VERDICTS & SETTLEMENTS

In a day and age when most law firms are afraid to take a case to court, the attorneys at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates have over two hundred fifty (250) successful jury verdicts, many of which are some of the largest in the history of the State of Tennessee.

Given that Dail R. Cantrell has been one of the premier litigators in the Southeastern United States for the past twenty (20) years, there are too many verdicts and settlements to set forth in this format. Here is just a brief sampling of verdicts and settlements received by clients from Anderson County; Oak Ridge; Clinton; Norris; Oliver Springs; Powell; Halls; Knoxville; Knox County; Campbell County; LaFollette; Jacksboro; Lake City; Briceville; Caryville; Scott County; Oneida; Morgan County; Wartburg; Maryville; Tri-Cities; and all of East Tennessee

  • $2,000,000

    Personal Injury

    • Personal Injury, Anderson County- In 2005, an Anderson County jury awarded one of Dail R. Cantrell's clients Two Million Dollars ($2,000,000.00) against BellSouth Telecommunications and other Defendants as it related to injuries she received when a delivery truck became entangled with telecommunication wires which ultimately fell onto Mr. Cantrell's client. At that time it was the largest jury verdict in Anderson County history.
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  • $1,000,000

    Auto Accident

    • Motor Vehicle Accident, Tennessee -A middle Tennessee woman received close to a One Million Dollar ($1,000.000.00) settlement when she and her husband were injured in a car accident caused by drunk driver. Although the drunk driver had only a Twenty-five Thousand Dollar ($25,000.00) insurance policy, the attorneys at Cantrell, Goodge & Associates were able to track down the bar that had served the man the alcohol immediately prior to the accident.
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  • $1,000,000

    Personal Injury

    • Animal Attack, Putnam County - In 2002, a Putnam County man was injured by a rogue cow. At that time there had been extremely little litigation in the State of Tennessee as it relates to animal attacks by farm animals. The law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates aggressively pursued this case and convinced a Putnam County jury to award the man One Million Dollars ($1,000,000.00) as compensation for the injuries he received. At this time it was one of the largest jury verdicts to ever come out of a rural county in Tennessee. Since that time the law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates has been on the cutting edge of litigation involving attacks by pit bulls; cattle; horses; cats; dogs and other animals. The law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates is often referred these cases by other law firms throughout the Southeastern United States because of the aggressive manner in which they are pursued.
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  • $1,000,000

    Personal Injury

    • Medical Malpractice, Anderson County - An Anderson County man's family received over One Million Dollars ($1,000.000.00) after he was misdiagnosed by a family doctor when he suffered chest pains.
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  • $703,772.23

    Personal Injury

    • Personal Injury, Tennessee- In April of 2000, a Tennessee jury awarded Six Hundred Forty-one Thousand Dollars ($641,000.00) to one of Dail R. Cantrell's clients who had been struck by an uninsured motorist. After the jury came back with the verdict, the insurance company appealed to the Tennessee Court of Appeals arguing that the damage award was too high giving the extent of the injuries, and that the liability should have been capped at One Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($130,000.00) because of the Government Tort Liability Act. Dail R. Cantrell successfully argued his client's entitlement to every penny of the award. The Court of Appeals ultimately increased the jury verdict award by awarding Dail R. Cantrell's client an additional Sixty-two Thousand, Seven Hundred Seventy-two Dollars and Twenty-three Cents ($62,772.23) as a result of the firm's efforts. Wakefield v. Longmire, 54 S.W.2d 300 (Tenn. Ct. App. 2001).
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  • Several hundred thousand dollars

    Auto Accident

    • Motor Vehicle Accident, Tennessee - In 1998, Dail R. Cantrell was consulted about a case where an eighteen (18) year old man had been tragically injured in a car wreck. The Plaintiff was left in critical condition by the side of the road after he had been run over by an uninsured motorist who fled the scene. The insurance company claimed that it was not responsible and refused to pay any of the injured man's medical bills. A large law firm that the Plaintiff's had hired essentially gave up on the injured man's case and the insurance company had the lawsuit dismissed before it went to court. Dail R. Cantrell was hired by the victim's family to see if there was anything that he could do to help. Ultimately he convinced the Court of Appeals to expand the definition of the uninsured motorist policy to allow coverage for the young man's injuries. His victory at the Court of Appeals was so complete that the insurance company offered the total amount of its policy limits to the client's family, which totally several hundred thousand dollars. Renfro v. Doe, 979 S.W.2d 311 (Tenn. Ct. App. 1998). This result redefined uninsured motorist law in the State of Tennessee which allowed thousands of victims of motor vehicle accidents to obtain insurance coverage in cases where they had previously been denied.
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  • Several hundred thousand dollars

    Personal Injury

    • Product Liability, National- During the past decade, several people located throughout the Southeastern United States have suffered catastrophic injuries and deaths related to having received faulty prosthetic implants. Sulzer Orthopedics, Inc., is the largest manufacturer of artificial hips in the world. During the past ten (10) years several people in the Southeastern United States received implants that had been improperly manufactured. As a result of the manufacturer's defect, these individuals have suffered catastrophic injuries, and even death. Many of these people contacted the law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates about filing a products liability action. Prior to allowing his clients to participate in the national class action, Dail R. Cantrell filed individual claims directly against the manufacturer. This allowed his clients to receive several hundred thousand dollars of additional money had they simply participated in the national class action.
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  • $216,000

    Personal Injury

    • Worker’s Compensation, Tennessee - A nurse received a Two Hundred Sixteen Thousand Dollar ($216,000.00) worker's compensation award for injuries to her neck and back that she received from lifting a patient.
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  • $225,000

    Personal Injury

    • Bad Faith Insurance, Tennessee - A farmer received a Two Hundred Twenty-five Thousand Dollar ($225,000.00) trial award pursuant to a Bad Faith insurance claim filed against his own insurance company when they failed to pay for damages caused by a wind storm.
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  • $5,000,000

    Personal Injury

    • Insurance Claim, Tennessee - Multiple marina owners throughout East Tennessee received an approximate Five Million Dollar ($5,000,000.00) settlement package when their marinas were sunk as a result of a storm. The insurance companies refused to pay a fair amount on the claim, and attorney Cantrell filed Bad Faith litigation.
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  • Several hundred thousand dollars

    Criminal Defense

    • An Oak Ridge homeowner received several hundred thousand dollars as a result of a fraudulent sales transaction.
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  • $750,000

    Auto Accident

    • Motor Vehicle Accident, Tennessee - In 2004, a Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency employee was on his way to work in Campbell County, Tennessee, when he was involved in a motor vehicle accident with a driver who had suffered a heart attack. The accident caused multiple fractures to Dail R. Cantrell's client's legs, and a detached retina. The insurance company attempted to claim that it was not responsible for the accident because of an unexpected emergency. The insurance company then took the position that the detached retina did not cause a permanent injury. As a result of the efforts of Dail R. Cantrell his client received an award of approximately Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00).
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  • 5x Insurance offer

    Personal Injury

    • Pedestrian Accident, Anderson County- In 2003, an Anderson County, Tennessee jury awarded one of Mr. Cantrell's clients Two Hundred Thirty Thousand Dollars ($230,000.00) after he was struck by an individual in a parking lot. Mr. Cantrell's client was a disabled pedestrian who was attempting to return a buggy in the parking lot when he was struck and knocked to the ground. The insurance company refused to offer anything more than Forty-five Thousand Dollars ($45,000.00) because of the gentleman's age. Attorney Cantrell refused that offer, and the jury awarded five (5) times the maximum amount of the insurance company's offer.
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  • $90,000

    Personal Injury

    • Medical Malpractice, Campbell County - A Campbell County, Tennessee jury awarded one of Mr. Cantrell's clients Ninety Thousand Dollars ($90,000.00) in a case involving Safeco Insurance Company, even though her only medical expenses were Three Thousand, Five Hundred Dollar ($3,500.00) in chiropractic bills. At
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  • $43,500

    Auto Accident

    • Motor Vehicle Accident, Anderson County - In June, 2011, an Anderson County jury awarded an Oak Ridge resident who was rear ended at a McDonald's restaurant, Forty-three Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars ($43,500.00) even though she only had an emergency room visit and a visit to her family doctor. More recently, in February, 2012, an Anderson County jury awarded a Clinton resident One Hundred Fifteen Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars ($115,500.00). The insurance company had offered Five Thousand, Three Hundred Dollars ($5,300.00) prior to trial, however, attorney Cantrell refused.
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  • $750,000

    Personal Injury

    • Personal Injury, Tennessee - A woman received approximately Seven Hundred Fifty Thousand Dollars ($750,000.00) when her neck was fractured by a tractor trailer. The tractor trailer left the scene, and the woman's family contacted the law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates from the hospital. One of Mr. Cantrell's investigators was able to get information out to truck stops along Interstate 40 and Interstate 75 and found a witness who was able to identify the tractor trailer. But for this quick attention to detail, the woman's family would have received no compensation.
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  • Seven Figure Settlement

    Personal Injury

    • Medical Malpractice, Tennessee - The surviving members of one of Mr. Cantrell's clients who had been misdiagnosed with cancer by her family doctor received a seven (7) figure settlement even though the insurance company told the family that the doctor was not responsible. Two (2) other law firms had given up on the case, but through the efforts of attorney Cantrell in vigorously going after not only the family provider but the entity that employed him, the victims were able to receive just and reasonable compensation.
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  • High six figure settlement

    Personal Injury

    • Medical Malpractice, Tennessee - A tri-cities family tragically lost a child during delivery due to the physician's delay in removing the child once complications were discovered. A high six (6) figure settlement resulted.
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  • Several hundred thousand dollars

    Criminal Defense

    • Sexual Abuse, Tennessee - An eight (8) year old girl was sexually molested by a family friend. The law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates worked with the District Attorney's Office in assisting with the prosecution while simultaneously filing a civil lawsuit against the man who had committed the molestation, and the company that he worked for where the molestation occurred. This resulted in the child received several hundred thousand dollars.
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  • Several hundred thousand dollars

    Auto Accident

    • Drunk Driving Accidents, Tennessee- A twenty-seven (27) year old man and his six (6) year old daughter were on their way to a surprise birthday party when they were struck and killed by a drunk driver. The driver was only sixteen (16) years of age. The law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates filed a lawsuit against the convenient store that supplied the alcohol to the minor prior to the accident; the driver's family for providing a car to a driver who had serious behavioral problems; and the driver himself. Not only was the law firm able to obtain one hundred percent (100%) of the insurance proceeds that were available, they also were able to get several hundred thousand dollars of additional compensation for the victim's family.
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  • Federal Litigation

    Auto Accident

    • Motor Vehicle Accident, Tennessee - An area minister and his son were killed by a driver who was legally blind at the time. The law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates filed federal litigation against the State of Tennessee for providing a driver's license to someone who should not be on the roadways.
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  • Several hundred thousand dollars

    Family Law

    • Family Law, Tennessee - A Tennessee mother had not received any child support payments from her ex-husband, the father of her only son, for over fifteen (15) years. He inherited a substantial sum of money, and the law firm of Cantrell, Goodge & Associates was able to obtain several hundred thousand dollars in back child support, plus attorney's fees and interest in prosecuting this negligent father.
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