Verdict – Seminole County
Our client was injured years ago in a seemingly typical auto crash, but the resulting consequences on his life were far from typical! Due to injuries suffered in this crash, our client was involuntarily medically discharged from the military after 15 years of devoted service, including serving our country in the Middle East after 9/11. His severe back injuries required multiple spinal injections and ultimately a highly specialized back surgery. More expensive care will certainly be required over the course of his life. Unfortunately, the person who negligently caused the crash had very little insurance, but our client had wisely purchased Uninsured Motorist Protection benefits from Nationwide in the amount of $200,000 to protect himself in a moment like this because “Life comes at you quickly”. Despite being given multiple changes to settle this obviously significant claim for the UM policy limits, our client’s own insurance company only initially offered him $2,500. Nationwide was not “on his side” after all. They gradually increased their settlement offers over the next several years to see if our client would drop his claim. It took 5 years to finally reach trial, but after a hard fought five-day trial, a Seminole County jury returned a just and proper verdict of nearly 4 Million dollars. Nationwide has stated that they will try to avoid payment of this verdict by appealing the jury’s decision, but we will continue to fight this case through the appellate court system to ensure the jury’s proper decision is upheld.