$2.3 Million Settlement for Slip & Fall Victim- $2,300,000.00
Shook & Stone represented a client who suffered a debilitating knee
injury that necessitated multiple surgeries after slipping and falling
in a puddle of water at a grocery store. The grocery store failed to prevent
shoppers from entering the area and only one small warning cone placed
nearby. After an investigation and review of video footage from the store,
it was discovered that several employees walked in front of and around
the puddling water, yet failed to address the slipping hazard. Additionally,
it was discovered that the grocery store was aware of a leaking icebox
that caused the puddle, yet failed to properly address it. Our firm was
able to successfully settle the case for $2.3 million, which will provide
our client with compensation for her extensive medical bills, pain and
suffering, and future needs.
Liberty Mutual Insurance v. Nielsen, Panelized Structure.- $19,000,000.00
Mr. Novick was run over by a 14,000+ pound Sky-Trak 5028 rough terrain
forklift in a Las Vegas construction accident while working for Panelized
Structures on September 1, 2004. Mr. Novick's supervisor, Floyd Nielsen,
who was 74-years-old when the accident occurred and had retired ten years
before, pinned Mr. Novick underneath the forklift's tires as he was
parking it. The forklift then slowly rolled backwards across Mr. Novick's
whole body. At the end of trial, Shook & Stone helped Mr. Novick receive
a jury award that included compensation for past medical expenses of approximately
$1.5 million, future medical expenses of approximately $7 million, past
lost earning capacity of approximately $171,000, future lost earning capacity
of approximately $514,000, past pain and suffering of approximately $2.6
million, and future pain and suffering of approximately $7.9 million.
Rebecca Pearson v. Dr. John Doe
This case involved the death of a 40 year old female, mother of two, and
wife of John Pearson. Ms. Pearson was admitted to a hospital in Clark
County, Nevada with complaints of severe abdominal pain, nausea, and vomiting.
Despite clear signs of pancreatitis with resultant severe exudation, the
treating physicians and nurses failed to adequately manage her fluid loss,
ultimately causing her heart to flat line with resultant catastrophic
brain injury. The firm was able to obtain a very significant settlement
against both attending doctors and the hospital by showing that Ms. Pearson's
death was avoidable and solely due to the woefully inadequate fluid management
provided for this acutely ill woman's serious condition.
Estate of Ernest Powell v. Land Air Express, Inc.
Shook & Stone represented the widow of a military veteran and driver
who was killed when his vehicle was struck from behind late at night by
a loaded eighteen wheel tractor-trailer. During litigation, the attorneys
at the firm discovered evidence suggesting that the Defendant-driver had
a history of health problems which likely affected his ability to avoid
the client's vehicle. The lengthy case involved significant accident
reconstruction analysis as well as an understanding of the Federal Motor
Carrier Safety Act Regulations and applicable standards of care in the
Nanette Rowan v. Doe Construction Co.
The firm represented a woman and Federal employee who alleged she was seriously
injured when a 55,000 pound Lube Truck lost control and struck her vehicle.
Ms. Rowan alleged that she suffered injuries to her back which resulted
in surgery and the placement of a spinal cord stimulator. During litigation,
the legal team discovered numerous pieces of evidence that were lost or
destroyed, and alleged multiple violations of the Federal Motor Carrier
Safety Act Regulations.
Sonja Jackson v. Aaron Rents, Inc.
Shook & Stone represented a wife and mother who was a passenger in
a vehicle struck by a delivery truck. As a result of the impact, Ms. Jackson
alleged she suffered a disabling injury to her lumbar spine which caused
her to undergo surgery and placement of a spinal cord stimulator. The
case required in-depth knowledge of the physiology of the spine and the
types of symptoms that can arise as a result of a lumbar disc herniation.
The firm also represented Ms. Jackson with regard to her claim for Social
Security Disability Benefits, resulting in an additional recovery of approximately $200,000.
Monica Ramirez v. Dr. John Doe
The firm represented the parents of "Baby Ramirez", who passed
away after heart rate and other abnormalities were observed during a high-risk
pregnancy. The Ruizes alleged these abnormalities should have alerted
the mother's medical providers that Baby Ramirez was in danger and
should have resulted in care that would likely have saved her life. The
case was complicated by the fact that the Ramirezes advanced ages (36
and 41 years of age) suggested this was their last opportunity to have
a child together. The firm retained the services of multiple experts,
including the renowned Dr. Thomas Moore, Chair of Reproductive Medicine
at the University of California, San Diego, to address claims of Medical
Israel Bari v. Dr. James Carpenter, Eye and Cosmetic Surgery Center of Nevada- $1,800,000.00
On Mr. Bari's behalf, Shook & Stone proved that Dr. Carpenter performed
unnecessary cataract surgeries, causing Mr. Bari, a metal worker, to suffer
blindness in his right eye. In addition to establishing multiple violations
of the applicable Standards of Care, the firm revealed inconsistencies
in Mr. Bari's medical records as well as a pattern of indifference
with regard to the management of Dr. Carpenter's practice. During
trial, the Defendants unsuccessfully argued that Mr. Bari consented to
the procedures performed by Dr. Carpenter, and unsuccessfully alleged
that Mr. Bari shared blame for his poor outcome.
Linda Colton v. Larry Hopkins, Contri Construction Co.- $1,250,000.00
This case involved a woman who was a passenger in a vehicle struck from
behind by an employee of Contri Construction Company. The Plaintiff, Ms.
Colton, alleged she suffered serious injuries to her Cervical Spine, among
other injuries, which caused her to undergo surgery. On Ms. Colton's
behalf, the firm presented evidence of both past and future damages, including
a variety of economic losses.
John Doe v. Doe Insurance Company- $800,000.00
Shook & Stone represented a gentleman initially injured in an automobile
accident. The client suffered serious and permanent injuries to his lumbar
spine resulting in surgery. After achieving a Policy Limits Settlement
with the adverse driver, the client's own insurance carrier refused
to compensate our client appropriately. On client's behalf, the attorneys
at the firm filed a Complaint in Federal District Court, alleging, among
other claims, that the Plaintiff's insurance carrier violated the
express terms of the insurance contract and further violated the Implied
Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing. After substantial litigation,
the Client's insurance carrier agreed to resolve the matter amicably.