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VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

Verdicts & Settlements

At Bishop Legal, we are committed to helping the clients who need legal representation the most – the seriously injured.  These are examples from specific cases handled by Bishop Legal. They do not indicate the likelihood of any outcome in your own case. Each case is unique, and you should consult with an attorney to get a better sense of the value of your own case.

Jury Verdict against the Port of Seattle (Sea-Tac airport) for our client. Our client was a ground crew member who was severely injured at the airport while operating a tug. Tragically, this life-changing collision left him triplegic. The brakes and steering on his tug failed, causing him to crash into another piece of broken equipment on the tarmac. The resulting collision crushed his spine. SeaTac airport argued that it did not have a duty to ensure that the equipment used at the airport was safe. Unfortunately, the first court to listen to the issue agreed with SeaTac, and dismissed our client’s case. We appealed for our client, and his case wound its way up to the Washington State Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court decided that our client should have been given his right to a jury trial, and poignantly asked: “if the Port of Seattle does not keep the airport safe for workers, who will?” The appellate process took seven long years.

Shamelessly, the Port of Seattle continued to fight against our client even after the Supreme Court’s decision, and the case went back to Superior Court for a jury trial. After a five-week trial, a 12-person jury delivered a resounding $40,000,000.00 verdict against the Port of Seattle in favor of our client.

Bishop Legal announces a record $25 million settlement with Inland Group, Inland Construction, Ralph's Concrete Pumping, and Miles Sand and Gravel on behalf of a Latino immigrant concrete worker. The plaintiff, a hard-working family man, named Gildardo Crisostomo Vargas, was whipped in the head by a concrete hose resulting in brain injury and permanent disability.

Highest Injury Settlement On Record against the Port of Seattle. Our client, a former airport employee, obtained the largest injury settlement on record against the Port of Seattle. Alyah Payne was driving a baggage tug on a curved single lane road designed by the Port of Seattle. Despite being a single lane road, the Port permitted traffic to come and go in both directions on the road making it a question of when, not if, there would be a collision. Making matters worse, the roadway was curved and the Port permitted a 6 foot chain-link fence to be erected and covered with blue tarps around the curved roadway. This created a blind curve. Airport employees complained about it. The Port did nothing to remedy the situation until it was too late. The alternative to driving on the single-lane-curved-blind roadway was to steer out into the Air Movement Area (AMA). Our client, Ms. Payne, was aware that baggage tug movement on the AMA was prohibited because of the dangers posed to taxiing aircraft, and aircraft passengers. Given the choice to endanger the lives of passengers, or herself, Ms. Payne followed the rules and stayed inside the designated roadway. Unfortunately, a speeding vehicle coming from the other direction collided directly into Ms. Payne's tug. Because the Port of Seattle does not require tugs to have protective doors, Ms. Payne's left foot and leg were ejected from the tug and crushed by the oncoming vehicle. The incident was captured by airport security cameras. Alyah’s foot and part of her leg had to be amputated.

Her life is forever changed. Bishop Legal sued the Port of Seattle and obtained the largest settlement payout for Ms. Payne, an airport employee.  Ms. Payne insisted that the details of her case not be subject to confidentiality, such that she could share the details of the Port’s lack of safety oversight, with a view to stopping incidents like it from occurring ever again.

Catastrophic Trucking Collision

Catastrophic Injuries in a Construction Accident

Verdict against Centex Homes for a drywall worker who fell 3 feet and shattered his leg. Centex offered the worker nothing before trial. The worker was not supplied with safety equipment or proper scaffolding and was unable to work for 6 months.

Settlement for a construction laborer. Our client was ordered to perform work on a wet and slippery roof without fall protection.  Our client fell more than 10 feet off the roof to the ground suffering severe, permanent, and disabling injuries.

Settlement for drywall installer who suffered serious foot injuries in a fall. Our client was a hard-working father of 6 who suffered catastrophic injuries in a construction fall of 16-feet due to faulty scaffolding.

Settlement for a steel worker injured on a government project (WSDOT) at the Totem Lake overpass. The steel worker caught his leg on a metal stud causing him to fall and suffer a fractured femur. The metal studs posed an unusually dangerous condition for workers who were required to repeatedly walk in between them in poorly lit conditions.

Verdict for client with an insurance bad faith claim against his own insurance companies: State Farm and PEMCO.

Settlement for a seriously injured bicyclist who was hit by a truck as he commuted to work.

Settlement for a catastrophically injured construction laborer.

Settlement for a client with serious construction fall injuries resulting in shattered ankle.

Settlement for seriously injured client who suffered mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) in an auto accident.

Settlement for a child who suffered head injuries in an auto accident.

Combined recovery for motor vehicle accident victim who sustained a herniated disc in her lower back.

Settlement for auto accident victim with a fractured patella.

bishop-legal-top-rated

Firm Verdicts
& Settlements

$40,000,000

Jury Verdict against
the Port of Seattle

$25,000,000

Record Settlement on behalf of a 

Latino Immigrant Concrete Worker

$11,000,000

Highest Injury Settlement on record against the Port of Seattle.

$7,000,000

Catastrophic Trucking Collision

$3,100,000

                   Catastrophic Injuries                      in a Construction Accident

$2,300,000

                     Brain and Fall Injuries                                      in a Constructin Accident                                        

bishop-legal-top-rated

Firm Verdicts
& Settlements

$40,000,000

Jury Verdict against
the Port of Seattle

$7,000,000

Catastrophic Trucking Collision

$3,100,000

Catastrophic Injuries
in a Construction Accident

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