A Merced area teenage girl was seriously hurt in a head-on collision caused by the other driver. She was transported by ambulance to the hospital where her spinal injuries warranted immediate admission for 4 days. Her mother contacted The Dunnion Law Firm when her daughter got out of the hospital because the other driver’s insurance company told the girl’s mother that the girl was completely to blame for her own injuries for not wearing a seatbelt. The other driver’s insurance company had a copy of the police report which confirmed her daughter was not in fact wearing a seatbelt. The mother was happy that her daughter did not suffer fatal injuries by this error on her daughter’s part, but she was still angry that the insurance company refused to take any responsibility. The Dunnion Law Firm immediately began demanding all of the insurance monies available from the other driver, and argued that despite no seatbelt the other driver was reckless and caused the accident in the first place. The Dunnion Law Firm accepted no defenses or excuses from the insurance company. After nearly two years of unreasonable offers of settlement, under the threat of a lawsuit, the insurance company finally offered their top settlement offer of $58,000. Even if a case has a problem like this girl’s–not wearing a seatbelt as required by law–The Dunnion Law Firm will go to the mat to fight for every dollar its clients deserve. This girl was blamed for her injuries but still walked away with a substantial settlement.