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Past Victories2019-01-30T16:33:40+00:00

ESCALATOR COMPANY FOUND LIABLE FOR ACCIDENT AT PRO PLAYER STADIUM

Following a football game at Pro Player Stadium between the Miami Dolphins and New England Patriots, an out-of-control escalator at Pro Player Stadium sent approximately 200 football fans on a terrifying plunge, injuring nearly 30 people and drawing several lawsuits against the stadium, its staffing company, and the escalator manufacturer.

After a two-week trial in Miami circuit court, a six-person jury found that the escalator manufacturer was 90% liable, and that Pro Player Stadium was 10% liable.

Attorney William E. Johnson claimed that the escalator manufacturer improperly marketed the escalator as being able to hold two people on each step, but in reality, the brakes were only designed to hold one person per step. The plaintiffs also argued that the Stadium was liable because it put up signs allowing two people on each escalator step without determining if the escalator could handle the load or not. Johnson said witnesses described the Pro Player escalator’s fall as a “roller coaster”. He said one witness saw a woman toss a child from the moving escalator, and people were seen jumping from the side of it to avoid the pile up.

With opening day for Florida Marlins baseball fast approaching at Pro Player Stadium, Johnson warned that something must be done to either limit the number of people on the escalators or install stronger brakes. “The scary thing is that the experts at trial said that if you get the same scenario again, it will happen again”, Johnson said. “What they need to do is put a person on every other step. If they don’t and this happens again, they are looking at punitive damages”.

$1.8M SETTLEMENT WON AFTER MEDICAL ERROR

Bobby Jones, a 50-year-old father of two and an avid golfer, tennis player and boater, discovered a lump in his ankle. He immediately made an appointment to see his doctor who biopsied the growth and sent it to pathology for a microscopic evaluation. The biopsy report came back clear. The pathologist reported that the growth was benign and of no concern. Bob and his family were relieved. But, unfortunately, this was not to be a happy ending. Two years later the lump reappeared. This time Bob’s doctor sent the biopsy to a different pathologist who determined that the lump was in fact cancerous and had been two years ago as well. Because the correct diagnosis came so late, Bob’s doctor informed the Jones family that amputation of Bob’s left leg was necessary to prevent the cancer from spreading farther into his body. Bob’s left leg was amputated below the knee. If the first pathologist had read the biopsy correctly, Bob would still have the use of both of his legs today.

That’s when Bob turned to William E. Johnson. Bob was referred to Mr. Johnson because of his record of winning lawsuits resulting from medical errors. Mr. Johnson recovered $1.8 million for the Jones family.

Mr. Johnson showed how this very active man was now prevented from living life in the manner in which he was accustomed, prior to the amputation. Also, Bob’s job required a lot of traveling. After the amputation, Bob was no longer able to maintain the same rigorous pace at work and had to take a pay cut as a result of the injury.

Mr. Johnson was able to recover money based on Bob’s future wages, his past and future medical bills, and pain and suffering for both Bob and his wife. Mr. Johnson ensured that the family’s financial security would not be marred by the doctor’s colossal error.

JURY AWARDS $8.4M TO MAN INJURED IN CRASH

A crash victim who forever may be dependent on narcotic pain medicine has won a $8.4 million judgment from a Palm Beach County jury.

“Although the money will never cover Buddy Jones’ medical costs and lost earnings, it cannot compensate for the pain and suffering”, his attorney, William E. Johnson said.

“There is not enough money in the world that someone would want to place themselves in that position”, said Johnson.

The jury awarded the money after a seven-day trial in Palm Beach County circuit court. Jones was sitting in the front seat of a car and was wearing his seat belt when it was struck broad side by an uninsured driver. Jones was taken to the hospital by ambulance after the crash, and despite undergoing two surgeries on his lower back, he is now permanently disabled. Because of his physical condition, Jones closed his restaurant in downtown West Palm Beach and is now unemployed. He had recently graduated from Cornell University with a degree in hotel and restaurant management before the crash.

Prior to trial, the uninsured motorist carrier, USAA, had offered to settle the claim for $300,000.

FATAL ACCIDENT SETTLED FOR $1M

The parents of a champion high school wrestler who died after his Buick slammed into a disabled truck settled their lawsuit against the trucking company for $1 million.

Gloria and Mike Trudeau sued Florida Express Freightways and the driver of the tractor trailer, Audo Sanchez. Danny Trudeau was a graduate of Santalucas High School. He was 18 years old when he died of severe head injuries sustained in the crash.

During trial, Gloria Trudeau wiped away tears as the family’s lawyer, William E. Johnson, spoke of her son’s accomplishments. Johnson argued that Sanchez and the trucking company were at fault because Sanchez should have pulled the truck off the road when it became disabled.

After five days of trial, and before the defense began it’s case, Florida Express and Sanchez paid their policy limits of $1 million to settle the case.

NURSE WINS NEGLIGENCE CASE AGAINST PROPERTY MANAGER

A pedestrian who was struck by a car has won a $1.85 million judgment from a Broward County jury.

Peggy Ann Cavallaro was riding her bicycle and was struck by a car at a pedestrian crosswalk in the Sunrise residential complex where she lives.

Ms. Cavallaro, mother of two and a pediatric intensive care nurse, suffered a fractured tibia, underwent three operations, and suffered chronic neurological pain. After the accident, she attempted to return to her job at Miami Children’s Hospital, but had to leave after six months for health reasons.

Attorney William E. Johnson, on behalf of Ms. Cavallaro, filed a negligence suit against the property management company of the residential complex alleging that it was negligent in failing to maintain a stop sign at the pedestrian crossing. A stop sign had previously been at the crosswalk, and one was required according to the construction plans.

WOMAN STRUCK BY CAR RUNNING RED LIGHT WINS $630,000

A Palm Beach County circuit court jury awarded $630,000 to a Palm Beach Gardens nurse injured when a car ran a red light on Belvedere Road. “Linda Jacobs’ shoulder blade was shattered when a car driven by Nicki Kurnitsky crashed head on into Jacobs’ car near Palm Beach International Airport”, said William E. Johnson, attorney for Jacobs. The impact occurred at approximately 45 M.P.H. and both vehicles were declared a total loss.

As a result of the collision, Ms. Jacobs sustained three fractured ribs and a shattered right shoulder blade which is now permanently deformed, resulting in chronic ongoing pain. Prior to trial, Attorney William E. Johnson demanded $550,000 and when the defendant only offered $300,000, the case went to trial.

BRAIN DAMAGED PEDESTRIAN CASE SETTLES FOR $4.5M

A Palm Beach County circuit court jury awarded $630,000 to a Palm Beach Gardens nurse injured when a car ran a red light on Belvedere Road. “Linda Jacobs’ shoulder blade was shattered when a car driven by Nicki Kurnitsky crashed head on into Jacobs’ car near Palm Beach International Airport”, said William E. Johnson, attorney for Jacobs. The impact occurred at approximately 45 M.P.H. and both vehicles were declared a total loss.

As a result of the collision, Ms. Jacobs sustained three fractured ribs and a shattered right shoulder blade which is now permanently deformed, resulting in chronic ongoing pain. Prior to trial, Attorney William E. Johnson demanded $550,000 and when the defendant only offered $300,000, the case went to trial.

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