$17 Million Jury Verdict involving skidder obtained by attorney David Hodge
Attorney David Hodge, along with Vance McCrary of The Gardner Firm in Mobile and James (Jimmy) Seale of Greensboro tried and received a jury verdict in the Circuit Court of Hale County, Alabama which totaled $17,559,700.Hodge represented Charles Miller Chapman against Cummins, Inc. and Bama Logging Equipment Company, Inc. Chapman made claims of Fraud and Breach of Warranty involving the sale of a skidder- a large piece of equipment used to drag cut logs from the woods to a loading area where they can be loaded onto a log trailer.Chapman visited the Bama Logging Equipment Company, and he allegedly was sold the defective skidder as a “demo” unit. Unbeknownst to Chapman, the log skidder he had purchased was, in fact, a one-of-a-kind developmental prototype that had an engine manufactured and produced by Cummins. Cummins had internally determined the engine would not work in this prototype.Chapman alleged that Cummins knew the engine was not suitable for use in this piece of equipment and even before the machine was assembled, Cummins, determined the Tier II engine would not work in this configuration. No one disclosed this to Chapman. In fact, Cummins provided Chapman with a warranty despite knowledge that the engine could not perform in that configuration.When Chapman tried to use the skidder, it started to overheat and ceased functioning. Chapman called Cummins to repair the engine in the skidder under the warranty. Attempts to repair the prototype skidder were unsuccessful, and Chapman filed suit.This case was tried by Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. attorney David Hodge of Huntsville, Alabama who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or toll free 888-321-8353.
Jury Awards Meridianville Family with $3.1 Million Verdict
Wrongful death case ($3.1 Million) – On April 27, 2007, a federal jury in Huntsville awarded $3.1 million in a wrongful death case to the family of a Madison County teenager killed in a collision with a speeding ambulance from Tennessee.The ambulance was traveling 81 mph in a 60 mph speed zone on a non-emergency run without any flashing lights or sirens when it ran a red light at the intersection and struck the decedent’s vehicle. Harvey Morris and Joe King argued the case to the jury, while Joey Aiello handled the motion practice and computer trial presentation.
Morris, King & Hodge, P.C. Attorneys Obtain $575,000 Verdict in Medical Malpractice Case Over Claims He Had Stroke After Chiropractor’s Treatment.
A Madison County jury awarded a Limestone County man $575,000 in a medical malpractice case where the plaintiff argued he had a stroke as a result of chiropractic treatment on his neck. This was a case of negligence against Michael Kay, a chiropractor, and Kay Chiropractic Services, P.C.On March 11, 2009, a patient presented to Kay with a crick in his neck, and Kay performed a chiropractic manipulation of the patient’s neck. Following the manipulation, the patient immediately began experiencing intense pain, vision problems, nausea, dizziness, and various other medical problems.The patient’s wife and daughter arrived and requested Kay’s staff to call an ambulance. Thereafter, an ambulance transported the patient to the hospital where he was diagnosed with traumatic dissections of the vertebral and internal carotid arteries. He had a stroke and was in the hospital 13 days.The patient brought suit, and the case went to trial. Attorney Joe King, who represented the patient along with attorneys Joseph Aiello and David Hodge, argued the treatment tore arteries in the patient’s neck, and the patient’s health problems occurred immediately after he received treatment for a "crick" in his neck at the Kay Chiropractic Services offices in Huntsville. Also, the patient was not advised before the procedure that tears in arteries, or stroke, were a risk of the procedure. The plaintiff had to overcome defense arguments that the treatment could not have caused the injuries and that the patient was suffering a stroke when he arrived at the office. Defense counsel also argued for lesser damages because the patient had, despite a painful recovery, ultimately returned to work in his professional job, which he had worked in before the stroke.The jury returned a unanimous verdict in favor of the patient for $575,000. The jury award was for compensatory damages.
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