73-Year-Old Woman Secures $700,000 Settlement After Drunk Driving Collision

Gary M. C. Wong of the Law Offices of Samer Habbas secured a $700,000 settlement for a 73-year-old female client involved in a motor vehicle collision with a drunk driver. The incident occurred when the inebriated driver, operating a freightliner on the opposite side of the freeway, collided head-on with another vehicle, scattering debris onto our client’s path. Although her pickup truck sustained only minor undercarriage damage and did not collide with any other vehicles, the sudden maneuvering to avoid the debris aggravated a pre-existing back condition, necessitating surgery.

The surgical procedure had been previously recommended by her doctors but became essential only after the incident. Given the questionable causation, the case involved multiple rounds of heated pre-litigation negotiations, including a mediation session with opposing counsel and their medical experts. Despite these challenges, Mr. Wong successfully secured a settlement significantly above the typical case value, maximizing the client’s recovery without extensive litigation.

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