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T. Shawn Howard

Raleigh Personal Injury, Wrongful Death, Auto Accident, Insurance Coverage Attorney

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Shawn Howard earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of North Carolina, graduating with honors. He represents North Carolinians throughout the state who have been seriously injured due to another person’s negligence or intentional wrongdoing. He also represents consumers in coverage disputes against insurance companies and businesses in civil litigation. Shawn lives in Raleigh with his wife, Samantha, and son, Evan.

PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Wrongful Death
  • Business Litigation
  • Automobile Crashes
  • Drunk Driving Collisions
  • Liquor Liability and Dramshop Claims
  • Motorcycle, Bicycle, and Pedestrian Accidents
  • Industrial, Construction, and Other Workplace Injuries
  • Dog Bites and Animal Attacks
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

HONORS:

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2016, 2017)
  • National Trial Lawyers, Top 40 Under 40 (2016)

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • $599,500 mediated settlement on behalf of the Estate of a 31 year old killed in a crane collision. The defendants denied liability for the man’s death and refused to make any settlement offer for over 3 ½ years before settlement was reached shortly before trial. A full published report by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on the case is available here.
  • $250,000 for client who sustained facial injuries in a serious automobile crash.
  • $225,000 litigation settlement on behalf of business owner who sustained a grade 1 concussion due to a third-party’s negligence.
  • $200,000 resolution on behalf of client against a motorcycle dealership that had failed to fully torque a bolt on his bike’s front caliper, causing the motorcycle to suddenly seize during operation, resulting in multiple fractured ribs, two collapsed lungs, and shoulder fractures.
  • $200,000 mediated settlement agreement for client who sustained hand injury while on the job.
  • $150,000 for the estate of a Wake Forest man in a denied liability wrongful death case arising out of an automobile collision. The man was a passenger of a drunk driver who he had witnessed consume alcohol prior to getting in the car. The young man’s parents were turned down by other well-known Raleigh injury lawyers due to concern that North Carolina’s contributory negligence rule would bar any recovery at all.
  • $120,000 for bus passenger against town for a torn quadriceps muscle caused by the negligent operation of the bus.
  • $110,000 for mother and her son in a case where the 3 year old boy was attacked by a Pit Bull, causing permanent scarring to the child’s upper right thigh. A full published report by North Carolina Lawyers Weekly on the case is available here.
  • $109,750 of owed Hospital Indemnity Policy funds for client. Her claim under a policy purchased by her father had originally been completely denied. All owed benefits were paid.$100,000 limits of insurance coverage for local client intentionally struck by motor vehicle.
  • $100,000 limits of homeowner’s insurance coverage obtained for Sanford man attacked by neighbor’s pitbull. The client sustained permanent scarring to his left elbow and was hospitalized with infection.
  • $90,000 for Wake County man intentionally injured by another motorist. 
  • $85,000 recovery against a teenage driver who had driven onto the sidewalk and struck client, causing a lumbar disc herniation.
  • $80,000 resolution for Raleigh cab driver struck by drunk driver who sustained lower back injuries.
  • $80,000 limits of Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage recovered in arbitration action for motorist who suffered permanent neck injury while assisting stranded motorist.
  • $60,000 for U.S. Army Major who sustained traumatic brain injury and several broken bones following a motorcycle crash. The amount was the full available insurance coverage.
  • $50,000 for Raleigh woman hit by drunk driver. Nearly the entire recovery was for “punitive damages,” as the client had only $1,500 in admissible medical expenses.
  • $50,000 for Durham woman who sustained permanent facial scarring following a serious T-Bone crash. The amount was the full available insurance coverage.
  • $50,000 for client who sustained a herniated cervical disc in a rear end automobile collision. The amount was the full available insurance coverage.
  • $50,000 for client with approximately $1,000 in medical bills injured by drunk driver.
  • $50,000 for client who suffered traumatically induced carpal tunnel and other injuries as a result of a motor vehicle crash. 
  • $50,000, the limits of available insurance coverage, for a 5 year old Johnston County boy who was on his bicycle when he was ran off the road by a motorist who had crossed the centerline. The boy fell into a culvert and broke both wrists.
  • $50,000 recovery for a local mother who sustained concussion and neck sprain in an automobile crash.
  • $48,500 settlement on behalf of motorcyclist struck by negligent driver who sustained a nonsurgical, nondisplaced tibial plateau fracture.
  • $45,000 for client injured in trip-and-fall.
  • $38,307 for client who suffered aggravation to prior rotator cuff tear in a car wreck. The settlement was reached shortly before trial. The initial offer in the case was only $1,000, with the insurance company’s position being the injury was entirely pre-existing. The settlement was obtained after a successful trial deposition of the treating orthopedic surgeon.
  • $35,000 for Apex resident struck by underage drive with .04 blood alcohol concentration. Client suffered aggravation of pre-existing spinal condition.
  • $35,000 pre-litigation settlement of for Raleigh woman struck by drunk driver who sustained a soft tissue cervical sprain.
  • $32,500 litigation settlement for client who suffered soft tissue injuries after being rear-ended.
  • $30,000 mediated settlement for young man injured on the job whose employer, contrary to North Carolina law, had failed to obtain workers’ compensation insurance.
  • $28,000 for client hit by drunk driver with less than $4,000 in admissible medical expenses. 
  • $25,000 for a Raleigh pedestrian injured by a hit-and-run driver who was tracked down by a motorist that had witnessed her hit the client and drive off.
  • $21,000 mediated settlement for client struck while changing a tire on the side of the road. Pre-litigation the insurance company offered nothing and denied any liability, arguing that the client was parked on the highway and, therefore, contributorily negligent. After several depositions, the insurance company reversed positions and agreed to settle at mediation for the medical expenses and a reasonable sum for pain and suffering.
  • $20,000 for Person County officer hit while crossing the street to the Courthouse. The settlement was four times her medical expenses and lost wages.
  • $20,000 for Nash County man struck while providing assistance to a motorist parked in the highway. The claim was initially denied on contributory negligence grounds. The insurers settled at mediation after multiple depositions. The client was paid for all of his lost wages, medical expenses, and compensated him for pain and suffering.

APPELLATE MATTERS

  • Represented local company in front of North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case Buckner v. TigerSwan, Inc. (2015)and obtained reversal of trial court order for summary judgment.
  • Represented North Carolina Advocates for Justice, as amicus curiae, in front of North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case Peterson v. Dillman (2016). The plaintiff was a catastrophically injured North Carolinian who had been wrongfully denied insurance benefits by her employer’s automobile insurance company. The Court of Appeals dismissed the insurance company’s appeal, finding that the Order of the trial court was “interlocutory” and, therefore, not immediately appealable.
  • Represented North Carolina Advocates for Justice, as amicus curiae, in front of North Carolina Supreme Court in the case Prouse v. Bituminous Casualty Corporation (2012). The case involved a denied Uninsured Motorist claim. The plaintiffs were two men that had been seriously injured following a tire flying out of the bed of an unidentified truck and coming through their front windshield. They attempted to recover their medical expenses through their own insurance policies but were wrongfully denied. The claim settled after the amicus curiaebrief was filed and before oral argument was heard.
  • Represented North Carolina Advocates for Justice, as amicus curiae, in front of North Carolina Court of Appeals in the case North Carolina Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Company v. Paschal (2014). The plaintiff was a young girl who was permanently injured in a tragic automobile collision. At the time, she was living in a home owned and paid for by her grandfather and was also receiving nearly all of her financial support from her grandfather. The insurer denied that the girl was entitled to UIM coverage under her grandfather’s policy, but the North Carolina Court of Appeals disagreed. The matter was appealed to the North Carolina Supreme Court where, as requested by the amicus curiae brief, it left intact the decision of the North Carolina Court of Appeals.

EDUCATION

  • J.D., with honors, University of North Carolina School of Law
  • B.A., University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill

ADMITTED TO PRACTICE

  • North Carolina State Courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina

PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY AFFILIATIONS, HONORS, SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Legal Affairs Committee
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Autotorts Section
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Order of Service
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Vice Editor of Young Lawyers Division Newsletter
  • Author and presenter “Automobile Liability Coverage: The Insurance Agreement and Common Exclusions,” North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2016.

 

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