Attorney Robin Gouveia, the managing attorney of the firm’s Fall River office recently recovered a $250,000 settlement for one of their Fall River clients. According to the complaint, the client was injured when a driver failed to properly operate her vehicle and struck the client, who was crossing the street, knocking her to the ground and causing her injuries to her back and knee.
Although initially diagnosed as a lower back strain, after numerous revisits to the hospital and to her personal doctor, the client was properly diagnosed with a fractured upper vertebra in her back and over the course of several months, the client experienced continued pain in her lower back that prevented her from walking and standing and led her to finally undergo urgent surgery on her back followed by several sessions of steroidal injections and physical therapy. As a result of the debilitating effects of the accident and ensuing medical treatment, the client was totally disabled for a ten-week period and then partially disabled an additional six-weeks where she was unable to work.
The client contacted the law offices of d’Oliveira & Associates, specifically Attorney Robin Gouveia, who brought a claim on her behalf and was able to get her a settlement out of court for $250,000.
Attorney Robin Gouveia states that “the injuries in this case were significant and we were able to use the medical records and bills to convince the insurance company to pay what the client deserved. The insurance company believed jury verdicts are trending to favor them, which they stated would enable them to offer less than full value. However, we argued the strength of facts in the case, including the credibility of the injured party, the strength of the medical reports and the intensity of the medical treatment. These arguments were persuasive and allowed us to negotiate a settlement which fully compensated the client.”
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated that “Attorney Gouveia did a great job in this case and her experience of working as a claims adjuster for over ten years really helps her figure out what the insurance company needs to be able to validate paying a lot of money on these types of cases. Plus, her experience representing injured clients for over the past 10 years, in my opinion, makes her a very seasoned personal injury lawyer. She has settled several six figure settlements in the couple of months and I am very pleased with the work she has done since she started working here. She also is a very compassionate person and she relates well with her clients. She really cares about them in a way that is admirable. She has all the skills and is one heck of a lawyer. I am very blessed to have her working with us here.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration noted that nearly 50,000 non-vehicular occupants and pedestrians were killed in a nine year period. While most people think of car accidents involving two separate drivers, this shows that the negligence of just one driver continues to pose serious risks of severely injuring other drivers, by-standers, and pedestrians.
d’Oliveira & Associates is a Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts law firm that focuses on personal injury and disability cases, including auto accidents, slip and falls, dog bites as well as other types of negligence cases. They also handle social security disability cases. The firm also works with some of the leading attorneys in the United States for dangerous drug, defective medical product and medical malpractice cases.
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