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Dangerous Product: Doty v. Bishara ($4,000,000 verdict)

The Doty family was vacationing in Northern Arizona when both rear tires on their SUV catastrophically failed simultaneously, resulting in a rollover accident near Lee's Ferry. As a consequence of the rollover, the husband and father who was driving the vehicle was rendered significantly and permanently brain injured and the family's ten year old son was killed.Ted Schmidt tried the case in Pocatello, Idaho against the installer of the tires and successfully received a verdict against the installer and the largest judgment in the history of Pocatello County: $4 million. Subsequently,  Ted succeeded in a landmark case Bishara v. Truck Insurance Exchange, which established the obligation of an insurance company to communicate settlement offers to its insured to avoid third party bad faith.

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Ted A. Schmidt

Ted's early career as a trial attorney began on the other side of the fence, in the offices of a major insurance defense firm. It was there that Ted acquired the experience, the skills and the special insight into defense strategy that have served him so well in the field of personal injury law. Notable among his successful verdicts was the landmark Sparks vs. Republic National Life Insurance Company case, a $4.5 million award to Ted's client. To this day, it is the defining case for insurance bad faith, and yet it is only one of several other multi-million dollar jury judgments won by Ted during his career. He is certified by the State Bar of Arizona as a specialist in "wrongful death and bodily injury litigation".

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian

Schmidt, Sethi & Akmajian is one of the most experienced, successful personal injury law firms in the Tucson area. Established in 1995, our firm has a long history of success, as seen in our many victories.

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