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Personal Injury 2017-07-20T10:46:33+00:00

Indiana Personal Injury & Accident Case Results

$6.62 million settlement in a construction accident case. While working on a construction site for a commercial building, a worker suffered catastrophic injuries due to negligence by one of the subcontractors. A global settlement between parties sharing responsibility was reached for over $6.625M for the worker.

$4.57 million confidential settlement for underinsured motorist claim against a truck driver’s employer. The truck driver was operating a truck and was transporting materials near Tampa, Florida when he witnessed a motor vehicle accident and stopped to render help to the accident victims. During the course of the rescue efforts, another vehicle came along and struck the vehicle and seriously injured the truck driver. Suit was filed against the wrong doers employers underinsured motorist carrier. The underinsured motorist insurance company denied coverage. After years of litigation in federal court our client was acting like a “Good Samaritan” and therefore he was required to stop under Florida statute and render aid when he witnessed the initial collision. Therefore, coverage existed and underinsured motorists benefits applied.

$3.7 million settlement for young man that suffered paralysis to his lower body when a bucket of parts was negligently dropped on his head. The defendant argued that the client was a co-worker of the employee that dropped the bucket on him, thus limiting our client to worker’s compensation benefits. Wagner Reese argued that they were not co-employees because even though they work at the same plant, they were employed and paid by two separate companies. The case settled out of court after the Judge agreed that our client was employed by a different employer.

$3.0 million settlement in a construction site accident case involving a man injured when a pipe fell from the ceiling, causing paraplegia.  Even though the accident was caused by the negligence of our client’s co-worker, we brought this successful claim against the general contractor who had a duty to ensure jobsite safety according to the construction contract with the premises owner.  The settlement also included a waiver of a $1,000,000 worker’s compensation lien, thereby significantly increasing our client’s net recovery.

$2.575 million settlement just before trial for the family of a man who sustained fatal injuries on a job site in Southern Indiana.  During the course and scope of his employment for a demolition company, he fell through the roof of a building that he was working on, to the ground below over thirty feel down.  Extensive investigation and discovery revealed “smoking gun” evidence that the owner of the building knew the roof was not safe for men to traverse.

$2.5 million wrongful death settlement for a husband who was struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle. This claim was against a young man who was driving a company-owned vehicle. Our client died at the scene and left a widow and two college-age children. The defense blamed the decedent for riding his bicycle too fast and having his head downward such that he could not see traffic approaching. Just before trial, the defense settled.

$2.5 million settlement for catastrophically injured worker who fell off of a roof while working for his employer. The settlement included a portion for medical costs that are required by Federal Law to be put into a “Medicare Set-Aside” account as well as another account for medical costs that are not covered by Medicare. This very complex settlement will help protect the injured worker for the remainder of his life so that he is financially secure and will have all of his medical needs taken care of for his lifetime.

$2 million confidential settlement on behalf of a child who sustained multiple facial fractures when an unsecured TV fell on top of her face daycare. She sustained multiple facial fractures requiring surgery. Suit was filed against the daycare provider and a settlement was reached which included that the daycare make wholesale policy changes and perform regular inspections of all heavy equipment that have potential of falling on children.

$1.95 million settlement from motorist hit head-on at an intersection by a delivery truck driver. Our client sustained severe orthopedic injuries and fractures as a result of a delivery truck driver that we alleged was looking at his cell phone when he crossed through an intersection. After significant litigation, the defense finally admitted liability and settled the case.

$1.75 million settlement for a truck driver injured in a head-on highway collision.  Our client had suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) which the defense disputed.  We hired numerous medical experts to prove the nature and extent of our client’s brain injury, as well as interviewed our client’s past neighbors and co-workers who all testified that he was now a “different person.”

$1.55 million wrongful death settlement on behalf of three children of a woman who was a back-seat passenger in a vehicle that was hit head-on by a driver of a company van that had crossed the center line of traffic.  The driver of the van had negligently been permitted to drive for the company, even though he suffered from a known heart condition.  Suit was filed in federal court against the driver and his employer. The decedent was survived by three children, ages 18, 14 and 13.

$1.5 million settlement for the family of an elderly man who died while attempting to assist a stranded motorist in Southern Indiana.  The disabled vehicle was struck by a dump truck loaded with gravel, which in turn struck our client, a Good Samaritan.  The dump truck in question was found to have been negligently maintained, and an expert hired by our firm determined the driver of the dump truck was likely exceeding the posted 55 mph speed limit at the time of the accident.

Trucking Accident resulted in $1.5 million settlement for a pregnant woman’s personal injuries and fetal wrongful death. A truck driver was operating a semi under the influence of drugs, when he crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and struck an SUV operated by a pregnant driver. The crash seriously injured the driver and fatally injured the unborn child. The driver of the freight vehicle plead guilty to causing serious bodily injury while driving with a controlled substance in his system.

$1.45 million settlement for slip and fall resulting in severe arm injury to female that fell on defective steps at a hotel. This personal injury claim arose when a young mother was walking down a flight of outdoor steps at a hotel. The steps violated building code and were unstable. As a result, the young mother fell and severely injured her arm.

$1.25 million settlement for a young ironworker who suffered an open book pelvic fracture when a Bobcat operator backed over him.  The defense claimed our client was fully responsible for the accident because he walked behind the Bobcat while it was in motion.  We proved this contention wrong by hiring engineering and accident reconstruction experts to create an animation video demonstrating that our client was stationary before the Bobcat began backing up.

$1.055 million settlement for a 16 year-old student who was injured while crossing a roadway to board his school bus.  When crossing the two lane road in a rural area near his home, an oncoming truck failed to stop his pick-up truck or yield to the stopped school bus which had its red, flashing stop-arm extended.  The driver of the pick-up struck the teenager.  Our client suffered a severely broken leg, which required multiple surgeries, as well as kidney injuries.  During the course of treatment for his injuries, he missed several weeks  of school for his treatment and rehabilitation.  Medical expenses totaled over $300,000.00. A portion of this settlement was also recovered from the school system who designed the bus route to have this child crossing this roadway.  It was also discovered that another student had been injured few years prior from crossing a busy roadway to board a bus.  They have since changed all bus routes to ensure a higher level of safety for the school children.

$1 million confidential settlement on behalf of a young woman who was sexually assaulted after being kidnapped from a parking garage. This negligence security case was brought against a commercial property owner and parking garage operator for failure to protect from the reasonably foreseeable criminal acts of third parties. The case resulted in a confidential settlement after significant litigation.

$1.0 million settlement for a truck driver who was putting warning triangles out because he had a mechanical failure to his semi-tractor. A drunk driver with no insurance hit our client causing serious orthopedic injuries. The uninsured motorist carrier for our client’s employer argued that there was no coverage for our client. The case eventually settled out of court for the policy limits of $1 million.

$721,250 wrongful death settlement for the daughter of a 67 year-old female pedestrian who was hit by a vehicle in a shopping center parking lot.  Our client, the adult daughter of the deceased, ran out to the scene shortly after the accident occurred and brought a claim for negligent infliction of emotional distress. The defense claimed that another motorist had “waved through” traffic and that is why he hit the pedestrian.  The case settled two months before the jury trial was set to begin.

$715,000 settlement on behalf of a woman who was injured while she was a back-seat passenger in a vehicle that was t-boned by a speeding police cruiser.  The vehicle in which our client was traveling in stopped and then proceeded through an intersection.  The speeding police cruiser, which was not on an emergency call, was traveling in excess of 30 miles per hour over the posted speed limit without lights or sirens on.  Our client suffered a fractured pelvis and other severe injuries.  An investigation and expert review of the police car’s blackbox data revealed that the police officer was speeding and not wearing his seatbelt.  Our client brought a tort claim against the police agency’s insurance company which resulted in a $715,000 settlement.

$550,000 settlement for injured man in a farming accident. The worker’s compensation carrier paid for all of his medical needs and disability benefits plus the additional lump sum negotiated by Wagner Reese.

$417,500 confidential settlement in motor vehicle accident case. A fatigued truck driver failed to slow down on I-65 and rear-ended our client’s vehicle that was stopped on an exit ramp. Our client had a neck fusion surgery and made a full recovery. Case settled out of court for $417,500.

$300,000 product liability settlement against a manufacturer of a skiving machine which had unsafe design and inadequate guarding. This product liability claim involved a 62 year old woman who seriously injured her hand when it was sliced on a skiving machine. We were able to find a much safer machine that the product manufacturer had developed prior to this incident and the case was settled before trial for $300,000.

$250,000 settlement for a pedestrian client who was hit by a vehicle that was backing-up at a fast speed to get a close spot in the parking lot of a medical facility.  Our client was backed into while walking to her car with her daughter and grandchildren and her ankle was severely fractured.  We recovered the full insurance policy limits available from the at-fault driver and our client’s underinsured motorist coverage.

DISCLAIMER: Past results cannot guarantee future performance. Any result in a single case does not constitute a promise, prediction, or guarantee regarding the outcome of any other case. Each case involves many different factors and thus results will always be different from case-to-case.

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Stephen Wagner and Jason Reese can handle your personal injury or motor vehicle accident case with years of experience and proven results. Call the law firm of Wagner Reese today 888-710-9377 for your FREE consultation!