Verdicts And Settlements

  • $1.6 million judgement for a slip and fall workplace injury and an additional $240,000 settlement from the employer, a State Agency.
  • $300,000 settlement for a child who suffered a traumatic brain injury while playing at a relative's home.
  • $240,000 for a client who suffered a severe hand injury at work.
  • $160,000 jury verdict on a trespass case from a business trespassing on our client's property. After trial the business also bought our client's home from them allowing a fresh start. Important to note, 5 other lawyers turned down the case prior to the client coming to Duke and Heath.
  • $150,000 settlement on the eve of trial on a small impact but injured client case, where the prior attorney withdrew from the case prior to filing suit when the insurance company refused to pay his $80,000 demand.
  • $130,000 settlement for a child who was injured playing in a neighbor's yard.
  • $70,000 pre-trial settlement from an Employer who wrongfully terminated our client.
  • Policy limits awarded after the insurance company denied liability when a car was parked on the off-ramp of the interstate. After Duke and Heath investigated the case and fought with the insurance company, the insurer decided it was best to tender policy limits.
  • After filing suit, Duke and Heath got 19 times more than the pre-suit offer for a client that was hit while walking into her place of employment.
  • Duke and Heath settled one case on the eve of trial for 22 times the amount the insurance company offered prior to our involvement with the case on an under-insured motorist claim.
  • After a previous attorney walked away from one of our clients, Duke and Heath filed suit and received 2.5 times more than the previous attorney was offered to settle the case.
  • In one case, our client collided with a vehicle that was parked on an interstate off ramp. The vehicle was parked in a dangerous location with no visible warning lights of any kind. The insurance company completely denied liability and claimed that our client should have avoided the collision under Georgia's "last clear chance" doctrine. We sent our client to doctors and specialists in the area, with whom we work closely, to ensure that his extensive injuries were properly treated. After our thorough investigation of the case and our threat of filing suit, the insurance company reviewed our evidence and offered our client policy limits for his injuries and paid for more than the full value of his vehicle.
  • In another case, our client was hit in a parking lot while walking into her place of work. The insurance company acted as if our client's injuries were frivolous, even though she had been flung into the air after being struck by the at-fault driver. The insurance company completely ignored all attempts to settle the case prior to our firm filing suit. We proceeded with filing our suit to ensure that our client's rights were protected, and we were able to settle the case prior to a trial for more than nineteen times the insurance company's initial offer.
  • Another case involved a serious accident between our client and an under-insured motorist. The insurance company was not willing to fulfill its obligations under our client's policy until we filed suit. During the course of litigation, and on the eve of trial, were able to force the insurance company to honor its obligation to our client, and we were able to settle his case for twenty-two times the amount that the insurance company had offered our client prior to our involvement in the case.
  • Another case, after our client's prior attorney told her that he could not get any additional money for her but filed suit on her behalf, the Duke Law Firm took over the case. During litigation but prior to trial, Desiree Duke and Timothy Heath were able to get our client 2.5 times more than the last offer with her prior attorney because the insurance company knew we would and do take cases to trial.