Verdicts & Settlements
At Dale Appell, P.A., we are extremely proud of the results we obtain for our clients and look forward to sharing with you several selected cases:
$3,000,000 | Product Liability| Polk County, Florida
A drug distribution company sent pharmacies the wrong pills that the pharmacies then distributed to their customers. Eventually the distribution company realized their error, but not before thousands of the wrong pill were sold. Our pregnant client filled her prescription at a pharmacy and for weeks took what she thought was exactly what the doctor ordered for her condition. Only when the pharmacy sent her a letter weeks later did she realize that she was not taking the pill her baby needed. As a result, her baby was born with significant neurological problems.
$2,100,000 | Motor Vehicle Accident | Pasco County, Florida
Our firm represented the estate of a motorcyclist who was killed when a 17 year old defendant drove into the path of our client’s motorcycle. Upon being retained, our firm immediately hired an accident reconstruction engineer who interviewed numerous witnesses. The engineer also went to the scene of the collision to gather valuable evidence and take measurements which proved that the young automobile driver was fully at fault for the wrongful death of our client.
$1,300,000 | Motor Vehicle Accident | Hillsborough County, Florida
A driver was heading home on a Saturday evening when a truck driver rolled through a stop sign and cut him off. He died in the collision that resulted. The truck driver tried to claim that the driver didn’t have his lights on and was speeding. A thorough investigation, including witness interviews and forensic analysis of the truck’s “black box” and cab video forced the trucking company to accept responsibility.
$700,000 | Motor Vehicle Accident | Hillsborough County, Florida
Our clients were at a stop light when a young woman, who was reaching for her cell phone that fell between her feet, hit them from behind. One spouse suffered only minor injuries, but the other went to the emergency room and ultimately had to have cervical fusion surgery. Although the insurance companies argued that our client’s age and previous treatment for a minor neck injury made the need for the cervical surgery inevitable, we were ultimately able to obtain for our clients policy limits from both the insurance company for the young woman and the owner of the vehicle.
$650,000 | Medical Malpractice | Hillsborough County, Florida
The oral surgeon failed to follow the established standard of care when performing oral surgery on our client resulting in an infection and ultimately the need to replace our client’s bottom jaw bone. The oral surgeon’s liability was clearly established after our firm hired an expert who proved that the oral surgeon deviated from the established standard of care. Unfortunately, this case was resolved years before Florida’s Supreme Court declared the 2003 legislative cap on pain and suffering in medical malpractice cases is unconstitutional. Without that cap, this case result would have likely been significantly greater.
$625,000 | Motor Vehicle Accident | Hillsborough County, Florida
Our client was involved in two auto accidents within a 4 month period that resulted in the need for surgery to the client’s spine and knee. The defendants claimed that the surgeries were the natural progression of pre-existing injuries, although the client needed only chiropractic treatment prior to the auto accidents. Each defendant in the two accidents tried to blame the other for our client’s condition.
$475,000 | Medical Malpractice | Pasco County, Florida
Our client’s primary doctor failed to recognize a medical emergency even after having reviewed the client’s MRI films that showed herniated discs cutting into the client’s spinal cord. The client eventually received emergency surgery to correct the problem, but the delay resulted in the client’s permanent partial paralysis.
$375,000 | Slip and Fall | Pinellas County, Florida
It was raining when our client walked out of a bank and slipped, twisting her knee badly. She required years of therapy, injections and ultimately knee replacement surgery. Our client says she knew the tile in front of the bank was slippery and despite her extreme care, fell anyway. The bank denied liability. Extensive discovery in litigation revealed that the bank employees were aware that the tile was very slippery when wet and they would often watch customers fall. Management also knew, but did nothing. After the fall, the bank immediately replaced the tile, but not before they tested it. Despite the defendant’s claim of work product privilege, we were able to obtain the test results and the case resolved soon after.
$300,000 | Bike Accident | Hillsborough County, Florida
Our client was riding her bike when a driver violated the right of way and hit her. Despite the need for extensive therapy and eventually surgery, the driver’s insurance company refused to tender their policy limits. We filed a suit against the driver on our client’s behalf. Even then, the insurance company attempted several times to resolve the matter for an amount lower than the limits, but our client refused. Soon after the matter was resolved for the maximum insurance amount available.
$285,000 | Slip and Fall | Pinellas County, Florida
Our client was enjoying an evening visiting with her friends in their recreational vehicle. When she went to leave, the recreational vehicle’s steps failed to engage causing our client to fall several feet to the ground, resulting in injury to her back and shoulder.
$250,000 | Jet Ski Accident | Sarasota County, Florida
Our 16 year old client was enjoying an afternoon with friends towing a raft behind a Jet Ski. He was taking his turn on the raft when the Jet Ski’s driver decided to pull a prank and head straight toward shore at full speed. The driver sharply turned the Jet Ski just a few feet from the shoreline flinging the raft and our client on shore. Going at a speed estimated at 70 mph, our client was flung into a nearby tree resulting in significant injury.
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I was recently in a hit and run accident, my van was totaled and I was left with lingering pain that required a fair amount of therapy. Dale was extremely helpful in guiding me to proper care and directing me to better treatment as needed. He was always responsive to any questions and concerns I had along the way and ultimately he was able to secure a very satisfying judgement from my reluctant insurance company. I hadn’t been in an accident in many, many years but I have had a spouse, sister and a few friends that I referred to another firm in town before I met Dale. The level of attention and guidance he provided was light years ahead of what I witnessed from that other high profile firm. I would not hesitate to refer and direct anyone I know to Dales Appell for any accident litigation in the future.
Auto Accident Representative
I was referred to Dale S. Appell PA by a close friend after I was in a car accident. After meeting with Dale, it was clear his firm possessed the knowledge and experience needed to represent me. I signed with the firm and felt very comfortable with their approach. I could not be happier with the service I received from Dale S. Appell PA. I felt well protected and secure throughout the entire ordeal. Mr. Appell’s staff worked hard on my behalf, and their effective work paid off when they successfully obtained an impressive settlement.
Everything went exactly how they planned from day one, until the day I signed my settlement papers. I highly recommend Dale S. Appell PA to anyone pursuing an auto accident claim.