Personal Injury Verdicts
On May 5, 2015, Drew Brown obtained a 1.5 Million arbitration award against State Farm on behalf of a client who sustained a brain injury in a Greensboro, North Carolina motorcycle wreck. State Farm’s highest offer in the case was $350,000.
Jeff Peraldo represented a middle aged man whose vehicle was struck at highway speed on Interstate 40 in Greensboro, N.C. The impact caused his vehicle to burst into flames and the client sustained serious burns over a large portion of his body. Pre-suit negotiations resulted in a settlement in the amount of 1,250,000.00.
James Faucher obtained a $1,087,500.00 settlement for a South Carolina man who was injured in a car wreck in 2010 in Alamance County. The injured client had approximately $350,000 in medical bills arising out of a rear end collision which including a back surgery. The defendants agreed to the settlement on the eve of trial at a second mediation.
Drew Brown represented a Wake Forest student who was injured by the negligence of a drunk driver following an off-campus party. In 2012, the firm successfully obtained the policy limits for the injured victim totaling $330,000 from the liability carrier (Nationwide) and the Underinsured Motorist Carrier (Geico).
Jeff Peraldo represented a Greensboro fire fighter who sustained a severe ankle injury when a vehicle struck him while he was operating his motorcycle. The insurance company for the at fault driver low balled the case for months by claiming the injuries were not as severe as they actually were. On the eve of filing suit, the case settled for the sum of $135,000.00.
James Faucher represented a gentleman who was rear-ended by an inattentive truck driver. This gentlemen was previously healthy, with no complaints of neck pain. The impact from the tractor-trailer disabled Mr. Faucher’s client from work for more than a year, and ultimately required surgery to the gentleman’s neck. By proving his client’s inability to work, and that the neck injury was caused by the wreck, Mr. Faucher recovered more than $550,000 for his client.
Drew Brown represented an immigrant from the African country of Niger who was injured in a truck accident in Montgomery County in April 2007. The driver suffered a bulging disk at L4-5 causing an L5 radiculopathy. He eventually was forced to have back surgery in March 2008. He had medical bills of just under $40,000 and was out of work for two years. Brown negotiated a $310,000 settlement in the case with Scottsdale Insurance Company, the liability carrier for the at fault truck driver.
The firm represented an injured motorist who was hit from behind on a busy highway by another vehicle. The defense made no signficant offers to settle the case because the client had been injured before in a prior accident. The case went to arbitration in 2013 and the firm received an award that exceeded four times the last offer from the defense.
Jeff Peraldo represented an airline pilot who laid over in Greensboro hotel as part of his regular route. He took a hotel shuttle back to the airport and while en route the driver lost control of the vehicle and slammed into a guard rail. The impact caused the pilot to strike his head into the window of the vehicle which caused him to sustain internal ear injuries and vertigo. Vertigo is considered to be a disabling event for commercial airline pilots and the client became permanently disabled from his job as a pilot. The insurance company for the hotel denied the claim and litigation was necessary. After extensive discovery and medical proof of the vertigo being a real disabling event the case settled for $1,250,000.00.
The Greensboro Law Center took a case to trial the week of January 13, 2014 on behalf of an injured motorist who was involved in a T-bone collision caused by an Allstate insured driver. Prior to trial, the highest offer made by the insurance company to settle the case was $4,250.00. The jury returned a verdict of $54,777.00. Allstate was forced to pay the full amount plus interest & costs.
James Faucher represented the family of an 18 year old college freshman who was killed, along with 5 other people, when he was struck by a drunk driver while rendering aid at the scene of a motor vehicle collision. Mr. Faucher filed suit against the drunk driver, as well as two bars that had previously served the drunk driver to and past the point of intoxication. The suit settled confidentially prior to trial.James Faucher represented the family of a Guilford County man who was killed while a passenger in a single vehicle wreck in New York City. Mr. Faucher located three policies of insurance providing coverage for the wreck, and obtained the full coverage limits of all three policies for the family, totaling more than $150,000.
Drew Brown took a case to trial the week of August 4, 2008 in Guilford County Superior Court on behalf of a woman injured in an accident while she rode on a Greensboro City bus. The case was against Allstate Insurance Company, who intervened on behalf of the driver of the vehicle that had hit the bus and caused the accident. At trial, Allstate maintained that Brown’s client was not even on the bus. Following Brown’s closing argument; the jury rejected Allstate’s position and awarded damages to Brown’s client for her injuries on the bus. The trial judge subsequently awarded $10,000 in attorneys’ fees to Brown which was paid by Allstate.
Drew Brown took a case to trial the week of April 26, 2009 in Guilford County Superior Court on behalf of a young man who was rear ended in a collision in August 2006. Even on the eve of trial, Allstate refused to raise their offer above $5,400. Most of the plaintiff’s bills were from a chiropractor. A jury returned a verdict of $32,722. Following verdict, Allstate threatened to appeal unless the plaintiff would settle for $30,000. Brown turned down the offer. Allstate then decided not to appeal and paid the full amount owed with costs and interest totaling $37,076.89 which amounted to almost seven times Allstate’s take it or leave it offer.
Jeff Peraldo represented a young man and father who was involved in a T-bone collision on NC 68 when a young lady pulled out in front of him. He sustained an ACL tear and hip injuries. The firm worked the case up with his doctors and the case eventually settled for the available policy limits of $100,000.00.
Jeff Peraldo represented a Guilford County social worker/youth therapist who was sustained knee injuries when a vehicle turned in front of her and caused a T-bone collision. The insurance company for the at fault driver initially denied liability and alleged contributory negligence on the part of our client. The case eventually settled pre-suit for policy limits of $100,000.00.
The firm represented an injured motorist who was hit from behind on a busy highway by another vehicle. The defense made no signficant offers to settle the case because the client had been injured before in a prior accident. The case went to arbitration in 2013 and we received an award that exceeded four times the last offer from the defense.
In September, 2014, Drew Brown, along with Mt. Airy attorney John Gardner took a case to trial for three days against an Allstate insured in conservative Surry County. The client had sustained a frozen shoulder in the wreck. The jury awarded $18,000 and Allstate eventually had to pay almost $24,000 twice its final pretrial offer.
Ben E. Klein and Drew Brown represented a young man who was seriously injured in a motorcycle accident and incurred substantial medical treatment and medical bills as a result. The defense made only insignificant offers prior to and at mediation. Brown and Klein continued to fight and after taking depositions, the case settled shortly prior to trial.
Jeff Peraldo represented a body builder/fitness enthusiast whose vehicle was rear ended at high speed on Interstate 85 in Rowan County, North Carolina. The client sustained a torn rotator cuff which required surgical repair. The insurance company for the at fault driver claimed the injuries was caused by weight lifting and not the collision caused by their insured driver. After appropriate medical opinions were obtained, the case settled pre-suit for an amount in excess of $100.000.00.
James Faucher represented a gentleman who was struck by a tow truck while riding his bicycle in Greensboro, suffering a serious injuries to his neck and arm, both of which required surgery. The case was settled with the tow truck driver’s insurance company for $525,000 prior to suit being filed.
Jeff Peraldo represented a middle aged woman and mother who was killed when her vehicle was struck by a tractor trailer as she pulled into the roadway. Suit was brought against a third party who had parked his vehicle in such as manner as to block the sightlines of both the woman and the driver of the truck. The case settled before trial for a confidential amount.
James Faucher represented a husband and wife who were seriously injured when a vehicle they were riding in was sideswiped by a vehicle that was traveling nearly 100 miles per hour on the interstate. The collision caused the vehicle to roll, and Faucher’s clients suffered serious injuries. Faucher obtained a settlement totaling $345,000 from the wrongdoers’ insurance carrier and the clients’ underinsured motorist carrier.
Jeff Peraldo represented a college student who was severely injured in a collision caused by an impaired driver in whose vehicle the client was riding as a passenger. The insurance company for the drunk driver claimed the client was equally at fault for getting in the car with a drink driver. The firm worked the case up and proved our client had no reasonable reason to know the driver was in fact drink when he accepted a ride. The case settled pre-suit for policy limits of $100,000.00.
Drew Brown represented the family of a young girl who was struck by a car while riding on the back of a scooter. In addition to a broken leg which required surgery, she also sustained a broken collar-bone and a closed-head injury. The insurance company’s pre-suit offer was $0. Brown filed the case, which settled at mediation for $55,000.00.
Jeff Peraldo represented an elderly gentleman who was injured in an intersection collision on Cone Boulevard in Greensboro, N.C. The insurance company initially disputed the severity of the client’s injuries or whether those injuries were caused by the wreck. After the case was worked up medically, the case settled for policy limits of $100,000.00.
Drew Brown represented an elderly gentleman who was nearly killed in a truck wreck on July 4, 2010. With medical bills well in excess of $300K and only a minimal amount of insurance coverage in play, this gentleman’s former counsel informed him that he would recover nothing. Brown took the case which settled nearly a year later with the client receiving more than $16,000.00.
Jeff Peraldo represented a mother, her two daughters and her grandchild for the severe injuries they sustained in an intersection collision. The driver of the at fault car claimed he had a green light and had one witness back him up. The clients claimed they had a green light and had their own witness. The jury eventually agreed the clients had a green light and the clients recovered funds.
Jeff Peraldo represented a motorcyclist who was “clotheslined” by a low hanging utility cable and sustained severe neck and head injuries. The owner of the line denied any prior knowledge that its line was down and denied liability and suit was necessary. Discovery and independent investigation showed the utility company did in fact have prior constructive knowledge and the case settled at mediation for a confidential amount.
James Faucher represented the family of a 22-year old man who was killed by a drunk-driver. The drunk driver had driven the wrong way on a divided highway and struck the client’s vehicle head-on. The drunk driver, whose blood alcohol level was several times the legal limit, survived the collision. The drunk driver had a previous DUI charge that had been dismissed with the assistance of his parents. Mr. Faucher sued the drunk driver and his parents, alleging negligent entrustment. The case settled confidentially prior to trial.
Jeff Peraldo represented a female jogger who was struck by a side mirror on a car being operated by a young driver. Liability was denied and the jogger was accused of being too far into the roadway. The case settled presuit for $30,000.00.
Assault & Battery Injury Trials
Drew Brown and Bob Benson represented Charles McKinnon, a homeless Greensboro man who had been injured by his employer in a fight. The defendant’s attorney claimed that the plaintiff had started the fight and that he was acting in self-defense. The case came on for trial the week of August 23, 2010 in Guilford County Superior Court. The plaintiff required emergency surgery on his neck following the incident. Following Brown’s closing argument, the jury awarded $300,000. The firm’s subsequent collection efforts nabbed a seven unit apartment complex. The case made headlines in papers around the United States. Further collection efforts are ongoing.
The Greensboro Law Center represented a gentleman who was the victim of an assault which required extensive investigative and corrective medical surgeries, one of which being a stomach laparotomy necessitating over 70 surgical staples. The firm secured a jury verdict in the amount of $35,000.00 for his client.
Drew Brown & Bob Benson were retained by two women to bring claims against a massage company arising out of sexual misconduct by massage therapists. The women had separately paid for and believed they were going to get normal massages and did not anticipate the sexual misconduct until it occurred. The case settled confidentially quickly after Brown filed the lawsuit.
Dog & Animal Attack Trials
In June 2012, James Faucher tried a Federal Tort Claims Act wrongful death case in the Western District of Virginia. Faucher represented the family of a man who died as the result of a head injury he sustained while riding equestrian trails at the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area when his animal was spooked by dogs that belonged to Forest Service Employees. The case was settled by the parties during trial.
Injuries To Children Trials
Jeff Peraldo represented a young child who was sexually assaulted on her school bus by a fellow student. Despite the supervisory duties imposed upon drivers, the driver left his bus to socialize with other drivers and left the children unattended. Litigation was necessary and the case eventually settled for a fair sum.
Jeff Peraldo represented a high school girl who was raped in a classroom by a fellow student. A teacher had let her use her keys to access the class room during a break and the rapist followed the client to the class room where the assault took place. The rapist, a then known troublemaker, had been standing behind the victim when the teacher gave her the keys. The case settled privately after suit was filed.
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