Irvine Personal Injury Attorney
Irvine, given the label as the “4th best place to live in the United States” in 2008, has a great quality of life and is one of the best places to raise a family. Named after James Irvine (one of the original landowners) and his heirs’ namesake company, the city boasts a planned layout with beautiful landscaping and ecological design. Since the city’s formal incorporation in 1971, Irvine has enjoyed tremendous growth. Along with that growth, though, comes the potential for accidents.
For over 30 years, Kerr & Sheldon has steadfastly assisted accident victims in Irvine with their personal injury legal needs. There are other Irvine personal injury attorneys, but Kerr & Sheldon goes above and beyond the norm for its clients. From car crashes to slip and fall cases, our firm has worked tirelessly to upend the insurance companies’ complacency with the norm. Instead of letting the insurance companies take advantage of personal injury victims, Kerr & Sheldon holds them accountable for rightful compensation to you. If you find yourself in the unfortunate circumstance of needing a personal injury attorney in Irvine, please call Kerr & Sheldon for a free case evaluation. You’ll be glad you did.
Most California consumers have no idea how far are insurance companies will go to deny, delay and defend cases. The following case illustrates the extent of their hardball tactics and bad faith and why it’s important to have an experienced Orange County personal injury attorney to fight for you:
On December 14, 2010 an elderly elementary school librarian from the Irvine / Santa Ana area was driving her 2008 Mitsubishi Outlander on Bastanchury Road in the city of Brea. She was stopped in traffic and rear-ended by a driver who fell asleep behind the wheel. The other driver was insured by the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club (“Auto Club”).
The elderly librarian initially underwent therapy and subsequently required a lumbar epidural, steroid, trigger point injections and a discogram. Her symptoms persisted and eventually she had back surgery, consisting of a transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion with posterior interspinous fixation at L5-S1. Her medical expenses totaled $168,000.
How did Auto Club treat her case? They offered the elderly elementary school librarian a settlement of $25,000.
When Auto Club’s lowball offer wasn’t accepted, they hired a Los Angeles lawyer whose tactics can best be described as “scorched earth.” Auto Club and its lawyers pursued every avenue possible to intimidate and coerce a settlement for a pittance. Three weeks before trial Auto Club increased its offer to $100,000 – still not enough to cover medical bills.
Auto Club’s policy limits on the case were $500,000. Instead of settling the case fairly, Auto Club, like all insurers, was more interested in generating a profit for its corporate shareholders.
Most injured victims would have folded under the pressure. That’s the insurance industry’s strategy. Fortunately, this victim sought out expert legal representation from an Orange County personal injury attorney, Kerr & Sheldon, who vigorously fought back. The case was heard by a conservative Orange County jury that awarded a verdict of $668,790.
This is not an isolated instance of insurance abuse. Insurers routinely lowball every case hoping injured victims will be intimidated by their abuse and won’t fight back.
If you want experienced Orange County personal injury lawyers to aggressively pursue full and fair compensation for your accident injury, contact Kerr & Sheldon to schedule a free case evaluation. All personal injury claims are handled on a contingency basis and there is no fee until we have recovered money for your injury. We also advance all costs and expenses, so that you pay nothing at all until your case is resolved.