Kansas City Personal Injury Law Blog

Verdicts and Settlements

25 $1,000,000 + Verdicts

Dear Fellow Kansas Attorney:

Some say it’s difficult if not impossible to win a substantial jury verdict in a personal injury or wrongful death case in Kansas. Our trial lawyers have proven otherwise. We believe our firm has a record of success that cannot be matched by any other Kansas firm. Current trial lawyer partners in our firm have obtained 25 verdicts of more than $1,000,000 in state and federal courts in Kansas. [1] In November 2008 we obtained a $19,500,000 verdict and a $4,000,000 verdict in the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. Last year we won verdicts of $1,200,000 in the District Court of Johnson County, Kansas and $5,200,000 in the District Court of Stevens County, Kansas. Following is a list of our 25 Kansas verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.

Success in trial brings credibility that enhances success in settlement negotiation and our firm has been highly successful in settling personal injury and wrongful death cases. There are representative examples of such settlements in our newsletters which are posted on our website (www.sjblaw.com).

We are proud that the largest source of our cases is referring attorneys who are interested in the best outcomes for their clients. We have been privileged to work with numerous attorneys from all over Kansas on straight referral or other collaborative relationships. As you know, Kansas rules allow direct referral fees, which are a great benefit for the client and an incentive for attorneys who do not have the personnel or financial resources to invest in major tort litigation. We pride ourselves in successful referral and co-counsel relationships.

If you have a personal injury or wrongful death client or clients who could benefit from our firm’s professional services, we would be honored if you would consider our firm. We have represented clients throughout Kansas – from western Kansas to the suburbs of Johnson County and in every place in between. Our firm has also successfully represented plaintiffs in a variety of other types of cases – such as environment/toxic torts and class actions.

[1] This does not include multiple seven and eight-figure verdicts obtained in other states.

Thanking your for your consideration, we are

Very truly yours,

SHAMBERG, JOHNSON & BERGMAN, CHTD.

Lynn R. Johnson

Victor A. Bergman


KANSAS VERDICTS OVER $1,000,000

Teresa Schmeck v. City of Shawnee, KS, et al. District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$1,750,000
Personal Injury- Highway Defect

Cirilo Benitez v. Frank Mackey, et al U. S. District Court, District of Kansas Kansas City, KS
$1,250,000
Personal Injury- Farm Accident

Thomas D. McCarthy, Surviving Husband and Heir-at-Law and Executor of the Estate of Suzanne C. McCarthy, Deceased v. Procter & Gamble Company, et al.
District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$1,400,000
Wrongful Death – Toxic Shock Syndrome

Mary Jane Morris v. W. David Francisco, M.D. District Court of Wyandotte County, KS
Kansas City, KS
$1,200,000
Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Surgical

Brent William Olsen, A Minor, by His Father and Next Friend Robert A. Olsen, et al v. Humana, Inc., et al. District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$15,000,000 ($6,200,000 compensatory + $8,800,000 punitive damages)
Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Birth Injury

Paul Johnson v. Colt Industries Operating Corporation, Inc. US District Court for the District of Kansas
Kansas City, KS
$1,000,000 + $1,250,000 punitive damages
Personal Injury – Product Liability – Six-Shooter Design Defect

Barbara L. Fogarty, Widow, Next of Kin and Heir-at-Law of John J. Fogarty, Deceased v. Campbell 66 Express, Inc., et al. US District Court, District of Kansas
Kansas City, KS
$1,422,087.74
Wrongful Death – Truck Accident

Shanna Morrison, a Minor, By and Through James and Judith Morrison, et al. v. Karl H. Hanson, Jr., MD, et al. District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$1,775,000
Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Failure to Diagnose Hodgkin’s Disease

Susan Pedaris, Surviving Spouse of Peter Michael Pedaris, Deceased v. Delta Airlines, Inc U. S. District Court, District of Kansas
Kansas City, KS
$3,350,000
Wrongful Death – Commercial Airplane Crash

Michael B. Harlan v. Scott M. Livengood & Lawn Pro District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$1,600,000
Personal Injury-Vehicle Hit Bicycle Rider

Alberta Schaffer, Surviving Wife and Heir-At-Law of Larry Schaffer, Deceased v. Robert MacArthur, M.D. District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$1,000,000
Wrongful Death – Medical Malpractice – Trauma Surgery

David Hurlbut v. Conoco, Inc, et al District Court of Miami County, KS
Paola, KS
$14,613,533
Personal Injury- Product Liability- Explosion/Fire

Ida Hoffman, Surviving Wife and Heir-At-Law of Charles S. Hoffman, Deceased v. Conoco, Inc, et al District Court of Miami County, KS
Paola, KS
$1,500,000
Wrongful Death – Product Liability – Explosion/Fire

Casey Windisch, Surviving Minor Child and Heir-At-Law of John Windisch, Deceased v. Conoco, Inc, et al District Court of Miami County, KS
Paola, KS
$1,600,000
Wrongful Death – Product Liability – Explosion/Fire

Steven D. Compton v. Subaru of America, Inc, et al
U. S. District Court, District of Kansas
Wichita, KS
$11,737,431
Personal Injury – Product Liability – Roof Crush/Crashworthiness

Mary Arlene Ater v. A. P. Ramchandani, M.D.
District Court of Grant County, KS
Ulysses, KS $1,140,000
Personal Injury – Medical Malpractice – Nerve Injury

Douglas Allan Wolfgang v. Mid-America Motorsports, Inc., et al. US District Court for the District of Kansas
Kansas City, KS
$1,215,000
Personal Injury- Professional Sprint Car Racing Crash and Fire

Heirs of Darrell Johnson v. Than Truong, M.D.
District Court of Sedgwick County, KS
Wichita, KS
$1,000,000
Wrongful Death – Medical Malpractice – Failure to Diagnose Heart Disease

Latasha Griffin v. Suzuki Motor Corporation, et al District Court of Geary County, KS
Junction City, KS
$9,000,000
Personal Injury – Product Liability – Rollover Stability

Corbett Eugene Pronold v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc, Kansas East Youth Services, et al District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$8,300,000
Personal Injury- Product Liability-Tire Design and Maintenance

James McCoy, et al v. Whirlpool Corporation U. S. District Court, District of Kansas
Kansas City, KS
$1,712,914
Wrongful Death – Product Liability – Dishwasher Fire

Terry Frederick v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc, et al U. S. District Court, District of Kansas
Wichita, KS
$19,500,000
Personal Injury – Trucking Accident – New Mexico Law

Donna Frederick v. Swift Transportation Co., Inc, et al
U. S. District Court, District of Kansas
Wichita, KS
$4,000,000
Personal Injury – Trucking Accident – New Mexico Law

Paul Logan Clark v. Murfin Drilling Co., Inc, et al District Court of Stevens County, KS
Hugoton, KS
$5,200,000
Personal Injury – Car/Pickup Accident

Richard Payne v. Dan Rollheiser
District Court of Johnson County, KS
Olathe, KS
$1,200,000
Personal Injury – Ladder – Fell While Tree Trimming