At times insurance companies just refuse to pay a reasonable amount for a claim. We just finished a trial in Santa Ana where the defendant's insurance company offered $200,000.00. We took the case to trial at the beginning of March 2009 and the jury awarded our client $775,000.00. This case will be noted in a later blog. In San Jose plaintiff David Allen was on his way to work on his motorcycle. Plaintiff claimed that defendant made an illegal and unsafe U-turn into plaintiff. The investigating officer claimed that plaintiff was 100% at fault. The officers claimed that plaintiff had unlawfully crossed a double yellow line in an effort to pass just before the collision. It was important to note that the defendant was directing traffic by waiving people on from the seat of his vehicle.
Plaintiff suffered injuries to his back requiring surgery, tibia/fibula fracture and various soft tissue injuries. The plaintiff had $155,421.00 in past medical and $96,100.00 in future special damages. The offer was $100,000.00 and plaintiff was awarded 1.8 million at trial.
At Penney and Associates we have dedicated trial teams that work hard to obtain maximum recovery on all cases whether from a settlement or trial.