Georgia Verdicts & Settlements for Personal Injury
THE LAW OFFICES OF ANDREW E. GOLDNER, LLC LEAD COUNSEL
We pride ourselves in only listing cases in which Andy Goldner served as lead or co-lead counsel. Many law firms advertise results secured by attorneys to whom a case was referred. Every result below reflects the outcome of a case personally handled by Mr. Goldner.
CAR ACCIDENT RESULTS
C.C. $2,800,000 (Wrongful Death / Company Vehicle / DUI)
The case was resolved after our law firm was retained to investigate and litigate a collision involving an employee of a national company, who was driving his work-issued truck, and an Atlanta resident. As part of the settlement agreement, the Defendants in this case required that almost all of the facts about the collision and litigation be confidential.
C. S. $2,250,000 (Wrongful Death / Highway Construction Zone)
Recovery on behalf of three children whose mother was killed in a collision on Interstate 85 in Dekalb County, Atlanta, Georgia. Our client was a passenger when her car was side-swiped by a driver entering the highway in a poorly designed construction area / temporary traffic zone on the entrance ramp. The driver tendered his full liability and excess insurance policies. Our law firm then pursued a case against the at-fault roadway contractor.
R. H. $1,300,000 (Brain Injury / Auto vs. Pedestrian Accident)
Recovery on behalf of an 89 year old man. Our client, an independently living 89 year old man, took his truck to be serviced at a local tire shop. After being informed that his truck was ready, our client walked into the parking lot and was tragically struck by a vehicle being driven by a tire ship employee. Through discovery, we uncovered a videotape of the incident and also learned that the at-fault employee had a terrible driving record. The commercial insurance company for the tire shop, Liberty Mutual, refused to make an offer to resolve the case before a lawsuit was filed. The case was resolved at mediation after a lawsuit was filed and just prior to the depositions of the Defendants’ employees.
O.B. $1,050,000 (Dram Shop / Drunk Driving Collision)
We secured this policy limit settlement on behalf of an Atlanta Police DUI Task Force Officer who was critically injured by a drunk driver. Through discovery, we were able to prove that the driver had consumed a substantial amount of alcohol at a local sports bar and had been served drinks by a bartender with whom he had a personal relationship. After leaving the bar, the drunk driver fell asleep at the wheel and collided with our client, who was monitoring traffic from his police car on the side of the highway. Our client made a remarkable recovery, but the insurance company elected to tender the entire policy limit rather than face a trial.
R.S. $650,000 (Client in rear-end collision on highway who suffered brain injury, loss of his spleen, and multiple fractured ribs)
Our client’s car was rear-ended at highway speeds by an SUV on I-575 in Cherokee County, Georgia. While the at-fault driver was not given a traffic citation in connection with this wreck, we were able to track down a key eyewitness who helped us establish our case. Our client substantially recovered from his brain injury; however, we secured enough money to take care of his future medical and income needs.
C.C. $400,000 (Car accident / Back Surgery)
Our client underwent back surgery months after she was struck by a car. Initially, the defendant denied liability and attempted to blame our client for the wreck. After the at-fault driver and treating surgeon were deposed, the case resolved at mediation.
Our client, a 93 year old resident of Gwinnett County, Lilburn, Georgia, was in his car waiting to turn out of a shopping center. Another vehicle was pushed into his car, resulting in a significant collision. Our client suffered a non-surgical fractured hip, was hospitalized, and then confined to a sub acute care facility for two months while he underwent rehabilitation. We were able to secure the entire liability and UM policy insurance limits which were available to him.
A.H. $300,000 (Policy limit settlement / Spine surgery)
Our client, a resident of Atlanta, Georgia, was a passenger in a car driven off of the highway outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee. She suffered a fractured neck and broken wrist a result of the wreck. We were able to identify a number of insurance policies which were applicable to the claim.
M.P. $285,000 (Client in head-on collision with driver, fractured wrist, fractured, ribs, post-traumatic carpel tunnel syndrome).
Our client’s car was hit by a driver who crossed over the double yellow line on a roadway near Chastain Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The at-fault driver died at the scene. Our client suffered a fractured wrist, fractured finger, and multiple broken ribs, as well as post-traumatic carpal tunnel syndrome.
We represented a woman from Kennesaw, Georgia who was thrown from her motorcycle while riding in Chattooga County, Georgia. A wheel from a trailer traveled across the highway and struck our client’s bike, throwing her to the ground. Through discovery, we were able to show that the trailer was improperly loaded and unsafe for use on the roadway. Our client suffered a bimalleolar ankle fracture, requiring two surgeries and many rehabilitation sessions. Despite the fact that this matter was litigated in one of the most conservative venues in the State of Georgia, State Farm Insurance Company elected to settle the case a few days before trial.
N. Family $208,500 (Family of five hit by a drunk driver, with three people suffering physical injuries)
Our clients’ total medical expenses were approximately $15,000 after this collision. We were able to secure a settlement of approximately fourteen times that amount by proving the egregious conduct of the drunk driver and locating key eyewitnesses.
B.G. Insurance Policy Limits (Client with fractured C-spine/neck after automobile wreck outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee)
Our client was returning home to Atlanta after a weekend in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He was a passenger in a vehicle being driven too fast for conditions. The at-fault driver caused his car to hydroplane and strike an embankment off of the highway. We were able to assist the client in recovering the full policy limits from all available insurance carriers, including from insurance policies of which the client was unaware.
K. S. Insurance Policy Limits (Drunk driving / Car wreck)
Our firm represented a high school girl who was seriously injured when a drunk driver struck her car. The child suffered severe leg injuries, requiring surgeries and rehabilitation. Through in-depth discovery, we were able to uncover multiple applicable insurance policies and a substantial Medical Payments policy.
J.K. Insurance Policy Limits (Drunk driving / Fatality)
Our law firm represented the family of an aspiring country music singer who was killed by a drunk driver in Henry County, Georgia. The singer was returning home late at night from a concert and was tragically killed when a driver, who was already on parole, crossed a double yellow line and caused a catastrophic wreck. Our law firm was honored to represent this family. We were also honored that a lawyer against whom we had previously litigated a brain injury case, suggested our firm as counsel for the family.
R.B. Insurance Policy Limits (Auto/bicycle accident)
We represented a middle-aged bicyclist who was catastrophically injured when a car ran a stop sign at the intersection of West Wesley Road and Ridgewood Road in the City of Atlanta. Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury, multiple orthopedic injuries, underwent numerous surgeries, and then rehabilitated at the Shepherd Spinal Center.
N.H. Insurance Policy Limits (Infant who suffered head injury during automobile collision)
We represented this minor child and his brother in connection with a very severe automobile collision that was caused by a college student who ran a stop sign. The child was very seriously injured, but made a remarkable recovery. Through the use of a structured settlement, we secured enough money to pay for his college education while leaving sufficient money for any future health issue that might arise.
T.M. Insurance Policy Limits (Automobile collision resulting in the death of an 18 year old).
This tragic case received substantial media coverage. Our client was driving two of his friends to school when another driver pulled his vehicle out into the roadway causing a catastrophic collision.
J.P. Insurance Policy Limits (Client who was in a head-on collision, requiring ankle surgery and resulting in permanent ankle pain).
After we filed suit, both applicable insurance policies were tendered in order to avoid litigation and trial.
E.H. Insurance Policy Limits (Drunk driving / Car wreck)
Our client, a minor, suffered a skull fracture and permanent loss of hearing in his right ear as a result of a wreck caused by his friend’s intoxicated driving. Our client was as a passenger in the car being driven by the drunk, underage driver.
J.W. Insurance Policy Limits (Pedestrian vs. Car / Wrongful Death)
Our firm represented the surviving family of a Chinese citizen who was visiting his son in Atlanta. The man was struck and killed by a pickup truck in Dekalb County, Georgia. The responding police officer placed the blamed on our client’s decedent, finding that he had crossed the road at an improper place. Nevertheless, we tracked down the key eyewitness to the fatal wreck. This witness confirmed that the driver of the truck was speeding and, but for the speed, could have avoided the collision. Allstate, who insured the driver of the truck, initially denied liability on the claim. After receiving our demand package, Allstate reversed course and tendered the policy limits.
G.W. Insurance Policy Limits (Broken Shoulder requiring surgery, Rollover Collision)
We were honored that another Atlanta personal injury law firm referred this client to us. Our client was in a T-bone, rollover collision in Cherokee County as a result of a teenage driver running a red light. As a result of the wreck, our client suffered a broken clavicle which required surgery. We were able to secure the entire insurance policy limits for the client without having to file a lawsuit.
L.A. Confidential Settlement (Pedestrian / Auto Collision)
We represented an Atlanta attorney who was hit by a car in Chicago, Illinois. Our client sustained multiple injuries to his knee, requiring surgery, and suffered post-concussion syndrome. Our law firm was honored that a local attorney selected us as his top choice for legal representation for a serious injury case.
S.W. Insurance Policy Limits (Car wreck / Spleen Injury)
Our firm represented a man from Paulding County, Georgia who was seriously injured when a young driver abruptly turned in front of his car. Our client suffered a significant spleen injury, requiring surgery.
J.C. $1,775,000 (Wrongful Death / Tractor-Trailer collision)
Recovery on behalf of a widow whose husband was driving a tractor-trailer outside of Chattanooga, Tennessee when another truck driver caused his truck and trailer to cross into the opposite lanes of travel on Interstate 24. The collision caused a massive explosion, which killed our client’s husband. The at-fault trucking company was headquartered in Dekalb County, Georgia and a lawsuit was filed there before the company and various insurance carriers agreed to resolve the case.
C.C. $1,600,000 (Commercial Vehicle Wreck)
Client suffered leg injuries as a result of a rear-end collision caused by the driver of a commercial truck. We filed and litigated this case until it was ready for trial. After we deposed the truck driver, corporate representative, responding police officer, scene witnesses, and our client’s surgeon, the Defendants chose to resolve the case.
L.B. $1,550,000 (Commercial Truck Accident / Neck Surgeries)
Our firm was retained to represent the wife of a local attorney. Our client was in a car which was rear-ended by a commercial truck in Roswell, Fulton County, Georgia. While our client did not go to the hospital by ambulance, she did develop neck pain within two days of the collision. Thereafter, she was diagnosed with herniations in her neck, which ultimately required two fusion surgeries. The Defendant truck company was underinsured for the wreck, but our clients maintained a substantial Underinsured Motorist policy. Just prior to trial, the insurance company paid to settle the case after over a year of litigation.
C.P. $900,000 (Tractor Trailer Wreck)
Our client, a 25-year-old mother of two children, was significantly injured when a commercial truck ran a red light and caused a major collision in Gainesville, Hall County, Georgia. Our referring lawyer was able to secure a $250,000.00 offer on the case and, to his credit, recognized that this was insufficient compensation for the client’s injuries. She suffered, among other things: a pneumothorax, five broken ribs, loss of her spleen, a fracture of her arm (requiring surgery), a clavicle fracture (requiring surgery), scarring, and chronic headaches. After our law firm filed and investigated this matter, we were able to position the case for early settlement discussions. We secured the client 90% of the available insurance policy.
P. Family $750,000 (Family of 4 injured in a collision with a commercial truck)
Despite a witness who was prepared to testify that our client was at fault for the collision, we were able to secure close to seven figures for a family in a collision with a commercial truck. Through discovery, we were able to show that the defendant truck driver presented inconsistent versions of how the collision happened.
D.J. $500,000 (Tractor Trailer Wreck)
Our client was on his motorcycle and stopped for a downed tree on Knox Bridge Highway in Cherokee County, Georgia. A tractor-trailer driver was operating his vehicle too fast for conditions and caused a chain reaction collision, knocking our client off of his motorcycle. Our client broke his foot and also suffered injuries to his back. His back injuries did not respond to physical therapy and ultimately required a fusion surgery. The Defendants initially claimed that our client was faking his injuries and that he was not actually thrown from his motorcycle as a result of the collision. Accordingly, little money was offered to resolve the case before suit was filed. Our law firm was associated to file and litigate the case. After we deposed the at-fault truck driver and trucking company owner, we were able to prove a number of safety violations that contributed to this wreck. We were also able to prove that the at-fault driver was not compliant with federally mandated post-collision drug and alcohol screening, which raised a number of questions about the driver’s behavior. Ultimately, the insurance company for the Defendants paid to resolve the case instead of trying it to a jury.
M.S. $475,000 (Tractor-Trailer Wreck)
Our firm represented a man who was seriously injured during a collision with a tractor-trailer in Dekalb County. Among other injuries, our client sustained a broken hip and foot, both of which required surgery. Our client was given a ticket by the responding police officer and found to be at-fault for the collision; however, through the use of an accident reconstruction expert and scene diagrams, we were able to convince the insurance company that the truck driver bore substantial responsibility for the wreck.
J.W. $275,000 (Commercial vehicle collision at the airport, which resulted in an aggravation of a prior back injury suffered by our client)
The aggravation of the prior injury caused the need for our client to have spine surgery.
J.W. $215,000 (Tractor-Trailer Wreck)
Our client, a middle school teacher, was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer on I-75 in Fort Valley, Georgia. The tractor-trailer driver was cited by the responding officer for following too closely; however, during litigation, the trucking company blamed our client for allegedly swerving in front of the truck driver. Our client injured her back during the collision, requiring physical therapy, epidural steroid injections, and, ultimately, laminectomy / discectomy procedure. Through in-depth investigation, we were able to prove that the truck driver failed to comply with Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration requirements regarding post-collision alcohol testing. We were also able to show that the trucking company failed to comply with its own post-collision investigation process. After offering no money prior to the filing of a lawsuit, the trucking company paid a substantial settlement at mediation. We were able to secure a favorable result for the client, despite substantial pre-existing back conditions, by proving the increase in back pain and decrease in mobility which occurred after the wreck.
PREMISES LIABILITY / DANGEROUS PREMISES RESULTS
M.F. $2,000,000 (Drowning Death / Negligent Supervision)
Our client was the mother of a 31-year-old high functioning mentally disabled man. He lived at a facility in Roswell, Georgia where the residents had their own apartment and had access to various amenities, including a swimming pool. The man had a known seizure disorder. Unfortunately, while walking in the shallow water of the pool, he suffered a seizure and remained submersed in water. The facility employees were not supervising the pool appropriately and failed to pull him from the water until after he died. The highest pre-trial offer from the Defendants was $50,000.00. The Defendants believed that they could convince the jury that no supervision was owed because the decedent was high functioning and assumed the risks associated with swimming. In addition, the Defendants argued that he suffered a fatal cardiac event in the pool and did not, in fact, drown. The jury in the State Court of Fulton County deliberated for an hour before returning a $2,000,000.00 verdict for our client.
L.B. $1,500,000.00 (Dangerous and Falling Tree / Wrongful Death)
We represented the parents of a seven year old child who was killed by falling tree branches at a home he and his family rented outside of Macon, Georgia. The family and neighbors had previously informed the landlord that the tree was dropping branches and dangerous. Yet, the landlord did not have the tree removed. When the child was playing in the backyard of the house, the tree dropped a number of massive branches, killing the boy. We secured the entire liability and umbrella policies from State Farm, the insurance company for the homeowner / landlord.
S.B. $1,350,000 (Boating Accident / Drunk Driving)
Our client, a 38 year old man from the Southside of Atlanta, was asked to take a ride on a boat owned and operated by a neighbor. The driver was drunk and impaired. He steered the boat into a concrete dock at a high rate of speed, resulting in our client being ejected from the boat. Our client suffered severe orthopedic injuries, including a fractured hand and leg, both of which required surgery with hardware and extended rehabilitation. We filed the case after the at-fault insurance company, Allstate, did not offer fair value for the case. Soon thereafter, the case resolved.
H.A. $790,000 (Client shot through the hand during an attempted robbery at a gas station, which had prior violent crimes and no security to protect customers)
Our client stopped at a gas station off of Fulton Industrial Blvd. in Atlanta in order to purchase a drink. He was assaulted and shot outside of the gas station after making his purchase. Through extensive discovery and depositions, we were able to prove that the gas station owners had knowledge of many prior crimes on their property and failed to take any remedial measures to protect their customers. Fortunately, our client recovered physically, but much of this unfortunate case centered upon his post-traumatic stress disorder.
M.M. $700,000 (Dangerous Premises / Brain Injury)
We represented a lady who presented to a salon within a local department store in order to have her hair cut. The entrance to the Salon was undergoing construction and renovation. Unfortunately, the construction area was poorly marked and our client was directed to enter the Salon through the area under repair. She tripped and struck her head against a metal sign, resulting in a severe brain injury. Our firm asserted claims against the department store, general contractor, and sub-contractors. We were able to secure our client an amount of money that will provide her financial freedom and cover necessary medical care for the rest of her life.
B.O. $300,000 (Insurance Policy Limits for Burn injuries / Premises Liability)
We represented a middle school student who suffered serious burn injuries over much of her body as a result of a homeowner’s negligent supervision of a bonfire at his residence. The child sustained burns to her legs, arms, and stomach because children attending the bonfire were left unattended with gasoline. We were able to convince the homeowners’ insurance company to tender Policy Limits without the need to file a lawsuit.
J.P. $270,000 (Premises liability)
Our elderly client fell off of a porch at an apartment complex in Cobb County, Georgia. The porch was poorly designed and not built up to Code. Our client required a hip surgery and extended rehabilitation as a result of her fall.
T.L. $245,000 (Premises Liability / Dangerous Condition case)
Our client suffered fractures to her left ankle and right foot after falling off of a dimly light curb outside of a restaurant. Both of her injuries required open reduction, internal fixation surgeries and extended physical therapy. Through aggressive discovery, we were able to prove that the shopping center owners were previously told of parking lot lighting issues and previously warned of the dangers around the area where our client fell. Yet, the shopping center owners did nothing to protect customers. The case was litigated until days before trial.
S.E. $225,000 (Slip and Fall / Dangerous Staircase)
We represented an ICU nurse who slipped and fell down a staircase at the apartment complex where she had lived for 10 years. Our client suffered a significant leg fracture, requiring surgery. We retained a well-qualified premises expert who discovered a number of code violations with the staircase, including the absence of required handrails. In addition, our investigation revealed that the apartment complex pressure washed the staircase in order to remove dirt and debris (which caused the staircase to be slick) within a few days of our client’s fall.
M.B. Confidential Settlement (Gas Station / Robbery & Shooting)
We represented a local business owner who was robbed and shot at a gas station in Dekalb County in the early morning hours. Though our client sustained severe injuries to his head and arm, he made a remarkable recovery. After we filed a lawsuit, investigated the area surrounding the convenience store, and took depositions of gas station management, the insurance company elected to settle the case rather than proceed to trial.
N.C. Confidential Settlement (Dog attack / Facial Scarring)
Our firm represented a five-year-old Georgia boy who was mauled by a large bullmastiff dog while his family was vacationing in Maine. The child suffered severe facial wounds, resulting in the need for surgery. Through investigation, we were able to show that this dog had attacked numerous people previously. We secured sworn statements and other documents proving that this dog should not have been allowed around anyone, particularly small children. The result our law firm secured is believed to be one of the largest dog attack settlements in the history of Maine.
R.V. Confidential Settlement (Premises Liability / Psychiatric Facility Assault)
Our client, a child, was an in-patient at a psychiatric facility in middle Georgia. While showering, he was assaulted by two other residents of the facility. Our client suffered a broken jaw, requiring surgery, as a result of the attack. Through aggressive discovery we were able to show that the facility was non-compliant with its own rules and regulations pertaining to supervision of the residents.
B.H. Confidential Settlement (Escalator Malfunction)
Our client, a college student, was injured when an escalator at a MARTA station failed and collapsed backward. Numerous people were injured during this unfortunate event, resulting in widespread media coverage about the dangers of poor maintenance on escalators in the Atlanta area.
T.F. Confidential Settlement (Premises Security / Shooting)
Our firm represented a young woman who was shot near her place of work. As a condition of settlement, the Defendant insisted that the remainder of the facts behind this tragic shooting remain confidential.
E.G. Confidential Settlement (Slip and Fall / Knee Fracture and Surgery)
Our client, a middle-aged woman from Atlanta, stopped into a retail store to purchase a few items. Soon after entering the store, she slipped and fell on liquid, resulting in a fractured knee which required surgery with hardware. Liability was denied and we filed a lawsuit. We brought claims against a janitorial company and the store. The case was resolved soon before trial for an amount that the insurance adjuster said they “would never pay.”
NURSING HOME, ASSISTED LIVING, AND PROFESSIONAL MALPRACTICE RESULTS
U.B. $940,000 (Medical negligence, loss of right eye)
Our client lost her right eye after awakening during ocular surgery due to insufficient amounts of anesthesia. The defendants elected to settle the case just prior to trial.
F.B. $417,000 (Medical negligence / ventilator misuse, death)
We represented the family of 78 year old who was killed after a hospital employee negligently failed to turn a ventilator to the ‘on’ position after placing patient on the machine. While the patient had very significant co-existing health conditions, we argued that she deserved to pass with dignity on her own terms.
N.B. $350,000 (Chiropractic malpractice, stroke)
Our client, a thirty year old, suffered an ischemic stroke after a chiropractor negligently performed a neck adjustment and then negligently failed to recognize the signs of impending stroke. Our client fully recovered but we were able to secure an amount of money sufficient to protect him in the event of any future related health issues.
A.P. $300,000 (Medical malpractice case where a surgeon performed client’s diverting colostomy backwards, resulting in infection and repeat surgery)
F.A. Confidential Settlement (Nursing Home / Wrongful Death)
We represented a World War II veteran who was sent to a nursing home in Cobb County, Georgia because he was a fall-risk. The nurses left the resident unattended twice in the same day resulting in two falls and two head strikes. The falls resulted in a massive brain bleed and, ultimately, caused the death of the resident. Through discovery, we were able to show that, despite the fact that the man was a known fall-risk, the nurses left him totally alone in a wheelchair and repeated the same mistake, even after he had fallen at the facility.
I.D. Confidential Settlement (Nursing Home / Wrongful Death)
Our firm represented the family of a man who was sent for short-term rehabilitation to a nursing home in Cobb County. There, the attending nursing home doctors failed to properly supervise and manage the patient’s Coumadin regimen, causing massive internal bleeding and, ultimately, death.
C.B. Confidential Settlement (Retained gauze after surgery)
Our client, a former nurse, had two pieces of gauze left in her chest after cardiac surgery and wound care at a local hospital. The retained gauze caused a massive infection, resulting in numerous other surgical procedures and significant scarring.
F.B. Confidential Settlement (Medical Malpractice / Pain medication overdose death)
Our client, a chronic pain patient, was victimized by a local physician who had been sanctioned by the Composite State Medical Board. The physician provided pain pills to desperate patients who were in chronic pain, yet he failed to follow the standard of care regarding monitoring, dosing, and supervision of medication use. Our client died of multiple drug toxicity. A lawsuit was brought by her husband and children in order to ensure that some good might come from her untimely death and to ensure that this physician stopped preying on pain clinic patients.
F.E. Confidential Settlement (Assisted Living Facility / Wrongful Death)
Our clients were the surviving children of a lady in her late 80’s who lived in an Assisted Living Facility. She became unsuitable for this sort of residential facility, with limited staffing and oversight. Unfortunately, she developed a pressure sore, which became infected, and resulted in her death. The defendants made no offer to resolve the case before a lawsuit was filed. After years of litigation, both defendants paid to resolve the case before trial.
(Initials withheld per Defendant Request) Confidential Settlement (Post Elective Surgery / Wrongful Death)
Our clients were the surviving children and husband of a woman who presented to a local hospital for an elective knee surgery. She died within hours of the completion of the surgery. We presented expert testimony to prove that the patient was not appropriately monitored in the post-operative period, considering her various health conditions.
D.B. Confidential Settlement (Assisted Living Facility / Wrongful Death)
We represented the family of a woman who had recently moved into an Assisted Living Home in the metropolitan Atlanta area. The facility charged substantial monthly fees, which included housing, food, and supervision. Within three weeks of admission to the facility, the resident contracted pneumonia, which was not timely noticed or addressed by the staff. Unfortunately, the resident became septic before anyone secured medical attention for her. Therefore, after a prolonged battle, the woman died. We filed a lawsuit after the facility and their insurance company refused to make a settlement offer to the family. After taking the depositions of only two facility staff members, the insurance company for the home paid to resolve the case and avoid a trial.
OTHER CASES OF INTEREST
Our firm has handled numerous other cases for clients injured as a result of commercial vehicle and car collisions, tractor-trailer wrecks, dangerous premises, and nursing home negligence. Click here for a preview of some of our other successes with those cases.
Law Offices of Andrew Goldner, LLC
Phone: (404) 869-1580