I. NOTABLE JURY VERDICTS, JUDGMENTS & APPEALS
Mark Glago has handled over 2,500 cases, and has taken over 160 cases to trial in Louisiana state courts. A few of the notable trials Mark was involved in are as follows:
$51.4 Million – Schweitzer v. RTA, et al. – jury verdict for minor child who suffered extensive damage to her arm, and had to undergo over 20 surgeries. This was the largest jury verdict for an individual plaintiff in the history of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. Attorney Johnnie Cochran was also a part of Plaintiff’s “trial team.”
$3.1 Million – Engle v. New Orleans Sewerage & Water Board – trial court judgment for Registered Nurse who suffered a brain injury.
$4.1 Million – Joseph vs. Entergy New Orleans, Inc. – secured affirmation of judgment awarding $4.1 million to individual with brain injury and sexual dysfunction.
$3.2 Million – Marion Cooper, et al. v. CNA Insurance Company – trial court judgment for family who suffered injuries in auto accident.
$1.5 Million – trial court judgment for family of hospital patient who died during Hurricane Katrina, liability and causation were both contested.
$1.06 Million – Terrance Tunstall v. Traveler’s Insurance Company – $1,060,000 trial court judgment for individual who suffered neck and back injuries, including two surgeries, in automobile accident. This judgment was in excess of Traveler’s insurance policy limits.
$460,000 – Preston v. United Fire Group – jury verdict for bed and breakfast damaged as a result of Hurricane Katrina; $50,000 was top offer before trial.
II. NOTABLE SETTLEMENTS
$25 Million – Settlement reached on the second day of trial for occupants of Memorial Hospital suing for premises liability.
$12.1 Million – Settlement for occupants of Lindy Boggs Hospital suing for premises liability.
$5.0 Million – Settlement for workers of a New Orleans hotel who suffered injuries and damages as a result of exposure to toxic mold.
$2.7 Million – Settlement for guests of a New Orleans hotel who suffered injuries and damages as a result of exposure to toxic mold.
$2.1 Million – Settlement for business which owned an apartment complex which suffered property damage and mold infestation after roof caved in.
$2.0 Million – Settlement for occupants of a hotel located in the Central Business District whose occupants suffered injuries from toxic mold.
$2.0 Million – Settlement for a nursing assistant involved in auto accident who had to undergo back surgery.
$2.0 Million – Admiralty settlement for Jones Act seaman who suffered a back injury while working as a deckhand aboard a vessel.
$1.54 Million – Received by medical malpractice victim who was made quadriplegic as a result of an ill-performed steroid injection in her neck. After winning the medical review panel and litigating for two years, the case was settled for the $500,000 medical malpractice limit plus past medical expenses. Further, as part of the settlement, the Patient’s Compensation Fund must pay all of her medical bills for the rest of her life.
$1.3 Million – Settlement reached on the third day of trial for a Motel which was damaged during Katrina. The highest offer the insurance company made before trial began was $100,000.
$960,000 – Settlement for store owner who suffered multiple fractures to his ankle as a result of auto accident.
$950,000 – Settlement for shopping plaza which was damaged as a result of a Hurricane. After the Hurricane and at all times prior to the settlement, the insurance company denied any payment whatsoever saying that an exclusion applied.
$725,000 – Partial settlement for a family whose mother died as a result of hospital negligence in the years leading up to Hurricane Katrina.
$700,000 – Settlement for client who suffered back injuries, including surgery, as a result of auto accident.
$700,000 – Settlement for an 18-wheeler driver who had to undergo back surgery as a result of a Texas auto accident.
$650,000 – Settlement for medical malpractice victim who had to undergo extensive surgery as a result of the malpractice of his nursing home.
$575,000 – Settlement for New Orleans resident who was involved in an auto accident and had to undergo a lumbar fusion.
$550,000 – Settlement for a groundskeeper who had an aggravation of a pre-existing condition to his back as a result of an auto accident.
$500,000 – Settlement for paralegal who was involved in auto accident and had to undergo a 2-level cervical fusion.
$500,000 – Settlement for Jones Act seaman who suffered back injuries while working on a vessel.
$500,000 – Medical malpractice settlement for 6 year old patient who suffered extensive injuries, including permanent brain damage, when she was under general anesthesia and was not given oxygen for over two minutes. Unfortunately, the $500,000 medical malpractice damage cap plus past and future medical bills was as much as she could get.
$450,000 – Settlement for housewife who was involved in auto accident and had to undergo a single level cervical fusion.
$424,666 – Partial settlement for widow whose husband died from mesothelioma as a result of exposure to asbestos while working for Exxon. This settlement was against a secondary defendant. The rest of the case is still pending against Exxon.
$400,000 – Settlement for man involved in auto accident who suffered neck injury.
$385,000– Settlement against intoxicated driver of automobile after accident wherein Plaintiff had to undergo a lumbar fusion.
$350,000 – Settlement for accident victim with back injury.
$325,000 – Settlement for woman involved in auto accident who suffered a back injury, but liability was disputed.
$325,000 – Settlement for business which suffered damage as a result of theft to air conditioning units on roof, coverage was disputed.
III. HURRICANE PROPERTY DAMAGE TRIALS
$212,500 Judgment – Javier Orellana v. Louisiana Citizens Property Insurance Corp. –
In July of 2007, The Glago Law Firm secured a judgment against Louisiana Citizens Fair Plan (LA Citizens) in Orleans Parish. The judgment represents months of turmoil for the Plaintiff, but at the end of the trial, the trial court ruled that LA Citizens must pay Mr. Orellana the full amount of damages to his house, which were $87,500. The Court then ruled that LA Citizens must pay the Plaintiff an additional $125,000 for all that LA Citizens put him through when they arbitrarily decided not to pay his claim.
LA Citizens filed an appeal to the Fourth Circuit, arguing that the Judge was not able to award mental anguish damages under the penalty statute (Art. 22:1220), and that LA Citizens should be immune from penalties. The Plaintiff argued that LA Citizens was incorrect and that the findings of the trial court should be affirmed. The Court of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court affirmed the judgment.
$311,000 Jury Verdict – Stephen and Kelly Panus v. Lexington Insurance Company –
The Glago Law Firm conducted this jury trial on behalf of Stephen and Kelly Panus for property damages, penalties and attorneys fees when their house was damaged by hurricane. At the conclusion of the 2 week long trial, the 12 members of the Orleand Parish jury awarded Mr. and Mrs. Panus over $300,000. The jury awarded the full amount of their property damages, which was $101,000. The jury then additionally awarded $30,000 in attorneys fees, plus $180,000 for all that Lexington put them through when they arbitrarily decided not to pay Mr. and Mrs. Panus a fair amount for the damages to their house.
$524,000 Jury Verdict – Dr. Joanne Preston d/b/a Chateau du Louisiane Bed & Breakfast v. Lafayette Insurance Company
As a result of Hurricane Katrina, Joanne Preston’s bed and breakfast in the Garden District of New Orleans suffered extensive damage. After Lafayette Insurance Company failed to pay her the amount she needed to repair her property in order that she may be able to house those left homeless after the storm, Dr. Preston hired the Glago Law Firm and the Irpino Law Firm. At the conclusion of the 5 day jury trial, the 12 members of the Orleans Parish Jury awarded Dr. Preston a total of $524,000, which included the full amount necessary to repair her bed and breakfast, plus her loss of income from the business interruption, attorney’s fees and penalties.
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