I am pleased to report that one of my all-time favorite clients accepted a settlement offer in her personal injury claim against a driver who rear ended her small car back in December 2014 in Virginia Beach. My client is not a rich lady. She is in her early sixties and works at a local pet supply store. She is on her feet for much of the work day.
Immediately after the accident, she knew something was wrong. Initial treatment at the hospital was followed by a course of physical therapy, stem cell injections and eventually, a surgery called a partial meniscectomy (the meniscus is a part of the knee joint often susceptible to traumatic injury). In the end, my client finds that her remaining pain is managed through injections to the knee itself every few months or so.
One of the things that made this personal injury claim more complicated is that fact that my client already had arthritis in her knee. If the case had gone to trial, lawyers for the insurance company would have argued that the knee was bad to start with and was going to worse regardless of the accident. Skeptical jurors might have concluded that car accident in question had little to do with the permanent knee injury. Fortunately, we were able to negotiate an excellent personal injury settlement with the insurance carrier.
With the financial compensation for her pain and suffering, my client plans to support her daughter and her grandchildren with life’s many expenses, and to save for her retirement. I will still see her when I stock up on dog food and shampoo.
Disclaimer: every personal injury claim is different and settlement values depend on many factors. No particular results are guaranteed.