Unfortunately accidents happen and people and property get injured or damaged, but, who is ultimately responsible is many times left up to the judicial system to determine when the parties cannot sort it out on their own. As anyone in business knows, the future cost of your commercial insurance is largely predicated upon your past claims history. Therefore, it’s hugely important to do all that you can to mitigate risk exposures where possible and actively involve yourself in the ongoing settlement of claims in conjunction with your broker and adjuster. The following case highlights just how emblazoned the plaintiff bar becomes when they think a large verdict is possible. While our client and contracted insurance company consider this a “win”, it still cost lots of money to defend and settle.
The following details a 3-day jury trial we finished last week for a non-emergency provider in rural America. It was an admitted liability case and plaintiff obtained a verdict for $150,000. The week before trial, we offered $150,000 in response to plaintiff’s last demand of $850,000. At trial, plaintiff asked for $1,850,000 based on $650,000 of medical specials.
The case was filed on behalf of an injured transport, a 70+ year-old mentally and physically disabled man with a very nice, affable disposition. He could communicate his needs but is essentially non-verbal. His younger sister filed the action as his conservator. [Read more…]