Matter of M.S. – Catastrophic Injury
M.S. went out with his friends one night. The person who drove them to a club got drunk and asked someone else to drive home. As they were traveling down highway 880 in Hayward, a hit-and-run driver started a three-car collision that left M.S. stuck in the back seat of the car, smashed into the median. His leg was broken and he was in pain. A moment later another car came speeding down the highway at roughly 80 M.P.H. and struck the car in which M.S. was stuck. As a result of this impact, M.S.'s head was essentially split open. For the most part he recovered, but never regained 100% of his vision and has permanent and obvious scarring on his face and head.
Other attorneys had looked at this case and concluded there was no enough insurance money to make it worth their while. We believed in the case from the start and spent considerable time and resources on this case. As a result, we were able to identify a number of additional insurance policies.
We filed suit on M.S.'s behalf. At mediation, each of the insurance companies offered to pay the policy limits (with the exception of one- which paid 90% of its policy limits). The case settled on behalf of all injured parties for between $500,000 and $600,000.
Matter of A.M. – Pedestrians Struck in Cross Walk; Permanent Scarring
A.M. and her daughter retained Clancy & Diaz shortly after being struck by a car while crossing the street. Both were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The daughter suffered soft-tissue injury and permanent, disfiguring scars on her legs.
The driver's insurance company attributed 50% of the fault to A.M and her daughter. We vigorously contested any liability attributable to our clients.
After they had completed their treatment, we submitted a demand package to the driver's insurance company. The insurance company paid the policy limits ($30,000) within a few days of our demand.