Top 20 Wrongful Death Settlements in the United States in 2019

Top 20 Wrongful Death Settlements in the United States in 2019We are pleased to present to you the list of the top 20 wrongful death settlements obtained in the United States in the year 2019. The list is comprised of cases filed either in a state or federal court, as well as those settled prior to commencing a lawsuit. It does, however, exclude cases settled for an undisclosed amount.

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1
Amount:$23,500,000.00
Attorneys:Ryan H. Zehl, Matthew L. Martin, Eric J. Allen of Zehl & Associates, PC
Case:Burley v. Johnson Supply and Equipment Corp., et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Brain Injury, Emotional Distress, Head-on Collision, Catastrophic Injury
State:Texas
2
Amount:$20,000,000.00
Attorneys:Andrew Noel, Marc Betinsky, Kathryn H. Bennett, Robert Bennett of Gaskins Bennett Birrell Schupp LLP
Case:Estate of Ruszczyk v. Noor, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Failure to Train, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Minnesota
3
Amount:$19,750,000.00
Attorneys:Angelo A. Ziotas, Marco A. Allocca, Sarah A. Ricciardi of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
Case:Estate of Vomoca v. Wakefern Food Corp., et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Entrustment, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Connecticut
4
Amount:$19,200,000.00
Attorneys:David A. Mazie, Matthew R. Mendelsohn, David M. Freeman of Mazie Slater Katz & Freeman LLC
Case:Henderson v. Elizabethtown Gas et al.
Type:Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Burn Injury, Gas Leak, Utility Negligence, Negligent Tort, Gas Explosion
State:New Jersey
5
Amount:$9,475,000.00
Attorneys:Timothy D. McMahon, Mark A. Sigala, Ben H. Stoddard of Corsiglia McMahon & Allard, LLP
Case:Kulkarni v. The Sobrato Organization LLC
Type:Dangerous Condition, Failure to Warn, Premises Liability, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Fall, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort, Architectural Malpractice, Design Defect
State:California
6
Amount:$8,625,000.00
Attorneys:Arash Homampour, Armine Safarian of The Homampour Law Firm, APLC; William W. Weathers of Peach & Weathers
Case:Fowler v. California Community News LLC
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Emotional Distress, Negligent Entrustment, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:California
7
Amount:$8,500,000.00
Attorneys:Peter S. Gordon, Supriya Kichloo of Gordon & Gordon
Case:Khan v. MTA, et al.
Type:Bus Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Mass Transit Accident, Single-Vehicle Accident
State:New York
8
Amount:$8,250,000.00
Attorneys:Geoffrey N. Fieger of Fieger Law
Case:Estate of Stanley-Jones, et al. v. Police Officer
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Emotional Distress, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Gross Negligence, Negligent Tort
State:Michigan
9
Amount:$8,000,000.00
Attorneys:Christopher M. Davis of Davis Law Group, P.S.
Case:Estate of Driver v. Driver
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, DUI, Negligent Tort
State:Washington
10
Amount:$7,500,000.00
Attorneys:Spencer R. Lucas, Noriel L. Flores of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP
Case:Bermas, et al. v. Waterstone Garden Investments, LP, et al.
Type:Dangerous Condition, Falling Object, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Negligent Tort
State:California
11 (tie)
Amount:$7,000,000.00
Attorneys:Robert J. Mongeluzzi, David J. Langsam of Saltz Mongeluzzi & Bendesky P.C
Case:Estate of Craig v. Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.
Type:Product Liability, Work Accident, Wrongful Death, Strict Liability, Design Defect
State:Pennsylvania
11 (tie)
Amount:$7,000,000.00
Attorneys:Roger A. Dreyer, Anthony J. Garilli, Anton J. Babich of Dreyer Babich Buccola Wood Campora, LLP
Case:Irwin v. County of Sacramento
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
State:California
11 (tie)
Amount:$7,000,000.00
Attorneys:John E. Sweeney of Sweeney & Associates; Steven C. Glickman, Nicole E. Hoikka of Glickman & Glickman
Case:Taylor v. County of Los Angeles
Type:Assault & Battery, Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct
State:California
11 (tie)
Amount:$7,000,000.00
Attorneys:Keith A. Hebeisen, Sarah F. King of Clifford Law Offices, P.C.
Case:Estate of Lara v. County of Cook
Type:Government Negligence, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Illinois
12
Amount:$6,500,000.00
Attorneys:Daryl L. Zaslow of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
Case:Horvath v. St. Peter’s University Hospital, et al.
Type:Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Anesthesia Error, Negligent Tort
State:New Jersey
13
Amount:$6,087,629.00
Attorneys:Hank Stout, Graham E. Sutliff of Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm
Case:Estate of Mild v. Detmar Logistics, LLC, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Texas
14 (tie)
Amount:$5,500,000.00
Attorneys:Edward G. Willer of Corboy & Demetrio, PC
Case:Creason v. Plug-It-Products Corp., et al.
Type:Construction Accident, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Work Accident, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Failure to Supervise, Failure to Train, Contractor Negligence, Negligent Tort, Strict Liability, Design Defect
State:Illinois
14 (tie)
Amount:$5,500,000.00
Attorneys:Pedro P. Echarte, III of Haggard Law Firm, P.A.
Case:Doe v. ABC Corp.
Type:Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Security, Gunshot Wound, Negligent Tort
State:Florida
15
Amount:$5,250,000.00
Attorneys:Howard G. McPherson of Howard G. McPherson, Attorney at Law; John R. Hillsman, Abraham Feinstein Hillsman of Law Offices of McGuinn, Hillsman & Palefsky; John T. O'Connell of O'Connell and Associates
Case:Estate of Rigsbee v. City and County of Honolulu
Type:Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Watercraft Accident, Work Accident, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Failure to Supervise, Negligent Tort
State:Hawaii
16 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Paul M. McMahon, Richard J. Murphy of Costello, McMahon, Burke & Murphy Ltd.
Case:Estate of Lee v. Rice, et al.
Type:Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Single-Vehicle Accident
State:Illinois
16 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Daniel M. Hodes of Hodes Milman, LLP
Case:Confidential Plaintiff v. Defendant Surgeon
Type:Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Surgical Error, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:California
16 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Ladd C. Sanger, Michael L. Slack of Slack Davis Sanger LLP; Kevin R. Boyle, Matthew J. Stumpf of Panish Shea & Boyle LLP; Joseph A. Bosco of LaRose & Bosco, Ltd.
Case:Kos v. Superior Air Parts Inc., et al.
Type:Aviation Accident, Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Failure to Maintain, Negligent Tort, Strict Liability, Design Defect
State:Texas
16 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Joel J. Feller of Ross Feller Casey, LLP
Case:Estate of Silverman v. Holy Redeemer Health System, et al.
Type:Failure to Diagnose, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Failure to Monitor, Premature Discharge, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Failure to Test
State:Pennsylvania
16 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:Irvin V. Cantor, Elliott M. Buckner, Joseph L. Cantor of Breit Cantor Grana Buckner PLLC; Brandon M. Gladstone of Becker, Kellogg & Berry, P.C.
Case:Xu, et al. v. Driver
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
State:Virginia
16 (tie)
Amount:$5,000,000.00
Attorneys:David S. Golub of Silver Golub & Teitell LLP
Case:Estate of Sanchez v. City of Milford Board of Education, et al.
Type:School Safety, Wrongful Death, Breach of Duty of Care, Failure to Protect, Failure to Report, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Stabbing
State:Connecticut
17
Amount:$4,900,000.00
Attorneys:James D. Montgomery Jr. of Montgomery Law Firm L.L.C.
Case:Estate of Adams v. City of Chicago, et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Emergency Vehicle Accident
State:Illinois
18
Amount:$4,650,000.00
Attorneys:John H. Howard, Brett C. Templeman of Lowthorp, Richards, McMillan, Miller & Templeman
Case:Caceres v. Villanueva
Type:Car Accident, Dangerous Condition, Government Negligence, Motor Vehicle Accident, Personal Injury, Premises Liability, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Maintenance, Emotional Distress, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:California
19
Amount:$4,600,000.00
Attorneys:Dale K. Galipo, Renee V. Masongsong of Law Offices of Dale K. Galipo; Louanne Masry, John C. Taylor of Taylor & Ring LLP
Case:C.M., Pro Ami, et al. v. County of Los Angeles, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Government Negligence, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Intentional Tort, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Training, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:California
20
Amount:$4,500,000.00
Attorneys:Michael A. Kelly, Douglas S. Saeltzer of Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger
Case:Estate of Costere v. So. Cal. Petroleum Transport Inc., et al.
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior, Single-Vehicle Accident
State:California

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