Case Outcomes: Texas

Many attorneys have trusted MediVisuals to help them obtain notable settlements and verdicts. Some of the most notable are reported here. If you would like to share a recent case outcome, please contact MediVisuals.

$8.7 Million Settlement – Man Partially Paralyzed After Collision with Tractor-Trailer

Congratulations to Steve Laird and Wade Barrow of the Law Offices of Steven C. Laird, P.C. in Fort Worth, Robert and Collin Underwood of The Underwood Law Office in Carthage, and Joey Messina of The Messina Law Firm, P.C. in Dallas, TX for the $8.7 million settlement they obtained on behalf of their client.  The plaintiff, a 39 year-old man, suffered multiple traumatic injuries from a motor vehicle collision with a tractor-trailer.

The plaintiff was driving alone one afternoon when he rear-ended the tractor-trailer that was completely stopped in the travel lane on a highway; the driver was waiting to make a right turn into his company’s yard.  The driver hadn’t used any light signals to indicate a stop or turn.  Among the plaintiff’s injuries were traumatic cervical spine fractures to C5, C6, and C7 vertebrae that required a multilevel fusion procedure.  As a result of the collision, the plaintiff was rendered an incomplete quadriplegic, still able to walk without assistance but remaining paralyzed on one side of his body.  He also continues to have gastrointestinal problems.

The plaintiffs argued multiple violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations by the driver of the tractor-trailer such as not having blinkers and/or flashers on.  They also argued violations by the company for not running an adequate background investigation on the driver before hiring him.  The plaintiffs additionally pointed out that other collisions had previously occurred at the same location.

The defendants argued sole cause by plaintiff for not keeping a proper lookout, improper evasive action, failure to timely brake, etc.  The initial offer from the defense was $120,000.  However, just before trial, the case settled for $8.7 million.

Mr. Laird partnered with MediVisuals to develop exhibits to demonstrate the extent of the plaintiff’s cervical spine injuries as well as the resulting fusion surgery.

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$2,298,680 Settlement – Severe Leg Injury from Motor Vehicle Collision

Congratulations to Todd Clement, Esq. of The Clement Firm in Dallas for the $2,298,680 settlement he obtained on behalf of his client.  The plaintiff was walking his dog and began crossing at a crosswalk when a drunk driver impatiently changed lanes as the vehicle in front of him slowed down to allow the plaintiff to cross the street.  The defendant barreled through the intersection striking the plaintiff at 40-45 mph and killing his beloved dog. The drunk driver, who was operating his even more inebriated girlfriend’s car, also later admitted to taking Ectasy just prior to the collision. Extensive discovery showed the defendants continued to drink alcohol even after this tragic collision.  

The plaintiff was thrown a great distance by the impact and was unconscious at the scene.  He was taken by ambulance to the hospital where he was diagnosed with a severe complex fracture of the right tibia and fibula, along with a concussion, pneumothorax, and severe road rash -- all of which required significant medical attention.  The plaintiff had medical insurance, so medical expenses were substantially reduced to approximately $130,000.

Unfortunately for the plaintiff, the major leg surgery that was performed in the days after the crash was not successful.  Due to the extent of the trauma, the bones failed to mend which resulted in excruciating pain, mental anguish, and disability.  Another surgery three months later was likewise unsuccessful.  Today, more than 1½ years after the original injury, the plaintiff cannot walk without crutches and remains in severe pain.

Mr. Clement partnered with MediVisuals to develop exhibits to help demonstrate the extent of the plaintiff’s leg injuries and treatment.  He utilized these exhibits to explain the original leg injury and surgery, the subsequent failure to heal, the second surgery, and the physiological basis for the plaintiff’s current pain and disability in connection with an extensive policy limits demand letter.  The case settled for policy limits the day before the demand deadline.

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