We Specialize in Helping Personal Injury Victims
Matter of L.Q.
Clients were rear-ended in Oakland. The husband suffered lower back pain and the wife (who was 4 months pregnant at the time) had to undergo extensive diagnostic work to make sure she and her baby where okay. They reported that the person who struck them then backed up and struck them again. The insurance carrier for the other driver denied that their driver was involved in the accident. After 2 years of negotiations, we filed suit. The case settled at mediation, when the insurance carrier agreed to pay for their medical bills, pain and suffering and damage to their car.
Matter of M.S. – Catastrophic Injury
M.S. went out with his friends one night. The person who drove them to a club got drunk and asked someone else to drive home. As they were traveling down highway 880 in Hayward, a hit-and-run driver started a three-car collision that left M.S. stuck in the back seat of the car, smashed into the median. His leg was broken and he was in pain. A moment later another car came speeding down the highway at roughly 80 M.P.H. and struck the car in which M.S. was stuck. As a result of this impact, M.S.’s head was essentially split open. For the most part he recovered, but never regained 100% of his vision and has permanent and obvious scarring on his face and head.
Other attorneys had looked at this case and concluded there was no enough insurance money to make it worth their while. We believed in the case from the start and spent considerable time and resources on this case. As a result, we were able to identify a number of additional insurance policies.
We filed suit on M.S.’s behalf. At mediation, each of the insurance companies offered to pay the policy limits (with the exception of one- which paid 90% of its policy limits). The case settled on behalf of all injured parties for between $500,000 and $600,000.
Matter of J.H. – Uninsured Motorist; Soft Tissue Injury
Client was rear-ended by a large truck, which carried no insurance. She suffered from whiplash, back pain and neck pain. By the time she contacted Clancy & Diaz she had been through nearly two years of chiropractic care/physical therapy and her symptoms were not improving. Her insurance company had not made her any offer, and she was worried that she would not only have to pay all of current medical bills out-of-pocket, but that she would have to pay all future medical bills out-of-pocket.
J.H. said that her goals were to make sure that all of her medical bills, past and future, were paid. When she first came to us, the statute of limitations was going to run in 2 weeks. We acted fast, first contacting her insurance company to demand arbitration. We then submitted a detailed demand package addressing the relevant law, her damages and her likely future medical bills. Clancy & Diaz was able to settle the case for J.H. for between $20,000 and $30,000.
Matter of K.T. – Rear End Accident; Spinal Surgery
K.T. had a bad few months. He had been rear-ended two times in three months. As he said, it seemed like there was a black cloud following him around. As a result of these two rear-end accidents, K.T. required spinal surgery to fuse part of his spine. Each of the insurance companies insisted that the other driver was at fault. They also pointed to a long history of back problems. We filed suit and, on the eve of trial, reached a settlement of $55,000.
Matter of A.M. – Pedestrians Struck in Cross Walk; Permanent Scarring
A.M. and her daughter retained Clancy & Diaz shortly after being struck by a car while crossing the street. Both were taken to the hospital by ambulance. The daughter suffered soft-tissue injury and permanent, disfiguring scars on her legs.
The driver’s insurance company attributed 50% of the fault to A.M and her daughter. We vigorously contested any liability attributable to our clients.
After they had completed their treatment, we submitted a demand package to the driver’s insurance company. The insurance company paid the policy limits ($30,000) within a few days of our demand.
Matter of R.D. – Pedestrian on Sidewalk; Soft Tissue Injury; Permanent Scarring; Infection
R.D. was walking down the sidewalk in Union City when a car exiting a gas station ran over her foot and lower leg; when the driver stopped, the car was still resting on R.D.’s foot. As a result of the accident, R.D. was taken to the emergency room and spent 3 days in the hospital. After returning home, she developed an allergic reaction to one of her medications and had to return to the hospital for 3 more days. The accident left her with permanent scarring on her legs and an unhealthy fear of cars.
We filed a lawsuit and, after mediation, the insurance carrier for the driver paid the policy limits ($30,000) to settle the case.
S.R. – Driver Runs Through Stop Sign; Broken Thumb
S.R. was driving along a highway access road when a person turned left in front of her, running a stop sign. As a result of the air bag going off, S.R. broke her thumb and had to undergo surgery and rehabilitation.
We prepared a detailed and thorough settlement demand and the insurance company paid the policy limits of $15,000.
Matter of J.M. – Unauthorized Release of Personal Information by Telecommunications Company
J.M. was a customer of a large telecommunications provider. An employee released her private information (phone number, address, etc.) to a third party. That third party used this information to stalk and eventually assault J.M.
Clancy & Diaz contacted the telecommunications company’s chief legal counsel and then sent a settlement demand threatening to file suit if necessary. After months of negotiations, J.M. received a substantial settlement (confidential).