Verdicts & Settlements

Below is a sampling of verdicts and settlements obtained by the Maryland law firm of Cooper Law Firm

$7.5 million verdict against a public utility company for the electrocution death of a 13-year old girl.

$2.6 million structured settlement negotiated for child who was mauled by 3 dogs.

$1.6 million verdict against the District of Columbia for an assault of an inmate causing severe brain damage.

$1.35 million settlement to pedestrian injured in car accident

$1.1 million settlement for a Latino man left with permanent scarring and injuries after a car accident.

$600,000 verdict against the District of Columbia police for the brutal assault of a minor.

$600,000 verdict against the District of Columbia for the stabbing an inmate.

$550,000 verdict against the D.C. government for the thumb amputation of a child on a D.C. playground.

$600,000 settlement received for a Latino youth who was injured in a car accident.

$520,000 verdict against an organization for a slip and fall injury on their premises because of a defective emergency door.

The firm handled a personal injury claim on behalf of a Latino youth. The insurance involved was insufficient for his injuries. The firm, however, was able to find appropriate insurance coverage. Ultimately, the case was settled to cover over $300,000 in medical bills and the client will receive support for the rest of his life as the result of a structured settlement.

The firm has handled many structured settlements through the years in substantial monetary cases and in cases involving minors and disabled persons. We have the experience and expertise to work out the details of structured settlements which ultimately bring a lifetime of tax free income to our clients.

The firm has handled numerous premises liability cases over the years involving injuries as a result of negligently designed premises, negligently maintained premises, and/or negligent inspections. Verdicts and settlements of $500,00 or more are common in serious cases.

Many years ago the firm represented a District of Columbia youth who was assaulted by officers of the Metropolitan Police Department. The case eventually reached the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, which ruled for the first time that the District could no longer be immune from such liability and could be held accountable for the actions of its employees. It was this pivotal case that abolished governmental tort immunity in the District of Columbia.

The firm represented a man stabbed in a D.C. jail by another inmate. A suit against the District of Columbia resulted in a verdict of $ 600,000.00 - the highest verdict as of that time ever returned in such a case against the D.C. government.

The firm represented a young man who was assaulted by other inmates at a D.C. Youth Center; a gang was able to enter the sleeping victim's cell because the lock on the door had been broken for an extended period of time. Despite repeated requests, prison authorities failed to repair the damage until it was too late. The victim suffered permanent brain damage. The case cost the District of Columbia another record verdict of $1,600,000.00 at trial.

The firm represented the mother of a 13-year-old child who was electrocuted by a fallen power line. Mr. Cooper was able to prove that the power company knew about the fallen line but failed to take remedial measures. The case was appealed to Maryland's highest court, which affirmed the verdict. The $7.5 million verdict was the largest personal injury verdict reached in Prince George's County at that time and one of the highest ever in the state of Maryland. The Court of Special Appeals in Maryland affirmed the verdicts. The power company ultimately paid the full verdict plus over $1 million in post judgment interest. This was the first time in the State of Maryland that a public utility had been held liable for negligence resulting in an electrocution. In all other prior instances, the utilities won when challenged by other law firms.

The firm represented a bicyclist struck at rush hour by a station wagon. The young man suffered severe brain damage and permanent scarring. Despite the severity of his injuries, the young man underwent rehabilitation, married and is now raising a family. Despite serious liability questions, the firm was able to negotiate a settlement which will provide him with substantial income for the rest of his life.

The firm represented a child mauled by 3 dogs in a highly publicized case. The child nearly died from over 100 wounds. Mr. Cooper negotiated a settlement for the child involving payment of over $2.6 million dollars. The child was personally visited by Michael Jackson because of the publicity involved.

The firm again took on the District of Columbia government suing D.C. on behalf of an 8-year-old child who suffered a thumb amputation on defective playground equipment at her Southwest D.C. public housing complex. A pre-trial settlement of $100,000.00 was negotiated with the equipment manufacturer. Later, a D.C. jury awarded the child $550,000.00 against the D.C. government for its negligence in failing to properly inspect and repair the playground equipment.

***Each case is different. Attorney's past record does not assure similar favorable results in any future cases***

OVER 40 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE: VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

  • $7.5 million verdict against a public utility company for the electrocution death of a 13-year old girl.
  • $2.6 million structured settlement negotiated for child who was mauled by 3 dogs.
  • $1.6 million verdict against the District of Columbia for an assault of an inmate causing severe brain damage.
  • $1.35 Million settlement to pedestrian injured in car accident
  • $1.1 million settlement for a Latino man left with permanent scarring and injuries after a car accident.
  • $600,000 verdict against the District of Columbia police for the brutal assault of a minor.
  • $600,000 verdict against the District of Columbia for the stabbing an inmate.
  • $600,000 settlement received for a Latino youth who was injured in a car accident.
  • $550,000 verdict against the D.C. government for the thumb amputation of a child on a D.C. playground.
  • $520,000 verdict against an organization for a slip and fall injury on their premises because of a defective emergency door.