$1,800,000 Structured Settlement/Car vs Wrongful Death
An agreement is made during mediation involving a traumatic accident where the driver and passenger of a vehicle crossed over the median of a large freeway into oncoming traffic and collided with a family of 8. The family of 8 was injured in a traumatic accident when the driver of another vehicle crossed the median of a large freeway into the oncoming vehicle and collided. The passenger of the vehicle crossing the median was killed and opened up a wrongful death case. Family members in the van sustained injuries including: a right leg femur fracture of a small boy, a displaced left midshaft femur fracture and displaced left radial shaft fracture with plastic bowing deformity of the left ulna with one of the girls, and the scalping of the mother. Many of the other children sustained abrasions, extreme swelling of the face and head and severe emotional trauma. Neither party was considered at fault in the accident. Both parties came to an agreement and were satisfied with their undisclosed portions of the monies tendered.
$1,250,000 Settlement Motorcycle vs. Commercial Truck
The plaintiff was enjoying a ride on his Harley Davidson when the defendant made a left hand turn into the motorcycle. The plaintiff’s bike was pulled down underneath the vehicle and destroyed. The plaintiff still with the bike was run over by the tire and his femur was driven through the sidewall of the tire and remained in the tire as the truck dragged the plaintiff to a stop. The driver of the truck was an employee for a company and had never been eligible to hold a license. Defendant was also driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into the county Jail. Plaintiff was life flighted sustaining multiple injuries a few of which included: Traumatic Brain Injury with complex seizure disorder, facial and sinus fractures, shoulder and arm nerve damage, rib fractures, spleen lacerations, kidney lacerations, forearm fractures and femur fracture with part of the bone left in the tire of the truck. The company fought to not be responsible for injuries sustained and refused to compensate out of the umbrella policy, but Attorney Jeff Metler organized a case that proved the negligence of the company in their hiring practices and received settlement for the full umbrella policy.
$310,000 Settlement Motorcycle vs. Underinsured Automobile
The plaintiff was driving on his motorcycle when an automobile pulled out in front of him trying to get into a fast food restaurant. The plaintiff laid the bike down to minimize impact. His right arm went into the vehicle as his body was thrust into what was left of the motorcycle. The plaintiff was taken to the hospital suffering from right wrist and elbow dislocations. A CT of the abdomen showed free fluid. During emergency surgery of the abdomen it was discovered that the plaintiff had bowel lacerations that were leaking fluids into the abdominal cavity, Liver lacerations and an umbilical hernia. The surgery resulted in the removal of 5 feet of plaintiff’s large intestine. Multiple surgeries followed to repair damages to hands and shoulders as well. The Defendant was inadequately insured and tendered the policy limits to the plaintiff. Attorney Jeff Metler made an underinsured claim and negotiated with care givers to reduce the medical bills payable so the plaintiff was able to receive compensation for the injuries incurred.
$75,000 Settlement Minor vs. Underinsured Automobile
Plaintiff was a passenger in the vehicle with her mother driving when a 22 year old female driver pulled out in front of them making a left hand turn. Plaintiff, being a minor and eight years of age, was pushed forward in her seat and collided with the dash board of her vehicle upon impact. The extreme force of the impact caused plaintiff to loose three teeth. Two of the teeth were her permanent front teeth. The defendant’s insurance company tendered their policy limits almost immediately, but the amount barely covered the already accrued expenses needed to replace the teeth and begin reconstruction of the facial and maxillary bones. Attorney Jeff Metler investigated possible options for compensation. The defendant being very young had no assets or other policies to provide compensation. The decision was to open up an uninsured motorist claim to help recover funds that could be placed in an investment account to cover the future estimated medical treatment for her orthodontic care. That future estimated care including surgeries was estimated at $33,000. The insurance company paid the underinsured motorist claim and surrendered the full amounts possible without needing to go into litigation.
$120,000 Settlement Vehicle vs. Insured Motorist
The plaintiff, traveling at a high rate of speed, has front end collision with defendant who failed to yield taking a left hand turn. Her head, torso, legs, and knees impacted with parts of the vehicle causing injuries. The fibula and ankle were shattered and she required 2 plates and 14 pins to stabilize her leg. The plaintiff had lacerations to the head from the impact as well. After surgery and 9 months of physical therapy, the plaintiff has now been told she will need an ankle replacement because she has advanced post traumatic arthritis in the joint resulting in a significant reduction in her range of motion. Plaintiff also sought psychological counseling for the anxiety that she has experienced due to the accident and her injuries. Jeff Metler was able to collect on the full benefits available from defendant’s insurance and also collected on two underinsured policies to recover monies for future care and hospital bills. Jeff Metler also represented an additional passenger in the vehicle who suffered head and neck injuries and facial scarring and was awarded $100,000 for her injuries as well.
The plaintiff was a victim of the defendant not yielding when making a right turn. The plaintiff’s vehicle was an older model with no airbags and or headrests. Upon impact the movements of the body caused severe spinal problems including sprain/strains, and stenosis of the spinal cord. The plaintiff had to receive spinal injections to control the pain and will eventually need surgery to fuse the vertebrae. Plaintiff also experience much nerve pain and numbing and tingling to hands and wrists. Extreme headaches and a closed head injury were diagnoses as well and continue to cause concentration problems and speech slowness. The plaintiff was able to cover all of his medical bills and put away a substantial amount to help pay for future medical expenses.
Settlement $80,000. Single vehicle roll over
The plaintiff was the passenger in a vehicle that lost control and rolled off the road. The vehicle landed on the roof of the vehicle and plaintiff was restrained with lap and shoulder harnesses. The plaintiff went by ambulance to hospital with deformed wrist, minor lacerations, headaches and pains. The hospital had to go in and place pins in the wrist to set the radial fracture which occurred. Recovery from surgery was many months as plaintiff was in cast and splints during that period. Fortunately, no further physical damages occurred; however, Jeff Metler was able to get her compensated fairly for her loss and discomfort.