe v. a Pay Day Loan Company: Snohomish County Superior Court. 40 year old woman who had worked for the company for 5 years had experienced harassment from many levels within the company. After she complained, she was told to take a vacation, her email was cut off, and she was told not to call anyone in this company. Once one of the highest-ranking women in the company, Plaintiff considered this retaliation and a constructive discharge.

    Settlement: $175,000

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  • $150,000

    Car Accident

    Our client was the driver of a car that was rear-ended. They sustained a concussion and neck and back injuries. To date, they have not been able to return to work due to post-concussive symptoms. Another good example as to why we need to have sufficient car insurance.

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  • $60,000

    Car Accident

    60K from 3rd party even though she had pre-existing conditions. Our client was a passenger in a car that was hit by a semi-truck and pushed into a cement barrier and then a guardrail. They sustained a concussion and soft tissue injures.

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  • Confidential sum

    Medical Malpractice

    John Doe v. John & Jane Doe, M.D.: John Doe’s below the knee amputation resulted from the failure of the health care provider to properly care for and treat a diabetic foot ulcer, which led to total contact casting. The health care provider negligently asked the patient to return in 2 weeks rather than 3-5 days to check the cast and the foot. The delay caused a loss of blood flow and circulation to his foot. Gangrene set in, making amputation necessary.

    Settlement: Confidential. Settled before trial.
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  • Confidential sum

    Medical Malpractice

    Mr. & Mrs. Jane Doe v. Drs. Doe: Mrs. Doe was hospitalized at 37 weeks pregnant. It was noted that her baby was in acute fetal distress. A decision was made by a covering OB-GYN not to deliver the full-term baby. Patient was sent home and several days later, spontaneously ruptured and delivered a still born. Suit was filed alleging that the health care providers were negligent in failing to induce labor in a full term baby which was in acute fetal distress as noted in the fetal heart monitoring strips.

    Settlement: Confidential. Settled before trial.

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  • Confidential sum

    Medical Malpractice

    John Doe v. Hospital and Doctor (Superior Court – confidentiality settlement): Retired gentleman suffered from diabetes and peripheral neuropathy. The patient had multiple ulcers and skin evulsions on his foot. The treating podiatrist recommended contact casting. The follow up visit was scheduled for over two weeks later, rather than a few days. As a result, patient developed gangrene which resulted in a below the knee amputation. Settlement numbers are confidential.

    Settlement: Confidential. Settled before trial.
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  • $300,000

    Personal Injury

    Mild traumatic brain injury at a local Jr. High School where a student fell over an unguarded edge to the pavement five feet below.
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  • Confidential sum

    Spinal Cord Injury

    Spinal Cord injury: 35-year-old man with a pre-existing spinal cord condition was involved in a motor vehicle collision. The trauma activated the pre-existing condition, causing chronic pain and potentially life-disabling injuries.
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  • Confidential sum

    Employment Law

    Jeffries v. State of Washington, et. al. (King Co. Superior Court): Plaintiff recovered lost compensation in addition to a raise and promotion from the state of Washington by reason of its failure to stop a coworker’s sexual harassment in the workplace.
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