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In 2013-2014, the Mike Kelly Law Group reached a settlement against an out of state trucking company in a case that resulted in the death of a 4 year old girl who was a passenger in a vehicle that was struck by an 18 wheeler on Hwy 501 in Horry County in March of 2012. The 4 year old girl’s twin sister and father were also in the vehicle and sustained injuries as a result of the collision. Our firm exhausted all available insurance coverage and the settlement required personal contributions from the trucking company.
In 2010, a jury in Horry County awarded our client a $3 million verdict in a medical malpractice/wrongful death case. In 2002, our client took his 25 year old wife to the emergency room because of back and abdominal pain. She was diagnosed with a kidney stone, discharged and was scheduled an appointment with a urologist the following Monday. Prior to the urology appointment, she passed away from an undetected infection. The jury found that the death was preventable and that the medical providers did not meet the accepted standard of care in failing to take appropriate vital signs and to perform basic testing which would likely have identified the infection.
In 2013, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $2,250,000.00 settlement for the family of a Lexington County man who was killed after he was struck by a car while he was walking on a sidewalk along Lake Murray Blvd. The Mike Kelly Law Group exhausted all available insurance coverage when reaching a settlement with the at fault driver.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group worked with co-counsel to resolve a case for $1,500,000.00 on behalf of a Darlington County woman who was injured in a single vehicle collision. As a result of restraint defects in the automobile, our client sustained severe facial injuries in the collision.
In 2010, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $1,200,000.00 settlement for a South Carolina woman whose husband was killed in an accident that occurred in Colleton County after being rear ended by an individual traveling from out of state. The at fault driver was criminally charged following the collision. The decedent endured multiple surgeries and ultimately succumbed to his injuries.
In 2014, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $1,050,000.00 settlement for a Fairfield County man who was severely injured after he was struck by a drunk driver in Columbia, South Carolina. Our client was working at a construction site when he was struck by a driver that had just left a local bar after drinking there for several hours. Our client sustained permanent brain injuries and is unable to return to to his job as a construction worker. The settlement was reached with insurers for the at fault driver and the bar. The at fault driver admitted to being intoxicated and further admitted that she had consumed alcohol at the bar for several hours prior to the accident.
In 2010, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $912,500.00 settlement for an Orangeburg County man who sustained serious injuries as a result of an automobile accident that occurred in Orangeburg County in 2009. Our client sustained neurological injuries as a result of the accident and our firm secured nearly all of the available insurance coverage applicable for this collision.
In 2013, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $750,000.00 settlement for a Florida man who sustained serious injuries to his left foot as a result of an automobile accident that occurred in Anderson County in 2012. Our client had to endure multiple surgeries to his left foot and sustained permanent disfigurement and disability.
In 2014, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $550,000.00 settlement for a Richland County woman who sustained serious injuries at a nursing home in Columbia, South Carolina. Our client was a known fall risk who had no trunk control and was unable to sit or stand without assistance or proper medical equipment. Despite informing the nursing assistant that she needed a specialized chair to take a shower, the nursing assistant ignored this request and placed our client on a shower stool with no support. Our client fell to the floor and sustained a fractured femur. The nursing home and its employees failed to order the proper testing or medical treatment and our client remained in her room with a fractured femur for over 12 hours. Our client was finally taken to the emergency room where she underwent surgery and was hospitalized for weeks as a result of complications.
In 2012, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $500,000.00 settlement in an Insurance Denials case brought on behalf of a South Carolina resident. Our client lost his interest in a piece of property located in Horry County after making a claim with his insurance company for title related issues. The claim was effectively denied as his insurer failed to take appropriate action to protect our client'sinterest in the property.The Mike Kelly Law Group was able to secure a settlement at mediation for over twice the policy proceeds that our client sought in his original claim.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $495,000.00 settlement for a Virginia woman who sustained serious respiratory injuries after visiting an indoor waterpark with her family. We alleged that the waterpark and its contractors failed to properly store, handle, and administer hazardous chemicals which caused potentially permanent respiratory injuries to our client.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $475,000.00 settlement for a South Carolina woman who sustained serious injuries in an automobile accident.
In 2012, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $450,000.00 settlement in an Insurance Denials case brought on behalf of a Fairfield County resident. Our client owned a historical building in Winnsboro, South Carolina that sustained significant damage as a result of a fire. Our client’s property insurer denied coverage after asserting that our client submitted a defective application for insurance. We settled the matter against the insurance company and the local agency that submitted the application on behalf of our client.
The Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $425,000 settlement for a once-active, older client who now has some degree of paralysis due to incorrect medical treatment. Our client was never warned about injecting a newly prescribed medicine before a scheduled surgery to relieve pain from an old injury. Nor did the staff at the hospital where the surgery was performed ask if she had taken any medication earlier that day or perform a blood test that would have revealed the drug's presence.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $415,000.00 settlement for a North Carolina woman who sustained serious and permanent injuries to her foot after falling at a gas station in York County. The fall resulted from a defect in the concrete beside a fueling station that had been present for years and was a tripping hazard. Our client underwent multiple surgeries on her foot and sustained permanent injuries from the fall.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $391,435.00 settlement in an insurance bad faith case brought on behalf of a Georgetown County resident. Our client filed an insurance theft claim after certain personal property from his burned residence. The insurance company effectively denied our client’s claim by failing to adjust the claim in a prompt, fair, and equitable manner. The Mike Kelly Law Group was able to secure a settlement prior to filing suit.
In 2010, the Mike Kelly Law Group reached a $375,000.00 settlement for a South Carolina woman injured in an automobile accident that occurred on Interstate 26 in Richland County, South Carolina. Our client was driving her employer's vehicle when she was struck from behind by another car. The accident aggravated a prior injury of our client's and ultimately caused her permanent disability and retirement.
In 2012, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $250,000 settlement for a New Hampshire man who was injured while visiting a facility in Aiken County. Our client suffered devastating and permanent injuries to his left hand after an incident at a shooting range.
In 2008, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $250,000 settlement for a Kentucky woman who was injured while vacationing in Myrtle Beach, SC. Shortly after arriving, she was sitting by the pool when a piece of roof debris, falling from five stories above, crushed her foot and ankle.
In 2008, Mike Kelly settled a legal malpractice clam based upon another attorney’s failure to act in a timely manner - a mistake that barred our client from recovering damages from the at fault driver in a motor vehicle accident. Our client was a South Carolina woman who suffered debilitating ankle injuries from a motor vehicle accident.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $240,000.00 settlement for a Lexington County woman who was involved in an automobile accident. The collision left our client with permanent injuries to her knee, requiring multiple surgeries and injections for pain relief.
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group reached a $225,000.00 settlement for an Ohio man that who was injured in an automobile accident in Columbia, South Carolina. Our client sustained serious back injuries that required surgery and aggravated
In 2016, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $225,000.00 settlement for a Lexington County couple who experienced construction defects in their new home, primarily stemming from the HVAC system, that caused significant damage to the house and respiratory injuries to one of the homeowners.
In 2012, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $200,000 settlement for a Richland County woman who sustained a fractured arm after falling because of defective sidewalk construction by a local municipality. Our client was hospitalized and endured surgery as a result of her injuries. Throughout the course of discovery, it was determined that defective repairs had been made to the sidewalk and code violations were confirmed by an expert engineer.
In 2011, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $200,000.00 settlement for a 49 year old man who was rendered legally blind in his left eye following an incarceration in a South Carolina detention center. Prior to even being convicted, our client was detained in a county holding center for 8 months and did not receive his prescription medication to treat his glaucoma for the initial 4 months of his stay. Our client entered the facility with 20/20 vision in his left eye and was blind in a matter of weeks after the detention center refused to administer his medication despite numerous written and verbal pleas for his eye drops and medical assistance. The detention center also refused to permit our client to treat with an ophthamologist during the entirety of his stay at the detention center despite numerous requests. Brad Hewett and Russ Foster represented the client in this matter.
In 2011, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $195,000.00 settlement against a state agency for failing to properly disclose the psychological condition and criminal behavior of a teenager to an elderly lady in Bamberg County who was serving as a temporary foster mother. Our client sustained serious and permanent injuries after being attacked by the foster child. Despite statutory and policy requirements on the agency, our client was not given information about the teenager's past criminal and psychological history.
In 2013, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $175,000.00 settlement for a Richland County man that sustained serious injuries in an automobile collision. In settling the matter, our firm exhausted all available insurance coverage.
In 2014, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $125,000 settlement for a York County man who sustained neurological injuries to his neck and right arm after slipping at a retail store in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Depositions of store employees and witnesses confirmed that the owner of the store had actual knowledge that there was a hazardous substance on the floor for a lengthy period of time before our client had the misfortune of falling to the floor. Video surveillance received in discovery confirmed the violence of the fall and that the substance had been on the floor for at least one hour before the incident.
In 2010, the Mike Kelly Law Group negotiated a $125,000 settlement for a Lexington County business against an insurer that failed to properly adjust a claim arising out of an electrical outage that destroyed valuable computer data. The Lexington County business sustained the loss of its database and the lost information significantly disrupted our client’s business operations.
One of our clients, unable to work for more than three years, was denied Social Security disability benefits. During those years, she had lost everything and was living in various shelters. We were granted an expedited hearing on her behalf, a rare occurrence in itself, in which she was found to be disabled and entitled to benefits.
In another instance, our client was a former long distance truck driver who waited six years after he became unable to work before applying for disability benefits. By the time he contacted us, his savings were gone. He was doubtful that he would ever receive any benefits based on the horror stories he had heard from other claimants who had been denied. After we helped him navigate an unfamiliar and somewhat threatening system, he was awarded benefits during the actual hearing. That almost never happens.
We often tell people that Social Security Disability is one of the most rewarding legal practice areas. This is an example of such a case. Several years ago, we received a fully favorable decision on a gentleman who became disabled as the result of a violent crime. Mr. M, as we will call him, was walking home from work one day when he was attacked and robbed by several thugs. Mr. M was found lying on the ground unresponsive and transported the emergency room via EMS where he remained for a month. Mr. M's status was so dire that he had to be resuscitated and placed on a ventilator. Mr. M also had to have a sitter with him at all times due to suspected symptoms from the concussion. He improved with treatment and was discharged from the hospital as stable; however, he was left with permanent severe impairments due to his head trauma. Unfortunately, no suspects were ever arrested and charged in the crime.
The beating left Mr. M with chronic headaches, vertigo, cognitive difficulties, speech difficulty, depression and anxiety. He also suffered from physical injuries that made it difficult for him to do any heavy lifting or any prolonged sitting, standing or walking. Mr. M had worked in the past as a dishwasher, cook, grocery store bagger, fast food assistant manager and construction worker. Mr. M had not worked anywhere since October 18, 2008, the date of his assault.
At his initial application and reconsideration, the Social Security Administration found that he could not return to his past work but there were other jobs that existed in significant numbers in the US economy that he could perform. The matter was heard before an administrative law judge. Based upon the medical evidence and Mr. M’s testimony, the judge found that Mr. M was disabled as of the date of his assault. No amount of money could ever replace what was taken from him on the day of the assault, but we take great pride in knowing that we had a hand in help this deserving client. It took two years and several appeals, but Mr. M is finally receiving much needed benefits.
Imagine for a moment that you are a vibrant, energetic forty-five year old who wakes up one morning with a lump on the side of your neck. You try to ignore the problem for a few days, but to your dismay, the pain and stiffness worsen. You head to the local emergency room hoping for a quick fix, but are stunned to find out that your diagnosis is actually Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. This frightening scenario became a reality for one of our disability clients last winter. What followed were months of chemotherapy which not only resulted in extreme fatigue and nausea, but also psychological symptoms of depression and anxiety. She went from working a full time and part time job to not having the energy to get out of bed in the mornings. The chemotherapy lasted for ten months, with her prognosis being fair. In addition to the cancer treatment, our client had also developed severe degenerative disc disease and arthritis in her lower back and hip joint. No longer able to earn a living, she filed for Social Security Disability and was denied. She filed for reconsideration, and she was denied again. Feeling hopeless, she contacted our office for a consultation.
How could this happen you may ask? Well, the Social Security Administration found that our client’s condition was severe enough to prevent her from working at the time, but the evidence indicated that her condition was not expected to remain severe enough to prevent her from working 12 months in a row. We filed for a request for hearing before an administrative law judge in December of last year. When our client received a notice that her home was going into foreclosure, we filed a request to expedite the hearing. The hearing was scheduled for July 22, 2010. In preparation for the hearing, we obtained additional medical records and statements from her treating physicians regarding her medical conditions, treatments and what type of restrictions they would place upon her due to those conditions and treatments. We also prepared a pre-hearing brief outlining our theory of the case and indicating medical evidence in support thereof. Two days prior to the hearing, the judge’s office called to inform us that he was finding our client disabled without the need for a hearing. Our client was ecstatic. She was so deserving of her disability.
Ms. T was unable to work for more than three years, and she was denied Social Security disability benefits. During those years, she had lost everything and was living in various shelters. Like many of our other clients she was denied at the initial and reconsideration levels, and she was awaiting a hearing before an Administrative Law Judge. We were granted an expedited hearing on her behalf, a rare occurrence in itself, in which she was found to be disabled and entitled to benefits. In another instance, our client was a former long distance truck driver who waited six years after he became unable to work before applying for disability benefits. He figured he would be able to support himself off of money he had accumulated over the years. By the time he contacted our office, his savings were gone. He was doubtful that he would ever receive any benefits based on the horror stories he had heard from other claimants who had been denied. After we helped him navigate an unfamiliar and somewhat threatening system, he was awarded benefits during the actual hearing. That hardly ever happens! We made it abundantly clear during the hearing that this gentleman would be working if he possible could, and the judge agreed.
Please understand that every claim is different, and very few cases are paid without a hearing once they make it to the hearing level. If you have questions about your Social Security Disability claim, we invite you to contact us for a free consultation to see if we can help.