5 Biggest Personal Injury Settlements in World’s History

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You might have already heard a million times about personal injuries cases – a kind of an accident when a person gets injured physically, mentally or emotionally due to someone’s negligence or misconduct.

Unfortunately, such accidents are fairly commonplace and could happen on the road, on the job, or in a variety of other settings.

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In case, you have faced such misfortune situation you have a chance to take steps toward protecting your legal rights after an accident.

First of all, you have to find a law firm with a great reputation that will provide you a highly experienced personal injury lawyer.

According to the research conducted by MartindaleNolo in 2018, the average personal injury settlement in the USA is $52,900. However, there were some cases where victims received an impressive amount of payout.

Check these five tragedies that ended as the biggest personal injury payouts that ever happened.

$150 Billion to Robert Middleton

Source: Brett Coomer, Houston Chronicle

This tragical story dates back in 1998, when Robert Middleton who was years old at that time was sexually abused by then 13-year-old Don Wilburn and set on fire. As a result, 99% of Middleton’s body was seriously burnt. He lived for only 13 more years after that incident and then passed away due to skin cancer.

Collins was convicted of murder as an adult while Robert’s family was granted with the compensation of $150 Billion and it is still considered to be the largest personal injury settlement.

$4.9 Billion in the fuel tank case

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In 1993, Anderson family that consisted of four children and two adults got in a horrible car crash when they were driving their 1979 Chevrolet Malibu. A drunk driver hit them and the collision produced a blast in the fuel tank. Unfortunately, all six members of the Anderson family received severe injuries in the fire.

The case went to trial when General Motors refused to pay the compensation. After the hearing, General Motors was ordered to pay $4.9 Billion to victims. However, General Motors appealed the decision and soon after the appellation, Superior Court Judge reduced the compensation to $1.2 Billion.

$60 Million to a gas station manager

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In 1997, a train went off rails destroyed the office of a gas station in Gainesville Virginia where Donald French worked as a manager. Likely he survived but has to live with a serious brain injury.

French was granted with $60 Million that became one of the biggest payouts in history.

$32.5 Million seatbelt case

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Mark Force got in car accident in 1996. Despite he was wearing a seatbelt, it didn’t lock up due to malfunction so Mark Force was thrown out the windshield. As a result, he suffered from severe brain damage.

Lately, he sued two giant companies and won – the judges granted Mark with an adjustment of $32.5 Million and blamed Mazda Motor Cor and Ford Motor Co. for Mark’s tragedy.

$27.5 Million for transit bus crash victim

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Mark Force got in car accident in 1996. Despite he was wearing a seatbelt, it didn’t lock up due to malfunction so Mark Force was thrown out the windshield. As a result, he suffered from severe brain damage.

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