Our firm recently obtained a favorable jury verdict on behalf of our client, who was injured in a rear-end car wreck. From the beginning of the case, the defendant refused to accept responsibility for the wreck and our client’s injuries, claiming that his brakes suddenly failed. With carefully planned depositions, we were able to show that the defendant never had an issue with his brakes before the wreck, he drove the car home after the wreck without incident, and his dad drove the car after the wreck without any problems with the brakes.

Details follow, although some names and places have been changed.

On the evening of August 2, 2017, Mr. Phillip Thompson was headed home to see his family after a day of work. He was stopped at a traffic light on Piedmont Road and Pelham Road in Atlanta. Mr. Thompson glanced into his rearview mirror and saw a Toyota 4Runner speeding toward him. The 4Runner struck the rear of Mr. Thompson’s smaller sedan. Mr. Thompson was taken to the emergency room by ambulance.

The driver of the 4Runner, Mr. Mohammad Abdullah, told the police officer that his brakes failed. The police officer offered to tow Mr. Abdullah’s vehicle, but Mr. Abdullah insisted on driving the 4Runner home. He drove the 4Runner home without any problems with the brakes.

Mr. Thompson was in severe, worsening pain in the days after the wreck. He looked up a local chiropractor and sought medical treatment. Through MRI imaging, Mr. Thompson’s chiropractor was able to diagnose him with two disc herniations in his neck and a disc bulge in his back. A disc herniation refers to a spinal injury that commonly occurs after a car wreck.

Mr. Abdullah’s insurance company, Allstate, forced Mr. Thompson to file a lawsuit. Before filing the lawsuit, Mr. Thompson made an offer to settle his case, but Allstate wouldn’t even pay Mr. Thompson’s medical bills.

The evidence in the case showed that there were no problems with the brakes before the wreck and there were no problems after the wreck.

Just before 5:00pm on the second day of trial, the jury arrived at a unanimous verdict in favor of Mr. Thompson. The jury saw right through the bogus “brake failure” defense. More importantly, the jury’s verdict compensated Mr. Thompson for all his medical bills, plus damages for his past pain and suffering. The final verdict was more than four times Allstate’s original offer and more than two times the highest pre-trial offer.

Sometimes the only way to get the outcome you deserve is to take the case to trial. That’s why it’s important to hire a personal injury law firm with trial experience. If your lawyer isn’t willing to go the distance, you could end up settling your case for less than it is worth. You need a law firm that doesn’t mind a good fight.

The case was handled at BLF by Matt Kahn, Jeb Butler, and Melody Walker. Our client’s Google review of us is below. His video review of us is above – it’s the first video on this page.

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