During the course of his career Mr. Butler has represented thousands of injured people in personal injury lawsuits. Many of our largest settlements include a confidentiality provision which prohibits their disclosure on our website. The following is a recent sampling of verdicts and settlements which are a matter of public record and not subject to confidentiality provisions.
We are most proud of cases where we have achieved results greatly exceeding the amount of stated insurance coverage or so called “final offers”.
Recent Case Results
significantly increased that offer and the case settle
Learn more about this significant electrocution case.
Confidential Settlement reached after 1 week of trial in student wrongful death case involving School Bus (March 2013)
After a 5 day trial a jury rejected the argument and awarded damages of approximately $50,000 and judgement was entered totalling $105,000.
Defective Handicap Ramp Lawsuit Settlement ($275,000 plus installation of a new ADA compliant ramp) (2012)
Confidential Settlement - Defective Concrete Transporter Equipment - Wrongful Death of Worker Lawsuit (2012)
Confidential Settlement Against Major Trucking Manufacturer & Fuel Tanker Company for Wrongful Death of Driver (2010)
Largest U.S. Auto Insurer Settles Case for More than Policy Limits Shortly Before Trial (MVA with Cervical Injury and Post Concussion Headaches (Sep 2010)
The unwritten policy was unknown to the terminal managers in the company and is not regularly utilized in the industry. Howard Butler of the Butler Law Group litigated the case on the basis that the policy was a systematic violation of 440.205 entitling the claimant to tort damages. The case was settled a few weeks before trial.
62 year old retired male rear end collision with moderate TBI (Jan 2009)
($75,000 pre trial offer - $958,000 Jury Verdict) Bad Faith Pending
A demand was made against the uninsured motorist carrier State Farm but they chose to offer only $75,000 of their $100,000 policy limits. Howard Butler, Esquire of the Butler Law Group filed suit and took the case to trial. State Farm was successful in keeping out all evidence of alcohol and intoxication as to the adverse driver. SF argued that the plaintiff had only a 6th grade education, suffered a concussion with little or no sequelae and a myriad of pre-existing health and mental problems. They argued that his life was essentially unchanged. After a week and a half of evidence including neuropsychology, a jury rendered a verdict roughly 12.5 times SF’s pre-suit offer.
Premises Liability Verdicts and Settlements
Fall from Ladder during Training Exercise (Multiple Fractures - $1 Million Settlement (Policy Limits)
other basic firefighting techniques. During the students very first ladder training exercise they were directed to wear full bunker gear and taken to a nearby field. There a number of students were ordered to retrieve and carry a 35 foot, 175 pound ground ladder to a designated spot where it was to be suspended straight upward using four ropes tied to the top of the ladder for support. Two students were placed at the base of the ladder and one student on each of the four ropes while students took turns climbing up and over the top of the ladder in their 25-pound bunker gear. During Plaintiff’s climb, 2 males were holding the ropes on one side and 2 females on the other side. One of the females was approximately 5’2″ and 100 pounds. Not surprisingly, the smaller female student was unable to hold the additional weight and the ladder fell causing multiple high impact injuries to Plaintiff as she fell and struck the hard ground. Liability (Fault) was denied and a lawsuit was filed by Howard Butler of Ossi, Butler, Najem & Rosario. Discovery revealed that the head instructor was aware that this advanced, controversial and dangerous maneuver served no practical purpose but chose to include it in the curriculum so as to “build confidence.” Investigation revealed were no safety nets, padding or any type of designated safe landing area utilized. In fact there were numerous potential hazards within striking distance of the designated location for the subject ladder.
The case ultimately settled for the policy limits of $1 million.
Female Customer Trips on Unsecured skateboard left in aisle of toy store (Pretrial offer of $125,000 - Multiple injuries verdict $925,189.97)
*Schmoldt PowerPoint, Verdict Form and Jury Verdict Reporter Summary
Plaintiff's trip and fall at local restaurant results in development of RSD in lower limb (Settlement - $725,000.00)
During the course of discovery, it was determined that the restaurant had known of the previous problems concerning stair molding and Plaintiff’s experts had determined that the stairwell violated multiple aspects of local building codes. The defense claimed that the Plaintiff had a propensity to fall as she had fallen some three times within the previous 3 years causing injury to her lower limbs. Also, the defense argued that the Plaintiff was comparatively negligent in not noticing a defect in the molding and was the only individual who had fallen notwithstanding that 8 to 10 of her co-employees had descended the stairwell along with her. As a result of multiple mediations, a settlement was obtained.
Automobile/Truck Accident Verdicts and Settlements
Television Actor rear ended by a commercial van-cervical injury-aggravation of pre-existing condition (Pretrial offer of $75,000 - Verdict $872,249.46)
*See PowerPoint Presentation, Verdict Form.
Howard G. Butler obtains 14 times the carriers policy limit in auto collision case involving back surgery ($25,000 policy limit - $350,000 settlement - Bad Faith)
Motorist forced off of road by tractor-trailer changing lanes causing multiple fatalities. ($600,000.00 pretrial settlement)
Client initially determined to be at fault in tractor Trailer collision wrongful death (Settlement $800,000)
16 year old female-motor vehicle collision-non surgical compression fracture and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
(Best prior offer $15,000 - $150,000 Uninsured Motorist Settlement with Allstate).
Allstate settles auto collision case involving soft tissue cervical injury for 3 times its policy limits After receiving a final settlement offer of $11,000 in response to a demand for Allstates policy limits ($25k)
Mild Traumatic Brain Injuries
62 year old retired male rear end collision with moderate TBI (Jan 2009) ($75,000 pre trial offer - $958,000 Jury Verdict) Bad Faith Pending
A demand was made against the uninsured motorist carrier State Farm but they chose to offer only $75,000 of their $100,000 policy limits. Howard Butler, Esquire of the Butler Law Group filed suit and took the case to trial. State Farm was successful in keeping out all evidence of alcohol and intoxication as to the adverse driver. SF argued that the plaintiff had only a 6th grade education, suffered a concussion with little or no sequelae and a myriad of pre-existing health and mental problems. They argued that his life was essentially unchanged. After a week and a half of evidence including testimony by experts in bioengineering, human tolerance, neuroradiology, neuropsychology, etc a jury rendered a verdict roughly 12.5 times SF’s pre-suit offer.
Elderly Retired NJ Woman-Tractor Trailer collision-multiple injuries (Initial offer < $35,000 - $362,500 settlement)
Mild but significant traumatic brain injury from automobile accident (Pretrial offer $10,000 - Verdict $260,000)
Optic (Eye) Nerve Injury from automobile accident resulting in partial visual disturbance ($325,000 Settlement)
Drunk Driving Accidents
Drunk Driver Hit & Run – Non Surgical Herniated Disks (Pretrial offer of $60,000 - Verdict $794,220.65 compensatory & punitive damages)
Auto Defects Liability
Rollover/Seatback Failure – confidential seven figure settlement obtained by Howard G. Butler for a young military man ejected from SUV following a foreseeable rear end collision. Experts in vehicle
design safety, vehicle handling, occupant restraints, forensic investigation, warnings and life care planning were utilized to overcome various defenses.
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