Settlement Named Top Million Dollar Settlement of 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly
In 2014 attorney P. Christopher Guedri, together with 2 other Allen & Allen attorneys, represented a boy who suffered a variety of catastrophic injuries after being involved in an accident with a dump truck. These 3 Allen & Allen attorneys were able to negotiate a $22 million dollar settlement, which has now been named the top settlement of 2014 by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. Additionally, this case is the largest recorded settlement in Virginia involving a motor vehicle collision according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly.
Boy suffered catastrophic injuries in crash with dump truck
Type of case: Personal injury, auto accident
Court: Richmond Circuit Court
Attorneys: Paul D. Hux, Jason W. Konvicka and P. Christopher Guedri
The 12-year-old plaintiff was a rear-seat passenger of a vehicle traveling in the left lane I-95 South in Sussex County. The driver of the vehicle testified that he saw the defendant's dump truck moving slower in the right lane and then, without warning, the dump truck moved into the left lane directly in front of him, causing a collision. Evidence suggested the dump truck driver was attempting to make an illegal U-turn in an emergency vehicle crossover.
Plaintiff suffered massive internal injuries, spinal fractures that rendered him paraplegic and a moderate to severe traumatic brain injury.
Mediation was unsuccessful, but the parties continued negotiations, and the case settled several days before trial. A special needs trust was established and a portion of the settlement was structured. Monthly payments from the structure will total $66.5 million over the course of the plaintiff's expected life.
This record setting settlement is the largest recorded personal injury settlement in Virginia involving a motor vehicle collision according to Virginia Lawyers Weekly.