Friday, October 23, 2009

Policy limits paid to injured client of Miami law firm

Legal Business Review, Staff Writer

October 22, 2009

SETTLEMENT: $225,000

CASE: M.A. and R.A., her Husband vs. Richard K. and Geico Indemnity Company

Court: Miami-Dade County Circuit Court, 11th Judicial Circuit

Plaintiff Attorneys: Lipcon & Lipcon, P.A.

Facts and Allegations: Plaintiff, M.A. was injured when the car she was driving was crashed into by a driver of a vehicle who ran a red-light at the intersection of N.W. 3rd Ave and N.W. 2nd Street in Miami, FL. Plaintiff was taken by ambulance where she was treated for injuries to her neck, back and right knee. Plaintiff ultimately underwent surgery on her knee to repair a torn meniscus. Defendant was insured with Progressive Insurance Company for $100,000.00. Attorney Mitchell Lipcon was able to secure payment of the full amount of those limits after he argued there would be a claim for bad faith if Progressive did not immediately tender the money (Progressive had suggested that Plaintiff may have had a pre-existing condition to her knee which would have precluded recovery). Lipcon secured payment, in full, of Plaintiff’s stacking uninsured/underinsured motorist benefits when he successfully argued that the tortfeasor’s insurance limits were insufficient to fully compensate Plaintiff for her suffering.

RESULT: Settlement for full bodily injury and uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance limits.

Comments: Lipcon stated that after 44 years of specializing in personal injury law he knew how to seek out a full recovery for his client, which included recovering for stacking underinsured motorist benefits, which plaintiffs were unaware they possessed. “You have to have the experience to know where to look and how to get the most for your client, otherwise you are practicing in the wrong area of law.”

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