$1 MILLION

Pedestrian Injury

M.A. was hospitalized for several weeks and incurred nearly $1 million in medical expenses after being hit by a bicyclist while walking on the sidewalk. After a series of depositions and through investigation, a confidential settlement was reached for the benefit of M.A.

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Insurance Company Pays Even Though it Says There is No Coverage

M.A. was walking on the sidewalk along a bridge on his way home from work one evening when he was struck by a bicyclist who was riding his bicycle on the bridge in violation of local ordinance. M.A. was knocked into the path of oncoming traffic and was run over by at least one car and nearly died as a result of his injuries. M.A. was hospitalized for several weeks and incurred nearly $1 million in medical expenses. The bicyclist contested liability and, more importantly, claimed that he had no insurance coverage. Eventually, the bicyclist filed bankruptcy to avoid paying any jury verdict personally.

Prior law forms had turned down M.A.’s case because of the apparent lack of insurance coverage.

Attorneys Stephenson and Rife dug into the background of the bicyclist and where he had been residing for several years prior to the accident. The bicyclist had maintained his sister’s house as his primary residence, although he had rented another apartment. After receiving suit papers, the insurance company initially offered $30,000 to settle the claim. After a series of depositions and through investigation, a confidential settlement was reached for the benefit of M.A.

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“B.K.” was driving on a two-lane road one Sunday afternoon with his mother in the front seat and his brother and sister-in-law in the back seat when his life was forever changed. B.K. was struck head on by D.C.

D.C. had spent the day drinking with a friend and had stopped at a restaurant less than five miles from the point of the accident where D.C. had been served several drinks. D.C.’s blood alcohol level was more than twice the legal limit.

As a result of the terrible wreck, B.K. received devastating injuries, which included multiple broken bones, facial fractures, and loss of vision. B.K.’s mother, brother, and sister-in-law were all killed in the accident.

As one would anticipate, D.C. had virtually no insurance. Stephenson, through his thorough and detailed investigation, was able to prepare claims against the restaurant and those that provided the alcohol.

Stephenson pursued dram shop claims against those responsible CASE SUMMARY

D.H. was a competitive bicyclist who was riding in preparation for a cross-country fundraising ride. In the spring of 2010, D.H. was riding across an old steel-grated deck bridge in Shelby County when he hit a hole in the bridge and flipped over the handlebars of his bike. The impact to the bridge decking caused severe injuries to his face, teeth, tongue, and elbow.

Through the investigation, they were able to learn as early as 1998, the bridge inspection reports showed the bridge in question needed to be replaced. The county never authorized additional inspections. The county obtained $844,000 in funding for the replacement of the bridge in 2000, but the Historical Society and adjacent property owners wanted the bridge repaired rather than replaced.

This crash could have been avoided if the inspectors and county had done their jobs. CASE SUMMARY

Our client (“D.W.”) was a front-seat passenger in a vehicle that was struck by a UDF truck making deliveries. D.W. received broken arms and legs, as well as internal injuries. Stephenson was retained by D.W.’s personal counsel to prepare and try the case. Discovery determined that the UDF driver had multiple driving violations. Stephenson retained numerous experts to show the jury the devastating effects of the injuries. Before trial, the defendant’s company stated that a jury in a small southern county in Indiana would never return a verdict for $1 million in this case.

The defendant was correct; the verdict was twice that amount. CASE SUMMARY

How Mike Stephenson Can Help You

 

Mike Stephenson believes justice matters – justice for those who have been harmed and have to endure pain and medical expenses due to a driver’s negligence and for families who have lost a loved one. We will put our resources to work for you to advocate for your rights as a pedestrian. Cars, trucks, buses and other motor vehicles do not own the road: pedestrians have rights, too. For instance, if a sidewalk is not available, pedestrians may walk along the shoulder of the road.

Aggressive courtroom advocates and tenacious settlement negotiators, our Indiana pedestrian accident lawyers will fight for your rights. When others breach their duty, we keep ours. Call 317-852-5200 or use our online contact form to arrange a free consultation.

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