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Attorney Bridget N. Long, with the help of David M. Irvine was able to obtain a $154,000 post-trial settlement on behalf of a plaintiff who had an original insurance offer of just $35,800.
The plaintiff was a 37 year-old female who was struck by the defendant who ran a red light. The defendant “T-boned” her vehicle, causing significant damage to both the plaintiff and the vehicle. She suffered a neck injury and an air bag burn to her hand.
The treatment she received for her injuries consisted of visits to her primary care physician, physical therapy and one round of nerve ablation injections. Her medical bills totaled approximately $15,000 and she also lost $2,100 from missing two weeks of work. During the trial, the plaintiff testified that she was still in pain nearly every day – especially from working.
The defense had hired a doctor who testified that the client should have felt better in four months. The plaintiff’s family doctor also testified at trial, confirming that her neck pain is permanent and will impact her ability to work until she is 65 years of age. The jury deliberated for 1.5 hours before delivering a verdict of $188,500. The verdict was compromised because available insurance coverage was limited.