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Over $100 Million

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Over $100 Million

In Verdicts & Settlements

Results

We have recovered over $100 million for our clients in the past three years.

Our track record shows insurance companies and corporate defendants that we will not accept less than full justice for our clients. We believe the only way to achieve the best outcome is to prepare every case for trial. Preparing the case for trial is the only way to consistently achieve excellent outcomes in our business.

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“There is not a day that goes by that we are not preparing for trial, or in court.”

—ALAN HAMILTON
$ 29 M
Wrongful Death
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton represented the family of a 19-year-old who was tragically burned to death at a local recycling facility. The young man, who was employed by the defendant recycling company, was operating a front-end loader used to push scrap metal along the ground when gasoline ignited. The fire broke out next to a “puncher” that the defendant used to de-fuel old cars prior to recycling them in an automobile shredder. The litigation, which lasted several years, was very complex and hard fought. The defendant argued that it was immune from being sued as the young man’s employer. The defendant also asked the jury to place 100% of the blame on another employer who had violated company policy. After a trial in 2015 that lasted eight days, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the young man’s estate. The jury found the defendant company 100% responsible and awarded our client additional punitive damages to punish the defendant for the careless way it handled gasoline at the facility. The insurance carrier settled the case confidentially after the verdict was reached. We are honored that the young man’s family had trust in our firm and the courage to see the case through all the way to verdict.

$ 20 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

On September 9th, a Clayton County jury returned a $20,000,000 verdict for the widow and children of Florencio Gomez Mendez after a two week trial. Before the trial the highest offer by the insurance company was $1,000,000. Florencio lived at Bradford Ridge Apartments and was killed by criminals on his way back to his apartment after going to the store. Because numerous crimes occurred at the complex before Florencio was shot and the apartment had no security, Shiver Hamilton filed a lawsuit alleging negligent security. The defendants denied all responsibility and asked for a defense verdict. The jury apportioned 50% fault to the defendants and 50% to the criminals for a total verdict of $10,000,000 against the defendants. Because the insurance company denied a prior settlement offer and the verdict was over 125% of plaintiffs prior offer, defendants will have to pay plaintiffs’ attorneys fees. Shiver Hamilton was joined by Darren Summerville and Mecca Anderson of The Summerville Firm.

$ 5.4 M
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was run over and killed by a dump truck while working on the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport International Terminal construction project. The dump truck was backing up without a spotter’s signal in violation of job site rules. At trial, the defense argued it was our client’s fault and asked for a defense verdict. The jury awarded our client’s estate and children $5,470,000.

$ 5.2 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential settlement involving the death of a young man at an Atlanta area apartment complex.

$ 4.9 M
Car Accidents
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton confidentially settled a South Georgia wrongful death case for just under $5 million. A Florida businessman was traveling in Georgia in his personal vehicle when he crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on. The crash resulted in the death of our client, who tragically left behind a wife and three young sons. The businessman only had $100,000 of insurance coverage on his personal vehicle. However, Shiver Hamilton was able to discover that he was in Georgia on a work mission and established that his employer was responsible for his negligence. The employer had $5 million of insurance coverage. When Shiver Hamilton was brought in by another law firm to handle the case, we immediately filed suit and sent a demand for the insurance limits. Within one month, Shiver Hamilton was able to resolve the case for $4,950,000.

$ 3.7 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton negotiated a settlement on behalf of a young man who was shot at a DeKalb County apartment complex. The young man was visiting with friends at the apartment complex when he was approached by a stranger and shot in the leg. Our client ultimately lost his leg below the knee due to the gunshot wound. Shiver Hamilton learned during litigation that a fatal shooting had occurred in the same complex not long before our client was shot and alleged that the complex should have provided security that could have prevented the shooting that resulted in the amputation of our client’s leg.

$ 3.7 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

In November 2015, a Gwinnett County State Court jury awarded $3.7 million to our client. Our client sustained injuries in a wreck that occurred when he was taking his daughter to school. The defendant pulled her vehicle in front of our client’s vehicle and caused a severe impact collision. After receiving chiropractic treatment and epidural injections, our client underwent a spinal surgery. The insurance company’s highest offer before trial was $25,000. Shiver Hamilton was brought into the case by another law firm just prior to trial.

$ 3.7 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the victim of sexual assault at a commercial facility.

$ 3.5 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

In August 2012, a drunk driver slammed into our clients’ F-250 on Interstate 85 in Atlanta. The truck driver and the company that owned the truck only carried $500,000 of insurance. Through its investigation, Shiver Hamilton learned the company had significant assets and property. The drunk driver was not on the clock for the company when the wreck occurred and the company denied any responsibility for the wreck. The company was sued on a theory that it negligently entrusted the vehicle to the drunk driver. In Georgia, a plaintiff must prove that the owner had actual knowledge of the driver’s dangerous driving propensities, which the company also denied. After litigating the case for a year and sending subpoenas for documents, Shiver Hamilton found evidence that the company paid six speeding tickets for the driver. After this evidence came to light, the company paid $3,000,000 of its own money to avoid a trial.

$ 3.3 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

A young man was struck by a drunk driver in Cobb County, Georgia. The young man, who was on his way to work at the time of the collision, sustained serious orthopedic injuries, including fractures to both legs and his right arm. Shiver Hamilton immediately launched a thorough and detailed investigation which revealed that the driver who caused the crash had just left a local bar where he had been drinking and watching an NFL football game with friends. Shiver Hamilton filed claims on its client’s behalf against various automobile insurance carriers and filed a dram shop claim against the bar that had over served the drunk driver. After tracking down witnesses and relentlessly pursuing all evidence and insurance coverage, Shiver Hamilton was ultimately able to recover over $3 million for our client. With the cooperation of the client’s family and financial advisors, most of the money was put in a trust to take care of this young man’s financial and medical needs for years to come.

$ 3.2 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client sustained serious neck and back injuries in a motor vehicle collision. He subsequently died of unrelated natural causes just over one year later. The Defendant driver, who was represented by a large national defense firm, claimed our client was at fault for coming into the defendant’s lane of travel. After a trial that lasted three days, the jury awarded total damages of $3,290,000 for the pain and suffering our client endured during the last year of his life.

$ 3.2 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton was co-counsel on a case where a Fulton County Jury returned a $3,250,000 jury verdict in a negligent security case. The victim was shot when robbers followed him ten miles across Atlanta into his apartment complex. Defendants denied liability and make no offers prior to trial. A jury apportioned 50% fault to the condominium complex and the security company.

$ 3 M
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the death of a young child killed by a collapsing automobile seat in a rear-end collision.

$ 2.9 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton represented a young lady who was the victim of a violent sexual assault the day she moved into her apartment complex. As we investigated the case, we located a witness who was the victim of an armed robbery a few days before our client was assaulted. The insurance company initially offered zero and denied the claim altogether. We filed suit on the young lady’s behalf and served numerous subpoenas and deposed multiple witnesses. During this process, Shiver Hamilton learned that the apartment management company had actual notice of the earlier armed robbery, and was notified by several tenants that the robber fit the description of someone living at the complex. The complex was told about the armed robbery the very day our client signed a lease, yet the apartment management company said nothing about the crime. It is an accepted practice in the apartment management industry to notify tenants of crime occurring on the property. We argued that the apartment management company should also have let our client know this before she signed a lease. We also learned that the apartment management company failed to conduct a criminal background check on the perpetrator. Prior to trial, the parties settled the case for $2,950,000.

$ 2.9 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Two young brothers were walking to their apartment when unknown assailants in an SUV pulled up and opened fire. The older brother, who was 20-years-old at the time, was shot in the buttock, with the bullet piercing his femoral artery. Emergency personnel were unable to save him and he died at the scene. The younger brother, who was 18-years-old, was shot in the arm and leg but survived his injuries. The assailants have yet to be identified or apprehended. Some residents in the apartment community believed that the brothers were targeted due to their alleged involvement in a home invasion in the community three days prior to the shooting. Shiver Hamilton was asked to investigate the case by another Atlanta firm. We assembled a team of experts and investigators who were able to determine that the brothers had no involvement in the home invasion. Lawsuits were filed on behalf of the young men against the owners of the apartment complex and the company that managed the property. Shiver Hamilton uncovered documents showing that the management company had repeatedly requested funding for security due to the high incidence of crime in the complex and was successful in locating witnesses who testified they were victims of crime in the complex. Shiver Hamilton was able to settle the claims for $2.9 million.

$ 2.5 M
Unsafe Premises

We represented a young lady who was the victim of a sexual assault by the maintenance man at her apartment complex. She and the maintenance man had a prior relationship and the insurance company and their lawyers refused to admit any responsibility and told us repeatedly our claim had no merit. As we investigated, we subpoenaed documents from the prosecution of the perpetrator and learned that our client’s family had made numerous complaints to management about the maintenance man’s suspicious behavior towards our client. We also subpoenaed documents from the defendant management company’s key management system and learned that the maintenance man was negligently allowed to make copies of our client’s keys. We diligently pursued the case and were proceeding to trial when the insurance company suddenly asked to mediate the case. We resolved the case for $2,500,000 and were able to structure the money in a way that our client will have her medical needs taken care of for life and was able to purchase a modest home with cash.

$ 2.3 M
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton represented the driver of vehicle that was rear-ended by the driver of a commercial vehicle. Our client’s treating physicians all attributed his injuries to the wreck, which included a full thickness tear of the right supraspinatus tendon that required surgical repair, disc bulges at L2-3 and L5-S1 and disc herniations at L3-4 and L4-5. Our client also underwent multiple epidural injections and radiofrequency ablations and will likely require a multi-level lumbar fusion surgery in the future. Defendant claimed that the wreck was not the proximate cause of our client’s injuries but a DeKalb County jury disagreed and awarded our client $2,367,187.50.

$ 2.2 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was rear ended in July 2012 in Stone Mountain Park by a Chevy pickup. Our client refused treatment at the scene, but the next day went to the chiropractor for shoulder and lower back pain. He was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear for which he had arthroscopic surgery. He also experienced continuing lumbar spine related pain. MRI and other test results were inconclusive, and as a result he was not deemed a surgical candidate. Instead of surgery, he went into pain management, including radio frequency ablation therapy. Past medical expenses were $265,000. The corporate defendant argued that the wreck was our client’s fault based on our client stopping unexpectedly in the roadway. The Dekalb County jury found defendant 100% at fault and awarded $2.25 Million, between 9 and 10 times the past medical expenses, and nearly 5 times the top pre-trial settlement offer.

$ 2 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton recovered $2,025,000 for the widow of a car wreck victim. Before Shiver Hamilton became involved, the widow would only have collected $50,000. Because the insurance company rejected the widow’s initial offer to settle, it was liable for damages in excess of the at-fault driver’s policy limits. Just prior to trial, the insurance company offered 80 times its policy limits to the widow.

$ 2 M
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the wrongful death of 80-year-old female at an assisted living facility.

$ 2 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was about to go for a morning run when a car hit her causing serious orthopedic injuries. Initially, the insurance company for the driver completely denied their driver was at fault, placing all blame on our client, the pedestrian. Shiver Hamilton hired several accident reconstruction experts who discovered the driver failed to yield. We performed two scene reconstructions, one at night, to replicate the exact conditions at the time of the wreck, Two weeks before the case was set for jury trial, the insurance companies increased their offers.

$ 1.9 M
Serious Injuries
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton secured a $1,975,000 verdict in Fulton County (Georgia) State Court. Our client was at a wholesale club (Restaurant Depot) shopping for restaurant supplies when he was struck by a forklift. Though he declined medical treatment at the scene, he went to the emergency room several hours later complaining of numbness in his arm. He had a neck (cervical spine) injury that ultimately required a one-level cervical fusion surgery. The defense had two eyewitnesses who claimed that the forklift never hit the plaintiff at all, but instead merely impacted his shopping cart. The verdict for our client was nearly ten times the highest pre-trial offer to settle.

$ 1.9 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a man who was rear-ended on his way to work. The lawsuit was filed and went to trial in Henry County, Georgia. Shiver Hamilton’s client, who was 50-years-old at the time of the collision and worked as a carpenter, had a variety of prior injuries and complaints of back pain. The driver who caused the crash was insured by one the nation’s largest insurance companies. Prior to trial, the insurance company was given an opportunity to settle the claim for policy limits, which were less than half of our client’s projected medical and surgical costs, and insisted that his injuries were not related to the collision. The insurance company ultimately never changed its evaluation of the case and offered $26,000. After a two-day trial, the jury awarded $1,400,000, an amount forty times larger than the insurance company’s highest offer. Because the insurance company had rejected an “Offer of Judgment” prior to trial, attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $565,000 were added to the verdict amount. Despite the fact defendant only had $100,000 of insurance coverage, the insurance company was responsible for the entire judgment amount due to its failure to timely settle the claim. In Georgia, an insurance company can be held responsible for an amount in excess of its policy limits when it refuses to appropriately and timely settle claims. These cases are referred to as “bad faith” and Shiver Hamilton is frequently called upon to handle these types of claims.

$ 1.7 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Our client fell in a puddle of water that had accumulated on outdoor stairs at a Hampton Inn in Bulloch County, Georgia. Our client’s injuries caused him to incur $35,000 in medical expenses. The defense denied any negligence and forced a trial. After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $1,528,925 in damages for medical expenses and pain and suffering and $250,000 in punitive damages.

$ 1.75 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Confidential recovery for Shiver Hamilton client who was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. Commercial driver denied fault and defense disputed injuries. Shiver Hamilton prepared the case for trial taking numerous depositions establishing both that the wreck was the fault of the commercial driver and that our client suffered serious back injuries requiring surgery as a result of the wreck. The case settled shortly before trial.

$ 1.6 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

We represented the widower of a young lady shot and killed an apartment complex in Southwest Atlanta. A friend who was visiting was approached by several armed robbers outside of her door. She heard the commotion and opened her door to investigate. The robbers immediately turn their gun upon her and started firing shooting her several times in the abdomen. Tragically, she died in front of her widower and six-year-old daughter. The insurance company initially denied the claim saying that this was a targeted attack and that our clients were conducting illegal activity in their apartment. The insurance company also claimed that it had on duty security at the complex and that nothing could have been done to deter this particular crime. We filed suit and learned that the security guard company was not on duty the day of the shooting. We insisted on complete production of documents from the defendants and sent a subpoena to the security guard company that was not a defendant in the case. We obtained emails from the security guard company to the defendant management company showing that the management company quit paying the security guard company a few days before the shooting. We also obtained the bank statements from the management company and was able to prove that the management company wrote itself a large check instead of paying the security company. We settled this case for $1,650,000 and put the money in a structure settlement so that the minor child’s money will be put to good use, paying for college and monthly payments for the rest of her life.

$ 1.5 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Plaintiff was injured by falling merchandise while shopping at Home Depot. Home Depot denied that the Plaintiff was seriously injured. Plaintiff suffered a cervical disk injury and required surgery. After a trial that lasted almost two days, a Cobb County jury awarded Plaintiff and his wife $1,500,000.

$ 1.4 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the family of a man killed by a commercial vehicle while riding a bike. The defendant claimed the decedent was to blame. We uncovered documents that showed the truck’s safety equipment was out of service on the date of the wreck. Even though Defendants initially offered no money and said a trial was necessary, they quickly settled once the documents were discovered.

$ 1.4 M
Serious Injuries
Settlement

Confidential recovery from a local bar and its insurer after the bar over-served an intoxicated customer who drove away and caused a serious motor vehicle crash.

$ 1.4 M
Serious Injuries
Settlement

Confidential recovery for a young woman injured by a defective air bag.

$ 1.4 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Two men were shot at an Atlanta area apartment complex by an unknown assailant. One was killed and one received minor injuries. Plaintiffs filed suit against the apartment complex alleging that it did not have enough security measures in place to prevent the shooting.

$ 1.2 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential settlement of negligent security case at a rental car facility. Victim worked at a rental car facility and was assaulted as she cleaned a car that was turned in. Insurance company denied all settlement offers aggressively disputed this case. On the eve of trial, the insurance company increased its offer four times the last offer.

$ 1.2 M
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was killed when a Comcast Cable driver ran a stop sign in Augusta, Georgia and struck his vehicle. Initially, the Defendants denied that they were responsible and even denied that the driver was their employee. We found several former employees who testified that the driver was on the clock when the wreck occurred. The jury awarded our client’s children $1.2 million for the death of their 79-year-old father.

$ 1.2 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client collided with a tractor-trailer that negligently pulled out in front of him without warning. He suffered multiple broken bones, including a broken wrist and broken femur. The insurance company claimed our client should have seen the truck and was driving too fast. The insurance company ultimately was forced to settle for 4 times the initial offer.

$ 1.1 M
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our 19-year-old client was riding a motorcycle to work in Gwinnett County before sunrise and a tractor-trailer pulled out in front of him on Buford Highway. He was unable to stop and collided with the trailer, suffering a brain injury as well as arm fractures. He was riding a racing style motorcycle and the trucking company hired an expert witness who claimed our client was speeding. The trucking company also claimed there was evidence of alcohol use. Though the trucking company initially denied all responsibility, we were able to force a settlement for all available insurance.

$ 1.1 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was injured when a tractor-trailer negligently collided with her vehicle at low speed while attempting to make a left turn. The truck driver denied fault, claiming our client collided with his vehicle. Once in litigation the defense claimed our client was not injured and contended her back problems were due to her age and not the minor wreck. After nearly two years of litigation and on the verge of trial we were ultimately able to obtain a policy limits settlement for our client.

$ 1 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was a young girl who suffered pelvic fractures when a truck ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle in Thomas County, Georgia. We were able to combine her parent’s UM (uninsured/underinsured motorist) coverage with the trucking company’s insurance to maximize her recovery.

$ 1 M
Serious Injuries
Settlement

Plaintiff was injured when she was thrown off the back of a jet ski. The owner and driver of the jet ski contributed to a pretrial settlement in the amount of $1,000,000.

$ 1 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

An insurance company paid policy limits to our client, a young man shot at an apartment complex in West Atlanta.

$ 1 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was killed by a speeding log truck that overturned and jackknifed on a two-lane road in Dawson County, Georgia. The insurance company paid full policy limits to our clients’ children.

$ 1 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

A 60-year-old gentleman was struck from behind while sitting still at a light in his pickup truck. Despite having pre-existing problems with his neck and a minor impact wreck without much vehicle damage, we were able to force a substantial settlement in federal court by preparing this case for jury trial.

$ 975 K
Motorcycle Accidents
Settlement

This tragic case involved a young man rear-ended on his motorcycle by a drunk driver. The drunk driver had just left a house party where alcohol was being supplied by the homeowner/host. The drunk driver pled the Fifth Amendment and therefore would not cooperate to even tell us where he had been on the evening in question. Through diligent investigation and talking to numerous witnesses, we were ultimately able to locate and preserve evidence of the party host’s legal responsibility for this accident.

$ 950 K
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was rear-ended by a tractor bob-catting (driving without a trailer). Plaintiff suffered a ruptured disc that required surgery. The insurance company refused to settle for the full amount and claimed a lawsuit was necessary. During the lawsuit, we proved the trucking company forged documents to make it appear the driver was qualified. Once the insurance company realized what we could prove with the forged documents, it increased its offer by several hundred thousand dollars to settle just before trial.

$ 850 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton recently settled a case for $850,000 for a client who was rear ended by another motorist, and needed a neck surgery due to the impact. Before Shiver Hamilton became involved, the insurance company claimed he had prior neck problems and initially offered him $5,000. Once involved, Shiver Hamilton immediately began gathering medical evidence, let the defendants depose our client and prepared for trial. After mediation we resolved the case for $850,000. Our client lost his job because he could no longer climb under ATMs to repair them. Determined to be a productive member of society, our client applied for jobs well below his ability level because he was so intent on working.

$ 850 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

In 2014, Shiver Hamilton secured an $850,000 settlement for a young man who was injured when he was rear-ended by a small car. A previously healthy young man, our client had two surgeries as a result of his injuries. The insurance company initially offered $5,000 to settle his case, claiming he had prior back problems and was not injured in the wreck. Shiver Hamilton immediately filed suit and was able to secure evidence that the client had no prior problems and the wreck caused the need for surgery.

$ 825 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton resolved a car wreck case against a commercial vehicle for $825,000 before trial. Our client suffered a broken ankle, broken arm, and back and neck injuries when a plumbing van pulled out in front of her. Unable to stop, our client collided with the van. Due to her injuries, our client underwent a surgical procedure for her back. Prior to retaining Shiver Hamilton, the insurance company offered $200,000 to resolve her claims. During litigation, Shiver Hamilton’s attorneys helped the client find a job that could accommodate her injuries.

$ 800 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was returning home from work when another sedan pulled out in front of him, causing a significant collision. Our client suffered broken bones in his left leg and arm. He sustained $80,000 in medical bills. Doctors believed he would make a full recovery but would have an increased risk of arthritis as he ages. Immediately after filing a lawsuit, the insurance company agreed to participate in mediation and agreed to settle the case for $800,000.

$ 790 K
Motorcycle Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was struck by a rent-to-own company van while going through an intersection on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He suffered a compound lower leg (tibial plateau) fracture. We filed this case in federal court in Opelika, Alabama. The insurance company believed the local conservative jury would not give significant pain and suffering award. We tried the case in Montgomery, Alabama in December 2012. The paid judgment was $350,000 more than the insurance company’s top pretrial offer.

$ 750 K
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Our client was held up at gunpoint and shot during a robbery at an apartment complex in Atlanta. He had abdominal surgery and suffered scarring. We claimed that the complex owner and manager knew of other similar shootings and did not do enough to prevent future violent crimes. The apartment complex settled to avoid trial.

$ 750 K
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was rear-ended by a dump truck and suffered neck and back injuries requiring surgery. Before trial, the insurance company greatly increased its offer and settled.

$ 750 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

We obtained a policy limits settlement for a Gwinnett County couple injured by an underaged drunk driver. Plaintiffs were driving home on a two-lane road when an 20-year-old in an SUV crossed the centerline and struck their vehicle head-on. The SUV driver was several times over the legal blood alcohol limit. Our investigation revealed that the driver had been at a house party consuming alcohol with friends. Plaintiffs were able to obtain policy limits from automobile insurance and from the party host’s insurance policy under the Georgia Dram Shop Act.

$ 679 K
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Alan successfully defended a trucking jury verdict on appeal. After all briefs were submitted on the appeal, the insurance company for the Defendants decided to settle the case for more than the full amount of the compensatory damages award.

$ 653 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

We represented a young mother who was involved in a car accident on her way to drop off her children at daycare. While driving on Old Norcross Tucker Road in Gwinnett County, another motorist pulled out of a neighborhood directly into our client’s right of way. The resulting collision caused a femur fracture to our client’s right leg. She had emergency surgery to place an intramedullary nail to stabilize and heal the fracture. The defense denied liability all the way to trial and tried to shift blame to some rose bushes that were obstructing the defendant’s view of oncoming traffic at the intersection. Our client incurred $58,000 in medical expenses. Before our firm was associated as trial counsel, the defense insurance company’s top offer was $125,000. Following mediation, the top offer was still only $165,000. We went to trial in 2013 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The jury’s verdict, plus attorney fees paid by the defense, was $653,000 – over ten times the medical expenses and several times higher than earlier defense settlement offers.

$ 650 K
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential recovery for shooting of a resident at an Atlanta apartment complex.

$ 650 K
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Commercial Tour Bus Accident

Our client was injured when a tour bus he was on fishtailed in a rainstorm and ran into the interstate median wall.  Our client received clavicle and scapula (shoulder) fractures.  We litigated the case against the commercial insurance carrier and bus operator.  On the eve of trial, the insurance carrier paid $650,000 to settle, which was more than 6 times the medical expenses and 30% more than what the insurer had months earlier told us was its “best offer, take it or leave it.”

$ 631 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client, a 58-year-old woman, was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. Her underinsured motorist (UM) insurance carrier claimed her back injuries were not severe and were a pre-existing condition. We went to trial and a Fulton County jury awarded $631,000. Before the trial, our client turned down settlement offers of $75,000 and $100,000 from her UM carrier.

$ 600 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Settlement on behalf of a Macon County man that was struck as a pedestrian while walking along the side of a rural road early in the morning before daybreak.

$ 525 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client, a recent honors graduate from college, was killed by a drunk driver leaving a house party near Little 5 Points. We worked to identify the location and to force a substantial settlement from the party host’s homeowners insurance, as well as all available car insurance.

$ 525 K
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Our client suffered a whiplash type neck injury requiring surgery when descending an escalator at the Peachtree Center MARTA station. MARTA denied liability; denied the escalator was defective; and denied the injury even occurred. A Fulton County jury awarded our clients $525,000.

$ 500 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was driving to work after dropping his children off at school when another vehicle crossed the centerline and hit him head-on. The impact caused him to break his hip, which required surgery to repair. He sustained $70,000 in medical bills. The at fault driver’s insurance agreed to pay its limits in order to avoid trial.

$ 500 K
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Settlement involving woman assaulted at apartment complex on Buford Highway in DeKalb County Georgia

$ 500 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was sideswiped at low speeds near Covington, Newton County, Georgia. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery. After a 2-day trial, a Newton County jury awarded $500,000 verdict.

$ 475 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was driving to work on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings when a motorist attempting to turn left pulled out into her path. Our client fractured her wrist in the crash and had surgery to implant screws and a plate. While the other driver denied being at fault, the insurance company ultimately decided to settle this case once we had prepared the case for jury trial.

$ 350 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

In May 2012, Shiver Hamilton secured a $350,000 verdict for a client who suffered a broken shoulder when hit by a car as a pedestrian. She incurred $28,000 in medical bills. The insurance company initially offered $35,000 to settle. Before trial it offered $100,000 “and not a penny more.” A Cobb County jury awarded plaintiffs $350,000, ten times the original offer.

$ 350 K
Serious Injuries
Settlement

This tragic case involved minor children who were abused by a South Georgia daycare van driver. The organization who employed the driver failed to properly screen and supervise this driver to keep him from being in a position to hurt innocent children. We uncovered evidence that forced the insurance company to pay its full policy limits to settle.

$ 17 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

In November 2009, Alan Hamilton served as co-counsel in a three-week product liability trial in Clayton County, Georgia. The Plaintiffs’ trial team obtained a $17-plus-million dollar compensatory damages verdict for their clients. The jury also decided to award additional, punitive damages against the defendant product manufacturer, Ford Motor Company. While the jury was out deciding the amount of punitive damages, Ford settled the case for a confidential amount. Plaintiff was involved in a head-on wreck on Christmas Day 2005 and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury. Plaintiff alleged and proved at trial that her injuries were caused by her defective rear seat restraint system and lap only seat belt, which failed and allowed her to jackknife over her seat belt during the wreck and strike the front seatback. Defendants were represented by two international corporate defense law firms. The verdict was $12,716,401 to Plaintiff and an additional $5 million to her husband for loss of consortium, for a total of $17,716,401.

$ 1.1 M
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our 19-year-old client was riding a motorcycle to work in Gwinnett County before sunrise and a tractor-trailer pulled out in front of him on Buford Highway. He was unable to stop and collided with the trailer, suffering a brain injury as well as arm fractures. He was riding a racing style motorcycle and the trucking company hired an expert witness who claimed our client was speeding. The trucking company also claimed there was evidence of alcohol use. Though the trucking company initially denied all responsibility, we were able to force a settlement for all available insurance.

$ 975 K
Motorcycle Accidents
Settlement

This tragic case involved a young man rear-ended on his motorcycle by a drunk driver. The drunk driver had just left a house party where alcohol was being supplied by the homeowner/host. The drunk driver pled the Fifth Amendment and therefore would not cooperate to even tell us where he had been on the evening in question. Through diligent investigation and talking to numerous witnesses, we were ultimately able to locate and preserve evidence of the party host’s legal responsibility for this accident.

$ 790 K
Motorcycle Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was struck by a rent-to-own company van while going through an intersection on his Harley-Davidson motorcycle. He suffered a compound lower leg (tibial plateau) fracture. We filed this case in federal court in Opelika, Alabama. The insurance company believed the local conservative jury would not give significant pain and suffering award. We tried the case in Montgomery, Alabama in December 2012. The paid judgment was $350,000 more than the insurance company’s top pretrial offer.

$ 4.9 M
Car Accidents
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton confidentially settled a South Georgia wrongful death case for just under $5 million. A Florida businessman was traveling in Georgia in his personal vehicle when he crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on. The crash resulted in the death of our client, who tragically left behind a wife and three young sons. The businessman only had $100,000 of insurance coverage on his personal vehicle. However, Shiver Hamilton was able to discover that he was in Georgia on a work mission and established that his employer was responsible for his negligence. The employer had $5 million of insurance coverage. When Shiver Hamilton was brought in by another law firm to handle the case, we immediately filed suit and sent a demand for the insurance limits. Within one month, Shiver Hamilton was able to resolve the case for $4,950,000.

$ 3.7 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

In November 2015, a Gwinnett County State Court jury awarded $3.7 million to our client. Our client sustained injuries in a wreck that occurred when he was taking his daughter to school. The defendant pulled her vehicle in front of our client’s vehicle and caused a severe impact collision. After receiving chiropractic treatment and epidural injections, our client underwent a spinal surgery. The insurance company’s highest offer before trial was $25,000. Shiver Hamilton was brought into the case by another law firm just prior to trial.

$ 3.5 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

In August 2012, a drunk driver slammed into our clients’ F-250 on Interstate 85 in Atlanta. The truck driver and the company that owned the truck only carried $500,000 of insurance. Through its investigation, Shiver Hamilton learned the company had significant assets and property. The drunk driver was not on the clock for the company when the wreck occurred and the company denied any responsibility for the wreck. The company was sued on a theory that it negligently entrusted the vehicle to the drunk driver. In Georgia, a plaintiff must prove that the owner had actual knowledge of the driver’s dangerous driving propensities, which the company also denied. After litigating the case for a year and sending subpoenas for documents, Shiver Hamilton found evidence that the company paid six speeding tickets for the driver. After this evidence came to light, the company paid $3,000,000 of its own money to avoid a trial.

$ 3.3 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

A young man was struck by a drunk driver in Cobb County, Georgia. The young man, who was on his way to work at the time of the collision, sustained serious orthopedic injuries, including fractures to both legs and his right arm. Shiver Hamilton immediately launched a thorough and detailed investigation which revealed that the driver who caused the crash had just left a local bar where he had been drinking and watching an NFL football game with friends. Shiver Hamilton filed claims on its client’s behalf against various automobile insurance carriers and filed a dram shop claim against the bar that had over served the drunk driver. After tracking down witnesses and relentlessly pursuing all evidence and insurance coverage, Shiver Hamilton was ultimately able to recover over $3 million for our client. With the cooperation of the client’s family and financial advisors, most of the money was put in a trust to take care of this young man’s financial and medical needs for years to come.

$ 3.2 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client sustained serious neck and back injuries in a motor vehicle collision. He subsequently died of unrelated natural causes just over one year later. The Defendant driver, who was represented by a large national defense firm, claimed our client was at fault for coming into the defendant’s lane of travel. After a trial that lasted three days, the jury awarded total damages of $3,290,000 for the pain and suffering our client endured during the last year of his life.

$ 2.2 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was rear ended in July 2012 in Stone Mountain Park by a Chevy pickup. Our client refused treatment at the scene, but the next day went to the chiropractor for shoulder and lower back pain. He was diagnosed with a rotator cuff tear for which he had arthroscopic surgery. He also experienced continuing lumbar spine related pain. MRI and other test results were inconclusive, and as a result he was not deemed a surgical candidate. Instead of surgery, he went into pain management, including radio frequency ablation therapy. Past medical expenses were $265,000. The corporate defendant argued that the wreck was our client’s fault based on our client stopping unexpectedly in the roadway. The Dekalb County jury found defendant 100% at fault and awarded $2.25 Million, between 9 and 10 times the past medical expenses, and nearly 5 times the top pre-trial settlement offer.

$ 2 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton recovered $2,025,000 for the widow of a car wreck victim. Before Shiver Hamilton became involved, the widow would only have collected $50,000. Because the insurance company rejected the widow’s initial offer to settle, it was liable for damages in excess of the at-fault driver’s policy limits. Just prior to trial, the insurance company offered 80 times its policy limits to the widow.

$ 2 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was about to go for a morning run when a car hit her causing serious orthopedic injuries. Initially, the insurance company for the driver completely denied their driver was at fault, placing all blame on our client, the pedestrian. Shiver Hamilton hired several accident reconstruction experts who discovered the driver failed to yield. We performed two scene reconstructions, one at night, to replicate the exact conditions at the time of the wreck, Two weeks before the case was set for jury trial, the insurance companies increased their offers.

$ 1.9 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton obtained a jury verdict on behalf of a man who was rear-ended on his way to work. The lawsuit was filed and went to trial in Henry County, Georgia. Shiver Hamilton’s client, who was 50-years-old at the time of the collision and worked as a carpenter, had a variety of prior injuries and complaints of back pain. The driver who caused the crash was insured by one the nation’s largest insurance companies. Prior to trial, the insurance company was given an opportunity to settle the claim for policy limits, which were less than half of our client’s projected medical and surgical costs, and insisted that his injuries were not related to the collision. The insurance company ultimately never changed its evaluation of the case and offered $26,000. After a two-day trial, the jury awarded $1,400,000, an amount forty times larger than the insurance company’s highest offer. Because the insurance company had rejected an “Offer of Judgment” prior to trial, attorney fees and expenses in the amount of $565,000 were added to the verdict amount. Despite the fact defendant only had $100,000 of insurance coverage, the insurance company was responsible for the entire judgment amount due to its failure to timely settle the claim. In Georgia, an insurance company can be held responsible for an amount in excess of its policy limits when it refuses to appropriately and timely settle claims. These cases are referred to as “bad faith” and Shiver Hamilton is frequently called upon to handle these types of claims.

$ 1 M
Car Accidents
Settlement

A 60-year-old gentleman was struck from behind while sitting still at a light in his pickup truck. Despite having pre-existing problems with his neck and a minor impact wreck without much vehicle damage, we were able to force a substantial settlement in federal court by preparing this case for jury trial.

$ 850 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton recently settled a case for $850,000 for a client who was rear ended by another motorist, and needed a neck surgery due to the impact. Before Shiver Hamilton became involved, the insurance company claimed he had prior neck problems and initially offered him $5,000. Once involved, Shiver Hamilton immediately began gathering medical evidence, let the defendants depose our client and prepared for trial. After mediation we resolved the case for $850,000. Our client lost his job because he could no longer climb under ATMs to repair them. Determined to be a productive member of society, our client applied for jobs well below his ability level because he was so intent on working.

$ 850 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

In 2014, Shiver Hamilton secured an $850,000 settlement for a young man who was injured when he was rear-ended by a small car. A previously healthy young man, our client had two surgeries as a result of his injuries. The insurance company initially offered $5,000 to settle his case, claiming he had prior back problems and was not injured in the wreck. Shiver Hamilton immediately filed suit and was able to secure evidence that the client had no prior problems and the wreck caused the need for surgery.

$ 825 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton resolved a car wreck case against a commercial vehicle for $825,000 before trial. Our client suffered a broken ankle, broken arm, and back and neck injuries when a plumbing van pulled out in front of her. Unable to stop, our client collided with the van. Due to her injuries, our client underwent a surgical procedure for her back. Prior to retaining Shiver Hamilton, the insurance company offered $200,000 to resolve her claims. During litigation, Shiver Hamilton’s attorneys helped the client find a job that could accommodate her injuries.

$ 800 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was returning home from work when another sedan pulled out in front of him, causing a significant collision. Our client suffered broken bones in his left leg and arm. He sustained $80,000 in medical bills. Doctors believed he would make a full recovery but would have an increased risk of arthritis as he ages. Immediately after filing a lawsuit, the insurance company agreed to participate in mediation and agreed to settle the case for $800,000.

$ 750 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

We obtained a policy limits settlement for a Gwinnett County couple injured by an underaged drunk driver. Plaintiffs were driving home on a two-lane road when an 20-year-old in an SUV crossed the centerline and struck their vehicle head-on. The SUV driver was several times over the legal blood alcohol limit. Our investigation revealed that the driver had been at a house party consuming alcohol with friends. Plaintiffs were able to obtain policy limits from automobile insurance and from the party host’s insurance policy under the Georgia Dram Shop Act.

$ 653 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

We represented a young mother who was involved in a car accident on her way to drop off her children at daycare. While driving on Old Norcross Tucker Road in Gwinnett County, another motorist pulled out of a neighborhood directly into our client’s right of way. The resulting collision caused a femur fracture to our client’s right leg. She had emergency surgery to place an intramedullary nail to stabilize and heal the fracture. The defense denied liability all the way to trial and tried to shift blame to some rose bushes that were obstructing the defendant’s view of oncoming traffic at the intersection. Our client incurred $58,000 in medical expenses. Before our firm was associated as trial counsel, the defense insurance company’s top offer was $125,000. Following mediation, the top offer was still only $165,000. We went to trial in 2013 in Gwinnett County, Georgia. The jury’s verdict, plus attorney fees paid by the defense, was $653,000 – over ten times the medical expenses and several times higher than earlier defense settlement offers.

$ 631 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client, a 58-year-old woman, was rear-ended by a hit-and-run driver. Her underinsured motorist (UM) insurance carrier claimed her back injuries were not severe and were a pre-existing condition. We went to trial and a Fulton County jury awarded $631,000. Before the trial, our client turned down settlement offers of $75,000 and $100,000 from her UM carrier.

$ 600 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Settlement on behalf of a Macon County man that was struck as a pedestrian while walking along the side of a rural road early in the morning before daybreak.

$ 525 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client, a recent honors graduate from college, was killed by a drunk driver leaving a house party near Little 5 Points. We worked to identify the location and to force a substantial settlement from the party host’s homeowners insurance, as well as all available car insurance.

$ 500 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was driving to work after dropping his children off at school when another vehicle crossed the centerline and hit him head-on. The impact caused him to break his hip, which required surgery to repair. He sustained $70,000 in medical bills. The at fault driver’s insurance agreed to pay its limits in order to avoid trial.

$ 500 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was a passenger in a vehicle that was sideswiped at low speeds near Covington, Newton County, Georgia. He suffered a neck and shoulder injury that ultimately required surgery. After a 2-day trial, a Newton County jury awarded $500,000 verdict.

$ 475 K
Car Accidents
Settlement

Our client was driving to work on Paces Ferry Road in Vinings when a motorist attempting to turn left pulled out into her path. Our client fractured her wrist in the crash and had surgery to implant screws and a plate. While the other driver denied being at fault, the insurance company ultimately decided to settle this case once we had prepared the case for jury trial.

$ 350 K
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

In May 2012, Shiver Hamilton secured a $350,000 verdict for a client who suffered a broken shoulder when hit by a car as a pedestrian. She incurred $28,000 in medical bills. The insurance company initially offered $35,000 to settle. Before trial it offered $100,000 “and not a penny more.” A Cobb County jury awarded plaintiffs $350,000, ten times the original offer.

$ 17 M
Car Accidents
Jury Verdict

In November 2009, Alan Hamilton served as co-counsel in a three-week product liability trial in Clayton County, Georgia. The Plaintiffs’ trial team obtained a $17-plus-million dollar compensatory damages verdict for their clients. The jury also decided to award additional, punitive damages against the defendant product manufacturer, Ford Motor Company. While the jury was out deciding the amount of punitive damages, Ford settled the case for a confidential amount. Plaintiff was involved in a head-on wreck on Christmas Day 2005 and suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury. Plaintiff alleged and proved at trial that her injuries were caused by her defective rear seat restraint system and lap only seat belt, which failed and allowed her to jackknife over her seat belt during the wreck and strike the front seatback. Defendants were represented by two international corporate defense law firms. The verdict was $12,716,401 to Plaintiff and an additional $5 million to her husband for loss of consortium, for a total of $17,716,401.

$ 1.9 M
Serious Injuries
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton secured a $1,975,000 verdict in Fulton County (Georgia) State Court. Our client was at a wholesale club (Restaurant Depot) shopping for restaurant supplies when he was struck by a forklift. Though he declined medical treatment at the scene, he went to the emergency room several hours later complaining of numbness in his arm. He had a neck (cervical spine) injury that ultimately required a one-level cervical fusion surgery. The defense had two eyewitnesses who claimed that the forklift never hit the plaintiff at all, but instead merely impacted his shopping cart. The verdict for our client was nearly ten times the highest pre-trial offer to settle.

$ 1.4 M
Serious Injuries
Settlement

Confidential recovery from a local bar and its insurer after the bar over-served an intoxicated customer who drove away and caused a serious motor vehicle crash.

$ 1.4 M
Serious Injuries
Settlement

Confidential recovery for a young woman injured by a defective air bag.

$ 1 M
Serious Injuries
Settlement

Plaintiff was injured when she was thrown off the back of a jet ski. The owner and driver of the jet ski contributed to a pretrial settlement in the amount of $1,000,000.

$ 350 K
Serious Injuries
Settlement

This tragic case involved minor children who were abused by a South Georgia daycare van driver. The organization who employed the driver failed to properly screen and supervise this driver to keep him from being in a position to hurt innocent children. We uncovered evidence that forced the insurance company to pay its full policy limits to settle.

$ 5.4 M
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was run over and killed by a dump truck while working on the Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Airport International Terminal construction project. The dump truck was backing up without a spotter’s signal in violation of job site rules. At trial, the defense argued it was our client’s fault and asked for a defense verdict. The jury awarded our client’s estate and children $5,470,000.

$ 2.3 M
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton represented the driver of vehicle that was rear-ended by the driver of a commercial vehicle. Our client’s treating physicians all attributed his injuries to the wreck, which included a full thickness tear of the right supraspinatus tendon that required surgical repair, disc bulges at L2-3 and L5-S1 and disc herniations at L3-4 and L4-5. Our client also underwent multiple epidural injections and radiofrequency ablations and will likely require a multi-level lumbar fusion surgery in the future. Defendant claimed that the wreck was not the proximate cause of our client’s injuries but a DeKalb County jury disagreed and awarded our client $2,367,187.50.

$ 1.75 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Confidential recovery for Shiver Hamilton client who was rear-ended by a commercial vehicle. Commercial driver denied fault and defense disputed injuries. Shiver Hamilton prepared the case for trial taking numerous depositions establishing both that the wreck was the fault of the commercial driver and that our client suffered serious back injuries requiring surgery as a result of the wreck. The case settled shortly before trial.

$ 1.4 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the family of a man killed by a commercial vehicle while riding a bike. The defendant claimed the decedent was to blame. We uncovered documents that showed the truck’s safety equipment was out of service on the date of the wreck. Even though Defendants initially offered no money and said a trial was necessary, they quickly settled once the documents were discovered.

$ 1.2 M
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Our client was killed when a Comcast Cable driver ran a stop sign in Augusta, Georgia and struck his vehicle. Initially, the Defendants denied that they were responsible and even denied that the driver was their employee. We found several former employees who testified that the driver was on the clock when the wreck occurred. The jury awarded our client’s children $1.2 million for the death of their 79-year-old father.

$ 1.2 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client collided with a tractor-trailer that negligently pulled out in front of him without warning. He suffered multiple broken bones, including a broken wrist and broken femur. The insurance company claimed our client should have seen the truck and was driving too fast. The insurance company ultimately was forced to settle for 4 times the initial offer.

$ 1.1 M
Motorcycle Accidents
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our 19-year-old client was riding a motorcycle to work in Gwinnett County before sunrise and a tractor-trailer pulled out in front of him on Buford Highway. He was unable to stop and collided with the trailer, suffering a brain injury as well as arm fractures. He was riding a racing style motorcycle and the trucking company hired an expert witness who claimed our client was speeding. The trucking company also claimed there was evidence of alcohol use. Though the trucking company initially denied all responsibility, we were able to force a settlement for all available insurance.

$ 1.1 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was injured when a tractor-trailer negligently collided with her vehicle at low speed while attempting to make a left turn. The truck driver denied fault, claiming our client collided with his vehicle. Once in litigation the defense claimed our client was not injured and contended her back problems were due to her age and not the minor wreck. After nearly two years of litigation and on the verge of trial we were ultimately able to obtain a policy limits settlement for our client.

$ 1 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was a young girl who suffered pelvic fractures when a truck ran a red light and crashed into her vehicle in Thomas County, Georgia. We were able to combine her parent’s UM (uninsured/underinsured motorist) coverage with the trucking company’s insurance to maximize her recovery.

$ 1 M
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was killed by a speeding log truck that overturned and jackknifed on a two-lane road in Dawson County, Georgia. The insurance company paid full policy limits to our clients’ children.

$ 950 K
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was rear-ended by a tractor bob-catting (driving without a trailer). Plaintiff suffered a ruptured disc that required surgery. The insurance company refused to settle for the full amount and claimed a lawsuit was necessary. During the lawsuit, we proved the trucking company forged documents to make it appear the driver was qualified. Once the insurance company realized what we could prove with the forged documents, it increased its offer by several hundred thousand dollars to settle just before trial.

$ 750 K
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Our client was rear-ended by a dump truck and suffered neck and back injuries requiring surgery. Before trial, the insurance company greatly increased its offer and settled.

$ 679 K
Truck Accidents
Jury Verdict

Alan successfully defended a trucking jury verdict on appeal. After all briefs were submitted on the appeal, the insurance company for the Defendants decided to settle the case for more than the full amount of the compensatory damages award.

$ 650 K
Truck Accidents
Settlement

Commercial Tour Bus Accident

Our client was injured when a tour bus he was on fishtailed in a rainstorm and ran into the interstate median wall.  Our client received clavicle and scapula (shoulder) fractures.  We litigated the case against the commercial insurance carrier and bus operator.  On the eve of trial, the insurance carrier paid $650,000 to settle, which was more than 6 times the medical expenses and 30% more than what the insurer had months earlier told us was its “best offer, take it or leave it.”

$ 20 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

On September 9th, a Clayton County jury returned a $20,000,000 verdict for the widow and children of Florencio Gomez Mendez after a two week trial. Before the trial the highest offer by the insurance company was $1,000,000. Florencio lived at Bradford Ridge Apartments and was killed by criminals on his way back to his apartment after going to the store. Because numerous crimes occurred at the complex before Florencio was shot and the apartment had no security, Shiver Hamilton filed a lawsuit alleging negligent security. The defendants denied all responsibility and asked for a defense verdict. The jury apportioned 50% fault to the defendants and 50% to the criminals for a total verdict of $10,000,000 against the defendants. Because the insurance company denied a prior settlement offer and the verdict was over 125% of plaintiffs prior offer, defendants will have to pay plaintiffs’ attorneys fees. Shiver Hamilton was joined by Darren Summerville and Mecca Anderson of The Summerville Firm.

$ 5.2 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential settlement involving the death of a young man at an Atlanta area apartment complex.

$ 3.7 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton negotiated a settlement on behalf of a young man who was shot at a DeKalb County apartment complex. The young man was visiting with friends at the apartment complex when he was approached by a stranger and shot in the leg. Our client ultimately lost his leg below the knee due to the gunshot wound. Shiver Hamilton learned during litigation that a fatal shooting had occurred in the same complex not long before our client was shot and alleged that the complex should have provided security that could have prevented the shooting that resulted in the amputation of our client’s leg.

$ 3.7 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the victim of sexual assault at a commercial facility.

$ 3.2 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton was co-counsel on a case where a Fulton County Jury returned a $3,250,000 jury verdict in a negligent security case. The victim was shot when robbers followed him ten miles across Atlanta into his apartment complex. Defendants denied liability and make no offers prior to trial. A jury apportioned 50% fault to the condominium complex and the security company.

$ 2.9 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton represented a young lady who was the victim of a violent sexual assault the day she moved into her apartment complex. As we investigated the case, we located a witness who was the victim of an armed robbery a few days before our client was assaulted. The insurance company initially offered zero and denied the claim altogether. We filed suit on the young lady’s behalf and served numerous subpoenas and deposed multiple witnesses. During this process, Shiver Hamilton learned that the apartment management company had actual notice of the earlier armed robbery, and was notified by several tenants that the robber fit the description of someone living at the complex. The complex was told about the armed robbery the very day our client signed a lease, yet the apartment management company said nothing about the crime. It is an accepted practice in the apartment management industry to notify tenants of crime occurring on the property. We argued that the apartment management company should also have let our client know this before she signed a lease. We also learned that the apartment management company failed to conduct a criminal background check on the perpetrator. Prior to trial, the parties settled the case for $2,950,000.

$ 2.9 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Two young brothers were walking to their apartment when unknown assailants in an SUV pulled up and opened fire. The older brother, who was 20-years-old at the time, was shot in the buttock, with the bullet piercing his femoral artery. Emergency personnel were unable to save him and he died at the scene. The younger brother, who was 18-years-old, was shot in the arm and leg but survived his injuries. The assailants have yet to be identified or apprehended. Some residents in the apartment community believed that the brothers were targeted due to their alleged involvement in a home invasion in the community three days prior to the shooting. Shiver Hamilton was asked to investigate the case by another Atlanta firm. We assembled a team of experts and investigators who were able to determine that the brothers had no involvement in the home invasion. Lawsuits were filed on behalf of the young men against the owners of the apartment complex and the company that managed the property. Shiver Hamilton uncovered documents showing that the management company had repeatedly requested funding for security due to the high incidence of crime in the complex and was successful in locating witnesses who testified they were victims of crime in the complex. Shiver Hamilton was able to settle the claims for $2.9 million.

$ 2.5 M
Unsafe Premises

We represented a young lady who was the victim of a sexual assault by the maintenance man at her apartment complex. She and the maintenance man had a prior relationship and the insurance company and their lawyers refused to admit any responsibility and told us repeatedly our claim had no merit. As we investigated, we subpoenaed documents from the prosecution of the perpetrator and learned that our client’s family had made numerous complaints to management about the maintenance man’s suspicious behavior towards our client. We also subpoenaed documents from the defendant management company’s key management system and learned that the maintenance man was negligently allowed to make copies of our client’s keys. We diligently pursued the case and were proceeding to trial when the insurance company suddenly asked to mediate the case. We resolved the case for $2,500,000 and were able to structure the money in a way that our client will have her medical needs taken care of for life and was able to purchase a modest home with cash.

$ 1.7 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Our client fell in a puddle of water that had accumulated on outdoor stairs at a Hampton Inn in Bulloch County, Georgia. Our client’s injuries caused him to incur $35,000 in medical expenses. The defense denied any negligence and forced a trial. After a three-day trial, the jury awarded $1,528,925 in damages for medical expenses and pain and suffering and $250,000 in punitive damages.

$ 1.6 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

We represented the widower of a young lady shot and killed an apartment complex in Southwest Atlanta. A friend who was visiting was approached by several armed robbers outside of her door. She heard the commotion and opened her door to investigate. The robbers immediately turn their gun upon her and started firing shooting her several times in the abdomen. Tragically, she died in front of her widower and six-year-old daughter. The insurance company initially denied the claim saying that this was a targeted attack and that our clients were conducting illegal activity in their apartment. The insurance company also claimed that it had on duty security at the complex and that nothing could have been done to deter this particular crime. We filed suit and learned that the security guard company was not on duty the day of the shooting. We insisted on complete production of documents from the defendants and sent a subpoena to the security guard company that was not a defendant in the case. We obtained emails from the security guard company to the defendant management company showing that the management company quit paying the security guard company a few days before the shooting. We also obtained the bank statements from the management company and was able to prove that the management company wrote itself a large check instead of paying the security company. We settled this case for $1,650,000 and put the money in a structure settlement so that the minor child’s money will be put to good use, paying for college and monthly payments for the rest of her life.

$ 1.5 M
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Plaintiff was injured by falling merchandise while shopping at Home Depot. Home Depot denied that the Plaintiff was seriously injured. Plaintiff suffered a cervical disk injury and required surgery. After a trial that lasted almost two days, a Cobb County jury awarded Plaintiff and his wife $1,500,000.

$ 1.4 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Two men were shot at an Atlanta area apartment complex by an unknown assailant. One was killed and one received minor injuries. Plaintiffs filed suit against the apartment complex alleging that it did not have enough security measures in place to prevent the shooting.

$ 1.2 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential settlement of negligent security case at a rental car facility. Victim worked at a rental car facility and was assaulted as she cleaned a car that was turned in. Insurance company denied all settlement offers aggressively disputed this case. On the eve of trial, the insurance company increased its offer four times the last offer.

$ 1 M
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

An insurance company paid policy limits to our client, a young man shot at an apartment complex in West Atlanta.

$ 750 K
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Our client was held up at gunpoint and shot during a robbery at an apartment complex in Atlanta. He had abdominal surgery and suffered scarring. We claimed that the complex owner and manager knew of other similar shootings and did not do enough to prevent future violent crimes. The apartment complex settled to avoid trial.

$ 650 K
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Confidential recovery for shooting of a resident at an Atlanta apartment complex.

$ 525 K
Unsafe Premises
Jury Verdict

Our client suffered a whiplash type neck injury requiring surgery when descending an escalator at the Peachtree Center MARTA station. MARTA denied liability; denied the escalator was defective; and denied the injury even occurred. A Fulton County jury awarded our clients $525,000.

$ 500 K
Unsafe Premises
Settlement

Settlement involving woman assaulted at apartment complex on Buford Highway in DeKalb County Georgia

$ 29 M
Wrongful Death
Jury Verdict

Shiver Hamilton represented the family of a 19-year-old who was tragically burned to death at a local recycling facility. The young man, who was employed by the defendant recycling company, was operating a front-end loader used to push scrap metal along the ground when gasoline ignited. The fire broke out next to a “puncher” that the defendant used to de-fuel old cars prior to recycling them in an automobile shredder. The litigation, which lasted several years, was very complex and hard fought. The defendant argued that it was immune from being sued as the young man’s employer. The defendant also asked the jury to place 100% of the blame on another employer who had violated company policy. After a trial in 2015 that lasted eight days, the jury returned a verdict in favor of the young man’s estate. The jury found the defendant company 100% responsible and awarded our client additional punitive damages to punish the defendant for the careless way it handled gasoline at the facility. The insurance carrier settled the case confidentially after the verdict was reached. We are honored that the young man’s family had trust in our firm and the courage to see the case through all the way to verdict.

$ 4.9 M
Car Accidents
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Shiver Hamilton confidentially settled a South Georgia wrongful death case for just under $5 million. A Florida businessman was traveling in Georgia in his personal vehicle when he crossed the centerline and struck another vehicle head-on. The crash resulted in the death of our client, who tragically left behind a wife and three young sons. The businessman only had $100,000 of insurance coverage on his personal vehicle. However, Shiver Hamilton was able to discover that he was in Georgia on a work mission and established that his employer was responsible for his negligence. The employer had $5 million of insurance coverage. When Shiver Hamilton was brought in by another law firm to handle the case, we immediately filed suit and sent a demand for the insurance limits. Within one month, Shiver Hamilton was able to resolve the case for $4,950,000.

$ 3 M
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the death of a young child killed by a collapsing automobile seat in a rear-end collision.

$ 2 M
Wrongful Death
Settlement

Confidential recovery for the wrongful death of 80-year-old female at an assisted living facility.

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“There is not a day that goes by that we are not preparing for trial, or in court.”

—ALAN HAMILTON