An $18,500 gross settlement was won by attorney Joseph R. Morrison for a personal injury claim involving a car accident in Richardson, TX. The insurance company offered $7,500 before the client retained us as his Richardson auto accident attorneys.
Our client was injured while traveling northbound in the right lane of the 700 block of South Central Expressway in Richardson, TX. The operator of a commercial vehicle dropped his phone and reached to pick it up. When the commercial operator looked back up traffic had stopped and he was unable to avoid striking the automobile in front of him. The impact started a chain reaction and the rear end of our client’s car was subsequently struck by another motorist’s auto.
The client was taken to the hospital via ambulance where he was diagnosed with a cervical strain and contusion to his right knee. Hospital physicians ordered him off work for 2 days. He eventually completed a brief course of physical therapy to fully recover from his injuries. The client’s recoverable medical bills were only $3,346.52. He attempted to negotiate with the insurance company without the assistance of an attorney and the carrier offered him only $7,500.00 to resolve his claim. He felt the offer was not fair and contacted our personal injury law firm.
Comments from Attorney Joseph Morrison
We like to be retained as soon as possible on cases because that allows us to help make sure clients receive the quality medical attention they need and deserve, and to properly develop the case from its onset. In the instant case, however, the client retained us after he was already done treating and had been low-balled by the insurance company. We agreed to help him because we thought our involvement would allow him to obtain a more favorable recovery.
Our personal injury law firm submitted a formal settlement proposal to the carrier. After extensive negotiations, $18,500 was offered, This is more than double the amount that was proposed before the client retained Mullen & Mullen.
This is an auto accident injury claim where you can really see the value of our legal services.
People often think they can handle their accident or injury claim on their own. They think the insurance company will be fair with them and that they will come out ahead if they don’t have to pay an attorney (which can sometimes be true). That said, however, the vast majority of time we’re going to be able to help the client obtain a more favorable recovery even with our fee factored in.
The insurance company offered this gentleman only $7,500 before he retained our firm. After paying his health insurance lien he would have received roughly $4,200 in his pocket. We obtained a settlement of $18,500 for him and were also able to get his health insurance company to agree to reduce its lien even though it was an ERISA lien and they had no obligation to do so. As a result, the client ended up with $10,278.43 in his pocket, even after paying our fee. It’s a result we’re really proud of.
The settlement for this claim involving a cervical strain injury as a result of an auto accident in Richardson, TX was $18,500. Attorney fees were $5,180. Case expenses were $364.35. After paying medical providers / lien-holders, the client’s net recovery was $10,278.43. This is an outstanding result for a soft tissue injury.