Auto, Motorcycle, Pedestrian & Bicycle Accidents- People and their families who are victims of collisions face many obstacles in getting back on the road to recovery. Medical bills, lost wages, health insurance and obtaining necessary medical care are just some of the issues that we help our clients deal with. While we cannot turn back the hands of time and make the collision not occur, but obtaining financial compensation is important to lessen the impact on a person's quality of life. Making sure that the carelessness of another driver provides sufficient money to cover all the harms and losses suffered by the victim and their family is also an important part of the healing process. We make sure that we hold the negligent drivers accountable and we are prepared to fully litigate a case. Our firm uses medical experts, accident reconstruction experts, life care plan experts, vocational rehabilitation experts, human factors experts and financial experts should the case require them. Importantly, we do not allow insurance companies and their drivers to avoid full responsibility and distort how an accident occurred.
Types of Injuries and Settlements/Verdicts Obtained
Our firm has handled cases involving all sorts of injuries from traumatic brain injuries, fractures, burn injuries, spinal cord trauma, dog bite injuries, toxic inhalation injuries, to soft tissue neck and back injuries as well as injuries to the neck and back which require surgery. While all cases are different and each client has their own individual harms and losses due to a personal injury, here are some of personal injury case settlements and case verdict results obtained by Dona Cohn-Payne.
Bus Hits SUV, Client Sustains Brain Injury - $3.9 million: The Client was driving his SUV when a bus rearended his vehicle causing his seat to break and ejecting him from the vehicle. The Client suffered a brain injury and both the bus company and the automobile manufacturer of the seat provided compensation to the plaintiff.
Drunken Party-Goer Jumps on Client Causing Injury- $1.1 Million: The Client was at a party when another guest greeted her by jumping up on her causing a trimalleolar ankle fracture wtih residual scarring and hypersensitivity to the area.
Auto Collision, Client Suffers Ligament & Knee Injury - $612,500.00: In this highway collision, the Client suffered a knee injury that may require a knee replacement in the future. Ms. Cohn-Payne was able to secure compensation for the future surgery even though Client would not have it for another ten years.
Carbon Dioxide Poisoning - $1 million: The Client was a guest in a hotel where the fireplace malfunctioned resulting in carbon dioxide poisioning where the Client suffered some cognitive difficulties.
Dangerous Condition of Property - $335,000: Client suffered a fractured ankle when the sidewalk he was on was not properly maintained and the city and adjacent landowner knew about it, but failed to correct the problem.
Tree Fell on Client, Back Injury - $360,000: Our client suffered a herniated disc in her back when a tree on a public sidewalk fell and struck her. The city knew that the tree needed to be removed, but failed to do so.
Driver Runs Red Light, Neck Whiplash - $130,083: Dona Cohn-Payne made sure the driver who ran a red light was held fully responsible for all of the client's harms and losses when she suffered a whiplash type injury to her neck and a soft tissue injury to her back. The insurance company tried to pay a small amount for the client's injuries, but a jury in San Francisco made them pay for all of the damages suffered by her.
Drunk Driver Liable for Soft Tissue Injuries - $120,000: Our two clients suffered soft tissue injuries to their necks and backs when a drunk driver rear-ended their SUV. The insurance company for the drunk driver attempted to settle by only paying for the medical bills, but our firm made sure our clients were also compensated for all their pain, suffering and incovenience arising from their injuries.
Auto Collision, Fractured Clavicle & Chest Trauma - $115,000: This client did not have alot of medical expenses from his injuries as there is little a doctor could do, but let time heal this type of injury, however Dona Cohn-Payne made sure that he was compensated for all his pain and suffering despite the low medical expenses.
Pedestrian vs. Automobile, Knee Injury - $501,690: This client was standing next to a vehicle when it attempted to back up and struck her leg. She suffered a torn menicus of the knee which required arthoscopic surgery. Part of the funds were placed in an annuity for which she still receives payments on a periodic basis to insure her continued financial stability.