Verdicts & Settlements


Personal Injury

Adam Melrose and Mark Melrose won a $475,000 verdict in Franklin, NC (Macon County) for a 61 year old man injured by a drunk driver in a head-on motor vehicle collision.  The verdict was nearly 6 times the highest offer by the insurance company, and the result was reported in North Carolina Lawyers Weekly. (PDF Version)


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


Business & 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)

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$3.025 Million settlement by Mark R. Melrose and co-counsel in a medical malpractice case for 40 year old man who suffered a devastating stroke after his surgeon failed to diagnose the cause of his bowel infarction. The doctor failed to read the echocardiogram which had clear evidence of a blood clot. This clot then broke apart and caused the stroke.

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