Two attorneys from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers secured $6 million for a veteran who became a paraplegic after a fall in Hampton Roads in one of the 10 highest payouts in Virginia last year.
The case of the veteran, who was represented by John Cooper and Bailey Gifford of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, was named the eighth largest settlement in Virginia in 2022 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
This tragic premises liability case involved a 44-year-old veteran who was left paralyzed by a fall from a second-floor structure in Hampton Roads due to the negligence of a property owner.
The attorneys from Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers, as well as Hampton Injury Law PLC lawyer Jan Hoen, had to overcome many complex liability issues and challenges including claims their client contributed to the accident. The case settled for $6 million less than a month before the trial date after several weeks of intensive mediation between the parties. Spinal injuries such as paraplegia and tetraplegia are among the worst disabilities an accident victim can suffer. Paraplegia is a catastrophic injury that strips a sufferer of the use of his or her lower limbs. Tetraplegia (also known as quadriplegia) involves the loss of feeling and control in all four limbs.
The failure of a property owner or a business owner to provide a safe environment can cause serious injuries. In some cases, hotel owners have failed to provide safe balconies resulting in serious and fatal falls. Poorly maintained decks have crashed to the ground, injuring people on them. Property owners have an obligation to ensure stairways, elevators, and escalators are safe for the public to use.
The owners and operators of stores and restaurants must ensure all spills are cleared up in a timely manner or wet surfaces are clearly marked as hazardous.
Victims who suffer paralysis typically face an intensive care regime for the rest of their lives. They lose the quality of life they enjoyed before their accident and may lose a job or earning potential. The personal injury attorneys at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers build all these factors into our calculations of your future needs, as well as the pain and suffering caused by the negligence of a building owner or another driver.
If you or a family member suffered an injury at a store, a hotel, a restaurant, an apartment complex, a venue such as a trampoline park, or another building, you may have grounds to file a premises liability lawsuit. These are typically complicated cases but Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has a dedicated premises liability team and a long track record of getting results in these cases. Please call us as soon as possible after your accident for a free and confidential consultation at (757) 333-3333.
The case was resolved without trial. The claim was settled for $1.5 million which was a compromise agreed to because of the risks to both sides if the case was tried. Our client, the wife of the man who died, was able to pay off the family home and secure the financial future of her sons.