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Employee Suffered Permanent Eye Injuries Caused by a Defectively
Designed Bottle of Pool Cleaner Resulting in Product Liability Case

EMPLOYEE SUFFERED PERMANENT EYE INJURIES CAUSED BY A DEFECTIVELY DESIGNED BOTTLE OF POOL CLEANER RESULTING IN PRODUCT LIABILITY CASE Settlement: **CONFIDENTIAL** Brief Statement of Claim: Employee suffered permanent eye injuries caused by a defectively designed bottle of pool cleaner. Trial or Settlement: Settlement County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Attorney for Plaintiff: Thomas L. Odom, Jr.,The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, North Carolina

Teenager Suffered Permanent Injuries at
Trampoline Park Resulting in Product Liability Case

TEENAGER SUFFERED PERMANENT INJURIES AT TRAMPOLINE PARK RESULTING IN PRODUCT LIABILITY CASE Settlement: **Confidential** Brief Statement of Claim: A teenager suffered permanent ankle injuries while at a trampoline park. The trampoline park was negligent in protecting its customers from foreseeable harm, failing to supervise the trampolines and trampoline system, allowing overcrowding of the trampolines, trampoline system and facility, and failing to properly maintain its equipment. Due to the trampoline park’s negligence, their customer suffered permanent injuries to her ankle causing physical pain and suffering, restriction of physical activities and excessive current and future medical expenses. Channel 9 interview with Tommy Odom: 9 investigates: Reports of traumatic injuries mount at trampoline parks Trial or Settlement: Settlement County: Mecklenburg Case Name and Number: Confidential Date Concluded: 2019 Attorney for Plaintiff: Tommy Odom & David Murray, The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, NC, and W. Winston Briggs, W. Winston Briggs Law Firm of Atlanta, GA.

Civil Suit Results in Successful Settlement for
Woman Sexually Assaulted by Employee at Massage Spa

CIVIL SUIT RESULTS IN SUCCESSFUL SETTLEMENT FOR WOMAN SEXUALLY ASSAULTED BY EMPLOYEE AT MASSAGE SPA Settlement: **CONFIDENTIAL** Overview of Case: Woman sexually assaulted by employee at massage spa. Employer was negligent in hiring this employee. The employee had a prior arrest for another sexual assault. The employee’s record shows that he had previously been in violation of the law by practicing massage therapy without a license. The employer failed to investigate the employee’s employment history and criminal record. The employer failed to provide its customer with a safe environment. Due to the employer’s negligence, the woman suffered emotional distress, low self-esteem, injury to intimate family relationships, humiliation, psychological injuries and other damages. This case was successfully settled in mediation. Trial or Settlement: Settlement County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Concluded: July 2018 Attorney for Plaintiffs: Martha Odom and Thomas L. Odom, Jr. , The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, North Carolina

Business Owner Receives Settlement after
Suing Former Attorney for Lost Case against Insurance Company

BUSINESS OWNER RECEIVES SETTLEMENT AFTER SUING FORMER ATTORNEY FOR LOST CASE AGAINST INSURANCE COMPANY Settlement: **CONFIDENTIAL** Overview of Case: The Plaintiff, a business owner, sued his former attorney after losing his case against his insurance company due to fire damage. The business owner’s former representation breached their contract with the business owner and were negligent in their representation of him. His former attorney failed to properly investigate, assemble, prepare, file and prosecute the insurance claim. Trial or Settlement: Settlement County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Concluded: 2010 Attorney for Plaintiff: Thomas L. Odom, Jr., The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, North Carolina

Worker Suffered Permanent Brain and Other Injuries Caused by a
Crane Collapse on a Construction Site Resulting in Product Liability Lawsuit

WORKER SUFFERED PERMANENT BRAIN AND OTHER INJURIES CAUSED BY A CRANE COLLAPSE ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE RESULTING IN PRODUCT LIABILITY LAWSUIT Settlement: **CONFIDENTIAL** Brief Statement of Claim: Worker suffered permanent brain and other injuries caused by a crane collapse on a construction site. Trial or Settlement: Settlement County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Case Name and Number: Confidential Date Concluded: 2008 Attorney for Plaintiff: Thomas L. Odom, Jr., The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, North Carolina

Woman Falls Due to Bunched Mat at
Local Grocery Store Causing Long Term Injuries

WOMAN FALLS DUE TO BUNCHED MAT AT LOCAL GROCERY STORE CAUSING LONG TERM INJURIES Settlement: **CONFIDENTIAL** Overview of Case: The Plaintiff, an elderly woman, walked into a local grocery store and upon entering through the automatic opening door, she tripped on the entrance mat that was bunched up directly where the doors open. Upon tripping over the mat, she fell and braced herself with her hands, landing primarily on her right wrist and left knee. The floor mat should lay flat to allow patrons to enter without any issue. At the time of our client’s injury, the mat was not flat, thus causing her immediate fall and subsequent injuries. After the fall, she had ongoing pain and required the use of a walker. Trial or Settlement: Settlement County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Concluded: 2016 Attorneys for Plaintiff: Thomas L. Odom, Jr. and Martha Odom, The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Passenger Obtains 3x Medical Bills in Damages
after Her Insurance Claims Were Denied Twice

PASSENGER OBTAINS 3X MEDICAL BILLS IN DAMAGES AFTER HER INSURANCE CLAIMS WERE DENIED TWICE Settlement: $70,000 Overview of Case: The passenger was riding in the front seat, traveling north on the I-485 ramp. The defendant drove into the curve of the ramp then lost control of the vehicle and ran off of the road to the right. The vehicle then traveled down an embankment and collided with the embankment wall. The vehicle continued up the embankment wall and began overturning. The vehicle flipped over violently and came to rest on the roof of the ramp from I-485 West to I-77 North. During the accident, the passenger was ejected from the vehicle and landed on the ramp several feet from the vehicle. Click here to read the Court of Appeals decision. Trial or Settlement: Settlement (and Appeal by Defendant, Universal Insurance Company) County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Case Name and Number: Pauling, et al. v. Patterson, et al., 08-CVS-25600 Universal Insurance Co. v. Pauling, et al., 09-CVS-24342 Concluded: 2012 Attorney for Plaintiffs: David Murray, The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Legal Malpractice for Failure to Retain Appropriate
Medical Experts in Underlying Medical Malpractice Case

Legal Malpractice – Failure to Retain Appropriate Medical Experts in Underlying Medical Malpractice Case Injuries alleged: Failure to recover in the underlying wrongful medical malpractice action for compensatory and punitive damages against a general practitioner. The decedent in the underlying medical malpractice action was a retired farmer, and his medical and funeral expenses were approximately $10,000. The family of the decedent alleged that the decedent’s attorney deviated from the standard of practice by failing to select expert witnesses who would qualify under the rules of evidence causing their valid medical malpractice case to be lost. They never received a trial in the underlying case. At the trial of the legal malpractice case, prior to jury selection, a settlement of $250,000 was reached with the Defendant. $25,000 had previously been paid by a Co-Defendant. Settlement Amount: Amount: $275,000 ($25,000 was previously paid by another Defendant) Plaintiffs’ experts: Thomas Metzloff (legal standard of practice), William Elam (legal standard of practice), Emily Will (hand writing expert), Dr. Eugene Paschold (causation), Dr. Daniel Bernstein (medical standard of care), Dr. Hartman (medical standard of care) Plaintiffs’ attorneys: Thomas L. Odom, Jr. of The Odom Firm, PLLC, Charlotte, NC and Benton H. Walton, III and C. Martin Scott, II of Williamson, Walton & Scott, Whiteville, NC. Case name: Withheld Case number: Withheld Court: Columbus County Superior Court Settlement date: September 2008

Auto Repair Man Sues Customer for Repair Bill Results in Customer Filing
Counterclaims for Damage & Loss of Use of Auto Jury Awards over $300,000 to Customer

Auto Repair Man Sues Customer for Repair Bill – Results in Customer Filing Counterclaims for Damage & Loss of Use of Auto Jury Verdict: $60,000 – Damage to Auto & Loss of Use (Auto Valued at $20,000) $17,000 – Award of Attorneys’ Fees $250,000 – Punitive Damages $327,000.00 Brief Statement of Claim: Auto repair sole proprietorship claiming to be a “pure trust” filed action and claimed materialman and possessory lien for repairs to auto; consumer counterclaimed for unlawful repair charges and lien fees, unfair and deceptive trade practices and punitive damages; Judgment on counterclaim of $20,000 trebled to $60,000 and attorneys’ fees of $17,000; Jury verdict of $350,000 on punitive damage claim reduced to $250,000; Fraudulent Deeds of Trust and transfer of assets to “Pure Trusts”; consumer/creditor put Plaintiff/debtor into Involuntary Bankruptcy; Trustee appointed; Fraudulent Deeds of Trusts and transfers to be set aside and sale of assets by trustee; Settlement of $360,000. Principal Injuries: Damage to auto and loss of use for over one year while Plaintiff held the auto of $20,000.00 (trebled) to $60,000.00 and award of attorney fees of $17,000.00; punitive damage verdict of $350,000.00 reduced to $250,000.00 Trial or Settlement: Partial Summary Judgment and trial in District Court and settlement in Bankruptcy Court. County where Tried or Settled: Mecklenburg Case Name and Number: Burton v.Hobbs, 00-CVD-5450 (Mecklenburg County); In re: Burton, 02-3259 (W.D.N.C.) Date Concluded: May, 2004 Insurance Carriers: N/A Attorneys for Defendant Beverly Hobb: Thomas L. Odom Jr., The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte.

Baxter Healthcare Is Forced to Pay Over $18,000,000
in Fines & Other Penalties for Producing Hospital Bags with Active Mold Infestations

Baxter Healthcare Is Forced to Pay Over $18,000,000 in Fines & Other Penalties for Producing Hospital Bags with Active Mold Infestations Brief statement of Claim: Read our blog post on the case here: https://www.mecklaw.com/cases/2018/02/28/attorney-tommy-odom-helps-achieve-justice-whistleblower-case/ Watch videos & read articles on the case here: http://www.citizen-times.com/story/news/local/2017/01/13/wnc-whistleblower-sparked-18m-suit-over-contaminated-ivs/96531362/ http://www.mcdowellnews.com/news/update-new-details-on-baxter-healthcare-s-multi-million-dollar/article_de7357a8-d9d2-11e6-a26a-47bfa6c851a3.html http://www.wbtv.com/story/34248975/drug-manufacturer-settles-whistleblower-claim-about-unsanitary-condition-at-charlotte-area-plant https://www.linkwaylive.com/health/1-13-2017/thing/baxter-unit-to-pay-dollar18-million-over-alleged-drug-manufacturing-violation Principal Injuries: Defendant was knowingly producing hospital IV bags with active mold infestations. This resulted in the Defendant being forced to pay over $18 million in fines and penalties. In addition to the award to our client, the Defendant was required to pay our client’s attorneys’ fees, settle criminal charges and forfeit millions in profits. Case Name and Number: United States of America and the States of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, New York, North Carolina, Virginia and Washington, ex rel. Warren Christopher Wall v. Baxter International, Inc. and Baxter Healthcare Corporation, 1:13cv42, United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina Concluded: January 2017 Attorneys for Defendant Wall: Thomas L. Odom Jr., The Odom Firm, PLLC of Charlotte & Tony Scheer, Rawls, Scheer, Clary & Mingo.

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