Harris Personal Injury Lawyers is proud to announce another trial victory. Client retained Harris Personal Injury Lawyers in the Spring of 2008. He had been backed into by a vehicle while he was standing in a private parking lot, sustaining a neck injury. The insurance company for the defendant took a strong position that they would not pay for the client’s medical expenses. The insurance company disputed liability, denied the client was struck by the defendant’s vehicle, and argued that even if he had been, he could not have been injured. The insurance company only offered $7,500 to settle the client’s bodily injury claim, despite the fact that he had suffered a significant neck injury.
Attorney Ryan Harris tried the case with the assistance of Harris Personal Injury Lawyer’s Philip Alexander, Esq. Prior to trial, the insurance company withdrew its $7,500 offer to the client and made no further offers to settle the case. In fact, the insurance company’s defense lawyer from Orange County guaranteed a defense verdict and told Mr. Harris that he was going to “bring his reputation to San Diego County.” The defense attorney hired an accident reconstruction and bio mechanical expert. He also hired an orthopedic expert. Both experts came to court and testified that the accident was very minor, and therefore, the client could not have been injured in the collision. At trial, attorney Ryan Harris cross examined the insurance company’s experts and demonstrated the sloppiness of their work, the flaws in their analysis, and their lack of qualifications to render such opinions. (The defense orthopedic expert was an extremities specialist and not a spine specialist). Mr. Harris also exposed the defense expert’s clear bias, having been hired and paid for by the defense attorney, not only on this case, but many times before. Harris Personal Injury Lawyers subpoenaed the client’s treating physicians to trial and they testified on the client’s behalf and to the significance of his injuries. The jury found the treating physicians to be very credible.
At the close of evidence, and after deliberating for a day, the jury returned a $71,373 verdict in the client’s favor. Post verdict, the insurance company agreed to promptly pay $70,000 to satisfy the judgment and settle the case.
We have successfully tried numerous personal injury cases to verdict, both small and large. If you or a loved one have been involved in a serious personal injury case please do not hesitate to contact Harris Personal Injury Lawyers to get more information on how we can help.