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verdicts and settlements

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The following verdicts and settlements are some samples of cases in which we have been involved and shows the variety of work we do and the types of results we have achieved. In each case, we actually collected the amounts stated—there are no phantom settlements against uninsured defendants (some law firms may advertise case results that the client never received).
Some of these other cases also may have involved other attorneys from prior firms or different law firms jointly working on a case and such listings are not meant to imply that all the cases were handled by Ringsmuth Wuori PLLC nor intended to guarantee similar results, each case having its own merits.

automobile crashes

$2.3 million verdict: Significant Injuries caused by crash
Propane company truck driving too fast for conditions caused crash and significant injuries to a husband and wife. Read news Article
$1.3 million Upper Peninsula runaway trailer causes significant injury
Unsafe equipment and unsafe hitching/securing of load, causing trailer to crash into work truck and significant injuries to the driver. Read news Article
$1,200,000 : Semi-truck driver suffers severe wrist injury
arbitration/verdict and appeal A long-haul driver swerved to avoid a hit-and-run driver, and despite heroically avoiding killing the hit-and-run driver, suffered a severe wrist injury when his rig jack-knifed.
$1,125,000 settlement  : Bicyclist killed by teen-ager on dark highway
A teen-ager who had smoked pot ran into the client, who was riding his bicycle on a dark highway.
Multiple policy-limit cases
In many cases there are limited insurance proceeds available and uncollectible Defendants beyond what insurance is available.
At times, the injured client is able to claim uninsured or underinsured benefits through his or her own insurance policy to obtain more insurance money given the magnitude of the harms caused by the accident.

brain injury cases

$3.4 million verdict : Defective personal watercraft
The front hood of a Polaris personal watercraft flew off—striking the client in the face—causing fractures and a closed head injury.
$1 million resolution on eve of trial : Farm accident
Case involved head injuries to woman due to lighting issues and reckless operation of another vehicle
$300,000 : Motorcycle Crash
A rear-end collision involving a motorcycle with a diagnosis of a mild head injury.

toxic exposure cases

$1.5 million settlement : Toxic Leak in Workplace
A worker was exposed to the toxic chemical benzene when piping in the workplace leaked.
$Confidential Settlement : Mold cases
Workers in an office building developed allergic reactions over time due to toxic mold

product liability cases

Confidential structured settlement : Defective lift crushes factory worker
Our research uncovered a $1,000,000 insurance policy that provided coverage for the incident.
Defective equipment: Confidential settlements Confidential settlements caused by defective equipment, leading to a wide variety of damages among several plaintiffs.

wrongful death cases

$14.1 million - Four killed in house explosion
Wrongful death of mother, father, and two young children due to leaking propane gas in home on hog farm.  Multiple experts presented cause and origin, and scientific testimony.  Defendants claimed causation could not be established.  Loss of society and companionship damages awarded to each of the survivors in the four estates.
$7,500,000 verdict – $9,000,000 settlement : Railroad Crossing Death
There were multiple victims who died when their vehicle was struck by a train at a railroad crossing.
$975,000 settlement : Intern Drowns in Factory Vat Due to Negligent Design
A summer intern working in a factory was found drowned in a vat.

employment cases

$1,100,000 verdict and confidential settlement : Secretaries/Staff Constructively Discharged for Testifying for Co-worker
The law forbids discrimination for two types of whistleblower – 1) the person who reports wrongdoing, and 2) any person who testifies in a whistleblower case.
$475,000 settlement : Sexual Harassment of Corrections Officers
State officials are not immune from liability for co-workers making crude remarks and harassing women, once the State supervisors find it is occurring.

premises liability cases

$450,000 settlement : Malfunctioning Electric Door
An 80 year old man entering a grocery store was pinned by a malfunctioning electric door. Septic Tank Handle Trips Woman: $425,000 settlement A slight hazard caused a woman to fall and suffer serious knee injury at a local business.
$2.25 million settlement : Construction equipment
Serious injuries to young man involving construction equipment

property damage cases

$825,000 partial settlement : Property Insurance Denied
The insurance company refused to pay the property damage bill.
$475,000 settlement : Contractor Builds Foundation Below Water Table
The foundation of a new home had a permanent water leak.

workplace injuries

$1,500,000 case evaluation : Construction Equipment Flips Due to Soil Collapse
A construction worker was paralyzed from the waist down when the machine he was in tipped over.
$425,000 settlement : Painter on Jobsite Falls
A painter doing the finishing exterior coat fell from his ladder.

civil rights/Police misconduct cases

$2 million resolution : McCollum v. Bahl
Multiple attorneys from different firms were involved in a case involving the wrongful conviction of a man charged with murdering a community college professor.
Read News Article
$1,000,000 verdict/settlement : Sexual Assault on Children in Daycare
We proved that the Daycare and State failed to screen caregivers.
$600,000 verdict($1,000,000 settlement) : Sheriff Interferes with Cold Water Drowning Rescue
A young man was pushed, or jumped off a bridge in Manistee, after drinking. We proved the Sheriff had a “turf war” with local divers, and threatened them not to rescue drowning victims.

boating accidents

$3,000,000 : Maritime leg amputation

burn injury/Scalds/Fire and explosion cases

Blake and Tom have separately and jointly handled many cases involving burn injuries, including those involving propane, scalding water, and from car crashes.
Some of the cases have been resolved for hundreds of thousands of dollars and some in the millions. They currently are handling multiple scald burn cases.
For more information, see the biographies of Blake and Tom.

aircraft crashes

For more information, see the biographies of Blake and Tom regarding their experience in product liability cases, aircraft crash cases, and general negligence cases.