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Cooper Hurley Case Makes Virginia Million Dollar List

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Cooper Hurley Case Makes Virginia Million Dollar List

By Bill O'Mara, Virginia Car Accident Injury Lawyer

The case of a highway worker from Newport News, who was represented by Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers after his legs were amputated in the wake of a DUI crash, has been highlighted as one of Virginia’s top million dollar settlements in 2015.

All cases are different and unique and we are not able to guarantee the same result in another case, but the litigation was settled for just over $2.86 million last year, according to the Million-Dollar Settlements of 2015 list published by Virginia Lawyers Weekly. It was the fifth highest car accident settlement in the Commonwealth last year and the highest workers’ compensation payout.


How the case was reported in Virginia Lawyers Weekly

Our client was injured on I-264 in Norfolk as he put down cones in a work zone. A drunk driver swerved around cones and a police cruiser at a high speed and crashed into a flatbed truck our client was sitting in. The young man’s injuries were so serious that both of his legs had to be amputated.

He hired John Cooper and Jim Hurley of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers who filed an injury claim against the drunk driver’s insurance company in Norfolk Circuit Court. Craig Davis, a Richmond-based attorney, handled the workers' compensation part of the case.

The workers’ compensation system is effective in that it guarantees some payment when Virginia workers are injured on the job for a limited amount of lost wages and future medical bills. However, workers’ compensation fails to completely compensate people who suffer severe injuries and they get nothing for pain and suffering and other significant harms and losses.

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers Hired Experts

Our client suffered a considerable financial loss because the accident greatly impacted his potential to earn money. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers hired experts including an economist, a life care planner, and an expert in physical medicine and rehabilitation to bolster the strong case for compensation for this young man's serious injuries. We also met his doctors to be sure we fully understood his medical and vocational situation.

The personal injury claim was settled before reaching court for $937,775 and the workers’ compensation case for $1.9 million.

This young man was able to get his life back on track by showing a positive attitude. However, the extent of his future medical needs cannot be overstated. Our client needed money to buy equipment to make his home more handicap accessible. He also needed a specially adapted vehicle.  Attorney John Cooper praised the young man’s “resilience and positive outlook” as an inspiration to others who have had to rebuild their lives after accidents. See our results page for more details about this case.

If you or a loved one has suffered an accident on the roads of Virginia due to the fault of another driver, call us at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers for a free consultation at (757) 455-0077.


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John Cooper

John Cooper is a veteran of personal injury law practice in Virginia. A native Virginian, he was raised in Norfolk and Virginia Beach. He has more than 20 years of experience handling personal injury cases and recently handled the largest auto accident settlement in 2010, according to VA Lawyers Weekly. The award provided $3.5 million to a child whose young father died when the vehicle he was a passenger in was rear-ended by a careless truck driver.

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Jim Hurley

Jim Hurley has been practicing law throughout Virginia for more than two-and-a-half decades. During his career, he has tried more than 100 jury trials — a staggering number — and handled hundreds more that were settled out of court. He is guided by the principle that the client is in charge of his or her case and should be kept fully aware of the litigation process. Jim has been awarded an AV Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating given, for his practice of law. He was named in Virginia Super Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016.

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Bill O’mara

Bill O’Mara started his legal career in 2008, moving back to his home town of Chesapeake, VA. He has practiced in the field of plaintiffs’ personal injury and other litigation. He has gained extensive court room and trial experience, including contested trials before judges and juries across Hampton Roads. In 2014, Mr. O’Mara joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as an associate attorney. He became a partner in 2017.

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