Auto/Truck Accident: $175,000 settlement for shoulder and closed head injuries
Our client was an MBA executive driving his new vehicle on the highway when a semi-truck/trailer improperly changed lanes and crashed into our client’s car. The crash caused our client’s vehicle to spin out of control and into a cement barrier. Our client hit his head inside the car but didn’t lose consciousness. His shoulder also hit the inside of the car and was jarred by the seatbelt. Several months later he required surgery for a shoulder impingement syndrome that developed from the injury, but he also became depressed and noticed that he was unable to perform his executive tasks at work, especially mathematics.
Although liability was not disputed, the insurance company for the truck company alleged the gentleman didn’t suffer a closed head injury because he never lost consciousness. Prior to hiring an attorney, this gentleman was confident he could successfully handle and settle his own claim because of his MBA degree and negotiating skills. He made reasonable demands to settle his claim for $50,000, but the insurance company refused to offer him more than $10,000. After repeated failed attempts to settle his case, he did his research to find a lawyer and hired us. We reviewed his medical records and evaluated his case and determined his prior offers of $50,000 were too low for his injuries and damages. After we filed a lawsuit the trucking company paid $175,000 and settled the case.