The claimant, a 58-year-old tradesman, was severely injured when his motorcycle was struck by an automobile crossing an intersection. The at-fault driver was cited for failure to yield to oncoming traffic. She provided a statement that she could not see the motorcycle approaching because the intersection was obstructed by a nearby fence and utility pole. The insurer for the at-fault driver immediately tendered the $100K policy limits.
Counsel for the claimant hired a civil engineer that concluded the sight lines at the intersection were approximately 100' feet less than standard due to the obstructing fence and utility pole. Further investigation revealed the fence height and location to be in violation of town zoning bylaws. Counsel also assembled a collection of accident reports from the intersection over the previous five years showing an unusually high number of crashes.
A claim was brought against the homeowners for negligently maintaining the fence adjacent to the roadway. Counsel advised the homeowners' insurance company it should secure independent counsel for the homeowners to protect their interests above and beyond the policy limits. Independent counsel was retained. Shortly thereafter, demand was made to pay the full $1.1 million homeowners policy limits in thirty days or less.
Counsel for the insurer recommended arbitration with the $1.1m policy limits serving as the ceiling. Plaintiff’s counsel responded that liability was reasonably clear and suggested arbitration was merely a rejection of the policy limits demand. Less than 30-days later, the insurer offered the total policy limits of $1.1 million dollars.
The claimant suffered serious injuries requiring extensive inpatient treatment, numerous surgeries, and amputation of one of his big toes.
Two million dollar recovery for family of woman shot and killed while visiting apartment complex. We were able to demonstrate the apartment complex design and lack of security features made it a target for crime. Police officers, detectives, and expert witnesses were all utilized to showcase the failed security measures in place by defendants. The case was heavily worked-up and settled just days before trial.
Victim alleged security failures led to heightened propensity for attack in neighboring parking lots and public streets.
Man suffered gunshot injury by apartment complex intruder. Settled prior to trial.
Fractured wrist in contested liability car crash. Defendant initially disputed liability. Case resolved following Defendant’s deposition.
Client attempting to make investment via wire transfer has funds intercepted by Chinese hackers. His initial insurance claim was denied. After Combies Hanson, P.C. served a letter alleging unfair and deceptive insurance practices, the insurer changed its liability decision and issued full reimbursement of the loss.
Injury caused by door manufacturer’s failure to use safety glass in accordance with glazing standards. Client, a college student, sustained injuries to his forearm when glass shattered resulting in scar to his wrist.
Passenger in vehicle driven by friend struck a telephone pole causing broken leg. Full policy limits paid.
Represented client in Federal Court of Rhode Island against manufacturer of hernia patch for selling a defective product.
Driver struck by truck resulting in head injuries. Insurer initially denied liability. Following discovery, policy limits paid in full.
Client struck by speeding vehicle on highway resulting in separated shoulder necessitating occupational therapy.
Worker loses portion of fingertip while operating scissor-lift in elevator.
Woman driving into parking garage struck by bus. Despite minor damage to her car, she alleged significant injuries requiring surgery to her knee. Defendants contested any injuries were related, noting that she did not seek immediate medical attention. Case resolved prior to trial.
Client, a man with both physical and mental impairments, was neglected by health care staff at nursing home leading to the development of painful pressure ulcers, dehydration and septic shock requiring emergency care.
Recovered $250,000.00 for client on motorcycle struck by vehicle that did not have right of way at intersection. Client sustained numerous bone fractures and road-rash scarring. Negotiated healthcare lien to less than $1,000.00.
Pedestrian struck by cyclist. Home-owners insurance covers claim.
Woman walking on sidewalk falls trying to avoid a cyclist. Combies Hanson, P.C. made successful claim against cyclist’s homeowner’s insurance policy.
Victim made full recovery in less than one year. Full insurance proceeds paid.
Highest offer at mediation – fifty thousand dollars -- was recommended by well-known retired judge and mediator. Combies Hanson, P.C. refused and prepared for trial. Case resolved for ten times the amount one month prior to start of trial.
Cyclist injured by vehicle swerving too closely causing him to lose control. Shoulder injury requiring surgery. Policy limits paid in full prior to first deposition.
Underinsured motorist claim. Client injured by motorist carrying minimum insurance coverage of $20,000.00 while walking across the street. Combies Hanson recovered additional $80,000.00 from client’s own insurance policy. Injuries resolved completely by the time of settlement.
Young man on bicycle struck resulting in broken wrist. Full insurance proceeds paid prior to any court filings.
Woman struck while crossing street, suffering serious injuries. Defendant disputed liability, claiming woman was not in cross walk and had walked out in front of his vehicle. Full insurance policy proceeds were paid before filing formal litigation.
Man over-served at bar falls and suffers head injury. Case resolved prior to suit.
Woman suffered injuries when she tripped and fell into an excavation site along sidewalk. Combies Hanson, P.C. hired an engineering expert who confirmed that the excavation did not meet safety standards. Extent of woman’s injuries were contested and labeled as “pre-existing” in nature. Case resolved at mediation.
Victim alleged improper railing specifications. At mediation, Combies Hanson, P.C. demonstrated that state building codes were violated
Housecleaner asked to use homemade chemicals from homeowner. Immediately experienced burning sensation in her lungs requiring hospitalization.
Driver struck by motorist resulting in soft tissue injuries requiring physical therapy. Claim resolved prior to filing formal litigation.
Client struck by commercial truck resulting in two fractured bones.
Recovered monies owed on private un-recorded third mortgage executed shortly before the 2008 housing crash and collateralized by underwater luxury home in Essex County.
Suit against property management company for failure to address rodent infestation. Tenant bit by rodent while sleeping resulting in emergency care.
Motor vehicle accident in which woman suffered cervical sprain, lower back sprain and post-traumatic headaches. Injuries were labeled permanent by her primary care physician. Defendant hired expert to suggest her treatment lasted no longer than three months and all treatment thereafter labeled unreasonable and unnecessary. Offers at a failed mediation were less than $50,000.00, which Plaintiff refused. Less than 30 days before trial, insurer tendered full policy limits of $500,000.00.