DISCLAIMER: The results listed on this page are specific to the facts and legal circumstances of each of the clients’ cases, and should not be used to form an expectation that the same results could be obtained for other clients in similar matters without reference to the specific factual and legal circumstances of each client’s case.
Thomas Greer Secures $9,400,000 Jury Verdict Against Cracker Barrel
Bailey & Greer, PLLC is proud to announce that partner Thomas Greer recently secured a $9.4M jury verdict on behalf of a client who suffered long-term injury after being served toxic chemicals at Cracker Barrel. Read more about the case here.
$12 Million Birth Injury Settlement for Child who Developed Cerebral Palsy
Our client’s baby suffered severe brain damage and had developed cerebral palsy due to birth trauma because nurses at the defendant hospital failed to alert the attending doctor to the baby’s heart rate deterioration during labor. The brain damage could have been prevented by performing a C-section in a timely manner. We secured a personal injury settlement from the hospital and obstetrician for $12 million.
$7.5 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for Child Who Sustained Brain Damage
Our client, a young child, suffered brain damage following the loss of oxygen after a routine medical procedure. The doctors and nurses involved were aware that he was being deprived of oxygen but did not take the proper steps to correct the problem. Due to his permanent brain damage, the child will be dependent upon others for all activities of daily living for the rest of his life. With any settlement, we hope the family will have the financial means to care properly for the child. We also hope the doctors and hospital involved will act more carefully in the future.
$7 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for Memphis Baby Injured at Birth
The negligence of hospital nurses and the obstetrician resulted in the failure to identify fetal distress and failure to perform a timely C-section. Our client’s baby suffered severe brain damage and had developed cerebral palsy because the baby was not delivered sooner, a mistake that was preventable with proper medical care. The hospital agreed to a settlement of $7 million.
$5.6 Million Arbitration Award for Car Accident Victims
A married couple suffered serious injuries in an automobile accident with an uninsured driver. As a result, we received a $5.6 million personal injury verdict in arbitration with the couple’s insurance company.
$5 Million Truck Accident Settlement for TBI Victim
The driver of an 18-wheeler dump truck leaves the bed of his truck in the upright position after cleaning out the bed at a rest stop on the interstate. He then pulls onto the interstate and strikes the first highway over-pass with the top of the dump bed, ripping off the bed of the truck and lodging the bed between the asphalt and the over-pass. It’s pitch black dark on a rural stretch of interstate. A minute later, our clients violently crash into the bed of the truck, which was stained black with asphalt. The lights on the back of the truck were not visible due to the angle of the dump truck bed. Fortunately, our clients’ injuries were not life threatening but they did sustain serious and permanent injuries, including a mild traumatic brain injury and various orthopedic injuries that required surgeries. The trucking company was aware of alarms that would have warned the driver that the bed was in the upright position but chose not to install them on their trucks.
$4.5 Million Verdict for Fatal Motorcycle Accident Case
Bailey & Greer, PLLC secured a significant jury verdict in a fatal motorcycle accident claim in Little Rock, AK. Partner Thomas Greer, along with associate Baker Yates, represented the family and obtained a jury verdict of $4.5 million. Deliberations took less than 90 minutes. We invite you to read about it here.
$4.1 Million Truck Wreck Settlement for Memphis Client Left Paralyzed
Our client was severely injured and paralyzed below the chest following an accident with a tractor-trailer truck. The driver was speeding, sleep deprived and not paying attention to the road. The defendant company failed to properly train its truck drivers and failed to properly monitor the number of hours its drivers were on the road. The company agreed to a settlement of $4.1 million.
$3.7 Million Jury Verdict in Truck Accident Case against Celadon Transportation Services, Inc.
When traffic came to a stop on I-55, our client, Donriel Borne, stopped too – but the 18-wheeler behind him did not. As a result, Donriel sustained permanent injuries to his spine and back, and lives in chronic pain. Celadon Transportation Services, Inc. denied all accountability, and attempted to smear our client in court. After four years, Celadon finally admitted that the truck driver was at-fault for the crash. the jury awarded our client $3,705,000 in damages.
$3 Million Jury Verdict against Memphis Doctor for Misdiagnosed Testicular Cancer
Our client’s doctor failed to diagnose and treat testicular cancer, which resulted in his untimely death. Had the cancer been properly treated, our client would have survived. As the defendant refused to make a reasonable settlement offer, the case was tried before a jury. Bailey & Greer helped secure a jury verdict in the amount of $3 million.
$2.9 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement against Memphis Hospital for Baby Born with Brain damage and Cerebral Palsy
Hospital staff negligence resulted in catastrophic brain injury to our client’s baby. Although the baby’s heart tones indicated a deteriorating condition prior to birth, the hospital discharged our client. The baby was delivered by C-section a few days later and was born with brain damage and cerebral palsy. The hospital agreed to a settlement of $2.9 million.
$2.75 Million Settlement against Memphis Apartment Owner and Manager, for Death of a 4-Year-Old
A four-year-old child was killed in an apartment fire in Memphis, Tennessee. We established that the owner and management company for the apartment complex failed to properly maintain and repair the electrical wiring in the apartment. They also used unlicensed personnel to make repairs in order to save money. These untrained and unlicensed workers also failed to appreciate the aluminum wiring dangers.
$2 Million Plastic Surgery Malpractice Settlement for Burn Victim in Memphis
Our client suffered chemical burns to her face and neck due to a plastic surgeon’s error in performing a chemical peel procedure. Our client received a $2 million settlement from the plastic surgeon.
$1.9 Million Truck Accident Settlement in Mississippi
Our client was seriously injured and paralyzed following an auto accident, which was caused by the negligence of an employee of the defendant company. The defendant paid $1.9 million to settle the claim.
$1.75 Million Settlements in a Commercial Property Loss Case
Following a heavy rain, part of the roof collapsed at a local mall above our client’s beauty supply store. Damage from the roof collapse and the downpour of water that had collected on the roof before it fell, caused a total loss of our client’s inventory. The mall then refused to repair the roof in a timely manner. As a result, the beauty supply store went out of business. The owner of the mall refused to accept responsibility for its failure to maintain the roof. We filed suit on behalf of the beauty supply company against the owner of the mall. After several years of litigation and numerous depositions and court hearings, the parties were ready for trial. Although the insurance companies for the mall refused to make a reasonable settlement offer for years, they finally agreed to pay $1.75 million just two days before trial. Had our firm not shown the willingness and ability to try the case, the case would never have settled for such a large amount of money.
$1.6 Million Settlement in a Truck Accident Case
Our client was driving a car at night in the rain and was travelling through an intersection when an 18-wheeler turned left in front of him. The driver of the 18-wheeler claimed that our client did not have his lights on and was speeding. Our client had also consumed some alcohol earlier in the evening but was not cited or arrested for DUI. Our client sustained serious injuries that affected his ability to work and also caused constant pain.
Early in the litigation the trucking company offered $1 million to settle the case but, on our advice, the client turned down the offer. Later, we requested documentation from the trucking company, including driver logs and GPS data. By comparing the logbooks with the GPS data, we were able to establish that the truck driver had fraudulently falsified his logbook and had exceeded hours of service regulations for commercial truck drivers, both of which violated federal law. We also took depositions of the trucking company executives to show that they should have been aware of the violation.
With this additional information, as well as with the help of experts we hired to calculate both future lost wages and future medical expenses, we were able to achieve a settlement of $1.6 million.
$1.53 Million Jury Verdict for Wrongful Death of Car Crash Victim in Memphis
In this case, Bailey & Greer represented the family of Kathryn Sadowski. Ms. Sadowski was a passenger in a car being driven by her husband Emil Sadowski. The wreck occurred when an uninsured driver, Chamroerun Kheiv, was driving recklessly and slammed into the couple on Hwy 64 near the Wolfchase Mall. An independent witness confirmed that Kheiv was speeding, swerving, and fishtailing in and out of traffic. Kathryn suffered catastrophic injuries, languishing in the hospital for 60 days before dying from her injuries in May 2012. The reckless at fault driver was defended by Kathryn Sadowski’s own insurance company, State Farm, under an uninsured motorist policy.
$1.5 Million Surgical Malpractice Settlement for Mississippi Client Who Suffered a Stroke
Following an elective surgery, our client suffered a stroke, leaving him severely disabled and unable to speak. As medical tests performed before the surgery proved, our client was not fit to undergo surgery. Because of his doctor’s negligence in clearing him for surgery, he agreed to a settlement of $1.5 million.
$1.5 Million Car Crash Settlement in Memphis for Client Hit by a Drunk Driver
Our client suffered a brain injury after being hit by a drunk driver. The insurance company handling the claim refused to offer a reasonable settlement until just days before the trial, at which point the insurance policy limit of $1.5 million was offered as a settlement.
$1.5 Million Jury Verdict against Lambuth Memorial Preschool for Death of a Child
Ford Bond, a twenty-two-month-old child, was left unsupervised during mealtime at Lambuth Memorial Preschool when he began to choke on a peach. He soon lost consciousness, suffered severe brain damage, and died a few days later. Despite clear evidence that the day care ignored important safety rules, it refused to accept financial responsibility for the death. The jury awarded $1.5 million to his mother. This verdict shows the importance of day care safety and the devastating loss that can result when a day care chooses to ignore generally accepted and state mandated safety rules.
$1.4 Million Car Crash Settlement for Memphis Client
Our client suffered a serious and permanent back injury when she was rear-ended by a careless driver. Since the wreck she has experienced back pain, neck pain, and headaches. As a result of the crash, she underwent a costly and painful spinal fusion surgery and suffered a loss of income and earning capacity. Our Tennessee auto accident attorneys were able to reach a settlement shortly before trial in the amount of $1.4 million.
$1.2 Million Verdict in Tractor Trailer Collision
Our client sustained serious injuries after being hit by a distracted Short Fuse truck driver. Our client had been in the sleeping berth of his 18-wheeler when the Short Fuse truck driver hit him. The jury found for our client, who may not be able to return to work due to his injuries and degenerative changes in the lower back, as well as multi-level disc herniations.
$1.06 Million Medical Malpractice Verdict against Dr. Mandy Mason of Nubody Concepts in Bentwood, TN
Our client was released from Nubody Concepts after undergoing an abdominoplasty, performed by Dr. Mandy Mason. Even though our client had been given a powerful sedative and anti-nausea medication, Dr. Mason allowed him to leave two hours after the procedure. On the client’s ride home, he experienced severe pain, and passed out while driving. The resulting car crash led to our client being airlifted to the hospital, where it was discovered he had multiple rib and spinal fractures, as well as a torn rotator cuff. Dr. Mason destroyed medical records and falsified documents in an attempt to cover-up his actions. The jury awarded $1,062,432.23 to our client. The jury also awarded punitive damages, but both parties settled before those damages could be assessed.
$1 Million Medical Malpractice Settlement for Patient Who Fell Off of an Operating Table
While undergoing a routine procedure, and while under heavy sedation, our client was left unattended and rolled off the operating table. The fall resulted in brain damage and our client, a medical doctor herself, was unable to work following the incident. The defendant doctor agreed to a settlement of $1 million.
$1 Million Wrongful Death Medical Malpractice Settlement for Misdiagnosing Brain Aneurysm
Our client’s wife visited the emergency room as a result of having a severe headache. She also experienced facial drooping and slurred speech prior to being seen in the emergency room. Despite having the classic signs and symptoms of a brain aneurysm, no CT scan was performed, and the patient was discharged and told she was having a migraine headache. When the headache persisted, she presented to a different ER and was ultimately diagnosed with a brain aneurysm. Despite the efforts of highly trained neurosurgeons, she died a short time thereafter. Had the right tests been performed at the first ER, she would not have died. The defendant responsible for the negligent care agreed to pay $1 million to avoid a trial.
$650,000 Nursing Home Abuse Settlement in Memphis
Abuse and neglect by nursing home staff resulted in our client’s elderly loved one suffering physical and emotional damage, including bedsores and malnutrition. Our attorneys negotiated a settlement from the nursing home of $650,000.
$600,000 Verdict for Truck Driver Injured in Collision
A Haywood County, TN jury awarded a $600,000 verdict on behalf of our client, a truck driver who sustained substantial injuries in a collision. The insurance company’s final offer was for $125,000, but the jury awarded 5 times that amount. They reached a verdict in only 40 minutes.
The driver suffered from a spinal compression injury, broken ribs, and shoulder disfigurement. Even with a surgical procedure his doctor recommends, only partial relief will be possible. Our client will live with the pain in his back and shoulder for the rest of his life, and he will likely need to retire far sooner than he planned. This jury award may not end his pain, but it will ensure that our client is safe and secure in the future.
$600,000 Judgment against Covington, TN Nursing Home for Abuse and Neglect Leading to Wrongful Death
Our client’s elderly loved one died a premature death because of the nursing home’s negligence. In this wrongful death case, Bailey & Greer won a judgment for our client in the amount of $600,000.
$550,000 Settlement for Patient Seriously Injured After Falling Out of Hospital Bed
In this case, we represented the family of an elderly patient who had been admitted to a Memphis, Tennessee hospital due to complications from congestive heart failure. The patient’s lower extremities were weak, and she could not walk without assistance. The patient was given powerful drugs by the hospital staff, which caused her to become disoriented and to hallucinate. The nursing staff at the hospital knew that the patient was at high risk of falling and even witnessed her attempting to get out of bed several times before her fall. However, the staff chose not to utilize bed alarms or wrist restraints and failed to even notify her physicians of her changing medical condition. As a result of the negligence of the nursing staff, the patient attempted to get out of bed unassisted and fell. The fall resulted in a neck fracture. The patient had to undergo surgery, wear a painful neck brace for months, and undergo rehabilitation for several months. As a result of the fall, she was never able to return home. She died several months later in a nursing home. The hospital paid $550,000 to settle the case.
$550,000 Car Crash Settlement for Memphis Client Who Sustained Mild Traumatic Brain Injury
Our client suffered a brain injury as a result of an auto accident that occurred in Memphis, Tennessee. The injury caused her to have memory loss, mood swings, and migraine headaches. It also affected her relationship with her husband of many years. The insurance company for the at fault driver paid $550,000 to settle the case out of court.
$500,000 Jury Verdict for Wrongful Death of a Car Crash Victim in Memphis
A Memphis jury, which included a teacher, doctor, firefighter, and small business owner, returned a verdict on February 12, 2013 for $500,000, finding that the driver of an SUV was primarily responsible for an interstate crash that left both him and his passenger dead. The case was tried by Thomas Greer.
In this wrongful death case we represented the family of the passenger who was killed in a single vehicle wreck on Interstate I-240 North in Memphis, Tennessee. One witness saw the occupants arguing several blocks before the SUV drove onto the interstate. Other witnesses indicated that the argument continued on the interstate and that the SUV was speeding at the time of the crash. All the witnesses stated that the SUV suddenly veered to the right and struck a guardrail and then a column supporting a bridge overpass.
At trial, we showed the jury that everyone who gets behind the wheel of a car must follow basic driver safety rules, including driving at a safe rate of speed and keeping the car under control. We also showed that drivers should pull the car over if it becomes too dangerous to continue driving. These basic safety rules exist to prevent deaths and injuries on the highway and to protect all of us. In the end, the jury determined that the driver was 80% at fault for the wreck and the passenger was 20% at fault.
The deceased passenger left behind three children ranging from 16 to 19 at the time of her death. As the deceased was disabled at the time of the wreck, there was no claim for loss of earning capacity. Nonetheless, we showed the jury the harms, losses and hardships caused to the children as a result of their mother’s death. Ultimately the jury agreed that the love, affection, guidance, and protection of a parent has true value. Although we only asked for a verdict of $250,000, the jury doubled this amount on the verdict form to $500,000.
$450,000 Verdict in Personal Injury Case Involving an Auto Accident
Our client was injured when an SUV pulling a trailer on I-240 in Memphis, TN failed to secure a wheel chock and it flew off the back of the trailer, hitting the windshield of our client’s car. The damage to the car was rather minor, but the sudden event caused her to brake hard and swerve to the shoulder of the interstate. That evening, her neck and shoulders began to hurt and the pain unfortunately never went away. Our client was later diagnosed as having a permanent neck injury that caused daily pain.
The driver of the SUV was employed by Belz Investco, a large real estate investment and management company and owner of the Peabody Hotel. We filed suit against the company. Belz only offered $30,000 to settle the case. At trial, the lawyer for Belz showed images from our client’s social media accounts, that he had previously not disclosed, in an attempt to show that our client was not really injured. We were able to convince the jury that even though the plaintiff attempted to live a normal life and spend time with her husband and young children, she was in constant pain. We argued that the social media images did not show that she was uninjured, but rather, that she was a great wife and mother. Belz also argued at trial that a nine-month gap in medical treatment also indicated that she was not hurt. Again, we showed the jury that the gap in treatment was justified due to family emergencies and lack of health insurance. The jury saw through the defense’s tactics and returned a verdict for $450,000 – 15 times what Belz offered before trial.
$340,000 Settlement against Memphis Hospital for Bed Sores
In this case, a Memphis area hospital failed to properly turn and reposition our client. The improper nursing care cause the client’s skin to break down and he ultimately developed a bed sore or pressure ulcer on his back. The bed sore resulted in additional medical treatment and medical bills and ultimately a skin flap surgery was required to repair the wound. The failures of the nursing staff included the failure to comply with physician orders to turn the patient frequently and the failure to follow hospital policies and procedures.
$300,000 Jury Verdict in Personal Injury Trucking Case
Our client was side swiped on the interstate by a tractor trailer. The damage to the vehicle was minor. Our client was from out-of-state and was headed to a business meeting at the time of the wreck. She continued to the meeting and did not go to the ER or even seek treatment on the day of the wreck. When she returned home, she sought treatment for neck and shoulder pain.
The trucking company hand-picked a local doctor, who is known for always testifying for the defense, to say that our client was not really hurt and if she was, it was not caused by the wreck. We used our client’s own treating physicians to support our case. They testified that our client suffered a permanent injury and would have to deal with intermittent pain the rest of her life. The medical bills for our client only came to about $12,000 and the trucking company offered $30,000 to settle. At trial, we obtained a jury verdict of $300,000 – 10 times the settlement offer.
$250,000 Insurance Policy Limits Settlement for Car Crash Victim in Jackson
In this Tennessee auto accident case, we represented a teenager who was injured while riding as a passenger with an acquaintance. Unbeknownst to our client, the driver was under the influence of drugs at the time and began to drive erratically and dangerously. His actions resulted in a serious car crash and left our client with medical bills and long-term medical problems. After months of litigation, the defendant offered $250,000 to settle the case, which was the extent of his available insurance coverage. The defendant had no other assets.
$250,000 Car Crash Settlement Against Tennessee Ambulance Company
Our client was being transported from a rural hospital in Tennessee to a metropolitan hospital to undergo non-emergency surgery. As his scheduled surgery was non-emergent, the ambulance driver had no reason to drive at a high rate of speed, use sirens, or travel through red lights. Moreover, the policies and procedures of the ambulance company stated that non-emergent patients should not be transported at a high rate of speed. Despite the policy, the ambulance was speeding through a red light and was not using sirens or emergency lights. The ambulance struck another vehicle in the intersection, injuring our client (the passenger in the ambulance) as well as the occupants of the other vehicle. Our client suffered broken bones and required substantial medical treatment.
$250,000 Insurance Policy Limits Settlement for Motorcycle Crash
In this Tennessee motorcycle wreck case, our client was traveling down a two-lane highway in Kingsport, Tennessee. He was following the speed limit as well as all other traffic laws. As he was passing through an intersection where he had the green light, a car traveling in the opposite direction failed to yield and turned directly into him. The impact caused our client to be thrown from the motorcycle into the roadway. He suffered several broken bones, a punctured lung, strained muscles, and road rash. The wreck could have been avoided if the at fault driver had been paying attention to the road at the time of the crash. We were able to reach a $250,000 settlement on behalf of our client, which represented all available insurance coverage.
$225,000 Car Crash Settlement for Wrongful Death
In this case, we represented the family of an elderly woman who was killed in an auto accident. The defendant attempted to argue that because our client was in her 90s at the time of her death, that her life was not worth very much money. As a result, we set the case for trial and prepared to argue the case to a jury. Just three days before trial, however, the defendant offered $225,000 to settle the case, which our clients accepted.
$136,000 Arbitration Award Against Nationwide Insurance Company
We recently represented an auto accident client against Nationwide Insurance Company. In this case, the person who caused the wreck only had $50,000 in coverage, which was not enough to cover the injuries to our client. Fortunately for the client, she had uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage with limits of $100,000. We have previously explained the importance of uninsured motorist coverage in Tennessee.
Despite the coverage and despite the fact that the other driver was clearly at fault (our client had the green light and the other driver turned in front of her), Nationwide would not accept full responsibility for the damage and would not offer a fair amount to settle the case. We made repeated efforts to settle the case with Nationwide for policy limits, but Nationwide refused. Nationwide even blamed our client for causing the wreck and claimed that her treating doctor lied about the reasonableness of her medical treatment. Nationwide’s position was completely unsupported by the evidence.
The arbitrator rejected Nationwide’s claims and ruled that our client suffered damages of approximately $136,000, which is $56,000 more than Nationwide offered to pay. Nationwide will now be forced to pay the full coverage amount, as well as the arbitrator’s fees and costs.
Although we are proud of the result we obtained, it is a shame that Nationwide and its lawyers would not act reasonably and honor their customer’s claim.
$100,000 in Punitive Damages for Legal Malpractice: Metcalf v. Waters
Our malpractice attorneys obtained a jury verdict against a negligent attorney, which included $100,000 for punitive damages. On appeal, our attorneys convinced the Tennessee Supreme Court that punitive damages can be awarded in legal malpractice cases where the attorney lies to his or her clients about his or her wrongdoing.
$65,000 Car Crash Verdict Against the City of Memphis for Client Hit by Police Car
This accident occurred around 10:00 p.m. on Weaver road in Memphis, Tennessee. We represented a lady who was T-boned by a Memphis police officer after she pulled out of a convenience store.
Witnesses at the scene testified that the Memphis Police officer was traveling at an extreme high rate of speed, around 80 mph. The speed limit was 40 mph. Witnesses also said that the officer was not using his headlights or blue lights. The officer testified that he was traveling the speed limit and that his headlights were on.
As soon as we were contacted by our client, we instructed the City of Memphis to preserve all relevant evidence from the wreck, including the headlights from the squad car. When we went to inspect the police vehicle at a later date, however, we found that the headlights had been removed. The trial court later ruled that the City of Memphis improperly destroyed evidence and ordered the City to pay for certain attorney fees and deposition fees.
After a three-day trial, the judge ruled that the City of Memphis police officer was at fault for the accident, although the Court also found our client to be partially to blame. The City ultimately paid approximately $65,000 for medical bills, pain and suffering, attorney fees, court costs, and discretionary costs.
At the time of the trial, the officer had not been disciplined or punished in any way by the City of Memphis for his negligent conduct.
Insurance Policy Limits Settlement for Prisoner Denied Proper Medical Care
Our client was serving time in prison for a non-violent crime. He was dependent upon prescription medication in order to control a chronic medical condition. Over the course of several days, the prison medical providers deprived our client of his medication, which resulted in severe and permanent injuries. To make matters worse, the prison medical providers falsified medical records in order to cover-up the mistreatment. We were able to uncover the misconduct only after filing a lawsuit, requesting records, and taking numerous depositions. As a result of our efforts, we were able to expose the egregious misconduct and achieve a settlement for the available insurance policy limits.
Confidential Settlement: Bradshaw v. Daniel
In this landmark case for Tennessee law, the Court agreed with our malpractice attorneys’ argument that a doctor has a duty to inform family members of a patient’s cause of death, even when the cause of death is a noncontagious disease. The case later settled for a confidential amount.
Confidential Medical Malpractice Settlement for Wrongful Death
A fifty-four-year-old wife and mother of two goes in for a routine hip replacement and dies during surgery. Her Tennessee doctor carelessly cut an artery and refused to call for assistance to repair it until it was too late to save her. These are the disturbing facts of a case we recently settled on behalf of the family for a confidential amount. Even more disturbing is that, unbeknownst to the victim, the surgeon had been successfully sued for medical malpractice eight (8) previous times in two different states.
Confidential Legal Malpractice Settlement for Car Crash Victim
Our client hired an attorney to handle his personal injury claim following an auto accident. The attorney filed the case on time, but failed to serve the defendant driver in a timely manner. As a result, our client’s auto accident lawsuit was dismissed, and our client was not able to collect money for his auto accident lawsuit. To make matters worse, the attorney lied about the status of the case and led the client to believe that his case had not been dismissed. We sued the negligent attorney and were able to achieve a sizeable confidential settlement.