The perfect illustration of why you should hire a lawyer

On Friday we settled a car accident case for $60,000.00.  Not that big a deal since we settle cases for this amount or more all the time.  Yet, this case illustrates why you should hire an experienced lawyer.  1) The defendant’s insurance company denied liability…they refused to pay anything.  They said it was either my client’s fault or both parties were equally at fault.  We thought that was ridiculous.  We filed suit knowing that if we didn’t win we wouldn’t get paid and would actually lose money.  After taking depositions of the parties, witnesses and doctors’ depositions we felt confident we could win.  The insurance company must have too since they decided to offer a settlement of $28,000.00.  That leads us to the second reason you should hire a lawyer.  2)  The offer was absurdly low and we knew we could get more.  We set the case for trial.  The defense filed a motions to try to reduce their liability.  We won every motion.  Trial was approaching.  They asked what it would take.  We said $60k…they complained and whined…and eventually paid the $60k.   Our client’s auto insurance was reimbursed from the settlement; her medical insurance was reimbursed and the remaining balances were paid and she walked away with $20,000.00 after fees and costs were paid.  On a disputed case, we were able to get all of our client’s bills paid, all liens paid, all attorney’s fees and costs paid and she netted a very fair settlement.  Don’t let yourself be pushed around.  Don’t be afraid of the insurance company.  Hire an experienced car accident firm.  Hire the Law Office of Keith Short.  618-655-9499 or 254-0055.


About Law Office Of Keith Short

Keith Short was born in Chicago in 1965. In 1980 his parents moved to Anna, Illinois where he attended high school. In 1989 he graduated from SIUC with degrees in Political Science and English. He then attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he graduated in 1992. Mr. Short worked full time employment throughout college and law school: auto repair, cannery, legal clerkship. In 1991 he began a clerkship for the Hon. John Dibble of the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Prior to graduation Mr. Short was offered an associate attorney position with Keefe and De Pauli, P.C. in Fairview Heights where his practice concentrated in the defense of Illinois and Missouri workers' compensation claims. In 2000 Mr. Short was hired by Hopkins Goldenberg as an associate attorney representing injured workers. In 2002 Mr. Short was offered a full partnership in a firm later renamed Goldenberg, Heller, Antognoli, Rowland and Short, where his practice included toxic exposure litigation, medical malpractice and workers' compensation claims. Mr. Short has litigated product liability/brain damage cases; medical malpractice lawsuits, wrongful death claims and automobile accident cases. He has handled numerous cases in the Illinois Appellate Courts. Mr. Short also actively participated in the federal welding Multi-District Litigation set in Cleveland, Ohio. Mr. Short is a frequent lecturer having given seminars in Washington D.C., Las Vegas, Chicago, San Diego, St. Louis, and New Orleans. He resides in Edwardsville, Illinois with his wife, 5 children and 3 step-daughters. On May 3, 2011 Keith Short was sworn in as a member of the Edwardsville City Council, having been elected to represent the city's 5th Ward. He has been assigned by Mayor Gary Niebur to the Public Safety Commission and the Public Services Committee.
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