In early 2009, Howard was retained to represent a twenty-two year old Berkeley County man, who was permanently injured and almost killed when a large branch fell from a pine tree, crashed through his mobile home, and struck him in the head. He suffered a traumatic brain injury and was in a coma for nine days.
Howard filed suit against the owner of the trailer park where the mobile home was located and was able to prove through deposition testimony that the owner knew the tree had been damaged by lightning, but took no action to investigate the danger it presented or remove it. Although liability for the accident and Howard’s client’s injuries was denied, the case was successfully settled at mediation for $895,000.00. News of this case made the front page of South Carolina Lawyer’s Weekly on November 7, 2011.
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