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In 2011, Mary* was in a very severe car accident. She was riding in the passenger seat of a vehicle owned by a family friend and driven by her husband. It was late at night as their car was traveling around a bend on a winding road when a truck came from the opposite direction. One or both of the cars was over the road's center line, and there was a violent collision. Mary was immediately taken to the hospital with severe injuries, including head trauma, a bruised heart, and other serious internal injuries and listed in critical condition. She had internal bleeding and X-rays revealed multiple broken ribs on both sides. She had to undergo several procedures.

After one such procedure, she did not wake up from the sedation. A brain scan showed that she had suffered a stroke. She woke up two days later but was unable to move or talk. She remained in the hospital on a feeding tube and began occupational and physical therapy. It was nearly a month before Mary could speak again, and then only in single words. Eventually she was able to move back home and continued to receive care from visiting nurses and therapists. However, her speech remained limited and once she was able to walk again, she had a pronounced limp.

Mary's son came to Attorney DiBlasi shortly after the accident, both for his assistance in getting Mary's expensive medical bills paid for as well as negotiating a settlement that would compensate Mary for her extremely serious and debilitating injuries. Attorney DiBlasi notified the several insurance companies involved of his representation, and began the complex process of ascertaining available insurance policies and coordinating benefits. A large umbrella policy was also discovered.

The insurance companies fought having to pay benefits. The insurance company for the truck contended that its insured was not at fault. Attorney DiBlasi produced the accident reconstruction results which revealed that the truck driver clearly was at least partially to blame for the accident. The insurance company for the vehicle Mary was in, in addition, attempted to argue that Mary's stroke was not related to the accident, but were caused by the hospital. Attorney DiBlasi retained a national-renown neurologist and expert on aphasia who examined and tested Mary and confirmed that her injuries were caused by the car accident and were likely permanent. A vocational expert was retained to quantify the extent of Mary's financial and economic losses as a result of her injuries. In the end, Attorney DiBlasi was able to negotiate a resolution with all insurance companies for a global settlement for more than $2,000,000, all without the need for Mary to have to go through a court trial. No amount of money will ever be able to put Mary back where she was before the accident, but Attorney DiBlasi was able to help her and her family deal with the unfortunate event and gain some peace of mind for the future.


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