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Salinas Metal Shop Owner Injured by Uninsured Motorist, Obtains $100,000 Settlement from her Insurance Company

Salinas Metal Shop Owner Injured by Uninsured Motorist, Obtains $100,000 Settlement from her Insurance Company

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 7-Mar-2016

A Salinas metal shop owner was rear-ended by an uninsured motorist on Blanco and Cooper Road in Salinas. Like most accidents, this one occurred only a few miles from home. This 59 year old grandmother and shop owner had never been injured in a car accident before this accident. She felt both pain and extreme anxiety as she was transported to the emergency room—a ride she had never expected to take in her lifetime. She worried that she could not make it in to the shop to run the daily operations. Over the next several months, she found that she could not return to her normal shop duties; as the owner she was still responsible for making a lot of deliveries and carrying merchandise out of her truck. She simply could not do it, and she had to hire extra employees to do her usual work. The months of back and hip pain turned into years of constant pain. This woman filed a claim with her insurance company under her uninsured motorist policy. Her insurance company minimized her soft tissue injuries as she never got any surgery or other procedure; her claim for lost profits was also dismissed because her shop’s profits increased after the accident due to the improved economy. She just wasn’t getting a fair shake from her insurance company. She hired The Dunnion Law Firm, and after less than a year of litigation, her attorneys were able to obtain a total out of court settlement of $100,000. This amount compensated this grandmother and small business owner for her many years of constant back and hip pain, as well as for her lost profits.