After an injury from an accident, the damaging impact to your health and future can be overwhelming and life-altering. At Harris & Harris, we know how to protect our clients by aggressively preparing every case from the start.
What sets Harris & Harris apart from the rest? Take a look at a case we recently settled for a seriously injured client. Our client, Lucas, took pride in supporting his family. One afternoon, Lucas was driving home after a long day at work when a dump truck came barreling out of a driveway and T-boned Lucas’ truck. He had no time to react. His Ford F-150 was flipped onto its side and pushed across an 8-lane road in central Las Vegas. The driver side window shattered and Lucas’ arm was shredded as he felt it dragging across the asphalt. When the vehicle finally came to rest on its side, Lucas was trapped, disoriented, and had severe pain in his arm, neck, and back. He was immediately transported to a hospital where it was apparent his injuries were extensive. Even after multiple surgeries and hospitalizations, doctors have confirmed Lucas will live with disabilities and lifelong pain.
Despite these undisputed facts, the company responsible for the dump truck and its negligent driver refused to pay for the damage it had caused. Lucas was facing a mountain of medical bills, the need for additional medical care, and he lost his job because he couldn’t work. Lucas didn’t know who to turn to for help. He initially went to a lawyer recommended by a friend. Unfortunately, that lawyer did almost nothing to help his case and tried to convince Lucas to accept a fast settlement without anything for future medical bills.
Offer That’s when Lucas came to Harris & Harris. We quickly recognized Lucas did not have any time to waste. Our lawyers started preparing the case for the earliest possible Trial date. We immediately made sure Lucas got to doctors for his ongoing medical care and pain. We hired the best experts to support Lucas’ case, took depositions, filed motions to narrow the issues, and made sure we were ready for Trial. The Defendants suddenly became more interested in negotiating a settlement. Still, the amount they offered was far too low to cover Lucas’ medical costs, suffering, and future care needs. The Defendants became more anxious to settle when they realized they were not ready for Trial and offered nearly triple their prior offers to settle the case—a vast increase, but still barely covered Lucas’ medical bills.
During the first two days of Trial, the Defendants finally realized their wrongdoing and the extent of Lucas’ injuries. The Defendants also realized they had no evidence and no experts to support their Defense theories. They offered nearly $5 Million Dollars if Lucas would settle the case. Lucas accepted their offer and now he will be able to get the medical care he will need for the rest of his life.
Sometimes, Defendants simply don’t want to take responsibility for their actions, no matter how obvious it may be to everyone else that they are at fault. Some law firms take the approach that a Trial is unlikely, so why make the effort to prepare? At Harris & Harris, we know from experience that preparing every case as if it is going to Trial is the only way to be sure a Defendant will accept responsibility and pay an injured victim what they are legally entitled to receive. In Lucas’ case, and in every Harris & Harris case, we do everything possible to protect our clients’ time, money, and health.