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$6.9 Million Recovery For Victim Paralyzed In Tractor Trailer Collision

January 18, 2018

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 ran into the back of a tractor trailer stopped on the highway.  The insurance company denied the claim outright before Martin & Jones became involved.  While many details of the settlement remain confidential, our client was paralyzed as a result of the crash.

The case settled just prior to trial.  The lawsuit was vigorously defended, with strong allegations of contributory negligence against the victim.  Under North Carolina law, if a plaintiff bringing a lawsuit for injuries is found to have contributed to the incident that caused his or her injuries, that person would be entitled to nothing.  North Carolina is one of only a handful of states in which such a doctrine remains.

Injury claims involving commercial trucks and commercial trucking companies are significantly different than injury claims involving standard automobiles.  Both state and federal laws are implicated in such cases, and the insurance relationships tend to be much more complex.  In this case, Forest Horne and Hunt Willis represented the client.

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“We would like to express our gratitude to you (Hunt Willis) for accepting our case. First of all, when I called this law firm, a very sweet and kind lady answered the telephone and gave me assurance by asking and going over the accident with me, while my husband was in the hospital. I felt assured I was doing the right thing for us. She was so helpful in so many ways. What a professional lady. Secondly, we are much pleased that you have settled this case with the insurance company to receive the proper amount to assist us in so many ways. My husband and I are very happy with you and the firm in handling our case. You made us have confidence in your professional and integrity along with your assistant Ms. Routh, when you both came to see us in our home, in which we saw your compassion and thoughtfulness at that time. We will never forget what you have done for us, and we thank the lord for directing me to contact this firm. I’m glad I did.” 

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