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Semi-truck Accidents: Verdicts/Settlements

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$6,000,000.00Settlement

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.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$4,500,000.00Settlement

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.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$4,100,000.00Settlement

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.
Attorney:
James R Schwebel
$3,400,000.00Settlement

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.
Attorney:
Peter W Riley
$3,000,000.00Settlement

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.
$2,700,000.00Arbitration Award

Massive Orthopedic and Internal Injuries

Description:
The case involved a 17-year-old man who was run over by a garbage truck. He suffered massive orthopedic and internal injuries including multiple compound fractures of his legs and a crushing injury to his pelvis. His urethra was obliterated and his colon lacerated. He had a colostomy which has been reversed. He has undergone several urologic surgeries and dilations. He is able to urinate however he also must self-catheterize. The liability issue involved negligence on the part of the driver and a direct claim against Waste Management for negligent hiring, negligence entrustment, and negligent supervision.
Attorney:
Mark H Gruesner
$2,200,000.00Settlement

Amputation Injuries

Description:
2.2 million for the driver of a semi tractor whose vehicle was improperly loaded. Driver had his right leg amputated as a result of the accident.
$2,000,000.00Settlement

Amputation Injuries

Description:
A woman lost her leg just below the knee in a car crash with a semi-trailer. Liability was disputed.
$1,900,000.00Settlement

Broken Bone Injuries

Description:
21 year old man involved in a crash with semi- tractor trailer. Left acetabular and left femur fracture. Left ankle dorsiflexion loss which resulted in foot drop.
$1,600,000.00Arbitration Award

Spinal Cord Injury

Description:
The case involved an award for a business executive who suffered a neck injury which resulted in a fusion.
Attorney:
William R Sieben
$1,580,000.00Jury Verdict

Brain Injury and Neck Injury

Description:
This jury verdict was for a 44-year-old farm wife who suffered a closed head injury and required a neck fusion after a tractor/semi accident.
Attorney:
William R Sieben
$1,250,000.00Settlement

Death

Description:
The case involved a 53-year-old man who was killed when his SUV was hit by a semi tractor.
$1,200,000.00Settlement

Wrongful Death

Description:
A 60 year old man, happily married to his childhood sweetheart but with no children, was working under contract to MnDOT on a road construction project on Interstate 94 near Rogers, Minnesota. He was on the shoulder, well away from the highway itself, and the construction zone was well-marked, but the driver of a semi, distracted by the pornography he was watching on his cell phone, crashed into the vehicle ahead of him, sending it careening off the highway onto the shoulder, instantly killing the 60-year-old man.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$1,200,000.00Settlement

Lost 70% of eyesight

Description:
The case involved a settlement for a homemaker who lost 70% of her eyesight in a car/truck collision in New Jersey
Attorney:
William R Sieben
$1,100,000.00Settlement

Facial Injuries: brain Injury, aggravation of pre-existing Huntington's Disease

Description:
The case involved a semi-truck traveling too fast for a curve and tipped over onto a young driver's vehicle.
Attorney:
Max H Hacker
$1,000,000.00Settlement

Broken neck at C1, Brown-Sequart spinal cord injury

Description:
The case involved a 23-year-old single woman who was struck by a pick-up truck towing a loaded trailer, which drove through a red light at a highway intersection in Zimmerman, Minnesota.
Attorney:
James R Schwebel
$775,000.00Settlement

Cardiac Injury

Description:
A 70-year-old woman was a passenger in an automobile rear-ended by a semi tractor-trailer on Interstate 35 in southern Minnesota. The trauma to her chest produced pericardial effusion which led to atrial fibrillation which was treated by cardioversion and implantation of a pacemaker.
Attorney:
John C Goetz
$625,000.00Settlement

Multiple orthopedic fractures to jaw, arms and legs

Description:
The case involved a middle age woman who was driving eastbound on Highway 12 near Orono, Minnesota. The defendant lost control of their semi-tractor trailer and proceeded into the eastbound lanes. The front end of the plaintiff's car collided with the right side wheels on the defendant's tractor, as it was sideways in her lane. Negligence against the defendant trucking company was based on excessive speed, failure to keep the tractor trailer under control and the tractor brakes that were seriously out of adjustment.
Attorney:
James R Schwebel
$500,000.00Settlement

Paraplegic-loss of the use of both legs

Description:
The case involved a 13-year-old passenger in a vehicle that pulled out in front of a truck. The truck was hauling gravel, and according to the weight sheet, was overloaded. The claim was made that the truck would have been able to stop if loaded properly. The case settled for the policy limits of $500,000.
$405,000.00Settlement

1. Head. Client suffered a blow to the head, possible concussion. 2. Right side pelvis. The client suffered significant fracture to the right pelvic area. 3. Low back pain. 4. Stitches to the left hand and wrist. 5. Right knee, four stitches. 6. Left Lung

Description:
The case involved a 33-year-old man who was driving home in his car, when the defendant's tractor-trailer ran a red light, broadsiding his vehicle.
Attorney:
$350,000.00Settlement

Neck injury (non-surgical)

Description:
The case involved a 51 year-old man who was rear-ended by a semi-truck. He sustained injuries to his neck including multiple disc herniations. He was unable to work in a job requiring overhead reaching following the crash.
$180,000.00Settlement

Neck, Back and Spine Injuries

Description:
The case involved a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle driving in Washington state. The defendant lost control of their semi-tractor trailer and hit her vehicle causing a severe impact. She sustained injuries to her neck and back as well as a mild brain injury and underwent a lumbar laminotomy and partial discectomy.
$135,000.00Settlement

Neck, Back and Spine Injuries

Description:
The case involved a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle driving in Washington state. The defendant lost control of their semi-tractor trailer and hit her vehicle causing a severe impact. She sustained injuries to her neck and back as well as a mild brain injury.
$117,500.00Settlement

Biceps Injury

Description:
A 57-year-old over-the-road trucker was struck on a highway in pennsylvania when another trucker carelessly passed. The plaintiff suffered a biceps injury which resulted in wage loss for a period of time, but he did return to work.
Attorney:
$110,000.00Settlement

Neck, Back and Spine Injuries

Description:
The case involved a woman who was driving in Washington state. The defendant lost control of their semi-tractor trailer and hit her vehicle causing a severe impact. She sustained injuries to her neck and back as well as a concussion and PTSD.
$90,000.00Settlement

Posterior labral tear, right shoulder adhesive capsulitis (surgery), disc bulge at C5-6, head Injury

Description:
The case involved a 40-year-old mother who was driving home from her parents' house in Watertown. She was driving her 1994 Chevrolet Blazer heading westbound on Highway 55. She stopped in a long line of traffic. Her car was struck from behind by an International semi tractor-trailer truck.
Attorney:
Max H Hacker