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Doctor claimed he was victim of age discrimination
A Pinellas County physician has recovered $500,000 via settlement from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) after an age discrimination, retaliation and wrongful discharge and/or constructive discharge suit. Nephrologist Jacques Durr, 60, sued the VA after he was terminated from his position with Bay Pines Veteran's Administration Healthcare System. Hired in 1989, Durr complained about alleged discriminatory treatment, including comments made about Middle East doctors, and women doctors. Durr was terminated in November 2008. The defense denied all allegations, and claimed Durr was terminated for unsatisfactory performance and poor interpersonal skills. Durr sought back wages and benefits. Prior to trial, the case was settled.
Durr v. Shinseki
U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division
Trip and fall caused permanent shoulder injury: plaintiff
A 74-year-old retiree has been awarded $405,000 in total damages for injuries incurred after she tripped and fell over a ramp next to a handicapped parking space in 2010 - a dangerous condition, according to the plaintiff. Jeanette Ogletree was diagnosed with a shoulder injury and underwent a partial shoulder replacement, among other treatments. The defense for Summit Owners Association in Panama Beach denied that the handicap ramp was a dangerous condition, arguing the ramp was clearly marked and that there had been no history of falls. The defense also argued some of Ogletree's shoulder complaints stemmed from the normal aging process. But the jury said her damages amounted to $330,000 plus $75,000 for her husband, on a consortium claim.
Ogletree v. Summit Owners Association Inc.
Landscaping company aware of unsecured tailgate: plaintiffs
A motorcycle-riding couple has recovered $900,000 via settlement after suing a truck owner for gross negligence following a Fort Lauderdale accident on I-595. Alvin Hansard, 54, sued Brickman Group Ltd. after the tailgate for a truck Brickman owned detached and struck the motorcycle Alvin was driving and wife Kimberly, 47, was riding on. Alvin lost control of the cycle, both adults hit the pavement and suffered multiple injuries. The plaintiff claimed a metal pin used to secure the tailgate fell out, causing the tailgate to fly off. Brickman claimed a worker did not have permission to use the truck, and the repair was delayed because the company was waiting for the next budget cycle. On the third day of trial, a settlement was reached.
Hansard v. Brickman Group Ltd LLC
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