Serious personal injury and wrongful death caused by auto accidents, slip and falls, defective products, even animal bites are tragic occurrences that no one should ever have to face, but sadly... they do happen.
As experienced Personal Injury lawyers, we have built our practice fighting to obtain the compensation injury victims are entitled to. Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C. has represented numerous injured victims throughout Virginia, Maryland and D.C. who have been involved in a wide variety of accidents. Our firm can be reached 24/7, and our experienced attorneys have developed personalized legal strategies for negotiating with insurance companies and trying cases when necessary to obtain the maximum compensation possible for our clients.
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Attorney Brandon Gladstone has a demonstrated successful track record representing clients in state and federal courts in small and large cases for over sixteen years.
Injured Driver Recovers $400,000 in Rear End Auto Accident in Fairfax County:
On 6/29/05, Plaintiff was rear ended in her SUV by a 1995 Chevy S-10 truck that was driven by an employee of an HVAC company. Plaintiff’s vehicle was pushed into another vehicle. There was moderate damage to Plaintiff’s vehicle and severe damage to the front of Defendant’s vehicle. Plaintiff went to her primary doctor several days later, treated with a chiropractor, orthopedist and physiatrist. Plaintiff had a neck surgery in March 2006 due to an MRI finding of a significant disc herniation at C5-6. The surgery failed and a second neck surgery was performed in February 2008 due to an MRI finding of a broad-based disc protrusion at C4-5. A plate and screws were inserted in her neck and the vertebrae were fused together. Plaintiff had $93,500 in total medical bills and $12,000 in lost wages. Plaintiff’s neck surgeon issued a 35% permanent impairment rating due to Plaintiff’s on-going pain, the need to wear lidocaine pain patches, limited range of motion, keloid scar and other limitations. The case settled at mediation on April 24, 2009.
Injured Driver Recovers $245,000 from Drunk Driver in Auto Accident in Arlington County, VA:
On 5/20/07, Plaintiff was traveling through an intersection when she was struck on the driver’s side by a drunk driver attempting to turn left from the opposite direction. The driver refused to submit to the required breath test at the station but he failed the field sobriety tests at the scene. Defendant’s airbags deployed due to severe front end damage to Defendant’s car and there was moderate damage to Plaintiff’s front driver’s side. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance to the hospital with complaints of neck pain and other complaints. Over the next eight months, Plaintiff treated with her family doctor, a pain management doctor and had physical therapy, including injections, cervical traction and use of pain patches for neck pain and radiating pain, numbness and tingling in her arms and hands. Plaintiff had a three level neck surgery (anterior discectomy with fusion) in January 2008 with a neurosurgeon due to an MRI finding of a disc herniation at C4-5 and severe stenosis at C5-6 and C6-7. A titanium plate and screws were inserted in her neck after three discs were removed and the vertebrae were fused together and secured with a plate and screws. Plaintiff had over $67,000 in total medical bills and $5,200 in lost wages.
Injured Passenger Recovers $252,500:
Plaintiff was a passenger in her daughter’s vehicle, which was struck by a large box truck. Plaintiff alleged that defendant failed to yield the right-of-way and failed to properly observe traffic. Plaintiff claimed a significant knee injury which would require two knee replacements over the course of her lifetime. She further claimed to be disabled from working in a day care, as she could no longer lift children or bend her knee. Defendants contended that Plaintiff’s driver caused the accident by getting into the turn lane too soon and using it as a travel land so that she could by-pass the stopped traffic. Defendants also argued that plaintiff would only need one knee replacement over the course of her lifetime due to the new technology employed in knee replacement surgery. The case settled just weeks before trial for $252,500.
Severely Injured Worker in Fairfax County, Virginia Receives Large Lump Sum Settlement and Yearly Annuity Valued at an Amount Greater Than $1,000,000:
On December 31, 2005, claimant, a nurse, injured her back lifting a heavy patient. Claimant underwent a lumbar surgery. Subsequently, she had difficulty voiding her bladder. After presentation to the emergency room complaining of the same, another surgery was performed to evacuate hematomas on her spine. The hematomas left her permanently disabled. Her diagnoses were cauda equina syndrome, failed back and neurogenic bladder.
Claimant subsequently developed avascular necrosis of the right knee. This condition was determined to be caused by the use of steroid therapy for treatment of her back. The carrier denied the causal relationship and further asserted the majority of the steroid therapy was prescribed by a provider previously determined to be an unauthorized provider by the Commission. The avascular necrosis could only be treated by undergoing a total knee replacement. Considering the immediate need for this procedure, the denial of coverage by the carrier, the risks of litigation and time frame under which a final ruling on this issue could be anticipated, the parties engaged in mediation, which resulted in settlement. Based on claimant's life expectancy, the total settlement, including up-front payment and the annuity, is valued at $1,700,000.
Deceased driver's estate recovers $350,000 in rear end auto accident in Fairfax County, Virginia $350,000 Settlement
On 5/29/08, Plaintiff was rear ended by a dump truck while stopped in traffic in his pick-up truck in Fairfax County. Plaintiff complained of lower back pain when he arrived at his doctor’s office several days later. Over the next several months, Plaintiff returned to his doctor with continued low back complaints. Plaintiff had an MRI in August 2008 that revealed a small central disc extrusion at L4-5 in his low back and was prescribed physical therapy that he underwent through December 2008. Over the next couple of years, Plaintiff had continuing low back complaints and a second MRI in February 2010 revealed a worsening disc extrusion at L4-5 and a new small central disc herniation at L5-S1. The decision was made to have back surgery based upon this second MRI and Plaintiff underwent a left L4-5 TLIF ((transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion) using a Globus cage and Medtronic Sextant screws) and was discharged from the hospital on 3/27/11. Tragically, Plaintiff died from a pulmonary embolism on 4/3/11. Plaintiff had no dependents and was single. Plaintiff’s estate filed a wrongful death and survivorship lawsuit and the case settled shortly after mediation and within three weeks of trial. Plaintiff’s total medical bills were $96,000 plus funeral and other related expenses of $16,000.
Injured passenger recovers policy limits in single vehicle crash in Fairfax County, Virginia $300,000 Settlement
In July 2011, Plaintiff was a passenger in a car with four other people. The Defendant driver was speeding and was told to slow down but did not. Subsequently, Defendant lost control of the vehicle and ran off the road and struck a tree at a high rate of speed. Plaintiff suffered from a mild concussion, a fractured left wrist, a right elbow lacerated to the bone for which he had at least two surgeries (debridement and skin grafts), a fractured right femur (for which he had surgery), a frayed coronary artery, and neck pain. Plaintiff saw multiple specialists and had physical therapy. He was in the hospital for many days, had a cast on his arm and leg and required use of crutches and a wheel chair, among other things. He has permanent scarring and limitations.
Injured Driver Obtains Jury Verdict of $200,515 in Minor Rear End Impact in Washington County, MD
On 7/23/09, Plaintiff was rear ended by a tractor trailer in Hagerstown and sustained very minor property damage. Plaintiff had been in pain management for chronic low back pain for 4 yrs leading up to the accident. Liability was stipulated but defense claimed Plaintiff sustained no injuries due to the same old problem and continuing treatment for same before and after the accident. Plaintiff claimed that she required a lumbar ALIF surgery (removal of the L5-S1 disc with insertion of a cage and screws) following a positive discogram, then experienced complications (an incisional hernia), for which Plaintiff underwent an open ventral hernia repair (with insertion of a mesh patch). Plaintiff also claimed the back surgery was unsuccessful and put additional pressure on the L4-5 disc, for which another decompression surgery was recommended by her neurosurgeon. Plaintiff played video testimony of her treating neurosurgeon and pain management doctors. Defendant surprisingly decided NOT to play the expert Ronald Cohen, M.D.'s video at trial (saying that Plaintiff’s attorney’s cross examination was 75% of the 2.25 hour long video testimony). State Farm’s pre-trial offer was a mere $10,000. - See more at: http://www.beckerkelloggberry.com/news/injured-driver-obtains-jury-verdict-of-200515-in-minor-rear-end-impact-in-washington-county-md/#sthash.nqUoBr5k.dpuf