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Attorney Christopher J. Toepp attained a $1.56 million settlement on behalf of a plaintiff who suffered a catastrophic injury due to three gunshot wounds. The incident occurred when the plaintiff’s ex-husband broke into the home she shared with her fiancé.
Plaintiff’s ex-husband shot and killed her fiancé and shot the plaintiff, who was pregnant at the time, in the left arm. He then held her hostage for hours while he attempted to stage the crime scene to make it look like a murder/suicide. While she begged for her life, he shot her a second time in the stomach.
The plaintiff ran for her life and banged on her neighbor’s door. Her ex shot her a third time, paralyzing her. Thankfully both plaintiff and her unborn child survived, although she suffered complete T6 paraplegia.
After protracted litigation, the case settled with a $10,000,000 judgment against the defendant, a cash payment of $1,560,000 and the title to a house which the defendant had owned outright.
While incarcerated, the defendant also attempted to hire a hitman to murder the plaintiff and her father.
The resolution in this matter was made possible by putting relentless pressure on the defendant in litigation. More than 20 contested motions were argued during this case. The case settled the day before a weeklong trial was set to begin.