Case Results

Auto / Truck Accidents

Woman Killed After Being Hit by Inattentive Driver: $1,500,000

This tragedy occurred when a 21 year old woman was struck from behind by a driver who was admittedly playing with her IPOD in the seconds before impact. A crash reconstruction was performed by a prominent expert who determined that the distracted driver was also greatly exceeding the speed limit. The case was resolved in private mediation.

Aggravated Back Injury: $205,000 settlement

62-year-old woman driver was hit by another who crashed a stop sign. Our client suffered an aggravation of a previous back injury from a fall in 2007. She treated for the back injury with physical therapy and eventually was referred to the Cleveland Clinic for surgery. Her two surgeons were at odds as to whether or not the back surgery was a direct result of this accident but we were still successful in securing this substantial settlement from the insurance company.

Brain Injured Accident Victim: $5,750,000

In this case, a 47-year-old mother of two, while in the course and scope of her employment, was hit head-on by another driver who had gone left of center, resulting in her sustaining multiple serious injuries, including a catastrophic brain injury and multiple broken bones throughout her body. These injuries left her permanently disabled, confined to a nursing home, and ultimately lead to her death.

Passenger Of Drinking Driver Rendered Quadriplegic: $5,000,000

The plaintiff in this case was a high school senior who was a passenger in a vehicle with a group of friends. The vehicle was parked in a local metropark, and some of the occupants, including the driver, were drinking. When the driver saw a police car approaching, he began to flee without first turning his headlights on. Then, fumbling for his lights, he lost control and the vehicle struck a tree. Plaintiff sustained devastating injuries resulting in complete quadriplegia.

Brain Injured Child: $3,450,000

In this one car accident, a minor child sustained a brain injury when his father lost control of his vehicle on the highway and the vehicle rolled over. Claims against multiple insurance carriers, including personal insurance carriers and the carrier of the rental car company, were resolved for $3,450,000.

Wrongful Death Of 50 Year Old: $1,240,000

Shortly after this fifty year old driver was killed in an auto accident, a claim against Ford Motor Company was settled, and a default judgment was taken against the negligent driver. Then, 5 years later, Klein & Carney re-opened the case and obtained an additional settlement of $1.24 Million Dollars for the wife and daughter of the deceased driver.

Passenger In Vehicle Which Is Run Off The Road: $650,000

Plaintiff in this case was sixty five year old female passenger in an SUV who was injured when the wrongdoer went left of center causing her vehicle to leave the roadway into a ditch. She was immediately hospitalized with multiple injuries including fractures to her left elbow, pelvis and right kneecap. Her elbow required two surgeries and extensive physical therapy.

Defendant Flees The Scene: $410,000

This accident occurred when a dump truck went left of center into the path of an oncoming pickup truck, which swerved to avoid the dump truck, lost control, and slammed into the side of plaintiff's vehicle. The driver of the dump truck fled the scene and was not immediately identified. Through thorough investigation and detailed analysis of all available information, Klein & Carney was able to identify the truck driver and his company, and to prove that the trucking company was aware that the driver was not safe and should not have been on the road. These efforts resulted in a significant settlement for the plaintiff, who suffered serious injuries, including a lacerated spleen, fractured right leg, fractured left hip, fractured pelvis, fractured spine, and fractured tailbone.

Defendant Crashing Stop Sign Causes Subdural Hematoma: $350,000

The plaintiff in this case was riding in the back seat of her daughter's vehicle when the vehicle was struck by a pick-up truck that failed to stop at a stop sign. The collision resulted in plaintiff striking her head and face in the interior of her car, resulting in her suffering a subdural hematoma that required surgical repair.

Uninsured Driver Causes Accident Resulting In Facial Nerve Injuries To Plaintiff: $300,000

Fifty seven year old female injured in a car accident suffered permanent and traumatic nerve and bone injuries to her face requiring extensive medical care. Although the at-fault driver was not insured, plaintiff received her uninsured motorist coverage policy limit.

Rear End Collision Results In Bilateral Rotator Cuff Tears: $155,000

While stopped at a light waiting to make a left turn, a woman in her early 70s was rear-ended by a 20 year old man. The collision resulted in tears to both of her rotator cuffs, and an aggravation of an arthritic hand that eventually required trigger finger surgery.

Warehouse Employee Struck By Tow-Motor Resulting In Knee Injury: $150,000

In this case the injured party was a truck driver. While walking on the warehouse dock, she was struck by a careless tow-motor operator. Our client sustained an aggravation of a pre-existing left knee chondromalacia, which required care of an orthopedic specialist, and caused her to miss time from work. At mediation, an agreement was reached with the Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation to allow her to continue to receive future benefits despite this $150,000 settlement with the wrongdoer.

Drunk Driver Causes Head-On Collision: $96,250

Fifty three year old widow sustained injuries to her head, face, chest and abdomen when a drunk driver went left of center and hit her vehicle head-on. Plaintiff sought, and obtained, both compensatory and punitive damages against the drunk driver, who also had to seek alcohol counseling as a condition of the settlement.

Improper Lane Change Causes Ankle Tendon Tear: $85,000

28 year old college admissions counselor injured by a careless driver making an improper lane change. The client was taken to the emergency room and was diagnosed with a torn tendon of her right lateral ankle. The tendon was surgically repaired with a good prognosis and no need for future medical care.

Police Officer Rear Ended By Drunk Driver: $76,500

48 year old police officer was stopped for a routine traffic stop when his cruiser was rear-ended by a driver who was under the influence of alcohol. The officer sprained his right shoulder and injured two cervical discs, resulting in his inability to work for approximately 45 days.

T-Bone Collision In Red Light/Green Light Case Results In Ruptured Patellar Tendon: $75,500

On the night of this accident, a tow truck broadsided the Toyota Corolla in which our client was a passenger. Both drivers claimed that they had the green light. As a result of the accident, the passenger suffered a torn patellar tendon requiring surgical repair.

Despite the existence of two independent witnesses who stated that the tow truck driver was free from fault, recovery was obtained from the insurance companies of both drivers.

Drunk Driver Causes Accident Resulting in Death of Passenger: Settlement confidential.

In this case, a 39 year old woman was killed in an accident in which a drunk driver ran a stop sign and struck the car in which she was a passenger. Klein & Carney pursued a wrongful death claim as well as a Victim of Crime claim against the drunk driver. These claims were settled for the maximum amount of insurance available.

Rear End Collision Results In Medial Meniscus Tear: $51,000

In this accident, the driver of a car that was rear-ended struck her knee on the dashboard, resulting in a torn medial meniscus. After arthroscopic surgery to repair the tear, an excellent recovery occurred.

Head-On School Bus Collision Results In Injury To Bus Driver: $30,000

In this collision a school bus driver was hit head-on by a speeding vehicle. Tragically, the driver of the speeding car was killed in the accident, and the bus driver sustained injuries to his neck and back. After obtaining the autopsy report and toxicology findings, it was proven that the car driver was driving under the influence of marijuana and cocaine at the time of the accident.

Motorcycle Accidents

Failure To Yield At Intersection: $950,000

While lawfully proceeding through an intersection on a motorcycle, plaintiff was broadsided by an inattentive driver, resulting in the loss of his leg from the knee down.

Failure To Yield At Private Drive: $950,000

This accident occurred when the defendant turned in front of plaintiff while attempting to enter her driveway, resulting in multiple, severe and permanent orthopedic injuries.

Failure To Yield By Drunk Driver: $100,000

Plaintiff was hit by defendant who was driving under the influence of alcohol, resulting in plaintiff's suffering a severely fractured wrist/hand. Plaintiff recovered the maximum insurance coverage available.

Failure To Yield - Fractured Leg: $100,000

After leaving a local bar, plaintiff was hit by defendant resulting in his suffering a fractured leg. Plaintiff recovered the maximum insurance coverage available.

Medical Malpractice

$1,315,760.00 settlement for negligent care in an emergency room

The decedent was involved in a serious car accident where the other driver died. The decedent was taken to the local emergency room where the attending doctor erred in the manner in which he placed a central venus catheter. This made it impossible to resuscitate him thereby causing compromised myocardial function leading to his death.

Failure To Appropriately Address Issues During Labor And Delivery: $2,365,000

In this case, a 43 year old pregnant woman went to a Cleveland hospital after going into labor. Although severe and dangerous medical conditions were identified by nurses shortly after she arrived, no physician arrived to render any care for several hours. By the time these concerns were addressed by a doctor, the mother had sustained brain damage and a ruptured liver, from which she later died.

Wrongful Death From Cervical Cancer: $2,800,000

Plaintiff, a mother of 5 young children, died as a result of cervical cancer that was not diagnosed in a timely fashion due to an improper interpretation of a PAP smear and subsequent biopsy.

Spinal Abscess Results In Paraplegia: Seven Figure Settlement Confidential

Against an emergency room physician, hospital and internist on behalf of a 56 year old woman who became paraplegic due to failure to diagnose and timely evacuate a spinal abscess.

Failure To Diagnose Cervical Cancer: $750,000

Failure to diagnose cervical cancer in 56 year old woman. Woman had been seen by family doctor on over thirty occasions and not once offered an pap smear screening.

Failure To Timely Diagnose Prostate Cancer: $750,000

Plaintiff, a 52-year-old black male who was at higher risk for prostate cancer due to his age and race, treated with his family physician for health problems including prostate issues, but was not properly screened for prostate cancer. Then, after reading an ad in a local paper regarding the benefits of the early detection of prostate cancer by proper screening, he immediately had the screening performed and was diagnosed with an advanced case of prostate cancer.

Myocardial Infarction: $700,000

Failure to diagnose acute myocardial infarction (heart attack)

Group Beta Strep: $350,000

Death of infant from group beta strep.

Pharmacy Error Results In Auto Accident: Settlement Confidential

Plaintiff went to a local pharmacy to have his anti-seizure medication filled. Due to an error by the pharmacist, he was given the wrong medication. This resulted in his suffering a seizure while driving which caused an auto accident.

Overdose Of Epinephrine For Bee Sting: $125,000

Plaintiff, a 34 year old, suffered a bee sting. He was attended to by the local volunteer fire department's fire chief and paramedic. The fire chief, despite the warnings of the paramedic, administered an inappropriate and dangerously high overdoses of IV epinephrine. The overdose caused the patient to go into shock and ultimately caused a significant injury to his spleen. Fortunately, his doctors have said his prognosis is good. The volunteer fire department argued that, absent willful, reckless and malicious conduct, the chief was immune from liability.

Nursing Home / Assisted Living Center Neglect

Wrongful Death: $1,500,000

As a result of the firms efforts a wrongful death claim of an elderly woman against healthcare providers was settled for $1,500,000.00.

Fall From Wheelchair: $285,000

An elderly gentleman who was a resident in an assisted living center fell from his wheelchair during transport in the center's van while on the way to a doctor's appointment. This resulted in an inoperable fractured vertebra, and required admission to a skilled nursing facility.

Bedsores / Pressure Ulcers: $275,000

Plaintiff was placed into a local nursing home for what was intended to be a short term stay. Unfortunately, due to improper care by the nurses, nurses aides and other nursing home staff, she developed ulcers on both of her heels. Left untreated, these eventually became so infected that they resulted in bilateral below the knee amputations.

Bedsores / Pressure Ulcers: $75,000

Plaintiff, an elderly woman suffering from Alzheimer's and dementia, was a resident at a nursing home which failed to turn and reposition her appropriately. This resulted in her developing bedsores/pressure ulcers on her coccyx, which worsened because the nursing home failed to treat them appropriately after they first developed.

Nursing Home Resident Fractures Leg After Improper Transfer: Settlement confidential.

In this matter, a 76 year old man was being assisted from his bed to the bathroom by a nurse's aide, when he fell and sustained a fractured leg. After reviewing the pertinent nursing home chart, it was established that the nursing home's care plan required that the gentleman be transferred and toileted with the assistance of two aides. After establishing that the nursing home had violated its own care plan, a confidential settlement was reached.

Premises Liability

Diving Accident: $1,500,000

Diving injury to a guest at a party.

Steelworker Crushed By Coil: $800,000

In this tragic case, a steel worker was crushed to death by a ten thousand pound coil of steel. Klein & Carney was able to prove, with the help of a prominent national expert, that the employer knew or should have known that this injury was a substantial certainty. This enabled the family to recover damages from the employer over and above the Workers' Compensation benefits.

Collapsing Ceiling Results In Loss Of Leg: $500,000

In this case, the plaintiff was paid to knock loose concrete from the ceiling of a decaying parking garage. The ceiling was in such a state of disrepair that, while performing his job, a huge chunk of concrete fell and crushed his foot, resulting in a below-the-knee amputation. He received a settlement of $500,000 (the maximum insurance coverage available) over and above his workers' compensation benefits.

Infant Burned By Scalding Water: Settlement Confidential.

In this case, a 6-month-old baby received first, second and third degree burns when her babysitter unintentionally bathed her in scalding hot water. A confidential settlement was obtained against the landlord who negligently failed to maintain the plumbing fixtures in good working order, which was a violation of the Landlord-Tenant act.

Punch Press Malfunction: $165,000

While operating a punch press with an unguarded pinch point, plaintiff sustained a partial amputation of 2 fingers on his dominant hand when the press double-punched. The defendant employer then placed a guard on the press, denied the press was ever unguarded, and blamed its employee for being careless. However, it was proven that the press was unguarded by an exhaustive search of OSHA records pertaining to the employer in question.

Slip and fall in Chinese restaurant: $125,000

In this case, a husband and wife went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner, and the man slipped and fell on his way to use the restroom, resulting in a trimalleolar fracture to his ankle. The restaurant denied liability, indicating that there were no defects in the floor. However, exhaustive investigation led to the discovery of information proving that the restaurant was aware of a problem with excessive grease build-up in the facility, and that this had resulted in a prior fall. Further, expert analysis proved that the floor on which the fall occurred was unusually slippery and unsafe.

Slip and fall on unsafe bathtub:  $125,000

Here, a 46 year old business traveler slipped and fell in a bathtub at a local hotel, sustaining a fractured femur.  Klein & Carney immediately hired an expert in architecture and surface friction to inspect the tub, and that expert determined that the slip resistant surface of the tub had worn away, resulting in a dangerously slippery surface.  This led to a settlement without the necessity of even filing a lawsuit.

Slip and fall on newly mopped floor: $100,000

After attending an appointment in a medical building, a 74 year old woman took the elevator down to the first floor. Upon exiting the elevator, she recognized that the floor had just been mopped, and was very slippery. Despite the use of caution, she slipped and sustained a torn rotator cuff. Although the property owner claimed that it had taken appropriate measures to warn visitors of the wet floor, and sought a dismissal of the lawsuit by the trial court, the attorneys at Klein & Carney were able to demonstrate that the measures were inadequate, and that the property owner had created a dangerous condition for which it was responsible.

Slip and fall in rented apartment unit: $97,500

Here, a woman slipped and fell on water in her rented apartment and suffered a broken hip requiring surgical repair. Despite the landlord's denial of an awareness of the leak in question, investigation, including the use of satellite images and statements from other tenants from the building, proved that the landlord was indeed aware of a significant problem with the roof of the building prior to the fall.

Trip and fall on uneven sidewalk at hotel:  $92,500

While walking into a local hotel while on a business trip, a 44 year old woman tripped and fell over an uneven sidewalk sustaining a severe upper arm fracture.  Despite repeated denials by hotel management that it was aware of the problem, Klein & Carney uncovered a document proving that the property owner was aware of the defect, was aware that it presented a trip hazard, yet failed to fix the sidewalk.

Trip and fall on ice-covered handicap ramp:  $85,000

In this matter, a woman was walking out of a local convenience store when she slipped and fell on ice that had accumulated on a handicap ramp, sustaining a fractured ankle.  Upon examination by an expert retained by Klein & Carney, it was determined that the ramp in question did not comply with local building codes, and was dangerously steep.

Fall On Newspaper Binder: $80,000

In this unusual case, plaintiff's legs became entangled in a plastic band that was used to bind stacks of newspapers which were dropped by the door of a large, chain gas station. After patrons removed all of the newspapers, the band, still intact, was left on the floor in full view of the station employees. When plaintiff was traversing the area, her feet became entangled in the band causing her to fall and fracture her hip. After Klein & Carney Co. prevented defendant's attempts to have the case thrown out of court, a settlement was reached.

Food Poisoning Results In Hospitalization: $80,000

In this case, a man, his sister and her daughter all ate at a local restaurant, then became violently ill. All three were hospitalized. After thorough investigation, it was proven that all three suffered from salmonella poisoning which they contracted at the restaurant. These cases were settled for an amount in excess of $80,000.

Child Killed By Dangerous Condition In Rented Home: Settlement Confidential.

In this tragic case, a 2-year-old child was killed as a result of the neglect of the landlord who failed to maintain the home in a safe condition, and who was negligent in repairing the property after the tenants complained about the defects. A confidential settlement, in an amount in excess of the landlords insurance limits, was obtained on behalf of the family of the child.

Slip And Fall In Airport: $67,500

While crossing a marble floor in a Cleveland airport terminal, plaintiff fell onto her knee when she encountered a slippery area on the floor. This resulted in torn ligaments in her knee. Despite denial of all knowledge by the defendant, it was proven that a courtesy cart driver sprayed cleaning solution onto the tires of his cart while it was parked in the area of the fall. The solution then dripped onto the floor before the driver drove off. Within minutes, plaintiff attempted to traverse the area and the fall occurred.

Trip and fall on overlapping floor mats:  $51,000

While walking out of a local retail store, a woman tripped and fell over two floor mats that had been overlapped, resulting in a torn Achilles tendon.  Klein & Carney proved, through the use of an expert architect, that the overlapping mats created a dangerous trip hazard, resulting in settlement.

Fall From Bleachers At High School Football Game: $35,000

In this case, Plaintiff was attending a local high school football game when a board in the wooden bleachers that she was standing on collapsed, causing her to sustain injuries to her head and tailbone. After a denial of the claim based on an immunity argument, a lawsuit was filed and it was proven that the defendant knew or should have known of the defective condition of the bleachers, thus entitling Plaintiff to compensation.

Dog Bites/Injuries Caused by Animals at Large

Motorist Killed in Accident Caused by Horse Running in Road: $700,000

While in the course and scope of his employment, a 33 year old father of 2 was traveling on a rural county road at night when he came upon a disabled vehicle in his lane of travel. An attempt to avoid the vehicle by swerving resulted in the vehicle rolling over, resulting in his death. Investigation revealed that the vehicle in his path became disabled after striking a horse that was running loose in the road. The driver of the vehicle that struck the horse was also fatally injured.

Claims were made by the families of both drivers against the owner of the horse for allowing his horse to run at large, which resulted in a split of the insurance policy limit. A subsequent claim was also made against the uninsured motorist carrier for the decedent, which vigorously disputed liability. After retaining a nationally renowned crash reconstruction expert, a settlement was reached with the insurance carrier as well. These claims were resolved without affecting the family's ability to collect lifetime workers' compensation benefits.

Cyclist Chased By Dog: $66,000

In this accident, Plaintiff was an avid cyclist who was biking on his street when he was chased by a neighbor's dog. The dog was nipping at his ankles, causing him to fall from his bike, sustaining an injury to his knee. Despite the fact that there were no witnesses to the accident, after multiple depositions and in-depth discovery, it was proven that the neighbor's dog had caused the accident, and a settlement was reached.

12 year old bitten on face by Cane Corso:  $55,000

When a young boy was playing with a Cane Corso in the owner’s yard and with the owner’s permission, the dog suddenly lunged at and bit the boy on the face.  Despite the owner’s allegation that the boy was teasing the dog by attempting to take a bone from it, Klein & Carney was able to obtain a settlement which included money from the insurance company as well as money from the owner who knew his dog to be dangerous.

Dog Bite: $50,000

56 year old physician was jogging through the park when the defendants dog, on a walk with her owners, bit him in the hand. The client immediately went to the emergency room where 10 stitches were required to close the wound. The case was settled in mediation.

Man Attacked And Bitten By Vicious Dog: Settlement Confidential.

While at a neighbor's house for a social gathering, Plaintiff was attacked and seriously bitten on the face by his neighbor's dog. Plaintiff brought claims under the common law as well as a statutory claim for strict liability, and was compensated for his medical bills, pain and suffering, as well as for the permanent scarring caused by the dog bite.

Burn Injuries

Infant Burned By Scalding Water: Settlement Confidential.

In this case, a 6 month old baby received first, second and third degree burns when her babysitter unintentionally bathed her in scalding hot water. A confidential settlement was obtained against the landlord who negligently failed to maintain the plumbing fixtures in good working order, which was a violation of the Landlord-Tenant act.

Infant Burned On Exposed Hot Water Pipes: Settlement Confidential.

In this case, a 14 month old baby rolled off of a bed in a rented apartment and sustained second and third degree burns to his stomach, legs and feet when he came into contact with an exposed hot water pipe. After overcoming a frivolous defense in which the landlord attempted to blame the child's babysitter for the incident, it was established that the landlord had knowledge of the dangerous condition, but failed to make it safe. Thereafter, a confidential settlement was reached to compensate the child for the trauma that resulted from the accident, and for his permanent scarring.

Pedestrian Accidents

Good Samaritan Struck By Inattentive Driver: $250,000

On the night of this accident, a large windstorm blew a tree down into the street of a rural neighborhood, and Plaintiff's husband was in the process of pulling the tree off the street with his backhoe, so as to prevent any oncoming motorists from striking the tree. Since it was very dark, and there are no lights in the neighborhood, Plaintiff was standing in the road with a high powered flashlight to warn any approaching drivers of the fact that they were in the road.

Shortly after starting, Plaintiff noticed a vehicle approaching the scene, and began waiving her flashlight. When he did not appear to be slowing, she began frantically waiving the light, and stepped behind the large rear tire of the backhoe. Unfortunately, the inattentive driver did not see the flashlight, backhoe or Plaintiff until it was too late, and struck the backhoe, resulting in catastrophic injuries to Plaintiff, including the loss of her right leg.

When Defendant claimed that Plaintiff was not discernible, and that she was at fault for the accident, an accident reconstruction expert was retained who determined that Plaintiff was readily visible from such a distance that Defendant should have easily seen her and avoided the accident. Thereafter, the case was resolved for the maximum limit of the driver's liability policy.

Failure To Keep An Assured Clear Distance Ahead: $210,000

Plaintiff suffered fractures to her shoulder, pelvis, ankle and hand when she was struck by a car while crossing the street. Despite the fact that she was not crossing in a crosswalk, and was crossing the street at night, a settlement was reached in the amount of $210,000.

Pedestrian Struck In Bulk Store Parking Lot: $180,000

In this case, a 39 year old woman was struck while in a crosswalk outside of a Sam's Club store. As a result of the accident, she sustained a fracture to her left tibia, requiring surgery. The claim against the offending driver was settled for $50,000, the maximum limit of her insurance policy. A claim for underinsured motorist benefits was then made under the pedestrian's automobile policy, which was ultimately settled for an additional $130,000.00.

Pedestrian Struck In Sams Club Parking Lot: $180,000

37 year old woman exiting store and holding her daughter's hand was struck by a negligent driver who failed to yield to those in the crosswalk. Our client suffered a left proximal tibia fracture which required open reduction, internal fixation and later removal of the hardware. The wrongdoer's limits of coverage were tendered. A lawsuit was then filed against our client's underinsured motorist carrier and additional compensation was obtained.

Pedestrian Struck While Crossing Street At Night In Heavy Rain: $60,000

Plaintiff in this case sustained a fractured shoulder and a fractured wrist after getting struck by a car while crossing a street during what witnesses described as a torrential downpour. It was undisputed that he was crossing against the light, that he was carrying a dark umbrella, and that he was wearing dark clothing when he was struck. These conditions lead the police to blame Plaintiff for the accident.

However, Klein & Carney retained an expert crash reconstructionist who determined that the Defendant should have seen Plaintiff and have been able to avoid him despite the darkness and weather conditions, resulting in a settlement of $60,000.

Pedestrians Struck While Crossing Busy Downtown Street: Settlement Confidential.

Plaintiffs in this case were two women who were attempting to cross a busy intersection when they were struck by a car. As a result of the impact, both women suffered from temporary amnesia, and could not testify as to the color of the light. Both women also suffered orthopedic injuries. Despite Defendant claims that she had the green light, that Plaintiffs came out from between two stopped cars, and that Plaintiffs were intoxicated, both Plaintiffs' claims were settled without the necessity of going to trial.

Bicycle Accidents

Cyclist Chased By Dog: $66,000

In this accident, Plaintiff was an avid cyclist who was biking on his street when he was chased by a neighbor's dog. The dog was nipping at his ankles, causing him to fall from his bike, sustaining an injury to his knee. Despite the fact that there were no witnesses to the accident, after multiple depositions and in-depth discovery, it was proven that the neighbor's dog had caused the accident, and a settlement was reached.

Failure to Yield - Custom Bicycle: $4,000

In this case, Plaintiff was injured when an SUV failed to yield the right of way at an intersection, resulting in a collision. Plaintiff recovered compensation for his medical bills and pain and suffering, as well as over $4,000 for the loss of his custom bicycle.

Victim of Crime Claims

Drunk Driver Causes Accident Resulting In Death Of Passenger: Settlement Confidential.

In this case, a 39 year old woman was killed in an accident in which a drunk driver ran a stop sign and struck the car in which she was a passenger. Klein & Carney pursued a wrongful death claim as well as a Victim of Crime claim against the drunk driver. These claims were settled for the maximum amount of insurance available.

Gunshot Victim Obtains Maximum Victim of Crime Award

Here, a 24 year old man was shot while attempting to break up an altercation, resulting in paraplegia. A claim was made under Ohio's Victims of Crime Program, which awarded him the maximum available for such claims.

Boating Accidents/Maritime Law

Inattentive Boater Collides With Anchored Fishing Boat: $125,000

While fishing off the shores of Lake Erie in an anchored boat, three men watched another vessel approaching. Not seeing the operator of the other boat, the men began shouting to get his attention as it appeared that the other vessel was on a collision course with their boat. Their shouting went unanswered, and the two boats collided, resulting in soft tissue injuries to all three occupants. After determining that the other boat operator had his vessel on auto-pilot and was coiling a rope in the rear of his boat, the three claims were resolved for an amount in excess of $125,000.

Wrongful Death

Woman Killed After Being Hit by Inattentive Driver: $1,500,000

This tragedy occurred when a 21 year old woman was struck from behind by a driver who was admittedly playing with her IPOD in the seconds before impact. A crash reconstruction was performed by a prominent expert who determined that the distracted driver was also greatly exceeding the speed limit. The case was resolved in private mediation.

Motorist Killed in Accident Caused by Horse Running in Road: $700,000

While in the course and scope of his employment, a 33 year old father of 2 was traveling on a rural county road at night when he came upon a disabled vehicle in his lane of travel. An attempt to avoid the vehicle by swerving resulted in the vehicle rolling over, resulting in his death. Investigation revealed that the vehicle in his path became disabled after striking a horse that was running loose in the road. The driver of the vehicle that struck the horse was also fatally injured.

Claims were made by the families of both drivers against the owner of the horse for allowing his horse to run at large, which resulted in a split of the insurance policy limit. A subsequent claim was also made against the uninsured motorist carrier for the decedent, which vigorously disputed liability. After retaining a nationally renowned crash reconstruction expert, a settlement was reached with the insurance carrier as well. These claims were resolved without affecting the family's ability to collect lifetime workers' compensation benefits.

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Klein & Carney Co., L.P.A. handles a large variety of cases, with values both large and small. The examples cited herein represent some of the more significant cases. However, we routinely handle cases involving injuries that are not as severe as those mentioned above. If you have any question with regard to your claim, please do not hesitate to contact one of our attorneys who would be happy to provide a free consultation, in-person or by phone.

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