Below is a list of representative verdicts and settlements from recent years:
- Automobile Collisions/Wrecks
- Truck Wreckcs
- Premise Liability
- Property Damage Claim
- Wrongful Death
- 1. J.A. v. C.H. and Underinsured motorist carrier (2014) - $222,000
Plaintiff, an active duty soldier, suffered severe injuries in motorcycle crash in Fort Benning, Georgia. Client initially engaged out-of-town counsel who did not properly handle Tricare liens. Proposal for resolution by out of town firm failed to recognize credits for Army lien and other coverage. Client was pressured to settle without ever meeting a lawyer. Fired out of town lawyers and hired this firm. After investigation, we discovered additional coverage because the underinsured motorist carrier did not follow Georgia law in obtaining written rejection from client of insurance coverage. As a result, the firm discovered additional insurance coverage from that carrier, which was paid after the filing of a lawsuit. Firm further discovered applicable $100,000 "offset" underinsured motorist policy which initial lawyer had ignored. Upon demand, the offset carrier paid substantial Tricare lien, resulting in significantly increased recovery for client. Client more than doubled his recovery over proposal by the other lawyers and lawyer fees were reduced.
- 2. J.S. v. Individual (2014) - $425,000
Harris County, Georgia head-on collision. Plaintiff sustained severe "crush" injury to foot. Lawsuit filed and Defendant denied liability. Resolved before trial.
- 3. J.E. v. W.H. and Undersinsured motorist carrier (2014) - $275,000
Rear-end collision in Harris County, Georgia. Client developed arteriovenous fistula after wreck and required back surgery. Recovery of all available insurance coverage was made.
- 4. W.G. v. LJ and Corporate Employer - $425,000
Plaintiff injured by on-the-job driver, resulting in neck surgery. recovered $425,000 from corporation employing driver.
- 5. T.H v. T.W. and Underinsured motorist carrier. (2013) - $500,000
Head-on collision in Muscogee County, Georgia. Plaintiff sustained severe injuries in head-on collision when an underinsured driver fell asleep at the wheel. Plaintiff's underinsured motorist carrier only disclosed $50,000 insurance policy to client. Investigation revealed additional UM insurance policy not initially disclosed. After a lawsuit and mediation, case resolved for $500,000
- 6. T.M. v. B.S. and Underinsured motorist carrier (2013) - $250,000
Client was a passenger in vehicle struck by drunk driver at high speed in Muscogee County. Client sustained life-altering injuries including emergency surgery. All available insurance coverage ($250,000) recovered after demand and without the need for lawsuit. also represented driver injured in collision. After an offer of less than $10,000 was made pre-suit, we filed suit and served defendant who had left Georgia and to live on a boat out of state. The carrier paid $47,500 to resolve that case -more than 18 times the driver's medical bills.
- 7. B.S. v. Individual and Underinsured motorist carrier (2013) - $150,000
Client injured due to negligence of individual driver in Muscogee County, Georgia. Insurance company initially only disclosed one liability policy for the defendant driver. After demand requiring disclosure of all applicable insurance policies as a condition of settlement, insurer disclosed additional liability policy. Insurer then tendered policy limits for both policies.
- 8. M.J. v. Individual and Underinsured motorist carrier (2013) - $80,000
Client initially hired out-of-town counsel but never met the lawyers. Out-of-town counsel terminated client, stating that it had "exhausted all resources" after receiving a $620 offer from insurance company. Demand was made by this firm and recovery of $80,000 was made.
- 9. M.C. v. F.C. and Underinsured motorist carrier wreck in Phenix City, Alabama
Client was a passenger in vehicle where driver was killed. Client was hospitalized for more than one month after the wreck. Liability carrier for negligent driver denied claim outright. The denial was based on Alabama's Guest Passenger Statute that forbids most claims by a passenger against a driver in Alabama. Client's own uninsured motorist carrier also denied the claim in full, citing the guest passenger statute. The firm performed extensive legal research on the guest statute, and obtained affidavits from witnesses supportive of client. Upon demand, liability insurance carrier dropped its defense and tendered the policy limits of $25,000. The undersinsured motorist carrier also reversed its denial Client's health insurer asserted a $66,000 lien upon any recovery for the client. Gary O. Bruce, P.C. communicated with the health insurer, and had the lien reduced by almost $50,000, increasing the ultimate recovery for the client.
- 10. R.R. v. Pizza Delivery Company - $950,000.00
Plaintiff, a soldier, was struck by a pizza delivery truck while walking across the street. The defendant denied liability prior to trial. Plaintiff suffered head injuries. Out of town firm declined the case and fired the client shortly before the statute of limitations ran. Suit was filed and facts discovered which supported the plaintiff's contentions that he suffered from severe head injuries as the result of a pizza delivery man being in a hurry to get back to the store.
- 11. M.S. v. Log Truck Company - $767,500.00
Plaintiff suffered from broken leg requiring surgical repair after defendant denied liability for wreck. Other lawyers contacted by the client blamed her for causing the wreck when she spun out of control before impact with the log truck.
- 12. Parents of minor child v. babysitter/Liability Insurance company - (6 figure confidential settlement against insurance carrier)
Insurance company failed to pay demand for policy limits of $25,000.00 in a timely manner and suit was filed. Prior to trial the insurance company settled the case with the parents of the minor child for an amount greatly in excess of the policy limits.
- 13. S.B. v. Individual - $300,000.00
After back surgery the insurance company was given the chance to settle but refused to pay $25,000.00. The carrier ultimately paid $300,000.00 for resolution of the case after exposing itself to bad faith claims from it's own insured.
- 14. J.D. v. Log Truck Company - $300,000.00
Law suit filed by Gary Bruce after client fired out of town lawyer who wanted to force a settlement for minimal amount. After suit filed and experts hired, the case settled at mediation.
- 15. P.W. v. Energy Company Truck - $195,000.00
Compensation for back surgery caused in collision.
- 16. L.O. v. W.L. Corp. - $190,000.00
Automobile accident resulting in shoulder surgery.
- 17. M.S. v. Individual - $175,000.00
Compensation for injuries arising from automobile collision.
- 18. M.B. v. minor/student driver - $150,000.00
Represents compensation for driver who was run off the road going to work by a student driver who had been drinking the night before. Client hired out of town lawyer who told him there was no case and fired him after holding the file for a year. Insurance Company denied claim until eve of trial when matter was resolved.
- 19. E.K. v. Auto Repair - $150,000.00
Compensation for injuries which occurred when faulty repairs to a vehicle led to a crash.
- 20. E.A. v. Individual - $145,000.00
Policy Limits recovered for client injured when in a car wreck while on the job. Workers compensation benefits paid in addition to this settlement.
- 21. B.C. v. Individual - $140,000.00
Plaintiff injured his low back while driving for his employer. Settlement was in addition to workers' compensation benefits which paid for his medical and lost wages.
- 22. R.S. v. Individual - $140,000.00
Plaintiff was struck from the rear which resulted in immediate onset of back pain and ultimate surgery. Represents settlement for all liability and uninsured motorist coverage available.
- 23. M.B. v. Individual - $125,000.00
Settlement for policy limits for mild brain injury. Suit required for resolution. Settled after depositions of health care professionals.
- 24. D.S. v. Individual - $120,000.00
Settlement for policy limits for increase in pain in back. Client had already had corrective surgery which was aggravated by the wreck.
- 25. S.C. v. City, Georgia - $110,000.00
Plaintiff was injured in a rear end collision caused by a police officer who struck her from the rear while on routine patrol. Plaintiff suffered injuries to her low back.
- 26. J.D. v. Individual - $100,000.00
Plaintiff received leg surgery due to a broken tibia. Defendant driver made left turn in front of plaintiff. Policy limits were exhausted.
- 27. F.J. v. Individual - $100,000.00
Plaintiff was injured when struck from the rear by a high school student. Plaintiff developed low back pain requiring surgery. Settlement was for policy limits.
- 28. M.M. v. Individual - $100,000.00
Plaintiff was injured when riding as a passenger in vehicle which left the road and struck a tree. Plaintiff also recovered workers' compensation benefits. This settlement represented payment of policy limits.
- 29. L.P. v. Individual - $100,000.00 (policy limits)
Rear end motor vehicle collision which resulted back surgery. Plaintiff had been diagnosed with back problems prior to wreck.
- 30. C.B. v. Uninsured Motorist Coverage - $80,000.00
Plaintiff was injured when struck from the rear and thrown out of the back of pickup truck. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his hip. Defendant was uninsured. Settlement for policy limits after suit was filed.
- 31. E.C. v. Individual - $75,000.00
Injury to Plaintiff's hand results in settlement of policy limits as a result of a motor vehicle wreck.
- 32. L.R. v. Individual - $75,000.00
Plaintiff received rotator cuff surgery resulting from a rear end collision. Defendant driver fell asleep at the wheel.
- 33. M.N. v. Tire Store - $72,500.00
Plaintiff was a passenger in a vehicle which left the road after a tire blew. It was determined that the defendant company should have replaced the tire instead of rotating tires. Plaintiff suffered injuries to her leg and back.
- 34. K.R v. Government Agency - $72,500.00
Plaintiff was injured when defendant made an improper turn in front of her vehicle.
- 35. M.S. v. Individual - $70,000.00
Wreck involved minor property damage and a delayed onset of symptoms which ultimately, more than 6 months later, resulted in an MRI being ordered showing disc damage had developed and surgery was required. This represents a settlement of all policy limits available. All reimbursement for surgery costs was negotiated.
- 36. J.R. v. DUI Individual - $60,000.00
Settlement for soft tissue injuries/back pain caused by drunk driver.
- 37. D.W. v. Individual - $55,000.00
Out of town lawyer dropped case. Soft tissue injury case was resolved after suit was filed. Workers compensation benefits also received.
- 38. M.B. v. Individual - $50,000.00
Plaintiff suffered a shoulder injury when she was involved in a motor vehicle wreck riding as a passenger on a motorcycle.
- 39. J.F. v. Individual - $50,000.00
Obtained liability limits for wreck caused by drunk driver.
- 40. S.B. v. Individual - $35,000.00
Plaintiff was involved in a motor vehicle collision and injured resulting in chiropractic and soft tissue treatment.
- 41. P.C. v. Individual - $25,000.00
Plaintiff awarded policy limits from rear end collision.
- 42. M.F. v. Individual - $25,000.00 (policy limits)
Plaintiff had surgery on shoulder due to impact of accident from DUI driver.
- 43. C.J. v. C.C. (2017) - $140,000
In Muscogee County car wreck case, liability insurer denied this firm’s demand for the minimal policy limits. Gary O. Bruce, P.C. filed suit and, in what is a rare situation, obtained a recovery of $115,000 over and above available liability limits. This case demonstrates the importance of hiring a law firm that knows how to make proper demands to insurance companies that expose them to serious consequences if they do not pay claims they should. When an insurance company negligently handles your claim, this is referred to as “bad faith” under Georgia law. Gary O. Bruce, P.C. has the skill and experience to make sure insurance companies act correctly, and the diligence to hold them to account when they do not. Usually, bad faith claims take years to recover and multiple trials. In this case, the liability and bad faith matters were resolved without the necessity of a trial, within one year of filing suit.
- 44. J.L. v. S.P. and Underinsured Motorist Carrier(s) - $175,000
Driver crossed center line and struck client head on causing a fractured pelvis and missing college finals. Insurers disputed claim and tried to bully the injured even accusing the young girl of fraud and threatening action against her. Proving the insurer wrong, we were able to obtain payment of all insurance policies, including discovering an additional $50,000 in underinsured motorist coverage through client's family.
- 45. B.W. v. T.L. - $250,000
Management company failed to supervise product deliveries during which Plaintiff fell in the kitchen area on a spill leading to surgery. In litigation, the management company denied responsibility and initially refused to produce any of its cleaning policies, procedures, and records. After a motion to compel, it was shown that the company didn't actually keep cleaning or delivery records at the time of the fall. The case was resolved at mediation.
- 46. S.S. V. T.L. (2014) - $55,000
Plaintiff suffered broken ribs as passenger in at fault vehicle that pulled out in front of traffic. Responsible insurer refused to pay its minimum limits $25,000 insurance policy when given the opportunity before a lawsuit. After the suit was filed, the insurance company was forced to pay over twice its minimum insurance limits to avoid trial and compensate a young girl for her injuries from the wreck.
- 47. D.B. V. C.R. (2014) - $50,000
Client hurt in a wreck suffered a head injury requiring overnight hospital stay. Claiming a "good recovery", the insurer offered the injured man $5,000 if he would resolve the matter without meeting with an attorney. The amount was less than the medical bills and client came to meet with us. After our office became involved, the insurer paid ten times its initial offer and resolved the claim.
- 48. Individual v. Large Trucking Company (2014) - $1,100,000 + (includes liability tender and recovery of workers compensation lump sum payment)
Client was injured while traveling on the job. The other driver denied liability. The trucking company insurance company hired experts to dispute liability based on witness statements and roadway evidence. Our client suffered neck fracture and required surgery but no paralysis. Other injuries included non-surgical shoulder pain. Workers compensation paid for medical and lost wages while the dispute was argued with liability carrier. Ultimately we coordinated settlement of the workers compensation claim with lump sum payment and a waiver of right to reimbursement and subrogation. Ultimately we achieved recovery against the trucking company for payment of their policy limits from trucking company plus additional underinsured motorists coverage.
- 49. P.G. v. Individual (2014) - $75,000 (polJ.L. v. S.P. and Underinsured Motorist Carrier(s) (2015) icy limits)
GA wreck resulting in knee surgery. Defendant was uninsured and recovered from client's UM carrier.
- 50. L.P. v. Individual (2014) - $100,000
Alabama car wreck caused knee injury that did not require surgery. Resolved without need for lawsuit.
- 51. S.P. v. Individual (2014) - $115,000 (all available insurance)
GA wreck leading to ankle surgery. Complicated by significant pre-exiting conditions.
- 52. V.W. v. Home Care Company (2014) - $245,000.00
Man traveling through Georgia for work was held accountable for Georgia car wreck leading to shoulder surgery despite significant pre-existing conditions.
- 53. L.T. v. Car Parts Company - $200,000.00 (2014)
Delivery company caused wreck in Alabama leading to surgery.
- 54. D.R. v. Individual (2014) - $125,000.00 (policy limits)
Alabama wreck leading to surgery resolved without need for a lawsuit.
- 55. K.W. v. Individual (2014) - $150,000.00 (policy limits)
Light property damage car wreck in Georgia resulted in passenger on school bus having spine surgery. Resolved without need for a lawsuit.
- 56. C.V. v. Individual (2014) - $75,000.00 (policy limits)
Car wreck causing shoulder surgery resolved without need for a lawsuit.
- 57. E.B. v. State of Georgia (2014) - $92,500.00
State college maintenance employee was struck while in his golf cart resulting in shoulder surgery.
- 58. R.D. v. Individual (2014) - $120,000.00
Driver weaving in and out of traffic in Alabama struck a dump truck at 75+ mph. Injury passenger of dump truck underwent shoulder surgery.
- 59. R.C. v. Individual Driver and Underinsured Motorist Insurance Carrier - $150,000.00 recovered
Plaintiff was involved in a rear-end collision that requiring two surgeries. Policy limits paid. Claims were made by the client's health care providers but we were able to minimize their reimbursement through argument relating to made whole compensation.
- 60. CF vs. Individual driver - (Confidential Recovery)
Client was run down in parking lot by his ex-wife during argument over domestic matters. All available insurance was collected to compensate our client for his injury.
- 61. C.F. v. JOHN DOE and Underinsured Motorist Carrier - $140,000
A hit and run driver caused our client to undergo shoulder surgery. The driver who caused the wreck could never be found, but two separate automobile insurance companies who provided coverage to his household were held to their obligation to pay despite arguing that their coverage didn't apply.
- 62. P. Family v. Individual Driver, Liability Insurance Carrier and Underinsured Motorist Carrier - $183,000
Plaintiff from military family and her two daughters were rear ended and knocked into another vehicle. Plaintiff had extensive physical therapy, while one daughter had a concussion and knee surgery. The second daughter had minor injuries. The defendant driver was using someone else's vehicle and possessed his own insurance which was discovered in litigation and forced to pay. Plaintiff's insurance carrier argued that its coverage did not apply but ultimately conceded coverage and settled the matter.
- 63. M.D. v. Individual Driver - $115,000
Plaintiff was rear ended in a car wreck, causing her knee to strike the dashboard. Plaintiff had a scope of her knee as a result. Settlement was achieved without trial despite argument from insurance company that MINOR impact could not be cause of her injury.
- 64. A.B. v Individual Driver - $125,000
Plaintiff was crossing the street in a residential area and was struck by a car. Insurance policy limits were paid despite claim that our client had "darted out" into traffic. We successfully argued that if the d had been traveling at a reasonable rate of speed he could have stopped long before striking our client.
- 65. S.G. v. Individual - $75,000
Plaintiff was rear-ended and underwent physical therapy. Limits were tendered when evidence was presented during depositions of the parties (after suit was filed) of the impact the injury had on our client's quality of life.
- 66. MB vs. 17 year old driver - $150,000.00
Our client came to us after being told by two OUT OF TOWN lawyer firms that he had no case. Client had been told that the insurance company had determined that the wreck was his fault – the lawyers from Atlanta – who promise 100's of thousands of dollars in their TV advertising – dropped the case instead of challenging the insurance company adjuster. Although we were also told that the wreck was our client's fault, we believed our client's story and filed suit. We were able to obtain a settlement of $150,000.00 for his injuries. Our client was happy and the case was resolved.
- 67. CT v. Individual Driver and Underinsured Motorist Carrier - $175,000.00 recovered
Plaintiff received major injuries in a rear-end collision that required surgery. Although the policy limits for the "bad guy" were low ($25,000.00), Underinsured motorists benefits WHICH WERE UNDISCLOSED TO OUR CLIENT BY THEIR insurance agent were paid to the plaintiff (on an automobile owned by an adult relative which was not involved in the wreck).
- 68. M.B. v. Individual Driver - Policy limits (confidential amount)
Plaintiff suffered injuries in a motor vehicle wreck. Plaintiff's main injuries resulted from admission to the hospital where she contracted staph infections. Our firm successfully argued after suit was filed that the staph infections were a foreseeable result of the auto collision and thus the medical bills were the responsibility of the defendant driver.
- 69. M.B. v. Individual Driver and Uninsured Motorist Carrier - Policy limits paid
Plaintiff suffered a shoulder injury while riding on a bus which was struck by a DUI driver. Plaintiff initially went to out of town attorneys who rejected Plaintiff's case because they did not get a quick answer about coverage available to the driver. After suit was file, insurance was found and policy limits were paid to our client.
- 70. DK vs. Individual driver - $75, 000(policy limits)
Elderly client with preexisting problems suffered aggravation of knee problems due to rear end collision. After following through with treatment, policy limits were paid to the plaintiff.
- 71. DC vs. Individual - 100,000 (policy limits)
Back surgery necessitated by aggravation of preexisting condition resulted in tender of liability limits. Defense lawyer, on behalf of the insurance company, argued that our client had already had back problems before this wreck. Our client's medical doctor was questioned and confirmed that the client had problems which were aggravated and, as a result, he had surgery which might not have been required otherwise.
- 72. MM vs. Individual driver - $200,000.00
Plaintiff was involved in car wreck. Plaintiff waited almost two for the insurance company to "settle". Insurance adjuster told the client that he had three years to make a claim. That statement was only true as to MEDICAL PAYMENT benefits and not his real claim for injury. The client felt uneasy and called for an appointment just before the TWO year anniversary of his case. We met in the office only a few days before the statute of limitations was to expire (2 years – not three) but we immediately filed suit, found the defendant and served all of the necessary parties, preserving the case. Policy limits were tendered after further litigation. IF the client had waited another week, he would have lost his claim.
--These results are a representation of case results from cases which were filed and either resolved by settlement or trial. This is simply a sampling. Most of these cases required suit but many are resolved without the need for suit or trial.--
- 1. B.T. v. Trucking Company - $1,100,000.00
Plaintiff was injured when truck merged in front of her vehicle causing her strike the rear of the tractor trailer. Plaintiff suffered permanent injuries to her leg resulting in an ankle injury.
- 2. P.W. v. Energy Company - Confidential Amount
Rear end collision with truck operated by the defendant employee results in settlement prior to trial.
- 3. M.M. v. Trucking Company - $190,000.00
Truck struck pedestrian resulting in a bulging disc and injury to left hip.
- 4. R.M. v. Rental Truck Company - $155,000.00
Automobile collision resulting in soft tissue injuries and surgery to the shoulder results in out of court settlement prior to trial.
- 5. S.S. v. Trucking company - $80,000.00
Log truck struck Plaintiff in the rear resulting in knee surgery.
- 6. E.D. v. Truck Company - $70,000.00
Injuries to shoulder resulting in out of court settlement prior to trial.
- 7. K.J. v. Grocery store - $125,000
Client injured knee in Meriwether County, Georgia, resulting in knee surgery. Grocery store initially denied demand. After hiring our firm, and after investigation and gathering of facts, the Case settled for $125,000 before a lawsuit was required.
- 1. K.J. v. Grocery store - $125,000
Client injured knee in Meriwether County, Georgia, resulting in knee surgery. Grocery store initially denied demand. After hiring our firm, and after investigation and gathering of facts, the Case settled for $125,000 before a lawsuit was required.
- 2. G.S. v. Auto Center - $300,000.00
Plaintiff fell in wet area on floor caused by the defendant's employees mopping up a spill. No signs were put out. Plaintiff suffered injuries to his low back resulting in surgery.
- 3. P.P. v. Grocery Store - $167,500.00
Plaintiff recovers for injuries he sustained to his knee as a result of a fall which occurred when he fell in a wet substance on the floor of the grocery store. Claim denied before suit filed.
- 4. D.T. v. Bargain Store - $160,000.00
Plaintiff recovered for injuries sustained when she fell at the store in water.
- 5. K.K. v. Apartment Complex - $125,000.00
The minor child recovered for broken leg suffered when the swing set chain broke causing her to fall. Claim was denied before suit was filed.
- 6. F.W. v. Car Dealership - $90,000.00
Compensation prior to trial for knee injury when client fell in oil left in shop area. Claim denied before suit was filed.
- 7. E.C. v. Cinema - $80,000.00
Compensation for injuries resulting from fall in bathroom caused by water left on floor. Claim denied before suit filed.
- 8. S.D. v. Bargain Store - $75,000.00
Compensation obtained after suit was filed. Client offered very little before suit was filed by Gary Bruce.
- 9. J.C. Service Station - $73,000.00
Plaintiff recovered for injuries to her ankle when she tripped and fell on a matt leading into the Service Center. Claim denied until suit filed.
- 10. A.A. v. Grocery Store - $50,000.00
Plaintiff recovered for injuries to her ankle caused a negligence operation of a floor cleaner by a grocery store employee.
- 11. S.B. v. Department Store - $48,000.00
Plaintiff recovered from injuries when she fell in a foreign substance on the floor near the restrooms.
- 12. L.U. v. Grocery Store - $47,500.00
Our client suffered an injury to her wrist after she tripped on a curled up rug on the store premises. The grocery store argued that Plaintiff was the sole cause of her injury. After suit was filed and discovery concluded, the case resolved at mediation.
- 13. C.W. v. Property Manager - $148,500
While walking into her place of employment, Plaintiff tripped over an unlevel walking surface and had to undergo knee surgery. Workers compensation paid for the treatment. Plaintiff argued that the property manager had failed to correct the problem despite the Plaintiff's employer repeatedly asking them to make repairs. Within two weeks of Plaintiff failing the repairs were finally made. After suit was filed and discovery concluded, recovery was made - in addition to workers compensation benefits - for the injury caused by leaving the parking lot unlevel.
- 14. M.H v. Grocery Store - $80,000
Plaintiff exited a grocery store with her shopping cart full. The cart's front wheel caught in a hole on the store's exit ramp and rocked. The Plaintiff's fell to her knees. One knee required surgery. After suit was filed and discovery concluded, the Plaintiff was compensated for the failure of the grocery store to fix the hole in their ramp.
- 15. MD vs. Property owner/ Rental Company - $80,000
Client brought action for injuries sustained when she fell down stairs leading away from her rental home. Plaintiff argued that although she knew the steps out of the home were defective, she was required to use that doorway because others doors did not work properly. Predictably, as a result of using the defective stairs, the plaintiff fell. Suit was filed. Discovery was conducted. After a motion for summary judgment was filed by the insurance company for the landlord, the court ruled in favor of the injured party and the matter was resolved.
- 16. G.M. v. Restaurant - $41,000.00
Plaintiff had previous injuries to his low back which were aggravated after falling in grease on the floor of a buffet line. Notice of the spill was an issue. The matter was resolved with mediation.
Property Damage Claim
- 1. Small Business Owner v. Driver - (policy limits, confidential amount)
Plaintiff owned a small towing company with two trucks. Defendant driver pulled out in front of one of Plaintiff's drivers, causing plaintiff's tow truck to sustain very serious damage. Due to losing one of the tow trucks, Plaintiff's small business suffered financial losses while the truck was being repaired, including the loss of clients. We successfully argued that the insurance company was liable for the plaintiff's lost business profits and obtained all available insurance coverage for our client.
- J.S., M.S., and Estate v. Individual and Corporate Employer (2013) - $1,100,000
recovered $1,100,000 for surviving spouse and family after a young wife and mother was tragically killed by a drunk driver. Insurance company initially only disclosed a $100,000 automobile policy discovered a $1,000,000 corporate policy, and successfully advanced arguments that drunk driver was on the job at the time of the wreck. Insurance company tendered 1 million dollar policy limits
- 1. W.B. v. Construction Company's (2014) - $145,000.00
Two rival construction company's documented a known hazard at a job site but could not agree on who would fix the problem for several months. Bicycle rider who rode near the site was injured by the hazard and underwent hip surgery.
- 2. J.M. v. Owner of Dog$100,000.00 (policy limits) (2014)
Small boy was attacked by pit bull while its owner carelessly watched.
- 3. C.C. v. Apartment Complex - $1,300,000.00
Jury returned verdict for Plaintiff as the result of libelous conduct of the defendant's in placing negative and false information on her credit history.
- 4. A.J. v. Owner of dog - $500,000.00
Plaintiff recovered $500,000.00 due to a dog bite injury where dog had escaped chain around a tree. Injuries resulting in plastic surgery on leg.
- 5. B.W. v. Insurance Company - $281,000.00
Plaintiff recovered $281,000.00 against Insurance Company for refusing to repair damage to her home in addition to amounts already offered which were required to replace her home. Claim was denied before litigation.
- 6. D.G. v. Insurance Company - $140,000.00
Plaintiff recovered against insurance company as a result of their failure to act in good faith in dealing with her property damage claim.
- 7. R.P. v. Insurance Company - $50,000.00
Recovered against long term disability insurance carrier. Plaintiff recovered long term disability insurance benefits which were denied to him.
- 8. L.S. v. Extermination Company - $45,000.00
Plaintiff recovered for property damage caused by negligent failure to properly treat her home for termites.
- 9. F.M. v. Transmission Company - $17,500.00
Verdict for Plaintiff in the amount of $17,500.00 for negligent repair of transmission and fraud.
- 10. Infant Child vs. Convenience store - Confidential settlement for policy limits
Mother of infant child brought action for wrongful death of her baby's father against a local convenience store which had sold beer to an underage driver. Proof was developed after suit was filed that the store had history of selling to minors. Driver ultimately admitted that he was intoxicated from beer purchased from the store. Insurance policy limits were paid for the minor child to be held in trust.
- 11. D.C. v. Retail Business - Confidential recovery
A retail business sold a product made in China (company now out of business) later recalled for safety malfunctions. The Plaintiff was injured when the product failed resulting in cuts to her fingers and a minor surgery. Although the retail store did not manufacture the product, it was responsible for the sale of the product and paid to compensate our client for her injury.
- 12. M.A. v. Insurance Company - $26,367.10
Plaintiff's home was destroyed in a fire. The home owners Insurance Company rebuilt the house for a bank but refused to reimburse Plaintiff for any of her personal belongings after claiming she had lied about the value of her property. After our office got involved, the Insurance Company paid for the damaged personal items in full.
- 13. BT vs. Insurance Company - Increase in value of auto
Our client was not satisfied with the offer on his vehicle which required him to turn the car over to the insurance company. His car provided reliable transportation and he wanted to keep it even though a new bumper and rear end would exceed it's value. We were able to allow him to make repairs to the auto, make the insurance companies pay for the repairs (after they were completed) and our client kept his automobile – thus avoiding having to start a new car payment.
- 14. Dog Bite Liability - $75,000
Case involved Harris County resident bitten by a dog off a leash, in violation of a Harris County leash ordinance. Plaintiff suffered multiple puncture wounds and received emergency room treatment. The dog owner denied liability for the incident. People should be aware that when members of a community do not comply with leash ordinances, or have dogs that are vicious, they can be held liable when a dangerous dogs causes an injury. Gary O. Bruce, P.C. has experience in dog bite cases and knows the laws that protect you and your family’s rights if someone is bitten by a dangerous dog, or an improperly unleashed or unrestrained dog. This case was settled pre-suit within 3 months of the incident, for roughly 3 times the medical bills of this firm’s client, without the necessity of a lawsuit or trial.
--These represent just a few of the verdicts and settlements obtained by our firm for a more detailed discussion of our experience with a particular type of case, please schedule a meeting.--