After a single hour of deliberation, a jury in Orangeburg County ordered our client to be awarded over $1.1 million in actual damages. Mr. Bobby McClellan was injured while assisting with the improvement of a dock at a private lake when a piece of heavy equipment collapsed and hit him. McClellan sustained serious injury to his spine and ribs, which caused permanent disabilities.
The damages must be paid by the owner of the property on which the accident occurred. While the court did find that Mr. McClellan shared a minor amount of responsibility for the accident—10 percent to be exact—he will still be recovering around $1 million for his pain and suffering.
Our very own Robert Goings, one of the attorneys who represented McClellan, told The State that “Bobby [McClellan] was very appreciative of the jury’s award.”
Attorney Robert Goings of the Goings Law Firm, LLC, was recently featured in the Columbia Metropolitan after being named a Best Lawyer for Litigation by Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers uses a rigorous selection process based on peer review to identify leading attorneys in their respective locations and practice areas.
Click here to view Robert Goings’ profile in the Columbia Metropolitan.
Columbia lawyer Robert Goings has secured another huge award for a client after his client did not accept a lowball settlement offer from the auto insurance company. His client, James Smith, a 28-year-old military veteran, sustained injuries in a three-vehicle crash. He sued GEICO after these injuries led to his medical discharge from the Army.
GEICO offered to settle with Smith for $100,000 only days before the trial, but Goings knew this was nowhere near what his client deserved for his lost wages, damages from pain and suffering, and future medical expenses. After tearing down the typical insurance company defense GEICO presented, Goings secured a remarkable $897,500 verdict, with $538,500 awarded for punitive damages and $359,000 for actual damages.
Goings is known for using creative tactics to convince juries where the responsibility falls in negligence cases. In fact, a few months ago in another trial, Goings dropped a bucket with an egg in it in front of the jury to prove his client could still sustain serious injuries although his car was hardly damaged. This case ultimately resulted in a $600,000 verdict awarded to Going’s client, after he had initially turned down the defense’s offered settlement of $1,000.
You can read more about this recent award by clicking here.