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Oakland, Calif. — Managing Partner, Samer Habbas of the Law Offices of Samer Habbas & Associates achieved a $249,999.99 settlement on an auto accident case. The claimant was t-boned when the at-fault driver failed to stop at a stop sign.
The claimant reported to a local hospital with complaints of neck and back pain, where she was diagnosed with an annular tear and multiple disc herniations. The injuries she sustained as a result of the accident led to a sizable amount of outstanding medical bills. This was a high-impact collision. The trauma of the accident caused the claimant to suffer not only physical damages, but extreme emotional damages as well. Aside from her treatment sessions, she was prescribed a variety of different narcotics. The combination of her severe pain and medications had a negative interaction with her stress, anxiety and depression levels. Unfortunately, this led her to overdose on her pain medications in an attempt to take her own life.
Before coming to our firm, the claimant was dropped from her prior attorney because they didn’t believe they could relate her mental injuries to the accident. Fortunately for her, Habbas has the talent and experience to get her the justice she so clearly deserved. It is without question that the driver who t-boned our client is fully liable for the incident, as they clearly disregarded the basic rules of a stop sign. Habbas presented the defendant’s insurance company with the inarguable facts of the case to prove that the damages our client suffered exceeded well over the policy limits of $100,000. The defense attorney representing the at-fault driver attempted to delay our pursuit with the insurance company to tender their limits. However, Habbas refused to let them unnecessarily obstruct the case. Not long after, the defense attorney withdrew and accepted our offer to tender the limits of $100,000.
Once Habbas settled matters with defense, he moved to secure the remaining compensation our client was entitled to through the Underinsured Motorist (UM) coverage under their own insurance policy. The damages our client suffered outweigh the defendant’s policy limits. In an effort to achieve the full compensation our client deserved, Habbas constructed a tenacious argument guided by compelling case facts. As a result, Habbas was able to obtain $149,999.99 of UM—for a total settlement of $249,999.999, which was a penny short of the maximum policy limits since her carrier accepted our CCP 998 offer to compromise.