As Mike was getting out of his car in the driveway of the home that he and his family were renting, a strong gust of wind blew over a tree. The tree plummeted towards the car, striking Mike in the back and rendering him a paraplegic. Mike was eventually able to return to his work, but only on a part time basis.
The Raynes Lawn Hehmeyer team of lawyers investigated and documented a claim against the homeowner and the arbor company, which had inspected the stand of trees within a year before the accident and had not recommended that this tree be taken down. The property owner settled for his policy limits of $3,000,000.00 and then the arborist also paid his policy limits on a confidential basis shortly thereafter.