$3,600,000 Verdict: Wrongful Death of Devoted Husband and Father
In this case, a 65-year-old husband and father of eight adult children lost his life. In some ways, he had less than a lot of people. He didn't have a cool car. Never attended high school. Never worked in a position of power. But in ways that actually matter, this man had everything. He had a lovely wife who he adored for nearly 40 years. He taught his children by example about the importance of family. He was a man who asked for very little yet gave much. The insurance carrier’s top offer at mediation was $425,000. Apparently the “algorithm” they used to spit out this insulting number had a glitch in it that day. Fortunately, Mr. Swanson was able to correct this glitch.
$3,600,000 Verdict: Wrongful death
The loss of a loved one changes the lives of the family forever. This case involved the death of a husband and father of eight. The man was a loving father and husband, but had limited resources and had never completed high school. In all the ways that mattered, he supported his family with the love and care that matters so much more than status or wealth. When the case was brought to the insurance company, during the mediation process their offer was $425,000. After hearing the story about this remarkable human being and how his loss affected the family, the jury felt differently and came back with a $3,600,000 verdict for the family.