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$ I Million Settlement for Family of Passenger Killed by Drunk Driver in Hampton Roads
$ I Million Settlement for Family of Passenger Killed by Drunk Driver in Hampton Roads

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$ I Million Settlement for Family of Passenger Killed by Drunk Driver in Hampton Roads

ALL WRONGFUL DEATH CASES ARE DIFFERENT AND NO PREVIOUS CASE IS AN INDICATOR OF A FUTURE RESULT.

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John Cooper

WHAT HAPPENED?

A passenger lost her life when the car she was traveling in was rear-ended at an intersection in Hampton Roads by a DUI driver.

The young woman was a talented collegiate athlete and had a promising medical career ahead of her at the time she was involved in the car crash. The driver who hit her was found to be drunk at the scene of the wreck. Another vehicle was also involved in the crash.

Attorney John Cooper of Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers filed a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of the woman’s mother, father, a brother and several half brothers and sisters.

The under-insured motorist (UIM) negotiations in the case included a resolution by agreement of the companion cases of the young woman’s fiancee's case and another friend who was also in the car with them at the time of the wreck. The total amount of the settlement was limited by the amount of insurance which was primarily the under-insured motorist insurance through the victim’s family policy.

The at-fault driver was subject to punitive damages because he was found to be intoxicated at the time of the crash. However, the defendant had only minimum insurance in the Commonwealth of Virginia which is $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident.

Resolution of the case took place shortly after the at-fault driver was sentenced for the DUI. The claim included $6,000 in funeral expenses and $40,000 in hospital emergency room services.

OUTCOME

The case was resolved before trial by settlement for $1 million.

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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