Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law is pleased to announce that a current client has received a maximum recovery in an injury settlement with Key West. The client, who was struck by a Key West police vehicle in 2010, will receive $100K for his injury—the maximum amount allowed by the city's policy limits.
As KeysInfoNet reports, Smith & Stallworth’s client, a Maryland student on a field trip to the Florida Keys, was struck while crossing South Roosevelt Boulevard from a Sheraton Hotel six years ago. A minivan stopped at the hotel driveway to wave the student across this busy roadway known for various traffic and pedestrian incidents. But when he attempted to cross, he was hit by a police vehicle that went around the minivan. The accident was caught on the police cruiser’s dash-cam and resulted in serious bodily injury to the student with a severely broken leg; an injury his legal team says he will feel the effects of for the rest of his life.
After being medevaced to the hospital, leg placed in a halo and numerous surgeries, the client's family has since incurred significant medical bills superseding the statutory sovereign immunity coverage limits, notwithstanding pain and suffering. Their insurers have paid for less than half of the total sum which remains an ongoing job for Smith & Stallworth bill reduction team.
It is commonly known how difficult it is to attain a maximum settlement against the State of Florida for personal injury cases. However, Smith & Stallworth, Attorneys at Law, have maximized this settlement recovery drawing near to the statutory limits for their clients against these governmental entities. The settlement sum to be paid will be shared by the City of Key West, its insurer, and the Florida Department of Transportation. According to the City of Key West attorneys, the settlement is the best deal for the city and avoids what could even be a more costly trial.
Further Legal Action Pending
The City of Key West and FDOT are not the only Defendants named in the lawsuit filed by the Smith & Stallworth on behalf of the student and his family. The private Maryland prep school where the client attended has also been sued in this lawsuit for different claims, including negligent supervision and preparation. According to Attorney Mark Stallworth, the school "did nothing to prepare the students regarding safety precautions or training for the field trip, and the chaperones left our client totally unattended to cross a busy highway in order to catch up with his classmates who had gone swimming across A1A, contributing to the cause of his injuries." Litigation remains ongoing.
We congratulate Attorney Stallworth and Attorney Sanga Turnbull on this latest victory and know that their committed diligence and advocacy will continue to serve these clients and his loved ones going forward.
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