VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

Personal Injury

Representation of a client with significant injuries; discovery of tortfeasor's residency in parent's home triggering excess liability coverage (umbrella policy); spleenectomy, Tibia & Ulnar fractures requiring screws, plates and rod, mild brain injury (bilateral puncture hemorrhages right frontal and bilateral parietal subarachnoid hemorrhages). Special damages in the amount of $115,000 with a settlement amount of $1,075,000. The amount of the demand was $1,100,000. Attorneys: W. Mark Cumalander and Katherine M. McCraw

Representation of a client with multiple injuries - L1 burst fracture; lacerations to the head, severe abrasions and hematomas over the body. Use of detailed medical exhibits at mediation illustrating severity of injuries. Special damages in the amount of $14,501.13 with a settlement in the amount of $400,000.00. Attorneys: W. Mark Cumalander and Katherine M. McCraw

Representation of a client involved in an automobile accident. Injuries included significant bruising and a fractured foot. Primary insurance carrier was Medicare; secondary insurance carrier also involved. Settlement in favor of the client in the amount of $25,000.00. Attorneys: W. Mark Cumalander and Katherine M. McCraw

Representation of a minor as a result of injuries received when he was struck by a car while crossing the road to board his school bus. Settlement for maximum limits of insurance coverage in favor of the minor client. Structured settlement established. Attorneys: W. Mark Cumalander and Katherine M. McCraw

Pro Bono settlement for elderly client recovering medical expenses and replacement of vehicle. Attorney: W. Mark Cumalander

Condemnation/Landowner

Representation of a landowner owning 3.96 acres. Total taking by a community college; jury trial; verdict obtained in favor of the client. $730,000 recovery (amount: $652,904.22, plus $63,894.09 interest, plus costs of $14,655.00). Landowner paid $95,000 for the land two years prior to the taking. Attorneys: W. Mark Cumalander and Katherine M. McCraw

Representation of landowner against North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT). Part of land taken; but adversely affected entire tract of land. Deposit of $105,190.00 made by NCDOT. Attorney demontrated negative impact of taking and obtained a settlement in favor of the client in the amount of $268,000.00 ($105,190.00 initial deposit plus $162,810.00). Attorney: W. Mark Cumalander

Eminent Domain/Government

Representation of a municipality involving the exercise of eminent domain for extension of a roadway. Multiple individual property owners involved. Each matter was resolved favorably for the municipality. Attorneys: W. Mark Cumalander and Katherine M. McCraw

Representation of a county water and sewer utility involving the exercise of eminent domain for installation and maintenance of a sewer line. Multiple individual property owners involved. Each matter was resolved favorably for the public utility. Attorney: W. Mark Cumalander


The cases on this page are illustrative of the matters handled by the firm and do not include all results achieved by the firm. The outcome of a particular case can't be predicated upon a lawyer's or firm's past results. Each case is different, and the value of a case can depend on a number of factors, such as: the facts concerning liability in the case, potential liability defenses in the case, economic and non-economic damages in the case, the legal complexity of the case, whether the defendant was insured or self-insured, the available insurance coverage in the case, and whether the case was resolved through negotiation, at trial, or in arbitration.