Bill Tonelli Secures 17 Times More Than the Insurance Coverage Initially Disclosed for this DWKMR&S Client
As a woman walked her dog on a Florida sidewalk, she was negligently struck by a car. She sustained multiple breaks in her right arm, requiring two surgeries. The second surgery involved a complete removal and replacement of the surgical hardware from the first surgery. After the surgeries, she continued to experience significant pain and discomfort.
At the time of the accident, the negligent driver carried only $25,000 in bodily injury limits. The cost of the victim’s medical bills far exceeded the driver’s coverage. Although the case could have been easily resolved by accepting the driver’s minimal amount of coverage, Tonelli diligently worked to find a better resolution.
He sought uninsured motorist (UM) coverage from the woman’s Florida insurance carrier. The carrier initially claimed that she did not have UM coverage. However, they sent an unapproved UM rejection form, violating Florida law. As a result of the carrier’s violation, Tonelli was able to secure $200,000 in UM coverage for his client.
In conversations with his client, Tonelli also learned that she had children attending college out-of-state. After asking whether she had additional insurance policies, he discovered that she was entitled to an additional $200,000 in UM coverage from an out-of-state insurance policy.
Ultimately, Tonelli secured $425,000 for his client—17 times the initial amount she would have received. It is essential to hire an attorney who will leave no stone unturned, ask the right questions and hold insurance carriers accountable to get the best possible result.