South Florida Law Firm, Balkan & Patterson - Personal Injury Attorneys
Major Cases, Sample
Verdicts and Settlements
Below we share a sampling of some of the major cases and
successful verdicts and settlements we have achieved.
There are many more, but these are provided to give you
a feel for our case experience and abilities. Note that
every case and situation is different, and your case
results could vary. However, we always apply our full
effort and resources to achieving the highest and best
results for our clients. Many cases are settled with
confidentiality agreements several being at our client’s
request protecting our clients from public disclosure of
sums they have received. The total of these
settlements is in the tens of millions of dollars.
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AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK
Wrongful Death arising from an auto accident
Verdict for son whose mother was killed in an auto accident. In this case, a young mother was t-boned and hit broadside by the defendant's truck.
$2,500,000 Settlement –
Our client was riding his
motorcycle when he was cut-off by Defendant while
attempting to make a turn across the highway. Our client
had the lower portion of his leg amputated as a result
of this accident.
$2,000,000 Settlement -
Auto Accident/Wrongful Death
Our client was crossing a
parking lot entrance when Defendant struck her bicycle.
Plaintiff died as a result of her injuries.
A 42 year old man was
involved in an automobile accident when the Defendant
ran a stop sign. In the accident his seatbelt severed
his carotid artery.
$1,350,000 Settlement -
Our client was traveling on a
two (2) lane highway, when Defendant cut in front of her
while attempting to turn. Our client's vehicle flipped,
requiring Jaws of Life and Trauma Hawk. She sustained
severe bodily injury, including brain damage.
$1,100,000 Settlement -
A father sustained serious
injuries in a head-on-collision. The defendant was
attempting to pass on a two-lane bridge and hit our
client head on. As a result of the accident the father
severely injured his ankle and endured several
surgeries. Our client had to have ankle fusion surgery.
He also lost his job as an assistant manager of a large
retail chain. This amount represents all the automobile
liability coverage available to the plaintiff
$700,000 – Settlement –
Vehicle pulled over to side
of road when hit by truck.
$259,000 Verdict – Auto
Defendant offered $100,000
only days before trial. It was declined.
$540,000 Verdict - Florida
Statute §1983 Violation
Stopped motorist was shot and
killed by deputy sheriff during an altercation.
$150,000 Settlement -
Florida Statute §1983 Violation
Our client was falsely
arrested and imprisoned for two months.
$74,500 Verdict –
Sheriff’s deputies attacked
an off duty corrections officer.
$1,027,000 Verdict -
Medical Malpractice for Failure to Diagnose
A Florida teenager was rushed to the hospital for groin pain and was misdiagnosed by the emergency room physician as having a testicular infection. The doctor misdiagnosed the true injury which was a testicular torsion and he only had hours to appropriately diagnose and treat the torsion. Due to the misdiagnosis, the boy was sent home and ultimately lost one testicle. The jury awarded the plaintiff $900,000 in pain and suffering. The balance of the verdict was for medical expenses and court costs.
INSURANCE BAD FAITH
$250,000 Settlement -
Insurance Coverage Dispute
Insurer refused to defend its
insured based on a policy provision we successfully
argued was void as against public policy.
Insurance company paid $250,000 and changes the
$800,000 Settlement -
Pedestrian Auto Accident & Insurance Bad Faith
The plaintiff was walking
through a parking lot when the defendant pulled out of a
parking space, striking other cars in the parking lot
and causing the plaintiff to be caught between two cars.
The plaintiff suffered multiple fractures and underwent
surgery. Even though there was only $350,000 worth of
insurance coverage, due to bad faith handling of the
claim by the defendants' insurance carrier, that
insurance carrier paid an additional $450,000 over the
policy limits to settle the claim.
$1,000,000 Verdict -
Negligent Security and Assault
This case involves a 21
year-old man who had just moved down to South Florida
from Syracuse, New York. He was living with some friends
in Boca Raton. They went out to a bar when a
disagreement broke out between our client’s friends and
some other people. The bouncers came over and decided to
throw Collin out of the bar. When Collin was being
physically shoved out by the bouncer, he turned to ask
what he did and was met with a fist to his face. This
bouncer knocked three of Collin's teeth out. The oral
surgeon testified that he would need a bone grafted from
his hip to repair his jaw where it was permanently
$750,000 Settlement - Slip
The plaintiff was walking
through a cafeteria with a friend for lunch when she
slipped on a small puddle of grease. As a result of the
accident she underwent major cervical surgery.
$275,000 Settlement - Pool
A private school/day camp
encouraged and allowed a 4½ year old girl to go onto a
10- foot diving board. She fell off the side onto the
concrete below. Her arm broke the fall and she sustained
a broken arm and lost some teeth. She recovered with no
residual effects and her permanent teeth replaced the
baby teeth she lost. Her lower lip/chin area will have a
permanent scar as a result of the incident. It is
inexplicable to everyone why these camp counselors
allowed a child that age to go onto a diving board. This
case settled on the eve of trial.
Premises Liability/ Negligent
Our client suffered injuries when she was attacked in the parking lot of a drug store in West Palm Beach, Florida. The assailant grabbed her purse, hit her in the face with his car door, and knocked her to her knees. He then proceeded to back up quickly to exit the parking lot, running her over in the process. The drug store had a responsibility to provide safe premises for customers, and our client was put in an unreasonable, dangerous situation as a result of the negligence of the defendant. Prior to going to trial, our attorneys settled this case for $185,000.
$180,500 Verdict -
This was a trial verdict
received in July of 2007. It involved a worker at a
cleaners in Boca Raton. After an argument over the
sufficiency of the cleaning of the clothes, the delivery
man took the clothes to be redone and knocked over the
72 year old plaintiff on his way out, breaking his upper
Settlements - Victims of Child Abuse
Preschool teachers at the
Early Child Center of a prestigious church in the
Sarasota area were physically abusing children over a
long period of time. Abuse included slamming children to
the ground, force-feeding them, and embarrassing them. A
school administrator who was told of the abuse by a
teacher's aide declined to act. It was uncovered that
the administrator told the aide to keep quiet.
Settlement-Abuse at a Day Care Center in Pensacola
A three-year old preschool student was physically abused by her teacher, causing a brain injury. The accused teacher had a history of violent behavior, as the school knew of the abuse but failed to remove the teacher from the classroom. The child's teacher was arrested and pled guilty.
$200,000 Settlement - Abuse of Special Needs Student
The personal injury and abuse law firm of Balkan & Patterson successfully secured a settlement of $200,000 for a family whose child was physically abused by his kindergarten teacher at Lee County, FL. The child, whose name and age are withheld to maintain privacy, is a low functioning, non-verbal special needs student with very limited abilities to communicate. His teacher subjected him to physical violence and abuse, and our investigation uncovered the teacher’s checkered history, which showed she was unfit to teach these children.
Private charter plane crash leaving a recently married woman a widower.