Personal injury law involves cases where a person is alleging a person or entity injured them in some way. Personal Injury cases include:
Civil Rights violations; involve cases dealing with police misconduct and/or brutality, such as police officers using excessive force against someone they arrest or unlawfully detaining, searching or arresting a person without a legally justified basis;
Insurance Bad Faith: involve cases where an insurance company fails pay a reasonable claim made by their clients for medical bills, for injuries to a person or vehicle involved in a collision, paying disability benefits, paying life insurance claims or paying claims by home owners for damages to their property. Insurance companies vigorously advertise and solicit your business. However, when a valid claim is made for the insurance benefits you have paid for, many companies will entirely refuse to pay the claim or use their attorneys to intimidate you into accepting “low ball” settlements.
Automobile Collisions: involve cases dealing with when one or more vehicles are involved in some type of collision. These collisions can include two or more cars colliding with each other or a single vehicle becoming involved in a collision due to a defect in the vehicle or a dangerous condition existing on a roadway. Even “minor” collisions can result in catastrophic personal injuries.
Medical Malpractice: involved cases where a medical doctor or other health care provider including chiropractors, nurses, medical technicians or others who provide health care services either directly injures a person during a surgery or a procedure or fails to properly diagnose and/or treat a medical condition.
Pharmacy Mistakes: involve cases where a pharmacy provides a person with either the wrong prescribed medicine, provides the wrong dosage of the prescribed medicine or failing to recognize adverse consequences from combinations of prescribed medicines. Each year over 100,000 people die or become seriously ill from receiving the wrong medicines, receiving the wrong dosage of medicine or because of the taking of a combination of adverse medications. Many pharmacy “mistakes” are caused by the demands place upon pharmacists at large “chain pharmacies” to fill a certain “quota” of prescriptions an hour or day.
Wrongful Termination: involve cases where an employee, business partner or corporate executive is fired, demoted or laid off without good cause or reason. Many people become fired, demoted or laid off because of retaliation for reporting some type of wrongdoing “whistle- blowing”, petty personal differences or for some other illegitimate reason. Even “at will employees” (employees who can be terminated for “any” reason) can become victims of wrongful termination if they are fired or laid off.
Defective Products: involve cases where a products, such as automobiles are produced and distributed to the public with design defects which result in collisions or fail to have proper safety features which would protect of person from death or serious injuries. Defective products can also include baby cribs or baby carriers, toys, electronics or other items that cause death or serious bodily injury when used in a reasonably foreseeable manner.
Other types of Personal Injury: cases can include when a person slips and falls as a result of a defective or unsafe condition in a home, business, public park or other location, being injured by being bitten by another person’s dog or animal.
NOTABLE CIVIL CASES SEAN HAS HANDLED
- POLICE MISCONDUCT/EXCESSIVE FORCE: The parents of a mentally ill man called the police in order to bring their son to the hospital. Two (2) police officers arrive. The first officer who responded appeared to have everything under control and the mentally ill man had followed all instructions. A second officer arrived when the mentally ill man was standing with his hands on top of his head preparing to be handcuffed. For some unexplained reason the second officer took out his Taser and Tasered the mentally ill man. Several independent witnesses testified the mentally ill man was not resisting and there was no reason for him to be Tasered. After being Tasered the mentally ill man fell dead to the ground. No officer attempted to provide any medical care to the man. Sean filed a lawsuit alleging Civil Rights Violations and Excessive Force by the Police. RESULT: Before trial the Defendants agreed to pay the family of the dead man $1,300,000.
- INSURANCE BAD FAITH: A family was hit by a drunk driver and suffered $38,000 in medical bills. The family made a claim against the driver and owner of the car who hit them. AAA Insurance Company who represented the owner of the car refused to pay for any of the medical bills. RESULT: A jury found AAA acted in Bad Faith by failing to pay the $38,000 in medical bills and assessed Punitive Damages (punishment damages) against AAA in the amount of $1,700,000.
- INSURANCE BAD FAITH: For 35 years a Medical Doctor paid for a $12,000 Disability Insurance Policy. The Doctor made a claim for the $12,000 in disability benefits after he was diagnosed with “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.” The Insurance Company refused to pay on the claim because they claimed “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” was not a real disease and was therefore not covered disability. Sean went through the over 5,000 pages of documents provided by the Insurance Company and found a single document which stated “Chronic Fatigue Syndrome” was a real disease and if an insured is diagnosed with the disease they should be paid Disability benefits. RESULT: Several days before trial the Insurance Company paid $800,000.
- DEFECTIVE PRODUCT: Sean’s clients were passengers in a Mini-Van that went off the road and rolled over several times. Several passengers were killed and several others were severely injured. Sean alleged had the Mini-Van been equipped with “Electronic Stability Control” the Mini-Van would have never left the road. RESULT: The Auto-Manufacturer and other Defendants settled the case for $2,200,000.
- PHARMACY MISTAKE: Sean’s client was an elderly man who was experiencing dizziness. His Doctor prescribed him a drug called Anti-Vert to control the dizziness. However, a national pharmacy chain gave the man Ativan (an anti-anxiety drug) instead of the prescribed Anti-Vert. The man suffered hallucinations and suffered a slip and fall injuring his back. RESULT: CONFIDENTIAL 6 FIGURE SETTLEMENT.
- CAR HIT PEDESTRIAN: Sean’s elderly client was walking to church and was crossing the street within a cross walk when she was hit by a car. Sean’s client suffered a broken leg. As a result Sean’s client ability to go on long walks was impaired. RESULT: CONFIDENTIAL 6 FIGURE PRE-TRIAL SETTLEMENT WITHIN DAYS OF TRIAL.
- WRONGFUL TERMINATION: A Banker was fired to questionable reasons. The case proceeded to trial. RESULT: The Jury returned a verdict of $480,000 in compensatory and punitive damages (punishment damages) against the Employer.