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3 Extraordinarily Large Personal Injury Settlements

January 19, 2016 Hastings and Hastings

Settlements in personal injury law suits can range anywhere in value from a few hundred dollars, to amounts in the billions. Today we are going to look at 3 of the largest personal injury settlements which have ever been reached. Each one of these settlements was accompanied by extraordinary circumstances which often resulted in unfortunate, catastrophic injuries.

William J. Moyle v. Concrete Industrial, Inc (2014)

This accident occurred on January 29, 2014. William J. Moyle was hit by a massive Mack truck which was deemed to have made an improper right turn across traffic. He suffered a traumatic spinal injury which impacted his ability to work. Moyle filed a personal injury suit against the driver of the truck, and its owner. On January 29, 2014, he was awarded a settlement of $19,607,486.

Anderson v. General Motors (1993)

The Anderson family was driving home from church on Christmas Eve in their 1979 Chevy Malibu when they were rear-ended by a drunk driver. The Malibu’s gas tank exploded and the car was consumed in fire. Although everyone escaped, the children were badly burned. It was discovered that the fuel system in Malibu was Defective. The Anderson family was awarded $4.9 billion. To date this was the largest personal injury verdict in history.

Michael Bolen v BNSF Railway Company (2014)

Michael Bolen worked as a conductor and brakeman for the BNSF railway company in Jefferson County, Missouri. It was an otherwise normal day until Bolen tripped over a large rock and fell across the train tracks. Before he could get up, a switching operation was completed and a train rolled forward and ran over his leg. Bolen filed suit against the BNSF Railway Company who claimed that Bolen himself had been negligent in the accident. The jury disagreed with this assertion as they awarded Bolen with $12.5 million in damages.