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RESULTS: Verdicts & Settlements

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.)

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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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.

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$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.

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$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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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$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-speciality medical practice.  She went to the primary care division and was seen by a physician who had not treated her before.

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$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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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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 Internatinal 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.

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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.

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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.

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$1.975 MILLION JURY VERDICT FOR 71-YEAR-OLD CRASH VICTIM

A 71-year-old Burlington woman was severly 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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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$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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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