Top 20 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2020

Top 20 Wrongful Death Verdicts in the United States in 2020We are pleased to present to you the list of the top 20 wrongful death verdicts obtained in the United States in the year 2020. The list is comprised of various case types that were tried in one of the Nation's state or federal courts.

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1
Amount:$115,000,000.00
Attorneys:Ted Buck, Anne Bremner, Evan Bariault of Frey Buck, P.S.
Case:Cox v. State of Washington
Type:Government Negligence, Murder, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Children's Rights, Child Abuse, Failure to Protect, Negligent Tort, Child Protection
State:Washington
2
Amount:$38,625,000.00
Attorneys:Benjamin P. Cloward, Ian C. Estrada of Richard Harris Law Firm
Case:Estate of Salazar v. Sportsman’s Royal Manor LLC
Type:Business Liability, Negligent Supervision, Wrongful Death, Negligent Security, Gunshot Wound, Negligent Hiring, Negligent Training, Negligent Tort, Negligent Retention
State:Nevada
3
Amount:$30,000,000.00
Attorneys:Gary A. Friedman, Friedman & Friedman
Case:Estate of Fernandez v. Baptist Health Medical Group Orthopedics L.L.C., et al.
Type:Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Lack of Informed Consent, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Florida
4
Amount:$26,750,000.00
Attorneys:James W. Gustafson, Jr. of Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley; Gary M. Paige of Gordon & Partners, P.A.
Case:Estate of Duignan v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Type:Conspiracy, Fraudulent Concealment, Product Liability, Tobacco, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Intentional Tort, Strict Liability
State:Florida
5
Amount:$21,029,363.00
Attorneys:R. Shane Lazenby of Lazenby Law Group L.L.C.
Case:Estate of Holland v. Cypress Insurance Co., et al.
Type:Business Liability, Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
State:Georgia
6
Amount:$18,000,000.00
Attorneys:Jonathan M. Ritter, S. Edmond El Dabe of ElDabe Ritter Trial Lawyers; Joshua E. Ritter of Werksman, Jackson & Quinn LLP
Case:Estate of Shen v. Hershel
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Emotional Distress, Negligent Tort, Single-Vehicle Accident
State:California
7
Amount:$13,000,000.00
Attorneys:Steve Garner, Chandler Gregg, Nick Smart of Strong Garner Bauer P.C.
Case:Church v. CNH Industrial America L.L.C.
Type:Failure to Warn, Product Liability, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Loader Accident, Strict Liability, Design Defect
State:Missouri
8
Amount:$12,500,000.00
Attorneys:Eric S. Rosen of Rosen Injury Law, P.A.; Catherine C. Darlson of Kelley Uustal Trial Attorneys
Case:McHugh v. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.
Type:Conspiracy, Fraudulent Concealment, Product Liability, Tobacco, Wrongful Death, Defective Product, Intentional Tort, Strict Liability
State:Florida
9
Amount:$10,250,272.00
Attorneys:Langdon ‘Trey’ Smith and Michael Gomez of Jim S. Adler & Associates; Francisco Guerra, IV of Watts Guerra LLP; R. Louis Bratton of The Bratton Firm, P.C.
Case:Espinoza, et al. v. John Christner Trucking LLC, et al.
Type:Motor Vehicle Accident, Pedestrian Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Texas
10
Amount:$9,689,948.00
Attorneys:Steven R. Levin of Levin, Riback, Adelman & Flangel P.C.
Case:Estate of Ware v. Home Opportunity L.L.C.
Type:Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Wrongful Death, Failure to Maintain, Negligent Tort
State:Illinois
11
Amount:$8,000,000.00
Attorneys:Shawn J. McCann, Jesse E. French of Banafsheh, Danesh & Javid PC
Case:Pulido v. Alameda Unified School District
Type:Negligent Supervision, Professional Malpractice, School Safety, Wrongful Death, Failure to Train, Negligent Tort
State:California
12
Amount:$7,285,800.00
Attorneys:John Burris, Benjamin Nisenbaum, Lateef H. Gray of Catalano Law Group
Case:Estate of Tindle v. Mateu
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Excessive Force, Wrongful Death, Gunshot Wound, Police Brutality, Police Misconduct, Negligent Tort
State:California
13
Amount:$7,009,694.00
Attorneys:Michael Ramsden & Theron De Smet of Ramsden Marfice Ealy & De Smet
Case:B.K.L.N., et al. v. Finlay
Type:Assault & Battery, Wrongful Death, Intentional Tort
State:Idaho
14
Amount:$6,050,002.00
Attorneys:Eugene G. Iredale, Julia Yoo, Grace Jun of Iredale and Yoo A.P.C.
Case:Estate of Brown v. Lambert, et al.
Type:Civil Rights Violation, Wrongful Death, Intentional Tort, Emotional Distress, Harassment, Police Misconduct, Unreasonable Search & Seizure
State:California
15
Amount:$6,000,000.00
Attorneys:Curtis C. Osborne of Osborne Law Firm P.C.; Wade E. Byrd of Law Offices of Wade E. Byrd P.A.
Case:Estate of Pendergrass v. S&D Coffee Inc., et al.
Type:Car Accident, Motor Vehicle Accident, Truck Accident, Wrongful Death, Head-on Collision, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:North Carolina
16
Amount:$5,872,150.00
Attorneys:H. Briggs Bedigian, Michael M. McCubbin of Gilman & Bedigian L.L.C.
Case:Estate of Mason v. University of Maryland Medical System Corp.
Type:Business Liability, Delayed Treatment, Medical Malpractice, Negligent Supervision, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Maryland
17
Amount:$4,086,004.00
Attorneys:Michael V. Baxter, William Zoeller of Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck P.A
Case:Estate of Sanford v. Vedere, et al.
Type:Hospital Malpractice, Medical Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Failure to Treat, Surgical Error, Failure to Supervise, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Entrustment, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Florida
18
Amount:$3,420,000.00
Attorneys:Michael R. Cowen and Malorie J. Peacock of Cowen Rodriguez and Peacock
Case:Tovar v. M Construction Ltd.
Type:Construction Accident, Dangerous Condition, Premises Liability, Work Accident, Workplace Safety, Wrongful Death, Fall, Negligent Tort
State:Texas
19
Amount:$2,980,000.00
Attorneys:Mary Ellen Wright of Jacoby & Meyers L.L.P.
Case:Estate of Smith v. Northern Manhattan Nursing Home Inc.
Type:Business Liability, Nursing Home Malpractice, Professional Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Inadequate Care, Failure to Monitor, Negligent Tort
State:New York
20
Amount:$2,967,200.00
Attorneys:Brian J. Lee of Schuler & Lee P.A; John Hatfield, Kate Hatfield of Hatfield & Hatfield, PA.; Michael D. Marrese of Morgan & Morgan P.A.
Case:Estate of Sitts v. First Coast Security Services Inc.
Type:Business Liability, Wrongful Death, Negligent Security, Failure to Protect, Drowning Accident, Negligent Tort, Vicarious Liability, Respondeat Superior
State:Florida

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