Verdicts

White v. Fabric Manufacturer, Johnson County Circuit Court

Product liability case based on the design and manufacture of a poly/cotton dress worn by a five (5) year old girl which caught on fire causing severe burn injuries. Case settled for a total payout in excess of Four Million Dollars $4,000,000. This is believed to be the largest settlement in the State of Indiana in a flammable fabrics case involving children’s day wear at the time it was consummated. Reported in the Indianapolis Star & News in January, 1989.

John Doe v. Confidential Company, Marion County Superior Court

Negligence case against Company X for severe leg, arm and facial burn injuries sustained to Plaintiff as a result of a gas explosion. At the time of the explosion, the plaintiff was operating his motor vehicle in a nearby neighborhood. This case settled for an amount in excess of $2,300,000. Identity of parties are not disclosed pursuant to Confidentiality Agreement.

Archer v. Shoemaker and Schmidt, Marion County Superior Court No. 1

Motor vehicle case involving a collision on Interstate 65 involving three vehicles. Liability disputed due to sudden ice storm and comparative fault alleged against Archer. Ms. Archer sustained a fracture of the acromioclavicular joint requiring arthroscopic decompression and distal clavicle resection of the left shoulder with a 7% whole body impairment. Ms. Archer incurred medical expenses in excess of $20,000.00. State Farm held insurance policy limits for the respective defendants in the total amount of $150,000.00. Final offer prior to jury trial in the amount of $30,000.00. Jury returned a verdict on March 8, 2001 in the amount of $225,000.00. State Farm was placed on notice of excess liability prior to trial. Full verdict collected over and above defendants’ liability limits.

Dean v. Unnamed Mutual Insurance Company, Marion County Superior Court

Uninsured motorist case involving an Indianapolis Star deliveryman injured in an intersection accident as a result of a drunk driver disregarding a stop light. Plaintiff underwent an unsuccessful surgery to repair a herniated disc and was rendered occupationally disabled. Case settled in excess of $925,000 in 1998.

Webber v. LTV Steel, U.S. District Court, Northern District, Hammond Division

Negligence case against steel mill in E. Chicago, Indiana for failing to protect the plaintiff, an independent union ironworker, from the hazards of dangerous conditions on its premises. Plaintiff sustained severe burns to his feet requiring skin grafts and subsequent pain injections. Case settled in November of 1992 for $750,000.

Freidline v. NTN Drive Shaft, Inc. and Fujito Baba, Bartholomew County Superior Court

Pedestrian/vehicular collision causing severe and debilitating permanent injuries, resulting in total disability, forcing the plaintiff into early retirement. Settlement in the amount of $650,000 case, despite fact that plaintiff crossed the roadway without a crosswalk or intersection light at night.

Patterson v. Ritchie, Henry County Superior Court No. 1

Indiana Motorcycle Accident collision case. Mr. Patterson was operating his motorcycle and entered an intersection on the green light when defendant, Ritchie, ran the red light and collided with Patterson’s motorcycle. Mr. Patterson sustained a non-surgical herniated disc in his lumbar spine and was assessed a 10% whole body impairment. Mr. Patterson incurred over $8,000.00 in medical expenses and over $15,000.00 in lost wages. Allstate Insurance held policy limits of $100,000.00 on behalf of the Ritchie vehicle. Final offer prior to jury trial in the amount of $35,000.00 . Jury returned a verdict on November 21, 2000 in the amount of $147,000.00. Allstate was placed on notice of excess liability prior to trial. Full verdict collected over and above defendants’ liability limits.

Hammond v. Allstate Insurance Company, Marion County Superior Court No. 5

Indiana Automobile Accident collision case involving an uninsured motorist. Ms. Hammond sustained decreased mobility of the neck, right-sided C5 radiculopathy, muscle spasms which resulted in synovitis with accelerated inflammation in her cervical spine and was assessed a 6% whole body impairment. Ms Hammond incurred over $8,000.00 in medical expenses and over $2,000.00 in lost wages. Allstate Insurance held $50,000.00 policy limits on Ms. Hammond’s uninsured motorist auto policy. Final offer prior to jury trial in the amount of $20,000.00. Jury returned a verdict on January 24, 2001 in the amount of $160,000.00. A Complaint for Negligence, Bad Faith and Tortious Breach of Contract has subsequently been filed in the Marion County Superior Courts to hold Allstate liable for the excess verdict. This case was a blatant example of Allstate trying to manipulate the Court system in forcing insureds to trial on an uninsured motorists claim.

Cook v. Snyder & Health Services Corp., Marion County Superior Court

Vehicular collision resulting in cervical disk herniation to sixty-six (66) year old woman; $900 in total medical expenses with future surgery projected. Settlement tendered just prior to trial in the amount of $75,000 with Liberty Mutual Insurance Company.

Reed v. Ford Motor Company, U.S. District Court, Southern District, Indianapolis Division

Indiana Product Liability case based on the design of the transmission in a Ford pick-up truck which moved from park to reverse causing severe injuries (quadriplegia) to the plaintiff. Case settled for a total payment which is protected by a confidentiality agreement and cannot be disclosed to the public.

Settlement & Verdicts – Medical Malpractice Cases

At Ladendorf & Ladendorf you will work with an Indiana Medical Malpractice Attorney that will work tirelessly in order to diligently and thoroughly investigate the circumstances surrounding each individual case in an effort to see that the injured party and their family receive the maximum compensation allowed by law.

Case 1:

Client’s husband bled to death internally after surgery. This case was turned down by another malpractice lawyer.
Settlement: $1,250,000, the maximum allowed by law.

Case 2:

Client’s husband was administered chemotherapy in a negligent manner. Husband died 9 months later.
Judgment: Over $1,000,000.00.

Case 3:

Client’s husband hit a deer while riding on a motorcycle. Physician negligently removed the patient’s breathing tube and could not reinsert another tube.
Settlement: Over $1,000,000.00.

Case 4:

Client fell and broke her leg. As a result of negligence, client’s leg was amputated below the knee.
Judgment: Recovery was reduced to the maximum allowed by law – $1,250,000.00

Case 5:

Client’s wife was admitted to the hospital where she died less than 24 hours later as a result of failure to provide appropriate medical treatment.
Settlement: $800,000.00

Case 6:

Nearly identical to Case 5, client’s wife was admitted to the hospital where she died as a result of failure to provide appropriate medical treatment.
Settlement: $800,000.00