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Verdicts & Settlements

Jun 3, 2014

Hospital settles parents’ claims for $13 million mid-trial

Pitt County Memorial Hospital has agreed to pay $13 million to settle a lawsuit claiming its emergency transport service crew and one of its doctors were negligent, causing the permanent brain damage of a three-month-old child. A trial against co-defendant Dr. Craig A. Sisson resulted in a hung jury. In 2009, Kaiden Gaymon was diagnosed […]

May 30, 2014

Engineer with PTSD settles negligence claims for $550,000

A locomotive engineer who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the train he was operating collided with a Mack truck stopped on the tracks collected a $550,000 settlement. According to a report submitted by plaintiff’s attorney Woodrow Gunter II, Kenneth Hinson was operating a Norfolk Southern train on its way from High Point to Asheboro in […]

May 30, 2014

Meck Co jury awards $865,175 to engineer for PTSD claim

A locomotive engineer who developed post-traumatic stress disorder after the train he was operating collided with a tanker truck stranded at a railroad crossing received an award of $865,175 from a Mecklenburg County jury. The lawsuit consisted of negligence claims against Jeremy Tucker, the truck driver, and his employer, Ergon Trucking and a Federal Employers […]

May 9, 2014

Victim in tractor trailer accident gets $3.35 million

A 59-year-old construction worker who was seriously injured when his car was hit by a tractor trailer received a $3.35 million dollar verdict from a Cumberland County jury, his attorneys report. The verdict was $350,000 more than the plaintiff had asked for. Everett Jerome Gardner was driving down a two lane road in Hamlet when […]

May 5, 2014

Jury gives no award to dog-bite victim who lost finger

An HVAC worker who lost a finger after a bullmastiff named Molly bit him during a service call then lost his bid for claims against the dog’s owners after a Catawba County Court found contributory negligence on the worker’s part. The plaintiff had sought $80,719 in medical expenses and $29,250 in lost wages. On Dec. […]

May 1, 2014

School board settles sex abuse suits

The Burke County school board has settled two federal lawsuits alleging that its employees failed to protect a pair of students from a third-grade teacher who sexually abused kids in his classroom.

May 1, 2014

Man injured in forklift accident settles claims for $1.1 million

After contested mediation, which included a forklift horn being sounded as testimony, a 62-year-old plaintiff injured when a forklift hit him and a 5,000-pound coil fell on him settled claims against the forklift operators’ employer for $1.1 million. The coil blocked the forklift driver’s view and when he hit his breaks, the coil fell onto […]

Apr 25, 2014

Defense fends off claim for $250K in car crash trial

Evidence of a woman’s “long and significant” medical history, pre-existing conditions and questions about her physician’s legitimacy led a Mecklenburg County jury to deny her bid for $250,000 in medical expenses and damages related to a 2011 car accident. Aminah Singletary, then 49, was driving on Interstate 85 when she was rear-ended by defendant Diane […]

Apr 17, 2014

Niece and nephew to collect $663k from aunt after verdict

Two grandchildren of a deceased Alamance County woman will get over $663,000 from an aunt who refused to give the grandchildren their share of the inheritance and accused them of theft and murder. The plaintiffs, Mary Lacey and Jonathan Lucas, were the grandchildren of Frances Longest, who died in June 2011. Longest left half of […]

Apr 11, 2014

Construction accident leads to a $1.825 million settlement

A subcontractor at a construction site who was injured by a collapsing overhead hazard settled his case for $1.825 million against the general contractor and another subcontractor who was in charge of overhead work at the site. The subcontractor’s injuries consisted of a lumbar compression fracture and blunt abdominal injuries that required three surgeries. The […]

Apr 4, 2014

Arbitration panel awards $1M to motorcyclist

A 51-year-old woman whose left leg was severed just below the knee will receive $1 million from her insurer, an arbitration panel has ruled. Barbara Russell and her husband were riding their motorcycles near the Blue Ridge Parkway in Asheville in August 2012. They were trying to get to Chimney Rock when her husband, who […]

Mar 27, 2014

Sons settle dispute over father’s will for $190 K

Two sons who were excluded from their father’s will have reached a settlement with the father’s estate for $190,000, the sons’ attorneys report. Mitchell D’Or died in June 2012 at the age of 58. A new will he had executed in May 2011 had specifically excluded his adult sons and left his entire estate to […]

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