Brian Kelly, a 35-year old pharmaceutical sales representative was walking on the sidewalk in Bal Harbour, Florida when he was struck by an elderly driver at a high rate of speed. The Defendant was unable to explain why his car accelerated, but the evidence was clear that the Defendant had mistakenly pushed on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. Upon impact, Brian Kelly was thrown approximately 35 feet onto the roadway where he was knocked unconscious. He was subsequently airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital where he was diagnosed as having sustained bleeding, swelling and bruising of the brain. As a result of his injury, Brian was later diagnosed as having sustained brain damage resulting in his inability to ever return to work and a future of lifelong therapy.
Brian and his wife had initially retained a law firm in Fort Lauderdale and quickly realized that they were not being adequately represented. The Kelly's researched various law firms on the internet, and after talking to several friends in the legal community, they contacted William E. Johnson. Shortly after switching law firms, Mr. Johnson immediately coordinated proper medical care for Brian Kelly and assisted the Kelly family in providing much needed wage loss compensation until the case was settled. Within seven months of retaining William E. Johnson, the case was successfully settled for $4.5 million.