Truck/Commercial Vehicle Accidents
$7 Million Settlement
A man was seriously injured when a teenage delivery driver was not paying attention to the road and struck our client as he was removing luggage from the trunk of his vehicle after he pulled over to the side of the road. By engaging accident reconstruction experts, a lighting expert, and a nationally recognized lifecare planner we were able to show the full extent of our client’s brain injury and future impairment. The insurance company tendered its full policy limit of $7,000,000
$5 Million Settlement
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.
$3 Million Settlement
A young boy was killed after a landscape truck ran him over in the street. The insurance company claimed the child “darted out” in front of the driver. We established the company failed to follow commercial trucking safety regulations and reconstructed the crash which prompted a settlement for the full policy limits of $3 million.
$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.
$1.25 Million Settlement
A young girl was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled out in front of a truck that was “bobtailing” (driving without it’s trailer). The case settled for $1.25 million.
Semi-Truck Rear-End Crash
Our client and her husband were passengers in a vehicle that was rear-ended on the highway by a tractor trailer. Our client suffered a closed head injury. Despite the traumatic brain injury, it was difficult for the defendants to understand the harm they had caused because our client looked and acted healthy. People who knew her prior to the crash understood her injuries. The case settled before trial for $800,000.
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.
A young woman was injured in a head-on truck crash with a lumber truck. She suffered a broken foot and ankle as a result of the crash. Rittgers & Rittgers settled her claim out of court for $416,000.
A man working for a waste removal company was injured when a driver crashed into a garbage truck. The man suffered a leg and pelvic injury and was hospitalized for one week. Rittgers & Rittgers handled the third-party claim against the negligent driver. Our client received $325,000 for his injury.
Rittgers & Rittgers has successfully orchestrated multiple multimillion-dollar wrongful death settlements under confidentiality agreements but the confidentiality agreements prohibit us from disclosing the details of the case.
$4.85 Million Settlement
Approved for family of man killed by police during traffic stop
Konrad Kircher and Ryan McGraw represented the Administrator of the Estate of an African American motorist who was gunned down by a white police officer during a routine traffic stop. The traffic stop was initiated by the officer because Mr. Dubose was missing a front license plate, which in Ohio carried only a $100 fine. Within seconds of encountering Mr. Dubose, the officer shot him after violating several police policies, including reaching into the vehicle to try and take Mr. Dubose’s keys. The case received tremendous local and national media attention. Konrad and Ryan helped to secure a $4,850,000 settlement on behalf of Mr. Dubose’s 13 children, parents, and siblings and were the primary architects for how the settlement proceeds would be divided amongst the beneficiaries. The Hamilton County Probate Court adopted nearly all of the recommendations made by Konrad and Ryan.
$2.1 Million Settlement
A seven-year-old boy drowned at a members only organization pool as a result of poor staffing and inattentive lifeguards. The case settled for $2.1 million dollars.
Truck Crash Wrongful Death
A thirty-eight-year-old mother was killed when a semi-truck carrying steel for AK Steel failed to yield at an intersection in Middletown. The truck driver was cited for Failure to Yield and Vehicular Manslaughter. The case settled confidentially without a trial.
$15 Million Verdict
Following a summary jury trial in federal court, the jury returned a verdict of $15,000,000 in total damages and 40% comparative fault for a seriously injured man we represented who was injured while riding through a roadwork construction zone and blamed for his own injuries. The verdict was reduced to $9,000,000 because of Ohio’s comparative fault laws and the case settled confidentially the morning following the trial.
$1.1 Million Settlement
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
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.
A grandfather was driving the speed limit and following all the safety laws while driving his motorcycle with his granddaughter. Another driver rolled a stop sign and pulled in front of the motorcycle, killing the granddaughter and severely injuring the grandfather. Rittgers & Rittgers represented the grandfather and settled his case for $350,000; the granddaughter’s case settled for $1.1 million.
A man was injured as a result of a motorcycle crash when the driver of an SUV failed to yield to the motorcycle. The case settled for the maximum recovery under the at-fault driver’s auto insurance, $250,000.
Drunk Driver Strikes Motorcyclist
Our client was riding his motorcycle on I-71 when a female driver who was impaired as a result of pain medications rear-ended his motorcycle. Our client suffered serious road rash and other injuries. He returned to work quickly despite the pain and other than scarring from road rash he has recovered from his injuries. We settled his case for $240,000.
Married Couple Injured on Motorcycle
A husband and wife were traveling on a motorcycle in South Carolina when a negligent motorist struck their bike from the rear. Both husband and wife suffered medical expenses, lost wages, and injuries. Thankfully, both have returned to work and recovered from their injuries. The man who was at-fault had a maximum recovery under his insurance policy of $100,000 per injured person. We recovered $100,000 for the wife and another $75,000 for the husband.
Teen Driver; Motorcycle Accident
A man was injured while riding his motorcycle when a young driver pulled out in front of him. Our client suffered a broken arm. The case settled for $100,000.
A woman suffered a broken ankle with permanent injury after she was struck by a car while walking on the sidewalk. The at-fault driver’s insurance company offered only $125,000 to settle the case. Matt Nakajima and Lindsay Lawrence took the case to a jury trial in February 2021 in Warren County Ohio and received an $825,000 verdict.
A mother and daughter were injured in a car accident. The mother suffered herniated discs and a broken wrist and the daughter broke both her femurs. The at-fault driver had insurance, as did our client. The maximum recovery under our client’s uninsured/underinsured policy was $500,000. The case settled for $500,000.
Failure to Yield Crash
A pickup truck driver failed to yield at a two-way stop. As a result, our client slammed into the trailer the pickup was towing. Our client was riding a motorcycle. Our client was a retired truck driver with a clean driving record. He had a pelvic fracture, spinal fractures, and hand and foot fractures. The case settled for $350,000.
After hiring Rittgers & Rittgers, a mother and daughter involved in a car crash recovered $265,000 (policy limits) for medical expenses and pain and suffering. Following the accident, the daughter suffered a rotator cuff tear and experienced muscle aches. Her mother had a broken vertebrae and broken ribs, but was not incapacitated.
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.
Uninsured Driver Accident
A Hamilton County resident, while vacationing out of state and driving a rental car, was injured when an uninsured motorist struck his car. Rittgers & Rittgers recovered $100,000, the maximum amount of money available under our client’s uninsured motorist policy.
Nursing Home & Medical Malpractice
$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.
$1.6 Million Settlement
Dilaudid Overdose Mistake By Hospital
A middle aged married woman was being monitored in the post anesthesia recovery unit (PACU) following a surgery when the staff improperly doubled the ordered dose of Dilaudid. Her physicians ordered 0.5 mg of the powerful opioid medication but the nurses administered 1.0 mg on three separate occasions. The PACU then failed to properly monitor her oxygen levels over several hours. Oxygen levels dropped from 100% to 85% and oxygen saturation was 73% with a blood pressure of 66/48 causing permanent brain damage. The case settled after a lawsuit was filed and depositions were taken for $1.6 million.
$1 Million Settlement
Our client was tragically killed as a result of an error made by a technician at a dentist office. The case settled for $1,000,000.
$1 Million Settlement
Pain Pill Overdose
A forty-year-old husband and father of three died of an opioid overdose after his doctor prescribed him pain medication for over fourteen years. The defendants blamed the man and his wife for his own death and also claimed he died of a heart attack rather than acute overdose. The case settled for $1 million before trial.
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.
$3 Million Verdict
Slip And Fall
Our client suffered a broken knee cap resulting in surgery after falling on a knocked down wet floor sign laying flat on a multi-colored floor inside of a Casino. Surveillance video confirmed that a casino employee walked by the sign, without picking it up, eleven seconds before our client fell. It was the Casino’s position that the fall was solely our client’s fault. A Hamilton County jury disagreed finding that the sign was not open and obvious under the circumstances, that the Casino was 100% at fault and delivered a verdict of $3 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.
$1 Million Settlement
Brain Injury – TBI
A man was injured while on the job at a store. After the injury, he and his wife consulted with two law firms. One refused to accept his case and the other was unable to get a settlement offer and dismissed his case. We got involved and settled the case for $1 million.
$1 Million Settlement
A woman was seriously injured when a dog bit her at a local business. We recovered the entire $1 million policy limit.
$1 Million Settlement
A young woman was injured after a local bar served a minor driver who left the bar and caused a car crash injuring more than five people. We were the only lawyers who pursued the bar and recovered the entire $1 million policy limit.
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.
Golf Course Injury
A man was injured on a golf course. Despite difficult liability, we were able to settle the case for $500,000.
Slip and Fall
A 78-year-old woman was injured when she tripped and fell over a cement parking block outside a condominium complex. A jury awarded our client $385,000 for her closed head injury.
Slip and Fall
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.
A young child’s face was scarred as a result of a dog bite. The child received a $95,000 settlement for the injury.
A boy was playing with three other children on a neighbor’s trampoline when he broke his leg. The children were unsupervised and all jumping on the trampoline at the same time. The case settled for $75,000 before trial.
A father and his son were harmed as a result of malicious, false, and defamatory statements made by the father’s ex-wife and daughter. A jury awarded our clients $500,000 and the court awarded over $60,000 in attorney’s fees.