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Firm settles multi-million dollar injury suit involving two Forsyth County women

Atlanta law firm Butler Wooten & Peak announced last week that it has settled the personal injury cases of two Forsyth County women for a total of more than $5.5 million.

“We were very much looking forward to trial, but our clients are pleased with this resolution,” said Rob Snyder of Butler Wooten & Peak.

According to a press release by Butler Wooten & Peak LLP, Kayla Kummala and Madison Fortier were injured in Cumming on July 14, 2015 after a person driving a tree removal company truck allegedly failed to stop at a traffic signal and struck the car driven by Kummala and Fortier at a high speed. 

The truck was driven by an employee of Downey Trees of Cumming.

The release stated that both women were knocked unconscious in the wreck. Kummala suffered “a moderate traumatic brain injury,” and Fortier, “suffered physical injuries including the partial amputation of her thumb and multiple facial fractures.” 

The release stated that both women were transported to the hospital in critical condition. Fortier “underwent three surgeries and spent two weeks in Grady Hospital, followed by months of physical and occupational therapy.”

“[The driver] admitted he caused the wreck, but disputed Ms. Fortier and Ms. Kummala’s damages,” the release stated. “Downey Trees denied all liability, claiming that it was not responsible for the actions of its employee.” 

Attempts to reach a spokesperson for Downey Trees were unsuccessful as of press time.  The driver’s attorney, Robert A. Luskin of Goodman McGuffey Lindsey Johnson, said that the firm had no comment on the settlement.    

The cases were settled on Dec. 27, 2017 for $5,599,426.12.