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ART STUDENT SETTLES SOFT TISSUE INJURY CASE FOR $100,000.00

ART STUDENT SETTLES SOFT TISSUE INJURY CASE FOR $100,000.00

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 17-Feb-2016

A 21 year old art student who was attending the Art Academy in San Francisco was riding as a passenger with her boyfriend when they decided to stop at a local convenience store for snacks. Her boyfriend went into the store and she went around to the back of his vehicle, opened the truck to retrieve her cell phone which she had left in her backpack. She was leaning into the truck and an SUV suddenly backed across the parking lot, pinning her between the bumpers. The vehicle then took off at a high rate of speed, leaving her in excruciating pain. Her boyfriend came out recognizing that her knee had been pinched and took her to the hospital. There they examined her in detail, gave x-rays, but found that she had no fractures and sent her home. Thereafter, she hired The Dunnion Law Firm who was able to track down the hit and run vehicle by use of video from the convenience store. The police investigated the matter and found that the vehicle was stolen and abandoned. At this point, the young woman made a claim for her injuries on her boyfriend’s uninsured motorist coverage. The carrier for the "stolen vehicle" had an exclusion under such circumstances. The boyfriend’s insurance carrier denied her claim stating that it was not an uninsured motorist case as there was in fact insurance on the SUV. The Dunnion Law Firm attorney filed a lawsuit against the owner of the stolen vehicle who defended denying responsibility and their insurance carrier provided evidence of no coverage. The Dunnion Law Firm attorney then proceeded with an uninsured motorist claim which was finally accepted by the boyfriend’s insurance carrier, but even with medical evidence, offered only $25,000.00. The Dunnion Law Firm attorney then provided an expert medical evaluation with an orthopedist and attended a defense medical examination with the young art student, as well as her deposition. The insurance company continued to defend asserting that this was only "a soft tissue injury." Based with the prospect of arbitrating the case because the young lady represented by The Dunnion Law Firm would not back down, ultimately tendered its policy limits in the amount of $100,000.00. The young woman stated that this was a result that simply could not have been obtained without the diligent efforts of The Dunnion Law Firm.