Since 1982, the lawyers at Martin & Jones have fought to protect the rights of individuals harmed by the negligence and wrongful conduct of others. Our firm has represented and helped thousands of individuals and their families from around the United States over the years. At Martin & Jones, we are keenly aware of the positive impact our efforts can have on our clients' lives. We work hard and are proud of the results we have obtained for our clients.
(Cases or matters referenced do not represent the law firm's entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its owns merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer's or a law firm's past results. Unless otherwise specified, each of the following matters was contested on liability and/or damages, the opposing parties were represented, the matters involved complex legal and/or factual issues, and the law firm was successful in collecting the amounts stated. Case summaries are from 2000 through the present.)
Martin & Jones obtained a $9,000,000 settlement on behalf of the family of a baby girl who at two days old developed meningitis in the hospital. The baby suffered severe brain damage and was left with cerebral palsy as a result.
A 30-year-old woman died after she suffocated in a hospital surgical intensive care unit. She was hurt in an ATV accident and had to have her spleen removed, but her injuries were not life-threatening.
Martin & Jones successfully recovered $6.9 million for a client who was catastrophically injured in a motor vehicle collision involving a tractor trailer. Our client was seriously injured when he drove into the back of tractor trailer stopped on the highway. He was paralyzed as a result of the crash.
The Family Purpose Doctrine and social media played important roles in securing the $2.5 million settlement obtained for the families of two undocumented immigrants who on their way to work were killed by an impaired 19-year-old driver in a violent head-on collision.
After almost two years and a two-week trial, a Carteret County jury gave closure to the family of a 57-year-old woman was tragically killed when a tanker truck ran over her twice at the intersection of Fort Macon Road and Atlantic Beach Causeway. On September 26, 2014, in the largest verdict ever returned in Carteret County, a jury compensated her husband of 37 years and their two children in the amount of $2,250,000.
Diagnosed at 68 with malignant pleural mesothelioma, our client died a year later.
In a bad faith insurance claim, Martin & Jones obtained $2,000,000 for a hotel owner who has been mislead about his insurance coverage and paid only $61,000 for damage from Hurricane Irene.
Two cyclists encountered a down Time Warner Cable line and suffered significant injuries in January 2014. A storm took down a cable and despite being notified multiple times by emergency personnel, TWC did not respond to their cable laying across the roadway.
Our client served in the United States Navy and later worked at a variety of industrial sites in the Midwest.
The driver of a tractor trailer traveling in the opposite direction down the two-lane highway failed to pay attention to his driving and turned left across the center line, colliding head-on with a much smaller Nissan Sentra. A week-long trial resulted in a $3.35 million verdict against the truck driver and the trucking company responsible for the driver.
Our client died a year after being diagnosed with mesothelioma. He has been exposed to asbestos during his service in the Navy.
When he was finally delivered by c-section, the baby had no heart rate, no respirations and his color was blue because he had not been receiving adequate oxygen. He was resuscitated but left with permanent brain damage.
Our client worked for various railroads from the 1950s into the 1980s. After retiring, he was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died at the age of 75.
A Mecklenburg County jury unanimously returned a verdict of $250,325 for permanent injuries suffered in an incident inside an Arby's. The victim will be wheelchair bound for the remainder of her life.
Our client was exposed to asbestos at a variety of industrial plants in the Southeast in the 1960s and 1970s.
After a six-week and one day jury trial, a confidential settlement was reached with Ford Motor Co. on behalf of a 16-year-old boy who suffered life-altering injuries leaving him a paraplegic when the backseat lap belt he was wearing when an accident occurred caused severe spinal cord and abdominal injuries. He was 11 at the time of the accident.
Our client was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma at the age of 58 and died four years later.
Our client was exposed to asbestos as a paper manufacturing facility in North Carolina.
Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma during retirement and died at the age of 79. He had been exposed to asbestos during the 1950s and 1960s.
- Wrongfully Convicted Man Imprisoned for 17 Years Receives $4.6 Million Settlement
Greg Taylor was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1993. Her served 17 years until in 2010, the North Carolina Center on Actual Innocence proved that he was innocent of the crime. In 2013, Taylor was awarded a settlement of $4,625,000.
- $3.3 Million For Sheet Metal Worker Who Died Of Mesothelioma
Our client was diagnosed with mesothelioma at the age of 60 and died at 62. He had been a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union.
- $2 Million For Navy Veteran Who Deloped Mesothelioma
- Our client was diagnosed with malignant pleural mesothelioma at the age of 75. He had worked aboard the USS Lake Champlain.
- $1.7 Million for Power Plant Worker Who Developed Mesothelioma
- Our client was heavily exposed to asbestos while working as construction supervisor.
- TWO-YEAR-OLD LOSES INTESTINES BECAUSE ER DELAYS TRANSFER FOR OBSTRUCTION: $6.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT
A two-year-old boy is taken by his mother to a North Carolina hospital emergency room because his belly is firm and distended, he has not been able to take food for three days, and he has been vomiting uncontrollably.
- MARTIN & JONES OBTAINS $42.5 MILLION ON BEHALF OF NORTH CAROLINA CONSUMERS
After an eight-year fight against one of America’s largest banks that went to the North Carolina Supreme Court, Martin & Jones obtained a $42.5 million settlement on behalf of North Carolina consumers.
- MARTIN & JONES OBTAINS $38.75 MILLION ON BEHALF OF NORTH CAROLINA CONSUMERS
In a different lawsuit brought on behalf of North Carolina consumers, Martin & Jones settled a class action lawsuit against another of America’s largest banks in a case which also went to the North Carolina Supreme Court.
- $8.7 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR YOUNG MOM WHO SUFFERED BRAIN DAMAGE AFTER DELIVERING HEALTHY BABY
A healthy, 24-year-old woman went into a hospital to deliver her first child, after a normal pregnancy. The baby, a little boy, was successfully delivered and the mother was taken to recovery. The young woman never regained consciousness and was left with a profound brain damage and in a semi-comatose state.
- MENINGITIS MISSED IN ER AND BY PEDIATRICIAN RESULTS IN $7.8 MILLION SETTLEMENT
Martin & Jones retained more than 20 of the foremost experts in pediatric infectious disease, neurology, radiology, nephrology, and emergency medicine to assist with the case of a little girl who suffered profound brain damage due to meningitis which was undiagnosed, even though her mother repeatedly took her to the emergency room and her pediatrician.
- FOUR 17-YEAR-OLD GIRLS KILLED BY DRUNK DRIVER; SETTLEMENT REQUIRES BARS TO MAKE POLICY CHANGES
A drunk driver who stopped at two local bars before 11:00 a.m. ran a red light hitting a car carrying five 17-year-old students. The victims were all friends and were returning from the beach when the drunk driver crashed into the side of the vehicle killing the four girls and seriously injuring one 17-year-old boy.
- $7.5 MILLION JURY VERDICT FOR CSX RAILROAD WORKER WHO DEVELOPED ASBESTOS-RELATED MESOTHELIOMA
Our client worked for CSX Railroad for 38 years, from 1962 until 1999. During that time, he was exposed to asbestos on industrial boilers, pipes, construction materials and other asbestos-containing products.
- $7.5 MILLION FOR BABY WHO SUFFERED BRAIN DAMAGE BECAUSE NURSE IGNORED FETAL DISTRESS
After a healthy pregnancy, a young mother went into labor at term. When she got to the hospital, fetal monitoring indicated that her baby (a little girl) was healthy and doing well. Two hours later the fetal monitor began to show signs of fetal distress, which meant that the baby was having difficulty obtaining enough oxygen in the womb.
- SCAFFOLD COLLAPSE PARALYZES CONSTRUCTION WORKER; CLAIM SETTLES FOR $7.8 MILLION
A 37-year-old construction worker was standing on a scaffold while tearing out a wall in a store being renovated. The scaffold was defective and collapsed rendering this 37-year-old man a quadriplegic.
- COMPANY COMPENSATES CHILD SEVERELY INJURED BY SWIMMING POOL AND CHANGES DANGEROUS POOL DESIGN
A 9-year-old girl’s grandparents bought a plastic pool from K-Mart manufactured by General Foam Plastics. On the very first day of use, the 9 year old was walking up the ladder when the PVC plastic pipe railing broke and she fell across the jagged edge of the broken PVC pipe.
- UNC HONOR STUDENT WITH CEREBRAL PALSY RECEIVES RECOVERY FOR DEFECTIVE ADAPTIVE VAN
A young UNC college student who was born with cerebral palsy with no use of her legs and only limited use of her arms dreamed of operating her own vehicle. Although confined to a wheelchair, this UNC honor student lived with a roommate, traveled and was independent on the UNC campus. When she was medically cleared to learn to drive an adapted vehicle, she began training with an adaptive van. The adaptive van malfunctioned and ran off the road colliding with trees severely breaking her legs.
- $6 MILLION PRETRIAL SETTLEMENTS IN CASE INVOLVING CHROMIUM AND NICKEL-RELATED CANCER IN METAL SPRAY
A man in his 40's worked for many years as a metal sprayer in a building where jet airplane parts were refurbished. This young man worked for many years working with metal sprays containing carcinogens chromium and nickel and at age 44 developed oral cancer in the nasopharyngeal area.
- ER DIAGNOSED BUT FAILED TO TREAT ROCKY MTN. SPOTTED FEVER CAUSING BRAIN DAMAGE IN CHILD
A two-year-old little girl was treated at an emergency department for high fever and rash. The little girl was sent home without ever seeing a doctor, and two days later she developed full-blown Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and as a result suffered permanent, severe brain damage.
- $1.76 MILLION SETTLEMENT REACHED OVER PATIENT'S DEATH FROM UNTREATED SEPSIS
A 36-year-old woman who worked as a CPA at a public university had been a long-time patient of a large multi-specialty medical practice. She went to the primary care division and was seen by a physician who had not treated her before.
- $1.25 MILLION JURY VERDICT FOR SENIORS WHO WERE SCAMMED IN PONZI SCHEME
After a week long trial, a Wilson County jury returned a verdict for $1.25 million to two elderly investors who were defrauded by a Johnston County man names James L. "Rip" Rainey as a part of a widespread investment scam.
- EPIDURAL CATHETER LEFT PATIENT PARALYZED; CLAIM SETTLES FOR $1.2 MILLION
A 68-year-old female became paralyzed when her anesthesiologist and nursing staff failed to recognize and timely treat arachnoiditis from an epidural catheter after surgery.
- $5 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR FORKLIFT MECHANIC LEFT FOR DEAD BY TRUCKER ON I-95
A forklift mechanic was on his way to repair a forklift when a North American Van Lines tractor trailer came into his lane. The rear bar of the tractor trailer caught the bumper of his van and threw it down the road, flipping the van multiple times.
- BRAIN DAMAGED BABY CASE SETTLES FOR $4.9 MILLION SOON AFTER SUIT FILED FOR LABOR MISMANAGEMENT
Martin & Jones filed suit on behalf of a two-year old girl and her family because improper medical care during labor and delivery caused brain damage in the baby. The mother had delivered her first child by Caesarian section, and the birth plan was for a repeat Caesarian section.
- $4 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR YOUNG WOMAN PARALYZED BY UNTREATED EPIDURAL INFECTION
A 29-year-old woman was admitted to the hospital with debilitating rheumatoid arthritis in all of her significant joints that left her legs contracted at 90 degrees. Her orthopedic surgeon recommended bilateral knee replacements to restore her ability to walk.
- 61-YEAR-OLD MAN CRUSHED AND PARALYZED WHILE ON MACHINE; $3.75 MILLION SETTLEMENT DURING TRIAL
A 61-year-old man was paralyzed while working at another company’s job site. He was working on a piece of that company’s equipment when a photo eye was triggered causing a 6,000 pound piece of metal to be lowered onto the gentleman.
- TRUCK DRIVER WHOSE LEGS WERE CRUSHED RECEIVES $3.05 MILLION SETTLEMENT
Our client was a wrecker truck driver who was injured in a collision near Raleigh-Durham International Airport. The defendant had flown into RDU on a business trip and was leaving the airport when she rear-ended a disabled vehicle that was stalled on an exit ramp.
- NEW PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLER CAUSED LIVER FAILURE IN 48-YEAR-OLD WOMAN; SETTLED FOR $2.75 MILLION
A 48-year-old woman was prescribed a new "painkiller," which was similar to several other painkillers already on the market. However, due to a defective design in this particular medication, it tended to cause liver failure.
- MISMANAGED DELIVERY CAUSED CEREBRAL PALSY; CLAIM SETTLES FOR $2.5 MILLION
Our client's child was diagnosed with cerebral palsy after a difficult labor and delivery. The baby's brain damage directly resulted from negligent management of the labor and delivery.
- $1.975 MILLION JURY VERDICT FOR 71-YEAR-OLD CRASH VICTIM
A 71-year-old Burlington woman was severely injured when her minivan was struck by a Federal Express truck which crossed the center line. She was driving a 1996 minivan with her 88-year-old mother-in-law as a passenger.
- ICU MONITORS TURNED OFF, UNTREATED RESPIRATORY ARREST AND DEATH; $1.65 MILLION PAYMENT TO FAMILY
A 69-year-old patient was in an intensive care unit and had already experienced one respiratory arrest, which was quickly treated. Nevertheless, the alarm on her vital sign monitor had been turned down.
- $1.58 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR WORKER KNOCKED FROM ROOF BY SWINGING TRUSS
A construction worker was knocked from a roof he was building by roof trusses that were being swung into position by a crane. Our client and his co-workers had not been provided with fall protection gear.
- NURSING HOME NEGLIGENCE CLAIM SETTLES FOR $445,850
Our client was left unattended at an assisted living facility center resulting in a fall and a broken leg. She was then transferred to a nursing home which was owned by the same company that owned the assisted living facility.
- LABOR MISMANAGEMENT CAUSES CEREBRAL PALSY & DEATH AT AGE 5; PARENTS RECEIVE $1.2 MILLION SETTLEMENT
After a normal pregnancy, a young mother went into labor with her first child. The labor was not progressing properly, and nurses notes confirmed that the nurses were worried about the lack of progress with our client's labor.
- UNDIAGNOSED MENINGITIS LEADS TO DEATH OF LITTLE GIRL/ PARENTS RECEIVE $1.35 MILLION SETTLEMENT
A two-week old infant developed meningitis while hospitalized for dehydration. The meningitis went undiagnosed for four days, leading to brain damage and ultimately death.
- MEDICAL STUDENTS IMPROPERLY DELIVER BABY CAUSING PERMANENT INJURY TO ARM; CASE SETTLES FOR $800,000
Baby was delivered at a major medical center by medical students. At the time of delivery, these students recognized that the baby's shoulder was stuck (shoulder dystocia) in the birth canal, but continued to try to deliver the baby without performing the appropriate maneuvers to free the shoulder.
- BOWEL INJURY DURING LAPAROSCOPIC GALLBLADDER SURGERY LEADS TO $1.15 MILLION RECOVERY
After undergoing routine surgery to remove her gallbladder by laparoscopic surgery, our client continued to be ill. Because of nausea and vomiting she returned to the hospital, where she was found to have sepsis (a systemic infection).
- JURY AWARDS $2.52 MILLION TO PERMANENTLY INJURED 76-YEAR-OLD MAN
Martin & Jones represented a 76-year-old gentleman who was driving to work at 6:00 am in the right lane of an interstate highway when a tractor-trailer rear-ended his pickup truck. The collision sent our client's pickup across the median where it overturned.
- $1.775 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR PARENTS OF GIRL WHO DIED IN HOSPITAL DUE TO DELAYED TRANSFER
A four-year-old girl with a serious heart defect died because of a delay in transferring her from a local hospital to a major medical center which was only two hours away. The little girl was in her local hospital for severe breathing problems caused by her heart defect.
- YOUNG STUDENT KILLED BY TRUCK DRIVER; SCHOLARSHIP FUND CREATED
A truck driver turned in front of 20-year-old student, Crystal Wood. Although the trucking company sought to blame Crystal, Martin & Jones hired an accident reconstruction expert to recreate the wreck.
- $1.1 MILLION SETTLEMENT FOR CRASH VICTIM AMPUTEE
Martin & Jones represented a man who was struck by a car while he was riding his motorcycle. The driver of the car left the scene of the accident. The injuries required that our client's leg be amputated just below the knee. The matter was settled for $1.1 million.
- NURSING HOME RESIDENT RECEIVES $725,000 SETTLEMENT FOR LARGE PRESSURE SORE
After caring for their mother for several years, two daughters were forced to place their mother in a nursing home. After only 38 days, a volleyball size bedsore developed on the mother's back.
- IMPROPERLY SECURED DUMP TRUCK GATE KILLS 71-YEAR-OLD DRIVER; INSURANCE COMPANY SETTLES FOR $470,000
A 71-year-old man was driving when an improperly secured gate on a dump truck came loose causing him to wreck. This gentleman suffered multiple head injuries resulting in death.
- OBSTETRICIANS AND NURSES WHO DID NOT RESUSCITATE GASPING BABY SETTLE FOR $900,000
Mother gave birth at a medical center to a baby that had been previously (wrongly) diagnosed as dead. At birth, the baby was in fact alive and was gasping, but the nurses put it on a table in anticipation of the baby dying.
- FORMER SCHOOL TEACHER RECEIVES CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENT FOR NURSING HOME NEGLECT
Sandra Outlaw spent her life as an educator. When diabetes began attacking her body, she lost both of her legs due to vascular problems caused by diabetes.