Personal Injury Litigation in Northern Virginia
Cases handled by Attorney Thomas J. Curcio
We will periodically highlight verdicts, cases, settlements, or noteworthy results of cases handled by our attorneys at Curcio Bergeron. While past results do not guarantee future favorable outcomes, we take a personal approach to each one of our clients’ cases and strive for the best possible result.
Personal Injury Cases
The majority of the personal injury cases that happen in the Northern Virginian area are automobile accidents. In a high traffic area, where most people are commuting to work these statistics are inevitable. However, we cover all areas of personal injury, from slip and falls to product liability. Below are a few different kinds of personal injury cases we have represented.
Vespa Struck by Automobile
56 year-old husband and father of two was struck by a vehicle while riding his Vespa motor scooter. Injuries include eight broken ribs, a Grade III splenic laceration, hemopneumothorax and pulmonary contusion, and multiple abrasions and contusions. Case settled pre-suit for $232,500.
Bicyclist Struck by Automobile
Bicyclist struck by automobile. Injuries include two broken wrists and broken hip, all requiring surgery to repair. Case settled pre-suit for $500,000 policy limits.
Automobile Collision Vertebral Fracture
58-year old man t-boned at an intersection, suffered right vertebral artery compression and C-2 fracture with dissection which was a life-threatening condition. Client claimed $33,300 in lost wages. Case settled pre-suit for $196,000.
Our 16-year-old client was a passenger on a moped being driven by a 15-year-old classmate. The classmate ran a red light and broadsided a passenger car proceeding through the intersection on a green light. Tragically, the classmate was killed, and our client suffered serious orthopedic injuries, including a fractured skull, a broken leg, and the loss of a significant amount of his calf muscle. We were able to obtain a settlement from the parents’ automobile liability insurer for the sum of $237,500, which included the purchase of an annuity which makes periodic payments to the client to fund his college education and other anticipated milestone expenses.
Our client, a woman in her mid-40s, was the rear seat passenger of a taxicab struck by a car that went out of control after that car was struck by another vehicle. She suffered a broken wrist and underwent surgery, which included the placement of metal hardware into her wrist. She required extensive physical and occupational therapy, and lost a significant amount of wages because of her injuries. We were able to settle the case for $100,000, the maximum available to any one claimant under the available insurance policies.
Plaintiff suffered herniated disk in her neck when she was rear-ended by a passenger automobile driven by a Fairfax County employee. Case settled for $500K.
Plaintiff, then 81 years old, was seated in a stairway elevator when, without warning, the seat pivoted, causing her to fall out of the stair and down the staircase, breaking her neck and wrist. Suit was filed against the product manufacturer and against the local district, breach of warranty, negligence and failure to warn. Case settled in mediation before Judge Johanna Fitzpatrick of McMammon Group for $750K.
Auto Collision, Failure to Yield
Defendant failed to yield at a stop sign and caused a T-bone intersectional collision. Plaintiff suffered broken bones in his wrist, requiring plating and screws. Pain persisted, requiring a second surgery to remove the hardware. Plaintiff claimed a loss of military retirement benefits due to having to retire from the military prematurely. All medical service provided by the military with lien totaling $22K. Loss retirement benefits complicated by the fact that plaintiff was earning significantly more than while he was in the military. Case settled for $165K.
Pedestrian Auto Collision
85-year-old plaintiff with dementia struck his neighbor when he was backing out of his driveway. He did not see her bending over to retrieve her dog. Case settled for $350K.
Client was stopped at an intersection, waiting to make a left turn, when her car was rear-ended. The impact propelled her vehicle forward into the back of a pick-up truck stopped in front of her, causing extensive damage to our client’s vehicle. Our client suffered a torn rotator cuff that required extensive medical treatment, including surgical repair. We were able to settle her claim for $97,500.
Wrongful Death Cases
There are those times when due to negligence a precious life is lost. These are the hardest claims for all involved as nothing can fill the void left behind. Below are a few of the wrongful death cases we have represented. We are still bowled away at the trust these families placed in us.
Police Car Collision
Our client’s 33-year-old daughter was killed driving through an intersection on a green light, was broadsided by a young Fairfax County police officer who ran a red light at a high speed. The officer, responding to a fight call, which she claimed was an emergency, had her emergency lights on but her siren was not activated. The case was settled two weeks before trial for $1.5 million, which was paid by Fairfax County after the County Board of Supervisors approved the settlement.
An 89- year old woman who was t-boned in intersection, suffered brain trauma and died as a result of the injury. Defendant was 90-year old woman. Two adult daughters were statutory beneficiaries. Though she was elderly, the plaintiff was relatively active and healthy for age. Case settled in mediation – pre-suit $525K Judge Ledbetter with McCammon group.
A 53-foot-long tractor-trailer truck traveling westbound completely crossed both eastbound lanes where it struck a vehicle traveling eastbound, killing our client, who was a passenger, and seriously injuring the driver. Our client was the mother of five children. In an effort to resolve the case quickly and to avoid the costs and delay of a trial, a mediation was held, at which the insurance company for the driver of the tractor-trailer agreed to pay a confidential sum to settle the case.
Brain Injury Cases
Below are a smattering of some brain injury cases we have handled. While many injuries resulting from accidents are obvious, such as lacerations and compound fractures, some injuries take time to manifest. These injuries can be just as dilapidating as broken bones, and sometimes more so. While past results do not guarantee future favorable outcomes, we at Curcio Bergeron take a personal approach to each one of his clients’ cases and strives for the best possible result.
Our clients, a mother, father, and their minor daughter, were rear-ended by a speeding tractor-trailer. Their van was propelled into the passenger car in front of it, and rolled over several times on the grassy median. All three were seriously injured. The mother suffered a broken neck, the father a broken back, and their daughter a traumatic brain injury and several broken bones. Six individuals in the passenger car were also injured. We were ultimately successful in settling the case through mediation for confidential amounts, which include structured settlements that make guaranteed payments well into the future.
Automobile collision; passenger soft tissue injury
Our client, a 62-year-old real estate agent, was a front seat passenger in a stopped car that was rear-ended in a four-car pileup. She suffered injuries to the muscles and ligaments of her neck and upper back. Her pain persisted for more than three years despite extensive medical treatment, and interfered with her ability to perform all of her job duties, causing a significant loss of income. The case went to trial and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $95,000.
Rear-End Auto Collision
Plaintiff was stopped in traffic and rear-ended by a commercial van. She suffered neck and back injuries, as well as a closed-head injury. Neck and back injuries required several spinal surgeries. Injuries were hotly contested by the defense. Case settled in mediation before Judge Bruce Boch with the McCammon Group for $700,000.
Automobile Collision Left Hand Turn
A 74-year old woman was a passenger in her husband’s vehicle that made a left hand turn in front of oncoming traffic which caused the collision. Injuries include subarachnoid hemorrhage, loss of consciousness, open wound of scalp, forehead, knee, leg and ankle, headache and contusion of interscapular region. Case settled pre-suit for $493,000.
Automobile T-Boned in Intersection
A 29- year old woman who was t-boned in intersection, suffered bruised patella in the left knee, concussion, memory issues, and right knee pain. Defendant was 83-year old man. Case settled via negotiations after suit was filed – $190K.
T-bone Intersection Collision
Plaintiff was a passenger that was injured when defendant made a left and failed to yield. She spent five days in the hospital, primarily for observation and had some follow-up care upon her release. Case settled for $95K with $100K policy limits.