Mississippi Personal Injury Firm

Recent Settlements & Verdicts

Our personal injury attorneys at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman PLLC are proud of their client-centered approach and dedicated counsel. We work hard and it shows in our many positive settlements and verdicts. While no firm can promise a result, we offer a sample of our recent cases as a testament to our commitment.

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  • $1,950,000.00 Settlement
    Confidential Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be identified. The case involved a big truck versus a passenger car accident with clear negligence on behalf of the truck driver who disregarded a traffic control device and crossed a major highway directly in the path of travel of our client. The accident occurred in Marshall County, Mississippi. Our client received severe injuries requiring extensive medical care and rehabilitation. After intense negotiations, case was settled for the maximum allowed under the tort claims act in the State of Mississippi.
  • $1,600,000.00 Personal Injury Judgment
    Confidential Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be identified. The case involved a disfiguring injury to a child who was injured when the driver of the vehicle she was riding in side-swiped another vehicle on a major highway in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The lawsuit filed included charges of negligence of the at fault driver as well as allegations of social host liability. After proof of injuries and damages was presented in court the injured girl and her family were awarded a judgment in excess of $1,600,000.00 for pain and suffering as well as for medical bills incurred as a result of the serious injuries sustained.
  • $1,600,000 Settlement
    Jane Doe et al. v. XYZ Industries, Inc. Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of this case and the parties can not be disclosed. The case involved a woman who worked in a furniture plant in Mississippi who had her legs severely cut by a band saw that was used to cut foam for seat cushions. The case was a products liability case where we sued the manufacturer for making an unsafe product. After filing suit, the Defendant settled for $1,600,000 before the case went to trial. his client also received a maximum workers' compensation settlement of $140,000.
  • $1,450,000.00 Personal Injury Settlement
    Confidential

    This 2013 case involved a young woman who was rear-ended by another vehicle in DeSoto County, Mississippi. The force of the blow fractured her neck and, unfortunately, she died at the scene of the crash. The at-fault driver had a large liability insurance policy but the defense attorney tried to argue that the deceased’s tail lights were not functioning. Mr. Gilder and Mr. Howell hired a top expert in the field who performed tests on the vehicle and proved that the tail light bulbs were fully functional at the time of the collision. The Defendant’s insurance company paid a settlement in the amount of $1,450,000.00 within about 6 months of the accident.

  • $1,060,000 Settlement
    Coley v. Carl Newsome, et. al. This case involved a car/train collision at a rural railroad crossing in Arkansas. After an investigation by our firm, it was discovered that the railroad crossing was grown up with vegetation and had not been properly maintained.
  • $1,019,000.00 Property and Business Settlement
    Confidential Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be identified. The case involved extensive damages sustained by a land and business owner by adjacent land developers who failed to maintain proper erosion control measures. After filing suit and retaining experts, the matter proceeded through litigation and was hard fought before a settlement was obtained for our injured client to compensate for damages sustained.
  • $1,000,000 Settlement
    Wisdom v. Ruark

    In this case, the plaintiff’s decedent had a box fall off the back of his truck into the roadway at Craft Rd. and Church Rd. He apparently turned his vehicle around to come back and parked in the center median lane just beyond where it becomes a turn lane for the intersection. He had his lights on facing into the oncoming traffic. It was still dark and there was a light rain. He was hit by a vehicle driven by Ruark in the lane near the back end of where his truck was parked. The police department concluded that the pedestrian plaintiff’s decedent was the sole cause in the accident. CGHP opened an estate for the purpose of conducting discovery and POSSIBLY filing a suit. After subpoenas were issued, and the box found on site, we were able to prove that Ruark saw a box in the road and was looking to try to change lanes when he hit Mr. Wisdom. Mr. Wisdom had crossed two lanes picked up the box and was returning to the his truck when he was hit and that although Mr. Wisdom was wearing dark clothes the box had a metal carrying case that would have been visible to an attentive driver. We were also able to locate uninsured motorist coverage on the company vehicle in order to maximize our client’s recovery. The case settled pre-suit for policy limits.

  • $897,000 Recovery
    Robyn Howard v. Aetna Life Insurance Company , Royal Sonesta, Inc., Sonesta International Hotel Corp., et al This case involved some newlyweds who went to New Orleans for their honeymoon. On the second night of the trip, the groom drowned in the hotel pool at the Royal Sonesta Hotel on Bourbon Street. An investigation revealed that the pool was not built according to Louisiana law and the pool lacked safety features which were required by Louisiana law. The case also involved a claim against Charity Hospital in New Orleans which rendered care to the young victim prior to his death. The total amount obtained for this client from all defendants was $897,000.
  • $725,000 DeSoto County Settlement
    Foster v. Kroger Dedicated Logistics Company and Tullos In this case, the plaintiff Mr. Foster was driving in a construction zone on the interstate. A vehicle in front of the Plaintiff slammed on his brakes. Mr. Foster was able to get to a complete stop but the 18 wheeler owned by Kroger behind Mr. Foster and driven by Tullos was unable to stop. Kroger initially denied liability. Suit was filed and this firm was able to establish in discovery several violations by the driver. Mr. Foster suffered an injury to his neck which resulted in a fusion at two levels. CGHP hired experts to establish Mr. Foster’s vocational disability. After formal mediation and shortly before trial the case was settled.
  • $411,600 Verdict
    Robert Maines and Teresa McElvain v. Robert T. Hill and Wer-Mac Express, Inc., and/or Gwendolyn Nunley and Willie M. Ellis This case occurred in Memphis and involved the driver of a truck struck by an 18-wheeler at an intersection. Our client incurred a permanently injured shoulder. After a trial in Federal District Court in Memphis, the jury awarded a verdict in favor of our client for $411,600.00.
  • $350,000 Settlement
    Smith v. Imperial Trading Company and Estate of Watson

    Plaintiff’s decedent was an elderly woman riding in a Medicare provided van to her doctor’s appointment. A vehicle owned by Imperial was driving on the divided highway in the opposite direction. That car crossed the median, jumped over the guard rail and bounced into the second lane hitting head on the vehicle our client was riding in killing her. CGHP opened an estate for the purpose of conducting discovery and possibly bringing suit and issued subpoena’s to discover all of the facts regarding the accident. There was a question about whether a medical event to the adverse driver had caused the accident which could have avoided responsibility. This firm subpoenaed the driver’s medical records and liability was admitted for purposes of settlement. The case settled through negotiations before suit was filed.


  • $350,000.00
    Confidential

    Mississippi case settled for $350,000.00 in 2019 at mediation after two years of litigation. The identity of the parties is confidential by agreement. The case involved a prescription error that resulted in serious, life-threatening injuries for our elderly client. An important aspect of the damages consideration in the settlement was for the loss of enjoyment of life as the injuries took away our client’s ability to enjoy many of his normal activities in his golden years. Experts retained by the attorneys at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman greatly helped establish the relationship of the prescription error with the injuries suffered by this gentleman. We are happy to have achieved some measure of justice for this gross deviation from the standard of care.

  • $300,000.00
    Confidential

    Mississippi premises liability case settled in 2019 for $300,000.00. The identity of the parties is confidential by agreement. The case involved the negligence of the apartment owners and management in the repair of plumbing issues experienced by the tenant. Our client was injured when she slipped and hit her head on the wet bathroom floor with enough force to cause both of her eye retinas to detach. The attorneys at Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman retained the services of the leading ophthalmologist in the country to give testimony on behalf of the Plaintiff relating her eye injuries to the force of the fall. This provided undeniable proof as to causation and helped us to achieve an excellent settlement for our client.

  • $295,000 Tate County Settlement
    Gibbs v. Wendelta, Inc.

    In this case, the plaintiff’s minor child while exiting a Wendy’s restaurant stepped from the sidewalk onto what appeared to be a wet blacktop parking lot. She fell on what turned out to be “black ice” breaking her ankle. The minor required surgery to repair the ankle with an external fixation. A claim was made and denied. CGHP filed suit and was able, during discovery, to find evidence that there was a leaking faucet near the drive-thru that had been leaking for an extended period of time. The leak drained along the blacktop beside the sidewalk from the exit of the restaurant into the parking lot. Through information from the national weather service we were able to show that the temperature had been above freezing when the minor entered the restaurant but was several degrees below freezing after darkness when she exited. The employees of the restaurant knew that the temperature would go below freezing while the leak continued. Plaintiff alleged that the defendant failed to fix the leak, to the put out a chemical to prevent the freezing or to warn of the ice. The case settled at mediation.


  • $125,000.00 Settlement
    Rose V. Piggly Wiggly

    This Mississippi premises liability case settled in 2020 for $125,000.00. The facts involved an elderly woman who slipped and fell on an oily substance on the floor of a Panola County, Mississippi supermarket. The fall was so violent our client suffered a torn rotator cuff in her shoulder. Mr. Howell was able to provide proof that the substance on the floor was actually cooking oil that had likely been spilled by an employee of the store while setting it out on display. Because the dangerous condition was likely created by a store employee, the store was on actual notice of the spill and thus, liable for the claimant’s injuries and damages. This claim settled with the supermarket’s insurance carrier before suit was ever filed.

  • Confidential

    Due to a confidentiality agreement, the name of the case and the parties cannot be disclosed. This motor vehicle collision occurred in Florida in January of 2016. The violent crash was caused when the driver of a commercial vehicle failed to yield and turned left directly in front of the on-coming vehicle of Mr. Howell’s client. Our client received neck injuries and was forced to undergo surgery. After suit was filed and depositions were taken, the parties were able to resolve the case at mediation and the insurance company for the defendant paid Mr. Howell’s client $450,000.00.

  • Confidential Pontotoc County Settlement
    Confidential

    In this case, an elderly retired gentleman was returning home driving down Old Highway 6 in Pontotoc. He was preparing to make a left hand turn onto his street. As he was making the turn, his vehicle was clobbered by a company car coming from the opposite direction. CGHP opened an estate to conduct discovery and to file suit if necessary. Pursuant to subpoenas issued to law enforcement and to the coroner's office, this firm was able to establish that the driver of the company car had alcohol in his system. An accident reconstruction expert was hired who determined that the vehicle had been driving at as high a speed as almost double the posted speed limit. Any contest as to liability for turning left in front of the vehicle was dropped and the parties reached a confidential settlement.


  • Confidential
    Confidential

    In this case and elderly retired gentleman was returning home driving down Old Highway 6 in Pontotoc. He was preparing to make a left hand turn onto his street. As he was making the turn, his vehicle was clobbered by a company car coming from the opposite direction. CGHP opened an estate to conduct discovery and to file suit if necessary. Pursuant to subpoenas issued to law enforcement and to the coroners office, this firm was able to establish that the driver of the company car had alcohol in his system. An accident reconstruction expert was hired who determined that the vehicle had been driving at as high a speed as almost double the posted speed limit. Any contest as to liability for turning left in front of the vehicle was dropped and the parties reached a confidential settlement.

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