If you have been seriously injured or have lost a loved one due to someone else's negligence, we can help. During the last 35 years, we have developed a track record of success as advocates for our clients against the insurance companies.
We are recognized experts in all types of injury and wrongful death cases resulting from:
The results of a case depend upon a variety of factors unique to that case. While the case results presented below do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any future case, our track record as advocates for our clients is strong. Here are some examples.
Medical Malpractice Cases:
SEVEN YEAR-OLD DIES AS A RESULT OF MEDICAL MISDIAGNOSIS
Seven year-old Margo arrived at a hospital ER with severe stomach pains. After an X-ray, she was diagnosed with ileus, a general malfunctioning of the gastrointestinal tract. She was discharged. Her mother brought her back to the ER the following day with worsened symptoms and Margo was admitted. Her condition continued to deteriorate over the next three days. No CT scan, which would have shown the cause of her intestinal problem, was ever performed. On her fourth day in the hospital, her obstructed small intestine, which was twisted shut, ruptured. She died the following day. Attorney Ed Weiner negotiated a settlement of $625,000 for her family.
INCOMPLETE APPENDECTOMY CAUSES POTENTIALLY LETHAL INFECTION
After undergoing a routine appendectomy, Linda continued to have extreme pain in her abdomen. She returned to the surgeon multiple times for follow up, but was told that she was healing. After suffering extensive pain for two months, Linda saw another doctor who determined that part of her appendix was still in place. Emergency surgery was needed to correct the situation. Ed Weiner was able to save Linda the stress and expense of depositions, pre-trial discovery, and court hearings by negotiating a confidential six-figure settlement.
REMEMBERING A YOUNG WOMAN OF "POISE AND PURPOSE"
Laura was a junior in college -- a biology major. Her dream was to become a pediatric dentist. Only Laura’s closest friends knew that she had sickle cell disease (SCD). SCD is a blood disorder which reduces the amount of oxygen being delivered throughout the body, resulting in pain and possible organ damage for SCD patients. In the past, most sickle cell patients died early. However, patients of Laura’s generation have close to normal life expectancies due to new treatment options and research in the field of hematology (the study of the blood and blood disorders). In April and May, Laura was seen by her primary care provider for several sickle cell pain episodes, was treated with antibiotics and sent home. Her condition and her pain continued to worsen. After she was admitted to the hospital over Memorial Day weekend, Laura’s health declined, however doctor failed to request a consultation with a hematology specialist for nine days. By then, Laura’s lungs and heart weren’t functioning properly. She died on June 9 -- exactly one month short of her 20th birthday. A confidential settlement was reached shortly before trial.
Car Accident Cases:
REPAIRING THE SHATTERED DREAMS OF A YOUNG MOTHER
Vanessa and Michael were the proud parents of 9 month-old Tyler, who was about ready to walk, and 6-year-old Mike, Jr. Vanessa had returned to work when Tyler was 7 months old. On a beautiful Sunday in May, Vanessa headed to the local mall buy new curtains for the boys’ rooms. As she crossed through a major intersection, a car on the cross street ran the red light and struck Vanessa’s front passenger-side door, pushing her car into oncoming traffic, where her car was struck again by a truck. Vanessa’s right leg was broken, including her tibia (“shin bone”), which is commonly recognized as one of the strongest weight-bearing bones of the body. Vanessa had several surgeries, including the insertion of a metal rod into her tibia, as well as metal plates to stabilize her leg. She was unable to walk for several months, couldn’t play with her children and missed four weeks of work. Ed Weiner and Lawson Spivey negotiated a settlement of $734,000 on Vanessa’s behalf.
HEAD ON COLLISION KILLS NEWLY WED
Sharon and Justin met as undergraduate jazz musicians. After graduating, they earned Master’s Degrees, then returned to the DC Metro area to be closer to their families. They got married and played jazz gigs around the region. One afternoon, Sharon found 2 baby squirrels, which had fallen out of their nest during a thunderstorm. She put them in a box and called a local vet. On the way, the defendant driver hit Sharon’s car head on – killing her instantly. Ed Weiner negotiated a settlement of $100,000, the maximum available from the insurance policies. The defendant driver had no assets. Justin chose not to sue him personally.
Truck Accident Cases:
PASSENGER INJURED BY DRIVER USING CELL PHONE
Our client, James, was a passenger in a car travelling through an intersection on a green light. The defendant truck driver was travelling in the opposite direction, while viewing/using his cell phone. The defendant turned left, directly into the path of the car in which James was riding. As a result of the collision, James suffered permanent injuries, including fractures to his spine, foot and knee. He was in a body brace and required knee surgery. Attorneys Gene Miller and Ed Weiner negotiated a $1,300,000 settlement for James.
SEPTIC COMPANY HELD LIABLE FOR CRASH
The defendant driver of a septic truck ran a red light and collided with our client, Samuel. The septic company driver was charged with reckless driving, as well as operating a vehicle with faulty brakes. Samuel suffered severe back and neck injuries and pain, but no surgery was required. At trial, Ed Weiner and Lawson Spivey were able to show the jury that the defendant septic company had a long history of poorly-maintained vehicles. At the conclusion of the trial, a jury awarded Samuel $390,000.
CAR STRUCK BY 18 WHEELER ON I-81
Cara was driving on I-81 when a tractor trailer crossed into her lane, striking her car. The truck ripped off the hood of Cara’s car and pushed her into the median wall. Cara was knocked unconscious. She suffered a severe concussion (sometimes called Traumatic Brain Injury – TBI). Cara also suffered psychological trauma from the crash. Attorneys Lawson Spivey and Ed Weiner filed her case in Federal Court. An undisclosed settlement was reached with the commercial trucking company.
Motocycle & Boat Accident Cases:
MOTORCYCLIST STRUCK AND KILLED AFTER PULLING OVER TO USE HIS CELL PHONE
Mitchell was an experienced motorcyclist. While travelling on Rt. 66, he pulled off on to the shoulder to make a cell phone call. His flashers were on. The defendant driver, whose eyes had been dilated by her doctor as part of her treatment for cataracts, was “following the taillights” of the vehicle – Mitchell’s motorcycle. She drove on to the shoulder and struck Mitchell. He died in the ambulance on the way to the hospital. Ed Weiner negotiated an undisclosed settlement, which included the total amount available from insurance policies, as well as some personal assets of the defendant.
WATER SKIER LOSES ARM
Rachel was in the water with her 10 year-old niece, when she noticed that the boat they had been skiing behind was headed directly for them. She called out and waved but couldn’t get the driver’s attention. At the last minute, Rachel pushed her niece out of the boat’s path, however, Rachel’s arm was severed by the boat’s propeller. Efforts to re-attach her arm were unsuccessful. Ed Weiner negotiated a settlement on Rachel’s behalf: the insurance policy limits of $200,000, plus the house owned by driver of boat.
Pedestrian & Bicycle Accident Cases:
92 YEAR-OLD PEDESTRIAN STRUCK BY A DELIVERY TRUCK
On Christmas Eve, our 92 year-old client, Nate, left home for his daily ritual -- a 1.5 mile walk. As he stepped off the curb into the crosswalk (on the “Walk” signal), he was struck by a delivery truck making a turn. Nate was critically injured and spent extensive time in the hospital and in rehab before returning home. While he was able to move around his home, Nate was no longer able to go on his daily walks. Ed Weiner negotiated hard with the large international delivery company and got Nate a settlement of over $1 million.
STRUCK BY CAR WHILE JOGGING
While our 36 year-old client, Cal, was jogging, a passing car jumped the curb onto the sidewalk and struck him. He suffered multiple fractures to his left leg. Before the accident, Cal was extremely active. His injuries have limited his participation in sports and other aspects of daily life. Eugene Miller negotiated a $300,000 settlement for Cal -- the maximum amount available under the motor vehicle coverage.
PEDESTRIAN INJURED IN CROSSWALK
Our client, Lana, was crossing a major intersection in a marked crosswalk with the WALK signal. The defendant was making a right hand turn at the intersection and struck Lana in the crosswalk. Lana suffered a fractured foot, which required surgery, as well as cuts and extensive bruising of her hip, ribs and elbows. Attorneys Ed Weiner and Gene Miller negotiated a $150,000 settlement for her.
YOUNG BICYCLIST LOSES LIFE AFTER SAVING ANOTHER
Adam, a college freshman, and his girlfriend, Clare, were riding their bikes on the Washington & Old Dominion Bike Trail on a Saturday morning in the spring. The defendant’s car jumped the curb, entered on to the trail and came straight towards them. Adam pushed Clare out of the path of the car, which struck him and crushed him against a tree, killing him instantly. The defendant driver had a long history of traffic violations. Lawson Spivey negotiated a $210,000 settlement on behalf of Adam’s family. This was the maximum amount available from the insurance policies.
BICYCLIST STRUCK BY CAR
Mike, a student at George Washington University, was biking to class, when an impatient motorist, honked his horn and tried to pass him on crowded K Street in downtown DC. Mike’s bike was forced into a row of parked cars. Mike struck the side-view mirror of a parked car and was thrown to the pavement. He suffered serious knee, back and neck injuries, which eventually required surgery to fuse vertebrae in Mike’s lower back. Attorney Gene Miller successfully settled the case for the insurance policy limits of $100,000 -- the maximum amount available.
Negligent Maintenance of a Premises (Premises Liability Cases):
FALL IN GROCERY STORE RESULTS IN PERMANENT INJURY
Our client, Chelsea, slipped and fell in the refrigerated aisle of a grocery store. A store employee had been seen stocking a refrigerated display case at the exact location of the wet area, immediately before Chelsea fell. Chelsea’s injuries included a severe wrist fracture, which resulted in some permanent loss in her range of motion. After Lawson Spivey and Ed Weiner won Chelsea’s trial, the defendant grocery store company appealed the case to the Virginia Supreme Court and lost. The Fairfax jury’s $135,000 award to Chelsea was upheld.
DOG BITES POOL REPAIR MAN
Our client arrived to inspect and repair a pool facility. The homeowner took him into the fenced backyard, where the homeowner’s dog was loose. The homeowner was aware that the dog was loose and that the dog had a propensity to bite strangers. The dog attacked and bit our client, causing severe lacerations to his hand and arm, which resulted in significant infections. Lawson Spivey and Ed Weiner successfully negotiated a $500,000 settlement for our client.
UNSAFE CONSTRUCTION PRACTICES RESULTS IN LOSS OF LIFE
In preparation for a family wedding, Gill and his wife hired a design and construction company to install a new staircase in their home. The construction company failed to properly cover and secure the opening in the floor during remodeling. Gill fell through the hole and died the next day from his injuries. The family privately shared with Ed Weiner that they did not want to go to trial. Ed Weiner negotiated a $500,000 settlement on their behalf.
FRATERNITIES HELD LIABLE FOR MISCONDUCT
The firm has handled two recent fraternity cases.
The first involved a shuttle service managed and operated by a fraternity to transport students to off-campus parties. The shuttle drivers were all students and members of the fraternity. One evening, a shuttle driver drove recklessly and rolled his car -- ejecting our client, Helen. While it was fortunate that she survived, Helen suffered serious internal and orthopedic injuries. She was forced to give up her rowing scholarship. The fraternity denied all responsibility and refused to negotiate a settlement. Ed Weiner, Lawson Spivey and Mike Brown won a $600,000 jury verdict. WSM also worked with the university to put tighter procedures in place for non-university shuttles.
The second case involved fraternity “pledging” or initiation. Pledges were transported from Fairfax to the University of Virginia campus in Charlottesville for a middle-of-the- night “race”. The pledges were not told that the hill they would run down was terraced -- with a major drop-off, which could not be seen in the dark. Our sophomore client fell and fractured his femur (thigh bone). Surgery and rehabilitation were required. The fraternity initially denied any liability, but Ed Weiner and Mike Brown negotiated a $155,000 settlement for the client.
Awards & Recognition Received
Our team has received numerous awards, recognizing both individual and firm-wide contributions to the law and our community. These include:
Top Attorneys in Virginia
Top Attorneys in Washington
Fairfax Law Foundation Recognition & Appreciation of Extraordinary Service
Fairfax Bar Association President's Award
Virginia State Bar Appreciation of Dedicated Service