Because the results obtained in specific cases depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, past case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in future cases undertaken by a lawyer or law firm.
A young mother starts searching for her son, who was playing with other children in the common area of their housing development. Neighbors join the hunt and one dashes into the storm water retention pond and pulls the drowning boy from the water. He suffered catastrophic brain injury, putting him on a ventilator for the rest of his life. Partner Gary Mims successfully proved that the absence of any fencing or warning signage was negligent; the home owner’s association failed in its duty to maintain safe conditions. The settlement compensated the family and provided lifetime care costs for the boy, as well as housing and transportation modifications.
As reported in The Washington Post.
A teenage boy is riding his ATV through unimproved countryside areas when he turns down a road leading to property owned by a public utility. He proceeds a short distance but hits an unmarked cable strong across the road; he dies from injuries soon thereafter. Partners Steve Frei and Gary Mims successfully argued that the cable created a public nuisance which rendered the utility liable for the boy’s death.
In this very tragic case, a man died while trying to reach the front door of his apartment building after snowfall, melting and refreezing conditions. The defendant claimed that the man was contributorily negligent, that is, that he should have known the parking lot was icy and should have been more careful. However, Partner Chuck Sickels and associate Matt Perushek succeeded in gaining a settlement based on the clear paths doctrine in Virginia law which states that the defendant needed to prove that a clear alternative path was available to the man, which was not.
The plaintiff was helping her daughter move into a new apartment in Alexandria, Virginia. As she stepped from the parking deck stairs to the ground, she fell and suffered a severely sprained ankle and fractured toe. Attorney Matt Perushek filed suit against the property owner, alleging that the staircase created an unsafe condition on the property. Perushek presented evidence to the court that the property failed to comply with building codes and that the victim suffered a permanent impairment to the joint. The award, including interest, exceeded $440,000. The property owner paid the judgment in full.
Out playing golf one day, a woman slipped and fell on an older walking bridge connecting a golf fairway to the green. Her injuries were life threatening, requiring two surgeries and extended recovery time. At trial, the firm successfully proved that other golfers had previously fallen and notified the owner of the hazardous condition. The jury rejected the defendant’s argument that the golfer was contributorily negligent because she did not walk on a mat in the center of the bridge.