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Personal Injury Verdicts & Settlements

When choosing a Tennessee law firm, a prospective client should consider not only the experience of a firm's attorneys but the firm's success in obtaining verdicts and settlements. Most importantly, a prospective client should ask whether an attorney has recently tried any cases to verdict. Actual trial experience is important since settlement values are often determined by informed attorneys making reasonable predictions as to what a local jury would award if a case were tried. Listed below are just a few examples of settlements and verdicts obtained by Gilreath & Associates attorneys:

Automobile Accidents

Gilreath & Associates has represented countless individuals injured in automobile collisions obtaining settlements and verdicts ranging from $15,000 to $5 million to widow of a young man killed in a multi-vehicle collision.

Trucking Accidents

$2 million to family rear-ended by tractor-trailer.
$1.5 million to family crushed in their automobile between two tractor-trailers.
$1 million to widow of truck driver killed in accident involving two tractor-trailers.
$765,000 to man severely injured by truck crossing highway median.
$750,000 to family of woman when tractor trailer crossed center line.

Medical Malpractice

$7.6 million to woman paralyzed during neck surgery — affirmed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals - Steele v. Ft. Sanders Anesthesia Group, P.C., 897 S.W.2d 270 (Tenn. App., 1994).
$3.5 million to man for failure to diagnose fracture resulting in paralysis.
$3 million to child severely disabled at birth due to medical error.

Defective Products

$44 million to child paralyzed due to defective seatbelt system.
$13 million to two plaintiffs paralyzed as a result of rear-end collision in a defectively designed automobile.
$6.5 million to a woman paralyzed by defective airbag and seatbelt system — affirmed by the Tennessee Court of Appeals - Cruze v. Ford Motor Co., et al., 1999 WL 1206798 (Tenn.Ct.App.).
$3.9 million to teenager paralyzed in accident caused by defective school bus brakes.
$1.5 million to person injured by defective lawn mower.

Tennessee defective products attorney Sid Gilreath, founding partner of Gilreath & Associates, investigates an industrial machine responsible for the injury of a factory worker.

Railroad Injuries (Federal Employer Liability Act -FELA)

$2.25 million to railroad worker who lost his leg after being crushed by train wheel assembly.
$841,901 to locomotive engineer for back injuries sustained in crossing collision.
$700,000 to locomotive engineer for neck and back injuries suffered when two train cars collide.

Toxic Exposure - Environmental Law

$21 million to multiple residents exposed to toxic chemical waste via air and water.
$10.5 million to multiple residents exposed to toxic chemical waste in groundwater — affirmed by the Tennessee Supreme Court - Sterling v. Velsicol, 855 F.2d 1188 (6th Cir. 1988).
$400,000 to multiple plaintiffs exposed to toxic chemicals from leaking chemical tank.

Premises Liability/Slip and Fall

$600,000 to person injured due to falling or improperly stacked merchandise at retail store.
$500,000 to teenager with broken back when climbing wall support system failed.
$260,000 to woman injured when two story mountain cabin deck she is sitting on collapses.
$250,000 to man injured due unsafe mountain rental cabin.
$200,000 to man injured in go-cart collision.
$100,000 to woman with fractured arm due to lack of railings on stairs.

Worker's Compensation

Gilreath & Associates has represented countless individuals injured on the job obtaining settlements and verdicts ranging from $5,000 for injury to a hand to awards of lifetime disability and medical benefits for catastrophically injured workers. Gilreath & Associates also has significant experience handling spinal injuries and cases for workers suffering paraplegia and quadriplegia due to unsafe work environments, as well as work injuries due to defective products.

In addition to these cases, Gilreath & Associates has successfully handled numerous cases involving injuries or death in the following types of cases.

Quadriplegia resulting from failure to diagnose neck fracture.
Brain damaged children due to physicians' negligence prior to or during delivery.
Injury to children due to failure to perform a timely C-section.
Shoulder dystocia and/or palsy in children due to physicians' negligence prior to or during delivery.
Failure to diagnose impending heart attacks.
Failure to properly perform laparoscopic removal of gallbladder(cholecystectomy). Failure to remove surgical instruments or sponges during surgery.
Failure to operate on correct limb or body part.
Failure to properly monitor anesthesia during surgery.
Failure to diagnose various types of cancer including, but not limited to, prostate, colorectal and breast cancers.
Failure to properly monitor or confine mental patients resulting in suicide or injury to other persons.
Failure to properly diagnose and treat emergency room patients.
Burn injuries resulting from defective products or factory explosions.
Negligence by state and local government officials causing serious injury.
Slips and falls resulting in injury on private and public property.
Consumer Protection Act cases involving automobile purchases, life insurance, and home owner's insurance.
Breach of contracts in business relationships.
Breach of contract and breach of warranty of good workmanship claims against homebuilders and subcontractors for faulty or poor construction of residential homes.
Defectively designed and/or manufactured vehicles including cases involving faulty brakes, crushed roofs (crashworthiness), seat backs, seat belts, airbags, gear shifts, and fuel tanks/systems.
Railroad crossing collisions.
Train derailments.
Aviation accidents including fatal and non-fatal crashes due to pilot error and/or faulty maintenance and repair by FOBs of certified aircraft mechanics.
Dog and animal bite cases involving adults and children.
Loss or theft or personal property.
Class actions involving price fixing, monopolization, consumer fraud, unauthorized fee charges by corporations, telecommunications companies, automobile manufacturers, wage and hour violations, and mortgage companies.

*Verdicts or settlements discussed herein are not intended to suggest or imply that Gilreath & Associates or its individual attorneys can obtain the same or even similar results in future litigation. Every case must be evaluated, settled or tried based on its individual merits including the actual facts, law and damages.

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