Catastrophic Injuries Demand an Attorney with Extensive Courtroom Experienc
With years of experience in courtroom dramas, Mike Faulk developed his reputation as an advocate for the injured and their families. With this experience and his empathy for those who have suffered life-altering trauma, Mike Faulk became the first attorney in Hawkins County to be certified as a Civil Trial Specialist.
Mike Faulk has significant experience in presenting complicated medical evidence on the causes and effects of injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe scarring, amputations, eye injuries, significant orthopedic injuries, and severe burns related to catastrophic events.
Advertising on television is a poor substitute for experience in prosecuting serious injury cases. The outcome of these cases often has a material impact on the quality of life a seriously-injured person experiences after the court case is resolved.
All across Tennessee, we have successfully pursued catastrophic injury and wrongful death claims arising out of automobile collisions, trucking collisions, and on-the-job tragedies. Mike Faulk has prosecuted wrongful death claims as far away as Hawaii but primarily practices wrongful death and catastrophic injury law in northeast Tennessee.
In northeast Tennessee call 423-357-8088. Our Nationwide Toll-free number is: 1-800-611-1001.
Below is a partial sampling of the serious injury cases brought to successful conclusions on behalf of victims and their families.
Bivins v. Powers and Longhorn Steakhouse
Early on the morning of July 8, 2005, Jonathan Bivins was stopped waiting for the traffic signal to change when he was hit from behind so violently that his Jeep Cherokee was flipped over killing his dog and severely injuring him. He was hit by Charles Powers whose blood alcohol content a few hours later was nearly three times the legal limit.
Powers' friends were throwing Powers a going-away party at the Longhorn Steakhouse in Nashville in the hours before the crash. Proof in the case included records of the amount of alcohol sold and served from the restaurant's computer system.
This was the 5th time Powers was charged with DUI. While this case was pending, he was charged with yet another DUI.
Jonathan Bivins, the son of a retired Court of Criminal Appeals Judge, suffered traumatic brain injuries, thousands upon thousands of dollars in medical expenses and lost wages, and will, in all likelihood, experience a loss of earning capacity for the rest of his life.
Nashville attorney William Leader was associated by the Faulk Law Office to assist in the prosecution of this middle Tennessee case.
The civil case was resolved in mediation in January 2008 for a a confidential, non-disclosable sum.
Trent v. Hawkins County Board of Education
5 year old Teagan Trent was on his way from the concession stand to the bleacher seats in the gymnasium to enjoy a basketball game with his family on February 18, 2003.
Young Teagan didn't see the hidden danger in out-of-code, irregular aisle steps added on to the top of the bleachers to connect them to the gym mezzanine. These steps vary in height from 8 to 18 inches. And he didn't appreciate the fact that he could fall under out-of-code handrails.
Teagan fell 10 feet hitting the concrete floor face first. The right orbital rim of his skull was fractured. His parents incurred over $50,000 in medical bills.
As a result of the filing of suit, the school system agreed, in writing, to correct the deficient steps and handrails. The financial settlement agreed upon between the parties is confidential due to the age of the child.
Read about the settlement of young Teagan's personal injury case and the on-going campaign to replace the defective bleachers.
Honeycutt v. Joe's Market
On November 2, 2001, 16 year old Rachael Honeycutt was catastrophically injured while riding with her boyfriend. Her right eye was cut out when a telephone pole crashed down on top of the out-of-control car in which she was riding. Her right hip was crushed requiring radiation treatment. Facing weeks and months of rehabilitation and nearly $100,000 in current and future medical bills, her mother turned to Mike Faulk for help. The boyfriend had no automobile insurance. Health insurance wasn't covering all the medical bills. Rachel's mother couldn't work at her job because she had to care for her daughter.
The boyfriend was under 21 years of age and illegally purchased and then illegally consumed enough beer to influence his driving. Both the boyfriend and the beer store denied the sale of beer on that fateful night in November.
The alcohol merchant settled before trial for a confidential sum. The case against the drunk driver was tried on September 23, 2003. A Judgment for Rachael and her mother in the amount of $982,446.11 was rendered that includes $100,000 in punitive damages.