Automobile Collisions Cases

CAR COLLISIONS

Client v. Defendants (Iowa 2015)

Facts: Client was involved in two separate car accidents within the same year. Suit was filed against both accidents. Client had roughly $6,000 in medical bills. The case was defended on pre-existing conditions, intervening cause, and disputed damages.

Settlement: The claims were settled globally for $85,000.

Clients (minors) v. Defendants (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a family of four siblings who were all injured in a car accident on a road in rural, Southwest Iowa. Claims were brought against the responsible driver and underinsured insurance carrier. The claims were defended on disputed fault and nature and extent of damages.

Settlement: The claims settled prior to trial against both the responsible driver and the underinsured carrier for a confidential amount.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a woman who was involved in an accident near her home. Claims were brought against the responsible driver and underinsured insurance carrier. The claims were defended on a theory that the accident did not cause the client’s injuries, and disputing the extent of the injuries.

Settlement: The driver’s insurance policy paid policy limits of $100,000. The claim for underinsured benefits remains pending.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a nice gentleman from Des Moines who was injured after being rear-ended by another vehicle in Polk County. The case was defended on a theory that the client’s injuries were not as significant as alleged.

Settlement: The case went to mediation, but negotiations stalled. The case settled for multiple six figures, which represented more than $100,000 more than offered at mediation.

Client v. Defendants (Iowa 2015)

Facts: Client was involved in two car accidents within two years of each other. Client claimed injury to his neck and low back. The defendants disputed that they caused the client’s injuries as well as the extent of his injuries.

Settlement: The case was settled for a confidential amount.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: Client was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Polk County. The defendants disputed causation and nature and extent of her injuries.

Settlement: The case was settled for $50,000 at mediation.

Client v. Defendant (South Carolina 2015)

Facts: Client, who lived in Iowa, was vacationing with his family in South Carolina when he was involved in a bicycle accident. Nile Hicks was admitted pro hac in South Carolina to represent the client. The suit was defended on comparative fault and disputed causation on the client’s injuries.

Settlement: The case was settled for a confidential amount close to policy limits at mediation.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Southern Iowa gentleman who was injured in a car accident.

Settlement: The case was settled prior to filing a lawsuit for roughly 4 times the client’s medical expenses.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: Client was involved in a motor vehicle accident when she was hit by a driver of a truck who was leaving a house. Client sustained a significant pelvic fracture. Suit was filed on behalf of the Client in a rural Iowa County.

Settlement: The case was submitted to mediation where the case was settled for a confidential, multiple six-figure amount.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: Client was involved in a car accident at an unmarked intersection in Northern Iowa. Suit was filed on a failure to yield and failure to keep a proper lookout basis. The claim was defended on a comparative fault basis and disputed damages.

Settlement: The case was settled prior to trial.

Sister v. Brother (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Central Iowa woman who was injured when she was a passenger in her brother’s vehicle near Indianola, Iowa. The case was defended on disputed causation and extent of the client’s injuries.

Settlement: The case settled at mediation for a confidential six-figure amount.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Central Iowa man who was injured in a motor vehicle accident. He was offered $1,000 by the insurance company prior to seeing an attorney at the Beattie Law Firm.

Settlement: The case settled for $16,000, which was $15,000 more than the insurance company’s final offer to the client before representation.

Clients v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a family who was involved in a car accident that was not their fault. The insurance company did not want to pay the family any money, and tried to blame the client for the accident because his English was poor.

Settlement: The case settled pre-suit for all clients for $60,000.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm’s client was involved in a motor vehicle accident in Bettendorf, Iowa. The client was driving a semi-truck westbound, when another vehicle ran through an intersection, causing an accident. The Beattie Law Firm represented the client on his workers’ compensation and car accident claims.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a policy limits settlement of $100,000 for the Client.

Client v. Insurance Company (New Jersey/Iowa 2015)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm’s client was a passenger in a single vehicle accident in New Jersey. The claim was turned down by multiple New Jersey law firms due to the laws in New Jersey. The Beattie Law Firm pursued an uninsured motorist claim for the client.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential settlement for the client against the insurance company.

Clients v. Defendants (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a family who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on a rural highway in Southwest Iowa. The defendant denied he was at fault and hired an expert to blame the husband’s driving for the accident. After a failed mediation, the case went to trial.

Trial: After trial and post-trial motions, the family had damages assessed at over $100,000 with some fault assigned to the husband for his driving.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm’s client was leaving work at a local Des Moines store. While crossing in the crosswalk, she was struck by a young woman who claimed she did not see her. The case was defended on comparative fault and disputed damages.

Settlement: The case was settled at mediation for $45,000.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented an older gentleman who was injured in a car accident on Des Moines’ Eastside. The other driver blamed the older gentleman for the accident. The Beattie Law Firm investigated and obtained statements from two eye witnesses that the other driver was at fault. The insurance company still denied the claim. Suit was filed.

Settlement: The case was settled for $85,000.

Client v. Defendant/Insurance Company (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a passenger who was involved in a single vehicle accident in Eastern Polk County. Suit was filed against the driver and the client’s insurance company for underinsured benefits. The driver had insurance limits of $100,000 and refused to pay that at mediation.

Settlement: The case settled in total for $125,000.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a woman who was blamed for a car accident. She maintained that the accident was not her fault, and that the other driver’s fault caused her injury. Suit was filed on her behalf, and the defendant counterclaimed, blaming her for the accident and injuries. The client’s insurance company paid money to settle that claim.

Settlement: Despite the fact that the client’s insurance company thought the accident was her fault and settled the claim against her, the Beattie Law Firm pressed forward on behalf of their client and settled the claim for $30,000 for her injuries and damages.

Client v. Defendant/Insurance Company (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by another driver at low speed. The case was filed against the other driver and the driver of the passenger’s vehicle’s insurance company for underinsured benefits.

Settlement: The other driver’s insurance company paid policy limits, and the Beattie Law Firm obtained an additional settlement of $50,000 at mediation on the underinsured benefits claim.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Polk County woman, who struggled with the English language. She was being blamed for an accident that was not her fault. The case went to litigation, and the defendant tried to blame her for the accident.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm was able to get a settlement for its client in the amount of $22,000 despite the defendant’s attempt to blame her for the accident.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Southern Iowa gentleman who was injured when he was a passenger in a vehicle.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm negotiated a pre-suit settlement of $40,000 for its client.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Marion County woman who was involved in an accident outside of Pella. Suit was filed down in Marion County.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a settlement for its client for $80,000.

Client v. Defendant/Insurance Company (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Marion County woman who was seriously injured while driving a school bus. The Beattie Law Firm pursued claims against the responsible driver, the school’s underinsured insurance, and the school’s workers’ compensation carrier. The school’s insurance argued that offsets prevented the client from collecting certain benefits. The issue was submitted to the Court, which ruled in the client’s favor. The case was submitted through two separate mediations, and was eventually resolved.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm was able to resolve all of the client’s claims for a significant, confidential, multiple six-figure settlement.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a gentleman who was involved in an accident on a highway in Marion County. The defendant denied responsibility, blaming a sudden emergency and no negligence due to the sun. The Beattie Law Firm had a professional photographer take photographs at the time and location of the accident on the anniversary to show the location of the sun at the time of the accident, which disproved the sun in the eye defense.

Settlement: The case went to mediation and settled for $125,000.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented an EMT who was injured while in the back of an ambulance during transport. The Firm represented her on both the workers’ compensation claim and the claim against the other driver.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm was able to obtain a settlement of $90,000 against the other driver’s insurance.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a passenger of a vehicle who struck a semi-truck that had pulled out in front of them on the highway. The client sustained an injury to her lower extremity that required her to miss time from work.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a pre-suit settlement of $120,000.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2014)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a family who was involved in a car accident.

Settlement: The cases settled for $45,000 before a lawsuit was filed.

Client v. Insurance Company (Iowa 2013)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Central Iowa client who was involved in a car accident with another driver who had low limits of insurance. After the driver’s insurance company paid policy limits, the client’s insurance company took the position that no more benefits should be paid.

Settlement: In addition to the policy limits, an additional $60,000 was recovered under the client’s own insurance policy.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2013)

Facts: The Beattie Law Firm’s Client was an Eastern Iowa man who was a migrant worker from Africa. He was injured in a car accident while on his way to work. The insurance company originally denied the claim.

Settlement: The claim was settled for $60,000 prior to filing suit.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2009)

Facts: Client was involved in a significant car accident. Suit was defended based on pre-existing complaints.

SettlementPolicy limits were tendered by the defendant’s insurance company. Suit continued against the underinsured carrier until settlement was reached for a substantial sum.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2009)

Facts: A Washington County resident was injured in an automobile accident. The client had substantial pre-existing medical issues and had previously been determined disabled.

Settlement: Despite the client’s pre-existing medical issues, the Beattie Law Firm obtained a policy limits settlement on behalf of the client.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A Marion County resident was injured in a head-on collision. The Defendant fell asleep at the wheel and crossed the center line at over 60 miles per hour, colliding with the car driven by Ms. Vanderecken.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm secured a $175,000 settlement on behalf of its client.

Hutzell v. Defendant (Iowa Federal Court 2008)

Facts: A United States Postal mail van driver ran a stop light and collided with Mr. Hutzell’s vehicle. The claim was pursued pursuant to the Federal Tort Claim Act.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm secured a $275,000 settlement on behalf of Mr. Hutzell.

Gass v. Mapes (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A Marion County resident was injured in a head-on collision. She suffered injuries to her ankle and knee. She required left knee replacement surgery. Her doctor testified that a pre-existing condition in her knee meant that the surgery was inevitable.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm secured a $100,000 settlement on behalf of Mrs. Gass.

Clients v. Defendant (Missouri 2008)

Facts: The clients of The Beattie Law Firm were involved in an automobile collision in Missouri. Many of the clients suffered significant injuries in the collision.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained policy limits on behalf of the clients of approximately $300,000.00.

Oberhauser v. Dines (Iowa 2008)

Facts: Mr. Oberhauser’s Dodge Ram truck was rear-ended on a two-lane highway in Northern Iowa. He sustained a back injury in the collision.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained policy limits on behalf of Mr. Oberhauser from the other driver’s insurance policy. The Beattie Law Firm also obtained a settlement from Mr. Oberhauser’s underinsured policy prior to the start of trial.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A Marion County resident was injured in an automobile collision in Polk County. There were questions as to fault of the respective drivers. There were questions as to whether the medical care following the accident was related to the accident or a previous injury for which Client had been treating for prior to the automobile collision.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a $44,000 settlement on behalf of its client.

Adams v. Lavalley (Iowa 2008)

Facts: A Union County resident was injured in an automobile collision in Polk County. Ms. Adams was a DHL driver making a delivery in Polk County. There were questions of whether the medical care following the accident was related to the accident or a previous injury suffered by Ms. Adams.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a $60,000 settlement on behalf of Ms. Adams.

Minkalis v. Defendants (Iowa 2008)

Facts: Ms. Minkalis was injured in an automobile collision in Polk County. She suffered injuries to her back, neck, hip, chest, arm, and collar bone.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a settlement policy limits of $100,000 from the tortfeasor as well as a settlement from the Underinsured Carrier.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2008)

Facts: Client was injured in a head-on collision in Marion County while on the way to school. Client fractured her leg in the collision. Defendant defended the case based on the comparative fault of our client, alleging that Client was traveling over 30 mile per hour over the speed limit on the rural road.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a settlement in the amount of $60,000 on behalf of its client.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2008)

Facts: Client was a passenger in a vehicle that was involved in a single car accident. It was alleged that another vehicle was involved, forcing the vehicle in which Client was a passenger in to run off the road. Client suffered significant facial injuries.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained policy limits from the driver of the vehicle in which Client was a passenger. The Beattie Law Firm also obtained a$75,000 from the driver of the other vehicle.

Client v. Uninsured Insurance Company (Iowa 2008)

Facts: Client and his young son were involved in an automobile collision when an uninsured driver pulled out in front of them on a Polk County road. Client and his young son treated for their injuries at the emergency room on the day of the accident and did not receive any medical treatment past that day.

Settlement: After filing the lawsuit against the insurance company, the insurance company settled for $18,500 total.

Herndon vs. American Concrete (2007)

Fact: Plaintiff sustained a shoulder injury due to negligence of a driver of a concrete truck.

Settlement: The case settled for $200,000 plus.

Kusel v. Golly, et. al. (Iowa 2007)

Facts: Mr. Kusel was injured when the truck he was driving was forced off the road when Defendants were in the road on horseback.

Verdict: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a Polk County jury verdict compensating Mr. Kusel for his injuries.

Brown v.  ­­­____(2006)

Fact: Mr. Brown suffered a head injury when he was struck by a negligent driver of a pickup truck.

Settlement: The case settled for $400,000 plus.

Beyer v. United State of America (Iowa Federal Court 2006)

Facts: Mr. Beyer was injured when a postal carrier negligently drove his vehicle into Mr. Beyer’s vehicle. The lawsuit was brought pursuant to the Federal Tort Claim Act.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a $225,000 settlement on behalf of Mr. Beyer.

Shives v. Travelers Insurance (Iowa 2006 Trial)

Facts: Ms. Shives was t-boned at an intersection in Mahaska County. She suffered permanent nerve-related arm dysfunction as a result of the accident. As a result, she was no longer able to work as a cable installer, which was her previous job.

Verdict: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a $200,000+ verdict on behalf of Ms. Shives. The verdict was 20 times what Travelers offered to settle for prior to the trial.

Client v. Defendant (Iowa 2005)

Facts: Our client was injured in an automobile accident in Montgomery County. The insurance company refused to provide the policy limits prior to filing of the lawsuit, claiming that there was no reason to believe this was a policy limits case.

Settlement: Upon receipt of the information regarding policy limits, the case was settled for policy limits.

Kendall v. Meldrem, et. al. (Iowa 2003 Trial)

Facts: Patricia Kendall, a 64 year old woman, left her employment at Pella Corporation with co-defendant. Ms. Kendall was the passenger in co-defendant’s vehicle. As their car crested a hill, Defendant Meldrem’s vehicle suddenly turned his vehicle right in front of the vehicle in which Ms. Kendall was riding. The driver of Ms. Kendall’s vehicle had only $25,000 in insurance coverage. Ms. Kendall suffered a frozen shoulder in the accident.

Verdict: A Marion County jury awarded $350,000 in damages to Ms. Kendall and $34,000 in consortium damages to her husband. The driver of the vehicle in which Ms. Kendall was a passenger paid the policy limits.

Jacobs, et. al. v. Smith, et. al. (Iowa 2001 Trial)

Facts: Jacobs was a passenger in Defendant Guessford’s vehicle. Mrs. Guessford crossed the bridge on Interstate 80 headed southbound just south of the Highway 141 on-ramp. Guessford was suddenly confronted with the stopped vehicle of Co-Defendant Smith, who had crashed on the slippery roads.

Verdict: The Polk County jury returned a verdict in favor of the clients of the Beattie Law Firm in the amount of $280,000.