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An Etowah County couple, injured when their car was struck from the rear on a rural road, turned to CRM&K when the other driver’s insurance company refused to honor their claim. The CRM&K team won an $800,000 jury verdict after trial, despite the opposition’s argument that the $4,500 amount of the couple’s medical expenses meant the injuries were not significant. We utilized expert testimony to show that serious mental distress and other damages developed from a head injury sustained in the crash. The couple ultimately received their full compensation after CRM&K won a hard-fought appeal in the Alabama Supreme Court.

A north Alabama plant employee was hurt on the job. His employer began mistreating him, and then fired him. He asked CRM&K to protect his rights. A lawsuit was filed, and his case went to trial, producing the largest punitive damages verdict, at that time, ever seen in an Alabama wrongful discharge case. Even though the employer appealed and argued the verdict was so large it was unconstitutional, the CRM&K team successfully defended the jury’s decision and the verdict was upheld.

Another Alabama attorney referred to CRM&K a case based on injuries to an insulation worker caused by plant employee’s handling of a forklift load. CRM&K’s investigation and deposition questioning of plant employees showed that its forklift operator had not been trained to determine the forklift’s load capacity before lifting the load, which became unstable and struck the worker. This resulted in a substantial settlement.

A young laborer was electrocuted in 2008 when he came in contact with part of a structure in a school building construction project. The CRM&K team uncovered code violations and contract breaches by several companies that resulted in a 7-figure settlement for his widow and children.

A senior couple were involved in a motor vehicle crash in Huntsville. The other driver’s insurance company refused to pay the fair amount of their claim, blaming their medical problems on their age and not the wreck. After working with their treating physician, CRM&K established that their injuries were caused by the wreck and secured a settlement that included compensation for all their injuries.

A dump truck taking materials to a road construction job site backed over the foot of an inspector, severely injuring her. Though the company that owned the truck and hired the driver had no insurance and bankrupted, some persistent research and discovery by the CRM&K team established proof of responsibility on the part of the project’s general contractor, leading to a substantial recovery.

When a national food wholesaler backed out of a commitment to develop and finance a businessman’s retail store, he sought help from us. Intense discovery, hard-fought motion hearings, and battles over new legal precedents relating to lost profits and fraud law were required by our team. After a 6-week trial, the jury returned a multi-million dollar award that stood as the largest verdict ever affirmed at the time by our state’s appeals court.

After a hard-working school janitor who suffered a heart attack was denied his credit disability benefits, CRM&K’s lawsuits and discovery measures against the insurance company unraveled a wrongful system of claim handling practices. This caused the company to alter and correct its conduct and practices so that millions of dollars of previously-withheld benefits were paid to its customers on a nationwide basis.

An elderly customer fell in the garden shop of a large retail store due to a broken and protruding piece of wood on a plant box. After her family attorney referred the case to CRM&K, litigation in federal court produced a 6-figure recovery that provided a full and fair settlement award.

A couple was traveling on Interstate 20 when an 18-wheeler traveling in the opposite direction lost dual axle wheels that broke away from the truck, crossed the median and crashed into their car. Through investigation and discovery, CRM&K discovered that the trucking company failed to properly maintain the truck, causing the wheels to break away and injure our clients. After CRM&K filed suit, it forced the company to take responsibility for the damages. The couple was compensated for their losses.

How did CRM&K establish fault by a manufacturer of an industrial machine that seriously hurt a worker?

A tire plant worker was severely injured when testing equipment, made 30 years earlier, malfunctioned and its safety devices failed to operate correctly, trapping his hand in the machinery.  CRM&K’s detailed historical research about industrial standards many decades in the past, together with deposition and discovery advocacy, showed violations of important safety principles that should have been known by the machine’s manufacturer at the time it was designed and sold.

How was a multi-million dollar jury verdict achieved by CRM&K for a funeral home’s loss of cremains?

A South Alabama family sought the help of CRM&K in a case where a funeral home orally agreed to safely maintain the cremated remains of a loved one until family members could organize an overseas trip to spread the ashes.  When they were finally able to plan the trip, and requested the cremains a few years later, the funeral home had lost the cremains.  After a trial, the jury assessed substantial amounts for mental distress and punitive damages. 

Traveling on an interstate highway for a family visit, their car was struck by a commercial vehicle, overturning and causing serious injuries. Despite the truck driver’s contention that the crash occurred in a different manner, substantial compensation was negotiated after vigorous discovery and depositions by CRM&K.

A nurse traveling on an interstate highway to her job was seriously hurt when an elderly man drove his vehicle into the wrong lane, causing a head-on collision which fatally injured him. After a CRM&K lawsuit, substantial recovery was achieved from his estate’s insurance carrier.

While a subcontractor was performing electrical work at a plant, a forklift load fell, striking him. CRM&K research and load calculations helped establish admissions during discovery that led to substantial compensation for his injuries.

Though she had a serious pre-existing knee problem, CRM&K established liability evidence and medical evidence that provided a fair settlement for the aggravation of this condition.

A truck driver, being transferred down from the top of a trailer with the use of a lift platform, suffered fractures when mistakes by the forklift operator caused him to fall; CRM&K efforts achieved substantial recovery.