On a quiet morning, Mitchell P. sat in his mother’s blue minivan along the curb. He was double checking the directions to his new job. Suddenly, the car rocked and he heard a screech of metal. An older black sedan had side-swiped him. Mitchell was relieved to see relatively minor damage. The other driver did not have insurance information on him but showed Mitchell his driver’s license. Young Mitchell trusted the other driver and felt fine physically so he went to work.
The next morning, his wrist was swollen and very painful. He was forced to take a day off from his new job to go to the doctor and have x-rays taken, costing him time away from work, as well as medical bills. During the next several months, simple treatments and physical therapy were not enough. The wrist needed surgery.
Mitchell discovered that the at fault driver was uninsured so he call his local agent. His agent told him that he had every right to pursue a claim against his own insurance company, Allstate, for an uninsured motorist claim. Actually, Mitchell was relieved at first as he had been a customer of Allstate for years and he assumed they would treat him fairly. Unfortunately, they completely disregarded his claim and actually claimed that Mitchell was the cause of the accident. That’s when Mitchell turned to The Haymond Law Firm for help.
The Haymond Law Firm brought a lawsuit and pursued an uninsured motorist claim against Allstate to pay the medical expenses, lost wages and emotional pain and suffering incurred.. Allstate once again denied coverage. Attorney Twillie of the Haymond Law Firm diligently kept after Allstate and discovered that the uninsured driver claimed that Mitchell had driven into his sedan. Allstate also claimed Mitchell’s wrist injury could not be related to a side-swipe impact leaving minor property damage.
Insulted by Allstate’s insinuations, Haymond Law worked extensively for his client. He wanted to ensure that his client was treated fairly, and given everything that she was entitled to. During a deposition of the other driver, Mr. Twillie got the uninsured driver to admit that the photos of the property damage were not consistent with his story that Mitchell caused the crash. Finally, the uninsured driver admitted fault. At the pretrial hearing, Mr. Twillie focused on what the medical evidence supported. This strategy won out over Allstate’s focus on the amount of the property damage. After years without an offer, Mitchell’s claim was settled for $30,000.00.