Since our practice opened in 2007 we have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our clients. While we look to settle cases out of court whenever possible, we are not afraid to take a case to trial when that is what’s required to pursue a full and fair recovery.
Below is a sampling of results that we’ve achieved on behalf of our clients. Please note that prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome in your case.
Recent Results for Our Clients
Date of Arbitration Award: April 9, 2018
Wrongful Death Arbitration Award for a Wife who lost her husband
Sutliff & Stout had the privilege of representing a woman whose husband was killed when an 18-wheeler forced another driver off of the road. The driver lost control of his vehicle and collide with our client’s husband who was on the side of the road getting his mail. The 18-wheeler driver and his insurance company refused to be fair and insisted that the other driver was at fault. Prior to arbitration, the insurance company refused to offer more than $200,000. Sutliff & Stout arbitrated the matter and helped obtain the wife and two adult children an award of $3,317,116. After the award, the parties were able to enter into a confidential settlement to resolve the matter and fairly compensate our client. The net recovery to our client, the spouse of the deceased, was $424,173.78
Date of Jury Verdict: April 3, 2018
Negligence Case Verdict
Sutliff & Stout represented a young man who was hurt while he was trying to get into his vehicle. While opening his door in a parking lot, a careless 18-wheeler driver caught the back end of his vehicle injuring our client’s neck, back and shoulder. The extent of our client’s injuries and resulting damages was extensively litigated. Defendants took the position that our client fine and their expert testified to the same. The client’s doctors testified that our client would need life-long care to address the problems with his neck and back. Prior to trail, Defendants and their insurance company only offered $10,000 to settle the case. We tried the case and the jury awarded our client $1,372,531. The net recovery to the client was $775,937.50.
Past Results for Our Clients
Drunk Driving Case Agreed Judgment
In exchange for a $6,000,000.00 agreed judgment, Sutliff & Stout settled a claim against a drunk driver who caused significant personal injuries to our client. He was hit by the drunk driver’s vehicle causing him to lose his leg. After significant discovery and investigation and multiple negotiating sessions with the drunk driver’s lawyers, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain this $6,000,000.00 result for our client. Attorneys fees and expenses were $72,978.84.
Negligence Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout took over the legal representation of a family whose former legal counsel attempted to settle their case for less than $300,000.00. The client sustained a burst fracture of the spine and a broken ankle as a result of the motor vehicle accident. Sutliff & Stout successfully obtained $2,750,000.00 settlement on behalf of the family against the Fortune 500 Company defendant. Net recovery to the client was $1,600,000.00.
Maritime Injury Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout client, Tony, worked as a diver on a lift boat at sea. He broke both of his ankles during a personnel transfer from the lift boat to a crew boat. The cable on the personnel basket broke and dropped the client to the deck of the lift boat. Sutliff & Stout successfully settled the client’s claim against the careless lift boat company for $2,632,500. Net recovery to client was $1,764,587.37.
Wrongful Death Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit against a company relating to the death of an employee on the job. The defendant company claimed that the worker caused his own death, and the company claimed that it was not liable to the family for any damages. After six months of depositions, motions and other discovery relating to the death of the employee, Sutliff & Stout obtained a favorable $2,500,000.00 settlement. Net recovery to client was $1,835,000.00.
Settlement for Head-on Collision.
Our client, Steve, was driving a large commercial vehicle when he was hit head-on by a driver who was operating his vehicle in an unsafe manner. The collision totaled his vehicle and caused him to sustains substantial injuries to his shoulders and low back. The client had to undergo two shoulder surgeries and various non-surgical treatments for his low back. After extensive litigation and discovery, Sutliff & Stout was able to resolve the matter. The net recovery to the client was $1,393,148.58.
Truck Accident Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit against Russell Transport, Inc. relating to a collision that occurred on July 4, 2012. As a result of the collision, our client had to have back surgery. Russell Transport, Inc. tried to blame our client for the collision, but after extensive discovery we were able to show that our client was not at fault. Using an aggressive and proactive approach to the case, we were able to successfully resolve the case for $2,300,000.00 in less than nine months. Net recovery to the client was $1,320,000.00.
Personnel Basket Transfer Injury Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $2,075,500 settlement for Danny. Danny was a diver working on a lift boat when he broke his left leg and injured his lower back during a personnel transfer from his lift boat to a crew boat. The cable on the personnel basket broke and dropped him to the deck on the lift boat. Net recovery to client was $1,202,397.01.
18-Wheeler Accident Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout successfully resolved a significant trucking accident case where liability was hotly contested. Our client was forced off the road by an eighteen wheeler, which caused his vehicle to roll over several times. As a result of the collision, the client required a two level lumbar fusion. Given the nature of the client’s surgery, his doctor limited his work activities to light duty work and, thus, the client was unable to return to his prior employment. After 10 months of litigation involving over 20 depositions we were able to achieve a $2,000,000.00 settlement for the client. Net recovery to client was $1,091,679.30
Jury Verdict Against Exxon Mobil
Sutliff & Stout represented the family of a man, Alfredo, who was killed while in an Exxon Mobil gas station. Sutliff & Stout contended that Exxon’s failure to supervise its employees resulted in Alfredo’s death. Exxon Mobil denied any liability and employed seven lawyers and three different law firms to defend the case. In the end, the Jury rejected Exxon Mobil’s arguments and sided with Sutliff & Stout and Alfredo’s family and returned a verdict for $1,937,989.30. Exxon has appealed this verdict and it is currently pending before the Texas Supreme Court. As a result, the clients have not received any money relating to the verdict.
Settlement in Commercial Vehicle Collision
Our client was involved in a significant head-on collision. The client sustained a broken collar bone and suffered a mild traumatic brain injury form the collision. As with most mild TBIs, it was difficult for the client to understand her injury and the changes in her personality. Sutliff & Stout was able to help get her to the right doctors to treat her condition and we hired the necessary experts to help explain the prolonged and detrimental effects of a TBI. After almost a year of heavily contested litigation, we were able to obtain a substantial settlement that netted the client $871,105.00 in addition to the payment of over $117,500.00 in medical expenses.
Oil Field Injury Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout was retained to help a worker who was injured when the trailer upon which he was leaning was struck by an 18-wheeler. The client sustained injuries to his neck and lower back. Defendants argued that the impact was not sufficient to cause the client’s injuries. After investing over $89,000.00 in the case and preparing it for trial, we were able to obtain a net recovery to the client of $861,005.00 in addition to the payment of over $144,480.98 in medical expenses.
Car Accident Settlement – $60,000 in medical bills
Our client, Frank, was injured when a vehicle up ahead attempted a U Turn in the highway. Frank’s car flipped and he was taking to the emergency room via private vehicle. Eventually Frank needed surgery on his knee along with injections and physical therapy. Sutliff & Stout immediately filed a lawsuit, served discovery, and took depositions. After a failed mediation attempt, Sutliff & Stout immediately designated experts and provided reports. The case was then resolved for $1,500,000.00. The net recovery to the client was $870,330.80.
Settlement on behalf of Oil Field Rough Neck
Client injured his knee when a section of casing was rolled into his leg. The client required a full knee replacement due to the already poor condition of his knee. Defendants argued that the client’s prior knee problems were the cause of his problems. Through various depositions and other efforts, we were able to demonstrate that the client’s problems stemmed from the collision and that his prior problems were not related. Through our efforts we were able to achieve a significant settlement that netted the client $822,394.00, as well as the payment of over $48,000.00 in medical expenses
Settlement for Injuries Stemming from Property Damage of Less Than $1,000.00
Our client was significantly injured as a result of a motor vehicle accident. But the insurance company did not believe that her injuries were real because the property damage resulting from the collision was less than $1,000.00. Our clients injuries resulted in the need for two back surgeries. Sutliff & Stout was engaged and filed a lawsuit. After over a year of litigation and right before trial, the insurance company agreed to pay $1,140,000.00. The net recovery to the client was $502,817.00 in addition to the payment of over $200,000.00 in medical expenses.
Wrongful Death Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit against multiple companies relating to the death of a commercial diver who was conducting an inspection dive in the Gulf of Mexico. The defendant companies vehemently disputed any liability arguing, in part, that the worker caused his own death. After nine months of discovery and motions, Sutliff & Stout obtained a favorable $1,500,000.00 settlement on behalf of the mother of the diver. Net recovery to client was $971,731.27.
Contractual Dispute Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout achieved a $1,153,844.00 judgment for a client in a breach of contract dispute. The client and the defendant entered into an agreement in which the defendant failed to uphold his end of the bargain. Because of this breach of contract, the client contacted Sutliff & Stout. After various motions were filed, the defendant realized that Sutliff & Stout was going to force him to live up to his end of the contract. As a result, the defendant settled just prior to trial and the client’s net recovery was $1,153,844.00.
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by a Harris County landowner, whose property was being condemned by the county. After receiving a low ball offer from the county for the land, Sutliff & Stout went to work. Sutliff & Stout filed a lawsuit on behalf of the landowner and obtained a $1,058,715.00 Judgment for the landowner. Net recovery to client was $934,612.90.
Agreed Judgment and $750,000.00 cash payment: Dram Shop Action Case
In exchange for a $1,000,000.00 agreed judgment and a cash payment of $750,000.00, Sutliff & Stout settled a dram shop action stemming from a single vehicle accident in Texas that occurred in December 2013. This single vehicle accident claimed the life of a mother of two small children. After 9 depositions and significant discovery, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain this result for our clients after 8 months of litigation. Attorneys fees and expenses were $256,066.02.
Settlement in Motor Vehicle Collision
Our client was rear-ended while waiting at a yield sign. Initially, the client hired a different law firm to help her, but she could not get ahold of her lawyer and they would not help her with her medical bills. She decided to hire Sutliff & Stout instead. We immediately filed suit and started to work on her case. We also helped her make financial arrangements so she could have a four level cervical fusion. We also hired a life care expert to help the jury understand what our client was going to need going forward as a result of the collision and her injuries. After a year of work and a few weeks before trial, Sutliff & Stout was able to convince the insurance company to tender its policy limits of $1,000,000.00. The net recovery to the client was $505,568.54.
Jobsite Injury Case Settlement
Our client was a sub-contractor on a construction site located in Frisco, Texas. While assisting in the installation of some electrical wiring, a large metal spool fell off of a forklift and landed on our client. This incident caused our client to sustain a fractured vertebra, broken leg and broken ankle. Given the facts of the case, we felt it was necessary to file suit right away. Within a year of filing suit, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain a policy limits settlement from the at-fault party. The net recovery to the client was $561,918.64.
Policy Limits Settlement for House Fire Death
Our client lost her husband in a house fire – the cause of which was unknown. After engaging fire experts who did two separate inspections, it was determined that the house did not contain fire detectors in accordance with Texas law. After filing a lawsuit against the landlord and engaging in discovery, the carrier tendered its limits. The net recovery to the client was $632,788.70.
Workplace Injury Case Settlement
Marilyn’s husband passed away in a single vehicle roll-over accident. After his death, Marilyn sought the life insurance benefits they previously paid for through his employer. Under their policy, Marilyn was entitled to receive $861,856.18 if her husband passed away while on the job. Using an unfair interpretation of the policy exclusions, the insurance company denied Marilyn’s claim. Marilyn hired Sutliff & Stout to help hold the insurance company accountable. The Firm immediately started working on her insurance appeal and gathering evidence to support her position. This work included collecting statements, affidavits, and other records proving that the carrier’s denial of the claim was in bad faith. Sutliff & Stout filed the appeal and 45 days later, the carrier reversed its decision and found that the full amount of benefits should be paid. Net recovery to client was $521,543.75.
Breach Of Contract Case Settlement
Two small companies engaged Sutliff & Stout to pursue fraud and breach of contract claims related to bad business deals. After aggressive discovery and motions, Sutliff & Stout obtained a settlement of $850,000, which was the net recovery for the clients.
Tire Defect Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout settled an $820,000 tire defect case for Linda, whose husband was killed in a car accident. While numerous lawyers turned down the case due to the difficulty associated with the products liability aspect of the case, Sutliff & Stout pursued the case aggressively and confidently, obtaining a favorable result. Net Recovery to client was $445,377.00.
Settlement in One-Vehicle Accident Case
Mark died while he was driving a truck for his employment. Mark’s death was a single vehicle accident for which his employer blamed Mark for speeding. The employer tried to convince the family of Mark to settle the case without a lawyer for $250,000.00. Instead, Mark’s family hired Sutliff & Stout, and after 4 months of litigation, we were able to get the family over three times that amount. Attorneys’ fees and expenses were $313,000.00.
Settlement in Business Dispute
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by a businessman who sold his business to a big corporation. As part of the sales agreement the big corporation owed the businessman additional money due to the business’s performance post-sale. The big corporation refused to pay and Sutliff & Stout got involved. We were able to obtain a $750,000.00 settlement prior to litigation. The net recovery to the client was $677,500.00
Summary Judgement in Employer Case
Anthony was employed by a company for over a decade. As part of his employment, he was to receive commissions relating to his sales. While he did receive some commissions per his agreement with his employer, he was owed $700,119.42 when he was terminated for reasons relating to his demand for payment. Anthony hired Sutliff & Stout, and a lawsuit was immediately filed. After 8 months of discovery, Sutliff & Stout filed a motion for summary judgment, which was granted. As a result, Anthony obtained a Judgment finding that his former employer owes him $700,119.42 plus interest.
18-Wheeler Injury Case Settlement
Shannon was injured as a result of materials falling off of an 18-wheeler on to her mini-van while she was at a red light. The injuries to her back required her to get a pain pump. She and her husband tried to deal with the insurance company on the front end, but insurance company refused to be fair. In fact, the insurance company refused to offer more than $15,000 to resolve Shannon’s claim. After hitting a dead end, Shannon hired Sutliff & Stout, who after a significant amount of discovery and work was able to obtain $525,000 settlement for Shannon. Net recovery to client was $316,000.
Settlement in Collision where DPS faulted our Client for the Collision
Sutliff & Stout was hired to assist the adult children of a man who passed away in a collision in West Texas. The case was difficult because DPS faulted the deceased for the collision contending that he was traveling too fast. Despite the difficulties associated with the claim, Sutliff & Stout agreed to help and retained one of the most well-respected accident reconstructionist in the state of Texas. Through these efforts, we were able to demonstrate the flaws in the conclusions made by DPS and convince the other party that it was a case that should be settled. These efforts resulted in a net recovery of $362,083.00 to our clients.
Settlement in Workplace Injury
Our client was injured at work, and his employer covered all of his medical expenses through workers compensation insurance. His injuries included burns to his body and a separated shoulder. Based on the circumstances, we sued the owner of the facility where the injury occurred and engaged in extensive litigation. After numerous depositions and hearings, we were able to obtain a $600,000.00 settlement for our client. The net cash recovery to our client was $324,773.00 in an addition to an agreement whereby he was not required to repay workers’ compensation for his medical bills totaling over $100,000.00.
Jury Verdict Against Farmers Insurance Insured Driver
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by Michael relating to a car accident he was involved in on August 25, 2011. Michael went to the emergency room immediately after the accident to be treated for minor scrapes and bruises as well as what he perceived to be a concussion. Prior the accident, Michael was dealing with pre-existing issues, but the testimony was that the collision exacerbated those conditions. Michael’s medical bills totaled $10,465.00. Because Farmers Insurance would not be fair to Michael, the case was tried in Harris County. Famers Insurance argued that the Jury should award Michael under $10,000. The Jury was not persuaded by the insurance lawyer’s argument and after a lengthy trial instead awarded Michael $568,875.00. The defendant driver was only insured up to $100,000.00, but the insurance companies were required to satisfy the remainder of the judgment. The net recovery to Michael was $296,379.00.
18-Wheeler Wreck Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $515,000 settlement for Matt as the result of his 18-wheeler accident. Matt hit an 18-wheeler trailer that was backed into the roadway at night. As a result of this collision, he had to have a shoulder operation. Net recovery to client was $305,000.00.
Defective Tire Case Settlement
Sutliff & Stout settled a tire defect case for Kendall and his daughter. The tire resulted in a single vehicle crash causing the death of Kendall’s wife. The tire defect case was a difficult one because the tire in question was purchased used, and had 3 patches and 5 metal objects inside at the time of the tread separation. Despite these significant hurdles, Sutliff & Stout was able to demonstrate why the tire was defective and why the company did not want to risk taking the case to court. As a result of these efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to get a fair settlement. Net recovery to client was $300,000.00.
Settlement for Workplace Injury
Our client was injured while working as an independent contractor at a facility. Her injuries required the amputation of two of her toes. Workers’ compensation insurance for her medical bills were unavailable to her because she was an independent contractor. To make matters worse, the facility where she was injured did not have liability insurance. Nevertheless, Sutliff & Stout got involved and filed a lawsuit against the facility. After over a year of litigation, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain a $450,000.00 settlement directly from the facility. The net recovery to the client was $250,356.00 in addition to the satisfaction of $17,500.00 in medical bills.
Commercial Truck Accident Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $438,750 settlement on behalf of Shavona. The client sustained a lower back injury when she was rear-ended by a commercial truck on a Texas roadway. The damage to her vehicle was less than $5,000, but the impact caused her to sustain a serious neck injury. Through various and significant efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to convince the insurance company that the minimal impact damage had nothing to do with the extent of Shavona’s injuries. These efforts, as well as others, convinced the insurance company to treat Shavona fairly. Net recovery to client was $248,250.00.
18-Wheeler Accident Case
Our client, Lisa, was injured after an 18-wheeler hit her from the side on the Interstate. Lisa did not go to the hospital immediately, but she began having pain a few weeks later. She hired us to sue the at-fault company, which we did. Lisa’s back was injured and she underwent physical therapy and a few steroid injections and she felt much better. After litigating the case for 6 months, the parties went to mediation and we were able to get the case resolved for $425,000.00. Attorneys’ fees and expenses were $170,000.00.
Head-On Collision Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout settled Doyle’s case for $350,000. Doyle was involved in a head-on collision in Marshall, Texas. He had a non-operated neck injury. The insurance company did not want to compensate him for his injuries because it said that he had prior neck problems (although those problems were unrelated to the injuries he sustained in the accident). Sutliff & Stout retained various medical professionals to prove that the prior problems were unrelated and that Doyle needed to be compensated for his injuries. Net recovery to client was $176,691.00.
Auto Accident Case
Julie was injured after a company truck ran a stop sign and hit her on the driver’s side door. Julie did not go to the hospital, but her neck began hurting a few days later. She hired Sutliff & Stout to sue the at-fault company. We did and Julie continued her treatment for her injured neck. This treatment included doctor visits, physical therapy and injections. After 5 months of litigation, the parties went to mediation and Sutliff & Stout was able to resolve the case for almost 200 times the amount of the insurance company’s initial offer of $1,500.00. Attorneys’ fees and expenses were $128,000.00.
Commercial Truck Accident Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $300,000 settlement on behalf of a client in East Texas. The client sustained a low back injury when she was rear-ended by a commercial truck on a Texas roadway. Through various and significant efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to convince the insurance company that the case had significant value despite the lack of any surgery. These efforts, as well as others, convinced the insurance company to treat the client fairly. Net recovery to client was $155,002.59.
Pedestrian accident case
Our client Mario was injured his legs after he was hit by a vehicle walking on the cross walk. His injuries required a few weeks in the hospital as well as in-home health care for a month. Sutliff & Stout sued the at-fault driver and was able to obtain the policy limits of both the driver’s policy and Mario’s policy after three months of litigation. Attorneys’ fees and expenses were $92,022.00.
Logging Truck Accident Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $200,000 settlement on behalf of Susan against a Texas trucking company. Susan was t-boned by a careless trucker. The collision caused her to sustain a non-operated neck injury. The insurance company refused to fairly compensate Susan so Sutliff & Stout prepared her case for trial. Realizing that we were prepared to try the case, the insurance company settled the day before trial. Net recovery to client was $97,076.00.
Settlement for Injuries Stemming from Car Accident Causing Less than $500 in Property Damage
Sutliff & Stout was engaged by Bill to represent him relating to the injuries he sustained resulting from a rear-end accident causing less than $500 in property damages. The injuries required Bill to have back surgery. Because of the small amount of the property damage the insurance company did not want to be fair to Bill. So, Sutliff & Stout sued. After a year of litigation, Sutliff & Stout was able to settle Bill’s case for $126,500.00. The net recovery to the client was $44,043.26 in addition to the payment of over $25,000 in medical expenses.
Dangerous Roads Accident Case
Chris suffered a broken leg when a city vehicle crossed three lanes of traffic and a median and slammed into his car at 65 mph head on. The client went to ten different lawyers, but none of them would take his case because of the significant legal hurdles that exist in suing the city. Sutliff & Stout, however, investigated the claims and aggressively pursued the case. Through significant efforts, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain a $115,000 settlement for Chris. Net recovery to client was $67,000.
Dredging Accident Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout settled a dredging accident lawsuit for the amount of $114,102.58 on behalf of Anthony. Anthony suffered a broken femur while working on a dredging barge. This occurred when a front loader broke and fell on to Mr. Rosser. The company refused to pay Anthony’s medical bills or cover his lost wages while he was recovering. As a result, Anthony hired Sutliff & Stout to assist him with his case. Net recovery to client was $62,083.62.
Car Accident Wrongful Death Case
Sutliff & Stout was able to achieve a $105,700 settlement for Daisie regarding a car accident that claimed the life of her adult daughter. The daughter was a passenger in a vehicle that ran a stop sign and collided with another vehicle. Although there was only $25,000 in automobile insurance, Sutliff & Stout was able to settle over four times the amount. Net recovery to client was $58,541.
Daycare Injury Case
Sutliff & Stout obtained a $100,000 settlement for Cassie’s son. Cassie’s son was injured while he was at daycare. These injuries included a separated retina. Net recovery to client was $56,356.
Jury Verdict for an Injured Client
Our client, Mary, injured her shoulder after a minor impact that resulted in approximately $700.00 in property damage. The injury required Mary to undergo months of medical treatment and physical therapy. The insurance company only offered Mary $5,000.00. So, she hired Sutliff & Stout to take her case to trial. After a two day jury trial, Mary was awarded $82,703.03. Attorneys’ fees and expenses were $32,681.21.