Feb 27, 2020
Gwendolyn Harris has always been known as an independent and vibrant 72-year-old — actively involved in her Church, the matriarch of her family, and an avid chef. Additionally, Ms. Harris has been the caretaker of her sister for several years. But Ms. Harris’s quality of life was suddenly changed one day when taking her sister for a routine visit to see the doctor.
While waiting for an elevator at the medical center, Ms. Harris attempted to sit down on a nearby wooden bench provided by the building management and owners. As she sat down, the bench instantly broke and gave way, causing her to fall straight to the floor. The fall seriously injured Ms. Harris, and she was immediately transported by ambulance to a hospital for emergency neck surgery. Due to the severity of the fall, the injury caused her spinal cord to become compressed. If left unresolved, such an injury can immediately lead to paralysis. Fortunately, the emergency surgery prevented paralysis, but Ms. Harris was left with additional serious injuries.
The property owners and their insurance company attempted to settle the matter for a few thousand dollars, a figure that would not have covered even a fraction of Ms. Harris’s medical bills, let alone the future health care she requires due to the injuries sustained. Dordulian Law Group fought on Ms. Harris’s behalf from day one, and refused to allow the property company to skirt their responsibility.
In the end, through Dordulian Law Group’s perseverance and dedication to Ms. Harris, we were able to secure a settlement for her in the amount of $3.25 million on the eve of trial. The settlement award will provide her with the necessary resources to have professional nursing care staff in the comfort of her own home.
Ms. Harris’s unfortunate accident is a prime example of why it’s critical to hire an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury attorney like Dordulian Law Group if you’re ever involved in an accident. Fighting with the at-fault party and their insurance company is something you shouldn’t have to do on your own (especially if your situation requires extensive medical care and rehabilitation).
You need an advocate like DLG who will ensure that you receive justice in the form of an adequate settlement. For Ms. Harris, by hiring Dordulian Law Group to represent her in the fight against the property company, she received a fair settlement ($3.25 million rather than a few thousand dollars) and is receiving the care she needs without worrying about financial burdens and obligations.
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