verdict and settlement details 

 

$6 Million Settlement – Motor Vehicle Crash or 18 Wheeler Crash or Big Truck Crash

Our client’s son was killed when his car was hit by a tractor trailer in Missouri.  We filed suit against the trucking company for the negligent actions of its truck driver.  Under the safety rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to drug and alcohol test truck drivers that are involved in Tractor Trailer crashes within 8 hours after the crash.  In this case, the truck driver never received a post-crash drug test.  Additionally, the truck driver was not qualified to drive 18 wheelers.  As personal injury lawyers, we fight for our clients and want to take cases to trial.  Brent Sumner has experience trying 18 wheeler crash cases and can maximize the money paid by trucking companies in a settlement.  

 

$2 Million Settlement  – Motor Vehicle Crash with Big Truck

An employee of a construction company negligently parked a company truck and trailer unattended in the road which caused a motor vehicle crash that killed our client’s 7 year old son. The driver failed to place any warning signs, cones, or flashers around the truck to warn drivers of the unsafe condition. Under the safety rules of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers and trucking companies are required to place warning signs or cones behind a parked truck.  Additionally, companies are required to train its employees on safety.  We discovered that the construction company never trained the employee on parking trucks and trailers safely in residential neighborhoods.  The truck driver never placed any warning devices behind his truck to warn other drivers.  We filed suit against the construction company and took depositions of the people involved in the crash.  On behalf of the family we hired truck safety experts to testify regarding the actions of the truck driver.  This case was extremely difficult because our client ran into the back of the parked trailer.  We were able to change the focus from our client to the actions of the trucking company and employee which ultimately settled the case for $2 Million.

 

$2,050,000 Settlement– Drunk Driver Hits and Kills 2 Men.  Wrongful Death, Dram Shop Liability from a drunk driving car crash

We filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the families of two men who were hit head on and killed by a drunk driver. In addition to suing the driver, we also sued the two bars where the drunk driver spent the night drinking.  Under Missouri Dram Shop law, a third party can sue the bars that over-serve the drunk driver if you can prove that the bars knowingly served an intoxicated person.  Brent Sumner is an experienced personal injury lawyer in Missouri.  Brent Sumner handles drunk driving cases and dram shop cases throughout the state of Missouri.  In this case, the drunk driver had a blood alcohol content of .247 a hour after the crash.  The drunk driver crossed the grass median on a highway and hit our clients head on at 96MPH.  Our firm brought claims against both the driver for his negligence and the two bars that served an intoxicated person in Cape Girardeau County, State of Missouri. We fought for our clients and were able  to settle the case before trial and hold all the defendants responsible for their careless actions.

 

$1,475,000 Settlement – Motor Vehicle Crash with a company truck

Our client was injured in a motor vehicle crash in Cape Girardeau, Missouri on Kingshighway that involved an O’Reilly Auto Parts truck.  Our client suffered a back injury in the crash and ended up having a lumbar fusion because of her injuries.  We filed a personal injury lawsuit in Cape Girardeau against O’Reilly Auto Parts and its employee for negligence.  The O’Reilly employee was driving too fast for conditions, lost control over the truck, swerved into oncoming traffic and T-boned the driver’s side of our client’s car.  In discovery, we learned that the O’Reilly employee had a bad driving history of speeding and her license was suspended prior to being hired by O’Reilly.  We filed for punitive damages after we learned these facts.  We hired truck safety fleet driving experts to review the hiring process of O’Reilly and testify against them.  Plaintiff’s treating doctor testified to her injuries and the future care needed.  We mediated the case against the defendants and they agreed to pay $1,475,000 to settle the case.   

 

 

$300,000.00 Motor Vehicle Crash Settlement. 

Our client was rear-ended in a motor vehicle crash by a negligent driver who was not paying attention.  Our client received medical treatment for injuries to her back.  After extensive physical therapy, the client was not any better and still complaining of pain in her back.  The client went to see an orthopedic surgeon who performed surgery on her spine in order to relieve pressure on her nerve.  We filed suit against the insurance company demanding the $300,000 policy of the negligent driver.  After years of litigation the insurance company settled with us for the $300,000 we demanded. 

 

$100,000 Motor Vehicle Crash Settlement. 

Our client was involved in a motor vehicle crash with a negligent driver that pulled out in front of her.  Our client was injured in the crash.  Our client was recovering from neck surgery at the time of the crash and was forced to undergo another surgery on her neck after the crash.  We demanded the insurance policy of $100,000 for the negligent driver.  We fought with the insurance company regarding our client’s pre-existing neck injury.  The insurance company eventually settled with us and paid the full amount we demanded.

 

$715,000 Premises Liability Settlement. 

We filed suit against a corporation for negligent training of its employees.  One of the corporation’s employees assaulted our client which resulted in significant injuries to the client.  We hired a security expert to discuss the negligence of the employee and testify against the corporation.  We set the case for trial in front of a jury and gave the insurance company a final demand.  The insurance company for the corporation paid our demand a few weeks before trial was set to begin.  We stayed aggressive in the case and pushed for trial.  We showed the insurance company that we were prepared to take the case all of the way.

 

 

$475,000 medical malpractice Settlement.  

We sued a local hospital and Emergency department doctor for negligence and deviation from the standard of care when the facility and doctor failed to treat a cyst on our client’s foot that ultimately led to her foot being amputated as a result of them not treating her cyst.  The client reported her symptoms to the hospital and doctor and they were ignored.  We sued the hospital and doctor for negligence because they failed to care and take the time with the patient necessary to get the treatment right.  If that would have been done, the infection could have been treated and our client would have kept her foot.

 

$506,000 Jury verdict on a medical malpractice case.

 We represented the family of a man that died when his treating doctor failed to diagnose lung cancer.  We alleged that if the doctor would have spent the time with the patient and done the necessary x-rays to rule out cancer perhaps treatment could have saved his life.  A jury agreed that erring on the side of caution was always the best course of action.  The family of the deceased was awarded $506,000 for the wrongful death.

 

$175,000 slip and fall Settlement.  

We represented a woman that slipped and fell at a grocery store.  We sued the grocery store for negligent training of its employees and failing to train them on proper procedures when it comes to cleaning the floors.  Our client came to the store and did not have any notice that the floors were wet.  There were no signs up and no employee told her that the floors were just mopped.  Our client slipped and fell and hurt her knees as a result of the fall.  We filed suit and the insurance company for the grocery store settled with us for full and fair compensation.  We also requested that the policies change so this never happens again.

 

$1.5M settlement for a product liability case.  

We sued an American car manufacturer for negligent design and safety in a rollover vehicle crash.  We also sued the tire manufacturer because the tire blew out and caused the crash.  The tire manufacturer had knowledge that the tire would separate at high rates of speed.  We alleged that the tire blow out caused the vehicle to roll.  Our theory against the car manufacturer was that the car should be able to withstand a rollover without the roof crushing the passengers inside.  We fought the attorneys for the car company and tire company for years before they settled with us.  The tires were recalled as a result of our fight.

 

 

$25,000,000.00 Verdict.

Nine day trial on behalf of a man who was beaten nearly to death at a fast food restaurant. The man was beaten by eight customers of the restaurant shortly after he pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant. Theory of liability: negligent security & general negligence. 4thLargest Verdict in Missouri (Missouri Lawyers Weekly) and 82nd Nationally for 2013 (National Law Journal).

 

CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT.  

We represented the family of a man that was hit and killed by a commercial driver.  We filed a lawsuit on behalf of the deceased’s wife and three kids agains the company.  The case settled for a confidential amount before trial.  We were able to set up annuities for the wife and children to provide financial support for the rest of their lives.

 

$4,877,800.00 Verdict.

Eight day trial on behalf of a truck driver who was injured while attempting to unload cargo from his trailer. The cargo was loaded improperly within the trailer and it tumbled down onto his head causing a brain injury and orthopedic injuries. 

 

$2,200,000.00 Verdict.  

Three day jury trial on behalf of a man that was badly injured when the tractor trailer in front of him stopped suddenly.  Our client suffered significant bodily injuries in the crash.  We helped change how this trucking company inspects 18 wheelers for safety.

 

$1,750,000.00 Verdict.  

Three day jury trial on behalf of a motorcycle rider that was hit by a car that failed to yield and turned in front of him.  The client broke several bones in his body and will not work again in his field.

 

$1,750,000.00 Settlement.

Settled at mediation on behalf of leather press worker who was injured while feeding leather through a defectively modified leather press. 

 

$700,000.00 Settlement.  

We represented a 79 year old man that was hit and killed in a motor vehicle crash in the City of St. Louis.  We filed suit on behalf of the family against the person that hit him and settled the case right before trial.

 

$500,000.00 Settlement.

Settled at mediation on behalf of young boy poisoned by lead-based paint while living in a rented house with his mother. 

 

 

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