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$5,000,000

Faulty Tire Repair/Product Liability

This incident occurred when the client’s vehicle had a tire that had been improperly repaired. The tire failed causing the vehicle to leave the roadway, crash and fatally injure the Lanier & Burroughs client.


$4,535,000

Tractor-Trailer-Truck/Fatigued Driver

Lanier & Burroughs client was severely injured when the driver of a tractor-trailer truck fell asleep and slammed into the rear-end of our client’s vehicle.


$3,500,000

Pharmacy Error/Misfilled Prescription

Client received a misfilled prescription of Coumadin (a blood thinner), which resulted in her body hemorrhaging and ultimately resulting in a stroke. Due to the pharmacy error, the client was left in an incapacitated state, and ultimately, the pharmacy settled on the eve of the trial, resulting in a settlement figure to compensate for her pain and suffering, as well as provided assistance for her care for the remainder of her life.


$2,000,000

Tractor-Trailer-Truck Wreck

Lanier & Burroughs clients were severely injured in a collision when the driver of a tractor-trailer truck slammed into the rear-end of their vehicle due to inattention and fatigue. Both clients had to be extricated from their vehicle following the crash.


$1,875,000

Trucking Case/Moving Company

Client sustained spinal cord injuries when a moving company allowed and encouraged him to drive his motorcycle up a ramp into the moving van. While doing so, the ramp slipped underneath the motorcycle causing the client to fall backward on his neck. This case settled for substantially more than the policy limits of insurance for the Defendants.


$1,825,000

Product Liability/Defective Seatbelt

Lanier & Burroughs client was traveling on I-26 when she lost control of the vehicle. While she attempted to steer the vehicle back onto the roadway, the vehicle overturned and rolled over. Due to a defective seatbelt failing to properly restrain and protect our client, she was ejected from the vehicle and ultimately run over by the vehicle, causing massive blunt trauma and resulting in her death.


$1,650,000

Tire Tread Separation/Improper/Negligent Tire Recall

Lanier & Burroughs client was traveling on I-95 when the left rear tire separated, causing the vehicle to rollover, ejecting our client from the vehicle and causing head wounds, neck fracture, fractured pelvis, fracture of the right femur, left rib fractures, right SI joint dislocation/fracture, and a right rib fracture. This tire was subject to a recall, but the manufacturer failed to remove the tire from service, exchange or replace.


$1,500,000

Tractor-Trailer Wreck

This was a tractor-trailer versus pedestrian case that occurred on I-26 in Calhoun County. A driver of a tanker truck fell asleep, veered off the side of the road, lost control of his tanker and struck the client's vehicle which struck the client. It was learned through discovery that the tanker driver had an ongoing history of sleep apnea and narcolepsy and that he had been in a prior wreck thirty days before striking our client.

Through the retention of experts, including an accident reconstructionist and a trucking safety expert, we were able to prove that the tanker driver was operating his truck in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and that his employer was aware of his disabling conditions. The driver was dismissed from employment after this wreck. The case was settled prior to trial.


$1,450,000

Product Liability

Lanier & Burroughs client was severely and permanently injured when she slipped and fell while exiting an ambulance that was improperly manufactured and failed to comply with industry standards and regulations concerning slip resistant material on step wells and walking surfaces in the ambulance.


$1,145,000

Tractor-Trailer-Truck Wreck

The wreck occurred when the driver of a tractor trailer attempted to slow down for traffic. Due to improper maintenance on the tractor trailer, including the brakes, the driver was unable to stop and swerved into the oncoming lane and hit the vehicle Lanier & Burroughs client was driving head-on fatally injuring him.


$1,100,000

Oversized Wheels/Tires/Rollover/Product Liability

Lanier & Burroughs client was the passenger in a vehicle which was traveling on Highway 301 in Orangeburg County when the left front tire separated causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle, resulting in the vehicle rolling over numerous times, ejecting five (5) passengers, three (3) of whom died at the scene of the accident.


$1,035,000

Forklift/Tractor Trailer Case

Client was operating a forklift across a loading dock into the back of the tractor-trailer. While operating the forklift into the back of the trailer, the tractor trailer pulled away from the docking plate wherein the client crashed to the ground, while still belted into the forklift. The client sustained significant spinal cord injuries. The settlement figure in this case represents the combined figures between the allocation of the Workers' Compensation award and the third-party negligence case against the trucking company.


$1,028,844

Premises Liability/Parking Lot Design Defect

Client was standing outside of a drugstore when a vehicle jumped out of gear and rolled down the hill of the parking lot and crashed into the client, pinning her against the wall of the drugstore. The client suffered crush injuries to both legs and hips requiring many surgeries and extensive physical therapy. An action was filed alleging faulty design of the parking lot, as well as failure to provide bollards and/or any type of barrier to prevent any type of vehicles from encroaching upon the sidewalk where customers and patrons of the drugstore walked.

It was able to be determined, through the discovery of the case that this type of incident happened twice before placing the property owner on notice of a defect, which they failed to remedy. The settlement figure represents a total for Workers' Compensation, as well as the design defect case against the property owner.


$1,000,000

Lack of Tire Dealer Training/Negligent Operation of Air Compressor

Lanier & Burroughs client was fatally injured when an employee of a tire dealer was improperly trained in operating tire maintenance and repair equipment, including an air compressor. A tire was over-inflated and exploded causing fatal injuries to our client.


Seven Figure Settlement

Tire Tread Separation

The subject incident took place on I-26 in Berkeley County, South Carolina when suddenly, our client’s left rear tire separated causing her to lose control of her vehicle and overturn several times. Lanier & Burroughs client was flown to the Medical University of South Carolina where she was placed on life support. Ultimately, her traumatic injuries caused her to lose her life.


$900,000

Tractor-Trailer/Faulty Equipment

A tractor trailer driver was illegally and negligently operating his tractor trailer in the dark early morning hours with no or insufficient lighting, while stopped in the roadway, all in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), causing Lanier & Burroughs client to strike Defendant from behind.


$848,000

Tire Aging/Negligent Recall/Rollover

Lanier & Burroughs client was the backseat passenger of a vehicle and was severely and permanently injured when the rear tire on the vehicle, which was subject to a recall, failed and separated. Due to the tire failure, the driver lost control and the vehicle rolled over and was struck by another vehicle.


$825,000

Tractor-Trailer-Truck

Defendant was illegally and negligently operating his tractor trailer while backing into a private driveway, in the dark, with no or insufficient lighting, in front of the vehicle in which the Plaintiff was a passenger, all in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR), causing Lanier & Burroughs client to strike the Defendant in the side of the tractor trailer.


$805,000

Negligent Security/Bar Shooting

Lanier & Burroughs client was attending a birthday party at a private establishment when a fight broke out. The bar failed to have adequate security and our client was fatally shot.


$705,000

Slip and Fall/Insurance Bad Faith

Client slipped and fell at a truck stop while working as a truck driver. Client sustained significant and debilitating back injuries. Workers' compensation and bad faith cases commenced against the insurance company for the client's employer for selling an occupational disability policy in lieu of workers' compensation to this client and wrongfully denying coverage.


$510,000

Tractor-Trailer-Truck

Lanier & Burroughs and Mr. McCutchen’s client received severe and permanent injuries when a tractor-trailer blocked all lanes of traffic on a two-lane highway while attempting to pull the tractor-trailer onto the highway after dusk and became stuck in a ditch. The tractor-trailer driver used no warnings and illumination materials to notify other motorists of the tractor trailer blocking all lanes of travel, all in violation of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).


$500,000

Car Wreck

Lanier & Burroughs client sustained serious, traumatic and permanent injuries when a vehicle failed to yield the right of way and turned into the path of Lanier & Burroughs client.


$500,000

Car Wreck

This incident occurred when a vehicle traveling too closely and too fast for conditions, rear-ended a vehicle, which in turn collided with the vehicle being driven by Lanier & Burroughs client, causing her severe injuries and loss of wages.


$500,000

Delivery Truck Wreck

A delivery truck, at a high rate of speed, "T-Boned" the client who was in his driveway after coming home from work. Through the discovery of the case, it was determined that the delivery company placed mandates on drivers for fast delivery and return of their trucks; thus, putting profits in front of safety of others. This settlement was reached prior to trial.


$500,000

False Imprisonment/Slander

Case involves the false arrest of a nurse while shopping at a retail store. Client was charged with shoplifting, handcuffed, paraded through the store, publicly ridiculed and embarrassed in front of the patrons at the store and was thrown in jail. Due to the client's incarceration, she suffered a myocardial infarction (heart attack). Criminal charges were handled by Lanier & Burroughs and were dismissed. During discovery of the case, it was determined that the retail store had a common practice of arrest first, question later in efforts to reduce the loss of profits due to theft in the store. The case settled prior to trial and due to the settlement, as well as other cases against the retailer handled by Lanier & Burroughs, the arrest policies and procedures have changed when confronting individuals thought to have shoplifted.


$500,000

Tractor-Trailer Wreck

Case involves a tractor trailer that was left partially extended into the roadway. Due to the lack of lighting on the roadway and the trailer partially extended into the roadway, the client struck the trailer causing his death. Through the discovery of the case, it was determined that trailers were dropped in this area on many occasions, without permission to do so, and were left extended into the roadway many times. This case was taken to trial and settled on the third day of trial. As a result of this settlement, trailers no longer park where this accident occurred, making the roadways safer for the motoring public.


$475,000

Nursing Home Negligence/Wrongful Death

Lanier & Burroughs client, a nursing home resident, developed severe dehydration throughout her stay at the Defendants’ facility. The facility failed to provide an appropriate care plan for dehydration prevention which ultimately lead to the death of our client due to this insufficient care.


$355,000

Tractor-Trailer Wreck

Head-on collision involving a tractor-trailer. Client, while on the job, suffered severe back injuries in the wreck. A workers' compensation claim, as well as a negligence claim, against the at-fault party, was filed. This settlement for the negligence claim exceeded the policy limits due to a declaratory judgment being filed on behalf of the Plaintiff to reform the underinsured (UIM) policy, due to the insurance company failing to make a meaningful offer.


$345,000

Slip and Fall/Workers' Compensation

Client slipped and fell while at work resulting in a shoulder injury. After the settlement of the worker's compensation claim, a negligence claim was filed against a construction company who left oil on the floor of the plant where the client worked causing him to slip and fall.


$341,000

Tractor-Trailer Wreck

The client, a tractor trailer driver, wrecked while traveling on the interstate causing his tractor trailer to overturn and resulting in his untimely death. This settlement exceeded the policy limits due to a declaratory judgment being filed on behalf of the Plaintiff to reform the underinsured (UIM) policy, due to the insurance company failing to make a meaningful offer.


$300,000

Tractor-Trailer Wreck

Our client was side-swiped by a tractor-trailer on I-26 and what initially appeared to be soft-tissue injuries, resulted in the client having a cervical fusion. Although the client had a pre-existing neck condition, the wreck exacerbated or worsened his pre-existing cervical condition to the point that it had to be surgically repaired. The client had a good recovery from the surgery and is back working, yet was compensated for his medical expenses, lost wages, and his pain and suffering.


$275,000

Slip and Fall

Lanier & Burroughs client slipped and fell on water that was pooled in an entranceway upon leaving an establishment.


$200,000

Legal Malpractice/Professional Negligence

This was a tractor-trailer wreck involving soft-tissue injuries to the neck and back. Plaintiff had less than $25,000.00 in medical expenses.


$200,000

Tractor-Trailer Wreck

This was a tractor-trailer wreck involving soft-tissue injuries to the neck and back. Plaintiff had less than $25,000.00 in medical expenses.


Six Figure Settlement

Negligence/Car Wreck

Lanier & Burroughs client was a passenger in a vehicle that pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle and was T-boned. This resulted in the untimely death of the driver of the vehicle and the serious and permanent injuries to our client, the passenger in the vehicle.


Confidential Settlement

Dram Shop/Negligent Serving of Alcohol

Lanier & Burroughs client was severely and permanently injured when a customer of an establishment that serves alcohol was over served alcoholic beverages and became intoxicated, punching our client in the face then hitting him with his vehicle and dragging him approximately eight yards with his vehicle before leaving the scene.


Confidential Settlement

Nursing Home Negligence/Wrongful Death

Lanier & Burroughs client, a nursing home resident, developed several pressure sores on his body throughout his stay at the Defendants’ facility. Our client was hospitalized on several occasions for urinary tract infections, dehydration, and decubitus ulcers and ultimately died due to insufficient care.


Confidential Settlement

Tire Defect/Product Liability

Patricia Dubberly, as PR of the Estate of Samantha Ferris v. Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, Warren M. Pendry d/b/a Matt's Texaco and American Tire Distributors, Inc.
Steven Ferris v. Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, Warren M. Pendry d/b/a Matt's Texaco and American Tire Distributors, Inc.
Cory Davis v. Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, Warren M. Pendry d/b/a Matt's Texaco and American Tire Distributors, Inc.
Shannon Parton v. Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire, LLC, Warren M. Pendry d/b/a Matt's Texaco and American Tire Distributors, Inc.


Confidential Settlement

Tire Defect/Product Liability

A group of teenage friends were returning from the South Carolina State Fair on October 5, 2003, on I-26 when the front, driver's side tire tread separated causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle resulting in the ejection of four occupants. The allegations were that the Bridgestone Firestone Daytona Radial Stag XT was negligently manufactured causing the separation of the tire tread resulting in significant and debilitating injuries, as well as fatal injuries to one of the occupants. The case settled prior to trial.


Confidential Settlement

Tractor-Trailer Wreck
Patricia Haney v. Giovanni Transport, LLC and Jamie Giovanni Carr

Our client was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer when she was attempting to exit off of I-26. The force generated from the tractor-trailer caused significant permanent and debilitating injuries to her neck and back, as well as mini-strokes or transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) resulting in her being disabled from work. The case settled for an amount sufficient to take care of her needs for the rest of her life.


Confidential Settlement

Ford Explorer Rollover/Roof Crush/Partial Ejectment/Occupant Restraint (Settled)/Product Liability

Matthew Franklin Sampson v. Ford Motor Company, Burns Automotive, LLD, and Burns Ford-Mercury, Inc. Client was the passenger in a 1996 Ford Explorer which was being operated by his sister. When an animal presented itself in the road, the driver took evasive action, a basic accident avoidance maneuver, at which time she lost control of the vehicle and it rolled four to five times partially ejecting Mr. Sampson who was wearing his seatbelt.

The allegations in the case were that the occupant restraint system (the seatbelts) and the roof were insufficient on the Ford Explorer. The roof crushed in on the B pillar creating slack in the occupant restraint system which resulted in Mr. Sampson's partial ejection. It was further alleged that the Ford Explorer had instability problems when making a typical accident avoidance maneuver which is foreseeable in operating the Ford Explorer on the roadway. Through the retention of occupant restraint, accident reconstructionist, and biomechanics experts, this was settled for a confidential amount.


Confidential Settlement

Tire Failure/Tread Separation/Product Liability

Our client was traveling on I-26 when the left rear tire failed causing her vehicle to run off the roadway and strike a guardrail head-on resulting in serious, permanent and debilitating injuries. The allegations were that the tire company negligently manufactured the tire causing the separation of the tire tread resulting in significant and debilitating injuries.


Seven Figure Settlement

Tire Delamination/Defective Tire and Rollover/Roof Crush

Lanier & Burroughs client, a passenger in a 15-passenger van traveling on I-26, was ejected and fatally injured when the left rear tire delaminated resulting in the vehicle yawing out of control and off the roadway down a grassy embankment and through a fence, subsequently rolling over.


Confidential Settlement

Mining/Construction - West Virginia

Lanier & Burroughs client was severely and permanently injured when a catwalk, improperly constructed, collapsed.


Confidential Settlement

Assault and Battery/Negligence/Outrage/Intentional Infliction of
Emotional Distress

This incident occurred when Defendant’s employee/agent was dispatched on a service call to repair a disruption in the satellite/cable service at a private residence. Defendant’s employee arrived at the home and advised the minor client’s father, who was home with his young child, that some tree branches outside the home were obstructing the satellite and requested that the father go outside and cut down the branches. While the father was outside, the Defendant’s employee, while alone with the child, sexually abused the young child.


Confidential Settlement

Wrongful Death/Negligent Entrustment

Lanier & Burroughs client was struck and fatally injured by a tour bus. Driver was cited for falsifying his log books which stated that he was off duty at the time of the wreck, when in fact, he had been on duty for approximately thirteen (13) hours prior to the wreck. A post-crash investigation revealed eleven (11) violations of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSR).


Confidential Settlement

Sudden Acceleration/Product Liability

As a result of the faulty design of the throttle control cable, the vehicle in which Lanier & Burroughs clients were passengers, failed to disengage and instead accelerated the vehicle causing the driver to lose control.


DISCLAIMER

Lanier & Burroughs, LLC, does not offer any guarantee of case results. The cases mentioned in this site are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by the firm involving various areas of personal injury law. These illustrations, though based upon cases handled by this office, are representative only and should not be viewed as an assurance of a particular result in your case. Each case must stand on its own fact and circumstances.

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