Court Orders Mercury Insurance to Pay Sanctions For Improper Litigation Tactics
Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm
In the early morning hours of March 19, 2015, our client was commuting from his home in Hanford to his job in Fresno when he was struck by a motorist who fell asleep at the wheel after an all-nighter at the casino. The collision damaged the acromioclavicular joint in our client’s left shoulder, and he had to undergo a shoulder surgery.
The dozing driver who caused the collision only had $15,000 in insurance coverage, which is the minimum required by California law. The negligent driver’s insurance company immediately turned over the $15,000 policy limits to The Dunnion Law Firm.
Fortunately, our client purchased underinsured motorist coverage from Mercury Insurance Company to protect himself against this type of situation. But Mercury wrongly claimed that our client’s shoulder was hurt before the collision and refused to compensate him for his injuries.
The Dunnion Law Firm took Mercury to court where a judge found that Mercury used improper litigation tactics and ordered the company pay monetary sanctions for its behavior. In the end, The Dunnion Law Firm forced Mercury to pay $85,000 to our client, for total compensation of $100,000, in addition to the court ordered sanctions.
The insurances companies are not here to help you. It does not matter that you have been a loyal customer who paid your premiums on time and in full each month. The insurance companies have only one goal—to pay injured people as little as possible. If you are injured in a collision, don’t try to deal with the insurance companies on your own. Call The Dunnion Law Firm, where our goal is to make the insurance companies pay what they owe.