Burns v. State of North Carolina
On April 24, 2019, Sam McGee and his co-counsel Mike Daisley received a trial verdict from the North Carolina Industrial Commission in a case involving the death of a seven-year-old child killed one morning while crossing the road to try to board his school bus. The bus stop was dangerous in that it required the young boy to cross a 55 mph road with no crosswalk to get to his stop, and the bus driver was a supervisor who knew of the danger and neither reported it nor did anything to correct it. The State denied it did anything wrong, and even tried to blame the child and his mother. It took two appeals and several years to get the case to trial, but the Deputy Commissioner ruled in the plaintiffs’ favor, awarding the statutory maximum award against the State for both the child and his mother. The total verdict was $2,000,000.00. The pre-trial offer was $0.00.