Just recently, a 23 year old client (name withheld for confidentiality purposes) received a significant settlement for damages after hiring the New Bedford Car Accident Attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates.
The personal injury and auto accident attorneys at d’Oliveira & Associates recently recovered a settlement of $100,000 for one of their New Bedford clients. Attorney Robin Gouveia, the managing attorney of their New Bedford office, brought a claim on behalf of the client against the alleged reckless driver’s insurance company. The client, who was a passenger in his own vehicle, sustained severe injuries as a result of the alleged reckless driving of the defendant who veered the vehicle off the road while making a turn and collided with a large rock. The client’s injuries included a broken femur, broken jaw and cheek, four-missing teeth, and cuts to the face. As a result of the reckless driving accident, the client spent nearly two weeks in the hospital undergoing treatment and supervision.
Attorney Robin Gouveia stated that “Although I felt the case was worth more money, we were able to obtain the policy limits of $100,000 on this case very quickly. Often in cases like this the insurance company will offer less than the policy limits, hoping that the lawyer will not want to file a law suit or that the client may be strapped for money and take less. I enjoy working for d’Oliveira & Associates because they have the resources to fight the insurance companies if they make us a low ball offer. They also have a great case management system that allows us to retrieve in medical bills and reports quickly so clients can get their settlements quickly.”
Attorney Paul d’Oliveira stated “I feel Robin got the client the best possible result as there was only $100,000 in insurance coverage. I always tell people that it is best to carry as much underinsurace as you can in case they are injured by someone that does not have enough insurance coverage. In Massachusetts, the minimum liability insurance coverage is only $20,000 and in Rhode Island it is only $25,000, which is not a lot of coverage if someone is seriously injured. At least in this case there was $100,000, which is a lot more than most people carry because they want to save money on their insurance premiums. I have unfortunately seen too many people not get properly compensated for an injury in a car accident because there was not enough coverage.”
Despite the continued effort by car manufacturers to improve passenger safety, The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in an overview of motor vehicle crashes that the number of both injuries and fatalities for occupants, including passengers, in automobile accidents has not significantly decreased. In fact in 2010, injuries from passenger vehicle accidents rose to approximately to 1,986,000, with 733,000 of those injuries coming from accidents involving trucks as was the vehicle in this particular client’s case.
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.