Our client was an amputee who was operating his power scooter down the local street. When he attempted to cross the intersection at the crosswalk, a motorist became impatient and attempted to overtake the car that had stopped to allow him to pass. Unfortunately, that motorist did not see our client and struck him head on causing catastrophic damages to our client’s prosthetic leg, his wheelchair, and also causing substantial fractures and lacerations on our client’s body. Unfortunately for our client, he had limited financial means and his entire medical stay was paid for by Medicare and Medicaid. After a successful settlement, our law firm undertook the endeavor of maximizing our client’s settlement by minimizing the liens that had been assessed by Medicare and Medicaid. Our efforts afforded our client a substantially greater amount of resources available to him after the conclusion of our Medicare appeal.
One night, our client and his friends were enjoying their time together at a local bar. At closing time, our client’s friends went outside and an altercation ensued over a girl. Our client attempted to pacify the combatants and in attempting to stop the fight was hit in the back of the head with a brick causing severe cranial trauma and a brain injury. Even though the bar’s insurance company claimed that they did not cover the bar for intentional acts of third parties, our firm was able to craft a complaint that caused the insurance policy to be applicable. This case was settled for a confidential amount.
Our client was an air-conditioning repair man who was scheduled to work on a client’s home. When he arrived, the customer opened the door and a vicious dog ran past it’s master’s hands and attacked our client. Our client succeeded in evading the dog and attempted to get into his van when the dog attached himself to our client’s ribcage. The insurance company disclaimed coverage indicating that they did not cover the individual insured for animal bites. Through some creative motion practice, our firm was successful in obtaining a cause of action that was covered under the insurance policy and the case settled shortly thereafter for a confidential amount.
SLIP & FALL SETTLEMENT- $70,000
While shopping at a grocery store, our client slipped on an unknown substance causing aggravation to pre-existing injuries.
INCORRECT LAB RESULTS
Our clients were a married couple living with their children when the wife received a phone call from her gynecologist advising her that she had contracted a sexually transmitted disease. They informed her that she needed to be tested and provided information so that any sexual partners could be notified. When our client advised her doctor that the only sexual partner she had was her husband, the clinic contacted him and advised him that he needed to be tested for sexually transmitted diseases. The unspeakable marital turmoil that ensued led to a breakdown in the marital relationship and the family unit as a whole. Upon further investigation, it was determined that the laboratory had made an error in the reading of our client’s test and she, in fact, did not ever have a sexually transmitted disease. Additionally, our client’s husband was forced to undergo testing for STDs and it was determined that he also was negative. Based on our firm’s efforts, this case settled for a significant confidential settlement not based solely on the injuries sustained, but on the impact that this case had on the marital relationship of our clients.
ASSAULT AND BATTERY AT PLAINTIFF’s WORKPLACE- $200,000
In a recent case, Peter L. Tragos, Esq. represented the plaintiff who was verbally and physically assaulted at his place of work. The plaintiff was a waiter at the establishment and was verbally assaulted with homophobic slurs and profanities by the owner’s son who was intoxicated at the time. The waiter ignored the abuse, but the owner’s son came back and physically battered him. As a result, the firm secured a $200,000 judgment on behalf of the client.
FATAL CAR ACCIDENT
In an unfortunate fatal accident our clients, twin sisters, were passengers in a motor vehicle that was struck by a rented vehicle driven by the defendant’s boyfriend, who had no valid driver’s license and was intoxicated at the time. Unfortunately, one sister was fatally injured and passed away shortly thereafter at the hospital, while the second sister fought for her life in what would result in a multiple year effort for her to regain her ability to walk and speak. Although the initial case evaluation did not appear that there were sufficient assets to compensate our client’s injuries, our firm was able to successfully argue unique causes of action that were out of the box. Based on our efforts, our clients were awarded multiple policy limits from multiple carriers.
POLICY LIMITS SETTLEMENT
Our client was a guest at an open-house party when he and several other young people under the age of 21 were consuming alcohol. In an unfortunate chain of events, our client’s vehicle hit the curb, overturned and hit a tree head on killing our client instantly. Based on our investigation, the facts revealed that the alcohol had been provided by the children of the homeowner where the party was being held. Even though the homeowners were away and the insurance company argued that they had no knowledge, therefore no liability, we were able to secure multiple policy limits in the settlement of this matter.
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE – $200,000
Failure to identify patient injury.
In a catastrophic chain of events, our client was riding his motorcycle when a pickup truck pulled out in front of him unexpectedly. The force of the impact was so great that the motorcycle disintegrated upon impact with the pickup truck, and the pickup truck was cut in half. Although the police investigation yielded no alcohol results for the driver of the pickup truck, our investigation uncovered a medical condition that should have precluded the driver of the pickup truck from operating a motor vehicle. Based on our investigation the insurance company settled the claim for policy limits.
Our client was a patient at a psychological facility to aid in her personal addictions. While at the facility, our client was befriended by one of the staff members and life appeared as if it were getting better. Unfortunately, what our client did not know was that this staff member had hidden his previous criminal history from his employer and his friendliness was nothing more than a mask to take advantage of our client. Our client discovered that she had been robbed not only of her personal property and her money, but also of her dignity when the staff member had spent the night with her at her home. Upon realizing that she had been robbed, our client contacted the rehab facility to report the incident and was told by the director that that this particular employee was HIV positive. The stress and personal devastation felt by our client culminated when she attempted suicide in order to end her problems. Thankfully, she was found by family members and was treated for her injuries. Furthermore, it was ascertained that she had not been infected although the breach of the duty owed to her by facility was undermined. Based on our firm’s efforts, the case settled at mediation for a confidential settlement.
HULK HOGAN SETTLEMENT
Our client, John Graziano, was catastrophically injured by the reckless driving of Nick Bollea, son of wrestler Hulk Hogan. After years of fighting an army of attorneys, our firm was able to secure a confidential settlement to ease the financial burden John and his family will carry for the rest of his life.
Our client was visiting the Tampa Bay area and booked an appointment at a local spa for some rest and relaxation. Little did she know that the masseuse that had been hired by the spa had a history of misconduct leading to a sexual battery in the spa’s treatment room. In order to avoid liability, the spa attempted to transfer its assets and sell the complex to other entities. Our firm was able to pierce the corporate veil and settle this claim for a confidential amount.
Our client was a 16-year-old girl driving home from her high school when she was t-boned by a passing motorist. Our client’s injuries were substantial enough that she was life-flighted to the local level one trauma center where she underwent numerous surgeries. Law enforcement’s initial investigation deemed that our client was at fault for the accident. Based on our investigation and our willingness to fight the law enforcement officer’s version of the facts, we were able to win the traffic citation and provide evidence to show that our client, in fact, was not the aggressor but the victim. Our law firm also was able to procure a multiple policy limit settlement for our client.
CREATING PRECEDENT IN SETTLEMENTS FOR MINORS
Our client was a four-year-old boy who was walking with his parents inside of a stroller. Unfortunately, a passing motorist lost control of their vehicle and struck our client’s stroller causing significant injuries. After a successful settlement with the driver of the vehicle, our law firm undertook the endeavor of maximizing our young client’s settlement in order for him to have the best benefit of his claim when he reaches the age of 18. We were instrumental in providing financial experts and ultimately assisting in the preparation of a trust and annuity that was never before attempted as a vehicle for maintaining the proceeds of the settlement. Courts in our jurisdiction now utilize our method for the settlements of young victims of accidents in order to make sure that they have the best chance of maximizing their overall settlements in the future.
SLIP AND FALL
Our client was a guest at a local department store. As she was walking to the pharmacy she slipped on what was later identified as a cleaning solution that had been negligently left on the floor of the department store. The initial injuries to our client did not appear substantial until it was determined that our client’s 20-year-old breast implants had ruptured inside of her chest cavity causing the silicone to permeate into her flesh. After significant, multiple surgeries, our client was restored to health and the department store who initially had denied payment of this claim settled for a substantial confidential settlement.
SCHOOL BOARD SETTLEMENT
Our client’s child was a student at a local school and one day in aftercare, the custodian at the school asked the girl if she could help him. Unfortunately, the young child did not recognize the signs of a sexual predator and the devastating result that occurred. Our law firm successfully prosecuted the claim against the school board and endeavored to keep our client’s personal information away from the press that hounded the case. This case settled for a confidential settlement.
CHILD NEGLECT – Confidential Settlement
Our client’s 3 year old daughter had a seizure while at school and was neglected for more than fifteen minutes before an ambulance was called. Our firm was able to secure a settlement for the minor that was confidential and life changing.
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE – $145,000
Unsupervised patient fell, sustaining non-surgical hip injury.
CONVENIENCE STORE SLIP AND FALL – $105,000
The client was outside a convenience store and tripped and fell on the sidewalk suffering a broken ankle.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT POLICY LIMIT SETTLEMENT – $110,000
Client was injured in a motor vehicle accident and suffered soft-tissue injuries which resulted in conservative treatment.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – $300,000
Client suffered a broken bone in her wrist as a result of a motor vehicle accident.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – $110,000
Client suffered a lumbar herniation which required an injection.
MOTOR VEHICLE ACCIDENT – $400,000
Our client was rear ended, he sustained a disc herniation requiring surgery.
SLIP AND FALL SETTLEMENT – $126,000
While attending a celebration, our client slipped on glass and sustained a hip injury.
TRUCKING ACCIDENT – $550,000
Our client required surgery and future medical care.
FEDERAL CIVIL LAWSUIT – $2.6 Million
NEGLIGENT SUPERVISION – $350,000
CAR ACCIDENT – $250,000
BICYCLE ACCIDENT – $250,000
PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT – $200,000
NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE – $150,000