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$44.5 million Verdict for injured 9 year-old in Franklin County, Ohio $8 Million Settlement for 18 Patients who took Baycol $6.5 Million Franklin County Wrongful Death and Survivorship Jury Verdict $6 Million Jury Verdict Against Emergency Room Physicians $5 Million Verdict Against Hospital and Surgeon $4.8 Million Settlement On Behalf Of A Minor Child Severely Injured During Birth $4.5 Million Settlement From Hospital During Trial $3.8 Million Verdict for 9-Year-Old Girl with Compartment Syndrome $3.25 Million Verdict Against Hospital and Physician $3.1 Million Settlement from Motorists Insurance for Wrongful Death $2.8 Million Settlement From Hospital for Injured Physician $2 Million Settlement from Hospital and Midwife for Wrongful Death $2 Million Verdict Against ENT Surgeon for Twin 3-Year-Olds $2 Million Settlement Obtained for Family of OB-GYN with Delayed Colon Cancer Diagnosis $1 Million Verdict for 14-Year-Old Girl Killed in Car Crash

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Motor Vehicle Accident Cases

From motor vehicle accident victories in Columbus, Ohio, to the triumph of truth regarding personal injury and wrongful death cases around the country, we are fortunate to be able to play a part in the successful outcome and resolutions presented in these cases below.

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Vargo v. Motorists Mutual Insurance Co.

Franklin County | $3.1 Million Settlement

The family of Jackie Vargo received $3.1 million in damages and interest in a binding arbitration against Motorists Mutual Insurance Co. seeking underinsurance coverage for damages arising out of her death in an automobile accident in April 1996. In addition to the wrongful death award of $2.8 million, the Vargo family will receive $300,000 in interest. Prior to the arbitration, motorists’ highest offer was $900,000.

Ms. Vargo was killed when a Dodge Viper being driven at speeds in excess of 100 mph struck the car she was driving. Both occupants of the Viper (who were brothers) denied being the driver, and an expert in biomechanical engineering and injury pattern analysis was utilized as an expert to establish which of the brothers was driving.

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Estate of Jake Doe v. XYZ Transportation

Trumbull County | $1.8 Million Settlement

Jake Doe was a 34 year old, unmarried father working on a tree-trimming crew along a state highway. A semi-truck failed to yield to the flagperson attempting to control traffic around the crew, and drove right past the flagperson’s stop sign. The truck veered off the side of the roadway and crashed into the crew’s trucks and crew members. Jake’s injuries were significant, and though he survived briefly, his injuries were fatal. Jake’s daughter was able to recover not only this settlement from the trucking company, but also a very significant amount from the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, for the many injuries he suffered before his death.

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Annett v. Dlesk Supply Co.

Richland County | $1.2 Million Settlement

$1.2 million settlement on behalf of a 42-year-old man who was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck in the rear and pushed into oncoming traffic. The collision resulted in a traumatic brain injury that left him with permanent long- and short-term memory impairment but no physical injuries.

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Ewing v. Abc Delivery Co.

Pickaway County | $1.2 Million Settlement

$1.2 million settlement on behalf of family of six-year-old girl who was crushed by a home delivery truck that backed over the girl while on her bike. Defense contended that her death was unavoidable accident on the part of the driver because girl rode her bike too close to the rear of the truck after it had stopped, thus putting her in “blind spot” of rearview mirrors. Defense also contended that absence of audible backup alarm on fleet delivery truck was not proximate cause of accident since audible alarm would not have provided sufficient warning to girl to permit her escape from harm’s way.

Plaintiff contended that failure to have available rear-mounted convex mirrors on back of truck to eliminate blind spot created zone of danger for which defendant’s driver was responsible.

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Dorsey v. Campbell Hauling

Franklin County | $1,025,000 Settlement

Settlement for $1,025,000; $850,000 from the tortfeasor and $175,000 from the underinsured motorist insurance company. Beth Dorsey was operating her automobile southbound on I-270 when a dump truck traveling northbound on I-270, crossed the median and continued northbound in the southbound lanes before crashing head-on into Ms. Dorsey’s car. Ms. Dorsey suffered severe and permanent injuries including, but not limited to, fracture of C4 vertebra (which required her to be placed in halo traction for three months), three broken ribs, a concussion, open and compound fractures of her right foot, ankle, and hand, additional fractures in the right leg and arm, and paralysis of the right thoracic nerve.

The driver of the dump truck was declared dead at the scene of the accident. His autopsy revealed that he did not die from any injuries sustained in the accident. Rather, his death was determined to have been due to pseudoephedrine intoxication associated with cardiomegaly.

Defendants asserted the affirmative defense of sudden emergency in an attempt to avoid liability. They alleged that Mr. Campbell, who had a preexisting heart condition, suffered health problems of a sudden onset that caused his death prior to the collision with Ms. Dorsey. However, it was undisputed the amount of pseudoephedrine (a known drug of abuse) found in the truck driver’s body was greater than the recommended dose. In fact, experts testified that the amount found in the driver’s system would require seven times the therapeutic dosage of the drug, or 17.5 tablets of 30 mg strength.

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Shoe v. Shrader

Franklin County | $1 Million Jury Verdict

$1 million jury verdict on behalf of family of 14-year-old girl killed in car accident. $250,000 awarded for survivorship claim based on evidence that girl survived for 15-20 minutes. Pretrial offer by insurance company of $500,000 rejected. (Note: This is one of the only four wrongful death verdicts of $1 million or more in Franklin County in the last 10 years. $2.4 million award obtained by Gerald Leeseberg in Lambert v. Shearer in 1991.)

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Isse v. Sandhu Logistics

Indiana (Interstate) | $1 Million Settlement

Mohamed Isse was driving his vehicle on I-70 eastbound near Richmond, Indiana, on a snowy night. Defendant’s tractor-trailer was operating at an inappropriate speed given the weather conditions. The driver of defendant’s truck lost control and came left of center across the grass median and crashed into Mr. Isse’s car. Mr. Isse died immediately. Defendant agreed to pay its insurance policy limits to Mr. Isse’s family, as a result of the clear negligence of its driver.

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Ali v. Bavarian Motor Transport

U.S. District Court | $959,000 Jury Verdict

Non-English speaking, Somali refugee was driving his vehicle on I-71 eastbound near Cooper Stadium in Columbus, when defendant’s tractor-trailer came left of center across the concrete “Jersey barrier” and into plaintiff’s lane of travel. Plaintiff suffered a comminuted fracture of the femur (thigh) and radius (wrist). Defendant contended Plaintiff was contributorily negligent for failing to take reasonable action to avoid the collision. Plaintiff’s testimony was presented entirely through a court-approved interpreter.

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John And Jane Doe v. Truck Driver

Ocala, Florida | $775,000 Settlement

Settlement arising out of reckless conduct of a drunk driver. “Truck Driver” was operating a pickup truck at excessive speeds while under the influence of alcohol. He sped up in an attempt to get through an intersection before a red light, and smashed into the car driven by John and Jane Doe, an elderly couple, killing them both. Truck driver had a long history of driving violations, and minimum insurance coverage. However, he was driving a vehicle purchased by his employer, who was well-aware of his reckless driving history. Though not working at the time of the accident, the employer was forced to contribute to the settlement due to its negligence in hiring and employing truck driver and giving him a vehicle to use, despite his driving record.

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Smith v. Motorists Insurance Company

Ross County | $609,000 Jury Verdict

$609,000 jury verdict in underinsured motorist claim affirmed on appeal. Plaintiff, manager of service station, was pinned between frame and bed of dump truck at garage for service when bed closed on her as she began repairs. Tortfeasor, owner of truck, failed to advise plaintiff of need to prop bed up when doing repairs.

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Garwood v. Kirian

Allen County | $600,000 Settlement

Pre-suit settlement for $600,000 total; $200,000 from tortfeasor and $400,000 from the underinsured motorist insurance company. Bud and Goldie Garwood suffered severe injuries after the defendant backed out of a private drive directly into their path. While trying to avoid the collision, the Garwoods’ vehicle lost control and struck an embankment at a high rate of speed.

Mrs. Garwood suffered the following injuries: a partially severed right foot, fracture of her left foot, torn rotator cuff, and multiple cuts and bruises. Mr. Garwood severely fractured his right forearm, which required surgery. The fracture, unfortunately, developed nonunion.

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Hilderbrand v. Dilgard

Ashland County | $500,000 Settlement

Wrongful death settlement from limited insurance coverage, arising out of vehicular collision in Ashland County. Fifty-year-old decedent survived by her husband and adult children.

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Harrison v. Busic

Fairfield County | $500,000 Settlement

Settlement for insurance policy limits of $500,000. Kenneth Harrison — a licensed motorcycle operator for the past 26 years — was riding a motorcycle on a residential street when the defendant negligently reversed from a driveway directly into his path of travel. Mr. Harrison was severely injured in the impact. His injuries included segmented and dislocated fractures on the right leg and ankle, a dislocated hip, fracture of the right pinkie finger, and compartment syndrome that required skin grafts. His recovery was further complicated by delayed union of the tibia fracture, which required him to undergo three additional surgical procedures.

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Mijajlovic v. State Farm Insurance Company

Allen County | $420,000 Pre-suit Settlement

Pre-suit settlement for a 22-year-old female traveling home to Columbus after visiting her grandmother in Chicago. She was critically injured when an oncoming vehicle suddenly drove left of center and struck her car head-on. Leeseberg & Valentine not only secured the policy limits from the driver’s insurance company, but was able to uncover additional insurance coverage through an umbrella policy to ensure Ms. Mijajlovic was properly and adequately compensated for her injuries, lost wages, and emotional damages.

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Randall v. Padgett

Montgomery County | $300,000 Jury Verdict

Plaintiff, an alcoholic, was riding a motorcycle that collided with defendant’s vehicle when defendant made a U-turn. Defense presented testimony that plaintiff’s consumption of alcohol was the cause of the collision. Case was bifurcated for trial and the jury returned a verdict for plaintiff on liability, despite evidence of plaintiff’s blood alcohol content of .12. Case was settled for policy limits of $300,000.

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Root v. Westfield Insurance

Franklin County | $280,000 Settlement

The plaintiffs in this case suffered injuries when another driver, Leslie Anderson, drove her car left of center and into plaintiff’s lane of travel, crashing into plaintiff. Ms. Anderson had inadequate insurance to cover the injuries, and plaintiffs had to file suit against their own insurance company, Westfield Insurance. Westfield tried to argue that Ms. Anderson had a stroke and that was the reason she crashed into plaintiff’s car, in order to avoid liability. Leeseberg & Valentine successfully obtained summary judgment on that “sudden medical emergency” defense and Westfield ultimately agreed to a settlement of the claims.

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Estate of John Doe v. Jim Doe, et al.

Franklin County | $250,000 Settlement

Settlement following death of an 18 year old high school student who attended an underage drinking party at the defendants’ home, became intoxicated, and crashed his car on the way home from that party.

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Estate of Dorothy Miller v. Maple Drive Farms, et al.

Crawford County | $410,000 Settlement

The decedent was riding her bicycle when a semi-truck attempted to pass her while speeding and without verbally signaling his intent to pass. The bike rider, unaware of the truck’s presence, began a U-turn to head the other direction. During this U-turn, she was struck by the semi-truck, suffering fatal injuries. The bike rider was retired with adult children and a spouse, but economic damages were limited. There were significant disputes as to liability for the crash and death, and ultimately the case was settled by the parties.

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Our Successes

$44.5 million Verdict for injured 9 year-old in Franklin County, Ohio

$8 Million Settlement for 18 Patients who took Baycol

$6.5 Million Franklin County Wrongful Death and Survivorship Jury Verdict

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