Case Highlights

HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE CLIENT FILES OF HEFFERON & HEFFERON, P.A.

DISCLAIMER – Tom and Paul Hefferon have represented thousands of clients, and have handled a wide range of cases, from cases involving catastrophic injury and death to disputes involving real estate and business transactions. We have included below certain cases which we believe are representative of the breadth, depth, and complexity of our legal knowledge and experience.

By including these case on our website, Hefferon & Hefferon, P.A. makes no representation that we can recover similar settlements or verdicts in any particular case. Each case must be evaluated on its own merits, and any similarity between a particular claim and the claims set out below is purely coincidental, and should not be used as a basis for comparison.

Hefferon & Hefferon, P.A. does not win every case. No lawyer does. Lawsuits are complex, unpredictable, and always involve the risk of loss. The following cases give some idea of what we do and how we do it. In order to protect client confidentiality, certain identifying facts, such as names, dates, and accident locations have been omitted.

$3,300,000

Auto Accident/Police Liability – Traumatic Brain Injury
Client was an unrestrained detainee in back of police car that entered intersection against a non-operating traffic signal, colliding with another vehicle. Client sustained severe brain injury. (Mecklenburg, 1991)

$2,750,000

Bus/Motorcycle Accident – Flailed Chest
Client was operating a motor scooter in residential area. Bus turned left into his path. Client sustained severe thoracic injuries including multiple broken ribs, flailed chest, multiple spinal fractures. (Mecklenburg, 2006)

$2,000,000

Jail Suicide Attempt/Law Enforcement Liability – Brain Injury
Client was arrested on minor charge, had history of suicidal ideation while in jail. Hung himself while unsupervised. Survived but suffered massive anoxic brain injury. (Mecklenburg, 1999)

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$1,539,000

Workplace Accident/Bilateral Shoulder Injuries
Client fell on defective loading ramp while unloading truck. Tried to catch himself with upper arms and ripped both shoulders out of socket. (Mecklenburg, 1998)

$1,500,000

Auto Accident/Interstate Work Zone/Contractor Liability –Brain Injury
Client was a backseat passenger in vehicle that hydroplaned during thunderstorm in an interstate work zone. Client was thrown from vehicle and landed on his head, sustaining a massive brain injury. (Mecklenburg, 1998)

$1,200,000

Apartment Fire/Landlord Liability – Severe Burns
Client was asleep in an upstairs bedroom of rented apartment when a fire started downstairs. He was severely burned. Fire investigation revealed no batteries in smoke detectors. Landlord and apartment manager were sued for failing to provide a safe premises. (Mecklenburg, 1992)

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$1,200,000

Apartment Shooting/Inadequate Security – Paraplegia
Client was a teenager shot on the premises of an apartment complex by drug dealer. Investigation revealed apartment manager knew tenant was dealing drugs but took no action. Landlord sued for inadequate security/premises liability. (Mecklenburg, 1996)

$1,100,000

Auto Accident/Trucking Liability – Flailed Chest
Client was passenger in car that was hit head-on by a commercial truck that crossed the center line. Suffered massive thoracic injuries/crushed chest. (Mecklenburg, 1991)

$1,000,000

Construction Accident/Crane Collapse/Contractor Liability-Broken Bones
Client was teenager on first week of job at commercial construction site. Was assigned to dismantle crane boom. Boom collapsed due to negligent instructions from supervisor. Client was crushed underneath. Supervisor killed. Multiple broken bones, disability. (Mecklenburg, 1992)

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$987,500

Trucking Accident – Wrongful Death
Client hit truck that was backing across highway at night. Death. Trucking company fought claim, blamed deceased client. (Mecklenburg, 1999)

$880,000

Auto Accident with Police Car/Police Liability – Brain Injury, Broken Bones
Client was a passenger in car broadsided by police car that ran a stop sign. Client was thrown from vehicle and vehicle rolled over him. Broke numerous bones and sustained a serious injury to his brain. (Gaston, 1995)

$850,000

Construction Accident/Products Liability – Brain Injury, Broken Bones
Client was working on metal stairs in a high rise building under construction. A weld on the stair failed, dropping client seven stories onto concrete floor. Client sustained multiple broken bones and a massive head injury. (Mecklenburg, 1997)

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$725,000

Auto Accident – Broken Bones
Client was a passenger in vehicle that was hit head on by another vehicle that crossed the center line in a sharp curve. Sustained multiple and massive broken bones in her legs, hips, and back.

$650,000

Auto Accident – Broken Bones, Brain Injury
Client was a passenger in vehicle that ran off the road, hitting a tree. At fault driver was killed. Client sustained multiple broken bones and brain injury.

$650,000

Auto/Ambulance Accident – Broken Bones, Brain Injury
Client was stopped for a red light. Ambulance ran red light from opposite direction, hitting vehicle already in the intersection. Ambulance rolled over and onto client’s vehicle. Ambulance was speeding, no siren or red lights. Client sustained multiple broken bones and head injury. (Gaston, 1996)

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$650,000

Medical Malpractice – Leg Amputation
Client went to podiatrist for wart on foot. Podiatrist negligently operated on wart, causing client to lose blood flow to foot, eventually resulting in amputation of his lower leg. Client had pre-existing circulation problems that created liability issue. Case settled.

$600,000

Construction Accident/Forklift Collision – Multiple Broken Bones
Client was working on a retail store remodeling job, and was unloading a construction truck when another worker pinned him to the loading dock with a forklift. Client sustained multiple fractures to his legs.

$600,000

Auto Accident – Broken Arm and Shoulder
Client was driving on rural highway. Another vehicle crossed the center line and sideswiped client’s car. Impact resulted in severe fractures to client’s upper arm and shoulder. Arm almost amputated but eventually saved by pins and plates.

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$600,000

Products Liability – Brain Injury
Client was a “shade tree mechanic” restoring an old Mustang. He was testing a newly installed remanufactured water pump recently purchased when the fan shaft on the water pump broke, sending the spinning fan blade into his skull. Client sustained injury to his brain. (Mecklenburg, 2003)

$600,000

Emergency Vehicle – Motorcycle Collision – Brachial Plexus Injury, Broken Leg
Client was operating a motorcycle on I-485 in Charlotte and collided with an ambulance that was responding to an emergency. Client sustained a severe brachial plexus injury and a broken femur. (Mecklenburg, 2011)

$500,000

Construction Accident/Electrocution – Death
Client worked for an electrical contractor when he came into contact with a live electrical line that was supposed to be de-energized. Was killed instantly. (Gaston, 2002)

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$490,000

Condominium Complex Shooting/Inadequate Security – Gunshot Injury
Client was walking from his car to his rented condo when he was accosted by an armed robber. After giving up his wallet, his watch, his keys, and his shoes, the robber shot him in the chest. Lawsuit filed against complex for inadequate security. (Mecklenburg, 2005)

$475,000

Motel Assault/Inadequate Security – Brain Injury
Client, from Michigan and traveling to Florida on Interstate 85, rented room for the night at a national chain motel. He was asleep in his room when drug addict broke into room from adjoining room and beat him in the head with a wrench, stealing his wallet and keys to his car. Adjoining door lock was broken, motel had reputation for drug dealing, prostitution. Client sustained significant head injury. (Gaston, 1993)

$450,000

Auto/Truck Accident – Broken Bones, Brain Injury
Client was driving on interstate when commercial truck came across the median and struck his vehicle head on. Client sustained multiple broken bones, and a brain injury. (Gaston, 1996)

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$410,000

Workplace Accident/”Woodson Claim”/Products Liability – Death
Client fell into machine at textile plant and was killed. Machine manufactured by Italian and Brazilian companies with history of removing guards from machines. Machine manufacturer and client employer sued under “Woodson” theory. (Iredell, 1995)

$300,000

Collapsed Deck Railing/Premises Liability – Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy
Client leaned against the railing of his deck at condo he was renting. Railing failed and he fell about six feet to the ground, spraining his wrist. Wrist sprain developed into a rare condition known as reflex sympathetic dystrophy, which is disabling. Lawsuit filed against complex for providing unsafe premises. (Watauga, 2004)

$300,000

Legal Malpractice/IRS Seizure
Client was a real estate agent that received negligent advice from his attorney concerning reporting of cash transactions resulting in severe federal penalties. (Mecklenburg, Union, 1993)

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$300,000

Medical Malpractice – Massive Blood Loss, Brain Injury
Client underwent hysterectomy. Physician accidentally severed an artery. Physician left operating room to seek advice, but did not return for 45 minutes. Client almost bled to death, and loss of blood caused nerve damage to her leg and mild brain injury. (Mecklenburg, 1997)

$285,000

Auto Accident/Client Drinking – Multiple Broken Bones, Head Injury
Client was hit head on by another driver who had fallen asleep at the wheel. Client had just left bar and was slightly under legal limit of intoxication. Client sustained multiple broken bones to her legs and a brain injury. (Onslow, 1993)

$270,000

Auto Accident – Multiple Ruptured Discs
Client was rear-ended while traveling to Florida. Sustained three ruptured discs in back. Case tried before jury and verdict was rendered in above amount. (Mecklenburg, 2003)

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$268,000

Medical Malpractice – MRSA infection
Client was infected with MRSA while hospitalized following a motor vehicle accident. (Mecklenburg, 2007)

$250,000

Auto/Truck Accident – Brain Injury
Client was traveling on interstate in driving rain. Convoy of trucks passed her at high rate of speed. One of the trucks hydroplaned, causing massive truck/car pileup with explosion and fireball. One trucker was killed. Client was thrown from vehicle and sustained a moderate injury to her brain. (Mecklenburg, 1999)

$250,000

Medical Malpractice – Spinal Cord Injury
Client had vertebral disc surgery and suffered injury to her cauda equina. (Mecklenburg, 2012)

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$238,000

Condemnation and Inverse Condemnation Action – I-485
Client’s land was taken for construction of I-485. Construction also resulted in flooding issues on remaining parcel. Settlement was obtained for $238,000 above the amount deposited with the Clerk by the DOT. (Mecklenburg, 2014)

$185,000

Workers Compensation – Crush Injuries
Client was a mechanic working under a bus when it fell from jack, crushing his pelvis. Cost of future medical treatment was not released, remains open. (Mecklenburg, 2014)

$177,700

Breach of Contract – Construction
Client was a utility coordinator subcontractor on state road improvement project who was forced to sue the general contractor for full payment of subcontract. (Mecklenburg, 2013)

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$150,000

Hospital Negligence – Third Degree Burns To Legs
Client was recovering from surgery and was still anesthesized when thermal blanket malfunctioned, burning his legs. (Mecklenburg, 2008)

$140,000

Auto Accident – Broken Collarbone – Surgical Scars
Client was a minor passenger in parent’s car. Car involved in a collision and client sustained a broken collarbone, requiring surgery. (Gaston, 2011)

$125,000

Auto Accident – Multiple Broken Bones
Client was dragged behind and under a pickup truck during a domestic dispute. She suffered broken bones in her leg, arm, and shoulder. (Mecklenburg, 2001)

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$115,000

Auto Accident – Broken Leg
Client was involved in car accident resulting in a fractured femur. No surgery necessary. (Mecklenburg, 2006)

$100,000

Auto Accident – Broken Leg
Client was involved in car accident resulting in a fractured femur. No surgery necessary. (Mecklenburg, 2006)

$90,000

Premises Liability – Falling Display – Rotator Cuff Tear
Client and family were in local big box store. Display began to fall on son. Client grabbed the heavy display and tore his rotator cuff, requiring surgery to repair. (Mecklenburg, 2012)

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$85,000

Auto Accident –– Fractured vertebrae, broken nose, fractured knee cap
Client was driving on I-85 when car in lane next to him made sudden lane shift, causing client to hit the inside retaining wall. Client suffered a compression fracture in his low back, broke his nose, and cracked his patella (knee cap). (Rowan, 2013)

$85,000

Premises Liability – Slip and Fall – Broken Ankle
Client slipped and fell on improperly constructed condominium steps. She broke her ankle, requiring surgical repair. (Mecklenburg, 2009)

$85,000

Animal Attack – Dog Bite
Client was walking in state park when rottweiler dog was let off leash and attacked her, biting her on legs, causing multiple puncture wounds to thighs, with permanent scarring. Dog had a history of biting. (Gaston, 2013)

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