Tom Ashenden and the team at Ashenden & Associates, P.C. have recovered millions of dollars for their clients in Georgia, including in the counties of Clayton, DeKalb, Fulton, Cobb, Bartow, Bibb, Carroll, Cherokee, Coweta, Douglas, Gwinnett, Hall, Henry, Rockdale and many others.
Tom Ashenden alone has over three decades of experience representing injured victims of negligence. Please read below to learn more about our recent case results in the areas of truck accidents, premises liability, auto accidents, workers’ compensation and more.
Recent Case Results
Practice Area: Truck Accidents – $6.75 Million-Plus Recovered
- $1.46 million – Recovery of $1.46 million on the eve of trial from a Hall County, Georgia, truck company for a 16-year-old girl’s fractured vertebra. Lacerations to her internal organs were also a significant aspect of the damages. It is one of the top five personal injury recoveries ever in Hall County.
- $1.15 million – Recovery of over $1.15 million for the wrongful death of a pedestrian against a national trucking company (otherwise confidential settlement).
- $1 million – Recovery of $1 million from a truck company in Union County, Georgia, for a traumatic brain injury to a 56-year-old man. Liability was so contested prior to Mr. Ashenden’s and Mr. Whaley’s involvement that the insurance company and truck company had closed the claims file.
- $1 million – Thomas J. Ashenden as co-counsel with a Florida law firm recovered $1 million for the wrongful death of a 6-year-old girl based on the negligence of a tractor-trailer truck driver in the rain.
- $1 million – Recovery of $1 million for a 30-year-old housewife who suffered a closed head injury and fractured humerus when a Bartow County dump truck turned in front of her vehicle (otherwise confidential settlement).
- $360,000 – Recovery of $360,000 from a truck company after a distracted tractor-trailer driver rear-ended a parked vehicle in which the driver suffered cervical spine injuries requiring surgery.
- $350,000 – Recovery of $350,000 from national trucking company whose distracted tractor-trailer driver rear-ended the driver of another truck, resulting in a lower back injury that ultimately required surgery. The client had a history of back pain and treatment in the months before the collision. The recovery reflects an aggravation of a preexisting condition.
- $266,500 – Recovery of $266,500 for a truck driver who was rear-ended by another tractor-trailer driver. Despite gaps in treatment and preexisting injuries, the case settled at mediation in DeKalb County after filing suit and some preliminary discovery.
- $177,500 – Recovery of $177,500 for a 34-year-old woman who suffered a mild closed head injury in a collision caused by a tractor-trailer driver’s improper lane change.
Practice Area: Auto Accidents – $2.3 Million-Plus Recovered
- $1.5 million – Recovery of $1.5 million for a young man who was a passenger in the vehicle of an intoxicated driver. He suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and partial facial paralysis. It was alleged by the driver and a witness in a car behind them that the young man “jumped” from the car; however, the driver did not stop to render aid to the young man, who was left on the side of the road. The incident occurred in Gwinnett County, Georgia, in February 2016. The young man and his wife were newlyweds with an infant daughter at the time. He was unable to work for a year due to his injuries. Ashenden & Associates, P.C. recovered the maximum available liability insurance coverage in September 2016.
- $350,000 – Recovery of $350,000 from a limousine company after its driver negligently turned into the lane a 37-year-old woman, causing her car to strike a light pole. The woman suffered multiple fractures in her leg requiring surgeries.
- $250,000 – Recovery of $250,000 for a mother of two who suffered a closed head injury in a rear-end collision caused by the careless and reckless driving of a new Hall County police officer.
- $200,000 – Recovery of $200,000 for a 34-year-old man who was run over while riding his Cervelo bicycle in Gordon County, Georgia. He and two other cyclists training for the Iron Man qualifier in Hawaii were riding northbound when a Ford F-150 truck failed to yield, entered the path of the three cyclists and ran over them. The victim suffered a closed fracture of the orbital floor, concussion, three rib fractures, opens wounds on his hip and thigh, contusions, lacerations, and severe bruising. Ashenden & Associates, P.C. notified the insurance company that all available insurance from the driver and the maximum uninsured motorist coverage needed to be paid by them or a lawsuit would be filed. Eventually, they paid the maximum amount, which covered the victim’s medical expenses and pain and suffering.
Practice Area: Premises Liability – $1 Million-Plus Recovered
- UNDISCLOSED – A third-party dump truck ran over the leg of a warehouse contractor, who was working on his knees while on the job in Alpharetta, Georgia. The warehouse worker required an emergency osteotomy to relieve the pressure in his leg; while the leg was not amputated, he never regained full use of it. The case led to binding arbitration that resulted in a significant six-figure sum for the warehouse worker.
- $575,000 – Recovery for a 68-year-old woman who fell on black ice on a handicap ramp at a Gwinnett County, Georgia, apartment complex. The owner and management company defendants claimed she was there for an illegal purpose by playing poker. She had multiple surgeries to her left arm and left leg.
- $250,000 – Recovery of $250,000 for a woman who slipped on a greasy restaurant floor.
- $200,000 – Recovery of $200,000 for a worker who suffered a catastrophic injury while working in a warehouse 15 years before retaining Ashenden & Associates, P.C..
Practice Area: Wrongful Death – $2 Million-Plus Recovered
- $2.2 million-plus – Recovery of over $2.2 million for wrongful death of a young mother who was shot at an upscale Atlanta area apartment complex (otherwise confidential settlement).
Practice Area: Workers’ Compensation – $500,000-Plus Recovered
- $200,000 – Recovery of $200,000 for the adult dependent child of a worker who died on the job due to toxic inhalation. Compensability of the claim was so disputed that prior to Ashenden & Associates, P.C.’ involvement, the insurance company had closed its file.
- $115,000 – Recovery of $115,000 for an injured worker who was initially denied treatment and income benefits by the workers’ compensation insurance carrier following an injury to his back. After Ashenden & Associates, P.C.’ involvement, a judge awarded the worker back-pay benefits and the case then settled.
- $110,000 – Recovery of $110,000 for a driver who caused an automobile collision while on the job. The workers’ compensation insurance carrier initially denied all benefits due to the driver’s fault for the collision.
- $100,000 – Recovery of $100,000 for a security specialist who suffered serious physical and psychological injuries as a result of an unprovoked attack by an assailant while on the job.
Other major recoveries for:
- Victims of DUI accidents
- Clients on motorcycles
- Day care abuse and burns to a child
- Passengers with serious and permanent injuries following bus and limousine collisions
- Amputation of legs
The spectrum of cases involves clients with:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Surgeries (many of which included permanent internal fixations – screws and plates)
- Prosthetic devices
- Permanent disfigurement/scarring to the face and other body parts
- Thomas J. Ashenden attended the Trial Lawyers College (TLC) Florida regional seminar on “Discovering the Story” – Key Largo
- As stated in TLC’s mission statement: “The Trial Lawyers College is dedicated to training and educating lawyers and judges who are committed to the jury system and to representing and obtaining justice for individuals; the poor, the injured, the forgotten, the voiceless.”
- Thomas J. Ashenden recovered $360,000 from a truck company out of Eufaula, Alabama. Liability and damages were strongly contested by the insurance company. The truck company argued our client was illegally parked and as negligent or nearly as negligent as the tractor-trailer driver.
- Thomas J. Ashenden participated in a workshop with 49 other trial lawyers from across the country in the American Association of Justice’s Ultimate Trial Advocacy College: Art of Persuasion – Harvard Law School. The workshop focused on refining trial skills, opening statements, direct examination, cross-examination and closing arguments.
- Parties that have been held accountable to Mr. Ashenden’s clients include truck companies, insurance companies, employers, negligent landlords and medical providers.