A 39 year old man contacted The Dunnion Law Firm after being in an accident on May 26, 2008. The insurance carrier told the man he could not have been hurt in the accident because the amount of damage to the vehicle was less than $1,00.00. The repair estimate for the damage to the vehicle was $673.05.
The man had prior neck and back injuries, according to medical records. The insurance company argued the injuries sustained were not from the accident, but rather, a result of pre-existing conditions the man had at the time of the accident.
Suit was filed on March 10, 2009, followed by extensive discovery including numerous depositions of the doctors and other parties involved. The insurance company hired an accident reconstructionist to investigate the accident, a biomechanical expert to argue the forces involved in the collision could not have caused injury, and a doctor to testify the injuries could not been caused as a result of the accident. The insurance carrier continued to deny the claim and refused to make any offer of settlement.
The Dunnion Law Firm would not take no for an answer from the insurance carrier. As the matter was being prepared for trial, the insurance carrier finally came to realize that the plaintiff and The Dunnion Law Firm were going to fight to the end in order to force a full and fair settlement of the case. Fifty five days before trial was scheduled to begin, on February 16, 2010, and nearly two tars since the date of the accident, the carrier made its first offer. Within two weeks after that initial offer and after hours of negotiations with the defense attorney and the insurance adjuster, the matter, which had been initially denied settled for $155,000.00.