Case Results

57 year old woman passenger in a car, rear-end collision, concussion - $365,000.00

42 year old recreational bicycle rider struck by vehicle and dies as a result of his injuries - $2.1 million

76-year-old woman rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck in Newport, Rhode Island - Traumatic Brain Injury - $1.86 million

35-year-old woman passenger in an automobile accident rollover in Seekonk, Massachusetts - Traumatic Brain Injury, multiple fractures - $1.55 million

38-year-old construction worker injured when a scaffold collapsed in Warwick, Rhode Island - Bilateral Trimalleolar fractures - $1.45 million

47-year- old motorcycle operator in a collision with an automobile, caused when the automobile turned left in front of him -The motorcycle operator was wearing a helmet, but still suffered a subdural hematoma and traumatic brain injury. He had no surgery. He sustained no lost wages and with the help of medication was able to keep his high achieving employment - $1.3 million

35-year-old nurse in a rear-end collision in Middletown, Rhode Island - aggravation of pre-existing Chiari 1 malformation - $1.26 million

3-year-old boy pedestrian struck by an automobile in Newport, Rhode Island - Traumatic Brain Injury - $1.1 million

45-year-old man struck by falling object in auditorium in Pawtucket, Rhode Island -Traumatic Brain Injury, cervical fusion - $1.1 million

60-year-old woman rear-ended by bus in Bristol, Rhode Island - aggravated pre-existing Traumatic Brain Injury - $1.1 million

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Auto Accidents

48 year old woman back seat passenger in motor vehicle accident causing traumatic brain injury - $723,850.00

45-year-old cab driver head on collision car accident in Newport, Rhode Island - multiple fractures to right leg - $950,000

61-year-old man motor vehicle accident in Warwick, Rhode Island - shattered knee and reconstruction - $531,000

56-year-old woman rear-end collision in Jamestown, Rhode Island - chronic cervical and lumbar pain - $425,000

65-year-old man in rear-end collision in Providence, Rhode Island - aggravated pre-existing lumbar injury, lumbar fusion - $400,000

32-year-old woman rear-end collision in Newport, Rhode Island - aggravation of pre-existing Chiari 1 malformation - $350,000

36-year-old woman rear-end collision in Providence, Rhode Island - lower back injury - $175,000

32-year-old man rear-end rollover collision in East Providence, Rhode Island - concussion, neck and low back pain - $150,000

45-year-old woman motor vehicle accident in Cranston, Rhode Island - low back pain - $147,500

32-year-old woman rear-end collision in Newport, Rhode Island - cervical laminectomy - $130,000

Injured 88-year-old man in a motor vehicle accident in Portsmouth, Rhode Island suffering a concussion and scull contusion - $127,000

40-year-old man injured in a motor vehicle accident in Warwick, Rhode Island - cervical strain and headaches - $125,000

34-year-old woman injured in a motor vehicle accident in Newport, Rhode Island - cervical and lumbar strains with physical therapy - $120,000

35-year-old woman college professor injured in a motor vehicle accident in Bristol, Rhode Island - aggravation of pre-existing low back pain - $110,000

Man rear-ended by an automobile suffering concussion and back pain and receives a $105,000 settlement: A 37-year-old male insurance executive was in his automobile when he was struck in the rear by another automobile while stopped in Warwick, Rhode Island. He was stopped with his directional on waiting to take a left turn and waiting for oncoming traffic to clear when the impact occurred. He suffered a concussion from his head and neck snapping back and forth in addition to low back pain. He began undergoing medical treatment for his concussion and low back pain. He was and is currently an active triathlete who had to curtail his training because of his pain and medical treatment necessitated by the collision. The case was complicated by the fact that he had suffered a previous concussion and had undergone previous low back surgery prior to this collision and the issue of pre-existing medical treatment had to be overcome. Karns Law Group recently settled the case on behalf of the 37-year-old in the amount of $105,000.

40-year-old woman motor vehicle accident in East Providence, Rhode Island - torn rotator cuff - $70,000

18-year-old man passenger in motor vehicle accident in Cranston, Rhode Island - facial scars - $70,000

50-year-old woman rearend collision in Newport, Rhode Island - aggravated prior neck surgery, back and shoulder injuries - $68,000

Woman rear-ended by an automobile aggravating a pre-existing injury and receives a $63,000 settlement: A 52-year-old woman was involved in a motor vehicle accident whereby the motor vehicle she was operating was rear ended by the vehicle in back of her in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. It must be noted that the 52-year-old woman was already designated as totally disabled suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and was on Social Security Disability at the time of the collision. The issue was whether or not the motor vehicle accident caused the rheumatoid arthritis and the woman's ankle to become worse, thereby making the defendant liable for aggravating a pre-existing injury. The matter was arbitrated by Karns Law Group and the attorney for the insurer that insured the vehicle that caused the collision. The arbitrator awarded $60,000 to the injured woman. Following the arbitration Karns Law Group settled the case for $63,000.

45-year-old head-on collision in Newport, Rhode Island - aggravated prior depression, anxiety, w/mouth, neck, back injuries - $50,000

55-year-old woman rearend collision in Providence, Rhode Island - aggravated pre-existing back injury - $47,500

70-year-old man rearend collision in East Providence, Rhode Island - neck and back pain - $46,000

Man in head-on collision receives $42,000 for pain and suffering: A limousine driver 70 years of age, male, was struck head-on by another vehicle in Middletown, Rhode Island, causing him to suffer back and neck pain. He was retired and working part-time for the limousine company that he continued to do throughout the case. He did undergo pain management injections. After arbitration the case was settled for $42,000.

42-year-old man in rearend collision in Newport, Rhode Island - aggravated multiple prior neck and back injuries - $42,000

21-year-old manmotor vehicle accident in Portsmouth, Rhode Island - nondisplaced fracture in metatarsal - $36in motor vehicle accident in Portsmouth, Rhode Island - nondisplaced fracture in metatarsal - $36,000

20-year-old woman in rear-end collision in East Providence, Rhode Island - head, neck and back injuries - $35,000

43-year-old woman passenger in head on collision in Middletown, Rhode Island - headaches and neck injury - $29,000

46-year-old woman in rear-end collision in Warwick, Rhode Island - aggravated multiple prior neck and back injuries - $25,000

37-year-old man in rearend collision in East Providence, Rhode Island - neck strain - $20,000

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Truck Accidents

45-year-old woman truck backed into her vehicle in Providence, Rhode Island - aggravation of pre-existing Chiari 1 malformation - $375,000

64-year-old man rearended by tractor-trailer in Warwick, Rhode Island - jaw pain and shoulder pain - $17,500

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Workers' Compensation

Man suffers heart attack on the job and widow receives $100,000 settlement: A 73-year-old male laborer for a private sewerage company suffered a heart attack at work in Newport, Rhode Island, and was found lying next to his equipment with his work truck running. The post-medical examination showed that he died of anterior sclerosis. This was a worker's compensation case and the issue was whether his death was caused by the natural progression of the anterior sclerosis or by an aggravation in the work place. Research had to be done on the issue of all of his pre-existing medical records and any prior heart or circulatory problems. In addition, research had to be done with co¬-employees and obtaining their statements. As a result of these efforts the worker's compensation case was settled for $100,000 to the widow.

Woman suffers back injury on the job and receives $40,000 for her injuries: A 42-year-old mail handler who worked for the Post Office was injured while unloading a trailer in Fall River, Massachusetts, suffering low back injuries. She had a long history of pre-existing low back injuries as well. After mediation her case was settled for $40,000.

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Maritime Injuries

38-year-old fisherman injured on his fishing boat in New Bedford, Massachusetts - Jones Act case - biceps tear and shoulder impingement with shoulder surgery - $225,000

Woman injured in boating accident receives $100,000 for pain and suffering: A 31-year-old female who was a passenger in a pleasure boat going from Connecticut to Block Island was injured when the boat operator struck a wave causing her, in the bow, to smash up and down, compress her spine and suffer a T12 thoracic fracture. After wearing a brace for two months and undergoing pain management injections the case was settled for $100,000.

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Premises Liability

52 year old woman jogging and attacked by a dog resulting in serious leg injuries - $400,000.00

64-year-old slipped and fell in hotel in Newport, Rhode Island - Traumatic Brain Injury, aggravated pre-existing PTSD - $300,000

48-year-old man injured at a funeral when the crypt cover fell in Middletown, Rhode Island - fractured toe and deep vein thrombosis - $205,000

55-year-old woman fell off second story deck as a result of the railing breaking in Jamestown, Rhode Island - fractured thoracic spine with follow-up physical therapy - $170,000

41-year-old woman injured while shopping and fell on liquid on the floor in Fall River, Massachusetts - shoulder impingement with surgery - $130,000

66-year-old woman real estate agent injured when fell from a defective porch while showing the house in Cranston, Rhode Island - fractured wrist - $125,000

32-year-old man fell from his own porch as a result of a negligently constructed brick step on his walkway in Portsmouth, Rhode Island - torn quadriceps tendon with surgery - $90,000

43-year-old man fell from a porch in the apartment building he was a tenant in as a result of the handrail giving way in East Greenwich, Rhode Island - bilateral triceps tears - $85,000

63-year-old woman injured slipping on child's flashlight in retail store in Swansea, Massachusetts, and receives a $75,000 settlement: A 63-year-old woman fell in a Massachusetts retail store on a child's flashlight that was on the floor that she did not see. It must be noted that the flashlight was in front of a display of flashlights and, as stated, was on the floor. The woman sustained shoulder injuries and ankle injuries necessitating surgery, and sustained lost wages. The issue before the Massachusetts court system was notice of the flashlight being on the floor and also the application of the new "mode of operation doctrine" regarding self-service stores. The "mode of operation doctrine" allows the claim to proceed if it is reasonable that a condition that occurred could exist based upon the store being self service. In addition, there were strong issues of comparative negligence on the part of the woman. Depositions were completed of the store employees and the injured woman and her husband. After a lengthy mediation involving Karns Law Group, the injured woman and her husband, the attorney for the Massachusetts retail store and the Massachusetts retail store which was self insured, the matter settled for $75,000.

Woman injured by falling snow while at work receives $65,000 for her personal injury: A 46-year-old female office worker was injured while leaving work during a snow storm in Johnston, Rhode Island, when she was struck in the head by snow that fell off the roof. She suffered headaches, concussion, and neck pain. After mediation her case was settled for $65,000 against the third-party owner of the real estate in addition to all of the worker's compensation weekly salary benefits and medical benefits.

Man suffers fall in rental property and receives $47,500 for injuries: A 54-year-old male who lived on the second floor of his apartment house in Tiverton, Rhode Island, fell as a result of inadequate lighting and the stairway missing a railing at the bottom. The difficulty with the case was that he had lived there in excess of one year. He suffered elbow injuries and his case was settled for $47,500.

46-year-old slipped and fell on ice in Newport, Rhode Island - aggravated pre-existing neck and back injury - $45,000.

Woman received $44,000 settlement after injury sustained on rental property: A resident of a home that she rented and had lived there in an excess of one year, tripped and fell on a raised flag stone that was part of the walkway in East Providence, Rhode Island. She was a 42-year-old female. She suffered a labral (hip) injury that required no surgery. She underwent physical therapy. After arbitration her case was settled for $44,000.

28-year-old woman slips on water on a dance floor in a bar in Providence, Rhode Island, and receives a $10,000 settlement: A 28-year-old woman, who slipped on water on a dance floor in a bar just before closing, fractured a toe. There were strong issues of comparative negligence and notice to the bar owner involved. The injury was minimal with minimal medical bills and minimal time out of work. Karns Law Group resolved the case as a premises liability case in the amount of $10,000.

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Bike and Pedestrian Accidents

32-year-old Hispanic non-English-speaking man struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle in Newport, Rhode Island - aggravation of pre-existing head injury and cervical disc herniation with surgery - $496,000

70-year-old man bicycle accident (two bicycles collided) in Barrington, Rhode Island - eye fracture and cranial nerve damage - $365,000

50-year-old man bicycle accident (two bicycles collided) in Bristol, Rhode Island - torn rotator cuff and surgery - $122,500

25-year-old man bicycle struck by van in West Warwick, Rhode Island - fractures in face, dislocated jaw, burns and scarring - $100,000

35 year old man bicycle struck by truck in Bristol, Rhode Island - broken arm - $75,000

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