Chhetri v. Michelin
On March 22, 2011, 50 year-old Mr. Kharka Chhetri, died after the vehicle in which he was riding experienced a failure of a defective tire. Mr. Chhetri was traveling on I-75 south near Forsyth, Georgia, along with 14 other passengers, all of whom were on their way to work in Perry, Georgia. The tread separation caused the driver of the van to lose control of the vehicle, causing the van to roll over several times. Unfortunately, Mr. Chhetri was ejected from the van and died as a result of his injuries.
We filed a lawsuit and litigated the case through trial. During the lengthy trial, we demonstrated to the jury that Defendant Michelin North America, Inc. negligently designed and manufactured the defective tire that failed. We also proved that Michelin knew, or should have known, that the tire was defective and dangerous, and that Michelin failed to warn the public of this danger, showing a conscious indifference to the consequences and warranting an award of punitive damages. Michelin argued that its tire was not defectively designed or manufactured.
After the trial concluded, the jury returned a verdict for our client and awarded $16,520,000 in damages for his wrongful death.
In 2015, we represented the parents of 16-year-old Chase Benton, who was killed in a collision with a dump truck. Mr. Benton had stopped at a stop sign when his small pickup was broadsided by a dump truck driven by Mr. Landress. After being struck by Landress, Mr. Benton’s pickup hit another vehicle and caught fire.
At trial we were able to show that the driver of the dump truck had amphetamine and methamphetamine in his system. The drug Landress was taking, Didrex, is an addictive temporary weight loss medication that is supposed to be taken for only two or three weeks. We were able to prove that Landress had been taking that medication for nearly three years. After significant investigation, we also were able to prove that the brakes on the truck were defective, and that the truck should have been out of service.
After a week long trial, the jury return a verdict in favor for of our client in the amount of $8,400,000.00 for the wrongful death of Chase Benton.
Vilma Perez (Not the Real Name of The Plantiff)
In 2014, we represented Ms. Perez in a slip and fall accident that occurred in a fast food establishment. Our client was a mother of three and a wife of 19 years. While eating lunch at the restaurant, Ms. Perez stood up to get a refill on her drink. Unbeknownst to her, immediately before standing up, an employee of the restaurant had mopped the area in which Ms. Perez had to traverse. The employee failed to follow proper company protocols to put a yellow sign warning of wet floors. Our client was unable to see the wet floor, due to the lighting conditions, and she slipped and fell on her buttocks. The fall caused our client to have a herniated disc in her spine which required surgical intervention.
With a trial date set for the case, the restaurant chose to pay a reasonable settlement to our client. We were able to get the company to pay a settlement of $1,375,000.00 to compensate our client for her injuries.