Our office was involved in obtaining a binding arbitration award of $2,550,000 for our client, in an insurance bad faith case against American Family Insurance. In 2008, our client was rear-ended in a low-speed collision (1-3 mph). Ten months later, she suffered a stroke caused by a carotid artery dissection. We submitted our client’s claim for UIM benefits in 2011, with a life care plan and economists’ report showing future care expenses in excess of policy limits. Instead of paying policy limits, American Family offered $200,000 for our client’s “temporary exacerbation of preexisting conditions.” The arbitrators’ award followed a five day arbitration hearing in Salt Lake City.
Insurance Bad Faith.
Our office obtained a 1.5 million dollar combined settlement for our injured clients when they were broadsided by a drunk motorcycle rider. One client had pain management for severe injuries to neck and back. The other client had neck surgery as a result of the collision. The medical bills were less and 30k on one and around 40k for the other. We fought the insurance company for years. They refused to pay out the 50k limit and ended up paying $1,450,000 over their policy limits. Our office obtained a $900,000 settlement for our young client that was injured as the result of a rear end collision in Sacramento County that required back surgery. The defendant alleged that he was looking over at his passenger and did not see the traffic stop. After multiple low offers, we filed suit, and we resolved the case just before the trial. Our office obtained a $800,000 settlement for our client that injured her back in a car accident. The insurance company refused to pay, so we filed suit and we resolved the case shortly before trial. Our office obtained a $500k policy limit settlement against our clients own insurance after they refused to pay for a couple years. We litigated the case and settled before it went to a binding arbitration.
Moderate Property Damage.
Our office obtained a settlement of $1,300,000.00 in Nevada County. Our client was a passenger in a single car accident where the driver lost control and hit a tree. Our client suffered severe injuries including a broken hip, broken clavicle, broken ribs and many bruises and lacerations. He was life flighted to the hospital and spent several days in ICU.
After a two week trial in Sacramento Superior Court, after costs and interest the jury award was $1,241,561.00. Our client was the driver of a pickup truck that was rear-ended by drunk driver. The defendant denied driving and alleged that his girlfriend was the driver. However, several witnesses to the crash testified that the driver attempted to switch places after the accident. Our client sustained a torn meniscus which required surgery. His treating surgeon testified that he would need a total knee replacement within the next ten years.
Our office obtained a jury verdict of $1,200,000 for our client who was shot while driving on private property. Our client who was shot in the leg when he was attempting to drive off of private property. Our client had driven down a dirt road to collect rocks for a wall he was building. He heard shots in the area and decided to leave. As he was driving down the dirt road the owner of the property stepped out from behinds some trees and started shooting at our client’s truck. The truck was struck several times. Our client had to turn his truck around and when he did, the owner of the property started shooting at our client again, this time one of the bullets went through the driver’s door and struck him in the leg. Our client was able to escape and called the police who met him at the local hospital. The owner of the property was later arrested and charged with several felonies including attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. After being convicted of these criminal charges a civil lawsuit was filed and we obtained a verdict over $1,200,000 after the defendant testified that my client got exactly what he deserved for driving on his property. Our client’s truck had over 13 bullet holes in it!
After a 3 week trial we obtained a verdict in a bicycle case of $1,200,000.00 in Yolo County Superior Court. Our client was riding his bicycle on the wrong side of the street and was crossing a crosswalk against a red light when he was struck by a pickup truck. Our client testified that when he started to cross the crosswalk he looked and did not see any vehicles coming in the vicinity. The driver of the pickup truck which was owned by a local pest control company ran a red light in his direction of travel. We had two witnesses that testified that the pest control truck never stopped for the red light and approached the intersection at a high rate of speed around a blind corner.