A San Jose bookkeeper was seriously hurt in her lumbar spine when her friend swerved to avoid tire tread in the road, lost control, and drove up an embankment. Her friend told her insurance company that she was not responsible for this accident as she was simply avoiding a sudden hazard in the road. The insurance company believed the friend over her passenger and denied any payment to the bookkeeper for the almost two years that she sought out different kinds of treatment for her back, short of surgery. The bookeeper hired the Dunnion Law Firm after firing an attorney who did nothing to advance her case. Once in the case, the Dunnion Law Firm filed a lawsuit and took the friend’s deposition, hammering her until she made statements that showed her to be untruthful and not credible. The Dunnion Law Firm hired experts to reconstruct the accident, to prove the driver’s conduct was negligent, and to support the substantial damages suffered by the bookkeeper. After several medical experts’ depositions and only a few weeks before trial, the friend’s insurance company finally offered $200,000 after 3 years of offering nothing. The Dunnion Law Firm will never take an insurance company’s denial of liability as an excuse to give up or let up on pressure on the defendant and her insurance company. This bookkeeper may have lost a friend but she gained a powerful advocate that proved her case and got her a $200,000 settlement that she richly deserved.