Notable Cases

Notable Cases

These are just a few of the numerous accident and injury cases we have handled on behalf of South Carolina residents. We are proud of our excellent track record and hope to get results for you, too.

DISCLAIMER: The settlements and verdicts shown here should not be considered as a description or characterization of the quality of the firm’s representation and in no way should be interpreted as a guarantee of a specific result or outcome of any particular case. As such, the reader should not rely on the cases below to develop any expectation regarding the value of his or her case.

Case Insights

MARCH 30, 2020

Jury awards $1.8M in reckless driving case

A Charleston County jury has awarded $1.8  million to a woman who was injured after she was hit by a driver who ran a red light. Rutledge DuRant and Trip Riesen of Riesen DuRant in Charleston said that their client, Melissa Glenney, was driving home from her night shift as a nurse at Medical University of …

APRIL 17, 2020

Woman who fractured leg at beach condo settles suit for $910K

A woman who fractured her leg after she tripped on a crack in a parking lot while arriving at the condominium her family was renting to celebrate her 81st birthday has confidentially settled a lawsuit against the building’s owner for $910,000, her attorney reports. Trip Riesen of Riesen DuRant in Mount Pleasant said that when his …

MAY 8, 2020

Worker hit by shingles settles suit for $4.225M

A construction worker who was severely injured after roof shingles fell on his head has reached a pre-lawsuit settlement against a construction company and its subcontractor for $4 million, his attorney reports, after having settled a worker’s compensation claim for $225,000. …

Results

We recovered a settlement of $420,000 for a client who was rear ended by a defendant who was operating his company truck while drinking on the job.  With minimal medical bills following a conservative treatment plan, we were able to exploit the violations of the company’s policies and procedures, as well as a local bar’s policies and procedures regarding serving intoxicated patrons.  Our legal pressure throughout the extensive litigation process resulted in a total settlement of almost 30 times the value of the medical bills in the case.

We recovered a global settlement of $905,000 for the family of a deceased minor killed in a motor vehicle accident with an 18-wheeler following an initial settlement offer of $55,000.  With the help of an expert, we disproved the insurance company’s theory of how the accident occurred by showing the 18-wheeler was driving 70mph in a 55mph zone on a dangerous two-lane back road.  As a result, we were able obtain all available policy limits against the trucking company.   

We recovered a settlement of $450,000 for a young client who was ticketed for allegedly running a red light and causing a head on collision.  With the help of a reputable accident reconstruction expert, who performed a thorough independent investigation, we were able to show that our client was not at fault in causing the collision and the insurance company swiftly tendered the limits of all applicable coverage.

We recovered a settlement of $630,000 for the family of their deceased daughter killed in a motor vehicle accident.  Although the insurance coverage for the at-fault driver totaled $250,000 we were able to show the insurance company acted in bad faith by trying to initially deny coverage and forced the insurance company to pay an additional $380,000 in addition to what their coverages required. 

We recovered a settlement of $101,000 for a client who was mauled by two dogs during a visit at a home.

We recovered a settlement of $415,000 for a client who was trampled during a “Black Friday” sales event.

We recovered a settlement of $250,000 for a client who was hit head-on by a drunk driver, arguing that the value of the case was based on what a jury would likely award in punitive damages rather than the client’s modest medical bills alone.  This settlement was almost 10 times the value of the medical bills associated with his treatment.

We settled an automobile accident case for $325,000. The client had been a loyal customer with the same insurance company for over 30 years.  Nevertheless, the insurance company sought to minimize what was owed to their insured. Prior to our involvement, the insurance company had argued the client was entitled to $25,000 in liability coverage only.  The insurance company told the client she was not entitled to the additional $300,000 of underinsured motorist coverage because she had rejected the coverage some twenty (20) years earlier. We were able to successfully show that the insurance carrier was wrong in asserting that our client rejected the additional underinsured motorist coverage and as a result the insurance company was forced to reform their policy and pay out the maximum underinsured motorist limits of $300,000 in addition to the $25,000 received from the bodily injury recovery.

We recovered a settlement of $41,000 for a client who ate a batch of bad oysters at a local restaurant.

A client was injured in an automobile accident while on the job.  We handled both the workers compensation claim and a third-party claim against the defendant driver.  Upon conclusion of the workers compensation settlement, we were able to successfully reach an additional settlement of $233,000 against the negligent driver.

We tried an automobile accident case where the insurance carrier and defense counsel dug their heels in and were only offering two times the value of our client’s medical bills.  The jury’s verdict spoke volumes as they awarded almost 12 times the value of the medical bills.

We tried an automobile accident case where our client received a punitive damages award because the defendant driver ran a red light while texting and listening to his iPod.  During settlement negotiations, the insurance adjuster made the comment, “texting is not illegal so I do not think a jury will award punitive damages.”  At the time, texting was not illegal, however, we successfully argued to the jury that to award punitive damages you must find the defendant acted recklessly, not necessarily illegally.  We argued that if the jurors who speak for the community feel that texting and listening to an iPod while driving is acceptable and not reckless then they should not award a penny in punitive damages. Fortunately, the jury agreed that the defendant’s conduct was reckless and awarded punitive damages contrary to what the insurance adjuster said all along that they would not do.

We recovered $250,000 in a hit and run case motor vehicle accident case with almost no visible property damage to our client’s vehicle.  We argued the value of the case was based on punitive damages and the reckless conduct of the defendant as opposed to the minor damage to our client’s vehicle.  

We recovered $350,000 for a client who was injured by an intoxicated patron at a local bar where the patron had been overserved.  We were able to show the drunk patron had a significant bar tab with over 23 shots on the company credit card.  Video surveillance captured the patron as he was continuously served alcohol by the bar in violation of state law requiring bars to not serve an already intoxicated patron.

We tried a denied workers’ compensation case against Santee Cooper where our client rescued a co-worker who had been electrocuted.  As a result, our client required a cervical fusion followed by implantation of a spinal cord stimulator.  Despite the employer’s repeated denials and litigation that took several years, we were able to recover a lump sum award of approximately $220,000 + $110,000 in back temporary total disability benefits + the Employer’s responsibility for covering future lifetime medical benefits. 

We settled a denied workers’ compensation case for $210,000 for a worker who fell at work and suffered a spinal cord injury resulting in incomplete quadriplegia.

We settled a workers’ compensation claim for $225,000 for a construction worker who broke his neck after being struck in the head by a 60 pound pack of shingles thrown from a roof.  We also brought a third-party claim against the at fault parties and settled for the policy limits of $4,000,000.

We settled a denied workers’ compensation claim for $190,000 for a client injured in a motor vehicle accident while on the job.  

We settled a workers’ compensation case for $173,000 for a police officer who was injured on the job during training which required a cervical fusion.

We settled a denied worker’s compensation case for $190,000 for a worker against a large manufacturer where the worker was injured on the job which resulted in lumbar fusion.

We settled a workers’ compensation case for $180,000 where the worker was assaulted by a co-worker which resulted in a cervical fusion and arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder.

We settled a workers’ compensation case for $215,000 for a teacher who was injured on the job while breaking up a fight between students resulting in a cervical and lumbar fusion.