Personal Injury Case Results
Listed below are a few examples of cases in which The Law Offices of John Day's clients received positive results. If you would like further information about the subject matter of any of these cases, please feel free to contact us. In many cases in which a settlement is reached, the plaintiffs and the defendants agree to keep the terms of the settlement confidential. The Law Offices of John Day honors these agreements on behalf of its clients and itself, and so the amounts of these confidential settlements will not be disclosed.
$1,400,000 settlement in product defect case. A young woman was working in a bakery monitoring the product on the line. One machine on the line was a conveyor and sorting system with a large opening on the side of the machine. Inside the machine's opening was a large sprocket and chain used to drive the machine. Some of the raw baking product fell inside the machine and the young woman reached through the opening to retrieve it. Her wrist was caught by the chain, she suffered severe traumatic injuries to her hand and ultimately required amputation of her right hand. The Law Offices of John Day represented the young woman in a suit against the manufacturers of the machine. The case was mediated and settled for one million and four hundred thousand dollars ($1,400,000.00).
$1,000,000 for a freeway accident. Our client was driving on Interstate 40 when it began raining hard. A driver coming from the opposite direction on the interstate lost control of his car, crossed the median, and hit our client head-on. She suffered a number of fractures and required several surgeries and months of treatment. She contacted three law firms, who each recommended she take the $100,000 offered by the other driver’s car insurance. Finally, she contacted the Law Offices of John Day, who earned her $1,000,000 in the case in less than a year.
$1,002,500 settlement in head-on car wreck case. A distracted teenage driver crossed the centerline and crashed nearly head-on into our clients’ vehicle injuring the driver and her two elderly family members who were passengers in the vehicle. One of our clients sustained serious injuries including a crush injury to her eye socket, other facial fractures and lacerations and a broken right ankle. Our other client also sustained facial trauma and leg, hip, and pelvic fractures. Both underwent surgeries for their injuries. Our third client in the car had minor muscular injuries. The Law Offices of John Day represented all three women and obtained a settlement of $1,002,500.
Confidential settlement in gas explosion case. The family of a deceased plant worker sued plant’s gas supplier for negligently piping highly explosive gas to the plant leading to a major gas fire and explosion. The deceased plant worker suffered catastrophic inhalation injuries and burns covering more than 75% of his body as a result of the explosion and died several weeks later. The case was settled for a confidential amount to the satisfaction of the deceased worker’s surviving spouse and children.
Negligent cargo loading. A manufacturer's shipping department loaded cargo into an empty trailer for later pick-up and delivery by a trucking company. The truck driver arrived on a Sunday evening, hooked up the pre-loaded trailer and drove to his first stop. When the truck driver arrived and opened the rear doors on the trailer to unload it, 700 pounds fell on to the back of his head and knocked his face into the trailer's rear bumper. The driver suffered brain damage, his right optic nerve was avulsed, and he sustained significant facial fractures. The Law Offices of John Day helped the driver in his lawsuit against the manufacturing company who loaded the trailer. The case was settled for a confidential amount.
Negligent police pursuit. Police officers engaged in a high-speed pursuit of a woman who was threatening suicide. The police violated their own procedures by chasing the woman through a high traffic area when she had not threatened anyone other than herself. Ultimately, one of the officers rammed the suicidal woman's vehicle. The vehicle crashed into an innocent bystander's car, killing the driver. The Law Offices of John Day filed suit for the innocent bystander's wrongful death on behalf of his widow and children. The case against the police department who struck the woman was settled for the maximum amount allowed by law.
Tractor-trailer collision. A commercial vehicle driver rear-ended an SUV that was stopped in traffic on the Interstate. Inside the Jeep were four- and six-year-old girls and their grandmother. The grandmother was killed in the wreck, while the children suffered brain damage and orthopedic injuries. The case was settled for an undisclosed amount to the satisfaction of our clients.
Unsafe roadway. The driver of a passenger car lost control in rainy weather on the Interstate. The car traveled through the median before stalling in the path of traffic headed in the opposite direction. The driver and his passenger exited the vehicle and ran back to the median for safety. Unfortunately, a truck driver failed to see the stalled vehicle when it came into view requiring him to swerve into the median at the last second. The car's passenger was standing in the median, and the truck ran over and killed him. The Law Offices of John Day later discovered that the Department of Transportation had received several unacceptable results in wet weather testing on the roadway. The victim's wife and two school-aged children filed a wrongful death suit against the driver of the truck, the paver of the roadway for its hazardous condition, and the Department of Transportation for failing to fix or warn of the roadway's condition. The case was settled with all defendants to the satisfaction of our clients.
Tractor-trailer collision. A commercial vehicle driver collided with a compact passenger car on the Interstate forcing the small car off the road. Two of the three people on board the car were ejected. All three of the car's occupants were injured, with one person permanently losing his senses of smell and taste, and another person tearing three ligaments in his right knee. The three injured persons filed suit against the tractor-trailer driver and his employer. All three of their cases were settled for undisclosed amounts.
Motorcycle collision. Two people were riding on a motorcycle following behind a garbage truck. The motorcycle driver attempted to pass the slow-moving garbage truck on a two-lane rural highway when the passing lane was clear of oncoming traffic. While the motorcycle was passing, the garbage truck began a left turn onto a side street. The motorcycle - and its driver and passenger - struck the side of the garbage truck. Both the motorcycle driver and passenger survived, but required substantial orthopedic treatments. The case was settled to the satisfaction of our clients.
Inadequate traffic control in construction zone. The plaintiff was attempting to turn left from a highway onto an Interstate entrance ramp. The plaintiff was somewhat familiar with the intersection, but a contractor had recently changed the intersection due to an ongoing construction project. The contractor did not however, add any new pavement markings or signs to delineate the correct path through the temporary construction zone. The plaintiff, confused by the changed intersection, accidentally drove into the Interstate exit ramp instead of the entrance ramp. Another vehicle collided head-on with the plaintiff. Through an amputation and months of hospitalizations, the plaintiff incurred hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical expenses. The Law Offices of John Day settled the plaintiff's case against the contractor for failing to properly mark the intersection.
The factual and legal circumstances of each client's case will affect the results obtained.