2018-2020 Injury Verdicts and Settlements

The following case summaries highlight some of the various results achieved for clients by the injury lawyers at Rittgers & Rittgers over the 2018 and 2019 calendar years.

  • $5 Million Settlement –Truck Driver At-Fault for Wrongful Death: A family lost a loving husband and father when a truck driver acted carelessness and needlessly endangered the lives of all Ohio drivers. The insurance company that insured the truck explored numerous avenues to escape its responsibility to pay the full value of the case. After several depositions, a video that included testimony from our client’s grieving wife and children, several expert reports, and a surveillance video that was uncovered showing the true facts surrounding the crash, the case was settled for $5,000,000.

  • $2.8 Million Settlement – Semi Truck Crash: A young man was driving with his father in a small car on a local highway. A tractor-trailer driver made a lane change without checking his fender mirror. Fender mirrors on tractor trailers reveal blind spots that door mirrors will not show. Truck drivers must always look in both a door mirror and a fender mirror before each lane change. The crash killed the young man’s father. The semi-truck company tried to blame the young man for his own father’s death. Following depositions and a mediation, the case settled for $2.8 million.

  • $2.75 Million Settlement – Child Injured During Sporting Event: A young child’s life was changed forever after a head injury at a sporting event. Facing an uphill battle because of numerous laws that restricted the chance of recovery, the case was resolved through a mediation that resulted in a $2,750,000 settlement that will be structured and guaranteed throughout our client’s life.

  • $2.1 Million Settlement – Nursing Home Error: A loving mother and wife was in a nursing home when she suffered a life altering injury as a result of a nursing home employee’s failure to properly secure her in a transport vehicle. She passed away several months later at a local hospital due to other complications. Three insurance companies and policies agreed to pay their maximum policy limits on the case which totaled $2,100,000.

  • $1.1 Million Settlement – Motorcycle Crash: An elderly man failed to yield to a motorcycle causing a crash that killed a woman who was riding on the back of a motorcycle operated by her husband. She was not wearing a helmet and did not survive the crash. The settlement was for the total insurance policy limits including the umbrella policy and totaled $1,100,000.

  • $1 Million Settlement - Motorcycle Crash: A young man lost his leg below the knee when a pick-up truck pulled into his lane of travel. Our client was accused of driving without a headlamp on his motorcycle which could have caused or contributed to the crash. Charlie M. Rittgers searched a nearby soy bean field with a treasure hunting expert he hired who brought a metal detector. They found the headlamp and settled the case for the insurance policy limits of $1 million shortly thereafter.

  • $700,000 Settlement – Pennsylvania Tractor Trailer Crash: A truck and car collided in a head-on collision on a two-lane road in Pennsylvania. The truck driver claimed our client came into his lane before swerving back to his own lane. The toxicology report indicated our client had marijuana in his blood and the black box data showed that his speed was roughly twenty miles per hour over the speed limit. Our accident reconstructionist report indicated the truck was at-fault for the crash despite the marijuana in our client’s system and our client’s speed. The case settled for $700,000.

  • $500,000 Settlement – Burn Injury: Children and teenagers started a bonfire during a graduation party that badly burned our client, a young boy, who was sitting close to the fire. The insurance company refused to offer any money since the boy’s own brother was not covered under the policy and he admitted to starting the fire. We filed a lawsuit and obtained counsel for the boy’s brother and parents. The insurance company ultimately agreed to pay their maximum policy limits of $500,000.

  • $191,674 Verdict – Rotator Cuff Tear: A 49-year-old over-the-road truck driver was injured when he stepped backwards in a sporting goods store after an employee directed him to look at a shelve which was above eye level. A loose barbell was on the floor just outside the aisle causing the man to fall and tear his rotator cuff. Facing a conservative jury in Campbell County, Kentucky the insurance company did not make any reasonable offers. Rittgers & Rittgers attorney Barb Strady, with co-counsel, took the case to a jury trial and received a verdict that included $52,125.18 for past medical expenses, $9,549.04 for past lost wages, $90,000.00 for past mental and physical pain and suffering, and $40,000.00 for future mental and physical pain and suffering. The award totaled $191,674.22 and was reduced by 15% for comparative fault.

  • $147,270 Arbitration – Nursing Home Negligence: A 61-year-old woman was in a nursing home after a surgery for a ruptured cerebral aneurysm and for subsequent respiratory failure when she fell forward from her wheel chair and struck her head on the floor. As a result, she suffered an acute subdural hematoma that took her life. The nursing home denied any wrongdoing and the case was forced into binding arbitration through a clause in the contract the family had signed with the nursing home. Rittgers & Rittgers lawyer Eric Allen handled the arbitration. After arbitration, the nursing home was found to be liable and ordered to pay $147,270.

  • $105,000 Settlement – Car Crash: A teenage driver caused a car crash when she pulled out of a private drive and struck our client’s car. Despite having a displaced scaphoid fracture and a fracture at L1, our client’s total adjusted medical bills were $10,529, both fractures healed within six months, and no surgical intervention was required. Attorney Eric Allen was able to settle the case for the maximum insurance policy limit of $100,000 with a complete waiver of the medical payment lien of $5,000 for a total recovery of $105,000.

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