Our Verdicts & Settlements
Personal disclaimer: Not all cases are the same, and I didn't put all
of my cases below. I have settled and tried hundreds and maybe even close
to a thousand cases over my career. I have won the vast majority of cases
that I have tried. A "loss" means recovering less than an insurance
company offered. Having said this, I am sure that my day is coming. If
you try enough cases, you will simply lose some of them. The cases that
I listed below were some of the most exciting, but all cases are different.
Your case will depend on a tremendous amount of variables including liability
weaknesses, prior medical conditions, past claims or criminal history,
etc. So, I can never guarantee a particular result. However, I can guarantee
that at Roane Law, we are all "true believers" and that we fight
hard. This means that we love what we do. We handle far fewer cases than
most firms, but our cases are far larger on average. This is the way we
want it. We will leave the fender bender whiplash only cases to the large
high volume law firms. We will only take cases we feel good about and
help people that really need true hard fighting lawyers.
Hurt in Business ($579,000 verdict in Burlington)
A lady went to the Carpet Mart in Burlington to look at some rugs and the
entire rack came off the wall and fell on top of her. She had almost $80,000
in medical bills and multiple surgeries including back fusion. Of course,
the insurance company refused to pay the claim. We tried the case in Burlington,
and the jury rendered a verdict of $579,000. The insurance policy was
only $500,000. So, the Carpet Mart then had a $79,000 excess verdict against
them. We decided to drop that part and limit recovery to the insurance.
We didn't want to bankrupt the business, and the insurance company
was the one who refused to pay a dime and force the case to trial.
Catastrophic Car Wreck ($3,800,000 settlement)
A young lady and her fiance were coming back from the beach when a drunk
driver crossed the center line and hit them head on. Her fiance was killed
instantly as well as the drunk driver. Both cars caught on fire, and she
was trapped inside. By the time EMS arrived to cut her out of her car,
the toes on her foot had burned off. She had multiple surgeries and had
hundreds of thousands in medical bills. We fought the case very hard.
We found out that the defendant had a prior drinking problem, even though
this was initially denied by the defense. We even found out where he had
been receiving such treatment. While we wished no ill will against the
deceased defendant, the young girl who was injured was going to need a
lot of help. After a year of litigation, we settled the case for $3.8
million and we collected every dime for this young lady. You can read
the entire article here:
Car Wreck ($300,000 verdict)
A truck driver was involved in a collision with a motorcycle, in which
the truck driver was injured. The truck ran over the motorcycle at 40
mph, and this caused the back of the truck to bounce down the roadway
causing a neck injury. The truck driver had fusion on his neck and had
over $100,000 in medical bills. The defendant's insurance company
offered $1,500 and flatly refused any further negotiations. The truck
driver's UIM would not offer anything. Three physicians testified
by video deposition, and the jury returned a $300,000 verdict.
Nursing Home Neglect ($675,000 settlement)
I can't talk too much about this case as the facts are protected by
a confidential settlement. In fact, most nursing home settlements are
covered by such confidentiality. I will say that the nursing home was
a decent nursing home that made a very, very bad mistake. Having said
this, we still had to file suit as the nursing home wouldn't make
an offer presuit. The nursing home tried to bind us using an arbitration
agreement. We won and beat the arbitration agreement in court, but they
appealed it to the court of appeals. Ultimately, we settled the case while
the appeal was pending.
Construction Injury ($950,000 settlement)
A steel worker was injured when a bucket of cement was dropped on top of
him. He suffered multiple orthopedic injuries as well as a moderate brain
injury. This case was fought through litigation in Davie County for years,
and the construction company paid just a few weeks before trial.
Pressure Sores ($480,000 verdict)
A elderly woman went into the Brian Center of
Lexington nursing home for rehab after knee surgery. The nursing home would drop
off the food tray without taking the time to feed her. She lost a lot
of weight, more than ten-percent of her body weight and yet staff did
nothing and did not notify family or the doctor. The resident developed
a stage IV pressure sore that required repeated surgeries over one year.
The nursing home offered $38,000 to settle, which was less than the medical
bills for the surgery. The jury in Davidson County was only out for a
few hours before coming back with one of the largest verdicts in Davidson
Ankle Injury ($230,000 settlement)
A young lady was injured in a serious car accident. She broke her ankle
in the wreck, which required multiple surgeries and physical therapy.
The insurance company tried to deny coverage on the vehicle and the case
was litigated in Guilford County for more than a year before they finally settled.
Scalding ($4,000,000 judgment)
An elderly woman with Alzheimer's was going to take a bath, but the
hot water heater was broken in the nursing home causing the water to be
far too hot. The nursing home literally knew the heater was broken. The
management ordered that the gas company "tag out" be taken off
and the water heater cut back on. When she got into the tub, she received
severe scald burns over the bottom half of her body that lead to her death.
Car Wreck Death (Confidential settlement)
In Randolph County, a lady was being transported to a local hospital. However,
the van driver did not secure her properly and she slammed to the floor.
The lady broke her hip and died from these complications in the hospital.
This case was tried for three days until the insurance company finally
admitted fault and settled.
Car Accident Severe Injury ($279,000 settlement)
We took a case in just before the statute of limitations. We felt bad because
the lady had just been dumped by her prior law firm that had represented
her for almost three years. The other firm refused to file a lawsuit for
her, and apparently had just intended to settle. Many law firms are like
that, and this affects their ability to settle at all as insurance companies
aren't stupid. The case wasn't easy as there was literally no
property damage. In such cases, the insurance companies often offer very
little. In this case, they offered nothing presuit even though her medical
bills were high from a fusion surgery. I met with the lady and took it
because she was very nice, and had no prior medical treatment at all.
After we filed suit, we deposed her doctor. This was a critical deposition,
and it was hard fought by a talented defense attorney. I prepared very
hard for the deposition, and it went great. We established causation,
and as a result we settled the case at mediation.