Personal Injury

Back Problems Caused by Rear-Ending

Michele Chiocca and Hunt Whitehead recently tried an automobile accident case to a City of Richmond jury. Allstate Insurance Company had offered $10,000.00 to settle the case. The client would have accepted $20,000.00 to settle the case. The client was rear-ended by another car. There was very little damage to the client’s vehicle. The person who hit her fled the scene without leaving any information. The client was forced to sue John Doe and make a claim against Allstate, her own insurance company. The client had a history of prior back problems, but claimed the accident made her back worse. She incurred around $12,000.00 in medical bills. Allstate refused to offer any more than $10,000.00 to settle because the damage to the car was so minor. The jury deliberated for 10 minutes and returned a verdict of $50,000.00, exactly what Ms. Chiocca asked for in her closing argument.

$50,000 Jury Verdict / $10,000 offer

Rear-End Accident Causes Shoulder Surgery

Michele Chiocca settled a case 2 days before trial for a woman, who was rear-ended in a car accident. She sustained both labral and rotator tears in her shoulder when she was injured in the accident. The client did not seek medical care from an Orthopedic doctor for several months after the collision. Michele Chiocca was able to get the surgeon to relate all of his treatment to the injuries she sustained in the car accident.

Case Settled Before Trial

Tractor Trailer accident eventually leads to hip surgery

Hunt Whitehead was able to settle a case for a 38-year-old man who was rear-ended by two tractor-trailers on Interstate 64. The client developed hip pain approximate one month after the collision and eventually had a complicated hip surgery to avoid having a hip replacement. There was a huge fight over whether the accident caused the client’s hip condition, called avascular necrosis, or whether it was a degenerative condition.

Case Settled

Neck Injury Caused By T-Bone Accident

Hunt Whitehead was able to obtain a $500,000 settlement at mediation for a client who sustained a neck injury when she was t-boned on Route 10 in Chesterfield County. She had a herniated disc shown on an MRI a few weeks before the car accident. Mr. Whitehead was able to get her doctors to relate her surgery and subsequent disability to the accident despite the fact she already had neck problems before she was in the wreck.

$500,000 Mediated Settlement

Neck Injury Caused By T-Bone Accident

Hunt Whitehead was able to obtain a $500,000 settlement at mediation for a client who sustained a neck injury when she was t-boned on Route 10 in Chesterfield County. She had a herniated disc shown on an MRI a few weeks before the car accident. Mr. Whitehead was able to get her doctors to relate her surgery and subsequent disability to the accident despite the fact she already had neck problems before she was in the wreck.

$500,000 Mediated Settlement

Wrongful Death caused by a Police Officer

Hunt Whitehead was able to obtain a confidential settlement for the family of man who was killed when his tow truck was run off the road by a police officer who was passing the tow truck in the right lane of Route 460 in Prince George County. The decedent was survived by his wife and her three teenage children.

Confidential Settlement

Dog Bite to Child’s Head

Hunt Whitehead settled a case for a family, whose daughter was bitten by a pit bull. The child was bitten while visiting her grandfather’s home in Farmville, Virginia. The grandfather had been feeding and taking care of the pit bull, although he did not own the dog. The child was playing in the yard, while her grandfater was inside, and was attacked by the dog. The dog bit her head several times, resulting in numerous staples and stitches having to be put in her scalp. The grandfather had a $100,000 homeowners’ insurance policy. A discount was given to the insurance carrier in order to settle the case without the need for litigation.

Case Settled without Litigation

Car Accident Case Causing Multiple Rotator Cuff Surgeries

Hunt Whitehead and Michele Chiocca recently settled a case for $285,000.00 for a woman who sustained a torn rotator cuff as a result of the automobile accident. The case had been turned down by two law firms prior to Whitehead & Chiocca being retained. The client initially did not receive medical care following the collision. A few months after the wreck, her doctor determined that she had sustained a torn rotator cuff due to the impact of the collision. She ended up having three surgeries to repair her shoulder. The first two surgeries were unsuccessful in repairing the shoulder tendon. She also had a fourth procedure to unfreeze her shoulder. The case settled with the help of a court-ordered mediator a few weeks prior to trial.

$285,000.00 Settlement

Woman survived Pentagon attack on 9/11

Hunt Whitehead represented an employee of the Pentagon, who was lucky to survive the attack on 9/11. She would have been killed if she had not left her desk to go to the fax machine. Everyone who worked in her area was killed but her. The fax machined was located behind a fortified wall that protected her from being burned. She was able to escape with minor physical injuries. She developed cancer, but the Victim’s Fund administration did not agree with Mr. Whitehead's argument when he presented the case at the Department of Justice.

Victim’s Fund Award

Pro Bono

Man killed in World Trade Center attack

Hunt Whitehead represented a 12 year old girl who resided in Richmond, Virginia regarding her father being killed in the 9/11 attack on the World Trade Center. Her father was a janitor in his early 30s, who was working at the time the building was hit by the plane. He was never found. Through the Victim’s Compensation Fund, Mr. Whitehead was able to obtain an award of just over $1,000,000 for his daughter and his mother.

$1,000,000 awarded to victim's family

Criminal Defense

Teacher faces felony charges for assaulting a student

Michele Chiocca was able to get a judge in Chesterfield County to dismiss three charges against a teacher for allegedly assaulting a student on March 12, 2009. The incident was caught on video tape. Ms. Chiocca was able to show that the teacher’s actions were justified. The charges were dismissed and eventually expunged so that the teacher was able to teach again.

All charges dismissed

Three Sex-Related Felonies

Michele Chiocca represented a female teacher charged with three felonies in New Kent Circuit Court for allegedly committing sexual acts with a minor, who was her nephew. Ms. Chiocca was able to convince the Judge that the minor made up the affair with the teacher. All charges were dismissed on December 20, 2008.

Teacher charged with felony rape acquitted

Eluding Police

Michele Chiocca represented the school employee in Henrico Circuit Court. At the trial, the Judge dismissed the case because the police officer admitted that her client stopped for a stop sign leaving the school parking lot as he allegedly was trying to ellude the police.

Teacher charged with felony for eluding police found not guilty