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$ 6,000,000.00Settlement

Semi Tractor -Trailer Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
A 35-year-old mother and wife suffered brain damage and the loss of one leg as a result of a collision with a semi tractor-trailer which pulled out onto a highway in a thick fog. The trucking company claimed that the fog was unexpected and made the collision unavoidable. However, pretrial investigation revealed that the truck driver had been warned shortly before the accident not to drive until the fog lifted. An out of court settlement was reached shortly before trial.
$ 4,500,000.00Settlement

Semi tractor-trailer collision

Orthopedic injuries

Description:
A Twin Cities area husband and wife, riding in the family Suburban on a metro area freeway were suddenly confronted by the empty trailer of a semi that had lost control in the oncoming lanes, flipped over, and skidded on its side into their path. They saw the trailer for only an instant before crashing into it, too late to take evasive action. Both suffered extensive fractures requiring numerous surgeries, but were fortunate enough to avoid paralysis or brain injury. Suit was commenced in Hennepin County District Court and the case was settled at the pre-trial conference in 2009.
$ 4,100,000.00Settlement

Semi-tractor trailer Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
The case involved a 47-year-old woman who was a passenger in a van that was rear ended by a semi-tractor trailer in Orlando, Florida.
$ 3,400,000.00Settlement

Semi Tractor-Trailer Accident

Multiple Fractures / Serious Brain Injury

Description:
The case involved a serious crash that occurred on a Twin Cities freeway when a semi tractor-trailer lost control while going westbound on a six-lane freeway. The vehicle jackknifed into the eastbound lanes striking the plaintiff's van. The plaintiff was trapped for almost two hours in the vehicle, and suffered severe injuries including a badly fractured hip, multiple skull fractures, a serious brain injury, and a fracture of the left arm. After over two months of hospitalization, he was released, and required follow-up hip replacement surgery. He was left with the effects of his brain injury leaving him permanently disabled from his prior work in real estate.

Prompt investigation by experts hired by Mr. Riley, including the downloading of the "black box" data in the truck showed that the truck driver's explanation of how the crash occurred was untrue. Because the plaintiff was self-employed, Mr. Riley retained multiple experts to explain the income he was losing as a result of the crash, as well as experts to testify regarding his future medical care needs.

The matter was settled at mediation for $3,400,000.00.
$ 3,000,000.00Settlement

Semi-Tractor Trailer Accident

Traumatic Brain Injury

Description:
The case involved a 46-year-old man whose vehicle was struck by a semi-tractor trailer that crossed over into his lane of traffic. The plaintiff was hospitalized for two weeks and unable to return to work because of his injuries.