Caylin’s Story: Nursing Student Gets Justice After Surviving 18-Wheeler Crash
When Caylin, a 19-year-old nursing student, got in her Volvo to drive to school one morning, she could hardly have guessed that this commute would change her life forever.
Partway through her long drive, an 18-wheeler began drifting into her lane. The third time the big truck crossed the yellow line, it hit her small car, sending her spinning into the grassy median. The airbags deployed, burning her face. Far from home and unsure of the extent of her other injuries, a terrified Caylin was taken by ambulance from the scene of the crash.
The Andy Citrin Team Gets Caylin the Settlement She Deserves
The accident’s aftermath was devastating to Caylin. The burn on her face left her in pain and self-conscious in public. She also struggled with aches and pains from the sideswipe’s impact. A naturally tenacious person, Caylin wanted to push through and keep working, but the Citrin team encouraged her to take the time she needed to relax and heal. They had her case under control.
Initially, the trucking company offered to settle for an insultingly low amount that wouldn’t have covered the cost of Caylin’s totaled car, much less covered her medical bills and the cost of her pain and suffering. In addition to going to nursing school, Caylin was working full time but hadn’t been at her company long enough to qualify for health insurance. Accepting such a low amount was not an option; with medical bills piling up, Cailyn needed to pay them off and to replace her totaled car so she could get back to work and school.
Caylin’s lawyer eventually negotiated a settlement that was five times the insurance company’s initial offer. After paying her attorney’s fees and costs, she had enough to cover medical bills, buy a new car, and continue her education. Caylin chose a vehicle with crash warning sensors, so if anyone tries to enter her lane again, her car should alert her of the danger.
With her bills paid and case settled, Caylin was grateful for all the help and support the Andy Citrin team gave her throughout the process. What made the difference? Her legal team always kept her well-informed of case developments, and when they said they’d take care of everything, they stuck to their word. They got her the settlement she needed to heal and move forward with her healing, her education, and her life.
“They set the bar for injury attorneys. They set the bar,” notes Caylin.