Richie was an 18 year old high school student from Tennessee who was visiting his family in nearby Pt. Marion, Pennsylvania. On the way home from a family outing another vehicle lost control on the rain slicked highway, crossed the center line and collided with the van carrying Richie and his family. Most of the family escaped serious injury, however Richie was left paralyzed from the waist down. After a week long trial a Monongalia County jury awarded Richie a verdict and he eventually recovered nearly 1.5 million dollars.
John was a coal miner who lived in West Virginia, but worked in Pennsylvania. Returning home from work one day he was in a car wreck in Mount Morris, Pa. when another car ran a red light. He suffered debilitating injury to his neck and shoulders which affected him on a day to day basis because of the heavy requirements of his work. Allstate Insurance Company insured the other driver. It refused to enter into meaningful negotiations and offered John a “take it or leave it” $20,000. Forced to go to trial, John received a judgment from a Greene County, Pa. jury in the amount of $162, 500.
Maki was a WVU student traveling with her father in Platte County, Wyoming on I-25. Maki was a passenger in a rental vehicle driven by her father when her father fell asleep at the wheel. The car crashed into the median, striking an upgrade, and overturning the vehicle at least twice. Maki incurred permanent injuries, scarring, and impairment. She filed suit in this matter due to her insurer’s frivolous position on coverage, which it acknowledged as being wrong shortly after suit was filed. The insurer’s conduct toward its own insured was in bad faith and in violation of statutory and common law. Our attorneys negotiated a settlement of $450,000.