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The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented Matthew Martin who at the time was a 19-year-old backseat passenger in a Mini Cooper. The driver of the vehicle was speeding and lost control of his car. Martin sustained severe brain injury in a single vehicle crash.
Experts were retained by the defense to contest liability and raised the seat belt defense. Additional experts were retained to testify on medical injuries and damages. On Sept. 1, 2017, after $250,000 in legal costs and years of protracted and contentious litigation, a Sarasota jury returned a verdict of $19.2 ($19,200,000.00) million in Mr. Martin’s favor. This is the largest reported personal injury verdict in the history of Sarasota or Manatee counties.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a 26-year-old client was a passenger in a van on his way to a job site. The Defendant was traveling in a separate vehicle heading in the opposite direction. The Defendant veered directly into the path of our clients vehicle causing a head on crash. Our client suffered a severe brain injury. Our Client was left wheelchair bound and needs constant care and supervision for the remainder of his life. Just prior to trial the insurance company representing the Defendant and the Defendant agreed to the entry of a nine million dollar ($9,000,000.00) judgment to avoid trial.
GUARDIANSHIP OF KENNETH BOZEMAN V. KAREN BONAGUA AS PERSONAL REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF MATTHEW McQUEARY
In April 2008, Kimberly Miller, our 44-year-old client was riding on the back of her boyfriend’s motorcycle when a full-size cargo van turned left directly in front of their path. Our client was ejected from the motorcycle and sustained serious permanent traumatic brain damage. The Defendant driver was found guilty of DUI manslaughter and DUI with serious bodily injury. Just prior to trial the insurance company representing the defendant and the Defendant stipulated to a seven million dollar ($7,000,000.00) judgment in order to avoid trial.
Our 21-year-old client was sitting on the curb at a bus stop at a busy intersection in Venice when the defendant driver of a large truck failed to pay attention to stopping traffic. He attempted an evasive maneuver, lost control and ran over our client. We retained experts to immediately photograph and preserve the accident scene. The insurance company attempted to remove the truck and modify evidence following the accident. Fortunately, our immediate efforts to investigate the accident scene paid off. The Defendant was driving a truck that was mechanically unsound and had a poor driving record.
Our client was left with crush injuries to the lower half of his body and had to undergo over 14 surgical procedures in a two-month time period. Additionally, he had severe injuries to his bladder which needed multiple surgeries and lead to long term usage of a catheter, bladder and UTI infections and ongoing urinary issues. He spent a little over a month in the hospital and then another month in an extensive rehabilitation facility. After over a year of litigating the claim, the defendant tree trimming company decided to accept our settlement offer of agreed to pay four million two hundred thousand dollars ($4,200,000.00) to resolve the case.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a family who lost their beautiful daughter in a boating accident. Margaret Murray was a young adult studying at LECOM university when she went out for a day of boating with her friends. Margaret was hit by the boat propeller and suffered serious injuries which lead to her death. The insurance company and boat owner/operator agreed to settle the case just prior to trial.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer, together with bad faith counsel, procured a three million dollar ($3,000,000.00) settlement against a large insurance company for failing to comply with Florida’s laws regarding good faith settlement practices.
WL represented a 35 year old electrician who was on her way home from work when the Defendant driver made a left hand turn directly into her door. Our client sustained serious injuries which required multiple orthopedic surgeries. These injuries led to the end of her career as an electrician and in turn caused her to lose her home and not be able to care for her children. August of 2009 a Sarasota jury returned a verdict in the amount of $1,977,000.00. Just prior to the start of trial in a second case against the insurance company for bad faith failure to settle the underlying claim, the insurance company paid the full amount of the verdict.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a 42-year-old emergency room nurse on her way home from the gym when the defendant driver ran a red light and slammed into the passenger side of her vehicle. Our client was left with significant orthopedic injuries.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a beautiful young 10-year-old unrestrained passenger in the backseat of a vehicle traveling home after school gymnastics program who was in a head on crash. Our client sustained serious traumatic brain injuries. The insurance company agreed to pay $1,564,256 to avoid trial.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a client who was seriously injured while riding his motorcycle. Both the at fault and uninsured/underinsured insurers agreed to pay their policy limits to resolve the claim.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a motorcycle rider who died in a crash in Charlotte County. His surviving spouse and children were awarded a settlement of over one million dollars.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented Timothy and John Rooney who were leaving their subdivision for a ride on their motorcycles when the Defendant driver went through a stop sign and struck both of them. Both clients sustained serious orthopedic injuries. The insurance company initially denied liability for their driver. WL was able to show that the driver of the car was responsible for the accident and the insurance company paid significantly more money than their insurance coverage in order to settle the claims.
Motorcycle accident in Englewood FL where an at-fault driver turned in front of our Client. He sustained severe and significant injuries requiring a lengthy hospitalization and rehabilitation. Insurance company paid 10 times the policy amount of $100k.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a patron who was leaving a local night club. An argument ensued and security personal at the club failed to protect our client. Serious traumatic brain injuries damages were suffered. The insurance company representing the night club agreed to pay $1,000,000.00 to settle the claim.
On the way to work on a motorcycle, our Client was struck by an at-fault driver and required multiple surgeries and rehabilitation. The insurance company paid twice the policy amount of $500k.
As a pedestrian, our Client was struck by a pick-up truck in the parking lot of an Englewood Shopping Plaza, sustaining significant injuries and requiring multiple surgeries and physical therapy.
The law firm of Steven T. Wittmer represented a client in a bad faith federal suit against an insurance company. Shortly before the case was given to the jury the insurance company agreed to pay $500,000 to settle the case.