The Law Office of James M. West - Kenton County Personal Injury Lawyer

Car Accident Verdicts and Settlements

AUTO ACCIDENT - FLORENCE BAR RESPONSIBLE FOR WRONGFUL DEATH

We represented the estate of a young man and his 15 month old son in a lawsuit against a Florence bar. Our immediate investigation identified crucial independent witnesses who supported the allegation of the bar encouraging alcohol consumption by having bikini clad women serving "Jello shots". The facts and evidence supported the bar's responsibility for over serving the deceased who died in a one car accident less than 2 miles from the bar. Liability was contested and our prompt investigation of the automobile accident and witnesses that were present at the bar on the evening in question were critical in the successful result in this case. Settlement -- Confidential

TRUCK ACCIDENT - PERSONAL INJURY

Our client was injured when side swiped by a tractor trailer on I-71 near Carrollton, Kentucky. The tractor trailer attempted to leave the scene of the accident but was stopped by the police several miles down the road. The company that owned the tractor trailer was self-insured and made the client a minimal settlement offer. Our client rejected the offer and retained our firm. We worked diligently to document all of the client's damages and obtain necessary medical opinions. We filed a federal lawsuit in United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky. After many months of discovery the case was ultimately settled. Settlement - Confidential

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT (SHERIFF'S DEPUTY) - PERSONAL INJURY

Our clients, a mother and her two young children were injured when a local sheriff's deputy (who was driving while operating his onboard computer in a non-emergency situation) slammed into the rear of their car that was stopped to turn left.

The impact of the deputy's vehicle was so violent it forced our client's vehicle into southbound lane. Upon impact our client's vehicle rotated 90 degrees to the left. At that same moment a pick-up truck with a large dual axle trailer was traveling southbound on Dixie Highway. This truck hit our client's vehicle on the rear passenger side with such force it catapulted her vehicle several hundred feet off the road.

While fault was never in dispute the speed of the deputy's cruiser was hotly contested. Even though the Sheriff's department failed to retain the "black box" data, our expert witness was able to provide testimony that the deputy was exceeding the speed limit in the moments before the crash. For this reason, there was significant evidence to support our allegation of punitive damages.

After several years of litigation and two mediations, the Boone County Fiscal Court settled all three personal injury claims. Settlement - Confidential

MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT - PERSONAL INJURY

Our clients were traveling south on US 27 in Pendleton County, near Falmouth, when a vehicle traveling northbound stopped to make a left hand turn. Directly behind this vehicle approached another vehicle which was unable to stop, hitting the first stopped vehicle, careening into the oncoming traffic of southbound US 27 and in doing so, this vehicle collided with the motorcycle on which our clients were traveling.

Needless to say, our clients suffered serious injuries. The driver of the motorcycle sustained serious "degloving" of the skin tissue to his left forearm and left lower leg, a fractured fibula at the ankle and a torn meniscus of his left knee. His hospitalization and treatment for these injuries and rehabilitation was extensive.

Our client's wife, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, sustained a fractured pelvis in three places, two fractures on the right, one on the left, a fractured left shoulder, a fractured right ankle, left forearm and torn ligaments in her left knee. She too endured extensive hospitalization, rehabilitation and physical therapy treatment as a result of the injuries she sustained in this accident. Settlement - Confidential

TRUCK ACCIDENT - PERSONAL INJURY

Our client's automobile was struck by a semi-tractor trailer causing it to leave the roadway and flip several times. As a result of this accident, she sustained several significant injuries the most significant of which was the fracture of her right hand and right shoulder. She endured shoulder surgery and surgery of her right hand. The fractures of her knuckles would not heal causing the ring and middle fingers of her dominant hand to have significantly less than full mobility. Her fingers were positioned in a semi locked "claw" shape. My client had to undergo extensive and painful physical therapy, multiple splint/cast, therapy and surgery; none of this treatment was successful in restoring mobility to her fingers. Therefore her ability to do not only ordinary household tasks and personal grooming activities but also her ability to do her job was greatly compromised as a result of this accident. Settlement - Confidential

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT - PERSONAL INJURY

Our elderly client was stopped when a young woman failed to stop. We located an independent witness that saw the young women reach into the back seat moments before impact. She hit our client's car so hard it was knocked off the road. Our client suffered neck and back pain. Settlement - $82,500.00

TRUCK COLLISION - PERSONAL INJURY

While traveling to work in the early morning hours, our client came upon a large motor vehicle carrier which was parked illegally on an unlit roadway with the rear gate lowered creating an illegal and dangerous situation for drivers. The parking signs clearly prohibited parking in the area. Not seeing the motor vehicle carrier until it was too late to stop; our client collided with lowered rear gate of motor vehicle carrier, causing significant injury to her head and neck. Settlement - Confidential

TRUCK COLLISION - PERSONAL INJURY

Our client and her young daughter were traveling southbound in the right hand lane of the ramp from southbound I-75 approaching a lighted intersection with Donaldson Road. As she approached the intersection, she stopped at the red light to see if the intersection was clear to proceed. The driver of the delivery truck, who was travelling right behind her in her lane of travel, failed to notice that her vehicle had stopped; therefore, colliding into the rear of her vehicle. She experienced back and neck pain and anxiety while driving. Her young daughter was not physically injured but suffered great stress while traveling in the car. Her stress and anxiety also transferred to boating with her family. She became a "backseat" driver, being very scared when she would see a wreck or a broken down car. Settlement - Confidential

AUTOMOBILE COLLISION - PERSONAL INJURY

Our clients were traveling within the City of Elsmere when they approached a stop sign, came to a complete stop and then approached the intersection. The driver of a local cab company's taxi ran a stop sign and collided with the front of our clients' vehicle. Both clients were taken to the hospital. Their vehicle was totaled. As a result of this accident, our client, who was the passenger, sustained a significant tear to her rotator cuff. She underwent medical treatment and physical therapy. Settlement - Confidential

AUTOMOBILE ACCIDENT - PERSONAL INJURY

Our client was stopped with his foot on the brake of his vehicle when he was hit from behind by a full sized pickup truck. The impact was so severe the force of the impact drove our client's vehicle over ten feet forward into the rear of another vehicle. Our client sustained injuries to his neck, upper and lower back as a result of this accident. The pain in his neck and upper back was resolved with chiropractic treatment however the lower back pain continued to be severe. Our client sought treatment for his lower back pain with an orthopedic surgeon, physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medications and finally acupuncture. He was able to obtain some relief as a result of the acupuncture treatment.

Settlement - Confidential

The Law Office of James M. West
157 Barnwood Drive Edgewood,
KY 41017

Phone: 859-341-0600
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At The Law Office of James M. West, we serve all of Northern Kentucky, specifically Boone, Campbell, Carroll, Gallatin, Grant, Kenton, Mason, Owen and Robertson Counties.  Cities served include but are not limited to: Alexandria, Bellevue, Burlington, Covington, Edgewood, Elsmere, Erlanger, Falmouth, Florence, Fort Mitchell, Fort Thomas, Fort Wright, Independence, Ludlow, Newport, Owenton, and Villa Hills.