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Civil Litigation

  • Confidential Settlement

    Mr. G and Mr. M worked for Performance Power, LLC under a written contract of employment. After Mr. G and Mr. M separated from Performance Power, Performance Power sued them for violation of a non-compete agreement, copyright infringement, FDUTPA violations, among other things. In answering the complaint, Ben Murphey of Lawlor, White & Murphey filed a counter claim for the unpaid wages. After protracted litigation, the case settled for a confidential amount.

  • $251,315.91 Judgment

    Dr. A worked for Advanced Orthopaedics under a written contract. When Advanced Orthopaedics failed to properly pay her, Dr. A sued her former employer for back wages. Mr. Murphey litigated this case to a jury verdict, and the jury awarded Dr. A every penny she claimed her employer failed to pay. This case represents Lawlor, White & Murphey’s ability to successfully litigate labor and employment cases.

  • $355,000 Judgment

    Bay State Supermarket contracted for the sale of its business to JN Market. When JN Market failed to abide by the terms of the sales contract, Lawlor, White & Murphey pursued claims for breach of contract, violation of Florida’s Worthless Check Act, and breach of guarantee. The firm obtained a judgment in excess of $355,000.00.

Other Personal Injury

  • $300,000 Settlement

    T. W. was jogging in his residential neighborhood when Feaman’s dog jumped on him, knocking him to the ground. As a result, T.W. injured his shoulder, which ultimately required replacement surgery.

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    M. D. was the front seat passenger in a rental vehicle driven by a friend of his. The driver had been drinking, lost control of the vehicle and collided with a sign-post, killing himself and M. D., and grievously injuring the back-seat passenger. The defendant owned an operated a gas station that supplied beer to the underage driver.

  • $1,036,000 Verdict

    B. B. was a guest at defendant’s nightclub when he was attacked by club employees, and suffered a traumatic brain injury.

Maritime / Admiralty / Cruise Injuries

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    A. T. was a Jones Act seaman on board the vessel Mariner of the Seas, when he fell down a narrow flight of stairs in the kitchen. A.T. suffered multiple disc injuries to his back that required extensive orthopaedic treatment. The case settled for a confidential amount before trial.

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    A. B. was on a cruise with her husband when she slipped and fell on wet stairs on the vessel Enchantment of the Seas. Annette suffered multiple fractures to her left lower extremity. Royal Caribbean settled for ca confidential amount.

  • Full Award of Benefits

    H. W. was a longshoreman working at the Port of Miami when he was injured in a chemical spill. His employer denied both that the accident occurred and that H.W. needed medical treatment. After a hearing before the U. S. Department of Labor, Herman was awarded benefits under the Longshore & Harborworkers Compensation Act.

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    G. Z. was a Jones Act seaman aboard the vessel Norway, when he was diagnosed with a pre-maxillary tumor. G.Z. required extensive medical treatment that included removal of the tumor through facial re-sectioning and multiple brain surgeries. After receiving treatment and maintenance and cure for more than a decade, Norwegian settled for a confidential amount.

Legal Malpractice

  • $250,000.00 Settlement

    Doe hired A Florida Law Firm to handle an insurance claim against an insurance company. After the insurance claim was filed, Doe’s insurance company became insolvent. The Florida Law Firm failed to timely file a lawsuit for Doe’s claim. Lawlor, White & Murphey litigated Doe’s claim concurrently in multiple courts. After a multi-day mediation involving numerous claimants against the Florida Law Firm, the case settled for a global settlement with a confidentiality agreement. This case exemplifies how Lawlor, White & Murphey is able to successfully represent clients in complex legal matters involving multiple actions pending in different courts.

  • Confidential Settlement

    Ms. P was injured in an automobile accident in 2001. After her accident, Ms. P hired Attorney David Rowe to represent her. Mr. Rowe filed a lawsuit in 2004 on her behalf but failed to prosecute the suit. In December of 2005, the trial court dismissed Ms. P’s lawsuit for failure to prosecute after issuing a notice of the impending dismissal. Mr. Rowe failed to take appropriate action to protect Ms. P’s claims. Instead, Mr. Rowe refilled the lawsuit in August of 2007, not realizing that the statute of limitations had already run on Ms. P’s claims. For unknown reasons, the defense attorney did not notice the statute of limitations had run and answered the lawsuit. Amazingly, Mr. Rowe failed to prosecute the second lawsuit just as he had the first one. The trial court dismissed the second lawsuit for failure to prosecute after issuing a notice of impending dismissal. The case settled for a confidential amount at mediation.

Medical Malpractice

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Recovery

    Ms. G. delivered a baby girl, Brithney, with massive birth defects at home. After being transported to the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit) of BMH, Brithney lived for three days before dying due to her birth defects. Brithney’s body was taken to BMH’s morgue, and placed on the cooler floor. Thereafter, a BMH employee mistook Brithney’s remains for garbage, and incinerated it.

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Recovery

    J. and D. H. were expecting the birth of their first child, a son to be named Danny, when they presented to PGH for a planned induction of labor. They arrived at approximately 12 midnight and were left unattended despite numerous pleas for assistance due to lack of fetal movement until 4:00am. By that time, Danny had died in utero from a massive feto-maternal hemorrhage. Shortly before settlement, the Court granted a rare Motion to Amend to Claim Punitive Damages against the Defendant.

  • Confidential Pre-trial Settlement for Defendant’s Policy Limits

    Z. H. suffered birth related brain injuries due to the Defendant OB/GYN’s negligence.

  • $1,250,000 Verdict

    Multiple defendants misdiagnosed D. M.’s adrenal cortical cancer which, ultimately, resulted in his death at age 32. D.M. left behind a widow and three-year old son. The verdict was reduced by 50% comparative negligence. The Defendant Physician only held a $250,000 policy of insurance and his insurer, rather than defend a Bad Faith action, paid the Judgment.

  • $2,013,000 Settlement

    M. T. was the victim of misdiagnosed lung cancer. After presenting to her family doctor and urologist for kidney stones in April, 2000, she was sent for a routine chest x-ray to clear her for a lithotripsy procedure. The radiologist saw a small questionable area of increased density in her left mid lung field and recommended further study via shallow oblique film, or chest CT scan. The report was received by her internist and urologist, but was not read for 16 months. At that time, M.T.’s condition had advanced, requiring that a portion of her lung be removed, and that she undergo chemotherapy and radiation for metastatic lung cancer.

Premises Liability / Slip & Fall Injuries

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    G. C. was a business invitee at K-Mart when she slipped on laundry detergent leaking from an over-loaded pallet display. G.C. suffered severe back injuries which necessitated a surgical laminectomy with dorsal column stimulator implant for pain control. The implant failed, and was removed in a subsequent back surgery. The parties settled for a confidential amount prior to trial.

  • Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    Jane Doe slipped off the broken bricks of the front steps of Little Switzerland and suffered torn ligaments in her ankle which led to rapid development of symptoms consistent with Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD) also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome 1 (CRPS-1), a chronic pain syndrome that can be crippling. Over the course of three years, she was diagnosed by eight different physicians with RSD/CRPS in her left lower extremity which spread to her left upper extremity and her face. Her physical impairment was rated by as severe by physicians, and her symptoms were progressive in nature. The case was settled for a confidential amount at mediation prior to trial.

  • $1,025,000 Recovery

    Fourteen-year-old A.S. was riding his skateboard on the Defendant’s premises when his wheels hit a broken section of pavement, causing him to fall into the street where he was struck in the head by a passing car. A.S. suffered catastrophic brain damage and is now confined to a wheelchair, requiring round the clock care. The settlement amount represents the policy limits for several defendants.

  • $2,750,000 Recovery

    M.A. and her husband were visiting a boat showroom owned by MarineMax when she fell from an elevated platform erected without building permits or inspection. The platform did not have hand-rails and otherwise violated applicable building and safety codes. M.A.’s original shoulder injury required corrective surgery, after which she developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

  • $3,000,000 Recovery

    S.M. was an opera singer on break while performing at the Defendant’s restaurant when her dress caught fire from a candle placed on the floor. She suffered third-degree burns over 30% of her body, requiring extensive hospitalizations and multiple surgeries, including skin grafting and colecystectomy.

RSD / CRPS

  • $5,000,000 Arbitration Award with Confidential Pre-Trial Settlement

    B. G. was a practicing Chiropractor involved in two auto accidents less than six months apart. As a result of his spinal injuries, he underwent back and neck surgeries. The back surgery failed, and Dr. G. developed Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), also known as Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS)

Bad Faith Insurance

  • $132,500 Recovery on $25,000 Policy

    G. Y. was rear-ended by Kyle Jurgens, who held a $25,000 policy of insurance. Mr. Y. ultimately underwent cervical spinal surgery with discectomy and fusion. The Jurgens’ insurer, Allstate, refused to tender the limits of insurance presuit, and ultimately paid the sum of $112,500 at mediation due to bad faith exposure. An additional $20,000 was paid by Mr. Y.’s underinsured motorist carrier.

  • $200,000 Recovery on $25,000 Policy

    G. H. was rear-ended in his family van by Lisa Lipfield, who held a $25,000 policy of insurance. So great was the impact, that Mr. H. ultimately underwent cervical spinal surgery with discectomy and fusion. Ms. Lipfield’s insurer, Allstate, refused to tender the limits of insurance presuit, and ultimately paid the sum of $150,000 at mediation due to bad faith exposure. An additional $50,000 was paid by Mr. H.’s underinsured motorist carrier.

  • $275,000 Recovery on $25,000 Uninsured Motorist Policy

    Mr. S. sustained a herniated disk in his neck faith case. resulting from a rear-end automobile collision. The Tortfeasor was without insurance and, therefore, Mr. S. filed a claim against his Uninsured Motorist Carrier. This case was settled in suit, after Mr. S. underwent cervical spine surgery.

  • $610,000 Recovery on $10,000 Policy

    N. O. was a 14 year-old passenger in her Grandparent’s car being driven by her father when he lost control and hit a tree. As a result, N.O. was paralyzed from the mid-chest down. The Defendant’s insurance company failed to investigate the matter for nearly one year pre-suit, and failed to timely offer their $10,000 limits of bodily injury coverage. As a result, N.O. sued her father and grandparents. Under Florida law, her recovery was limited to the policy amount as to her father, and to $600,000 as to her grandparents. The insurance carrier made the business decision to pay these capped amounts rather than litigate the inevitable bad faith case.

  • $900,000 Judgment on $25,000 Policy

    B. P. suffered severe brain injuries in a terrible automobile accident. Mr. P.’sright of way was violated by Sharon Turner, who was under the influence of multiple medications, including psychotropics. Ms. Turner’s insurance company failed to tender payment of her $25,000 policy of insurance presuit, resulting in a bad-faith lawsuit which subsequently settled for a confidential amount.

  • $8,500,000 Judgment on $10,000 Policy

    T. H. was 12 years old when he darted out into traffic in front of Bernice Volz, who was speeding and failed to take any evasive action until after her vehicle struck and ran over T.H., eviscerating and paralyzing him from the mid-chest down. Ms. Volz’s insurance company failed to tender payment of her $10,000 policy of insurance presuit, resulting in a bad-faith lawsuit which subsequently settled for a confidential amount

Auto Accidents

  • $132,500 Recovery

    G. Y. was rear-ended by Kyle Jurgens, who held a $25,000 policy of insurance. Mr. Y. ultimately underwent cervical spinal surgery with discectomy and fusion. The Jurgens’ insurer, Allstate, refused to tender the limits of insurance presuit, and ultimately paid the sum of $112,500 at mediation due to bad faith exposure. An additional $20,000 was paid by Mr. Y.’s underinsured motorist carrier.

  • $200,000 Recovery

    G. H. was rear-ended in his family van by Lisa Lipfield, who held a $25,000 policy of insurance. So great was the impact, that Mr. H. ultimately underwent cervical spinal surgery with discectomy and fusion. Ms. Lipfield’s insurer, Allstate, refused to tender the limits of insurance presuit, and ultimately paid the sum of $150,000 at mediation due to bad faith exposure. An additional $50,000 was paid by Mr. H.’s underinsured motorist carrier.

  • $275,000 Recovery

    Mr. S. sustained a herniated disk in his neck faith case. resulting from a rear-end automobile collision. The Tortfeasor was without insurance and, therefore, Mr. S. filed a claim against his Uninsured Motorist Carrier. This case was settled in suit, after Mr. S. underwent cervical spine surgery.

  • $610,000 Recovery

    N. O. was a 14 year-old passenger in her Grandparent’s car being driven by her father when he lost control and hit a tree. As a result, N.O. was paralyzed from the mid-chest down. The Defendant’s insurance company failed to investigate the matter for nearly one year pre-suit, and failed to timely offer their $10,000 limits of bodily injury coverage. As a result, N.O. sued her father and grandparents. Under Florida law, her recovery was limited to the policy amount as to her father, and to $600,000 as to her grandparents. The insurance carrier made the business decision to pay these capped amounts rather than litigate the inevitable bad faith case.

  • $900,000 Judgment

    B. P. suffered severe brain injuries in a terrible automobile accident. Mr. P.’s right of way was violated by Sharon Turner, who was under the influence of multiple medications, including psychotropics. Ms. Turner’s insurance company failed to tender payment of her $25,000 policy of insurance presuit, resulting in a bad-faith lawsuit which subsequently settled for a confidential amount.

  • $8,500,000 Judgment

    T. H. was 12 years old when he darted out into traffic in front of Bernice Volz, who was speeding and failed to take any evasive action until after her vehicle struck and ran over T.H., eviscerating and paralyzing him from the mid-chest down. Ms. Volz’s insurance company failed to tender payment of her $10,000 policy of insurance presuit, resulting in a bad-faith lawsuit which subsequently settled for a confidential amount.

  • $1,775,000 Pre-Trial Settlement

    In 2001, Plaintiff was driving his Nissan Pathfinder on Florida Avenue in Tampa, Florida when Travis Noblitt exited a parking lot and struck the side of Plaintiff’s vehicle causing it to turn on its side. Plaintiff’s left arm was resting on the window at the time of the crash and the vehicle landed on top of the arm, causing a near-amputation crush injury. Plaintiff and his wife owned a cleaning company that they were forced to sell after Plaintiff could no longer work.

  • $345,000 Recovery on $110,000 in Coverage

    L. M. was a passenger in his employer’s truck being driven by a co-worker when it was struck by Christopher Page, who was driving his parents’ Corvette. As a result, L.M. suffered multiple injuries requiring surgery. The Defendants held a Bodily Injury policy of $100,000, and L.M. held an Uninsured Motorist policy of $10,000. Rather than simply accept those policies, Lawlor, White & Murphey worked to find additional coverage. As a result, an additional $100,000 was obtained from L.M.’s employer’s carrier for failing to obtain a valid UM rejection. Christopher Page’s parents were divorced and the firm successfully argued the single $100,000 policy limit should be doubled, ultimately recovering $100,000 on behalf of each parent. Before accepting the $200,000 from the parents’ insurance company, the firm required financial affidavits from each Defendant, which revealed the father was a high wage earner. Thereafter, he personally contributed an additional $35,000 to the settlement.

  • 450,000 Recovery

    R. P. suffered multiple fractured bones and lacerations when he rear-ended a Lyon’s tow truck which pulled out in front of him and stopped during rush hour on I-95 in Palm Beach County. Pre-trial, Plaintiff offered to accept $150,000 as full and final settlement. Defendant’s highest offer was $17,000. The jury returned a verdict in Plaintiff’s favor of $250,000 (which was reduced by 20% for Plaintiff’s comparative fault), and the Court entered an Order awarding Lawlor, White & Murphey $200,000 for attorney fees and costs due to the Defendant’s unreasonable rejection of Plaintiff’s pre-trial offer.

  • $890,350 Settlement

    K. H. was 25-years old when the defendant driver, while in the course and scope of his employment with Trugreen, ran a red light as she was making a left turn. Ms. H.‘s injuries resulted in torn labra in both shoulders, and four unsuccessful surgeries attempting to repair same.

  • $3,300,000 Pre-Trial Settlement

    G. and J. T. were rear-ended in their Nissan Sentra by a private school bus operated by an elderly driver with terminal cancer. Mr. and Mrs. T.’s injuries were catastrophic, but both have made excellent recoveries after lengthy hospital stays and surgeries. The defendant bus company destroyed evidence in violation of a Court Order, and this was a factor in obtaining the ultimate result.

  • $1,900,000.00 Pre-Trial Settlement

    The litigation team at Lawlor, White & Murphey in Fort Lauderdale, Florida obtained a $1.9 Million pre-trial settlement for a 56 year old woman struck by a car. The victim sustained multiple open fractures of the lower extremities and did not have distal pulses in the lower extremities or the left upper extremity at the scene of the accident. After being rushed to the hospital, she underwent multiple emergency surgeries to save her limbs, and months of in-patient treatment thereafter. The victim’s past medical bills exceeded $446,000.00. She is expected to live with severe disabilities for the rest of her life.

  • $300,000 Pre-Suit Settlement

    M.H. was driving her car on Lake Worth Road in West Palm Beach FL, and was about to turn in to a local business’s parking lot when Michael Bonomolo failed to notice M.H.’s vehicle, and struck her from the rear. Bonomolo caused significant damage to Hernandez’s car, and an ambulance took M.H. to a local hospital from the accident scene. An MRI revealed the accident caused multiple herniated disks in M.H.’s back. M.H. underwent spinal surgery and suffered through more than a year of painful rehabilitation. During that time, M.H. missed a significant amount of work. M.H.’s attorney, Ben Murphey, sent Bonomolo’s insurance carrier a detailed demand package requesting a tender of Bonomolo’s policy limits. The recovery represents the carrier’s entire policy limit for Bonomolo.

  • $837,500 Pre-Trial Settlement

    H.M. was riding his motorcycle on Federal Highway in Hollywood, Florida when he was cut off by a driver who was driving a BMW leased for him by his company, Mazel & Co., Inc. HM suffered multiple injuries, including a broken back which required surgery and implantation of Harrington Rods fusing his entire lumbar spine. Handelman was arrested for DUI at the scene of the accident, but charges were subsequently dropped due to the termination and arrest of the investigating officer in an unrelated matter. Notwithstanding, Lawlor, White & Murphey was permitted to bring a claim for Punitive Damages against both Handelman and Mazel & Co.

Lawlor, White & Murphey Firm Results

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Notable Cases and Firm Results for Fort Lauderdale Personal Injury Lawyers Lawlor, White & Murphey

In personal injury law, the verdicts and settlements can certainly measure that of a firm’s success; however, the extent of injuries both mental and physical can cause such distress that the settlements may not necessarily reflect the victim’s true pain. We understand that and are sensitive to our clients’ needs. We want to gain results that are proportionate with the pain and suffering that might have happened during this difficult time. While nothing can replace the loss of a loved one or the pain a family member, friend or even yourself may have endured, we want you to have the confidence that we will do our best to fight the wrongdoing done to you. We know that no experience is alike, and no client has the exact same needs. At Lawlor, White & Murphey, we don’t believe in “cookie-cutter” cases, but building a customized approach around you.

You are important – at Lawlor, White & Murphey we believe every client deserves justice.

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