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Medical & Economics Experts turn the Tide for Crosley Client
Six-figure Settlement Awarded in Auto Accident Lawsuit
Personal injury cases often hinge not just on the facts themselves, but on the individual witnesses and attorneys who present those facts. Retaining an experienced team of experts can make all the difference in achieving a victory. Such was the case for Jill Conway.
Retaining an experienced team of experts can make all the difference in achieving a victory.
Diagnosis, Treatment, Expenses
Ms. Conway, a 60-year-old grandmother from San Antonio, was traveling through Fort Worth, Texas when she was involved in an auto accident that resulted in significant medical injuries. As she proceeded through a green light at an intersection in a 2001 Mercedes-Benz E32 sedan, another motorist traveling east made a sudden left turn directly in front of her. The two vehicles collided head on, and the individual making the turn was cited for failure to yield the right of way.
Following the accident, Jill was transported to the emergency room by ambulance, where she was diagnosed with a litany of injuries, including:
- Severe back strains
- Disc protrusion (C4-5)
- Disc bulge (C5-6)
- Decreased range of motion
- Cervical radiculopathy and stenosis
- Post-traumatic headaches
- Memory loss
- Bruising and swelling
Over the next three years, Jill suffered tremendous neck and back pain, which required several rounds of physical and rehabilitative therapy, chiropractic care, and epidural steroid injections. None of these treatment methods were able to produce anything more than minimal, temporary relief, and daily tasks such as grocery shopping or picking up her grandchildren became nearly impossible. Finally, Jill’s pain management specialist referred her to a neurosurgeon who wrote a report indicating that Jill would likely need surgery – an anterior cervical discectomy and fusion – for her radiculopathy and stenosis.
Over the next three years, Jill suffered tremendous neck and back pain, which required several rounds of physical and rehabilitative therapy, chiropractic care, and epidural steroid injections.
Following the accident, Jill was transported to the emergency room by ambulance, where she was diagnosed with a litany of injuries.
Expert Testimony Breaks Case
The initial negotiations with Farmers Insurance, the defendant’s insurance company, did not go well. Despite their insured clearly having been at-fault for the car wreck, the defense insisted that Jill was 30% responsible. They claimed that she had failed to make sure that the intersection was clear before proceeding into it. Farmers offered only $2,380 to settle, which Jill wisely rejected on the advice of her legal team at Crosley Law Firm.
Additionally, the defense refused to acknowledge the diagnostic imaging results and medical reports that documented Jill’s painful injuries. Instead of giving up and accepting the paltry settlement, attorney Tom Crosley of Crosley Law Firm instead chose to go on the offensive. Tom filed suit against the defendant on the grounds that he had negligently failed to yield the right of way while making a left turn. He began assembling crucial evidence that would ultimately help him win the case.
Mr. Crosley enlisted the expert testimony of one of Ms. Conway’s doctors. In a videotaped deposition given under oath, the doctor testified in detail to the causal link between the car wreck and Jill’s injuries. He deftly deconstructed the defense’s claims and proved that Ms. Conway pain and suffering were a direct and foreseeable result of the injuries she sustained. Next, Jill’s legal team turned to an economist, who was able to calculate the present value of Jill’s significant future medical treatment, which totaled $289,212.
Thanks to these depositions and Crosley Law Firm’s aggressive and skillful maneuvering, the case settled for $100,000¹ – the defendant’s insurance policy limit. Said Ms. Conway, “I have had a great experience with Tom Crosley’s law firm. I couldn’t have gone through this case without them, and I would recommend them to everybody.”
¹After reimbursing case expenses of $5,644 and a 40% attorney fee, the client’s net recovery was $64,366 – more than 25 times greater than the insurance company’s initial settlement offer.
Mr. Crosley enlisted the expert testimony of one of Ms. Conway’s doctors.
Crosley Law Firm
If you or someone you know has suffered injuries or property damage in a car accident or other personal injury situation, Crosley Law Firm has the resources and experience you need to get the results you deserve. We offer free consultations, and our “No Fee” policy ensures that you do not pay a dime until we provide you with the justice and financial reward to which you are entitled. Please contact us at 210-LAW-3000 or visit our website to learn more about the Crosley Approach and to retain our exemplary legal representation today.