Subject: Verdicts & Settlements December 10, 2007: settlement goes to estate of former executive

Pub: North Carolina Lawyers Weekly

Author: North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Staff

Category: Justice,Automotive

Sub-Category: Courts

Issue Date: 12/10/2007      Word Count: 211

Verdicts & Settlements December 10, 2007: settlement goes to estate of former executive

by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly Staff

Dolan Media Newswires


RALEIGH, NC -- Type of action: Wrongful death Motor vehicle

Case name: Confidential

Case number: Confidential

Court: Confidential

Settlement or verdict: Settlement (mediation)

Mediator's name: Burton Craige

Settlement date: Oct. 18, 2007

Special damages: Funeral expenses, loss of net income and services, loss of society and companionship

Plaintiff's experts: Lee Brinkley Bryan, MEd, CRC, CVE of Athens, Ga. (vocational rehabilitation consultant); Mike Dickinson, PE of Matthews (accident reconstruction); J. Finley Lee, Ph.D of Chapel Hill (economist); Michael E. McLeod, Ph.D. of Boone (economist).

Plaintiff's attorneys: W. Thompson Comerford, Jr. and Kevin J. Williams of Comerford & Britt, LLP, Winston-Salem; R. Brandt Deal of Hatfield, Mountcastle, Deal, Van Zandt & Mann, LLP of Winston-Salem.

Submitted by: W. Thompson Comerford Jr.

This case arose out of a collision between the defendant's tractor-trailer and a Mazda Miata operated by the plaintiff's decedent.

The decedent, who had recently lost his position as a mid-level executive, was traveling in the right lane of U.S. 421 North, a divided four-lane highway, near Winston-Salem.

The defendant tractor-trailer, which was traveling in the same direction, struck the decedent's vehicle causing it to lose control. The decedent, who was the vehicle's only occupant, was killed in the accident.

The decedent was survived by his wife and their two children, ages 21 and 18.

The case settled after mediation and before trial.

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