A case that began about one year ago finally settled this month. In February last year, our client was crossing Lost Knife Road in Gaithersburg, Montgomery County, Maryland. She was in a well-established crosswalk when the Defendant driver failed to pay proper time and attention and struck our client. With the force of the impact, she fell to the ground and began experiencing intense excruciating pain throughout her whole body. As a result of her injuries, she was rushed to the hospital and quickly transferred to Shock Trauma due to the severity of her injuries.
Preliminary examination revealed numerous fractures. Our client endured surgical procedures to repair her injuries, and was forced to stay at Shock Trauma in recovery.
With well over $100,000 in medical expenses and substantial pain and suffering, Mr. Portner and our paralegal on the case, Christine Airey, worked tirelessly in negotiations with the insurance company. Ultimately, typical crosswalk liability issues were resolved, and the carrier offered the amount of the policy: $250,000.
Ms. Airey spent weeks going back and forth with doctors and hospitals to try and reduce the medical bills for our client. After a tremendous amount of work negotiating, Ms. Airey lowered our client’s medical expenses by more than $50,000. In other words, in addition to any recovery from the $250,000 settlement, our firm was able to net our client an additional $50,000 from bill reductions. Mr. Portner notes, “Oftentimes, this part of the case is the most difficult and is overlooked by less experienced personal injury lawyers.”