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3.8 Million in Auto Accident Settlement Money Awarded to Elderly Couple

Dec 20, 2011
Being involved in a car accident is not something most people expect to experience in their lifetimes. One couple experienced a serious crash which resulted in serious injuries. They received a 3.8 million dollar auto accident settlement because of these injuries.

The elderly couple was driving together on a nice day when suddenly an approaching vehicle came over the middle line and struck their vehicle. Because of the good driving conditions it was determined that the offending driver was just being inattentive and not interested in their own safety or the safety of others.

Severe and life changing injuries were inflicted upon the 63 year old woman in the car. Her right side was hit considerably hard and she experienced severe fractures in her shoulder, arm, hip, leg, pelvis and foot. An in-hospital infection occurred in her left hand which resulted in gangrene. The gangrene had to be stopped so her arm was amputated below her elbow.

The medical expenses for this couple alone were $471,000, the feature medical expenses were thought to be about $391,000, many modifications were needed to make the house accessible and they were believed to cost around $310,000. Between $213,000 and $657,000 were expected to go to a life care plan to adapt to her injuries.

After being used to going around on the farm freely without any problems it was determine that the life of this woman was greatly altered and her life had to change significantly because of the injuries that she experienced. Since this is true she was able to get a large settlement for the injuries that she incurred.

The year 2007 was when the accident actually took place but it was not settled for over three reasons. The reason the settlement took so long to win was because the couple had signed papers saying the insurance company was not liable any further after paying out to the limit of the defendant's policy. They had signed these papers before speaking with a legal professional.

State laws are different in some areas. It is vital that you prove that you were not at fault according to the laws of your state. Since there are different laws in each state you should find a legal professional that will be able to help you with understanding the laws in your area.

Trying to go after settlement money without a legal professional could work but usually people are not able to get the settlement money that they deserve.
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