Agreed Judgment: Drunk Driving Case
In exchange for a $6,000,000.00 agreed judgment, Sutliff & Stout settled a claim against a drunk driver who caused significant personal injuries to our client. He was hit by the drunk driver’s vehicle causing him to lose his leg. After significant discovery and investigation and multiple negotiating sessions with the drunk driver’s lawyers, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain this $6,000,000.00 result for our client. Attorneys fees and expenses were $72,978.84.
Jury Verdict Against Exxon Mobil
Sutliff & Stout represented the family of a man, Alfredo, who was killed while in an Exxon Mobil gas station. Sutliff & Stout contended that Exxon’s failure to supervise its employees resulted in Alfredo’s death. Exxon Mobil denied any liability and employed seven lawyers and three different law firms to defend the case. In the end, the Jury rejected Exxon Mobil’s arguments and sided with Sutliff & Stout and Alfredo’s family and returned a verdict for $1,937,989.30. Exxon has appealed this verdict and it is currently pending before the Texas Supreme Court. As a result, the clients have not received any money relating to the verdict.
Sutliff & Stout took over the legal representation of a family whose former legal counsel attempted to settle their case for less than $300,000.00. The client sustained a burst fracture of the spine and a broken ankle as a result of the motor vehicle accident. Sutliff & Stout successfully obtained $2,750,000.00 settlement on behalf of the family against the Fortune 500 Company defendant. Net recovery to the client was $1,600,000.00.
Maritime Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout client, Tony, worked as a diver on a lift boat at sea. He broke both of his ankles during a personnel transfer from the lift boat to a crew boat. The cable on the personnel basket broke and dropped the client to the deck of the lift boat. Sutliff & Stout successfully settled the client’s claim against the careless lift boat company for $2,632,500. Net recovery to client was $1,764,587.37.
Wrongful Death Case
Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit against a company relating to the death of an employee on the job. The defendant company claimed that the worker caused his own death, and the company claimed that it was not liable to the family for any damages. After six months of depositions, motions and other discovery relating to the death of the employee, Sutliff & Stout obtained a favorable $2,500,000.00 settlement. Net recovery to client was $1,835,000.00.
Truck Accident Case
Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit against Russell Transport, Inc. relating to a collision that occurred on July 4, 2012. As a result of the collision, our client had to have back surgery. Russell Transport, Inc. tried to blame our client for the collision, but after extensive discovery we were able to show that our client was not at fault. Using an aggressive and proactive approach to the case, we were able to successfully resolve the case for $2,300,000.00 in less than nine months. Net recovery to the client was $1,320,000.00.
Personnel Basket Transfer Injury
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $2,075,500 settlement for Danny. Danny was a diver working on a lift boat when he broke his left leg and injured his lower back during a personnel transfer from his lift boat to a crew boat. The cable on the personnel basket broke and dropped him to the deck on the lift boat. Net recovery to client was $1,202,397.01.
Settlement for 18-wheeler accident
Sutliff & Stout successfully resolved a significant trucking accident case where liability was hotly contested. Our client was forced off the road by an eighteen wheeler, which caused his vehicle to roll over several times. As a result of the collision, the client required a two level lumbar fusion. Given the nature of the client’s surgery, his doctor limited his work activities to light duty work and, thus, the client was unable to return to his prior employment. After 10 months of litigation involving over 20 depositions we were able to achieve a $2,000,000.00 settlement for the client. Net recovery to client was $1,091,679.30
Settlement in Commercial Vehicle Collision
Our client was involved in a significant head-on collision. The client sustained a broken collar bone and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury form the collision. As with most mild TBIs, it was difficult for the client to understand her injury and the changes in her personality. Sutliff & Stout was able to help get her to the right doctors to treat her condition and we hired the necessary experts to help explain the prolonged and detrimental effects of a TBI. After almost a year of heavily contested litigation, we were able to obtain a substantial settlement that netted the client $871,105.00 in addition to the payment of over $117,500.00 in medical expenses.
Settlement in Oil Field Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout was retained to help a worker who was injured when the trailer upon which he was leaning was struck by an 18-wheeler. The client sustained injuries to his neck and lower back. Defendants argued that the impact was not sufficient to cause the client’s injuries. After investing over $89,000.00 in the case and preparing it for trial, we were able to obtain a net recovery to the client of $861,005.00 in addition to the payment of over $144,480.98 in medical expenses.
Settlement on behalf of Oil Field Rough Neck
Settlement on behalf of Oil Field Rough Neck
Client injured his knee when a section of casing was rolled into his leg. The client required a full knee replacement due to the already poor condition of his knee. Defendants argued that the client’s prior knee problems were the cause of his problems. Through various depositions and other efforts, we were able to demonstrate that the client’s problems stemmed from the collision and that his prior problems were not related. Through our efforts we were able to achieve a significant settlement that netted the client $822,394.00, as well as the payment of over $48,000.00 in medical expenses
Settlement for Injuries Stemming from Property Damage of Less Than $1,000.00
Our client was significantly injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. But the insurance company did not believe that her injuries were real because the property damage resulting from the collision was less than $1,000.00. Our clients injuries resulted in the need for two back surgeries. Sutliff & Stout was engaged and filed a lawsuit. After over a year of litigation and right before trial, the insurance company agreed to pay $1,140,000.00. The net recovery to the client was $502,817.00 in addition to the payment of over $200,000.00 in medical expenses.
Wrongful Death Case
Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit against multiple companies relating to the death of a commercial diver who was conducting an inspection dive in the Gulf of Mexico. The defendant companies vehemently disputed any liability arguing, in part, that the worker caused his own death. After nine months of discovery and motions, Sutliff & Stout obtained a favorable $1,500,000.00 settlement on behalf of the mother of the diver. Net recovery to client was $971,731.27.
Contractual Dispute Case
Sutliff & Stout achieved a $1,153,844.00 judgment for a client in a breach of contract dispute. The client and the defendant entered into an agreement in which the defendant failed to uphold his end of the bargain. Because of this breach of contract, the client contacted Sutliff & Stout. After various motions were filed, the defendant realized that Sutliff & Stout was going to force him to live up to his end of the contract. As a result, the defendant settled just prior to trial and the client’s net recovery was $1,153,844.00.
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by a Harris County landowner, whose property was being condemned by the county. After receiving a low ball offer from the county for the land, Sutliff & Stout went to work. Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit on behalf of the landowner and obtained a $1,058,715.00 Judgment for the landowner. Net recovery to client was $934,612.90.
Agreed Judgment and $750,000.00 cash payment: Dram Shop Action Case
In exchange for a $1,000,000.00 agreed judgment and a cash payment of $750,000.00, Sutliff & Stout settled a dram shop action stemming from a single vehicle accident in Texas that occurred in December 2013. This single vehicle accident claimed the life of a mother of two small children. After 9 depositions and significant discovery, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain this result for our clients after 8 months of litigation. Attorneys fees and expenses were $256,066.02.
Workplace Injury Case
Marilyn’s husband passed away in a single vehicle roll-over accident. After his death, Marilyn sought the life insurance benefits they previously paid for through his employer. Under their policy, Marilyn was entitled to receive $861,856.18 if her husband passed away while on the job. Using an unfair interpretation of the policy exclusions, the insurance company denied Marilyn’s claim. Marilyn hired Sutliff & Stout to help hold the insurance company accountable. The Firm immediately started working on her insurance appeal and gathering evidence to support her position. This work included collecting statements, affidavits, and other records proving that the carrier’s denial of the claim was in bad faith. Sutliff & Stout filed the appeal and 45 days later, the carrier reversed its decision and found that the full amount of benefits should be paid. Net recovery to client was $521,543.75.
Breach Of Contract Case
Two small companies engaged Sutliff & Stout to pursue fraud and breach of contract claims related to bad business deals. After aggressive discovery and motions, Sutliff & Stout obtained a settlement of $850,000, which was the net recovery for the clients.
Tire Defect Case
Sutliff & Stout settled an $820,000 tire defect case for Linda, whose husband was killed in a car accident. While numerous lawyers turned down the case due to the difficulty associated with the products liability aspect of the case, Sutliff & Stout pursued the case aggressively and confidently, obtaining a favorable result. Net Recovery to client was $445,377.00.
Settlement in Business Dispute
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by a businessman who sold his business to a big corporation. As part of the sales agreement the big corporation owed the businessman additional money due to the business’s performance post-sale. The big corporation refused to pay and Sutliff & Stout got involved. We were able to obtain a $750,000.00 settlement prior to litigation. The net recovery to the client was $677,500.00
Summary Judgement in Employer Case
Anthony was employed by a company for over a decade. As part of his employment, he was to receive commissions relating to his sales. While he did receive some commissions per his agreement with his employer, he was owed $700,119.42 when he was terminated for reasons relating to his demand for payment. Anthony hired Sutliff & Stout, and a lawsuit was immediately filed. After 8 months of discovery, Sutliff & Stout filed a motion for summary judgment, which was granted. As a result, Anthony obtained a Judgment finding that his former employer owes him $700,119.42 plus interest.
18-Wheeler Injury Case
Shannon was injured as a result of materials falling off of an 18-wheeler on to her mini-van while she was at a red light. The injuries to her back required her to get a pain pump. She and her husband tried to deal with the insurance company on the front end, but insurance company refused to be fair. In fact, the insurance company refused to offer more than $15,000 to resolve Shannon’s claim. After hitting a dead end, Shannon hired Sutliff & Stout, who after a significant amount of discovery and work was able to obtain $525,000 settlement for Shannon. Net recovery to client was $316,000.
Settlement in Collision where DPS faulted our Client for the collision
Sutliff & Stout was hired to assist the adult children of a man who passed away in a collision in West Texas. The case was difficult because DPS faulted the deceased for the collision contending that he was traveling too fast. Despite the difficulties associated with the claim, Sutliff & Stout agreed to help and retained one of the most well-respected accident reconstructionist in the state of Texas. Through these efforts, we were able to demonstrate the flaws in the conclusions made by DPS and convince the other party that it was a case that should be settled. These efforts resulted in a net recovery of $362,083.00 to our clients.
Settlement in Workplace Injury
Our client was injured at work, and his employer covered all of his medical expenses through workers compensation insurance. His injuries included burns to his body and a separated shoulder. Based on the circumstances, we sued the owner of the facility where the injury occurred and engaged in extensive litigation. After numerous depositions and hearings, we were able to obtain a $600,000.00 settlement for our client. The net cash recovery to our client was $324,773.00 in an addition to an agreement whereby he was not required to repay workers’ compensation for his medical bills totaling over $100,000.00.
Jury Verdict Against Farmers Insurance Insured Driver
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by Michael relating to a car accident he was involved in on August 25, 2011. Michael went to the emergency room immediately after the accident to be treated for minor scrapes and bruises as well as what he perceived to be a concussion. Prior the accident, Michael was dealing with pre-existing issues, but the testimony was that the collision exacerbated those conditions. Michael’s medical bills totaled $10,465.00. Because Farmers Insurance would not be fair to Michael, the case was tried in Harris County. Famers Insurance argued that the Jury should award Michael under $10,000. The Jury was not persuaded by the insurance lawyer’s argument and after a lengthy trial instead awarded Michael $568,875.00. The defendant driver was only insured up to $100,000.00, but the insurance companies were required to satisfy the remainder of the judgment. The net recovery to Michael was $296,379.00.
18-Wheeler Wreck Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $515,000 settlement for Matt as the result of his 18-wheeler accident. Matt hit an 18-wheeler trailer that was backed into the roadway at night. As a result of this collision, he had to have a shoulder operation. Net recovery to client was $305,000.00.
Defective Tire Case
Sutliff & Stout settled a tire defect case for Kendall and his daughter. The tire resulted in a single vehicle crash causing the death of Kendall’s wife. The tire defect case was a difficult one because the tire in question was purchased used, and had 3 patches and 5 metal objects inside at the time of the tread separation. Despite these significant hurdles, Sutliff & Stout was able to demonstrate why the tire was defective and why the company did not want to risk taking the case to court. As a result of these efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to get a fair settlement. Net recovery to client was $300,000.00.
Settlement for Workplace Injury
Our client was injured while working as an independent contractor at a facility. Her injuries required the amputation of two of her toes. Workers’ compensation insurance for her medical bills were unavailable to her because she was an independent contractor. To make matters worse, the facility where she was injured did not have liability insurance. Nevertheless, Sutliff & Stout got involved and filed a lawsuit against the facility. After over a year of litigation, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain a $450,000.00 settlement directly from the facility. The net recovery to the client was $250,356.00 in addition to the satisfaction of $17,500.00 in medical bills.
Commercial Truck Accident Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $438,750 settlement on behalf of Shavona. The client sustained a lower back injury when she was rear-ended by a commercial truck on a Texas roadway. The damage to her vehicle was less than $5,000, but the impact caused her to sustain a serious neck injury. Through various and significant efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to convince the insurance company that the minimal impact damage had nothing to do with the extent of Shavona’s injuries. These efforts, as well as others, convinced the insurance company to treat Shavona fairly. Net recovery to client was $248,250.00.
Head-On Collision Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout settled Doyle’s case for $350,000. Doyle was involved in a head-on collision in Marshall, Texas. He had a non-operated neck injury. The insurance company did not want to compensate him for his injuries because it said that he had prior neck problems (although those problems were unrelated to the injuries he sustained in the accident). Sutliff & Stout retained various medical professionals to prove that the prior problems were unrelated and that Doyle needed to be compensated for his injuries. Net recovery to client was $176,691.00.
Commercial Truck Accident Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $300,000 settlement on behalf of a client in East Texas. The client sustained a low back injury when she was rear-ended by a commercial truck on a Texas roadway. Through various and significant efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to convince the insurance company that the case had significant value despite the lack of any surgery. These efforts, as well as others, convinced the insurance company to treat the client fairly. Net recovery to client was $155,002.59.
Logging Truck Accident Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $200,000 settlement on behalf of Susan against a Texas trucking company. Susan was t-boned by a careless trucker. The collision caused her to sustain a non-operated neck injury. The insurance company refused to fairly compensate Susan so Sutliff & Stout prepared her case for trial. Realizing that we were prepared to try the case, the insurance company settled the day before trial. Net recovery to client was $97,076.00.
Settlement for Injuries Stemming from Car Accident Causing Less than $500 in Property Damage
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by Bill to represent him relating to the injuries he sustained resulting from a rear-end accident causing less than $500 in property damages. The injuries required Bill to have back surgery. Because of the small amount of the property damage the insurance company did not want to be fair to Bill. So, Sutliff & Stout sued. After a year of litigation, Sutliff & Stout was able to settle Bill’s case for $126,500.00. The net recovery to the client was $44,043.26 in addition to the payment of over $25,000 in medical expenses.
Dangerous Roads Accident Case
Chris suffered a broken leg when a city vehicle crossed three lanes of traffic and a median and slammed into his car at 65 mph head on. The client went to ten different lawyers, but none of them would take his case because of the significant legal hurdles that exist in suing the city. Sutliff & Stout, however, investigated the claims and aggressively pursued the case. Through significant efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain a $115,000 settlement for Chris. Net recovery to client was $67,000.
Dredging Accident Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout settled a dredging accident lawsuit for the amount of $114,102.58 on behalf of Anthony. Anthony suffered a broken femur while working on a dredging barge. This occurred when a front loader broke and fell on to Mr. Rosser. The company refused to pay Anthony’s medical bills or cover his lost wages while he was recovering. As a result, Anthony hired Sutliff & Stout to assist him with his case. Net recovery to client was $62,083.62.
Car Accident Wrongful Death Case
Sutliff & Stout was able to achieve a $105,700 settlement for Daisie regarding a car accident that claimed the life of her adult daughter. The daughter was a passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. Although there was only $25,000 in automobile insurance, Sutliff & Stout was able to settle over four times the amount. Net recovery to client was $58,541.
Daycare Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $100,000 settlement for Cassie’s son. Cassie’s son was injured while he was at daycare. These injuries included a separated retina. Net recovery to client was $56,356.
Sutliff & Stout Obtains Defense Verdict for Firm Client in Business Dispute
Sutliff & Stout represents corporate clients in business disputes. In this instance, our Firm client was being sued for, among other things, fraud in a business dispute. The case was heavily litigated and was eventually tried before a Harris County Jury in 2015. The Jury sided with Sutliff & Stout’s client and awarded the Plaintiff business owner no money.
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