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Rear-end collision case settles for $400,000

Plaintiff required multiple surgeries

A motorist injured in a rear-end collision has reached a $400,000 global settlement of his case filed in Greene County Circuit Court.

Floyd Walker, a 35-year-old concrete foreman, was driving a 1988 Ford F250 owned by his employer, Clyde Stewart Excavating. He was entering the James River Freeway westbound from Highway 65 in Springfield on March 26, 2001.

Walker claimed another vehicle improperly stopped in front of him, causing him to stop on the highway. Walker was then struck from behind by a vehicle driven by Melissa Humphrey, 24. The driver that had stopped on the highway fled the scene of the accident.

Walker suffered injuries to his back, neck and shoulder. He required nearly three years of medical treatment, including cervical decompression surgery and arthroscopic surgery on his shoulder. The injuries left Walker permanently disabled from work.

Walker sued Humphrey and various confidential insurance carriers. The parties reached a global settlement at mediation for $400,000.

Jeff Laney, Springfield attorney for Humphrey, declined to comment on the settlement.

  • â–  $400,000 global settlement
  • â–  Personal injury/vehicular
  • â–  Court: Greene County Circuit Court
  • â–  Case Number/Date: 31104CC4883/Jan. 24, 2008
  • â–  Judge: J. Dan Conklin
  • â–  Mediator: John Holstein
  • â–  Special Damages: $75,949 medical expenses; $34,000 lost wages
  • â–  Insurance Carriers: Confidential
  • â–  Caption: Floyd Walker and Connie Walker v. Melissa Humphrey
  • â–  Plaintiffs’ Attorneys: Craig R. Heidemann and Nathan Duncan, Douglas, Haun & Heidemann, Bolivar
  • â–  Defendant’s Attorney: Jeff Laney, Haden, Cowherd & Bullock, Springfield