Negligence by assisted living facility — $170,000 pre-suit recovery. Craig worked very closely with the daughter and son-in-law of a wonderful woman in her early 90s – we’ll call her Emily — who resided at a local independent living facility. The facility had provided an emergency pendant to each resident – the emergency button was to be pushed in the event that the resident needed immediate help. The assisted living facility emphasized in its marketing and sales pitch that the emergency pendant would provide peace of mind and comfort to the resident and family members who would know that help was only minutes away if an emergency happened. Emily was not given the care she needed from the assisted living facility, and she fell three times in the span of one week. Each time she fell, Emily pushed the emergency button multiple times, but no one came to help her. Emily was left laying on the floor from 45 to 90 minutes. Luckily, Emily was not hurt bad physically from her falls, but the assisted living facility had clearly and inexcusably failed to live up to its promises in caring for an elderly resident. The family felt strongly that the assisted living facility should not get away with such reckless conduct, and they were delighted when Craig was successful in negotiating a recovery of $170,000.
Slip and fall — $125,000 litigation settlement. This is another example of a very good result under challenging circumstances. Craig represented a woman in her early 60s who slipped and fell on black ice in a local business parking lot and injured her back. Every attorney knows that “slip and fall on ice” cases are very difficult and insurance companies fight these cases tooth and nail. A lawsuit was filed and Craig aggressively pursued discovery against the store owner and the snow removal company. Craig developed evidence showing that the store was more concerned with saving money and less concerned with protecting the safety of its customers — he was able to prove there was negligence in properly addressing the safety risks from the black ice. The case settled after mediation for $125,000.
Auto-passenger accident — $100,000 recovery. Craig represented a young man who was a passenger in a one vehicle accident. The driver became distracted and drove into a ditch. The client suffered a knee injury as well as substantial dental injuries. Craig was successful in promptly negotiating a “policy limits” settlement offer from the insurance company for $100,000.
Nursing home neglect — $105,000 settlement. This matter arises out of a situation where an adult daughter – who was the lead caregiver for her mother – placed her mother in a nursing facility for a short-term stay so she could take a well-deserved vacation. The mother was a well-known fall risk, and she experienced an unattended fall after being at the nursing facility for just a few days. The circumstances surrounding the fall were in dispute. We alleged that the nursing facility failed to take the necessary precautions – including the use of warning devices – to address the known fall risk. Craig was successful in negotiating a pre-suit settlement of $105,000.