Insurance

$100,000 ARBITRATION AWARD AFTER REJECTING $3,000 FINAL OFFER FROM CLIENT’S INSURER

Vehicle damage

There was never any question who was at fault – Jane Dose crossed over double yellow lines and crashed into the front driver’s side of a vehicle in which my client, Karla Platte, was a front seat passenger. Rather, there were disagreements as to the dollar value of Mrs. Platte’s injuries, the most significant of […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED ON DETAIL BY HIT AND RUN DRIVER

hit and run

What happens when a car hits an officer on duty and drives away before anyone catches its license plate?  The officer’s salary and medical bills will be covered under Chapter 41, but who pays for all the overtime and detail shifts that officer misses while out injured and the massive disruption to the officer’s life […]

$250,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED ON ROAD DETAIL WHO LEARNED A VALUABLE LESSON FROM A PRIOR INJURY

Officer directing traffic

It was a fall Sunday morning and Ms. Jones got a later start than she wanted on her drive to morning mass at her local church.  On the way, ironically she came to a different church where mass just ended.  Worshippers exit the church parking lot and drive in the direction of Police Officer Palmer.  Officer […]

“Reserves”: Why Insurance Companies Don’t Want You To Know About Them

Insurance companies want you to hesitate making a claim.

Someone rear-ends you.  Now what?  You spend the next couple of months getting your neck and back taken care of by a couple different physicians.  Along the way you do not consider making a claim against The Other Guy’s Insurance Company, Inc. or calling a lawyer.  After all, you ‘don’t want to hurt the other driver, […]

$100,000 FOR OFFICER INJURED BY UNINSURED VEHICLE

How an officer’s personal auto insurance saved the day after being injured by the driver of an uninsured motorist who fled during a traffic stop.

A simple fact: many officers are still unaware that their personal auto insurance provides coverage for on-the-job injuries caused by cars in a wide array of ways, such as pursuits, crashes during emergency responses, pedestrian strikes on a road detail, and during traffic stops, as you will see here.  This coverage was especially important to […]

$100,000 FOR INJURED OFFICER DESPITE INSURANCE DENIAL

Raymond might not have had his parents’ permission to drive – probably because he was high on mushrooms and running around in his underwear.

Around 7:30 pm, wearing only his underwear, Raymond Bishop is high on mushrooms and out of control at his family home. Raymond’s parents call the police and go through the house collecting car keys; however, there is still a set of keys in his mother’s Jeep. Raymond runs outside and past the responding police officer, […]

$300,000 FOR OFFICER ATTACKED ON DUTY, SUFFERS PTSD

Is it possible for one man to punch another in the face without the capacity to understand the consequences?  This was our theory and it made for a complicated legal battle.

This case involves an all-too familiar scenario – the police are forced to handle a disturbed and out-of-control individual resulting in an injured officer. Drivers swerve around a young man walking around in a busy tunnel.  Shirtless and covered in soot, the young man is in obvious need of help.  A passing officer puts his […]

DON’T WORRY ABOUT PRIOR CONDITIONS

Attorney Steven Ballin

A police officer injured on duty can make a valuable claim against a negligent third party, even when the current injury involves a body part injured or operated on in the past or has been chronically problematic.  It is not unusual for an officer to re-injure a back, shoulder, knee, wrist, or ankle during an […]

DOES FLO KNOW ABOUT THIS?

You might be surprised by this strategy Progressive used to leave its customer high and dry after we filed a lawsuit.

Progressive Insurance has one of the most visible advertising campaigns in the U.S. and promotes themselves as a top-notch insurance company committed to customer service at the highest level. But in the real world, Progressive sometimes employs a strategy that leaves its customers high and dry when they get sued. We are handling a case […]

I WAS IN A CRASH WHILE RIDING IN AN UBER CAR. WHOSE INSURANCE PAYS?

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As the use of Uber becomes more and more common across the country, so do crashes involving Uber drivers. In that situation, will the driver’s personal auto insurance cover any injuries or property damage caused by the crash? In general, the driver’s personal auto insurance will not provide coverage for any “driving for hire” activities […]