Case Victories

  • $70,000,000

    Medical Malpractice

    In 2000, Rebecca Blasco checked into the hospital of one of the nation’s largest health management organizations, in labor with her first baby. Over her objection, she received multiple doses of a contraction-strengthening “off-label” drug, despite warnings against such use by the Federal Drug Administration as well as the drug manufacturer. The drug, misoprostil, is designed to treat gastrointestinal reflux. It is sometimes used “off-label” by inserting a portion of a tablet to stimulate uterine contractions. In the late 1990s the FDA and the drug’s manufacturer cautioned against this off-label use, due to its association with excessive uterine contractions and fetal injuries.
    Nevertheless, the HMO had a policy of using misoprostil off-label, rather than an available FDA-approved medication, in order to save approximately $125 per patient. Baby Abigael ultimately suffered severe brain injury from oxygen deprivation. After four years of litigation, the HMO refused to engage in settlement discussions with Abi Blasco’s family. Woodruff took the case to arbitration and approximately two months later the California judge issued an award of nearly $70 million. It is the largest medical malpractice arbitration award in U.S. history.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $23,000,000

    Defective Products

    Settlement for group of individuals injured by a defective product. Dan was a member of a national team of lawyers who helped secure this settlement. The largest single settlement in the country was paid to Dan’s individual client.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $15,000,000

    Medical Malpractice

    A jury handed down a $15 million verdict to a man who was paralyzed from the chest down just hours after a doctor at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs discharged him. It’s the largest sum ever awarded in a medical malpractice suit in Colorado.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $8,910,000

    Car Accident

    Roll over collision – Steve Wahlberg represented the driver of a vehicle struck by a drunk driver. The Court entered judgment of $4,455,000 including 1.5 million in physical impairment, $4,455,000 in punitive damages

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $6,012,000

    Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident

    Steve Wahlberg and Mike Kane received the largest personal injury verdict in Colorado in 2016. They represented a pedestrian who was run over by a bus. The jury awarded the fourth largest verdict in Colorado History for permanent physical impairment plus all of Mr. McDonald’s past and future medical expenses. The jury found that Horizon Coach Lines was 100% comparatively negligent.

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    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
    • Michael P. Kane
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  • $4,444,750

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg and Tom Tasker obtained a jury verdict based on a highway speed collision. The Defendant crossed the center line and caused a head-on collision, which killed the driver and seriously injured his wife. The case was settled with the primary defendant and proceeded to a jury verdict against the uninsured/underinsured motorist carrier. The case was successfully settled after appeal.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
    • Thomas G. Tasker
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  • $3,900,000

    Medical Malpractice

    David Woodruff helped his client receive a $3.9 million verdict, the largest ever in Fort Collins, in a case where a woman was paralyzed on her right side due to a misdiagnosis in the Emergency Room in 2006. The woman was treated for a migraine and discharged from the ER when in fact she had a bleed on her brain. Attorneys believe that a CT scan would have caught the real problem, saving a tremendous amount of health problems, as well as pain and suffering.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $2,750,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg obtained the largest jury verdict in Colorado on behalf of a photographer seriously injured by a drunk driver. The jury awarded Mr. Wahlberg’s client all of her medical expenses, past and future, plus $1,200,000 in permanent physical impairment and $1,300,000 in punitive damages. Because Wahlberg made an offer to settle the case at policy limits—he was able to collect the full amount of the judgment in a bad faith case against the Defendant’s liability carrier.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $2,730,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg represented a passenger in a vehicle hit by a drunk driver. Mr. Wahlberg obtained a judgment against a drunk driver in a roll over collision including an award of $750,000 and exemplary damages of $1,365,000.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $2,600,000

    Truck Accident

    In January 2016, Steve Wahlberg and Tom Tasker obtained a $2.6 million settlement from a reckless truck driver who seriously injured a Wyoming wheat farmer and killed his beloved wife. Tom Tasker argued and briefed the case all the way to the Supreme Court—winning the full victory on coverage. Shortly after Mr. Tasker’s victory, the case settled.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
    • Thomas G. Tasker
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  • $2,100,000

    Airplane Accident

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel on an airplane crash resulting in the wrongful death of his client. Wahlberg proved that the Pilot’s error in judgment departing in bad weather was the cause of the collision.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $2,000,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Settlement for client who sustained a brain injury at birth.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $1,800,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Settlement for client who sustained damage to the vestibular system during sinus surgery.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $1,600,000

    Truck Accident

    Steve Wahlberg represented a school teacher who was seriously injured in a multi-car/truck collision on I-70 near the Kansas border. The liability claim was successfully settled prior to filing suit on the uninsured/underinsured motorist claim. Mr. Wahlberg was able to “stack” the uninsured/underinsured motorist policy on top of the liability policy. Mr. Wahlberg took the deposition of the truck driver that caused the collision and State Farm’s regional manager. Mr. Wahlberg claimed that State Farm acted in Bad Faith by unreasonably delaying benefits to their clients. State Farm settled the claim within 30 days of trial.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,500,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Settlement following jury trial for family of man who died from HMO patient neglect

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $1,450,000

    Car Accident

    Wahlberg settled a case in Federal Court based on a horrible head-on collision, resulting in serious injuries. Wahlberg successfully argued that there were multiple uninsured/underinsured motorist policies that were liable to his clients. After the claims were briefed, the cases were successfully settled before trial.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,400,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel and settled a case against a landscape company. Wahlberg alleged that the driver of the company truck was reckless and caused the felonious killing of a teenager. Wahlberg argued that the cap for wrongful death damages does not apply when the defendant commits a felonious killing. The case settled shortly before trial, well in excess of the wrongful death cap.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,300,000

    Car Accident

    In April 2016, Tom Tasker won the appeal of a $1.3 judgment he had obtained against a major insurance company in a bad-faith case.
    • Thomas G. Tasker
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  • $1,300,000

    Defective Products

    Settlement to girl who suffered Stevens-Johnson Syndrome due to lamotrigine overdose.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $1,250,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg settled a case on behalf of a 65 year old man who was the victim of a drag racing contest. The 2 defendants were engaged in a speed contest resulting in a horrible collision and serious injuries. The case was settled before trial for policy limits.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,118,760

    Truck Accident

    Steve Wahlberg and Michael Nimmo proceeded to trial and received an award of total damages in the amount of $1,118,760. The Judgment was reduced by comparative negligence of a non-party and the plaintiff before all issues were successfully resolved by the parties. Mr. Wahlberg’s client was injured when a slab of granite fell off of a truck after being transported across the country to Denver.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,100,000

    Defective Products

    Settlement to girl severely burned by defective space heater.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $1,100,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg settled a highway speed collision case for $1,100,000 in December 2013. Wahlberg alleged that the defendant veered out of the center lane of C-470 without signaling, causing a high speed collision. Wahlberg obtained the cell phone records of the defendant-which showed that he left the scene of the accident, but called his criminal defense lawyer four times. Wahlberg petitioned the court to amend the complaint to add punitive damages, which was granted. The defendant agreed to settle the case for policy limits of $1,100,000.00.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,100,000

    Car Accident

    Colorado personal injury attorney Steve Wahlberg brought a claim on behalf of his client against the parents of a college student who was drunk at the time of the car accident. Wahlberg conducted discovery and learned that the defendant was under age. The defendant was provided alcohol at the family home by his parents. The defendant left the family home and went to another party, consuming more alcohol. Mr. Wahlberg’s client was a passenger in the defendant’s car and was seriously injured.

    Wahlberg was able to prove that the defendant’s parents illegally provided alcohol to their twenty year old son. Wahlberg was able to access the liability policy on the parent’s vehicle and the umbrella policy on the parent’s home to successfully settle the case prior to trial.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $1,100,000

    Car Accident

    Tom Tasker represented a badly injured young man whose own auto insurer only offered him a small fraction of his policy limits. Tom sued the insurance company, and after taking several very damaging depositions of the insurance company’s claim personnel, Tom made the insurer pay a $1.1 million settlement in January 2015.
    • Thomas G. Tasker
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  • $1,000,000

    Car Accident

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  • $1,000,000

    Premises Liability

    Ross Ziev represented a 73-year-old woman who fell over a mat which had not been secured to the floor at Lutheran Medical Center, breaking her shoulder and requiring two shoulder surgeries. The hospital offered nothing before a lawsuit was filed and then only offered $12,500 at mediation. The jury returned a verdict which, with interest, was in excess of $1,000,000.

    • Ross I. Ziev
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  • $950,000

    Dangerous Drug

    Settlement to widow of man who suffered heart attack from taking Adderall.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $937,500

    Car Accident

    Wahlberg represented a woman who was driving to work when the defendant’s truck ran a red light. The defendant claimed that he had a green light. The criminal case went to trial and Wahlberg provided support to the Deputy District Attorney. The defendant was convicted in the criminal case of running the red light—which forced the defendant’s insurance carrier into mediation with Wahlberg and his client. The defendant agreed to pay all of the medical bills, lost earnings and over $800,000 for pain, suffering and physical impairment.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $913,554

    Truck Accident

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel in a case against an interstate trucking company. Wahlberg’s client was badly injured when an interstate truck collided with another truck and then smashed into his client’s vehicle. Wahlberg’s client received a settlement for all of her past and future medical expenses, pain, suffering, physical impairment and disfigurement.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $900,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Settlement to widow for husband’s death from wound hematoma following spine surgery.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $782,000

    Truck Accident

    Mike Kane and Michael Nimmo obtained a verdict in US District Court against Knight Transportation after a jury found the trucking company negligent for running our client off the road, causing serious injuries.
    • Michael P. Kane
    • Michael L. Nimmo
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  • $750,000

    Truck Accident

    Our client was run off the road by a bus that fled the scene. We were able to locate the bus driver through our investigation, and obtained a settlement of $750,000.00
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $750,000

    Gross Negligence

    Steve Wahlberg obtained a $750,000 jury verdict in a wrongful death case on behalf of the family of a soldier at Fort Carson, Colorado. The jury awarded the statutory cap for grief and loss of companionship plus economic damages. Wahlberg’s client was killed due to a backdraft of carbon monoxide gas due to the faulty repair of a furnace.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $750,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement against bus company when its driver ran client off the road and into a ditch. Bus driver fled scene of incident and I was able to locate driver and several witnesses.

    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $700,000

    Car Accident

    Mike Kane settled this claim on behalf of his client who was hit at an intersection by a teenage girl who ran a red light.
    • Michael P. Kane
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  • $700,000

    Dangerous Drug

    Settlement to man who suffered Stevens-Johnson Syndrome due to overdose of lamotrigine.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $650,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Arbitration award against Kaiser Permanente for delayed diagnosis of brain tumor.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $620,000

    Motorcycle Accident

    Steve Wahlberg and Michael Nimmo represented a client who was seriously injured in a motorcycle to motorcycle collision. The evidence showed that the defendant crossed the center line striking Mr. Wahlberg’s client head-on causing serious injuries.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $600,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Federal Torts Claims Act case against a Medicaid clinic when one if its physicians misdiagnosed clients cancer. Client would up with permanent colostomy bag.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $575,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement for client who was hit by left turning vehicle at an intersection. Client suffered severe injuries to face and jaw.

    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $575,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg successfully settled an uninsured motorist case based on a highway speed collision and wrongful death. Wahlberg was able to obtain policy limits from the defendant and stack uninsured/underinsured motorist policies to obtain a fair settlement for his client.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $575,000

    Truck Accident

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel in a case against a trucking company that settled shortly before trial. Wahlberg was able to prove that the trucking company violated Federal Regulations regarding Commercial Vehicles—the defendant hired a felon and destroyed records that are mandated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $550,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg’s client was northbound on I-25 and struck by the defendant’s truck. The defendant left the scene of the accident, but was spotted by an eyewitness.

    Mr. Wahlberg was able to sue the hit-and-run driver and amend the complaint to bring a claim for punitive damages against the Defendant. The parties successfully settled the claim for $550,000 two weeks before trial.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $550,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement for client who was rear-ended at low rate of speed and who’s vehicle received very little damage. while stopped at a stop light. Client injured neck and shoulder requiring surgery.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $500,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement for client who was rear-ended at low rate of speed and who’s vehicle received very little damage, while stopped at a stop light. Client injured neck and shoulder requiring surgery.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $500,000

    Truck Accident

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel on a wrongful death case against a trucking company. Wahlberg was able to settle the case for the cap on wrongful death damages and economic damages.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $500,000

    Car Accident

    Wahlberg was able to successfully settle a claim for his client—even though she had significant pre-existing conditions. This client had been involved in a previous collision and had substantial medical procedures. Wahlberg was able to prove that his client was extremely vulnerable to another collision and that the aggravation of her pre-existing condition was caused by the recent collision.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $500,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement to man severely injured in t-bone car accident.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $450,000

    Defective Products

    Settlement to family of boy killed by synthetic marijuana sold by convenience store.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $450,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel on a case against a drunk driver. The defendant turned left on a red light causing a head-on collision with Wahlberg’s clients. Wahlberg’s clients sustained a broken ankle requiring 2 surgeries and a mild traumatic brain injury.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $450,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Steve Wahlberg served as lead counsel on a case involving negligent care at a nursing home resulting in gruesome bedsores and the need for surgical skin grafts.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $425,000

    Defective Products

    Settlement to family of woman murdered by inmate due to faulty ankle monitoring bracelet.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $413,000

    Motorcycle Accident

    Steve Wahlberg and Mike Kane obtained the largest jury verdict in Colorado History for “soft-tissue” injuries. Wahlberg and Kane sued a drunk driver who smashed into a motorcyclist. Their client did not suffer any broken bones or require surgery. The defendant paid the verdict in full.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
    • Michael P. Kane
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  • $400,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Settlement to man severely injured by misdiagnosed heart attack.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $350,000

    Motorcycle Accident

    Steve Wahlberg represented a woman who was traveling through an intersection with a green light. The defendant ran a red light causing a T-bone collision. Mr. Wahlberg’s client injured her lower back and was expected to have a future surgery. Mr. Wahlberg was able to settle the liability and underinsured motorist claim for policy limits of $350,000.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $300,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement following jury verdict to man injured in rear-end car accident.
    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $250,000

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg settled a case on behalf of a young marine who was horribly injured in a highway speed collision. Wahlberg was able to reduce the hospital and medical liens from $300,000 to $25,000. Wahlberg waived his fee and placed all of the proceeds in his client’s medical trust for future care.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $250,000

    Car Accident

    Settlement for client with torn rotator cuff. Client was tipped out of his wheelchair when he was being loaded onto a handicap accessible RTD bus by the bus driver.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $250,000

    Insurance Bad Faith

    A $250,000 settlement plus continuing monthly payments from insurance to client for 20 years. Client’s disability insurance carrier denied client’s acquired brain injury and refused to pay disability benefits. Client had retained two other lawyers prior to hiring Dan Sloane.

    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $250,000

    Car Accident

    Woman hit in crosswalk by turning car.
    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $228,750

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg represented a woman who was driving to work when a defendant turned left in front of her vehicle. Mr. Wahlberg’s client was seriously injured and received a series of spinal injections and a discectomy. The case was settled fourteen days prior to trial.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $200,000

    Medical Malpractice

    Settlement to children of woman killed by blunt trauma in nursing home

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $100,000

    Car Accident

    Underinsured policy limits settlement for client who was hit by a car on his motorcycle. Client sustained severe abrasions and an injured knee.

    • Daniel A. Sloane
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  • $5,000,000

    Defective Products

    $5 million defective product settlement. David Woodruff represented a young woman severely injured by a “cream whipper” that exploded in her face, fracturing her skull in 7 places, causing extensive brain injury and permanent damage to her vestibular system. The same cream whipper, which was made in China and sold by various kitchen appliance “brand manufacturers,” gained international notoriety when it killed an actress in France.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • Confidential

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg brought a law suit against a drunk driver (who also possessed a large quantity of marijuana) for policy limits. The defendant claimed that Mr. Wahlberg’s client was not hurt in the accident and that the collision occurred at a low speed. Mr. Wahlberg was able to prove that the defendant was intoxicated on alcohol and marijuana, driving recklessly, caused the collision and caused some injuries. The defendant agreed to settle the case for policy limits plus restitution.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • $225,000

    Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident

    Michael Kane represented a pedestrian walking in a crosswalk who was struck by a police officer driving his patrol cruiser. Our client sustained injuries to his head, shoulder and leg. After the police department initially denied liability for the collision, Mr. Kane filed suit and ultimately negotiated a $225,000 settlement on behalf of our client.
    • Michael P. Kane
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  • $22,300,000

    Medical Malpractice

    $22.3 million medical malpractice settlement. In 2016 David Woodruff obtained the largest known medical malpractice settlement in Colorado. Mr. Woodruff represented a child who was injured when several hospital staff members violated hospital policy, causing a young boy to suffer catastrophic brain injury from lack of oxygen. After several years of litigation, Mr. Woodruff obtained a $22.3 million settlement for the boy.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • $4,000,000

    Defective Products

    $4 million medical malpractice jury verdict. David Woodruff handled this birth injury case, which culminated in a 2-week jury trial in Colorado Springs. The case involved a physician who misplaced a “vacuum extraction device” while delivering the infant, causing the infant to become stuck in the birth canal for a period of 19 minutes. The child suffered permanent brain injuries from oxygen deprivation and intracranial bleeding. The jury deliberated for only two hours before handing down a verdict of $4 million.

    • David S. Woodruff
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  • Confidential

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg represented a woman who was struck by a drunk driver—which aggravated a series of pre-existing conditions. Mr. Wahlberg was able to successfully bring a negligence and punitive damage claim against the drunk driver—settling all claims for his liability limits plus property damage and personal restitution by the Defendant.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • Confidential Settlement

    Medical Malpractice

    Steve Wahlberg represented a woman who was the victim of sexual assault by her Psychiatrist. The Psychiatrist claimed the relationship was consensual—Wahlberg proved that a client cannot consent to a sexual relationship with a therapist. The case was successfully settled and the Psychiatrist agreed to surrender his license.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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  • Confidential

    Car Accident

    Steve Wahlberg has brought claims on behalf of passengers seriously injured when a Ford Econoline van rolled over. Trial is scheduled for 2014.

    Mr. Wahlberg has investigated and litigated many claims involving passenger vans and has proven that 15 passenger vans have a higher center of gravity. These vans, when fully loaded, become unstable—if a tire should experience a tread separation, the vehicle becomes extremely dangerous and subject to a rollover.

    The 15 passenger van was a modified design of a vehicle meant to carry cargo. When Ford converted the van for occupants—the rollover rate increased significantly due to the higher center of gravity and extension over the rear tires.

    Mr. Wahlberg has also filed suit against Cooper Tire alleging a tire defect resulting in a tread separation. There was a recall of millions of Bridgestone and Firestone tires in 2001 to 2003, but some defective tires remain on the road. Some of the manufacturing problems include the improper curing of tires—which cause cracking that leads to tread separation. If the connection between the belt and the rest of the tire is weak—there can be a propensity for the tread to separate.

    • Stephen W. Wahlberg
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