Motor Vehicle Case Studies
Confidence To Go To Trial
A middle-aged woman, who had sustained some soft tissue injuries to her back and an aggravation of a pre-existing shoulder injury in a motor vehicle accident, came to see us.
Even though the x-rays and MRIs that were done did not show any damage, the woman was adamant that her injuries were real and causing a significant disruption in her life. She became our client, and Attorney Tony Georgelis worked very hard to achieve a fair and amicable settlement with the at-fault driver and his insurance company.
Unfortunately, the insurance company scoffed at the notion that our client had suffered any injuries in the accident because none of the diagnostic studies revealed any damage, and she had a shoulder injury prior to the accident. Attorney Georgelis, however, had complete trust in his client. He believed and strongly advocated that, just because the x-rays and MRIs were negative, did not mean that our client had not been injured. He argued that soft tissue injuries often will not appear in radiological tests, and, even though the client had a prior shoulder injury, the trauma from the accident had materially aggravated her condition.
The insurance company made an offer, but it was neither fair nor reasonable for our client. So, Attorney Georgelis prepared to take the case before a jury at a trial.
On the first day of the trial, Attorney Georgelis and his client confidently made their way up the courthouse steps and into the lobby. But that was as far as they made it before they were approached by the attorney for the defendant and his insurance company. The insurance company did not want to risk going through a trial, so their attorney made an offer to Attorney Georgelis that was three times as much as their prior offer.
Without the faith Attorney Georgelis had in his client and his confidence to go to trial, our client would not have received the significantly increased settlement offer without having to subject herself to the rigors of a trial.
International Commercial Bus Accident No Match For Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C.
Our clients were seriously injured while on a bus trip to Canada. Since the claims involved a common carrier—the commercial bus company—there were certain laws, rules and regulations that differed from garden variety motor vehicle accident cases. Further complicating matters was the fact that the accident occurred in a foreign country. As a result, there were issues concerning “choice of law,” or which jurisdiction’s law would govern the claims.
Attorney Anthony Georgelis, former President Judge of the Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas and legal consultant to Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C., Michael Georgelis, and our team of highly skilled legal personnel aggressively worked up the claims for the accident victims and their families.
Dedicating countless hours to making sure our clients had peace of mind throughout the process and tirelessly advocating to the insurance company that they be fairly compensated for their injuries and losses, all of the claims were amicably resolved, through a mediation, to the complete satisfaction of our clients, within a year of the accident.
Protecting Lancaster County’s Motorcycle Riders
Our client was climbing onto his motorcycle, when another driver, distracted and on the wrong side of the road, hit him, throwing him at least 40 feet.
Our client suffered numerous injuries, missed months of work and incurred over $100,000.00 in medical expenses. Within 6 months, Attorney Anthony Georgelis was successful in having the insurance company for the at-fault driver (liability coverage) and the insurance company for our client (underinsured motorist coverage) turn over the full limits under each policy. Thus, the injured motorcycle rider recovered every single penny of insurance available to him, resulting in a settlement of hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Attorney Georgelis also effectively worked to substantially reduce the liens asserted against our client’s recovery by his health insurance and short term disability insurance companies. This put thousands of more dollars in our client’s pocket and helped him tremendously in establishing a secure financial future.
Proactive Investigation Sways Insurance Company In Wrongful Death Case
Our client was the family of a man killed when his vehicle was hit while crossing an intersection. Initially, the insurance company contested liability on the part of its insured, claiming that the decedent, himself, was negligent and caused the accident.
Refusing to wait for the police to conclude their investigation, Attorney Anthony Georgelis hired his own accident reconstructionist—a trusted partner of Georgelis Injury Law Firm, P.C. for years—who conducted a separate investigation into the accident.
Armed with the result of his own investigator’s findings, Attorney Georgelis made several artful and savvy legal arguments to the claims adjuster from the insurance company handling the claim, who, as a result, conceded that the carrier would tender the limits under its insured’s policy.