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The result listed here has been selected by James R. Fox, Attorney and is for informational purposes only. No attempt has been made to make the result shown as complete or representative. The results in a legal case depend on a variety of factors, many of which are unique to each case. Prior results by this firm or any other do not guarantee future results. Case results presented here are illustrations of the type of work done by Fox Law and not a guarantee that any prospective case will yield any particular amount.

$700,000 Verdict - Police Brutality

A young pizza delivery driver suffered facial fractures and injuries to his jaw when beaten by two policemen. The officers also rubbed half-eaten pizza in his face, broke out the headlight and smashed the windshield in his car. The young man was awarded $700,000 in compensatory and punitive damages for his permanent injuries pain and suffering and other damages. 

$657,000 Verdict - Workplace Injuries

A Calhoun County jury awarded a truck driver $657,000 for lost wages, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and other damages caused when a forklift operator dropped a load of roofing trusses on his leg. The trauma caused a severe fracture requiring insertion of a metal rod from the knee to his ankle.

$161,000 Verdict - Car Wreck

This verdict arises out of a minor impact with minimal visible vehicle damage in a rear end collision. The jury rejected the negligent driver’s argument that the impact was not sufficient to cause injuries and awarded compensation for pain and suffering, lost wages, and other damages which the physicians testified were caused by the wreck.

Wrongful Death - Coal Mining Accident

An 18 year old, recent high school graduate had just started his career in the coal mining industry. He followed the route of his father, grandparents and uncles. The young man had been working 20 days when he was ran over and killed by a scoop being operated by the supervisor responsible for his safety. This tragic accident has profoundly changed his parents lives. A confidential settlement was reached with multiple defendants.

Bridge Construction - Equipment Failure

Two iron workers were seriously injured while constructing piers for a bridge. The crane operator was hoisting rebar forms into place and was using faulty equipment to secure the load. The crane operator and his helper used nylon straps or slings which were worn out and visibly defective. Using these slings also violated OSHA and industry standards.

While the rebar was being hoisted or “flown” into place, and directly over the iron workers below, the straps broke. The iron workers were hit multiple times. One employee’s leg was impaled with rebar extending out both sides, and the other employee suffered a severely fractured femur.

The lawsuit was resolved through a confidential settlement with multiple defendants.

Insurance Bad Faith

When people purchase automobile insurance they expect their insurance company to stand by them and provide benefits in their time of need. State law also requires insurance companies to treat their customers fairly. If a policyholder is injured and coverage exists, the insurance company has an obligation to pay.

A young man who was paralyzed while a passenger in a single vehicle wreck had to sue his own insurance company because it refused to pay coverage required under the policy and state law. The driver of the vehicle did not have enough insurance to cover the damages – she was underinsured – and as a result, he was entitled to use the underinsured motorist coverage which his parents had purchased for their protection in the event that a negligent driver’s coverage was insufficient.

Despite indisputable knowledge that this paralyzed young man was living with his parents and clearly entitled to coverage under the policy, the insurance company denied coverage and disputed his residency. It also tried to reduce the amount of insurance coverage that was actually paid for by his parents. Multiple violations of insurance rules and their own procedures were uncovered and the case settled for a confidential sum.

Gas Well Explosion

Too much pressure was being used during the servicing of a gas well. The valve was not capable of withstanding the pressure and it exploded. Applying pressure in excess of the valve’s capacity creates a strong probability of injury to employees and constitutes a safety hazard and unsafe workplace.

Litigation was filed on behalf of the injured gas well worker and resulted in a confidential settlement.

Gas Well Drilling Accident

Drilling had just completed and the derrick was being dismantled when this employee fell from the side of the derrick and was seriously injured. The employer had already removed all fall protection from the job site, but required the employee to climb a substantial height up the derrick, without any type of protection. The actions violated standards and caused the employee to fall from the derrick.

Litigation was filed on the employee’s behalf and the matter was resolved through a confidential settlement.

Bridge Construction - Lack of Fall Protection

Harness, lanyards, nets and other fall protection are absolutely essential in bridge construction. Fall protection is also required by law. Failure to provide this protection creates an unsafe workplace likely to cause serious injury or death.

An iron worker fell off the side of a coffer dam due to an unsafe working platform and lack of fall protection. The employee suffered permanent injuries which ended his career. The case was resolved through a confidential settlement.

Bridge Construction - Broken Back

An iron worker suffered a broken back when he was knocked off the side of a bridge girder. The employer was quickly moving girders and other steel into place to avoid the rising water level. The supervisor used the wrong equipment to secure and move the girders. The safety lines for attaching fall protection were also not attached to the girders.

The hazard – wrong attachments to secure the load – and no fall protection – were brought to the supervisor’s attention. Employees were required to place themselves in the zone of danger with the crane maneuvering the girders in close proximity to them, knowing that the employees lacked fall protection or a safety line, and that the load was not secured and likely to hit employees.

The iron worker suffered a broken back and filed a lawsuit for lost wages, pain and suffering and other damages caused by the unsafe workplace. The matter was concluded with a confidential settlement.

Logging Accident - Brain Damage

This husband and father of two young children needed a job to support his family. He had never worked in the woods and did not have any training. He was new to the area and needed a job. He had always worked and supported his family. It was a responsibility that he took very seriously.

When this gentleman started his new job, he was eager to learn and excited about the new venture. His employer did not place much emphasis on safety or training. Within a few days, the employee’s life was turned upside down. One of his supervisors cut a tree on him. He suffered irreversible brain damage and nearly died.

The lives of this gentleman and his family have been dramatically altered. They will never be the same. Fortunately, the confidential settlement obtained on their behalf will help relieve the financial burden. 

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