The attorneys at Walker, Hamilton, Koenig & Burbidge successfully negotiated
a $185,000 settlement for two clients involved in a rear-end car accident.
On September 15, 2012, John and Nancy K. were exiting the freeway in Fremont,
California and came to a stop at an intersection. The defendant, who had
followed John and Nancy off the exit, did not notice they had stopped
and rear-ended them at high speed, pushing their car forward 15 feet.
Two months prior to the accident John had undergone a serious spinal fusion
surgery in his neck. This amplified the impact of the collision in his
neck, causing a severe whiplash injury, chronic and debilitating pain,
and spinal instability. John also suffered injuries to his thoracic spine
that caused severe pain and other related issues. Nancy, who was driving
at the time of the accident, suffered severe wrist tendonitis requiring
progressing steroid injections to her wrist and eventually a release surgery
to alleviate her condition.
While the defendant admitted fault for the accident, her attorneys heatedly
disputed John and Nancy’s injuries, claiming that they suffered
from pre-existing conditions and that the accident did not cause their
injuries. After an extensive work up of their case and right before trial, attorney
Tim Hamilton negotiated a settlement with defendant’s counsel giving John the
defendant’s insurance policy limits of $100,000, and giving Nancy
nearly as much for her injuries, $85,000. This settlement has allowed
John and Nancy to receive the treatment they need to recover from their
injuries without having to bear the burden of their large medical expenses
or missed work due to their injuries.