$9 Million Verdict – Lauderdale County

Verdict – Lauderdale County

In February 2022, a jury returned a verdict in the amount of $9 million for plaintiff Herschel Green, the husband of a woman killed at the end of her driveway in Lauderdale County. The case was tried by Marsh Rickard & Bryan attorneys Rip Andrews and Ty Brown.

Margaret Green died following an explosive collision between her SUV and a tractor trailer on July 7, 2015. Margaret was pulling out of her driveway onto Alabama Highway 64 – an act she had previously performed safely tens of thousands of times during the decades she had lived at the house – when her SUV was struck on the driver’s side by a tractor trailer. Margaret never saw the truck because her view was blocked by a four-by-four foot moveable construction sign that Joe Keenum Excavation & Construction Inc. employees placed at highway level and right next to her driveway. The Keenum company was performing road work nearby the Green home, where the crash occurred, and so, were responsible for temporary traffic control in the area. During the trial, the Lexington Police Chief, Agustin Hendershot, who arrived at the scene shortly after the collision, testified that the temporary sign that was placed near Margaret’s driveway would have, in his opinion, obstructed Margaret’s view of oncoming traffic. There was extensive testimony that the sign should have been elevated, which would have increased the visual clearance. The sign was not in the right spot given the location of the road work. Moreover, there was testimony that the sign should not even have been up at all that particular day because Keenum was not working in that area that day but rather, was working on the other end of the paving project.

Rip stated, “The bottom line is that Keenum put a temporary construction sign WHERE it should not have been, left it up WHEN it should not have been, and set it up HOW it should not have been set up”.

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"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They took a case that others would have stayed clear of.."
I have the utmost respect for Rip Andrews and the lawyers at MRB Law. They took a case that others would have stayed clear of because the issue of state immunity was involved. Through determination and unwavering commitment they were able to a find resolution to an extremely difficult matter.
Nancy Owen
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict ."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"They...brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict."
These lawyers took a complicated issue, revealed the truth in a way 12 jurors unfamiliar with the topic could understand, and brought justice to my family through a multi-million dollar verdict. They were able to relate my “invisible” medical condition to the jury better than I can to my own friends. And because of that, the jury hugged me and cried with me when it was all over. That meant more to me than any amount of money.
Caroline Malatesta
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed ."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
"Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed."
I can’t adequately put into words the appreciation I have for Mr. Derrick Mills and MRB Law. He was assertive in his fight for justice for our family during our time of tragedy. Mr. Mills is knowledgeable, passionate and a great communicator. Our relationship began as strangers but ended in friendship thanks to the compassion he showed. Thank you Mr. Mills for being a dedicated professional! Justice done right!
Dana Owens
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