2.6 Million Dollar Recovery for Rear End Collision by Tractor Trailer.  Our client was struck in the rear by a tractor-trailer while stopped in traffic on I-285 in Atlanta.  Our client was taken to Grady Hospital where he was diagnosed with a subdural hematoma, a mandibular fracture and a pterygoid fracture.  While at Grady Hospital in Atlanta, our client was intubated in the emergency room and taken to the Intensive Care Unit. He was then taken to surgery to fix his mandible and pterygoid fracture. After the surgery, his blood pressure and oxygen saturation fell and he died approximately two hours later.

The Defendants admitted liability for causing the wreck, but denied liability for causing Mr. Jackson’s death claiming that Mr. Jackson was recovering from the wreck, but died due to medical malpractice. Georgia Statute, O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33, allows this defense. Under O.C.G.A. § 51-12-33, the jury, after hearing all the evidence, must apportion a percentage to the defendant and the nonparty (Grady Hospital physicians) for causing the wrongful death. In this case, the defense was claiming that 100% of the fault lied with Grady Hospital physicians.

The Defendants hired an anesthesiologist who testified that the death was caused by a dislodged nasoendotracheal tube and not due to the wreck. Plaintiff argued that the death was due to delayed complications of the wreck.

Both parties agreed to a settlement of $2,625,000 only two days before trial. Mr. Jackson had no children and had never been married. He made approximately $14,000 per year.

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The Georgia trial lawyers at Werner & Associates are proud of the difference we have made in the lives of our clients.  We have obtained millions in jury verdicts and settlements.  Our jury verdicts have set numerous records through the state of Georgia.  However, we are most proud of our ability to help clients overcome a life changing event, obtain justice for themselves or a loved one, and get back to living their lives as fully as possible.


Belk v. Maverick Transportation, et. al.