Managing Partner Samer Habbas secured a policy limit settlement on behalf of his minor client, who was the son of a person killed in a motorcycle crash in Norwalk, Ca. This tragic event left the sole son and heir of the deceased without a father. The deceased was returning from visiting our client in Tijuana Mexico. He was travelling back to his home in Los Angeles, CA when a tourist visiting California made a lane change out of the HOV lane on the 5 N/B. While doing so, he struck the motorcyclist, who was legally in the #1 lane. The impact caused the motorcyclist to be ejected off the motorcycle and then struck by a semi-truck.
Although our client resided in Mexico, he had the full rights to bring suit in this matter as if he lived in the State of California. The residence of the plaintiff has no bearing on suing in the State of California. When the defendant refused to pay the policy limits in pre-litigation, Samer filed a lawsuit in the Superior Court of Los Angeles. Many fear bringing suit in the States when they are foreign nationals or are unaware that they have the right to do so. The litigation in the matter went through the same procedures regardless of the Plaintiff’s residence. Samer was aggressive from the start, advocating for his client and conveying to the defense how his client’s life is forever changed with the loss of the love, support, and companionship of his father. Depositions went forward on zoom and extensive written discovery was propounded. An ultimatum was given to the defendant. Settle for you policy limits or face us at trial. Knowing that our firm does not make empty threats, Defendant accepted our offer.
Throughout the years, our firm has built a reputation with the insurance carriers that we will fight til the very end. The carrier knew that we would take the case to trial if they did not tender their full policy limits. Having an experienced litigation attorney who has gone to jury trials is a very important factor when selecting an attorney. If you or a loved one, are injured in a motorcycle crash, please contact the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates to pursue just compensation.