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Our firm helped change an Indiana Department of Transportation policy for safer highways.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

In this same case, Durham v. U-Haul, Marion County Superior Court 10, Civil Division, cause number  49D10-9704-CT-0504, Plaintiffs alleged that an asphalt bituminous divider was insufficient in separating traffic in a construction zone on our interstates and Indiana finally adopted a policy which now prohibits the use of bituminous dividers on our interstates in construction zones. Indiana now uses a concrete barrier which arguably saves lives.

The following additional cases involved appeals handled by the firm of BENKIE & CRAWFORD in medical malpractice cases involving death and serious injury.

Forte v. Connerwood Healthcare, 745 N.E.2d 796 (Ind. 2001)

Kennedy v. Murphy, 659 N.E.2d 506 (Ind. 1995)  Successful appeal of a medical malpractice case through the Indiana Supreme Court involving the standard for summary judgment.

Our firm fought for punitive damages in wrongful death cases in Indiana.

Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Allowing punitive damages for someone who is injured and not for someone who is killed defies logic and results in a lack of symmetry in the law.  Death is, after all, the final injury, the ultimate insult.

Durham v. U-Haul, 745 N.E.2d 755 (Ind. 2001) was an Indiana Supreme Court decision following an Indiana Court of Appeals decision, 722 N.E.2d 355 (Ind. App. 2000) wherein the Indiana Court of Appeals held that punitive damages should be allowed in cases of wrongful death, based on public policy.   The Indiana Supreme Court agreed with the policy considerations of the Indiana Court of Appeals in allowing punitive damages for wrongful death but held that it was within the province of the Legislature to make this decision and that until the Legislature decides that punitive damages are recoverable for wrongful death they will not be allowed in Indiana.