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Recent Personal Injury Headlines

Hardly a day goes by without a story related to an accident or personal injury lawsuit. Why? Because there are plenty of negligent people out there. And the more negligent people there are, the more accidents will happen. When those accidents do happen, the victims want justice. After all, it’s not fair to them that someone else’s carelessness upended their life. Here are just some of the more recent personal injury headlines.

Driver fell asleep, causing significant auto accident — $1M Settlement

This case was settled in early October in Virginia and involved a driver falling asleep at the wheel. The defendant’s vehicle drifted into the victim’s lane, resulting in a terrible car accident. The victim needed multiple spinal surgeries over the course of nearly three years. The defendant, in this case, was only covered by $25,000 in liability insurance; the plaintiff, however, smartly opted for a significant amount of underinsured motorist coverage, and the underinsured motorist insurance carrier offered the victim nearly $1 million in coverage after the service was requested.

Recent Georgia Settlement of 79 Cases Proves That the 2022 Willowbrook Settlement May Be Just the Beginning

Sterigenics, a medical device sterilization company, has been in legal trouble for the past few years. The company is accused of illegally releasing cancer-causing waste into the air from its plants in both Illinois and Georgia. More than 870 lawsuits were filed against Sterigenics and its parent company, Sotera Health LLC, in Illinois, over the emission of ethylene oxide, a chemical believed to cause cancer. These claims resulted in a $408 million settlement for the Illinois plaintiffs. In Georgia, nearly 80 more lawsuits were recently settled as plaintiffs in Cobb County filed similar claims about the company’s plant near Smyrna, Georgia. In settling these lawsuits, Sterigenics paid out $35 million but denied any liability and added the stipulation that all 79 plaintiffs must agree to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning the decision is final. Essentially, the plaintiffs are getting the money they demanded without formally blaming the company.

‘I Got $300,000 in a Personal Injury Settlement. What Do I Do With It?’

This is an interesting perspective from a plaintiff who was hit by a drunk driver and left with multiple injuries. The victim had surgery that required her to have screws put into her leg, had to learn how to walk again, and was forced to take medical leave from nursing school. She was unable to work and had to move back in with her mom during her physical therapy and recovery. This victim rightfully filed a personal injury lawsuit against the driver and was recently awarded more than $300,000 (after legal fees). Her life may never be the same again, but the silver lining is that she will not have to worry about lost wages and expensive bills to pay on top of it.

Your DC and Maryland Personal Injury Lawyers

These are just a few examples of the situations that arise thousands of times a day. We sincerely hope you never need our services, but if you or a loved one are ever involved in an accident and are injured due to someone else’s negligence, call The Lapidus Law Firm right away. Our skilled and experienced attorneys are here to help if you are injured because of someone else’s negligence or carelessness. Our firm has secured millions of dollars in settlements due to thorough claim investigation, skills in negotiating with insurance carriers, and tenacious, highly effective courtroom strategies. The Lapidus Law Firm focuses on providing comprehensive, caring legal representation to victims of:

Call us today at (202) 785-5111 or (301) 852-7500 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.  And remember: We Will Fight To Make It Right. 

Written by Lawrence S. Lapidus


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