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Gawthrop Greenwood Secures Seven-Figure Settlement for Driver as Law Firm Sees Increase in Personal Injury Cases

A motorcycle accident victim is the beneficiary of a $1.2 million settlement reached by personal injury lawyers at the law firm Gawthrop Greenwood.

“We’re very selective in the personal injury cases we take on, given that legal protection from personal injury has been marginalized in recent years by frivolous lawsuits,” said attorney Stephen R. McDonnell, who leads Gawthrop Greenwood’s Personal Injury Department. “However, we recently have seen an uptick in the number of victims deserving of the compensation necessary to obtain services like short- and long-term medical treatment, therapeutic services, compensation for wage loss or early retirement.”

The $1.2 million settlement was recently paid out by an insurance company to a motorcyclist who was struck head-on by a vehicle that was making a left-hand turn. The motorcyclist suffered a pelvic fracture with dislocation, displaced fracture of the left wrist, multiple fractures of the lumbar spine and hip fractures, among other injuries.

“The client incurred significant medical expenses, missed six months of work and remains limited in his activities due to ongoing pain and stiffness in his back, pelvis and wrist,” said McDonnell. “Utilizing decades of experience of working on the inside with insurance carriers, we were able to increase the value of the case and ensure that funding was set aside for the client’s future needs. Legal protection from personal injury is a constitutional right, and cases like this show the value of pursuing compensation for the life-long effects of a single incident.”

McDonnell notes that many recent cases have been referred by first responders, doctors, other medical personnel and fellow attorneys who can attest to the quality of the case. Gawthrop Greenwood is unwilling to settle for less than full value for clients, ensuring maximum recovery.

Gawthrop Greenwood was named “Top Lawyers” in Personal Injury by Main Line Today as well as Super Lawyers. Additional recent settlements and verdicts include:

  • $550,000 settlement plus payment for medical services in excess of $185,000 for a 90-year-old auto accident victim who suffered a spinal fracture, requiring services of a home health aid
  • $400,000 settlement for a sexual abuse survivor who reported 35 years of abuse by a relative
  • $322,679 settlement for an individual who fell in the parking lot of a local supermarket, suffering neck and shoulder injuries when defective pavement caused a shopping cart to flip over
  • $275,000 settlement after mediation when a child was attacked by a dog, causing severe injury to her face and requiring cosmetic surgery
  • $257,000 settlement for a driver who suffered from past concussive syndrome and alleged mild traumatic brain injury after a rear-end collision while stopped in traffic
  • $200,000 mediation award for an individual who suffered a shoulder injury when rear-ended by a Federal Express vehicle on PA Route 422
  • $190,000 settlement after a spare wheel flipped off a trailer, breached a concrete barrier and smashed a roof and windshield, causing a broken jaw
  • $100,000 settlement against a supermarket after an individual slipped and fell in liquid while walking down the cosmetics aisle

Having served Chester County, the Brandywine Valley and the Greater Mid-Atlantic region for more than a century, Gawthrop Greenwood’s attorneys have a high success rate and reputation for integrity that benefits clients as soon as the Gawthrop name is attached to a case. Personal injury services include:

  • Car Accidents
  • Pedestrian Injury
  • Motorcycle Accident
  • Tractor Trailers
  • Sexual Assault Claims
  • Claims Against Government
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Neglect
  • Product Liability
  • Slip and Fall Accidents
  • Work Related Accidents
  • Permanent Partial Disability
  • Wage Loss & Total Disability
  • Claim Petition
  • Animal Bites


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Gawthrop Greenwood, PC has offices in West Chester, PA and Wilmington, DE serving clients throughout the greater mid-Atlantic region and nation. For more than a century, the firm has stood behind its core principle of providing high-quality legal services with personal attention. Gawthrop Greenwood’s diverse portfolio of clients comprises entrepreneurs, businesses, and governmental entities that entrust the firm with their representation in a wide range of matters including mergers and acquisitions, commercial litigation, estate and tax planning, land use and development, and domestic relations. A complete listing of the firm’s practice areas and attorneys, as well as a variety of legal resources, can be found at

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