The personal injury attorneys of Domnick & Shevin, PL have built a reputation for their long-standing commitment to seeking justice, protecting their client’s rights and holding wrongdoers accountable. The attorneys have won verdicts in excess of $30 Million, and have obtained numerous settlements in excess of $1 Million.
The accounts of recent trials, jury verdicts and settlements contained in this website are intended to illustrate the experience of the firm in a variety of litigation areas. Each case is unique, and the results in one case do not necessarily indicate the quality or value of another case. If you have any questions regarding these cases or wish to discuss a potential case, please contact us.
Our notable cases are categorized by Catastrophic Injury, Medical Malpractice, Nursing Home Abuse and Other.
Brody v. Broward Sheriff's Office (BSO) - Attorney Sean C. Domnick represented Eric Brody, a 17 year old teenager that resided locally in Broward County. A Broward Sheriff's Officer (BSO) was running late for roll call. He was traveling 75 miles an hour down Oakland Park Boulevard at 10 p.m., without his lights flashing. Eric Brody was headed home from his job at the Sports Authority at The Sawgrass Mall. Eric did not realize that the Sheriff's deputy was traveling so fast and made a left hand turn into his development when he was broadsided. Eric suffered severe physical injuries, including brain damage and is wheelchair bound. Attorney Sean Domnick was co-lead counsel at the trial on this case. Following 3 months of trial, interrupted by two hurricanes, a Fort Lauderdale jury returned a verdict of approximately $31,000,000.00. Despite the defense's efforts to blame Eric for the crash and their claims that Eric was not wearing his seatbelt, the jury properly placed the responsibility where it belonged, 100% on the BSO deputy.
Potts v. Harvey - we represented the family of John Potts, a 51-year-old locksmith, husband and father of two daughters, who was riding his motorcycle westbound through a yellow-flashing light at the intersection on the BeeLine Highway near the border of West Palm Beach and Palm Beach Gardens. At the same time, defendant James Harvey, a lobbyist for U.S. Multico, was driving his company-owned Hummer northbound on Jog Road at the intersection of BeeLine Highway. Mr. Harvey stopped at the flashing red light but claimed he never saw the motorcycle, so he proceeded into the intersection colliding into Mr. Potts. Mr. Potts was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. Mr. Harvey’s defense included blaming the traffic signals and John Potts; however, evidence and eyewitness testimony from other motorists at the scene proved otherwise. A West Palm Beach jury awarded $8.48 million to the Potts family, providing justice by holding the defendant accountable for his negligent actions in a preventable tragedy.
Dane Boza v. Rachel Carter - Attorney Sean C. Domnick represented Dane Boza who was a Gainesville college friend of Rachel Carter. One day, a group of their friends decided to go tubing down the Itchetuknee River outside of Gainesville. While tubing, according to witnesses, Ms. Carter had been smoking marijuana and drinking beer. Over the course of the day Ms. Carter and her boyfriend, who had been drinking heavily as well, began to argue, which continued on the drive home. Ms. Carter was driving a Ford Explorer with her boyfriend in the front passenger seat along with Dane Boza, who was unbelted in the backseat of the SUV. As the argument between Ms. Carter and her boyfriend escalated, he told her to pull over so he could get out of the vehicle. When she refused, he grabbed the wheel causing Ms. Carter to overreact and the Explorer fishtailed and rolled over. Dane Boza was ejected from the vehicle with the Explorer landing on top of him, breaking his back and rendering him a paraplegic. Following a trial, a Gainesville jury returned a verdict against Ms. Carter and evaluated Dane Boza's damages at over $6,000,000.00.
Eaton v. John Doe driver - Attorney Sean C. Domnick represented Lynn Eaton who was out for the evening at a bar in the town of Fellsmere, Florida. Lynn, a cowboy, rode his horse to the bar. During the evening a friend wanted to go for a ride on the horse. Lynn agreed and he took the reins, putting his friend on the back of the horse. Then, after a few minutes, they switched positions. As they rode along the side of the road, the defendant approached, driving a Suburban with extended side view mirrors. As the defendant passed Lynn and his friend on the horse, the extended side view mirror hit Lynn in the back knocking him off the horse. The defendant testified that he did not see the horse with its passengers prior to impact, which left Lynn Eaton a paraplegic. In preparation for trial, attorney Sean C. Domnick conducted a full reenactment of the evening — including the same phase of the moon, same location and the same horse. This proved that an attentive driver would have seen the horse with its riders on the side of the road. The case soon after settled for the full insurance policy limits of just over $3,000,000.00.
Abughalia v. Unidentified Hospital and Doctor - we represented Zainab Abughalia, a wife and mother of 4 young children, who was involved in a minor car accident. She hit her head and was taken to the hospital for evaluation. A CT scan revealed a previously undiagnosed brain tumor. Surgery was performed to remove the tumor. Immediately following surgery, Zainab's condition was stable; however, over the next several hours, her condition began to deteriorate. The nurse did not call the doctor for over five hours as Zainab's condition worsened. When the nurse finally called the doctor, it took two additional hours before he came to the hospital. By the time another CT scan was ordered, it revealed severe intracranial bleeding causing massive pressure on the brain stem. Surgery finally relieved the pressure and stopped the bleeding, but Zainab was left with a severe brain injury. Following jury selection, the case settled for $7,500,000.00.
John Doe v. Unidentified Hospital - we represented John Doe, a college student. He was punched as he left a college bar shortly after midnight. He was taken to the local hospital where a CT scan revealed a small bleed in the brain; however, he was neurologically intact. The hospital followed procedure by admitting him for observation. Upon admission, his condition began to deteriorate but the nurse in ICU did not call the doctor. It was not until John Doe was no longer responsive that a doctor was called. An emergency CT scan revealed that the minor bleed had become a major one, compressing the brain and depriving it of oxygen. Emergency surgery was done to fix the bleeding and reduce the pressure. Unfortunately, the young man was left with a permanent brain injury. The hospital argued that the nurse was not negligent, and, that even if she had called the doctor earlier the delay would not have made a difference in the outcome. The case settled for approximately $5,000,000.00.
Estate of John Doe vs. Unidentified Nursing Home - we represented the estate of John Doe. Mr. Doe was 65-years-old and suffering from premature dementia. He was a resident of the defendant nursing home. His wife would visit him on a daily basis. They had two daughters who lived in New York City. Coincidentally, both daughters were due to have children within about a month of each other. Their mother traveled to New York to be with them. Before she left, she took a picture of her husband to show their daughters how well he was doing. Upon her return five weeks later, she was shocked at what she saw. Her husband had lost over 40 pounds and was emaciated and very ill. He died shortly thereafter. A picture taken upon her return told the before and after story and vividly illustrated his descent. Following the filing of the lawsuit, it was discovered that he had essentially been ignored. There were days with no entries in the chart for feeding or the taking care of his basic needs. The Director of Nursing testified that the Nursing Home was at fault and deserved to be punished. The case settled shortly before trial for $1,400,000.00.
Black v. Orkin Pest Control - we represented Collier Black and his wife Peggy who owned a home in the Jacksonville suburb of Ponte Vedra, an area known for its risk of termite invasions. Knowing this, the Blacks contracted with Orkin Pest Control for termite protection for their home. Orkin promised to treat the house and create a barrier to prevent the termites from invading. Orkin also promised to inspect the home every year for termite damage and to repair any termite damage. After several years, swarms of termites began to appear. Orkin would treat the house and allegedly do repairs. After several years, the Blacks were no longer willing to trust Orkin. An independent review of the house revealed extensive termite damage, including support beams under their daughter's second floor bedroom. The lawsuit claimed that Orkin failed to properly treat the house and that termite damage was hidden. Witnesses further testified that Orkin had a policy and practice of hiding termite damage from its customers and instructing its contractors to just "patch and paint" rather than do real repairs. The case was tried in arbitration resulting in a judgment of over $2.8 million. This included punitive damages and attorney’s fees. The findings were appealed to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeal with the claims of the plaintiffs carrying the day there as well.