Neck, Back and Spine Injury Cases

Clients v. Defendants (Iowa 2012)

Facts: Our client suffered a burst fracture in his back when he fell nearly thirty feet from a roof while performing maintenance services for his employer. A lawsuit was filed against the building owner and the design and construction professionals who had recently designed and built the new facility. During the course of the lawsuit, it was discovered by the Beattie Law Firm that the new building was designed and constructed in violation of applicable building codes and industry standards. The building codes required a guardrail to be placed where our client fell, but unfortunately it was left out of the design and construction of the facility.

Settlement: Trial was scheduled to begin in Story County. With the prospective jurors sitting in the courtroom, the defendants collectively settled the case for a substantial multiple seven figure amount close to $3 Million.

Client v. General Motors (Iowa 2008)

Facts: The Beattie Law represented a man who was rendered a paraplegic when the seat back in his General Motors manufactured vehicle failed. Our client was on his way home from a University of Iowa football game when the car he was a passenger in was rear-ended at low speed. He was thrown backwards into the rear seat, breaking his neck, when the seat back broke.

Settlement: The Beattie Law Firm obtained a confidential seven-figure settlement for the Client.

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 for treatment to his upper back and neck. 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. Injuries included neck, back, and other scrapes and cuts. 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

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 client suffered injuries to her back. 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 client had surgery on his low back to help alleviate leg numbness and tingling sensations. The case was defended on a theory that the client’s injuries were not as significant as alleged or caused by the accident.

Settlement: The case went to mediation, but negotiations stalled. The case settled for $245,000, 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: The Beattie Law Firm represented a Southern Iowa gentleman who was injured in a car accident. He suffered injury to his neck.

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: 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, which included injury to the back and neck.

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

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.