Verdicts And Settlements

For more than 30 years, the attorneys at Saunders Law Group in Bartow, Florida, have represented individuals and families in a wide variety of complex legal matters, including medical negligence and personal injury lawsuits. Following are some of our notable case results.

Personal Injury And Medical Negligence Verdicts And Settlements

  • Failure to properly monitor glucose levels after cardiac surgery, resulting in brain damage — partial settlement of $2.3 million with some defendants and verdict of $6.5 million on remaining defendants
  • Settlement: Death in automobile/commercial truck accident — $3.1 million
  • Settlement: Slip and fall on construction site, resulting in significant thoracic and lumbar injury — $1.7 million
  • Verdict: $3 million for victim of molestation by pedophile
  • Settlement: Trip and fall at fair resulting in severe back injury — $850,000
  • Settlement: Failure to recognize and appropriately treat obstructed bowel, resulting in death — $750,000
  • Settlement: Death resulting from failure to treat neurological condition in hospital — $750,000
  • Settlement at policy limit: Death of child in child care from collapsed crib — $300,000

Insurance Coverage Verdicts And Settlements

  • Uninsured motorist coverage dispute: Carrier settled by paying 25 times its alleged UM coverage after suit was filed.
  • Uninsured motorist coverage dispute: Carrier was required in jury trial to credit Plaintiff with $900,000 in available UM coverage against Carrier's original position that only $10,000 of UM coverage was available; Carrier was also required to pay $188,000 in attorney's fees for wrongful denial of coverage.
  • Settlement: $2 million against property insurer for sinkhole damage to shopping center.
  • Payment of claimed engine damage of $6,500 from jury trial; Carrier required by court to pay $120,000 in legal fees as a result of wrongful denial of coverage.
  • Verdict: $800,000 against property insurer for hurricane damage to commercial property.
  • Wrongful denial of coverage in homeowner's policy for injuries to child riding on golf cart: Policy limits paid together with confidential amount of attorney's fees for wrongful denial of coverage.
  • Wrongful denial of coverage in homeowner's policy for injuries to guest of homeowner thrown from golf cart off insured's property; final judgment in favor of insured finding that injury was covered; confidential settlement providing both damages and attorney's fees for wrongful denial of coverage.
  • In a dispute with an insurance company regarding insurance coverage for damages awarded to a Polk County homeowner, the insurance company agreed to pay the homeowner $1 million for damages resulting from the construction of the home.
  • An insured reached a settlement agreement with their insurance company after the insurance company initially refused to pay hospital and medical expenses associated with the birth of the insured's newborn child. The insurer denied coverage based on its position that it was never notified of the birth of the newborn. After suit was filed and extensive discovery was taken, the insurance company agreed to pay the expenses, interest and attorney's fees.
  • After a two-week trial, a Polk County homeowner was awarded a jury verdict totaling $903,000 for damages and loss of use of the home after suing the contractor who built the home. The home sustained damages resulting from improperly installed windows, stucco, HVAC units and a host of other problems.

In The News

Over the years, the attorneys at Saunders Law Group have been involved in a number of cases that received significant media attention.

Jury Awards $6.5 Million To Family

A Tampa jury has found the director of a hospital's pediatric intensive care unit and the hospital responsible for the brain damage of a Polk County toddler.

The jury awarded $6.5 million in damages after finding that no one at the hospital noticed that the infant daughter's blood sugar had fallen dangerously low after heart surgery in May 1993.

Baby's Parents Sue Babysitter

While in a babysitter's care, a 9-month-old child died in August 1998. The child died due to strangulation by a high chair strap, and the child's parents filed a civil lawsuit against the Winter Haven babysitter, who also faced a final determination by the county to permanently revoke her privileges to every baby-sit again.

Fired Rehab Worker Files Suit

A top administrator at Polk County's primary drug treatment program filed a federal discrimination complaint on Friday saying she was fired because she had an affair with a boss who thought she was in the way of his promotion.

The director of special programs at Tri-County Addiction Rehabilitation Services in Winter Haven filed the complaint with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in Tampa.

The complaint was filed against her two superiors, with whom she said she had the affair, and the agency's executive director.

'Honky Tonk' Again Faces Demands To Close Down

Tampa city officials are mounting a second campaign against Juanita's Place, a bar police say is a haven for crime and a "drive-through supermarket for drugs."

City attorney Tom Saunders said police officials are compiling a second report about the bar that will include details not included in an original report delivered last month to the City Council.

The bar, at 4309 N. 34th St., is known to its patrons as the Honky Tonk.

Man Sues Gessler Clinic

A Winter Haven man who lost his leg to infection after what he says was improper medical treatment will take his case to court on Monday.

A retired mobile home inspector for the Department of Motor Vehicles is suing Gessler Clinic and one of its doctors for negligence in treating an infection three years ago.

The man contends in his lawsuit that his right leg had to be amputated because his physician did not treat him properly.

Family Settles Fondling Case

A lawsuit filed against a Winter Haven man who pleaded guilty last year to fondling a 15-year-old girl has been settled. The Winter Haven man was sentenced in May 1996 to 30 days in jail and seven years of probation.

The girl and her parents filed a lawsuit against the Winter Haven man and his wife seeking more than $15,000 in damages. The family is not identified in court records to protect the girl's identity.

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