Virginia: Car Accidents-a Lawyer’s DUI

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The October 2015 issue of Trial, the monthly magazine of the American Association for Justice (“AAJ”), formerly American Trial lawyers Association (“ATLA”), reports 2 substantial jury awards for vehicle accidents in its “Verdicts & Settlements”. They are “Service of Intoxicated Patron Leads to Fatal DUI Collision,” a $25,000,000.00 jury verdict in Indiana, id. at 11-12; and “Jury Holds Cab Company Accountable for Crash That Ended Lawyer’s Career,” a $25,950,000.00 jury award in Illinois. Id. at 12, 14.

Trial in October 2015 also reported 2 premises liability cases: “Balustrade Breaks, Causing Man to Fall Into Stairwell,” a $6,840,000.00 New York jury verdict, id. at 14; “Inadequate Security at Apartment Complex Leads to Guest’s Fatal Shooting,” a $1,250,000.00 Florida jury award, id. at 16. It also covered 3 workplace safety cases: “Worker Prevails on Bailment Theory After Fall Through Unsafe rental Equipment,” a $815,000.00 Wyoming jury verdict, id. at 16, 18; “Worker Falls 20 Feet From Building,” a $62,060,000.00 New York jury award, id. at 18-19; and “Failure to barricade Unguarded Hole in Floor of Pump Station,” a California settlement of $6,000,000.00 plus waiver of workers’ compensation lien. Id. at 19.

Mr. Waterman has been a member of AAJ/ATLA over two decades. His practice focuses on vehicle accidents, medical malpractice, and other cases of wrongful death, brain injury, and other serious personal injuries.