Prior Cases

The following is a list of descriptions of a few of the injury cases that attorney James Vaught has handled in the past with success. The outcomes of prior cases is in no way indicative of the merits or the likelihood of a successful outcome of your injury case. Each injury case is different, and each case is affected by whether the at-fault party has insurance or money to pay for attorney Vaught's client's injuries and damages.

The following is a list of a few of the injury cases that Mr. Vaught has successfully handled for clients.

Attorney James Vaught represented injured people in each of the following cases. In each case, Mr. Vaught either was lead counsel or co-counsel in the case.

Mr. Vaught has chosen to keep the dollar amount of each case result and the names of the parties confidential to preserve and respect the privacy of his clients.

Illegal left turn, intersection crash and injuries:

Scott County, Kentucky: Attorney James Vaught obtained a significant out-of-court settlement for a woman who was severely injured in a car wreck caused by a construction worker who made an illegal left turn in a busy intersection and drove his truck into the path of an oncoming car. A terrible crash in the intersection occurred, and the woman in the oncoming car, James Vaught's client, sustained severe, permanent injuries. The settlement will allow the woman to continue receiving the medical care that she requires.

Garbage truck vs. pick-up truck, crash and injuries:

Central Tennessee: Attorney James Vaught obtained a significant out-of-court settlement for a Kentucky man who was severely injured by a garbage truck that was illegally operated on a public highway. A garbage truck, fully loaded, was being driven to the dump when the truck's brakes failed. The truck driver drove the garbage truck into the oncoming lane and caused the crash. Attorney James Vaught argued that the garbage truck driver did not check the adjustment of the brakes or perform a proper pre-trip inspection, as required by law, before driving the truck on the day of the crash. If the driver had checked the truck as required by law, then he would have found the brake problems and other out-of-service conditions. Attorney Vaught argued that the truck should not have been driven until it was repaired and all out of service conditions were corrected.

Ambulance driver ignores safety rules, causes intersection crash

While transporting a patient to a Lexington, KY hospital, an ambulance driver ignores safety rules and a very specific Kentucky law, which requires an ambulance driver to use emergency lights and siren before running a red light. The ambulance driver did not use the emergency lights or siren on the ambulance, as required by Kentucky law, and did not keep a proper lookout for other vehicles on the roadway, when she chose to run a red light. She crashed the ambulance into a car that was making a left turn in the intersection with a green light. Attorney James Vaught's client was a passenger in the car that was hit by the ambulance, and she was severely injured by the crash. Attorney James Vaught represented the injured woman and helped her obtain a significant out-of-court settlement for her injuries caused by the crash.

Tractor-trailer changes lanes, knocks car into concrete pillar on Interstate 64

Fayette County, Kentucky: A tractor trailer driver failed to keep a proper lookout for other cars on I-64 and changed lanes into a small car. The tractor trailer and the car were traveling at interstate speeds. The car was knocked out of control, spun around and slammed, backwards, into a concrete pillar on the side of the interstate. A family of four (4) people was riding in the car. All four (4) family members were injured. Attorney James Vaught obtained an out-of-court settlement for each of the (4) four family members for their injuries.

Low speed crash, serious, permanent spine injury

Grayson County, KY: Attorney James Vaught obtained a significant out-of-court settlement for a Kentucky man who was injured while stopped in traffic. An SUV backed out of a nearby parking space and into the passenger side of the man's compact car. This was a low-speed crash. However, low speed crashes can be very dangerous and cause serious injuries due to the weight of the vehicles involved. At the time the SUV backed into the compact car's passenger side, the man in the compact car had his head and neck turned toward traffic and did not see the crash that was about to occur. The heavy SUV hit his car, and the crash resulted in a serious, permanent spine injury to the man's neck, which made him unable to ever return to the type of work that he had done for many years. Mr. Vaught also obtained an out-of-court settlement for the passenger of the compact car, a woman, whose right arm was injured by the crash.

Police officer ignores safety rules, drives into intersection, causes crash

A Kentucky police officer fails to follow procedure and look for oncoming traffic before running a red light at a busy intersection. By failing to follow safety rules, the police officer drives thru a red light and into the side of an oncoming car, causing a crash, which injures two people from Jefferson County, Kentucky and totals their car. Mr. Vaught represented the two people injured in the crash and obtained an out-of-court settlement for each of them due to their injuries.

Intersection crash

A Scott County man is injured in an intersection crash when an oncoming driver runs a red light and crashes into his car. This was a tremendously powerful crash, which totaled both cars and injured multiple people. Attorney James Vaught's client was a Scott County man who sustained multiple injuries, including permanent injuries, in the crash. An out-of-court settlement was obtained by Mr. Vaught for his client.

Rear-end crash, spine injury

A Scott County woman was injured when her car is rear-ended by an SUV while she is stopped in traffic. The force of the crash was so great that the radio was knocked out of the dash and the woman's seat back broke, causing her to fall backwards in her seat. She was wearing her seatbelt. The crash caused a serious, lumbar spine injury that required surgery. A significant settlement was reached with the Defendant at the jury trial of this case, while the jury was out, and the settlement was paid in full shortly after trial.

Car hits pedestrian, broken neck

A man stops on the Mountain Parkway to help a family whose car had hit a deer. After hitting the deer, the family lost control of their car and skidded into the grass median. While the man is on foot and helping the family near their damaged car, another driver on the Mountain Parkway is driving too fast for the road conditions and ignores the cars stopped on the side of the road with their emergency flashers illuminated. When the driver finally sees the dead deer lying in the roadway, he swerves too fast and loses control, causing his car to slide into the median and crash into the disabled vehicle. The crash injures the man, who was a Good Samaritan and trying to help the family. The Good Samaritan sustained a broken neck (vertebrae in the cervical spine). Attorney James Vaught obtained an out-of-court settlement for the Good Samaritan, who was not at fault and only stopped to help.

City bus crash, injured bus passenger

A Lexington City Bus driver fails to yield the right of way when he makes a U-turn into the path of an oncoming car. The driver of the oncoming car has no time to stop and crashes into the side of the bus. Attorney Vaught's client is a passenger on the city bus and is seated near the location where the car crashes into the bus. The crash injures the passenger. Attorney Vaught is able to obtain surveillance video that was recorded onboard the bus, which shows the bus driver making an improper U-turn and the resulting crash. The injured bus passenger received an out-of-court settlement for his injuries with the help of attorney James Vaught.

Dog attack, injuries

Pulaski County: The owner of a large dog allows his dog to roam the subdivision without a leash and without supervision. A man is walking his small dog on a leash near his home, when the large dog begins attacking the small dog. The man attempts to scare off and fight off the large dog, and the large dog bites the man on his hand, causing permanent injuries, including nerve damage and infection. The injuries are painful and require numerous hospital and doctor visits. Attorney James Vaught obtained an out-of-court settlement for the injured man.

Child attacked by dog, facial injuries

Boyle County: A young boy is attacked by a neighbor's dog and is bitten in the face while playing with the neighbor's young daughter. Attorney Vaught argued that the attack by the dog was unprovoked and is the result of the dog becoming vicious after being chained in the same location for a long period of time. Attorney Vaught obtained an out-of-court settlement for the young boy, who sustained permanent injuries due to the attack.

Tractor trailer, too large for highway, causes crash

Franklin County: Oversized tractor trailers are not permitted on certain Kentucky highways. However, a tractor trailer driver chooses to ignore the law and drives his oversized truck on a rural highway, which is posted as a highway that does not permit oversized trucks. The trailer is too long for the highway. While rolling through a curve in the road, the trailer's rear tires cross over the center line and into the oncoming lane, causing the trailer to crash into the front of a Franklin County woman's car. The crash injures the woman and totals her car. Attorney Vaught represented the injured woman and helped her obtain an out-of-court settlement against the trucking company for her injuries.

Intoxicated driver, Head-on crash, Severe Injuries

An intoxicated driver caused a head-on crash in Simpson County, severely injuring a woman who was on her way to work. The intoxicated driver crossed the center-line of a two-lane road and crashed into an oncoming car. Attorney James Vaught represented a Simpson County woman who was driving the oncoming car. She did nothing wrong but was severely injured by the crash. She required emergency medical treatment at the scene of the crash, surgery and months of medical treatment and therapy. The intoxicated driver was arrested at the scene of the crash. Attorney James Vaught negotiated a significant out-of-court settlement for the injured woman to assist with her medical bills, lost income due to the months away from work and pain and suffering, which included permanent impairment of her dominant arm.

Defective Hip Implant Device

Attorney James Vaught represented a Fayette County woman who was severely injured by both a left and a right metal-on-metal hip implant. This is not a medical malpractice case. Instead, this is a defective medical device injury case, and the injuries were caused by the design of metal hip implants. While metal hip implants usually last 10 to 15 years or longer, both of the client's metal hip implants had to be surgically removed and replaced within four (4) years due to the design defects of the metal hip implant devices. The woman was suffering from the effects of metallosis, caused by the metal hips, which results in pain, loss of tissue and a tremendous amount of fluid accumulation in the hips, which also was painful and disabling, before the defective metal hips were removed and replaced. The effects of the metallosis and the injuries caused by the defective metal hips would have continued to worsen until both defective metal hips were removed. Two separated hip implant revision surgeries were removed to remove and replace the defective metal hips with new, non-defective him implants. The client suffered through two, separate recoveries from the two revision surgeries. This case was settled for a substantial amount of money during litigation.

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