Verdicts & Settlements

SOUTH FLORIDA LAW FIRM, BALKAN & PATTERSON – PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEYS

Major Cases, Sample Verdicts and Settlements 

Highlighted Cases – Real Results

  • Mattel Lead Paint Class Action Valued at Over $58 Million
  • General Mills Case of $35 Million
  • $9.5 Million for a recent Auto Accident with Brain Injury

Below we share a sampling of some of our cases and verdicts and settlements we have achieved on behalf of our clients. There are many more, but these are provided to give you a feel for our case experience and abilities. Every case and situation is different, and your case results could vary. However, we always apply our full effort and resources to achieving the best results for our clients.  Many cases are settled with confidentiality agreements at our client’s request to protect our clients from public disclosure of sums they have received in litigation.  Thank you for visiting our site and learning about our experience. 

AUTOMOBILE AND TRUCK ACCIDENTS 

$9,500,000.00 – Settlement – Automobile crash

$7,700,000 Verdict – Wrongful Death arising from automobile crash. Case settled under a confidentiality agreement after appeal.

$3,200,000 Verdict- Wrongful Death arising from an automobile crash. 

$2,500,000 Settlement – Motorcycle crash.  

$2,000,000 Settlement – Wrongful Death arising from automobile crash.  

$1,850,000 Verdict – Automobile crash – defendant offered only $50,000.00 prior to trial

$1,350,000 Settlement – Automobile crash. 

$1,100,000 Settlement – Automobile crash.

$800,000 Settlement – Pedestrian Automobile crash & Insurance Bad Faith. 

$700,000 Settlement – Automobile crash.

$550,000 Verdict –  Automobile crash.

$259,000 Verdict – Automobile crash – defendant offered only $35,000 pretrial. 

CIVIL RIGHTS  

$540,000 Verdict – Florida Statute §1983 Violation – defendant offer prior to trial was $0. 

Stopped motorist was shot and killed by deputy sheriff during an altercation.   

$150,000 Settlement – Florida Statute §1983 Violation. 

Our client was falsely arrested. 

$74,500 Verdict – Excessive Force – defendant offer prior to trial was $0. 

Sheriff’s deputies attacked an off duty corrections officer. 

CLASS ACTIONS

Mattel Lead Paint Class Action Valued at Over $58 Million.

General Mills Case of $35 Million.

MEDICAL MALPRACTICE 

$1,027,000 Verdict – Medical Malpractice for Failure to Diagnose 

A Florida teenager was rushed to the hospital for groin pain and was misdiagnosed by the emergency room physician as having a testicular infection. The doctor misdiagnosed the true injury which was a testicular torsion and he only had hours to appropriately diagnose and treat the torsion. Due to the misdiagnosis, the boy was sent home and ultimately lost one testicle. The jury awarded the plaintiff $900,000 in pain and suffering. The balance of the verdict was for medical expenses and court costs. This was considered to be one of the largest verdicts in the country for a testicular torsion with no residual affects to the reproductive capacity of the child.

INSURANCE BAD FAITH 

$250,000 Settlement – Insurance Coverage Dispute 

Insurer refused to defend its insured based on a policy provision we successfully argued was void as against public policy.  Insurance company paid $250,000 and changes the  provision. 

$800,000 Settlement – Pedestrian Automobile crash & Insurance Bad Faith 

The plaintiff was walking through a parking lot when the defendant pulled out of a parking space, striking other cars in the parking lot and causing the plaintiff to be caught between two cars. The plaintiff suffered multiple fractures and underwent surgery. Even though there was only $350,000 worth of insurance coverage, due to bad faith handling of the claim by the defendants’ insurance carrier, that insurance carrier paid an additional $450,000 over the policy limits to settle the claim. 

PREMISES LIABILITY 

$1,000,000 Verdict – Negligent Security and Assault 

This case involves a 21 year-old man who had just moved down to South Florida from Syracuse, New York. He was living with some friends in Boca Raton. They went out to a bar when a disagreement broke out between our client’s friends and some other people. The bouncers came over and decided to throw Collin out of the bar. When Collin was being physically shoved out by the bouncer, he turned to ask what he did and was met with a fist to his face. This bouncer knocked three of Collin’s teeth out. The oral surgeon testified that he would need a bone grafted from his hip to repair his jaw where it was permanently damaged. 

$750,000 Settlement – Slip and Fall 

The plaintiff was walking through a cafeteria with a friend for lunch when she slipped on a small puddle of grease. As a result of the accident she underwent major cervical surgery. 

$300,000.00 Settlement – Negligent Security

$275,000 Settlement – Pool Accident 

A private school/day camp encouraged and allowed a 4½ year old girl to go onto a 10- foot diving board. She fell off the side onto the concrete below. Her arm broke the fall and she sustained a broken arm and lost some teeth. She recovered with no residual effects and her permanent teeth replaced the baby teeth she lost. Her lower lip/chin area will have a permanent scar as a result of the incident. It is inexplicable to everyone why these camp counselors allowed a child that age to go onto a diving board. This case settled on the eve of trial. 

$185,000 Settlement- Premises Liability/ Negligent Security

Our client suffered injuries when she was attacked in the parking lot of a drug store in West Palm Beach, Florida.

$180,500 Verdict – Premises Liability 


 SEXUAL OR PHYSICAL ABUSE 

$3,900,000 Combined Settlements – Victims of Child Abuse 

Preschool teachers at the Early Child Center of a prestigious church in the Sarasota area were physically abusing children over a long period of time. Abuse included slamming children to the ground, force-feeding them, and embarrassing them. A school administrator who was told of the abuse by a teacher’s aide declined to act. It was uncovered that the administrator told the aide to keep quiet.  

$225,000.00 Settlement-Abuse at a Day Care Center in Pensacola 

A three-year old preschool student was physically abused by her teacher, causing a brain injury. The accused teacher had a history of violent behavior, as the school knew of the abuse but failed to remove the teacher from the classroom.  The child’s teacher was arrested and pled guilty.

 
$200,000 Settlement – Abuse of Special Needs Student 

The personal injury and abuse law firm of Balkan & Patterson successfully secured a settlement of $200,000 for a family whose child was physically abused by his kindergarten teacher at Lee County, FL. The child, whose name and age are withheld to maintain privacy, is a low functioning, non-verbal special needs student with very limited abilities to communicate. His teacher subjected him to physical violence and abuse, and our investigation uncovered the teacher’s checkered history, which showed she was unfit to teach these children.

 AIRPLANE CRASH LITIGATION

$3,755,000 – Settlement – Wrongful Death – The facts of this case are confidential pursuant to a successful resolution of the case.

ESTATE and PROBATE LITIGATION

$1,200,000.00 – Settlement – Balkan & Patterson was retained to fight for the rights of a natural son against a stepmother.

Confidential Settlement – Balkan & Patterson was retained to fight the Probating of a newly drafted will giving all of the decendent’s assets to home aide. The case settled confidentially.

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