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Serious Personal Injury Case Settled for $5.6 Million on Eve of Trial

Posted in Firm News on February 8, 2018

Butler Wooten & Peak is pleased to announce that Partners James E. Butler, Jr. & Robert Snyder settled two significant personal injury cases for $5.6 million two weeks before trial.  The case involved two young ladies who were involved in a motor vehicle wreck when they were hit by a Downey Trees company employee driving a company truck.  The truck failed to stop at a red light and hit the back of the ladies’ car going 67 miles per hour.  The driver suffered a serious brain injury and spent four days in the intensive care unit.  The passenger was also knocked unconscious and suffered severe physical injuries including the partial amputation of her thumb and multiple facial fractures.  The passenger underwent three surgeries and spent two weeks in Grady Hospital.  The striking driver had an extensive bad driving record and was hired in violation of Downey Trees’ company policies.  The case settled just prior to trial, with the young ladies recovering the remaining policy limits of Downey Trees’ primary and umbrella insurance policies.  Rob Snyder said, “We were very much looking forward to trial, but our clients are pleased with this resolution.  ‘Defendants’ insurers paid all of the remaining policy limits.”