COLUMBIA, SC – The Goings Law Firm is pleased to announce the recovery of a $600,000 jury verdict for a client who was rear-ended by a truck operated by Concrete Supply Co., LLC, and suffered a herniated spinal disc injury as a result. Concrete Supply Co. is one of the biggest concrete companies in the Southeast and initially offered just $10,000 in compensation.
The case stemmed from a preventable accident caused by a distracted truck driver employed by Concrete Supply Co. Edward O’Neal was stopped at a red light when his four-door sedan was hit from behind by Michael Landry, leaving O’Neal disoriented and suffering from neck and back pain serious enough that emergency responders took him to Lexington Medical Center for treatment.
O’Neal’s pain worsened in the days and weeks after the accident, and he sought additional treatment from both his regular physician and a chiropractor. The chiropractor ordered an MRI, which revealed O’Neal was suffering from a disc herniation that caused a disc to impinge on a nerve root. O’Neal then saw a spinal specialist who confirmed that the injury was caused or exacerbated by the collision with the concrete truck.
With the help of the expert truck accident lawyers at the Goings Law Firm, O’Neal asked that Concrete Supply Co. pay for his medical care and compensate him for the pain and suffering he experienced as a result of their employee’s negligent and reckless driving. Concrete Supply Co. refused to do so, forcing O’Neal and the Goings Law Firm to take their case to court in what became Edward O’Neal v. Concrete Supply Co., LLC – 2021-CP-32-00467.
The defendant hired medical and reconstruction experts to help them argue in court that the impact was minor and could only have resulted in soft-tissue injuries that would have healed in a week or two. In their closing arguments, they asked the jury to award a paltry $10,500 in damages. Instead, the jury sided with the Goings Law Firm and their client, agreeing that the driver had been reckless and grossly negligent. They awarded $575,000 in compensatory damages and $25,000 in punitive damages, for a total verdict of $600,000.
“We’re proud of the result and happy the jury made the right decision,” said Robert Goings, who handled the case alongside Chris Paschal. “While many law firms would have been happy to settle early for a guaranteed fee, that’s not how we handle things at the Goings Law Firm. We aren’t afraid to take a case all the way to trial when it’s in the best interests of our client.”
About the Goings Law Firm
Robert F. Goings founded the Goings Law Firm with the goal of protecting South Carolina values and representing the legal needs of its residents. Their success helping injured clients has earned them a spot on U.S. News and World Report’s list of Best Law Firms – Personal Injury Litigation for 2022 as well as a 10.0 Avvo rating. Visit them online to learn more about the personal injury law firm and its reputation.
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