Johnson Hobbs Squires LLP Attains Settlement In Wrongful Death Lawsuit

Emily SpringerThe JHS litigation team was honored to represent the family of Emily Springer in a wrongful death lawsuit. The lawsuit alleged that Emily Springer was injured and died as a result of a Visiting Angels caretaker failing to properly strap Springer into a handicap van. Following a full day of jury selection, the parties were able to reach an amicable resolution, which included, among other things, the implementation of new safety measures intended to protect the most vulnerable people in our community - the elderly, sick and disabled. The family of Emily Springer and Visiting Angels released a joint statement:

"Visiting Angels and the family of Emily Springer have agreed to resolve their dispute outside of court. The Springer family acknowledges that prior to the accident that injured her, Ms. Springer had received compassionate care. At the same time, Visiting Angels certainly regrets that Ms. Springer was injured while in its care. As a result of Emily Springer's case, there will be greater protection for the elderly and additional measures have been taken to reduce the risk of similar transportation accidents. These protective measures include the purchase of safety harnesses for transporting the elderly and disabled; mandatory safety seminars for caregivers using the transportation van; increased supervision over all caregivers; and stringent hiring practices that include active and comprehensive driving records checks on caregivers that could possibly be transporting clients. Both parties are pleased that the outcome of Emily Springer's case will result in Visiting Angels continuing to provide exceptional care."

Lead counsel, Ryan Johnson, commented "Emily Springer was a remarkable woman who touched so many lives and our firm is proud to have represented the Springer family. We are also proud of our track record of taking on significant cases aimed at holding companies accountable and at improving safety within the community - product safety, transportation safety, safety on the highways, safety in the hospitals, safety in the workplace, and safety in the oil fields."

Emily Springer's case settled after a full day of jury selection and moments before attorney Scott James was prepared to give the Plaintiff's opening statement to the jury in the 414th Judicial District courtroom. The terms of the parties' settlement are confidential. For more information on Emily Springer's case, please see the television and print media news coverage, including WACO TRIBUNE-HERALD, KWTX (CBS), KCEN (NBC), KXXV (ABC).