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$5.8 Million Pedestrian Accident Settlement Recovered by James F. Spiering

Posted By James F. Spiering || 21-Feb-2018

A 17-year-old student at Salinas High School was seriously injured by an intoxicated driver while walking home. The driver was operating a refrigeration truck and struck our client, Jacob, causing him to sustain a traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Injuries of this nature often include lifelong consequences and implications, including extensive medical care and treatment and substantial financial resources. Often the victims of traumatic brain injuries suffer hindered relationships, limited career opportunities, and often can no longer live independently due to their need to constantly be under observation.

Jacob’s family retained Attorney James F. Spiering of Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy, a Monterey personal injury law firm with substantial experience in car accident and traumatic brain injury cases. Despite initial demands, the truck driver’s insurance company denied liability, claiming the plaintiff’s actions contributed to his injuries. As a result, Attorney Spiering prepared to bring the case to trial and present it before a jury.

Using Expert Testimony to Prove Liability & Damages

Attorney Spiering knows the key to a successful case is to gather as much evidence as possible about a case and present undeniable proof of the defense’s fault. This type of evidence shown to a jury would almost certainly lead to a successful outcome. In fact, the findings uncovered by expert witnesses and analysts hired by Mr. Spiering presented a case so substantial that the defense agreed to settle the matter before trial for a total of $5.8 million.

Mr. Spiering worked with the best available experts in medical care and accident reconstruction to determine the severity of their client’s injuries and what kind of a financial impact those injuries would have over his many years of life still remaining. Mr. Spiering also conducted a visibility study, which proved that the defendant’s rejection of liability was not based on fact, and that they were in fact responsible for the circumstances which led to Jacob’s devastating accident.

The battle was not an easy one, however. The defense’s insurance company also retained experts of their own, who contested the defense’s liability and even attempted to downplay the severity of Jacob’s injuries.

However, this process served to highlight the process by which Mr. Spiering and his team prepare for trial, and how a thorough investigation and careful gathering of evidence, including working with the best expert witnesses available, can create a solid, impactful case that protects their clients’ rights and fights for the compensation they deserve after an accident.

The matter was settled for the total of $5.8 million, which will allow Jacob to receive the medical care and treatment he deserves now as well as into the future when the other long-term consequences become more prominent and impactful. This will also help cover his increased normal living expenses for the rest of his hopefully long and happy life.

If you, a child, friend, or relative have suffered serious injuries as a result of a car accident, whether caused by an intoxicated driver or not, don’t hesitate to reach out for help from a Monterey personal injury attorney. At Spiering, Swartz & Kennedy, our staff of experienced and successful lawyers have fought for the rights of numerous clients and earned a long and substantial track record of wins and successful case outcomes. We accept serious injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis, which means you don’t pay a cent unless we’re successful in recovering a verdict or settlement on your behalf. Call us today at {F:P:Site:Phone} to request a free consu