DC Car Accident Lawyer Helps Housekeeper Settle Injury Case

A 67 year-old housekeeper was on her way to her second job on Connecticut Avenue when a another car ran a red light. 

A teenage driver decided she couldn't be bothered to stop at the red light.  After running the light, this driver "T-Boned" the housekeeper's car.  The teenage driver on her way home from an exclusive private school (driving her father's car).   The cars were both totaled and the housekeeper taken by ambulance to the hospital.

There were serious injuries in this DC accident and our lawyers got involved quickly.

There were serious injuries in this DC accident, so the housekeeper, who was still in the hospital, turned to a trusted friend we had helped years before with an accident case, who recommended the lawyers at Donahoe Kearney.

An MRI and CT scan showed the force of the collision with the young driver herniated a disk in the housekeeper's neck.  She was hospitalized and underwent a cervical fusion (neck surgery).  She had a long road of therapy and rehab for the neck injury.

As experienced accident lawyers in D.C., we knew the value of her case and got to work right away.

After meeting with the housekeeper in the hospital, we investigated the accident scene to be sure the liability phase of the case (proving who was at fault) was locked down, and interviewed the witnesses who saw the crash on Connecticut Avenue and knew the intersection.

We worked with the housekeeper's doctors and therapists to make sure she received the medical treatment she deserved (our housekeeper was a sweet lady who didn't speak much English, so really needed someone to advocate for her) and to make sure that her doctors would testify that all of the treatment and medical expenses were caused by the car accident.

Sometimes we hire outside doctors to examine our clients and review all of their medical records to also testify about the severity of the injuries, cost of the medical treatment and future medical care our clients need after an injury.

With our experience in serious injury car accident cases, we knew insurance coverage could be an issue.

So we got to work investigating the insurance coverage and assets (money the driver who caused the accident could have to pay for the damages from the accident if there wasn't enough insurance coverage).

Because she was a teen age driver, her parents were responsible for the damages she caused.  And her father, who owned the car she was driving at the time of the accident, was a prominent physician in Virginia.

After investigating the father, we knew we had leverage in the negotiations to get a fair and full settlement for our housekeeper.  We thought the father of the driver would insist his insurance company pay a reasonable settlement for the accident because he did not want the case going to trial and did not want to jeopardize his personal assets.

The father was smart - he had a significant insurance policy to protect him with enough money to pay a settlement for very serious injuries and damages caused by the crash.

Following some initial push back by the insurance company, the case settled for a substantial amount, adequate to help the housekeeper with everything she needed after the accident.

After a dedicated rehab and over time, the housekeeper made a nearly full recovery and is now enjoying her grandchildren.

Our D.C. accident lawyers are here to help you too.

If you're looking for honest advice, integrity and first class customer service following a serious injury in an accident, call us today at (202) 393 - 3320 so we can get started helping you and your family.




Frank R. Kearney, Attorney-at-Law
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