Results Over $1 Million

Brown v. Yamaha, verdict for $10,000,000 in Grays Harbor County Superior Court, 1983.  For 11 years it stood as the largest personal injury verdict in the state and still stands as on of the largest personal injury jury awards in Washington State court history.  Product liability case for failure to provide a kill switch.  Fifteen-year-old plaintiff rendered a spastic quadriplegic. 

Hipps v. Grays Harbor County, $1,150,000 settlement in 1986.  Defect in roadway design and maintenance.  Resulted in traumatic brain injury.

Fraser v. Beutel, verdict for $6,149,641.34 in Kittitas County Superior Court, 1987.  The largest personal injury jury award in the history of the County.  Alcohol over-serving and negligent entrustment of a vehicle.  Young mother suffered a severe head injury.

$1,702,641 settlement from two of four defendants for a young woman hit by a drunk driver who had been over-served in a cocktail lounge and a liquor store.

Denny v. Houghton Distributing, $1,250,000 settlement in 1990 for paralysis from an auto collision after mini-mart sold beer to minors.

Kuoppamaki v. Epsilon Gamma Foundation, $1,500,000 settlement in 1990 for paralysis from fraternity rush function diving event. 

Dussault v. Midcentury Insurance Co., $2,825,000 settlement in 1992 for bad faith of an insurance company arising out of an auto collision resulting in a severe closed-head injury. 

Cutshaw v. Weyerhaeuser, verdict for 22 representative plaintiffs that equated to $7,400,000 for all 241 plaintiffs in Grays Harbor County Superior Court, 1993.  Toxic tort claim for neighborhood exposure to sulfur gases from pulp mill wastewater treatment ponds.

Moore v. International Harvester, $2,700,000 settlement in 1993 in a product liability case for burns to a 19-year-old young man.

Barker and Coleman v. Teco, Dana and Columbia Body and Equipment, $2,450,000 settlement in 1994 for failure of a hydraulic aerial-lift used by P.U.D. workers.

Greene v. Pierce County, jury verdict for $5,466,878.23 in Pierce County Superior Court, 1994.  Second largest personal injury jury verdict in the history of the County at the time.  Highway design case for failure to have a stop sign at a railroad crossing.  Plaintiff suffered a traumatic brain injury and was blinded in the crash. 

Homewood v. Aaby, et al., $2,550,000 settlement in 1995 for paralysis of a young woman from an auto collision plus an additional undisclosed amount from Toyota for a seat belt design failure.

Mazzei v. Industrial Seating, Inc., verdict for $2,517,030.69 in Grays Harbor County Superior Court, 1996.  Product liability case on behalf of a 37-year-old worker who herniated a disc in his back resulting in a failed back syndrome.   

Vancil v. Undisclosed, $3,250,000 settlement in 1996 against a major national manufacturer for failure to have a safety device on a piece of industrial equipment for the benefit of a worker who suffered a severe closed-head injury.

Wingo v. State of Washington, $1,450,000 settlement in 1996.  Failure to properly design and maintain roadway.

Jackson v. WSU, $2,525,000 settlement in 1997 for loss of arm and temporary paralysis of legs in an auto rollover.

Kanning and Evans v. Thompson, $1,850,000 settlement in 1997 for deaths of two workers who went down a manhole and were asphyxiated.

Bartel v. Burlington Northern RR, verdict for $2,933,631.92 in U.S. Federal District Court in Tacoma, 1997.  Railroad crossing case for 47-year-old female cosmetologist who suffered multiple fractures and mild traumatic brain injury. 

Gray v. City of Shelton, $2,500,000 settlement in 1998.  Failure to properly design crosswalk at school crossing.  Resulted in traumatic brain injury.

Gould v. Westgate, $1,200,000 settlement in 1998 for partial loss of colon and back fractures in auto collision.

Yielding v. Klingler, $1,150,000 (policy limits) settlement in 1998 for significant lower leg circulation problem from auto collision.

Legier v. Mason County, $1,750,000 settlement in 1999.  Failure to properly maintain roads.  Resulted in deaths of two children.

Carpenter v. North Thurston School District, $2,000,000 settlement in 1999 against soccer goal manufacturer and school district for defects in goal which fell on Plaintiff while doing chin-ups, resulting in significant traumatic brain injury.

Huntington v. Atkinson, $1,050,000 (policy limits) settlement in 1999 for paraplegia from auto rollover. 

Reed v. City of Spokane, $1,000,000 settlement in 2000.  Failure to properly maintain road.

Schultz and Underdahl v. State of Washington (January 2001).  An $8,800,000 settlement for negligent supervision of a parolee by the Department of Corrections resulting in rape and murder of one victim and assault of another.

Lau v. Crew Shuttle, Inc. (April 2001).  A $2,160,000 (policy limits) settlement for a closed-head and other injuries to a pedestrian hit by a van and then a car.

Molitor v. Heaverlo (May 2001).  A $1,660,000 (policy limits) settlement plus additional contingent payments for a 23-year-old T-4 paraplegic injured in a vehicle rollover.

Peck v. King County (May 2001).  A $1,000,000 settlement for contracting CIDP from a tetanus shot given in the ordinary course of necessary medical treatment as a result of a motorcycle/deputy sheriff vehicle collision.  

Peck v. King County (May 2001).  A $1,000,000 settlement for contracting CIDP from a tetanus shot given in the ordinary course of necessary medical treatment as a result of a motorcycle/deputy sheriff vehicle collision. 

Whitmer v. Yuk, Pierce County and City of Lakewood (June 2001).  A $6,350,000 settlement for negligence and failure to provide traffic signals at a busy intersection. 

Doe v. Auto Manufacturer and a Medical Facility (June 2001).  A $3,000,000 settlement for a woman burned by a post-collision gasoline fire in an auto crash when she was struck by a driver who was negligently allowed to leave a medical facility while drug impaired.

Morales v. "Yellow Cab" (January 2002).  A $1,250,000 settlement for a woman pedestrian with a closed head injury from being hit by a cab.

Stefanie Brenner v. Bestway Excavating and State of Washington(April 2002).  A $2,671,148 arbitration award for the wrongful death of a minor in an intersection collision.

Doe v. Hospital (April 2002).  A $7,500,000 settlement against a hospital for removal of the wrong kidney.

Magaña v. Hyundai Motor America (June 2002). An $8,100,000 verdict in Clark County for a defective seat back and failure of occupant restraint system.  After an appeal, a new judgment for a discovery sanction was entered in the amount of $10,399,907.00. Sanctions were awarded of $191,592 at the trial court level.  Fees and costs of $309,701 were awarded by the Washington Supreme Court.  Interest of over $5 million accrued on the judgment.  In July 2010, the case settled for an undisclosed amount.

Pemberton v. Arnold, et al. (July 2002).A $1,475,000 settlement for a road rage case where a 16-year-old girl was killed. 

Doe v. Doe (July 2002).  A $3,750,000 settlement for the death of a passenger as a result of the negligent operation of a private plane.

Kime v. City of Seattle (August 2002).A $1,750,000 settlement for the death of a 20-year-old for enhanced danger by failing to protect the public during Mardi Gras celebration.

Smith, et al. v. Behr Process Corporation (October 2002).  A class action verdict for the benefit of thousands of Western Washington consumers in Grays Harbor County Superior Court in 2000.  Breach of warranty and Consumer Protection Act violation case for defects in clear coatings for exterior wood surfaces.  The products promoted rather than prevented growth of mildew.  The nine class representatives received verdicts from a low of $24,000 to a high of $97,000.  Applied to the entire class, the case resulted in a settlement of $67,500,000.

Stipic, et al. v. Behr Process Corporation (October 2002).  A class action settlement for the benefit of a nationwide class of consumers for $132,500,000. 

Marvin v. Evergreen Hospital (December 2002). An $8,500,000 settlement for a brain injury anesthesia case.  

Thompson v. State of Washington, et al. (February 2003).A $2,750,000 settlement for paralyzing injuries sustained in a collision at an intersection lacking adequate traffic control devices.

Tkachev v. Ledcor Industries (USA), Inc. (April 2003).  A $2,400,000 settlement for an immigrant laborer who had his right leg amputated below the knee when the general contractor failed to provide guardrails for the 7’6" scaffolding on which he was working.

Glubrecht v. Insurance Auto Auctions, Inc. (April 2003).A $1,200,000 settlement for a tow truck operator injured by a forklift with a faulty emergency brake resulting in thoracic outlet syndrome, partial removal of a lung and a neck fusion.

James Evans v. State of Washington, et al. (April 2003).A $1,000,000 settlement for a moderate brain injury caused in a collision resulting from a lack of a highway median barrier.

Halasz v. CECO, et al.  (May 2003).  A $1,750,000 settlement for a carpenter struck by a counterweight on a crane while sitting in a SaniCan, resulting in a closed head injury with resulting seizures.

Doe v. Hospital (June 2003).  A settlement of $1,375,000 in infant death case.

Doe v. Doe (July 2003).  A $1,500,000 settlement for a woman who lost 75% of the function of one kidney and 25% of the other in an auto crash.

Virnig v. a Safeco insured (August 2003).  A $1,500,000 policy limits settlement for a college student who suffered a closed head injury in an auto crash.

Crawford Estate v. Hospital and Doctor (September 2003).  A $1,000,000 settlement for the death of an eleven-month-old baby when medical personnel failed to follow up on a radiology report recommending further studies would have revealed a duplication cyst of the small bowel.  The baby suffered a bowel perforation at the site of the cyst resulting in peritonitis and death. 

Hilde Estate v. Tire Manufacturer and Distributor (September 2003).  A $1,657,000 settlement for the death of a 20-year-old promising professional baseball player when the vehicle in which he was riding crashed as a result of a manufacturing defect in a tire.

DOES v. XYZ Corporation (February 2004).  A $3,100,000 settlement for exposure to high concentrations of sulfur dioxide, causing two employees of an independent contractor to develop Reactive Airways Disease Syndrome.  

The Lummi Nation v. Golder Associates, Inc. (March 2004).  A $4,250,000 settlement for violation of contracts and the Indian Graves Recovery Act by an archeology firm while monitoring an excavation for a construction project.  The claims included damages suffered by the Lummi Indian Nation as well as emotional distress claims on behalf of tribal members.

Doe v. Nursing Home   (April 2004).  A $1,500,000 settlement for the rape of a developmentally disabled nursing home patient by a nurse’s assistant (negligent hiring and supervision).

Clements v. State of Washington (August 2004).   A $2,200,000 settlement for wrongful death and survival actions when Department of Corrections negligently  released a prisoner who then killed this 22-year-old mother.

Ratigan v. Central Building, LLC (September 2004).   A $1,575,000 settlement for client who suffered a brain injury in a fall from a window.

Steen v. Hospital (September 2004). A settlement after entry of a judgment and appeal for $4,687,704.21 for death of a patient as a result of hospital negligence.

Jane Doe Estate v. XYZ Manufacturer (February 2005).  A $1,250,000 settlement for defective design of vehicle and negligent driving of driver.

Jane Doe v. Insurance Company (March 2005).   A $4,000,000 settlement for bad faith in defense of motor vehicle crash.

Wilbur/Johnson v. Lutton Trucking, Inc. (April 2005).  A$1,700,000 settlement for badly fractured hip that required a hip replacement for a 23-year-old young man who also suffered from PTSD and depression as a result of the crash.

Estate of Amy Robinson v. XYZ Hospital (May 2005).   A $1,250,000 settlement for delayed diagnosis of oral cancer resulting in death.

Doe v. Doe (May 2005).  $4,300,000 million settlement for skull fractures, TBI and partial blindness following car crash.

Stromberg v. Wiles (August 2005).   A $1,000,000 policy limits settlement for the death of a 57-year-old woman pedestrian hit by a pickup exiting a Bellevue garage.  She is survived by her spouse and three adult children.

Doe v. Adult Family Home (September 2005).  A $1,135,000 settlement for a mentally ill woman who slipped and fell, resulting in a fractured leg and ultimate amputation below the knee.

Adams v. Testa (November 2005).   A $2,000,000 settlement for UIM policy limits on behalf of a woman who suffered significant orthopedic injuries in an automobile crash. Additional sums were recovered for Farmers’ bad faith claims handling.

Messenger v. Electric Company (May 2006).   A $2,100,000 policy limits partial settlement for a 12-year-old brain damaged boy who was a pedestrian hit by a van while crossing the street in an unmarked crosswalk.

Wright v. Harris Trucking (May 2006).  A $3,150,000 settlement for four members of the Wright family injured when a gasoline truck and double trailer crossed the center line and hit them head-on.

Merdes v. State of Washington (May 2006).  A $5,400,000 settlement for death of a father of four who was a fault-free passenger in an auto/highway design case.

Qamar v. Leonard Trucking, Inc. (May 2006).  A $1,850,000 settlement for death of a 62-year-old UW professor when struck by a load of logs that fell off logging truck.

Meadows v XYZ Corp. (June 2006).  A $3,200,000 settlement for child who suffered a brain injury in a fall from a window.

Fulton v.  XYZ Corp. (August 2006).  A $2,200,000 settlement for a roofer who fell from a construction site roof 35 feet rendering him a paraplegic.  Suit was against general contractor and second tier contractor for failure to maintain a safe workplace.  Substantial comparative negligence issues. 

Martini v. Walsh Bros. Trucking (October 2006).  A $3,500,000 jury verdict for a traumatic brain injury victim who rear-ended a truck lacking proper warning/flashing lights.

Meza v. United Tempering Systems/Meza (November 2006).  A $1,525,000 settlement for a child injured in a motor vehicle crash when a truck barreled into another motor vehicle, resulting in a closed head injury.

Forestier v. City of Vancouver (November 2006).   A $6,050,000 settlement for a French foreign exchange student who was a pedestrian hit by a vehicle while crossing Fort Vancouver Way on her way to school.  The City failed to provide proper lighting for the crossing.

Watson v. XYZ Corp. (December 2006).   A $4,900,000 settlement for woman struck in face with a leaf spring that fell off a truck suspension system.  Closed head injury and facial disfigurement.

Wade v. Pierce County (December 2006).   A $1,250,000 settlement for death of a 12-year-old on a bicycle struck by a police vehicle. 

Plaintiff v. Defendant   (April 2007).  A $3,700,000 settlement for death of a 46-year-old airline pilot husband father of two.  Truck turned in front of his motorcycle.  Substantial comparative negligence issues.

Sholtz v. Kuhn (June 2007).  A $1,150,000 settlement for 61-year-old woman who suffered a comminuted and compound fracture of her leg when hit by a vehicle while traveling on a motorcycle.  Infections of the leg required extensive medical treatment.

Wallace v. Tesoro (June 2007). A$1,100,000 settlement involving a pipe   fitter who suffered permanent injuries from an overhead obstruction while climbing a scaffold access ladder.   

Weller v. HMO (June 2007).   A $1,000,000 settlement.  Failure to diagnose prostate cancer.

Boyd Estate v. Defendant (September 2007).  A $1,900,000 settlement for death of motorcycle operator when improperly tightened wheel fell off of car and struck him.

Huang v. Lustyk (December 2007).  A $2,900,000 settlement for injuries suffered when a vehicle ran into a motorcycle.

Petersen v. Finazzo (January 2008).  A $1,033,000 verdict for injuries suffered when a structure collapsed causing a severe right foot fracture requiring fusion and fixation surgery with hardware.

Pattison v. City of Chelan (March 2008).   A $4,500,000 settlement for a spinal cord injury that resulted in the client being a tetraplegic.  Client dove into Lake Chelan in a city park and hit his head on submerged rocks. No warnings of the danger were posted.

Jane Doe v. XYZ Corporation (March 2008).  A $2,650,000 confidential settlement for a traumatic brain injury due to a motor vehicle collision for the defective design and manufacture of a vehicle. 

Clauson v. Ashland, Inc. (March 2008). Confidential settlement for a diagnosis of malignant pleural mesothelioma for a housewife as a result of being contaminated by asbestos fibers at home because of the work exposure of her ex-husband.

Stanton v. LeMay (April 2008).  A $2,700,000 settlement for the deaths of two minor children who were passengers in a vehicle that rear-ended a recycling truck without proper under-ride protection guard that had stopped in the roadway.

Lovejoy v. Doctor (July 2008).  A confidential settlement for a fetal death when doctor failed to recognize or treat dangerous cord presentation and low amniotic fluid.

Ip v. State of WA and City of Renton (July 2008).  A $1,000,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a 67 year old leaving a wife and two adult sons when he was hit in a dangerous pedestrian crossing.

McLaughlin v. City of Ocean Shores (December 2008).  A $1,500,000 settlement for the family of an Ocean Shores Fire Department Captain who died as a result of injuries from a near-drowning during a Surf Rescue Team training on personal watercraft (PWC).

Samples v. Rockeries, Inc., (January 2009).  A judgment and settlement of $2,940,000 for wrongful death case by husband of 46 year old woman hit by run away dump truck trailer.  Case included recovery of interest, attorney fees, and bad faith damages.

Brown/Symoni v. Sportsman Airpak (March 2009).  A $3,225,000 settlement for a small single engine plane crash caused by failure to maintain a carburetor resulting in spinal cord injuries.

Caffery v. Brunner, et al. (July 2009).   A $1,025,000 policy limits settlement with a trucking company and others for the wrongful death of a 47 year old husband and father who was killed when a semi-truck and trailer driver disregarded the dangers of a "brown-out" dust storm and ran into the deceased on I-90 while he was helping others in a disabled vehicle.

Hizey v. Feld Motor Sports, Inc., et al. (July 2009).  A confidential settlement for wrongful death case by family of 6 year old boy hit by debris that flew from a monster truck performing at a monster truck show in the Tacoma Dome.

Barnum v. Brundage-Bone Concrete Pumping, Inc., et al. (December 2009).   A $1,300,000 settlement against a cement contractor for improperly backing a cement truck onto a highway causing a crash that resulted in numerous internal injuries and broken bones.

Merryman v. Sound Transit  (October 2009). Confidential settlement for wrongful death case by family of a 49 year old Obayashi employee who died as a result of injuries he sustained in a railcar crash on the jobsite at the Beacon Hill tunnel.

Maislen v. Associated Materials (April 2010). $2.5 million jury verdict for
58 y.o. non-profit employee, spin instructor and theater performer injured in a truck versus car crash.

Confidential v. Confidential (April 2010).  $2.85 million CDN settlement for injuries to a 49 year old woman who suffered a traumatic brain injury and facial fractures in a Canadian motor vehicle crash when the passenger air bag did not deploy.

Dowrey v. Carl’s Jr., (May 2010) $2,000,000 settlement for a head-injured child who crawled through a gap in the children’s play area equipment and fell on his head.

Glantz v. City of Lynwood, (July 2010) $2,250,000 settlement for a seriously injured 69 year old pedestrian hit by an automobile in a crosswalk where the warning lights were not working.

Cooper v. Ralph’s Concrete, (July 2010) $2,300,000 settlement for the death of a construction worker when the operator of a concrete pump failed to follow proper procedures and allowed a hose to whip around and strike the deceased.

Meiklejohn v. Rarig, (August 2010) $1,100,000 (policy limit) settlement for an electrician who was fixing a light in a parking lot when a vehicle slammed into him and broke both of his legs.

Jane Doe v. USA, (August 2010) $1,000,000 settlement for the rape of a 30 year old divorced mother of three.  Rape was committed by a 17 year old delinquent who was a ward of a Tribe that failed to properly supervise and monitor his actions.

Gendler v. State, (August 2010) $8,000,000 settlement for a defective bridge where a gap in the bridge deck was too wide, allowing a bicycle tire to wedge in the gap, throwing the rider to the ground paralyzing him.

Results Over $1 million

SKW attorneys worked to bring justice in the Monster Truck case. Sebastian Hizey & his father are pictured here.

Results Over $1 million

SKW nursing home abuse client, Jeff Sanderson with his mother Gwynn. A large jury verdict was awarded.

Results Over $1 million

SKW brought justice for auto products liability client, Marissa Schneider, pictured here with her mother.


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