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Knapp & Roberts announces the inclusion of Scottsdale attorney Craig Knapp in Best Lawyers 2014

The law firm of Knapp & Roberts is pleased to announce that Phoenix injury attorney Craig Knapp has been selected for inclusion in the 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Craig Knapp was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of personal injury litigation-plaintiffs (copyright 2013 by Woodward/White Inc., of Aiken, SC).

Best Lawyers is a well-respected peer review publication for legal professionals. The lists are compiled through comprehensive, confidential surveys in which thousands of attorneys evaluate their peers. The 21st edition of The Best Lawyers in America is based on more than 3 million confidential evaluations. Attorneys and clients use the Best Lawyers publication to find highly qualified legal counsel.

“I am honored to be selected for The Best Lawyers in America,” Mr. Knapp said. “It’s gratifying that my peers have voted me into the 2014 edition of this list.”

Cochise Jury Awards $1.6 Million – by Barrett Marson – Opinion – June 2, 2012

Nearly four years after a reckless driver killed Salvador Garcia near Double Adobe, a jury has decided to award the victim’s family nearly $1.6 million. READ MORE…

Hiding Abuse, Neglect of Vulnerable People Is Wrong Answer – by Craig Knapp – April 1, 2012

Abuse at a Flagstaff group home caused a skull fracture that took the life of disabled resident Dennis Jerumbo. Currently, the Arizona legislature is attempting to take away the ability to hold group homes, nursing homes and assisted living facilities accountable for the abuse and neglect of vulnerable residents like Dennis. READ MORE

New Law Alters Attorneys’ Pay In Adult Abuse Cases – By Patt Kossan – The Arizona Republic – April 3, 2012.

Craig Knapp, an Arizona attorney and advocate for vulnerable adults, believes that a new law unfairly shields nursing homes from full responsibility for their bad acts. Innocent victims of adult abuse and neglect already bear the physical and emotional costs of nursing home, group home or assisted living abuse; Governor Brewer now demands that they also share a portion of the financial costs. READ MORE…

Knapp & Roberts Wins Landmark $11 million Verdict in Assisted Living Case – PHOENIX, ARIZONA – March 19, 2009.

An Arizona jury today awarded a landmark verdict of $11 million to the widow of a 36-year-old man with traumatic brain injury who died after ingesting foreign objects while in the care of Liberty Manor Residency, a Phoenix assisted living facility. The verdict included $2 million for the decedent, $5 million for the wife and $4 million in punitive damages. It was the largest verdict ever awarded against an assisted living facility in the United States. READ MORE

$45.5 Million Awarded In Disabled Woman’s Drowning at Group Home – Michael Kiefer – The Arizona Republic -Dec. 2, 2004 12:00 AM

A jury awarded $45.5 million Wednesday to the family and estate of a seriously disabled woman who drowned while in the care of a group home. In a written statement, the family of the dead woman called the award “a positive, lasting victory for all persons with special needs in the state of Arizona.” Ilana Solomon, 26, had several disabilities, including severe developmental delays and poor vision and hearing. She lived in a north Phoenix apartment with one other developmentally disabled person and a full-time caregiver supervised by a company called Developmental Systems Inc. The caregiver put Solomon in a bathtub, and according to police reports left her unsupervised for five to 10 minutes while she used another bathroom in the apartment. When she returned, Solomon’s face was under water. “This was a case of a company that chose to betray the trust of a family,” said Craig A. Knapp, the attorney who represented the Solomon family. Knapp claims that DSI withheld information about the background of the caregiver and failed to act when she abandoned and neglected other disabled clients. Knapp filed complaints of wrongful death, fraud, abuse, neglect and breach of contract against DSI, its parent company and Arizona, which contracted with DSI and licensed the group home. DSI admitted abuse and wrongful death; the jury found fraud and negligent misrepresentation. Knapp asked for an award of $30 million, but the Maricopa County Superior Court jury returned with the larger amount. Barry E. Lewin, an attorney representing DSI, said he was not sure if his client will appeal.

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