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Johnson, Vorhees & Martucci Secure $38.5 Million Jury Verdict for Victim of Catastrophic Injury

After a five-day jury trial, a Cherokee County, Kansas jury returned a
verdict for Kara Hansen on February 2, 2018, for $38,500,000.00. Roger
Johnson and Anna Pace of the law firm Johnson, Vorhees, and Martucci
represented Ms. Hansen, a 20-year-old resident from Riverton, Kansas.

Ms. Hansen was catastrophically injured on April 9, 2014, when her custom
1966 Ford Mustang was struck in the rear by Corbin Hamilton, formerly
from Pittsburg, Kansas. Ms. Hansen had been stopped in the northbound
lane of Alt 69, waiting for a southbound vehicle to pass by so that she
could turn into her own driveway. The impact to her rear propelled her
into the approaching southbound vehicle, driven by Marty Atnip. Struck
at highway speeds, she suffered burst fractures in her neck and injuries
to her spinal cord, ultimately resulting in tetraplegia. Mr. Hamilton
denied fault, blaming Ms. Hansen, Mr. Atnip and a used car dealership
from which he had just purchased his vehicle. The jury found him 100% at fault.

Jurors afterwards, in speaking with the attorneys, voiced their hope that
the verdict would help secure funds needed by Ms. Hansen to best give
her a chance at a meaningful life. They also emphasized the need for Mr.
Hamilton to be held accountable, particularly given his unwillingness
to accept that his inattention while driving had led to this tragic accident.
Ms. Hansen’s attorney, Roger Johnson, credited Ms. Hansen’s
tremendous daily courage and positive spirit, which had become clear to
the jury both through her testimony and that of her friends and caregivers,
for the jury’s decision to give this verdict.

Medical Malpractice

Is medical malpractice litigation a viable option for me? P.3

We’ve been speaking in our last couple posts on the issue of when medical malpractice may or may not be a viable option when a patient is harmed by a doctor in the course of treatment. As we’ve noted, there are a variety of factors that go into determining whether medical malpractice litigation is a wise course of action. We’ve also spoken a bit about some of the factors relating

Wrongful Death

Young life cut short on Missouri jobsite

We read recently of a young man who was just 22 years old when his life came to an end without warning and without reason. He was at work as an apprentice ironworker — a new job he had only held for a few weeks — when he fell from a steel girder just nine inches wide. The fall of more than 30 feet killed him. According to a statement

Awards & Recognition

Roger Johnson Receives The Best Lawyers in America Award

We are proud to announce that our attorney and managing partner, Roger Alan Johnson, has been included in the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Attorney Johnson has also been recognized as the 2018 Springfield, MO Product Liability – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year.” This prestigious title is highly competitive, and only one attorney is recognized with this award for each specific practice area and geographic location. Furthermore,

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