Doyle Dennis LLP vs. Sakom Services WI, LLC and ABC Insurance Company

Doyle Dennis LLP, with local counsel Urban & Taylor S.C., recently filed suit on behalf of their client against defendants Sakom Services WI, LLC and ABC Insurance Company. The lawsuit was filed in the State of Wisconsin, Circuit Court of Outagamie County. The filing stems from our client suffering injuries in December 2020 in Niger, Africa as a direct and proximate result of Sakom’s employee crashing a vehicle into the back of the stationary vehicle of our client. ABC Insurance Company provided, executed, delivered, and had in full force and effect a policy or policies of liability insurance for Sakom Services WI, LLC, and therefore is a proper party defendant.

          On or about December 30, 2020, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client was employed by DynCorp as a Wire Production Technician in Niger, Africa. As part of his employment with DynCorp, our client was driving a vehicle to escort a water truck. Both the water truck and our client’s vehicle came to a stop at about the same date and time. Another vehicle driven by a Sakom Services employee proceeded to crash into the rear end of our client’s stopped vehicle. As a result of the impact and negligence shown by Sakom, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client suffered various injuries to the neck, shoulder, head, and body generally. Since the time of the incident, our client’s symptoms have continued resulting in permanent and ongoing injuries.

Sakom Services WI, LLC including its employees and agents, at the time owed a duty of reasonable care to our client operating for DynCorp. Sakom breached that duty with respect to this incident in at least the following respects: failure to stop, failure to yield, failure to yield the right of way, failure to maintain a proper lookout, failure to properly manage and control the vehicle, and inattentive driving. These numerous failures and other aspects of Sakom’s negligence will be demonstrated at the time of trial. This negligence is the proximate and direct cause of the severe and long-lasting damage suffered by our client from the collision. Our client will pursue what is legally owed to them including but not limited to: past and future health care provider and medication expenses; past and future pain, suffering and disability/disfigurement; past and future loss of wages and loss of earning capacity and household service capacity.

Doyle Dennis LLP is a team of trial attorneys with vast experience in courtrooms across the country. We take pride in our ability to present complex cases on behalf of our clients to juries and judges of different jurisdictions. We also aim to provide our clients with the legal team they need to pursue justice. The complexities of the legal system and the various intricacies of a lawsuit can often be overwhelming for plaintiffs. Our firm takes pride in the ability to guide our clients through these difficult and confusing times. Doyle Dennis LLP’s decades of experience in courtrooms offer insight and guidance for our clients when they are often left in the dark. Our clients can trust Doyle Dennis LLP has the experience and knowledge to fight on their behalf in pursuing what they deserve legally.

Worker Denied Insurance Benefits After Sustaining Traumatic Brain Injury

While working as a Residential Carpenter for TK Brooks Contracting, Doyle Dennis LLP’s client fell approximately fourteen feet from a ladder and sustained a traumatic brain injury. He was then placed in an induced coma and spent four months in the hospital. Due to the severity of his traumatic brain injury, he permanently requires care 24-hours per day.

Arizona law provides that an industrially-injured claimant is entitled to receive compensation for all “medical, surgical[,] and hospital benefits or other treatment, nursing, [etc.] reasonably required at the time of the injury, and during the period of disability.” Sometimes, an injured worker’s family member may be the one providing the home health aide services, including bathing, dressing, performing home exercises, and monitoring the worker’s activities. In those situations, the family member is entitled to compensation for rendering the services in lieu of a third-party caregiver.

After Doyle Dennis LLP’s client was injured, his family was informed that he would need help walking around, getting dressed, and with other daily life activities. Because of the severity of his traumatic brain injury, his Board-certified neurologist determined he cannot be left alone, needs a caregiver to supervise and monitor his activities, and needs a caregiver to be with him to make sure he does not wander away or cause harm to himself.

The Residential Carpenter sought workers’ compensation benefits, including compensation for his wife for the home health and supportive services she provided him. In February 2021, the Industrial Commission of Arizona ordered the workers’ compensation insurance carrier (Carolina Casualty Insurance Company) to pay the long overdue benefits. But still, Carolina Casualty Insurance Company and its third-party administrator, Berkley Net Underwriters, LLC, disputed the amount the Residential Carpenter and his wife were entitled to. Thirteen months later, the Industrial Commission of Arizona correctly determined that Doyle Dennis’ clients should be compensated at $12.50 per hour for 7 days per week because the Residential Carpenter’s wife assists her husband 49 hours per week. However, the wrongful conduct did not stop there. Even though the insurance carrier and third-party administrator were ordered to pay, they continued disputing the benefits owed.

On March 10, 2022, Doyle Dennis LLP filed suit in Arizona federal court against Carolina Casualty Insurance Company, Berkley Net Underwriters, LLC, and the insurance adjuster. The bad faith insurance lawsuit alleges that the defendants breached the duty of good faith and fair dealing and aided and abetted the breach. Arizona law prohibits insurance carriers and third-party administrators from denying workers’ compensation insurance benefits without conducting an adequate investigation. If your workers’ compensation benefits were unjustifiably denied, call us for a free evaluation of your case.

$9.6 Million Jones Act Verdict Upheld

On April 28, 2016, the Houston Court of Appeals for the 1st District denied Diamond Offshore Services’ request for a rehearing en banc, choosing to uphold the decision by a three-judge panel that had previously affirmed the verdict for a Doyle LLP client against Diamond Offshore Services in July 2015.

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Important Facts about the Jones Act

The maritime industry encompasses any business involved with the design, Doyle LLP Maritime Lawoperation, maintenance, or repair of sea vessels. Working in this industry can involve danger and risk, and employees who have experienced a work-related injury need to be aware of the Jones Act. This legislation protects the rights of maritime employees who have been injured due to work-related negligence.

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