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Fatal Granville head-on wreck results in $1.2M settlement

John Lantz was hit head on by a driver who had bald tires and lost control while exceeding a safe speed in a curve. Lantz suffered catastrophic injuries of a C4-5 dislocation fracture.

Over the course of approximately 50 days, he underwent multiple surgeries, infections and complications. At the end of this time, Lantz and his family decided to withdraw life-support measures.

At the time of death, he was 71 years old and was survived by a sister and over 20 nieces and nephews. Counsel for the plaintiff created a day-in-the-life video and settlement documentary to vividly portray the life and injuries sustained by Lantz.

Mediated Settlement Report

Type of action: Personal injury- auto

Injuries alleged: C4-5 fractures with quadriplegia for 50 days, resulting in death

Case name: Estate of John Lantz v. Confidential

Case number: None

Court: Granville County Superior Court

Mediator: Anderson Little

Verdict or settlement: Mediated settlement

Date: October 2010

Amount: $1.2 million

Experts: Dr. Guy Fried, M.D. (Pennsylvania)

Plaintiff’s attorney: David Henson of Henson Fuerst (Raleigh)

Editor’s note: The information in Lawyers Weekly’s verdicts and settlements reports was submitted by the counsel for the prevailing party and represents the attorney’s characterization of the case.

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