$ 1 Million Settlement

Car Accident / Wrongful Death

January 2012

Griggs v. Deshon Bros., Inc., and Rex Deshon


Circuit Court of Buchanan County, Missouri

Case Number: CV10BU-CV05632
Judge: Patrick Robb
Mediator: Mike Igoe (liability), Jay Daugherty (apportionment)
Plaintiff's Experts:

John Ward, economist, Stan Oglesby, accident reconstruction.

Special Damages: $185,000.00 medical expense; $324,451 in future lost wages; $552,157.00 in lost household services
Insurance Carrier: Farm Bureau Town & Country Insurance
Plaintiff's Attorneys: James Montee, The Montee Law Firm, P.C.

The family of a St. Joseph, Missouri man, who was killed in a car accident, has reached a $1,000,000.00 settlement of a wrongful death claim pending in Buchanan County, Missouri.

On November 5, 2010, Mr. Griggs was working at MFA Agri Services in St. Joseph, Missouri. Mr. Griggs was struck by Rex Deshon as he was directing Mr. Deshon, as Mr. Deshon backed up his truck to hitch it to a fertilizer tank. Mr. Deshon pressed his gas pedal instead of his brake pedal, and pinned Mr. Griggs between the Deshon truck and a railcar. Mr. Griggs suffered massive injuries, and died within a few hours following the accident.

Defendant Deshon claimed that the MFA lot had an uneven surface that created an unsafe condition, and that Mr. Griggs was partially at fault for standing directly behind the Deshon vehicle as it was backing.

The parties were ultimately able to resolve the claim for $1,000,000.00 at mediation.