$5 Million Insurance Company Refused to Pay for Death

$5,000,000 Settlement

Wrongful Death

Mark vs. Doe Trucking and Roe Construction

Lisa was driving home from work heading north on Highway101, when a truck driver lost control, crossed the road, and struck her vehicle, instantly killing Lisa.  In the process, the truck driver killed another woman and injured two others while driving off a steep embankment.  The truck driver also died in the accident.

Investigation by the California Highway Patrol determined the truck driver had illegal drugs in his system and had failed to hook-up the brakes on the trailer he was pulling.  As the driver of the truck built up speed going down the Cuesta Grade, the truck brakes could not stop the vehicle.

Lisa’s husband, Mark, hired the law firm of James R. Murphy, Jr. And John D. Barron, A Law Corporation to represent him and his son, Alex.  A settlement was initially obtained against the trucking company, exhausting all available insurance.  Our office continued to litigate the case against the construction company and filed a bad-faith lawsuit against the insurance company. The total recovery for our clients, in this case, exceeded $5,000,000.  The litigation lasted seven years.

Testimonial by Mark 

“Jim Murphy is as aggressive a lawyer as you will ever see.  He is also extremely sensitive to the needs of his clients. He kept me informed at all stages of the case as to every decision made.  Jim earned my trust and proved throughout the seven year litigation that my trust was well placed.  As the result of these recoveries, I was able to ensure by son’s future was secure, guarantee him an education, and to pay him a stream of income for the rest of his life.  I was able to recover enough money to make a huge change in my life.  I am deeply grateful to Mr. Murphy and for the outstanding, dedicated work he did on behalf of my family.  Not only was Jim a fighter, he was creative in his approach to the litigation. He did not back down from any battle with anyone.  Jim is a very touch lawyer. I remain close personal friends with Jim and will remain friends with him for the rest of my life.  Jim is a fantastic attorney.” 

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