John Uustal has handled some of the toughest and highest-stakes cases in the United States for victims who have suffered at the hands of corporations and insurance companies.
Over his decades-long career, he has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients, driven by his desire to seek justice for people whose rights, lives, and loved ones have been taken away.
John is well known for his investigative skill and his near-obsession with finding the truth. He has uncovered conspiracies, fraud and misrepresentation at some of the largest organizations in the country, often tracking down the smoking gun that definitively wins the case.
$51 Million for a Quadriplegic whose Seatbelt Malfunctioned
John earned a $51 million jury verdict for a former U.S. Marine who was ejected from his car and instantly paralyzed when his seatbelt malfunctioned in a crash. Fred was driving home from the night shift at CSX, a railroad company, when another driver fell asleep at the wheel, ran a red light, and T-boned Fred’s General Motors truck.
Fred became a quadriplegic and required round-the-clock care, which took an emotional, physical, and financial toll on his wife and six children.
At the scene of the accident, the police marked Fred as “unbelted,” but he was sure that he had buckled himself in. John launched an investigation and discovered that GM seatbelts could unlatch if they were hit in a certain way.
John also tracked down an eyewitness who remembered seeing Fred’s seat belt hanging out of the window after the crash, which wouldn’t have been possible had the seatbelt been unbuckled.
$7 Million for a Motorcyclist Who Was Sold a Fraudulent Helmet
John represented a motorcyclist who missed a jump in a professional dirt bike race and crushed his skull, resulting in a severe brain injury.
There was evidence that the helmet had malfunctioned, but the motorcyclist had signed a release of negligence in order to participate in the race. The helmet manufacturer argued that it was not liable for its own negligence because of the release.
But John took the matter in a different direction: he turned it into a fraud case because the helmet the motorcyclist purchased did not provide him with the level of safety promised in the promotional materials.
All of the highest-rated bike and motorcycle helmets are tested and certified by Snell, an independent foundation.
The helmet the motorcyclist was wearing at the time of the accident had a Snell sticker on it, but John discovered that the helmet was not actually Snell certified and had, in fact, never been submitted to the organization.
Although the helmet performed fairly well in the crash, it did not perform at the Snell-certified level that the motorcyclist wanted and paid for.
$60 Million for a Family whose Son was Killed by an Exploding Fuel Tank
In his first trial, John helped secure $60 million for a family that lost their son when the fuel tank in their General Motors station wagon exploded and caught fire.
The family had gotten into a minor accident that should not have triggered an explosion.
During discovery, John uncovered a conspiracy at General Motors.
General Motors had been hiding documents that showed it would be cheaper to pay out verdicts than fix defects. In fact, an internal analysis showed that for General Motors, it was only worth $2.20 to prevent fuel-fed fires in its vehicles.