Georgia Verdicts and Settlements in Personal Injury Cases
Below is a list of verdicts and settlements in Georgia personal injury cases, most medical malpractice, and motor vehicle collision cases.
This is useful information to better understand the value of personal injury claims. But these successes do not guarantee a similar result in your case even if it sounds just like one of these cases below. Why? Because there are just too many variables of very different weights that go into the mix of how these cases are valued.
- October 2018, Georgia: $161,000 Verdict: Plaintiff was driving with his 4-year old son near the intersection of Arbor Place Boulevard and Chapel Hill Road in Douglasville when he was allegedly rear-ended by the defendant. Liability for the accident was admitted, but the defendant disputed the severity and extent of the alleged injuries suffered by the plaintiff and his son. The jury in Douglas County awarded $36,000 for plaintiff’s injuries and $125,000 for the injuries to his son.
- December 2017, Georgia: $1,500,000 Verdict: A 30-year-old plaintiff with gallstones underwent laparoscopic surgery for the removal of his gallbladder. The surgeon negligently used the bladed trocar instrument and accidentally cut into one of the plaintiff’s arteries. The error caused ischemic injury to plaintiff’s sciatic and femoral nerves resulting in permanent severe right leg pain and difficulties ambulating requiring him to walk with a cane for the rest of his life. The jury in DeKalb County awarded $1.5 million in damages.
- October 2017, Georgia: $5,500,000 Verdict: A 72-year-old woman went to St. Mary's Medical Center in Athens, Georgia, complaining of pain and nausea and was initially diagnosed with painkiller-induced constipation. Later on, further imaging revealed a significant bowel obstruction but during treatment, she began vomiting, asphyxiated on her vomit and suffered a fatal heart attack. The husband sued the doctors at the hospital for malpractice claiming that they were negligent in failing to immediately identify the bowel obstruction by ordered a CT Scan or additional imaging tests right away. The jury in Atlanta agreed that the doctors were negligent and awarded $5.5 million in damages.
- April 2017, Georgia: $20,500,000 Verdict: Plaintiff went to Perry Hospital in Dothan, Georgia for parathyroid surgery. At the hospital, the plaintiff was given a drug called Methylene Blue, manufactured by the defendant Akorn, Inc. At the time, the plaintiff was also taking Effexor XR. Due to the interaction of these two drugs, the plaintiff developed Serotonin Syndrome. The plaintiff was hospitalized for several weeks and kept in a medically induced coma. As a result of her condition plaintiff suffered severe injury to her central nervous system. Plaintiff sued the drug manufacturer, Akorn, for failure to warn of the dangerous interaction between Effexor and its Methylene Blue drug.
- February 2017, Georgia: $700,000 Verdict: Plaintiff was shopping at the Kroger Store on Thornton Road in Lithia Springs, Georgia when he slipped and fell in a puddle of water. There apparently were no caution signs in the area where he fell, but there were one or more Kroger employees in the immediate vicinity. Plaintiff’s alleged injuries from the slip and fall were fairly significant. Plaintiff sued Kroger for premises liability. In defense, Kroger argued it did not have actual or constructive knowledge of any possible hazard. The jury in Douglas County disagreed and awarded $700,000 in damages to the plaintiff.
- June 2014, Georgia: $7,500,000 Verdict: A woman gave birth to fraternal twins at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. She was discharged the following day but quickly noticed her son was less hungry and more lethargic than his twin sister. She returned to the hospital the following week with concerns of her son’s lethargy and low body temperature. He was quickly taken by helicopter to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta where he was placed under the care of Neonatology Associates of Atlanta. Two days later, an array of tests was performed to eliminate possible causation of the infant’s condition. Eventually, the infant was diagnosed with maple syrup urine disease – a disorder that prevents the body from digesting certain forms of protein. From the disease, he had permanent, severe brain damage. He will require a feeding tube and will be impacted in all aspects of everyday life. His parents, on his behalf, sued Neonatology Associates of Atlanta and their physician who ordered testing for medical malpractice. Plaintiff claimed the Defendants failed to order appropriate testing for their son, resulting in a delay in diagnosis. Defendants denied liability, claiming that there was no deviation from the standard of care and that the brain damage was due to the negligence of the other medical providers. A Fulton County jury found the Defendants 40% liable and other non-party medicine and healthcare professionals liable for the remaining 60%. They awarded the Plaintiff in the amount of $7,500,000, which was reduced to $3 million.
- April 2013, Georgia: $15,263,000 Verdict: A 22-year-old man was leaving his friend’s wedding ceremony, where he served as best man. He was in the back seat with other wedding guests who were on their way to the reception. The driver began to slow down as he approached the traffic light at the intersection of Highway 247 and Green Street. Before he was able to come to a full stop the car was rear-ended by a vehicle traveling at 70 mph. The impact was so great the car was pushed 100 yards past the intersection and forced the trunk into the backseat. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Just an awful tragedy. The man’s parents sued the driver, who was operating a company owned vehicle at the time of the accident, and his employer for wrongful death. Plaintiffs alleged the driver was negligent in the operation of his vehicle by speeding and following too closely. Plaintiffs also claimed that the employer was vicariously liable for permitting the driver, who had a recorded 15 prior speeding tickets, for lettering them operate their vehicle with a poor driving record. A Fulton County jury found the defendants negligent and awarded the Plaintiffs in the amount of $15,263,000.
- April 2013, Georgia: $1,050,000 Settlement: A 67-year-old retired pharmacy technician underwent laparoscopic cholecystectomy at St. Joseph’s Hospital. During the procedure, the physician experienced complications from extensive scar tissue and elected to perform open surgery. During the procedure, a tear in the portal vein was discovered with excessive bleeding. A vascular surgeon was called to repair the vein, but unfortunately, by the time he was able to assist, the woman had suffered from a large amount of blood loss and died in ICU shortly thereafter. Her adult children filed a medical malpractice suit on her behalf against the surgeon and his employer, Georgia Surgical Associates. Plaintiffs claimed that the Defendant was behind in his schedule was rushing through the surgery. They alleged the Defendant inserted a trochar tube without proper visualization, which resulted in the portal vein tear. Defendant denied negligence, claiming that he did not deviate from the medical standard of care. The parties agreed to settle during jury deliberations in the amount of $1,050,000.
- March 2013, Georgia: $55,000 Settlement: A 49-year-old woman was riding as a passenger of her husband’s vehicle on a highway in Forsyth County. While their vehicle was stopped at a stop light, they were rear-ended. The woman sought emergency treatment where she was diagnosed with disc herniation, bulging discs, cervical radiculopathy, and cervical spondylitis. The woman sued the driver of the vehicle who rear-ended her husband and his insurer, USAA. Plaintiff claimed the driver was negligent in failing to keep a proper lookout. Defendant admitted that his can fell while he was driving and subsequently his the gas pedal while trying to retrieve it. Parties agreed to settle prior to trial in the amount of $55,000.
- March 2013, Georgia: $300,000 Verdict: A 57-year-old man was boarding a MARTA (Metropolitan Atlanta Regional Transit Authority) bus on Covington Highway near Memorial Drive. Before he was able to properly locate a seat, the driver pulled away from the curb, and the man fell in the aisle. When he attempted the stand, the bus made a turn and he fell once more, hitting his head against the bus window. When he was able to exit the bus, a MARTA police office contacted an ambulance who then took the man to DeKalb Medical Center. X-ray results showed pre-existing avascular necrosis of the neck as well as a possible fracture to the right shoulder. He was prescribed pain medication and discharged. The man visited his primary care physician who referred him to an orthopedist for head, neck and should pain. Eight months later, he visited a second orthopedist who recommended a partial shoulder replacement. The man sued MARTA, claiming the driver was negligent in operating the bus and for failing to allow the Plaintiff a few seconds to locate a seat before speeding away from the stop. Defendant denied liability, claiming the bus driver pulled away at a walking speed and that according to MARTA policy, bus drivers do not need to wait for passengers to be seated before pulling away from a stop. A Fulton County jury heard both arguments before finding the Defendant as negligent and awarding the Plaintiff in the amount of $300,000.
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