Significant Verdicts/Personal Injury
- Mason County, West Virginia – A 46 year old husband and father presented to the emergency room complaining of chest pains and pain radiating down his left arm. The man was a smoker, was overweight and had a significant family history of early male death due to heart attack. The emergency room took no history, performed no tests and released the man after only approximately 20 minutes. Unfortunately, the next day the man died. Our firm represented his surviving wife and children. Suit was filed alleging wrongful death and failure to diagnose the impending heart attack. A confidential settlement was reached that provided for long-term needs of his wife and children.
- Ohio – husband and wife were riding in husband's van. Husband made a mistake and caused an accident that led to wife's death. The husband and the parties surviving children attempted to make a claim against husband's insurance policy for wife's wrongful death. The insurance company denied coverage claiming that wife could not bring such an action against her own husband. With husband's cooperation and on behalf of the surviving children Mr. Van bibber filed an “friendly lawsuit” against husband alleging wrongful death. This settlement was quickly reached and the insurance company paid the entire policy limits afforded under the policy.
- Putnam County, West Virginia – a 30-year-old man was killed when a local gun store allegedly sold a pistol to a legally insane individual. Upon investigation Mr. Van Bibber was able to establish that the gun store was aware that the man had been judicially deemed incompetent and had so informed the gun store on the federal form that was provided by the store. The gun store clerk allow the individual to change his answer on the form and sold him the gun knowing that he had been deemed incompetent and involuntarily hospitalized. Our firm filed suit against the gun store on behalf of the man's surviving young wife and family. A confidential settlement was reached that provided for the long-term needs of his surviving wife and family.