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$135K Settlement in Cumberland Car Accident Case

cumberland-car-accident-pic-300x225Tapalian Law is pleased to announce a $135,000 settlement by Rhode Island car accident lawyer David Tapalian and his legal team. Our client, a passenger in a vehicle traveling south on Mendon Road in Cumberland, was seriously injured in a horrific side impact accident in early 2017. The crash took place when another vehicle struck the front passenger side of the car she was riding in, resulting in a serious collision that totaled both vehicles. This particular stretch of Mendon Road is especially dangerous due to the high volume of vehicle traffic coupled with the numerous intersections that feed into the road and we’ve seen a number of collisions take place in this area of Cumberland.

The driver of the vehicle that hit our client was found to be 100% at fault for the collision. In determining liability, a passenger is very rarely ever found to have fault. Distracted, the motorist claimed he did not see the victim’s car as he pulled out of Bemus Avenue onto Mendon Road. This costly turn would have a lasting impact on our client’s life.  She reported immediate pain at the scene of the crash and was transported by ambulance to Landmark Medical Center for treatment where she reported excruciating pain throughout her body immediately following the accident. As a Cumberland car accident attorney, David Tapalian always tells clients to be proactive with seeking medical treatment. Even if you do not feel immediate pain following an accident, it is always safest to seek medical attention either via ambulance, visiting a local medical walk-in, or your family physician right away. The success of this victim’s settlement was partly due to her diligence in reporting her pain immediately.

Injured Victim Not a Candidate for Surgery

The impact of the Cumberland collision caused our client to sustain spinal, hip, and back injuries. After a long and continuous treatment with University Orthopedic, our client continues to incur pain even today. Chiropractic and orthopedic care, including multiple epidural injections, has been undertaken. However, like many other car accident injury victims, she is not a surgical candidate. Unfortunately, there is no long-term remedy or surgical solution for the type of lumbar spine injuries that our client suffered, though she can offset some of the pain with future treatments. Her initial medical care and ongoing treatments have been extremely costly and will continue to increase in the future.

As a Cumberland car accident lawyer, David Tapalian is highly experienced with personal injury resulting from Rhode Island auto accidents, and was able to obtain a professional medical opinion detailing the client’s future prognosis and long-term residual pain.  The purpose of this type of opinion is to have the treating physician opined as to our client’s future pain and suffering.   If the medical opinion is properly written by a skilled physician and competently argued by an experienced car accident injury attorney, it can carry tremendous weight in settlement negotiations with the insurance company.  The proper medical opinion can motivate an insurance company to settle a case where our client will have long-term residual pain and take into consideration the prospect of this future pain.  Therefore, the client’s future pain and suffering is quantified into a present value number when negotiating a monetary settlement.  This tool is effectively, and often, argued by Attorney Tapalian to maximize the personal injury settlements for clients who have reached maximum medical improvement, yet still have residual pain and symptoms that require long-term treatment, such as in this recent $135,000 settlement. Because the client is not a surgical candidate, she is left without the hope of further improvement through different modalities of treatment.

“A Good Client Makes a Good Lawyer”

At Tapalian Law, our RI car accident attorneys say “a good client makes a good lawyer”. Our Cumberland car accident client sought immediate medical attention and was diligent about seeking medical help throughout the entire treatment phase.  David Tapalian worked diligently and personally with the injured client for almost two years. She treated conservatively for the duration of her claim, which was imperative to her case and made all the difference in determining her settlement. Although this victim did not have surgical treatment, the ongoing suffering that she will have to endure was enough to recover considerable monetary compensation for her injuries. Not every case requires significant surgical procedures to produce a large settlement. Though every situation is unique, Attorney Tapalian thoroughly invests himself in every case, even in situations when full compensation recovery is not definite. However, without the perseverance of this client, such a sizable settlement would not have been possible.

Contact Tapalian Law for a Free Consultation

Should you ever find yourself in a situation similar to this victim, seek out the expertise of a skilled Cumberland car accident attorney.  David Tapalian has over 20 years of experience dealing with car accidents in Cumberland, Rhode Island and the surrounding areas of RI and MA. The dedicated team of legal professionals at our personal injury firm will create a customized plan to strengthen your claim and guide you through the steps to receive the compensation you deserve. We offer a free consultation at our Providence office, just minutes from Cumberland. If you are unable to travel to the office due to injuries sustained in the accident, we can visit you in your home or at the hospital. Tapalian Law works on a contingency basis and there is no fee unless we win your case. There is a 3-year statute of limitations in RI for filing an auto accident injury claim, and the longer you wait, the harder it will become to receive compensation for your losses. Call Tapalian Law today at 401-552-5000 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.

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