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Personal Injury Verdicts & Awards

$350,000 Awarded to Family of Motorcycle Crash Victim

October 23, 1998

The family of a Kingston township woman killed in a Sweet Valley motorcycle crash more than two years ago was awarded $350,000 Thursday under insurance arbitration.

Robert Evanish of Park Avenue, Shavertown, filed suit on behalf of his wife, Carol, 52, who died April 21, 1996, from injuries sustained in a collision of a car and the motorcycle on which she was a passenger. Robert Evanish also was injured in the crash.

The couple was insured by State Farm Mutual Insurance Co. with under insured motorists benefits in the amount of $350,000 per person.

In June, Evanish was awarded $240,000 in a settlement of a separate wrongful death lawsuit.

The couple was riding a 1990 Harley Davidson Sportster north on Main Road in Ross Township. A car driven by Christopher M. Smith of Lawrence Street, Edwardsville, made a left turn in front of the motorcycle, according to the settlement approved Thursday by Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Patrick Toole.

Robert Evanish is in the process of pursuing a claim against Smith.

The most recent settlement earmarks $244,827 for the survivors of Carol Evanish and $105,172 to the law firm of HKQ Law for legal fees and expenses.


October 22, 1998

Judge OKs $350,000 Settlement in Traffic Fatality Case

Luzerne County Judge Patrick Toole approved $350,000 settlement in a local estate's claim for under-insured motorist benefits arising from a fatal traffic accident.

According to court documents, State Farm Mutual Insurance Co., Montage Road, Moosic, has agreed to settle an under-insured motorist claim for benefits brought by Robert Evanish of Shavertown as administrator of the estate of Carol Jean Evanish.

Carol Evanish, was a passenger on a Harley Davidson motorcycle on April 21, 1996, when an accident occurred on Main Road in Ross Township. the motorcycle was traveling north on Main Road. Another car, driven by Christopher M. Smith, was traveling south on Main Road.

Court records state that Smith of Edwardsville collided with the motorcycle when he attempted to turn off Main Road. Carol Evanish later died of heart failure.

The settlement papers explain that Smit's insurance carrier previously settled with Evanish"s estate for $240,000. State Farm, which insured Carol Evanish, has agreed to a $350,000 settlement for underinsured motorist benefits.

Of the $350,000 settlement approved on Thursday, the law firm of Hourigan, Kluger, and Quinn will receive $105,000; Robert Evanish, as administrator, will receive $48,965; Carol Evanish"s beneficiaries will receive the remaining $195,861.

Attorney Michelle Quinn represented the estate.

PLEASE NOTE: Every case is fact specific, and these results do not guaranty the same results will be obtained in a different case.

About HKQ Law

Hourigan, Kluger & Quinn is considered one of the top civil litigation and commercial law firms that has had the privilege of representing more families in the courtroom than any other NEPA firm. The attorneys at HKQ Law have been honored as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers, Best Law Firms by US News and World Report, and have received the AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbel. HKQ Law was recently recognized for one of the top 20 Verdicts in Pennsylvania.

The firm’s Personal Injury Team, led by Attorney Joe Quinn, Jr., has won some of the largest verdicts and settlements in the region's history. The Personal Injury Team focuses on a wide array of personal injury claims and civil litigation, including medical malpractice, auto and truck accidents, aviation accidents, unsafe vehicles, dangerous or defective products, workplace injuries (worker's compensation), construction site accidents, claim denials by insurance companies, dangerous drugs, defective children's products, nursing home abuse and neglect, and falls due to unsafe conditions (slip and fall).

Attorney Joseph A Quinn, Jr. is one of only 100 attorneys in the United States (and one of only three in Pennsylvania) honored with membership in the Inner Circle of Trial Advocates, and one of only 500 attorneys worldwide chosen to be a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He has been a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer every year since the program began and has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America every year since the publication was established in 1987. Best Lawyers also named him top personal injury attorney for Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley. In addition, Best Lawyers, in conjunction with U.S. News & World Report, has designated HKQ a Tier 1 Best Law Firm across multiple categories in Northeastern Pennsylvania and the Lehigh Valley.

Since the inception of the firm, the Commercial / Corporate Team led by Attorney Allan Kluger has provided comprehensive, integrated legal services to many of Northeastern and Eastern Pennsylvania's largest corporations, businesses, banks, non-profits and institutions, handling matters involving labor and employment, wills, trusts and estate planning, estate administration, elder law, commercial transactions, residential and commercial real estate, zoning, land use and development, telecommunications, mediations and arbitrations, commercial litigation, title insurance, business planning and business succession, corporate/business structuring, employment discrimination law for employers, banking, creditor’s rights, finance, lender liability defense, covenants not to compete, construction law, mergers and acquisitions and other business matters.

Additional information can be found at or by calling (800) 760-1529.



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