Falls – Pedestrian Accidents

Winburn Law Offices have represented numerous clients who have fallen and been injured.  If the wrongdoer has caused the accident, they and their insurance companies are responsible for the damages of the claimant.  These cases can be tricky because the insurance company always argues that the injured party is comparatively negligent since they were not “looking where they were going” which usually is not the case.  Most people do not look at their feet while they walk in an area that is open to the public or that reasonable people expect to be safe.

The lawyers at Winburn Law Offices have handled thousands of personal injury cases over the last three decades.  Although most cases settle and are not reported in the media, see the following excerpts from local newspapers about a few of our cases over the years:

 

JURY’S AWARD IS $2.4 MILLION

April 30, 1998 – Burlington Free Press

“RUTLAND — A federal court jury awarded a stunning $2.4 million verdict Wednesday to a pedestrian who suffered brain damage after she was hit by a car while shopping in Manchester”

“‘You hear about the McDonald’s case,’ where jurors awarded a huge sum to a woman scalded by coffee, ‘but some people really deserve it,’ said [Client]‘s attorney, Patrick Winburn. ‘This woman has suffered incredibly.’”

 

While most cases do not guarantee verdicts or settlements of this size, our record of success in court serves all of our clients in two ways. First, it helps compensate them for the injury and losses they suffered because of someone else’s irresponsibility. Second, it contributes to our ability to reach fair settlements for our clients. Opposing lawyers and insurance companies know our track record of success in court which helps assist them in their determination of a fair settlement value of our clients’ cases.

Mr. Winburn has also been an invited speaker at the Vermont Trial Lawyers Association, the Vermont Bar Association and Vermont Association of Justice meetings including:

  • The Use of Expert Witnesses – December 2, 2016
  • Extraordinary Cross-Examination – November 19, 2010
  • A review of Vermont Verdicts – April 3, 2009
  • Bench and Bar Panel – May 30, 2008
  • Trial Advocacy In Vermont – Winning Techniques and Insights – May 10, 2007
  • A Review Of Vermont Verdicts and Settlements in 2004 – March 25, 2005
  • Persuading The Gatekeeper – Daubert And It’s Progeny – January 15, 2005
  • How To Grab The Jury With Your Opening Statement – March 19, 2004
  • Anatomy of a Jury Trial – February 7, 2003
  • Nuts and Bolts of Trial Practice – February 9, 2001
  • Opening Statement – May 11, 2001
  • Insurance Abuses – July 13, 2001
  • Trial Practice – December 7, 2001
  • Gender and Case Outcome – September 8, 2000
  • Understanding Basics – Medical Malpractice – May 12, 2000
  • Vermont Auto Insurance Law and Accident Litigation – August 26, 1999
  • Handling Medical Malpractice Cases – April 9, 1999
  • Communication – Mock Jury – June 14, 1998
  • Closing Arguments – October 9, 1998
  • Discovery: Was Trial By Ambush Better? – September 19, 1997
  • Damages: Loss of Enjoyment – May 31, 1996
  • Compulsory Physical Examinations – 1993

Contact us at (802)447-0100, (802)362-5100, toll free at (800)640-5100 or at winburn@sover.net for a free consultation.  We only handle personal injury cases in Vermont and charge a fee only if we are successful.