Our client was a 61 year old man and wanted to make a Motor Vehicle Accident Claim. He was hit by a semi-trailer from behind while he was in his car. Our client was hesitant to approach a law firm at first because he was not committed to the idea of a lengthy and drawn out legal process. However, he felt he needed to be compensated for his loss, and for that reason he approached a law firm. He was aware that Gerard Malouf and Partners had a reputation of specialising in Motor Vehicle Accident claims. Within a day of making an inquiry to the law firm, his case was allocated to Christine Beshay, one of our senior solicitors who practices in Motor Vehicle Accident claims. From the opening of his file to settlement, he felt he was in good hands.
As a result of the motor vehicle accident, our client had been suffering from pain in his neck, lower back and thighs. He also had difficulty sleeping and there was some pain over the left shoulder. Our client suffered from psychological injuries such as shock. He was treated with Panadol Osteo for the pain. He found that physiotherapy did not provide much relief.
Upon opening our client’s file, Christine obtained all the relevant medical notes from our client’s treating doctors. She also arranged for our client to see an occupational therapist, so that we had an idea of the consequences of the motor vehicle accident. Upon receiving all the relevant medical evidence, Christine began to draft the legal documents.
Christine filled out the Personal Injury Claim Form for our client and requested that his treating doctor sign the Medical Certificate. Christine then served these documents and the medical evidence on the Insurance Company of the driver at fault. The Insurance Company conducted their own investigations and conceded that the driver was indeed at fault. They admitted breach of duty of care and were open to the idea of an early settlement of this claim. This was beneficial to our client, as it meant that our client did not have to spend exorbitant amounts of money, time and resources on proceeding with his matter.
Initially, the Insurance Company offered to settle the claim for a total of $5,000. Upon receiving this offer, Christine compiled a Schedule of Damages which detailed all the out of pocket expenses that our client incurred as a result of the accident. She also served medical evidence substantiating the amounts in the Schedule. Relying on the Schedule of Damages and the other previously served documents, Christine put forward a counter offer of $87,000. An Informal Settlement Conference was arranged, and after some further negotiations, the matter eventually settled for $80,000. Our client was grateful that the matter had opened and closed within a short period of time. He was glad to be compensated for his loss and to be able to move on with his life.
We are a highly focused and specialized law firm being small enough to care, yet large enough to have solid financial, medical and expert resources to match the big defendants and insurance firms. Our “no win no fee’’ arrangements and written guarantee to reduce fees in the unlikely event of a poor result is unmatched in the legal industry Australia-wide