A former client took off one evening on a motorcycle ride that would forever change his life. The 22-year old Connecticut resident was enjoying his ride as his worst fear became a reality.
A vehicle passing in a no-passing zone ill-mindedly swerved into our client, and he was thrown from his motorcycle, sustaining severe injuries.
Medical Bills Pile Up and Stress Mounts for Our Client
The client’s physical injuries included:
- Numerous lacerations
- Countless abrasions
- A lower extremity compound fracture that would later lead to many problems
The compound fracture required countless surgeries and months of hospitalization. Throughout the process, doctors were hopeful for a full recovery.
However, during our former client’s post-operation care, his leg became infected. Despite doctors’ best efforts to save the leg, which included 22 surgeries, it was ultimately recommended that the leg be amputated below the knee.
At this point, he knew he needed to obtain legal assistance to pursue compensation and justice for his suffering.
About the Accident
The defendant (at-fault party) was charged with reckless driving, as was our client, due to an allegation that he may have also passed in a no-passing zone prior to the accident.
To defend our client’s rights, we immediately hired an accident reconstructionist and had an asset search done for the defendant and the registered owner of the vehicle.
The results showed that our client was in the correct lane of travel at the time of the accident and was struck because of the defendant’s negligence.
Carlson & Dumeer Will Always Defend our Clients’ Rights
Despite this finding, the defendant’s insurance company defended on the basis that our client was more than 50% at fault for the accident. Connecticut is a modified comparative fault state, meaning you cannot recover any compensation if your share of fault for the accident exceeds 50%.
At this point, the thought of our client not receiving the compensation he deserved was all the fuel we needed to defend his case successfully. We knew we needed to dig deep and ensure our client received what was rightfully his.
Following the asset search, our team learned that the registered owner of the vehicle rid themselves of all assets immediately following the accident. However, they were still linked to a brokerage account containing a large sum of money.
The vehicle was insured with $250,000, and was further covered by a $2,000,000 umbrella, which is meant to provide coverage for injuries, property damage, lawsuits, and personal liability situations.
Accepting the Offer
Our former client informed us that he wanted us to settle the case prior to going to trial in favor of a full policy tender. This is a tactic that forces the defendant’s insurance company to settle before going to trial, or they risk going to trial and paying a substantially larger amount. The discovery of the brokerage account was another key factor in bringing the insurance company off of their original position and to the negotiating table.
After gathering evidence and presenting what our team found, the registered vehicle owner hired a private attorney. Shortly after, the policy was offered and accepted, allowing our client to receive the compensation he deserved.
Thank you, former client, for choosing us when you needed someone on your side most.
Have you been injured due to the negligence of another? Are you looking to pursue compensation for your injuries in order to return to the life you deserve? There are options available to help you recover. Contact our team today (877) 795-5594to learn more about how we can help you return to the best life possible over a free, confidential case evaluation.