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The Stoddard Firm has no interest in settling cases for a corporate defendant’s or an insurance company’s initial meager offer. If the case settles at The Stoddard Firm, it’s because the client is satisfied with the amount offered, and the Stoddard Firm will not lean on a client to accept less than full compensation. We are comfortable in the courtroom and ready to take your case to trial.
Verdicts & Settlements Achieved by The Stoddard Firm / Matthew B. Stoddard
Recovery for a former attorney who sustained serious head injuries after hitting a fire sprinkler pipe upon exiting her car in a parking garage. As co-counsel, Mr. Stoddard showed those overseeing the parking garage should have known that the over hanging fire sprinkler pipe was a hazard and should have been corrected or marked as a hazard.
Recovery for a man who broke his femur and suffered complications after slipping on water from a leaking water fountain at a large commercial facility. Mr. Stoddard showed that the Defendant hid highly relevant evidence about the incident. The Court thereafter struck the Defendant’s answer resulting in a finding of automatic liability.
Recovery from a Decatur apartment complex that allowed a shooting to occur that lead to the death of a teenage boy and serious injury for a man.
Recovery for a military veteran who lost a portion of his right arm cleaning a defectively designed factory machine. After multiple other attorneys refused the case, the veteran found his way to Mr. Stoddard. Mr. Stoddard proved that a component part manufacturer had failed to failed to follow its own design criteria and industry standards.
Recovery for a land developer who suffered serious burn injuries while using a defectively designed multimeter. Mr. Stoddard forced the meter designer to turn over its computer servers and email severs to be searched for relevant documents. Mr. Stoddard also rented commercial electrical equipment and re-created the arc blast. The documents uncovered and the incident re-creation proved the land developer’s case.
Recovery for a man who broke his femur and suffered a brain injury after being shocked by electricity at a frozen food processing plant. After years of litigation, and multiple cross country flights to interview witnesses under oath, Mr. Stoddard showed that a mis-wired light installed by the Defendants had delivered the electric shock and caused the injury.
Recovery for a man shot by in a retail store parking lot by robbers. Mr. Stoddard found evidence that the store had a history of customer injuries from similar robberies, but that the store had done little, if anything, prevent this incident from occurring or to warn the man about the area’s dangers.
Recovery for an honorably discharged infantry soldier who suffered serious burn injuries from her apartment’s shower water. The victim’s landlord, an apartment management company, initially blamed the victim. Mr. Stoddard thereafter showed that during a recent renovation, the apartment management company had violated code by failing to install a safety valve and position stop that would have prevented the injury.
Recovery for a renter who fell down an out-of-code staircase at his rental home. Mr. Stoddard determined that the home was purchased in foreclosure by a real estate investment trust (a REIT), that the REIT renovated the home before rental, and that when the renovation occurred, the REIT did not get a building permit and mandatory post-renovation inspection from the county.
Recovery for a woman sexually assaulted in an apartment complex parking lot. Mr. Stoddard uncovered a pattern of similar dangerous and violent crime at the apartment – crimes not shared with the apartment’s residents and their guests.
Recovery for a woman sexually assaulted by a man who broke through her apartment window. Mr. Stoddard found evidence that the apartment complex’s security guard had not showed up for work on the night of the incident – leaving the apartment complex without its nightly security patrol.
Recovery for a man who crashed into a tractor-trailer that had previously negligently merged from the right shoulder. The police believed that the injured Plaintiff caused the wreck, but facts uncovered by Mr. Stoddard strongly suggested that the police got it wrong.
Recovery for a fourteen-year-old boy who was shot in the stomach during a basketball game at a local apartment. Mr. Stoddard showed that the complex was rife with violent crime, that the Defendants were attempting to hide the crime from the residents, and that during the lawsuit, the Defendants were attempting to hide what they knew about prior crime the crime from the Court and the Plaintiff. Based on the Defendants’ litigation conduct, Mr. Stoddard asked the Court for finding of automatic liability. While that motion was pending before the Court, the case resolved with the Defendants insurer agreeing to pay its full policy limits.
Recovery for a gas station cashier who was shot during a robbery at the gas station. Mr. Stoddard showed that the gas station cashier protection cage was defectively constructed, that the gas station knew about the subpar construction methods, and that if the cage had been properly built, the robbers would not have been able to rip open the cage door and shoot the clerk.
Recovery for an immigrant factory worker who suffered serious burn injuries when his hand was caught in a defectively designed machine. Mr. Stoddard created a 3D virtual reality rendering of the machine and used it to prove that a simple safeguard would have prevented the injury. Mr. Stoddard also uncovered a similar incident in eastern Europe, and when the case resolved, he was preparing to fly there and interview the witness on video to be played to the jury.
Recovery for a young mother who was sideswiped on the highway by a large commercial vehicle. The other driver denied leaving his lane of travel and blamed the young mother for the wreck. Under a well prepared cross examination, the other driver admitted that his story was not feasible and that the young mother did nothing wrong.
Recovery for a man who went through multiple eye surgeries after a glass beverage bottle exploded sending glass shards into his eye. Mr. Stoddard was able to show that just prior to the incident, the Defendant had altered its beverage recipe creating over-pressurization of the bottle. Mr. Stoddard also uncovered other consumer reports of similar incidents with this “bad batch” of beverage.
Recovery for a hotel hospitality shuttle driver who was struck from behind in the hotel’s shuttle at a stop light. The striking driver fled the scene, but Mr. Stoddard determined that the shuttle driver could sue the hotel’s insurance company for the injury. The insurer argued that the shuttle driver was faking his injury. Mr. Stoddard proved otherwise.
Recovery for a passenger in a non-emergency transport vehicle who broke her leg during a vehicle wreck. Mr. Stoddard uncovered evidence that the transport van driver failed to properly secure the injured Plaintiff’s wheelchair to the transport van, and that this failure to secure caused the injury.
Recovery for a woman shot in an apartment complex parking lot. Despite initial denials, Mr. Stoddard uncovered evidence that the complex’s access gates were broken, the video cameras were not operational, and multiple outdoor security lights were burned out. Mr. Stoddard also uncovered a history of similar incidents which, in violation of the apartment complex’s policy, were not shared with the residents.
Recovery for a man who suffered a concussion and permanent corneal scarring after an 18-wheeler drove into his parked limousine. The trucking company initial doubted the Plaintiff’s injuries, but Mr. Stoddard employed multiple physician expert witnesses to explain the injury severity.
Recovery for a man who suffered serious back injuries after being rear-ended by a physician. The case was initially handled by another lawyer during which time the physician denied responsibility and his insurer refused to pay the claim, but once Mr. Stoddard was associated, things changed. Mr. Stoddard quickly showed that the physician caused the wreck; the insurer thereafter paid its policy limits.
Recovery for a man who suffered a brain injury after falling down a staircase. Using an expert architect, Mr. Stoddard showed that the staircase was a dangerous trip hazard and that it did not meet code.
Recovery for an elderly man who lost three fingers while riding an improperly maintained escalator. The Stoddard Firm showed that the escalator cleaning company’s method of cleaning the sheet metal which housed the escalator was to blame. Specifically, the cleaning company’s buffing of the sheet metal caused it to separate at the seams, and this separation exposed a sharp edge which sliced off the victim’s fingers.
Recovery for a woman who broke her wrist after tripping on a speedbump in a retail store parking lot. The retailer painted the speedbump in the weeks following the incident and then claimed it was not hidden / hard to see at the time the fall. After multiple fights over the retailer’s refusal to produce evidence, Mr. Stoddard showed that the retailer’s policy required speedbumps to be painted, that the policy existed to prevent customers from tripping, and that the speedbump at issue was not painted when the incident occurred.
Recovery for a woman who broke her leg after tripping on a torn floor mat in her apartment complex lobby. The apartment denied knowledge of floor-mat problems, but Mr. Stoddard showed that multiple other persons had complained about the mat’s dangers, and that the apartment’s employees were present when other persons previously fell on the mat. Because of the mis-behavior in hiding evidence, Mr. Stoddard convinced the Court to preclude the apartment from making certain arguments at trial.
Recovery for a man who broke bones in his arm from a defectively designed split rim tire which, due to the inexpensive metal used in construction, caused the tire rim to blow apart like a bomb while the injured victim was attempting to pump the tire up. Mr. Stoddard showed that the weak metal caused incident. Both the Defendant manufacturer, and the Defendant retailer thereafter contributed to a recovery.
Recovery for a woman who herniated a disc in her spine when she slipped on an oil spill that a shopping center management company did not remove for hours.
Recovery for a woman who fell on a broken sidewalk and fractured her hip. The City claimed it had no knowledge of the broken sidewalk, but after repeated fights over evidence disclosures, Mr. Stoddard obtained documentation showing that multiple City employees had performed sanitation work on this very sidewalk.
Recovery for a woman who suffered facial scarring after a springer spaniel dog bit her in the face. Mr. Stoddard uncovered animal control and veterinary records showing that the dog was dangerous and that the dog’s owners knew it.
Recovery for a woman who slipped on water in a grocery store’s frozen food section. The woman tore her meniscus, tore her labrum, and ruptured a disc in her neck. Mr. Stoddard was able to prove that employee violation of the grocer’s fall safety policies led to the injury.
Recovery for a woman who herniated a disc in a tractor-trailer collision. After aggressive representation by Mr. Stoddard, the Defendant’s fired their first lawyer, and then followed the advice of their second lawyer – pay the Plaintiff the full amount sought.