(Names of Plaintiffs and Defendants will usually be abbreviated due to confidentiality issues and settlement agreements)
JG & Estate of MCH v. SBS :
Client’s mother was killed in an accident with an automobile while riding a bicycle. The driver of the automobile had only 100/300 insurance, but the lawyers at Berman & Tsombanakis performed a thorough investigation of the driver and determined that she was working at the time of the accident, on a sales call, for a subsidiary of a major copying company. The company had significant insurance coverage. The family did not want a long court fight and wanted a quick yet fair settlement. The attorneys at Berman & Tsombanakis LLC were able to convince the primary insurance carrier to tender their full One Million Dollar ($1,000,000) insurance policy. We then were able to get another Two Hundred Thousand Dollars ($200,000) from other insurance policies and coverage for a total recovery to the client and estate of One Million Two Hundred Thousand ($1,200,000). This was all done without the need to file a lawsuit, which the family strongly wished to avoid.
TC vs. Banana Boat :
Client was stabbed by an unknown person at a nightclub after paying a $20 cover charge to enter. After he was stabbed in his side, security guards grabbed him and threw him out of the club and closed and locked the doors. Client took himself to the hospital where surgery was performed. He spent 2 nights at the hospital. Defendant did not respond at all to our inquiries and basically called our bluff that we would actually file a lawsuit. The lawsuit was filed. Defendant did not respond to a lawsuit either and a default judgment was obtained. A trial was held to determine damages and the defendant did not show up for that either. Per our request, the judge entered a judgment in the plaintiffs favor for a total of $125,000. Not surprisingly, the defendant did not pay or respond to the judgment. We determined that the defendant owned a transferable liquor license that could be transferred by the court to the plaintiff to pay off the judgment. Through further court proceedings and administrative processes, we had the liquor license transferred to Berman & Tsombanakis LLC in aid of execution of the judgment. We then sold the license to a third party for the full amount of the $125,000 judgment and provided the client with the proceeds.
JS v. SE:
Slip and fall case at a retail store. Insurance servicer for defendant made a pre-trial offer that barely covered plaintiff’s medical bills and costs. We filed a lawsuit and discovery was conducted. The case was set for mediation and settled for nearly double of the previous best offer.
GW v. City of XYX:
Client was beaten by a guard at a correctional facility. All government agencies tried to stonewall our investigation into the facts and circumstances. Eventually, through our hired investigators, we were able to uncover documentation that positively influenced the case. The city’s position was that they were not responsible because this guard was acting completely outside and beyond the scope of his employment and that any lawsuit to recover money would have to be filed directly against the guard as an individual. The case eventually settled pre-suit for an amount that the client was very happy with.
MB v. Ross Dress for Less
Client slipped and fell on an anti-theft device that was on the floor of the store and injured her knee. Arthroscopic surgery was performed. In pre-suit negotiations, Ross did not make any reasonable offers that would adequately compensate the client. We filed suit and conducted extensive discovery. Evidentially, the case was set for mediation where a settlement was obtained that the client was very happy with.
CD v. GN Insurance Co:
Client suffered injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident. The injuries were not major but they strongly affect the client’s day to day lifestyle. The insurance company was not convinced of this and only made nominal offers. We filed a lawsuit and eventually convinced the insurance company that these so called “minor” injuries severely limited the client and for a period of months her lifestyle suffered tremendously. Shortly after the lawsuit was filed, a settlement was reached with the insurance company that the client was very satisfied with.
JG v. Esurance:
Client was struck by a motor vehicle while riding her bicycle. And injured her knee. There was some evidence that the driver had been drinking and he fled the scene, but witnesses obtained his license plate and he was later arrested. Without having to file a lawsuit, which the client wished to avoid if possible, we were able to get a fairly quick settlement for nearly the entire $100,000 policy limit.
PJ v. Geico
Client was injured in a motor vehicle accident. The person that hit him only carried $10,000 of bodily injury coverage. We were able to get the full policy limits and then also got an additional $10,000 for the client from his uninsured/underinsured motorist policy.
MA v. Zurich Insurance Co.:
Client and her 2 young children suffered soft tissue injuries as a result of a motor vehicle accident with a truck for a major chemical lawn service company. The client did not want this process to drag out and wished to avoid a lawsuit if at all possible. Due to the extensive information we provided, all 3 claims (mother and 2 minor children) were able to be settled fairly quickly and for an amount that more than adequately compensated the client and the children. The client was extremely pleased with the outcome and the process.