Verdicts and settlements

Disclaimer: The cases listed here represent some of the settlements and verdicts obtained by or with the help of Attorney Doug Jennings. The settlements and verdicts shown here should not be considered as a description or characterization of the quality of the firm's representation and in no way should be interpreted as a guarantee of a specific result or outcome of any particular case. As such, the reader should not rely on the cases below to develop any expectation regarding the value of his or her case. The facts and circumstances of every case are different and the outcome of any case can depend on a variety of different factors.

Automobile Negligence $1,075,000

We obtained this settlement for a client who suffered a broken leg in an automobile collision. It had been raining for several hours and was continuing to rain, making the roadways wet when the collision occurred. We downloaded data from the at-fault driver's vehicle that showed he was traveling approximately 70 mph in a 55 mph zone when he collided into our client, even though the driving conditions were hazardous.

VERDICT: $10,650,000.00 - Auto Accident - Wrongful Death

The case was the result of an automobile accident where three children were killed and another child was seriously and permanently injured. Along with co-counsel, we represented the families of these children and sued the at-fault driver, who was high on crack cocaine at the time of the accident, as well as the recovery center (and its director) where he had sought treatment earlier in the day and had been turned away. The case went to trial in Marlboro County and the jury awarded the parents of these children $10,650,000.00 in actual and punitive damages, the largest verdict ever obtained in Marlboro County. The case was subsequently settled upon confidential terms. Read Article

Between $4 million and $4.2 million - Dram Shop Alcohol Liability

This lawsuit was filed against a bar and restaurant for violating South Carolina's alcohol liability "Dram Shop" laws through over-service of alcohol to a customer who subsequently caused a fatal automobile collision. The customer, after being served considerable amounts of alcohol by the Defendant bar & restaurant, ran through a red light and crashed into a vehicle in which our clients were passengers. Tragically, two young female passengers died, and along with co-counsel, we represented the Estates of the two victims. The suit, filed in Horry County, was vigorously defended, but settled prior to trial at mediation.

$500,000.00 - Auto/18-wheeler Truck Accident

This settlement was achieved for a client who sustained soft tissue injuries to the neck and back and had total medical bills of approximately $13,000 as a result of her car being rear-ended by a tractor-trailer truck. Our client complained of chronic pain from this rear-end collision by an 18-wheeler. Along with co-counsel, we filed suit in Allendale County and commenced discovery. The case settled after pre-trial mediation for $500,000.00.

$465,000.00 - Federal Tort Claims Act - Negligence of Federal Correctional Officers
Along with co-counsel, we represented an inmate who was incarcerated at FCI Williamsburg in Salters, SC who was injured while acting in his role of Recreation Commissioner for the prison's basketball program. A situation developed and tensions between inmates began to flare after our client made the decision to end the game. Shortly thereafter, he was attacked by an unruly inmate which left him with a traumatic brain injury (TBI). Pursuant to the Bureau of Prisons policy, the correctional officers were required to be present on the sidelines to prevent this very type of situation from arising and they failed to adhere to their own policy which exposed our client to a vulnerable situation which led to his severe injuries. The case was aggressively defended by the US Attorney's Office and the BOP's counsel up until the week before trial where the parties reached a settlement agreement for the sum of $465,000.00.

Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident - Wrongful Death - Confidential Settlement Agreement

This is a case where a farm worker was killed when his farm tractor was struck by a tractor-trailer truck. Our client was making a lawful left turn when the driver of the tractor-trailer truck attempted to pass the farm tractor in a double yellow line zone. Suit was filed and a confidential settlement was reached.

18-Wheeler Truck Driver Negligence $3,750,000

After the third day of trial in a federal court case, our law firm and our co-counsel negotiated a $3.75 million settlement for our clients who were rear-ended by a distracted tractor-trailer driver who was talking on his cell phone at the time of the collision. In addition to obtaining the monetary settlement, we were also successful in convincing the defendant trucking company to institute a ban on cell phone usage for all of its on-the-road drivers, thereby making our highways safer for everyone.

Automobile Negligence $2,395,000

We, along with co-counsel, obtained this recovery for our client following a week-long jury trial that resulted in a $3 Million dollar verdict. We also obtained settlements from several other defendants prior to trial. Our client's foot was run over by an inattentive car driver, and our client ended up developing complex regional pain syndrome.

Medical Malpractice/Wrongful Death $2,200,000

We negotiated a $2.2 million settlement for our client, a young woman whose baby was born with brain damage and later died. The OB/GYN responsible for delivering the baby ignored our client and left her alone and unmonitored for long stretches of time. As a result, the OB/GYN missed several warning signs that the baby was in distress and needed to be delivered immediately. During discovery, we were able to show that the OB/GYN at the center of the case told several lies during her deposition.

VERDICT: $308,000.00 - Auto Accident

Our client sustained soft tissue injuries to his neck and back in Darlington County when another driver pulled out in front of him causing a collision. Our client's primary treatment was chiropractic and he had total medical bills of $13,400.00, including an orthopedic evaluation. The jury in Darlington County awarded our client $308,000.00 in actual damages at trial This award was appealed, but the appeal was later withdrawn and the verdict was paid.

Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident - Confidential Settlement Agreement

Our client was seriously injured when she was struck by an 18-wheeler while riding her moped. She sustained serious injuries which required two surgeries and resulted in permanent impairment. A confidential settlement was reached at mediation prior to suit being filed.

$2,000,000.00 - Medical Malpractice

This was a wrongful death case in Marlboro County brought against several physicians and a hospital for failure to properly evaluate, diagnose and treat an 11 year old child in the Emergency Room. The Plaintiff tragically died after being taken to the emergency room several times for treatment. Along with co-counsel, we filed suit in Marlboro County and after discovery, the case was settled at mediation for $2 million.

$2.1 Million - Auto Accident - Wrongful Death

Our client was stopped in traffic in a construction work zone when his vehicle was struck in the rear by a drunk driver and he was tragically killed. Along with co-counsel, we filed suit for his wrongful death and we settled the case at mediation prior to trial.

Between $1.7 million and $2 million - Medical Malpractice

This recovery was obtained for our client whose doctor failed to remove all of her cancerous polyps. Patient had to undergo additional surgeries and additional treatment as a result of the medical negligence. Along with co-counsel, we represented the Plaintiff and negotiated this settlement for her at mediation.

$1,500,000.00 - Condemnation

We, along with co-counsel, represented the landowners in a takings case where the State DOT had condemned his property in Horry County located near the "Back Gate" project. At the time of condemnation, the SCDOT offered $525,000.00 as "just compensation". We prepared the landowner's case for trial, but successfully settled it after mediation for $1.5 million.

VERDICT: $241,000.00 - Condemnation

We, along with co-counsel, represented the landowners in a takings case where the State DOT had condemned his property in Horry County located on the Intracoastal Waterway. At the time of condemnation, the SCDOT offered $98,700.00 as "just compensation". After trial before an Horry County jury, the verdict plus interest resulted in an award to the landowner of $268,044.54. Additionally, under S. C. law, the SCDOT had to pay the landowner's attorneys' fees and costs.

$229,000.00 - Condemnation

We, along with co-counsel, represented the landowner in a takings case where the State DOT had condemned his property located in Marion County for the proposed I-73 project. At the time of condemnation, the SCDOT offered $61,200.00 as "just compensation". We prepared the landowner's case for trial and selected a jury in Marion County, but successfully settled this case at trial for $229,000.00.

VERDICT: $300,000.00 - Condemnation/Eminent Domain

In this takings case, the State DOT had condemned the landowner's property located in Dillon County for the proposed I-73 project and had offered him $132,900.00 before he hired counsel. We accepted the case and, along with our co-counsel, Bob Sheheen, with whom we have worked on numerous eminent domain cases, we worked the case up and took the facts before a Dillon County jury. The jury awarded the landowner $300,000.00 as "just compensation" for the taking. After many post-trial motions were argued by the State and an appeal was filed, the case was finally settled for $337,610.95, including attorneys' fees and costs.

Criminal Results

For a sample of articles related to successful verdicts in murder cases and serious felony cases, click on the links below.

Click here for an article on a Not Guilty verdict in a murder trial in Darlington County

Click here for an article on a Not Guilty verdict in a murder trial in Marlboro County