Tim was a talented young man who had distinguished himself in public service, and was just starting to build a new career when he was killed in a fiery accident.
His car was stopped in traffic because of highway construction when a truck rear-ended it, causing it to burst into flames. The trucker had only limited insurance, so a team of Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer lawyers investigated the precautions taken by the road builders and government officials to alert approaching motorists of the construction and the need to slow down. Exhaustive discovery involving more than 40 depositions proved that responsibility for the accident rested on several parties, resulting in fair compensation for Tim’s widow and son.
After 71-year-old Terry was seriously injured when his vehicle was struck by a tractor-trailer, he and his wife turned to Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer for help. Tim Lawn and Regina Foley led the Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer team who took on the out-of-state trucking company. Terry had a remarkable physical recovery from his orthopedic injuries, but continued to suffer from the effects of the closed-head injury. Because the effects on short term memory and cognitive processing were not noticeable during short interactions, Lawn and Foley completed video interviews of friends and family, who could vividly describe the changes in Terry. Once it received the video settlement presentation, the trucking company requested mediation even before suit was filed. The case resolved for $3,800,000.
Paul was a successful business executive with a happy family when he died in a collision with a truck, whose driver claimed that he did nothing wrong and a sudden cardiac emergency was the reason he lost control. To overcome this defense, Raynes McCarty did exhaustive research into the driver’s actions immediately after the accident, and his medical history. He then retained qualified medical experts who established that the real explanation for the driver’s actions was sleepiness, not a heart attack. Even though the case was pending in a venue known for modest jury verdicts, a settlement was achieved that reflected the family’s losses.
As traffic on the highway slowed to a stop because a tractor trailer had tipped over a few miles ahead, an inattentive truck driver crashed into the back of a commuter’s car, killing the driver. The trucker’s employer had only one-million dollars in insurance, which was woefully inadequate to compensate the driver’s family for their loss. Regina Foley led the investigation into the accident and developed the evidence to hold the tractor trailer that had tipped over responsible for creating the conditions which inevitably led to the accident. Working with traffic engineers and using traffic flow reports, Ms. Foley was able to create a computer model that demonstrated how the traffic rapidly built up during rush hour behind the overturned truck. As the tie-up moved backwards, it accelerated, reducing the braking distance for the trucker who hit the car. By creating a video settlement brochure, the family’s grief was powerfully conveyed before trial. At mediation, a confidential multi-million dollar settlement – several times more than the limits of coverage for the striking trucker – was achieved which secured the family’s financial future.