These are just a few of the numerous accident and injury cases we have handled on behalf of South Carolina residents. We are proud of our excellent track record and hope to get results for you, too.
We recovered a settlement of $250,000 for a client whose vehicle was hit head-on by a drunk driver, arguing that the value of the case was based on what a jury would likely award in punitive damages rather than the client’s modest medical bills alone. The settlement was almost 10 times the value of the medical bills.
We settled an automobile accident case for $325,000. The client had been a loyal customer with the same insurance company for over 30 years. Nevertheless, the insurance company sought to minimize what was owed to their insured. Prior to our involvement, the insurance company had argued that the client was entitled to $25,000 in liability coverage only. The insurance company told the client she was not entitled to additional $300,000 of underinsured motorist coverage because she had rejected the coverage some twenty (20) years earlier. We were able to successfully show that the insurance carrier was wrong in asserting that his client rejected the additional underinsured motorist coverage and as a result the insurance company was forced to reform their policy and pay out the maximum underinsured motorist limits of $300,000 in addition to the $25,000 received from the bodily injury recovery.
In 2012, we tried an automobile accident case in Charleston County. The insurance carrier and defense counsel dug their heels in and were only offering basically twice the value of the medical bills. The jury’s verdict was almost 12 times the value of the medical bills.
In 2013, we had an automobile accident jury trial in Charleston County where our client received a punitive damages award because the defendant ran a red light while texting and listening to his iPod. During settlement negotiations, the insurance carrier made the comment “texting is not illegal so I do not think a jury will award punitive damages.” At the time, texting was not illegal, however, we successfully argued to the jury that to award punitive damages you must find the defendant acted recklessly, not necessarily illegally. We argued that if the jurors who speak for the community find that texting and listening to an iPod is acceptable and not reckless then they should not award a penny in punitive damages, however, if this behavior is unacceptable and reckless then consider punitive damages. The jury agreed with our attorneys rather than the insurance adjuster and thus awarded punitive damages. The award was significantly more than what had been offered by the insurance carrier.
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