Verdicts & Settlements

Personal Injury Medical Malpractice Criminal Defense Business & Civil Litigation

Mark R. Melrose, former senior partner with Melrose, Seago & Lay has built his reputation on achieving consistent success in highly important cases in North Carolina personal injury law, including medical malpractice cases as well as civil litigation and criminal defense. We have had unprecedented success in trying a wide variety of serious cases. Some examples of our successful results are listed below. Throughout our many years in practice we have successfully recovered many large verdicts, even in smaller rural counties. The results listed are not all the results the firm has achieved. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its individual merits. Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Over our many years of practice we have obtained recoveries for clients well over a million dollars. We know western North Carolina and its courthouses very well. If you have any questions, or would like a free consultation on North Carolina personal injury law, contact our office today. Of course, every case is different and our past results in obtaining large recoveries for clients who have been catastrophically injured or killed is no guarantee of success in future cases. What we can guarantee is hard work and aggressive representation to do the very best we can to maximize the recovery and obtain a favorable result if at all possible. We know what we are doing, and have built a solid reputation for results over the years.

Personal Injury

$1.85 Million settlement by Mark R. Melrose and Kim Lay with other co-counsel for a man suffering multiple traumatic injuries when a logging truck overturned on a highway spilling logs onto the victim's automobile.

View all personal injury verdicts & settlements here.

Medical Malpractice

$800,000 jury verdict by Mark R. Melrose in a botched laparoscopic gallbladder surgery in Burke County (Morganton, NC) when the patient's common bile duct was cut. The Defendant general surgeon compounded his initial mistake by failing to obtain the family's informed consent to transfer his patient to a hepatobiliary specialist for the repair, but instead attempted the repair for which he had very little experience. Rector v. Dr. Alan F. Jacks, 10 CVS 1446

View all medical malpractice verdicts & settlements here.

Criminal Defense

State v. Millsaps, (North Carolina Court of Appeals) (2005)

Mr. Melrose and Mr. Seago represented Mr. Millsaps who was accused of first degree murder and other serious felonies involving a shootout with law enforcement officers. Defense counsel raised an insanity defense and presented multiple expert witnesses. Although convicted at trial, Mr. Melrose and Mr. Seago filed an appeal, and Mr. Millsaps was granted a new trial. Ultimately, prosecutors allowed Mr. Millsaps to plead to reduced charges rather than retry him a second time.

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Business and Civil Litigation

Melrose, Seago and Lay attorney Mark R. Melrose won a new trial for our client in an opinion recently published by the North Carolina Court of Appeals. In the original trial Mr. Fisher had a substantial judgment awarded against him. Mr. Melrose proved that the trial court had erred in that the amount of the award of damages was not supported by the evidence and therefore the Court of Appeals vacated the judgment and remanded the case against Fisher for a new trial. Scheerer v. Fisher, 741 S.E.2d 926 (N.C. Ct. App. 2013)

View all estate planning verdicts & settlements here.

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