D. Robin Gouveia, an auto accident attorney at d’Oliveira & Associates recently settled a case after getting a Pawtucket man an arbitration award of $236,000. The man was injured in a car accident when he was traveling south on Route 95 in Providence, RI and was hit when another vehicle lost control, crossed the median and struck hit his vehicle. Attorney Gouveia was able to get her client $100,000 from the driver at fault’s insurance company and another $100,000 from the client’s underinsured motorist coverage.
The client sustained soft tissue injuries to his neck and back as well as a head injury. He initially underwent physical therapy and acupuncture. He later endured invasive steroid injections for the pain in his back but showed little improvement. He then underwent surgical fusion surgery, which helped alleviate some of his pain but he still suffers daily. The pain affects his every day and overall quality of life.
Attorney Gouveia stated:
“This case involved 2 different settlements. The first was against the Defendants. When the insurance company refused to make a fair offer, we filed suit in Court against the person responsible for the accident. After conducting initial discovery, we were able to convince the insurance company to submit the case to a 3-panel binding arbitration. We presented the case and obtained an award above their policy limit. We then presented an Underinsured Motorist claim against the client’s insurance company since his damages exceeded the available coverage of the Defendants. They evaluated the medical records and bills and considered the arbitration award and offered their available policy limits. Our staff negotiated the medical bills and liens and prepared a settlement package which maximized the client’s recovery. He was fortunate to have Underinsured Motorist benefits on his own personal policy in this catastrophic injury claim.”
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated:
“Attorney Gouveia did an excellent job getting this client all the insurance coverage that was available. Fortunately, there was almost enough insurance coverage for him to obtain most of the money he was entitled to. In Rhode Island, many often we see people with only the minimum amount of coverage of $25,000, but thank God the other driver and our client each had $100,000 in insurance coverage.”
The law firm of d’Oliveira & Associates primarily handles auto accident, motorcycle accident and other types of negligence cases. The lawyers at this firm have many years of experience handling these types of cases and working with insurance companies to try to obtain good settlements for injured clients. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a car accident, contact our legal staff for a free consultation of your potential legal claim.
For a free (no obligation) legal consultation, call the Hurtline: 1-800-992-6878 or visit their website at Auto Accident Lawyer.