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Frustrated Insurance Claimant Satisfied on Eve of Trial

Frustrated Insurance Claimant Satisfied on Eve of Trial

Posted By DLF || 15-Jun-2015

A 71 year old retired school teacher and real-estate broker was involved in a simple motor vehicle accident in San Benito County June 22, 2012. She was driving to the local shopping center when a man driving a large 1997 Ford F350 pick up truck turned left directly in front of her at the intersection of Southside Road and Union Road. According to the police both vehicles sustained moderate damage. After reviewing the evidence at the scene and speaking with the involved parties the officer concluded that the pick up driver failed to yield the right of way to oncoming traffic at the intersection. This is a violation of California Vehicle Code Section 21801(a). The woman was transported by ambulance to the local hospital where she was x-rayed and found negative of any fractures. She was released home with instructions to follow up with her primary care doctor which she did. Now facing the doctor an hospital bills and being a teacher she decided she could handle the matter on her own and contacted the adverse parties insurance carrier. Much to her chagrin, after months of talking and negotiating they offered her approximated $50,000. 00 for his bills as well as pain and suffering (general) damages. Because her bills we nearly that much, though paid by her insurance , she decided to consult with The Dunnion Law Firm. There the assigned attorney explained that there could be no guarantee but the offer seemed low. Litigation was commenced and depositions of both the retired lady and her husband were taken by the insurance company. She was sent to their doctor for an "independent medical examination". And, while she presented well and truthfully complained in her deposition of on going pain. The insurance companies doctor said she suffered only soft tissue injury. The insurance company maintained their offer with a slight increase to $58,332.00. The Dunnion attorney hired a medical expert that took the "independent" doctor to task and a trial was set in San Benito County. There the presiding judge set a Mandatory settlement conference. When faced with the evidence and supported by the judge’s belief that the damage payment offer was low the insurance company finally, nearly two years after the clear liability accident , offer a fair amount of $122,433,00, The offer was accepted and the judge placed the matter on public record. Without the assistance of The Dunnion Law firm this woman, though intelligent and with a mind for business, would have been left with less than 50% of the total settlement had she listened to the insurance. She said she was very happy she consulted with the Dunnion Law Firm. She has since referred a family relative to The Dunnion Law Firm .

Categories: Auto Accident