Case: Estate of “Smith” v. Rockeries, Inc
Result: $2,940,000, plus fees and costs.
“Ms. Smith”, a 46-year-old woman, was driving home after going to a local store to pick up supplies for a weekend dinner with her husband. As she passed through an intersection, a dump truck trailer smashed into her car, causing fatal injuries.
Mr. Smith came home after work to find a note from a police officer on his front door. After learning of the tragedy, he was able to get to the hospital to say goodbye to his wife just prior to her death.
The trailer, loaded with rockery boulders, broke free from the dump truck because the driver hadn’t properly latched it. When the truck got to the top of a hill, the trailer broke free, traveled down a road and crashed into Ms. Smiths’ car.
The safety braking system should have locked the brakes on the trailer. But it hadn’t been properly maintained: the safety brakes failed.
The trucking company denied insurance coverage after the plaintiffs filed a claim. The defendants asked the court to dismiss the case. The court granted the defendants’ dismissal. The plaintiffs were forced to file an appeal. After a lengthy appeal process, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled in favor of Mr. Smith.
Wrongful death lawyer Kevin Coluccio earned the Smith family the insurance policy limits, as well as fees and costs, providing the maximum recovery possible.
Case: Estate of “Jane Doe” v. State of Washington
After returning from a flight, a long-time fight attendant went for a run in the wooded park area near her home. When “Jane” did not return, her family went looking for her and eventually called the police.
Tragically, Jane had been killed by a released level 3 sex offender. He was out on parole, and supposed to be carefully monitored by the Washington State Department of Corrections.
After he killed Jane, the offender left the area and traveled across the country. While at a rest stop, he attacked a second woman and left her for dead. A passing nurse just happened to find her at the rest stop, and saved her life.
Attorney Kevin Coluccio worked extensively get to the facts of the offender’s parole.
Both attacks were preventable. The offender had been violating his parole for a long time. The State should have taken actions to protect the public—and in particular, protect these women.
The wrongful death lawyers were able to show that the Washington State Department of Corrections was negligent in the supervision of this dangerous parolee.
In addition to the $4.4 million wrongful death result for Jane’s family, Kevin Coluccio settled the second woman’s injury claim for another $4.4 million.