The majority of all lawsuits filed do not go to trial--they settle. Some settle early in the litigation process, others settle the day before or the day of trial. Recently, St. Louis personal injury attorney Gary Burger has settled personal injury cases adding up to over a million dollars. These range from medical malpractice and drug injuries to premises liability and fire injuries. The following are some of these cases:
Gary obtained a large confidential settlement against a large pharmacy for drug liability. Our client was a victim of a mislabeled dose of medication. Even though no amount of money can replace the life that was lost, Gary fought hard against the corporation's hired guns to get the family of our client the maximum compensation they were entitled to. Drug companies owe a duty to properly label their products and this death was completely preventable had they done their job. Thanks to Gary, they will in the future.
Gary negotiated a $150,000.00 premises liability settlement for low back injury days before trial. Our client slipped and fell on a dangerous property where the owner of the property knew about the dangerous area. A serious back and spine injury occurred. This was an uphill battle for Gary because the property owner denied liability and did not want to pay our client for serious back injuries he sustained.
$600,000.00 settlement against the state of Illinois. Contraceptive class action case in the state of Illinois, Six Hundred Thousand $600,000.00 fund to pay women employees wrongfully denied coverage for contraceptive prescriptions. Until July 1, 2004 the State of Illinois's Quality Care Health Plan, and some other State sponsored health plans, did not provide coverage for prescription contraceptives. This lawsuit is about whether the State's past exclusion of prescription contraceptives from its Quality Care Health Plan constituted sex discrimination in violation of Title VII, and if so, whether the Eleventh Amendment to the United States Constitution bars recovery for monetary relief.
Large confidential settlement for failure to diagnose dislocated lunate in wrist. Our client broke his wrist. The wrist is a complicated structure. When treating a broken wrist, special care must be taken to determine the type of break and its effect on the surrounding nerves and tissue. The doctors in this case did not take that case and as a result, our client will be in pain for the rest of his life. His bone impinged on a nerve and there was a small window of time to correct this. Obviously, this window was missed. Our client is a tough man. And the pain from this injury was enough to bring even him to tears. Gary fought opposing counsel aggressively for this tough man, and got him the settlement he deserved.
$175,000.00 jury verdict in slip and fall with back injuries. Our client was injured outside a convenience store when she fell and severely injured her back. She had multiple surgeries and over $100,000.00 in medical treatment. There was video of her fall and a strong witness. Gary tried this case in federal court and a jury found the convenience store at fault.
Over $100,000.00 recovery to family suffering smoke inhalation in apartment fire. The landlord of an apartment building stored paint, chemicals, and other highly flammable materials in a basement locker. The St. Louis Fire Code has a specific statute against the storage of highly flammable materials in basements and near furnaces. A fire resulted from this landlord's violation of the Fire Code and our clients suffered smoke inhalation. Our clients were grandparents watching their grandchild and their lungs are permanently damaged. Gary went after the landlord and aggressively fought for these grandparents and their grandchildren, who were victims of the landlord's negligence. A $100,000.00 recovery resulted.