SETTLEMENTS AND VERDICTS
$800,000 for Client Injured in Back-to-Back Collisions. 54 year-old client was passenger in a car that crossed the center line and struck another vehicle head-on. As bystanders began to attend to the client and other crash victims, a third automobile plowed head-on into the client’s disabled stationary vehicle. Client was ejected from his car and thrown fifty feet, suffering a collapsed lung, lacerated liver and multiple fractures of his face, ribs, and legs.
$875,000.00 for estate of elderly motorcyclist killed in collision. Seventy year-old client was a semi-retired businessman who enjoyed traveling the country on his Harley Davidson. He was killed instantaneously when a young woman crossed the center line in her automobile and stuck him head-on. The settlement far exceeded the value of the client’s projected future earnings.
Confidential settlement for estate of elderly nursing home resident. Elderly client was flipped out of bed and onto floor by nurse’s assistant attempting to change her bed linens. She suffered a fractured femur and had to have knee replacement surgery. She subsequently developed an infection over the incision site and had to undergo an above-knee amputation in which doctors sawed through the recently inserted prosthetic knee.
$150,000.00 for estate of man killed in interstate wreck. Client was on his way to choir practice at a rural church when a car headed in the opposite direction entered the interstate median, went airborne, and landed on the hood and windshield of client’s car. The settlement exhausted the limits of available insurance coverage.
$200,000.00 for client who suffered concussion and neck strain in rear-end collision with tractor-trailer. Fifty-four year-old maintenance worker was sitting at stoplight when his pickup truck was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Client suffered momentary loss of consciousness at scene, and afterward complained of headaches, neck pain, light sensitivity and depression. He incurred medical expenses of $17,616.93.
Confidential settlement for estate of disabled teenager neglected in hospital. Seventeen year-old client suffered from spina bifida but loved life, laughed often and was a blessing to all who knew him. After surgery, hospital personnel allowed him to develop a pressure ulcer on the back of his head and then failed to properly restrain his arms, allowing him to dislodge his nasogastric feeding tube. He aspirated the tube feed and developed pneumonia that ultimately claimed his life.
Confidential settlement for 98 year-old man overdosed on narcotic pain medication. Client fractured his hip in a fall, and was admitted to nursing home with orders for Oxyfast, a narcotic painkiller. Investigation revealed that an untrained nurse’s assistant, one of fourteen administering narcotic medications at the nursing home, gave the client two doses of medication that were twenty times the amount prescribed by the physician. The client never awoke from the massive overdose. The lawsuit filed by the Slechter Law Firm, PLLC resulted in wholesale personnel changes of nursing home staff and administration.
Confidential settlement for forty-five year-old hospital patient who suffered infected stage IV pressure ulcer and died. Client entered hospital for short-term rehabilitation and weaning from a ventilator. Hospital staff failed to implement appropriate pressure ulcer preventions, and client developed a wound so severe it necessitated debridement surgery. Experts retained by the Slechter Law Firm, PLLC argued that this injury and the trauma of surgery and anesthesia caused multi-system failure that ultimately claimed the client’s life.
$75,000.00 for client who suffered fractured ankle in rude awakening. Client was asleep in bed when a speeding automobile left the roadway and plowed through the middle of his home. The client was thrown from his bed and suffered a fractured ankle that required surgical reconstruction. The case settled for the limits of available insurance.
Confidential settlement for dehydration leading to death. Elderly lady was admitted to nursing home for proposed short-term rehabilitation. Within days, children discovered their mother non-responsive, semi-coherent, and unable even to suck water through a straw. She was rushed to a hospital and diagnosed with kidney failure, sepsis and severe dehydration. Within two days, she was dead.
Confidential settlement for elderly nursing home resident who drank toxic cleaning solution. Nursing home staff left a bottle of toxic cleaning solution next to a drinking cup on the tray table of an elderly Alzheimer’s patient. As should have been expected, the ninety-four year-old patient drank some of the pink solution. A toxicologist identified the cause of client’s death as metabolic acidosis due to ingestion of benzethonium chloride.
$165,000.00 for client whose vehicle was rear-ended by recycling truck. Client was the passenger in a pickup truck, and wearing his seatbelt, when his vehicle was struck from the rear by a Lexington city recycling truck. Client suffered a non-displaced fracture of his L-1 vertebra and a scalp laceration, but managed to avoid surgery. His medical bills totaled $16,366.38.
$150,000.00 for client who slipped and fell on “black ice” in hotel parking lot. Fifty-two year-old client was walking into a Holiday Inn to attend a work-related seminar. He slipped and fell on a patch of “black ice,” and landed on his back, suffering two fractured vertebrae and a herniated disc that necessitated surgery.
$448,586.20 for work-related low back injury. Client had a 9th grade education and had worked his entire career in the construction industry. He was doing carpentry work when he strained his low back. Diagnostic testing confirmed that client had suffered a herniated lumbar disc. The Defendant-Employer argued that client had not been seriously injured, and assembled a team of medical experts to support its position. Slechter Law Firm, PLLC retained its own experts who persuaded the Administrative Law Judge that client’s injuries were severe, and permanently disabled him from gainful employment.
$90,000.00 for neck, back and pelvic injuries suffered in rear-end collision. Forty-four year-old mother of three kids and pre-school director was stopped in traffic in Lexington when her car was rear-ended in a chain reaction. She suffered soft tissue injuries to her neck, low back and pelvis, the latter of which caused client to experience urological dysfunction including feelings of urinary retention, frequent urination, urgency, sleep interruption and pain radiating into her pubic area from her sacrum.
Confidential settlement for elderly nursing home resident. A nurse expert retained by Slechter Law Firm, PLLC determined that client developed multiple urinary tract infections, became malnourished and dehydrated, and contracted pressure ulcers over his coccyx and right heel while a resident of the nursing home. The nursing home also repeatedly failed to address client’s complaints of pain.
$42,000.00 jury verdict for teenage girl with broken jaw. Seventeen year-old client was on her way into school when she was punched in the face by a much larger schoolmate. The blow left client with a fractured jaw that required surgery, and damaged teeth that necessitated root canals. Client’s medical bills totaled $17,600.25. The Defendant declined to make any settlement offer. A Jefferson Circuit Court jury awarded $42,000.00, including all claimed medical expenses and damages for pain and suffering against the assailant.
$150,000.00 for femur fracture sustained in automobile accident. Client suffered a displaced fracture of her right femur in an automobile collision. She underwent an open reduction and internal fixation and spent three days in the hospital, incurring medical bills of $23,231.36. The settlement exhausted the limits of available insurance coverage.
$93,547.40 for shoulder fracture and torn rotator cuff sustained in restaurant slip and fall. Client slipped and fell on an imperceptible film of water deposited by a leaking ice machine. He sustained a left shoulder fracture and torn rotator cuff, and had to undergo surgery. He incurred $8,547.40 in medical bills, and suffered lost wages of approximately $16,000.00 while recuperating from his injuries.
$94,000.00 jury verdict for trucker injured in rear-end collision. A Jefferson Circuit Court jury returned a verdict of $94,000.00 in favor of a young truck driver injured when his stationary vehicle was struck in the rear by another tractor-trailer. The at-fault tanker truck spilled chemicals at the scene. Because of the client’s possible exposure, Haz-Mat workers subjected him to the indignity of being stripped naked along the roadside and showered with a chemical wash.