$250,000 Settlement Announcement for a Car Accident Client with a Torn Labrum!

We are proud to announce a $250,000 settlement for a car accident injury claim! This settlement was for a personal injury client who tore his labrum in a sideswipe accident.  Our client had his claim outright denied for years. Our attorneys were able to get him maximum compensation months before trial!

The Facts of the Case

This case revolved around a client who had been sideswiped while driving through Westwood Village in Los Angeles, CA.  Our client was driving to work when suddenly a car from the left lane attempted to merge into our client’s path. Instead of changing lanes the defendant hit the rear-end of our client’s car.

The defendant initially denied all responsibility!  Our office worked to seize all video evidence of the accident.  The immediate efforts resulted in the production of ATM camera footage showing the vehicles in the collision.  We then produced the video footage, and the defendant owned up to having caused the crash.  Had our client waited any longer to retain a car accident attorney, this footage would likely have been lost forever.

The Injuries Sustained in the Car Accident

Nonetheless, even after the defendant accepted fault for causing the collision, he still tried to deny responsibility for our client’s shoulder injury!

Shortly after the car accident, our client noticed he was experiencing pain and shoulder problems.  He sensed a decreased range of motion and weakness in his shoulder.  He was concerned that he might have suffered a rotator cuff injury.  Specifically, he thought that he might have suffered a rotator cuff tear.

Our office found the right specialist to diagnose and treat our client’s injuries.  Our client’s doctors quickly determined that he had suffered a labral-tear.

Doctors explained to him that the shoulder is a complex joint where muscles and tendons all meet.  The labrum is the cartilage in the shoulder socket that helps keeps the ball of the joint in place.  When that cartilage is torn, it is called a labral-tear.

The doctors further explained that they often see slap tears and anterior labral-tears in car accident cases.  However, our client’s posterior and superior tears were unique and necessitated the best medical care.  We worked quickly to make sure that he had the leading specialist perform his shoulder surgery.

Car Accident Shoulder Injury

Our Results!

Throughout the insurance claims process and lawsuit, the defense law firm constantly repeated one mantra.  “Sideswipe collisions can’t cause these shoulder injuries!”  Our office spent the next year fighting on behalf of our client.  The result?  A $250,000 settlement that was more than double what any other law firm thought that we could get for our client!

If You Have Been in a Car Accident, Contact a Local Huntington Beach Car Accident Lawyer Right Away!

If you have been in a side-swipe car accident, call a personal injury attorney right away. Make sure that you gather all of the other drivers’ auto insurance information.  No one article can cover everything that people should know after a car accident.  Additionally, car accident law presents unique legal challenges.

There are many local Huntington Beach car accident lawyers, Seal Beach car accident lawyers, and Long Beach car accident lawyers that can help.  Most personal injury lawyers can also assist if you are a family member with wrongful death claims for a loved one.  Contact a lawyer right away to protect your personal injury or wrongful death statute of limitations.

Don’t let an insurance company lowball your demand for reimbursement of medical expenses, lost wages, or pain and suffering. Ensure that you receive full justice for your insurance claims!

The information contained in this post is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this post, or website, should be taken as legal advice for any individual or case situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute an attorney-client relationship.  

Contact us If you have lost a loved one or have pain and suffering from a personal injury.  For more information, visit our wrongful death page and car accidents page. For a free consultation, please reach out to our attorneys to arrange a time to discuss your case.  All you have to do is hit the big blue button labeled Contact Us at the top of this page!

In October, 2015 our client was involved in a three car rear-end accident in Fountain Valley, CA. Sometimes we think of rear-end car accidents and think of fender benders, but that was not the case here.  This car accident resulted in significant property damage to each of the three cars.  After the car accident, our client developed neck, shoulder, and back injuries.  These injuries caused her three years of pain and suffering.  When our client was unable to get relief from her pain she sought out an attorney.  Ultimately she found the law firm which would eventually refer her case to our office.

While she was still represented by her first attorney, the other driver’s defense lawyer disputed every part of our client’s claim. First, the Defendant disputed liability for the car accident.  Second, the Defendant disputed the nature and extent of our client’s neck, back, and shoulder injuries.  Then the Defendant disputed every single dollar of our client’s medical expenses. In sum, the Defendant tried to find any opportunity to point the finger at our client.

Sometimes in personal injury cases when the defense lawyer tries to play hardball like this, a client’s initial attorney will ask us to help them with the legal work.  This can happen for a variety of reasons including because the client’s initial attorneys are not as familiar with the specific  legal problems that arise in car accident lawsuits. In other situations it is because the client’s first attorney does not usually go to trial.  For all of those reasons, we were contacted in this case. 

At the time we were contacted, the client was still in excruciating pain. She wanted to get some ideas and suggestions with regard to getting her the proper medical care.  Up until that point, her HMO health insurance would only provide her with basic medical care.  We made a new recommendation, and advised her that she could bypass her insurance and see one of the top medical professionals in Orange County “on lien.”  The option to treat on lien allowed our client to get all the medical treatment she needed.  Once our client was placed under the care of the best medical professionals in Orange County, all her questions were answered.

Now that our client had the medical answers she needed, and a law firm with the ability to try her case, things changed.  After three years of receiving zero dollars in settlement offers, our client received a “final offer” of $75,000.00 at mediation.  Our client stood her ground and refused the insurance company’s unfair offer! Following the mediation, our office got ready for trial.  The case was set for trial in the Orange County Superior Court before the Honorable Gregory Lewis.  Then one week before the commencement of trial, our client was offered a $250,000.00 settlement agreement.

Our client now has the necessary care she needs, the money to cover all of her medical bills, and the relief of knowing she got fair compensation for her personal injuries.   

As is apparent, it is important that people with personal injury claims seek out proper legal counsel as soon as possible. In this personal injury lawsuit it was an absolute pleasure representing yet another wonderful human being. We always enjoy the opportunity personal injury law give us to assist another injured person in getting fair compensation for their injuries.  The feeling we get from seeing a happy client reminds us of why we went to law school.  For more information on how one of our injury attorneys can help with your car accident navigate to our Car Accidents page.

The information contained in this post is for general information purposes only. Nothing on this post, or website, should be taken as legal advice for any individual or case situation. This information is not intended to create, and receipt or viewing does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship.  For a free consultation please reach out to our attorneys to arrange a time to discuss your case.  All you have to do is hit this link or the big blue button labeled “Contact Us” at the top of this page!