FIRM WINS CONFIDENTIAL SETTLEMENTS IN A COMPLEX WRONGFUL DEATH, 17 PARTY ROAD CONSTRUCTION / DESIGN CASE
Tragedy struck a North Dakota Family that travelled to Orlando, Florida to enjoy the area’s world famous theme parks, when a drunk driver rear ended the family’s van on State Road 528. The collision caused the vehicle to leave the highway and crash into a massive concrete pole. Miraculously, all of the occupants of the vehicle walked away unharmed with the exception of the wife and mother of two children who was killed instantly, when her passenger door collided with the concrete pole.
Clark Fountain’s investigation revealed that a recent construction project had impermissibly allowed the installation of a large concrete pole in the right of way. There were no guardrails or other safety devices installed to protect motorists from the concrete pole.
After the case was turned down by multiple law firms, the family’s North Dakota and Minnesota counsel contacted firm attorneys Don Fountain and Ben J. Whitman because of the firm’s nationwide reputation and prior experience handling complex road design and defect cases.
The firm conducted site inspections, identified dozens of companies involved in the construction project, and retained professional engineer experts, resulting in a lawsuit naming 16 defendants. After months of negotiations, Whitman and Fountain were able to reach confidential settlements with all parties on behalf of their grieving clients.