Settlements and Verdicts

With more than 150 years of collective experience practicing law in Missouri and Kansas, the attorneys of White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C. have amassed an impressive record of verdicts and settlements. Our firm provides compassionate, personable representation to families and individuals who come to us for help — and we are zealous advocates should the opposition prove unwilling to offer reasonable damages for your injuries.

While we cannot guarantee similar results for every case, we do everything possible to help our clients receive the compensation they deserve. Click here to learn more about the attorneys at White, Graham, Buckley & Carr.

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Commercial Litigation

$19 Million Verdicts – Car Dealership

Our firm recently tried a case in Jackson County, Missouri, that resulted in a $19.6 million judgment being entered for our client. We represented a local car dealer that claimed that his business reputation had been badly damaged by an ad campaign run by another dealer in town in 2007 and 2008. Our client was one of the top Suzuki new car dealers in the country before another dealer in town, who happened to be his brother, ran a series of deceptive ads that eventually led to an onslaught of lawsuits against the competing dealer. Our client sued the manufacturer, American Suzuki Motor Corporation, for approving and paying for the ad campaign that also led to significant negative publicity. After 10 days of trial, the jury awarded our client $4 million in damages to his business and also awarded $15 million in punitive damages. The Court also added over $600,000 in prejudgment for a total Judgment in excess of $19.6 million.

Missouri Attorneys Win $60 Million Verdict in New York

Attorneys from White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, LLC, along with attorneys from Humphrey, Farrington & McClain and The Klamann Law Firm, won a $60 million verdict in a breach of contract case in New York City in November 2017. This group of local attorneys represented Dennis Demetre and Lori Lewis, who created a tech company called Allied Management Group – Special Investigations Unit (“AMG”). A large, publicly-traded health care company, HMS Holdings Corp. (“HMS”), became interested in AMG and sought to acquire the family-owned company. The stock purchase agreement was finalized in June 2010, and under the terms of the agreement HMS was to pay AMG $13 million up front, and then two contingent “earn-out” payments that were based upon profits generated during the two years after the sale.

HMS never paid the Plaintiffs the earn-our payments. The Plaintiffs sued HMS for breach of contract and alleged HMS failed to use its best efforts to operate the business and make the earn-out payments to AMG. At trial, the evidence showed HMS not only failed to make any additional payments to the Plaintiffs, but also that HMS never produced any auditable record of its true profits during the two year earn-out period. After a two-week trial and only two hours of deliberations, the six-member jury returned a unanimous, $60 million verdict in favor of our clients. In addition to the verdict, the Plaintiffs will be entitled to millions of dollars in prejudgment interest.

William Carr and Steven White of the firm represented the Plaintiffs, alongside Ken McClain, Michael S. Kilgore, Nichelle L. Oxley and Scott Britton-Mehlisch of Humphrey, Farrington & McClain; John Klamann and Andy Schermerhorn of the Klamann Law Firm; and Joshua B. Katz, of Kent, Beatty & Gordon, LLP, of New York City.

Car & Motorcycle Accidents

$1.875 million verdict – Motorcycle injury caused by a road construction accident

Our firm represented a motorcyclist traveling on Interstate 70 in a construction zone. Uneven pavement in the construction zone caused our client to lose control and he was badly injured. He spent nearly a month in the hospital due to his injuries, which included lung contusions, fractured ribs, a ruptured spleen and a fractured shoulder. The case resulted in a $1.875 million verdict against the Missouri Department of Transportation and the private contractor doing the work. The verdict included a substantial award for punitive damages against the contractor because they had knowledge that several other wrecks had occurred at the same location.

$1 million verdict – Motorcycle injury caused by a road construction accident

Reported in Missouri Lawyers Weekly as one of the top plaintiff’s verdicts in Missouri for 2010, White, Graham, Buckley & Carr represented a Colorado motorcycle rider nearly killed by a semi truck in a construction zone where unmarked, uneven pavement caused our client to lose control of his vehicle. Our plaintiff suffered a severed tendon, a tibial plateau fracture, fractured ribs, several broken teeth and a concussion. He lost income and was forced to retire early from his job. We filed suit against the MoDOT and the APAC, the contract company in charge of the construction job, for failure to correct dangerous road conditions they were aware of.

$850,000 additional settlement – School bus crash

Our client was a security guard traveling in a school bus on I-35 when a driver crossed the center line and collided headfirst into the bus. Our client suffered multiple leg and hip fractures and exhausted all funds available through the other driver’s liability insurance and her own automobile insurance company. Our firm filed suit and successfully recovered $850,000 on her behalf.

Car crash, back injury — $178,000 total recovery: $133,000 verdict, $45,000 settlement

After slamming on his brakes to prevent a collision with a phantom vehicle swerving into his lane, our client was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer in heavy traffic. He suffered a back injury and our firm filed suit on his behalf against both the tractor-trailer driver and client’s uninsured motorist carrier as the phantom motorist was never identified. We negotiated a settlement with the tractor-trailer driver and went to trial against the uninsured motorist carrier. The jury awarded a $130,000 verdict.

Car accident, unoperated back injury — $156,200 verdict

Our firm represented a 37-year-old woman rear-ended after slowing down on a highway to avoid fallen truck cargo. The plaintiff suffered a serious back injury, and the defendant claimed the plaintiff stopped suddenly but that the accident did not cause her injury. Our client was awarded damages after the case went to court.

Medical Malpractice & Negligence

Gallbladder surgery results in post-op infection — confidential settlement

A nicked bile duct during routine gallbladder surgery — and the surgeon’s failure to repair it — caused bile to leak into our client’s abdomen, resulting in a serious infection. Our client needed extensive surgery to clean his abdomen and suffered permanent liver damage due to the surgeon’s actions. We reached a confidential settlement the morning the trial was set to begin.

Operating room fire — confidential settlement

Outpatient facial surgery resulted in tragedy when the surgical drapes trapped supplemental oxygen administered to the patient as part of the anesthesia. When the surgeon attempted to stop bleeding from the surgery using a cautery pencil, the instrument sparked a fire that ignited and caused first-, second-, and third- degree burns to the clients face. We reached a confidential settlement on behalf of the victim.

Stroke misdiagnosis — confidential settlement

A radiologist failed to correctly read a CT scan on two occasions nine months apart and our client suffered a stroke rendering her a quadriplegic. On both CT scans, there was an infarct that was overlooked by the radiologist. When our client presented to the emergency room with dizziness and other stroke-like symptoms, the emergency room doctor relied on the erroneous report of the radiologist. We reached a confidential settlement on behalf of our client.

Deep tissue/pressure wound — confidential settlement

Our client was hospitalized for surgery and developed a deep tissue pressure wound that occurred as a result of failure to reposition our client. Our client developed a stage 4 pressure wound, requiring surgery and extensive treatment. We reached a confidential settlement on behalf of our client.

Surgical error during hip surgery — confidential settlement

Client was undergoing hip replacement surgery and the surgeon cut the femur in the wrong location, requiring multiple corrective surgeries. The case was settled for a confidential amount.

Wrongful Death

Contractor dies after a 50-foot fall at a power plant — $1.1 million verdict

This wrongful death suit involved the untimely death of a pipefitter contractor who fell 50 feet and died from his injuries. Representing the worker’s widow and children, White, Graham, Buckley & Carr proved a power plant employee had covered the boiler room floor hole with a simple piece of plywood without securing it or posting a proper warning.

Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer — $980,000 verdict

Delayed diagnosis of breast cancer resulted when our client’s primary physician did not order a biopsy even though she had a pronounced lump in her breast. When a biopsy was eventually taken, test results revealed the cancer had rapidly spread. Our client died and a jury in Jackson County awarded damages to the woman’s survivors.

Misdiagnosed heart attack results in wrongful death — confidential settlement

Our firm represented a widow whose husband suffered a fatal heart attack after reporting symptoms consistent with a heart attack to his family physician. Our client’s husband sought medical assistance after having chest pain and several days of weakness, but his physician believed the man’s symptoms were consistent with having an ulcer. The physician sent him home and scheduled an ultrasound of the abdomen several days later, but the man died of a ruptured ventricle, caused by a heart attack, before his appointment. The coroner determined the decedent had suffered the heart attack at or near the time he visited the physician’s office. We filed suit on behalf of the widow and case settled for a confidential amount.

Fiery truck crash — confidential settlement

Three individuals died in a fire that resulted from a nine-vehicle crash on 1-70 in Lafayette County, Missouri. White, Graham, Buckley & Carr represented the family of one of the victims, ultimately achieving a confidential settlement for the loss of their loved one.

Nursing home negligence results in patient’s death — confidential settlement

A male patient with a bladder infection caused by an indwelling catheter died due to the nurses’ negligence in his care. Although the patient had a high fever and complained of severe pains, the nurses did not reach out to the on-call doctor — they instead administered high doses of narcotics, causing the patient to pass away from dehydration and complications from the bladder infection. Our firm helped the patient’s survivors receive compensation shortly before their claim was set to go to trial.

Workplace Harassment & Discrimination

$6 million settlement. Age Discrimination and Breach of Employment Contracts.

The firm represented 36 former faculty members of the Metropolitan Community College. The plaintiffs alleged the college’s early retirement program discriminated against faculty members on the basis of their age by decreasing the payment available to the employees as they grew older. In addition, the program allowed early retirees to continue working on a limited basis while receiving “premium pay,” which was a percentage of their previous salary. However, in 2011, after faculty members accepted the early retirement program and premium pay option, the school eliminated premium pay, which was a decision that only affected workers older than age 55. The college paid the 36 plaintiffs a total of $6 million to settle the case.

$950,000 settlement – School District, Phil Wright agree to $950K settlement January 2014

Former Liberty Public Schools Superintendent Phil Wright will receive a $950,000 settlement stemming from his 2009 wrongful termination suit against the district as approved by the Board of Education during a special session Dec. 24. According to the settlement, Wright was to receive $700,000 from former district insurer Liberty Mutual, who represented the district in the case, by Dec. 31, 2013, and an additional $250,000 from the school district by Thursday, Jan. 2. A total of $408,333.34 of the insurer’s payment will be directed to Wright’s attorney fees. The board unanimously approved the settlement agreement. For more information see.

$57 million settlement – Williams v. Sprint, federal district court, Kansas, age discrimination, May 2007

Between 2001 and 2003, thousands of employees were terminated from Sprint. At least 1,700 employees pursued a collective action against Sprint for age discrimination. In May 2007 a settlement was reached for $57 million.

Helton v. Midwest Urology & Radiation Oncology, Inc., Federal District Court, Missouri, $31,012, in age discrimination case April 2008

Plaintiff, a 49-year-old woman, filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC when her employer decided that it would contribute $225 per month toward employee health insurance. This decision meant that older employees would be required to pay more for their health insurance than employees under age 40. The employer terminated Plaintiff within 30 days of learning that she had filed a charge of discrimination. The jury awarded Plaintiff $1,012.40 on her claim for age discrimination, $5,000 in actual damages on her claim for retaliation, and $25,000 as punitive damages on her claim for retaliation.

Todd v. Whiskey Tango, Jackson County, $125,000 + $177,502 (fees) in sexual harassment and retaliation, September 2007

Plaintiff was a young female working at Whiskey Tango as a waitress while attending college. During her six months of employment Plaintiff was subjected to offensive and sexually explicit language that was directed toward her and/or about females in general. Toward the end of her term of employment the owner of Whiskey Tango confronted Plaintiff, alleging that she had spread rumors about him. He backed Plaintiff into a corner, yelling at her and cursing at her, causing Plaintiff to be in fear of bodily harm. Plaintiff quit her job immediately thereafter.

Other Verdicts and Settlements

Assault in mall parking lot — $1.2 million verdict

Our client was an elderly grandmother attacked in the mall parking lot one evening while on her way to finish Christmas shopping. She was hospitalized for several weeks, suffering from blurred vision and permanent memory loss. We filed a premises liability suit against the shopping mall for negligent security, and the plaintiff received a substantial verdict for tangible and intangible losses.

Firefighter became seriously ill from food poisoning — $605,000 verdict

Our firm represented a 32-year-old firefighter who became seriously ill from food poisoning after dining at a Japanese steakhouse in Independence, Missouri. He eventually had to be hospitalized due to serious chest infections that developed after bacteria entered his chest cavity because of a microtear in his esophagus, which was caused by the vomiting from the food poisoning. The case was tried to a jury and the jury returned a verdict in favor of our client in the amount of $605,000.

Inverse condemnation and sewer backups — $308,208.21 verdict

Our firm represented a Raytown, Missouri, apartment complex owner after the complex suffered multiple sewer backups over a five-year period. These backups damaged several units, requiring extensive cleanup, resident relocation and loss of income. Our plaintiff complained to the city, whose representatives disavowed responsibility. Extensive discovery revealed the city’s sewer system had multiple problems. We took the case to trial and the jury awarded all damages requested by the client.

Horseback riding accident — $300,000 verdict

Our plaintiff suffered a T-9 burst fracture after being thrown by his horse at a trail riding facility near Lake of the Ozarks. He and his wife had previously reported riderless horses to the facility’s owners and were assured they would be “taken care of.” The next day, the same riderless horse bit and spooked the plaintiff’s horse, causing him to jump sideways. The plaintiff was unable to work for six months. We filed suit against the facility and helped our client receive damages for medical costs and lost wages.

Fall from flatbed trailer — confidential settlement

While unloading industrial material from a pallet on a flatbed trailer, our client was forced off the back of the truck by the actions of a warehouse employee using an overhead crane. Our client landed on the building’s concrete floor, shattering both elbows and permanently losing the ability to use his arms and hands. We reached a confidential settlement with the defendant.

$13 million verdict against Vatterott College

Verdict for misled into believing she was enrolling in Vatterott’s medical assistant program, only to later find out Vatterott enrolled her in the shorter, medical office assistant program, and required her to pay another $10,000 if she wanted to continue into the medical assistant program. After a week of trial, the jury awarded her $27,000 for her tuition, plus $13,000,000 in punitive damages

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Located close to the Independence Center and the new Independence Event Center, White, Graham, Buckley & Carr, L.L.C. works with clients throughout Eastern Jackson County, as well as the Kansas City metropolitan area. We operate on a contingency fee basis, make home or hospital visits for clients unable to travel to our office, and have evening and weekend hours available on an appointment-only basis.