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It was a warm and rainy afternoon in Mobile. Beth was stopped at a light at Cottage Hill and Schillinger Road, at the front of a
line of three vehicles. While the light was still red, Beth reached over to her purse to make sure she had her umbrella with her.
Suddenly, there was a loud bang, and her car was thrown forward. Beth saw a bright light and felt a pop and immediate pain in her shoulder. Her compact Honda had been rear-ended in a multi-car crash.
Despite the force of the impact, Beth miraculously kept her car from sliding into the cross traffic, but she was still in rough shape.
As Beth stumbled from the car, she got a better look at what happened. A young woman in a large SUV had misjudged the distance she needed to stop on the wet road. The SUV had slammed into the line of cars at nearly 40 miles per hour. That car hit the one in front of it, which slammed into Beth, who absorbed the force of all three vehicles.
Beth was the only one injured in the pile-up. After giving her testimony to the responding police office, she left the crash scene in tremendous pain and headed to the emergency room. There, she was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff. Not only was Beth’s car totaled, but she was also facing surgery too.
Most people who have surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff have a good outcome—only about one in five people continue to face daily pain, weakness, and limitations, even after surgery. Unfortunately, Beth suffered complications and had a slow recovery.
Beth struggled to find pain relief after her surgery, undergoing a range of treatments to regain strength and mobility, including:
Beth even traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, for specialist treatment because she struggled to get answers or results.
Not only did her injuries fill her days with pain, but they also made routine activities extremely challenging for Beth, who had been very active before the crash. She could no longer carry feed sacks for her animals or complete her daily chores like laundry, dishes, or cleaning. (She had to hire a cleaner to help keep her house in order.) Because she lost mobility in her arm and shoulder, Beth couldn’t wash and dry her hair by herself, play with her nieces and nephews, do her job, exercise, or take part in the other activities she enjoyed. Even worse, the injury was beginning to affect her marriage negatively.
Beth knew she couldn’t live this way, so she started researching her options online. She found the Andy Citrin team, started a chat with an online representative and scheduled a free consultation. Our team quickly got to work fighting for her.
One of the first things we did when we took on Beth’s case was to explore all the options for compensation. We identified all the at-fault parties and assessed their insurance coverage. Then, we told the insurer about Beth’s injuries and have it a chance to make things right. Despite her life-changing injuries and daily pain, the insurance adjuster refused to offer her fair compensation.
We decided to sue the insurance company and take it to court.
Not every personal injury lawyer wants to take a case to trial. It’s easier to accept low-ball settlement offers than it is to prepare a case and go before a jury. However, when you’re committed to doing what’s best for the client, going to trial is all in a day’s work. That’s why we knew we had to take the insurance company to trial—Beth deserved the best, and we were ready to fight and win for her.
However, when you’re committed to doing what’s best for the client, going to trial is all in a day’s work. That’s why we knew we had to take the insurance company to trial—Beth deserved the best, and we were ready to fight and win for her.
After days of fighting the insurance company’s tricks and claims that Beth’s injuries didn’t call for significant compensation, the jury awarded her $125,000 in coverage—an amount that covered her bills and suffering. It was what she rightly deserved.
If you or someone you love was hurt in a car crash, truck wreck, or any other kind of accident that wasn’t your fault, don’t wait to call us.
We know how to fight and win for people like Beth and people like you, and we’re ready to hear your story. All you have to do is request a free consultation, and a member of our team will meet with you in private to help you understand your options. These meetings are always free and confidential. And if you hire us, you don’t owe us a dime unless we win for you.
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