Attorney D. Robin Gouveia, the managing attorney at the New Bedford location of d’Oliveira & Associates, got a $195,000 settlement from the Commerce Insurance Company after her client was seriously injured in a car accident in New Bedford. The elderly man suffered serious internal injuries that required medical care. The man passed away from an unrelated incident prior to the settlement of this case. The man’s family was burdened with medical bills related to his accident, so they called the New Bedford car accident lawyers for help.
Attorney Gouveia said “this client had significant medical conditions prior to the accident, but lived an active lifestyle. As a result of his injuries, he was unable to go about his daily activities. The insurer tried to reduce the client’s settlement due to his age; however, we argued there was a significant impact the injuries had on his daily life. His cause of death, as determined by his doctors, was not directly related to the car accident. The injuries caused complications with his previous medical conditions and contributed to his death. We got a settlement based on the injuries and the contribution to his death, and we also made sure all bills were fully paid so the estate was protected.”
Although they are often serious, most car accident injuries are not life threatening. However, when the driver or passenger in a crash is elderly, there is a much higher chance that they will suffer from a devastating injury. In the case of a wrongful death, the surviving family may be able to file a claim on the deceased’s behalf. If you or someone you know has been seriously injured or killed in a car accident, you should call an experienced car accident lawyer near you to see if you are entitled to compensation.
d’Oliveira & Associates has over 26 years of experience handling car accident cases throughout Massachusetts and Rhode Island. Their lawyers have a history of getting good settlements for their injured clients. If you have been injured in a car accident, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number at 1-800-992-6878 or fill out a contact form online.