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Family of Norfolk Man Settle Suit for Half-Million Dollars

Family of Norfolk Man Settle Suit for Half-Million Dollars

The employers of a dockworker's family, Virginia International Terminals Inc., has agreed to pay that family $500,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by the surviving family members of a port worker killed at Portsmouth Marine Terminal in 2007, reports say.

The estate of Vernon Leroy White Jr. alleged negligence on the part of Virginia International Terminals and two workers after White was crushed to death when a cargo container crushed him. White, 42, was survived by a son and daughter, who, along with other family, sued the parties for $20-million dollars.

Although Virginia International Terminals argued that because White was on the job, the civil court had no jurisdiction and the matter was a worker's compensation case. But because White was on a lunch break, he wasn't on the job and the family had grounds for a civil case, reports say.

During the investigation, the families of the dead and the injured will likely have questions. In a tragedy like this one, survivors' questions need to be addressed by experts. The Doan Law Firm, P.C. has extensive experience in personal injury and wrongful death cases and can assist any family suffering loss or injury. Contact The Doan Law Firm, P.C., led by Houston personal injury attorney Jimmy Doan today.  


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  1. After an accident, the responsible party's insurance company may try to reduce the claim amount. Commonly, insurance adjusters are trained to get information from the injured to assist in reducing the claim. Though some insurers are less guilty of this practice than others, it is important to realize that insurance companies are profit-oriented corporations and reducing claims results in increased profits for shareholders. This can create a situation for the injured in which they are offered a settlement that does not truly reflect the damages suffered. If you accept this settlement, you lose the ability to get more money should your injuries require further medical treatments. It is critical that victims get legal assistance in any personal injury case, and The Doan Law Firm is prepared to fight relentlessly for your rights.
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