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Wittmer & Linehan Obtains Record $19.2M Verdict
On Sept. 20, 2010, Matthew Martin was a 19-year-old backseat passenger in a Mini Cooper being driven by Raymond Consul. Consul was traveling down Bayshore Boulevard, a residential street in Nokomis, at speeds exceeding 65 mph. He lost control of his vehicle while going around a curve and crashed into trees and a concrete pump house.
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$9,000,000 Stipulated Judgment (Policy limits: $100,000)
Our 26-year-old client was a passenger in a van on his way to a job site to paint when for reasons that remain unknown a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction veered into their path. The injuries that resulted from this head on collision were devastating to our client as well as the 6 other passengers of the van.
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$7,000,000 Stipulated Judgment (Policy Limits: $25,000)
In April 2008, our 44-year-old client was riding on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle when a full-size cargo van turned left directly in front of their path. The front of the van struck the motorcycle ejecting our client and pinning the motorcycle and rider under the van as it continued forward.
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$4,200,000 Settlement
A 21-year-old was sitting on the curb at a bus stop at a busy intersection in Venice when the defendant driver attempted an evasive maneuver to avoid traffic that was stopped at a red light. The defendant was driving a large commercial tree trimming truck with a wood chipper attached via trailer.
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$3,000,000 Bad Faith Settlement (Policy limits: $100,000)
In 2006, our 26-year-old client was a passenger in a van on his way to a job site to paint when for reasons that remain unknown a vehicle travelling in the opposite direction veered into their path. The injuries that resulted from this head on collision were devastating to our client as well as the six other passengers of the van.
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$1,977,000 Verdict (Policy limits: $10,000)
A 35 year old electrician was on her way home from work when the Defendant driver made a left hand turn directly into her door. The Defendant plead guilty to driving under the influence. Our client was left with a broken pelvis, left humerus and several broken bones in her right hand.
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$1,965,000 Bad Faith Settlement
$1,965,000 Bad Faith Settlement In June 2012, the bad faith claims against the insurance company for their failure to settle the claims for the uninsured policy limits of $10,000 were settled days before the trial was to begin. The insurance company paid $1,965,000 to settle the claim.
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$1,760,000 Total Recovery (Policy limits: $100,000)
A 42-year-old emergency room nurse on her way home from the gym when the defendant driver ran a red light and slammed into the passenger side of her vehicle. The injuries that resulted from this collision were life altering for our client, leaving her in need of constant care and supervision.
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$1,564,256.69 Total Recovery (Minor Child: $764,256.69 Recovery; Parents: $800,000.00 Recovery) (Policy limits: $500,000)
Our client was a 10-year-old unrestrained passenger in the backseat of a vehicle with four other children that were being transported to an after school gymnastics program when the vehicle was hit head on. Nearly a year after her accident, a settlement was secured on behalf of the minor child from both the at-fault driver and the driver of the vehicle she was a passenger in.
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$1,500,000 Policy Limits Recovery
Our client was enjoying a ride on his motorcycle when he was struck by the Defendant driver. He was immediately airlifted to a trauma unit in Tampa due to his extensive injuries. Our office sent offers to both the Defendant’s insurer as well as our client’s uninsured/underinsured motorist insurer for their policy limits ($1,000,000 and $500,000 respectively).
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$1,270,000 Recovery
Our office was co-counsel in the representation of an 18-month-old minor survivor in an accident that claimed the lives of her parents. A settlement was secured on her behalf as well as on behalf of both of her parents estates. Damages: Loss of support and consortium.
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$1,013,791.85 Settlement
Our client, John Doe, was riding his motorcycle on Placida Road in Charlotte County, when a vehicle turned in front of him causing the crash. Mr. Doe sustained serious injuries and was taken to a trauma facility for the treatment of his injuries.
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$1,000,000 Recovery (Policy limits: $200,000)
Timothy and John Rooney were leaving their subdivision for a ride on their motorcycles when the Defendant driver went through a stop sign and struck both of them. Both of the them were thrown from their motorcycles and sustained serious injuries, however both were fortunate to be wearing helmets at the time of the crash.
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$1,000,000 Policy Limits Recovery
Our client was leaving a local night club after enjoying his night out with his son when they were attacked by another patron of the club. Our office spoke with witnesses that stated that the night club manager and employees locked the entrance to the club and refused to call the authorities for help.
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$800,000 Recovery
Heather Miller was a restrained passenger in a Honda Civic when a semi-tractor truck driving in the opposite direction attempted to pass another vehicle and struck the Civic head on. The semi-tractor drove up and onto the Civic. Both Ms. Miller and the driver were pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
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$708,301 Total Recovery ($130,000 Defendant Owner Recovery & $578,301 Verdict) (Policy Limits: $100,000)
Travis Kirkland and his friend were on their way home after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at a local bar. While stopped at a light, his friend’s truck was struck from behind by a minor driver. After the crash, both Travis and the driver exited the vehicle to assess the damage.
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$589,717 Recovery (Policy Limits: $500,000)
Our client was driving from her office in Palmetto to a meeting in Venice on I-75 when the defendant swerved into her lane causing her to leave the road and hit some trees on the side of the interstate. The defendant initially fled the scene of the accident but was chased down by an eye witness.
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$575,000 Total Recovery
Nicolau Sommer was driving home from work when a vehicle driven by Neil Franzer crossed into his lane striking him head on. Mr. Sommer suffered serious injuries which prevented him from being able to return to work at his previous job. Mr. Franzer was charged with a DUI in connection with the accident.
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$550,000 Settlement
Our 22-year-old client was driving home in the early morning hours on US-41 when the defendant driver going in the opposite direction crossed the center line and struck her car head on. She was transported to Sarasota Memorial Hospital and then later airlifted to a trauma hospital where she underwent emergency surgery for a pelvic fracture.
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$500,000 Recovery
Our client was riding his motorcycle to work at his furniture company when the defendant driver turned in front of him, violating his right of way and severely injuring him. Due to his injuries, he was subjected to numerous surgeries over the course of a year as well as countless months of rehabilitation and physical therapy.
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$500,000 (Bad Faith) Settlement
Our office was contacted by an attorney to review a case in which they secured a judgment of $334,363.86 at trial. Our office immediately filed an insurance bad faith lawsuit because the insurance company failed to evaluate the claim properly and protect their insured by settling the claim before a lawsuit was filed.
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