The top offer from an insurance company is not always an appropriate or fair compensation for injuries from an accident, and taking the case to court can provide opportunities to demonstrate evidence that a jury will reward at a much higher value than that top offer. A previous case involving a sixteen-year-old girl and her automobile accident on her way home from basketball practice is one clear example of this.
Our client was stopped along a construction zone for about thirty seconds when she heard screeching of tires from behind before a vehicle traveling at over 60 mph collided into the back of her vehicle. She lost consciousness and suffered a concussion from the accident. The insurance company acknowledged fault and said they would compensate her for the concussion. However, as our client got over her concussion symptoms and returned to sports for softball season, she discovered a problem with her left knee that prevented proper lateral movement.
Her doctor told her she had a meniscus tear in her left knee, which would require surgery. We told the insurance company about the additional injuries to our client’s knee resulting from the crash, but the insurance company said they wouldn’t pay for those injuries, arguing that they were unrelated because the knee problems did not seem to appear until months after the accident.
The insurance company hired their own doctor, who never met our client, and this doctor reviewed our client’s medical records before concluding that the knee injury was unrelated. The insurance company then put forth a very poor offer in an effort to close the case. We discussed the options with our client, and we decided to take the case to trial. We obtained the testimony of her surgeon, who testified it was his opinion that the knee injury was related to the accident, and that it did not become symptomatic until she engaged in athletic activity months later.
The jury returned with a verdict that was over 12 times the offer from the insurance company. The choice to work with an experienced personal injury attorney willing to take a case through court and all the way to verdict made a huge difference in the level of compensation our client received. The top offer from the insurance company is not necessarily the most compensation you can receive for your injuries. Watch the video to learn more.
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The insurance company made their top offer, but a jury came back with a verdict 12 times that amount. Hi, I'm Colin O'Dawe. I'm a trial attorney with Kalfus & Nachman. I handle personal injury cases all across Virginia and North Carolina. Today, I want to talk to you about that case, and how we were able to obtain that verdict for our client.
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